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Darrylinn Todd,
Associate Vice Chancellor
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Darrylinn Todd, EdD, has been named associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

In this role, she will provide executive leadership for and oversee several administrative units that provide centralized campus support activities and services to students, including the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Student Life, Student Affairs, and the One-Stop Shop. She will represent UTHSC as the chief student affairs officer. Dr. Todd will also assume an active role in the campus wide wellness efforts in collaboration with the Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion (SASSI), UTHSC colleges and the Memphis community.

Dr. Todd brings over 20 years of higher education experience.  She has held a number of academic leadership positions and previously served as executive administrator at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the senior director of  Online Learning at DePaul University and vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College-City Colleges of Chicago. 

During her tenure as vice president, Dr. Todd was instrumental in managing academic and student affairs initiatives and healthcare programs in an urban setting. In this role, she provided leadership and management of a broad range of student services to assist students in achieving their academic and life goals.  Her staff served health science students in selecting healthcare pathways, identified financial support, supported ongoing completion and graduation initiatives, offered career and transfer assistance, sponsored student clubs and organizations, and provided assistance for veterans and students with disabilities.  

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Arts in Education from Oakland University and an MBA and doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University.    

The position will directly report to Lori Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs at UTHSC.

Paul Bury,
Business Analyst

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Paul Bury is the business analyst who is responsible for assessing technological advancements to automate and improve processes for the student experience within the offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Admissions. His position oversees all aspects of Enrollment Management business and technology product development and implementation lifecycle. He has over twenty-five years of technology and product management experience that has allowed him to develop a comprehensive understanding of organizational processes and technologies that implement successful strategies to improve products and services. The combination of his experiences has prepared him for his role as a business analyst who can respond quickly to the rapid changes in Enrollment Management and who facilitates increasingly complex situations and manages multiple priorities concurrently. A native Tennessee who hails from Washington state, Paul is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a Computer Technician trained in Secure Telecommunications, Fiber Optics, LAN, and MAN. He also holds an Associate degree in Computer Programming and Operations from Clover Park Technical College. Paul is an avid gamer and is affiliated with several gaming associations, achievements and accolades.

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Ann Salina
Director of Admissions Operations

Ann SalinaAnn is the Director of Admissions Operations. Originally from Norwich, Connecticut, she relocated to Memphis in 2016. Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Music from Central Connecticut State University and is completing a Master’s program at Austin Peay State University in Leadership and Organizational Administration. Ann oversees the admissions staff that supports the six colleges at UTHSC and she works to deliver best practices for a successful admission process to our campus. Music is a large part of Ann’s life and she is a member of the UTHSC College of Dentistry band, The Dentones, where she plays alto saxophone and backup vocals for university and community events.

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Lemmie Griggs III
Assistant Director of Admissions

Lemmie GriggsLemmie is the Assistant Director of Admissions. He has Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Martin, a Master of Arts in Education from Union University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis. He manages the day to day operations of the admissions department. Lem states that his passion for higher education is what fuels his excitement for the job. When not in the office, Lem’s playing flag football or traveling out of the country.

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Debra Bolton
Admissions Counselor - College of Medicine and Dentistry

Debra BoltonDebra is the Admissions counselor for the Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry. Originally from Memphis, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Rhodes College. Debra spent several years working in nonprofit fundraising and worked part time at her alma mater. Employed at Rhodes, she discovered her love of working with college students and changed her career path to reflect that decision. Debra and her family are avid supporters of the CVICU at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

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Sheryta Edwards
Admissions Counselor - College of Health Professions

Sheryta is the admissions counselor for both Health Professions and Speech, Pathology, and Audiology. Sheryta earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She joined UTHSC in 2011 and, when not at work, enjoys reading good books and traveling to new places.

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Christie Rakestraw
Admissions Counselor - College of Nursing

Christie is the admissions counselor for the College of Nursing. Christie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Memphis. Christie joined UTHSC in 2017 and brings many years’ work experience in both admissions and student recruitment. When not in the office, Christie loves to shop, bake, and spend time with her dogs.

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Paula Webber
Admissions Counselor - College of Graduate Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Paula WebberPaula is the admissions counselor for the College of Graduate Health Science, College of Pharmacy, and the Audiology, Speech Pathology (ASP) 3+1 program. Paula is earning her Bachelor of Science in Management Organizational Development from Bethel University. Originally from Memphis, Paula has been with UTHSC since 2002 and finds great joy in the diversity of the student population. She is passionate about her faith, family, and her career.

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Mary Newell
Admissions Compliance Officer

Mary is the Admission Compliance Officer dealing with Immunization, Student Health and Dental Insurance, and Residency. Originally from Arkansas, she now calls Tennessee home and has been at UTHSC since 2015. Mary received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Arkansas State University in College Student Personnel Services. When not assisting the UTHSC students with starting their journey to their degrees, Mary enjoys reading, Hulu, her church tribe, kayaking and hiking with her wife Janice, three children and their three rescue hounds.

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Janice Maddox
Financial Literacy Coordinator and Financial Aid Counselor - College of Dentistry, College of Graduate Health Sciences

janice maddoxJanice is the financial literacy coordinator and is responsible for the design and implementation of all financial aid, debt management curriculum. Additionally, she is financial aid counselor for the College of Graduate Health Sciences and the College of Dentistry. Janice is driven, focused, and a hard-working strategic leader with 13-plus years of experience and a proven ability to lead strategic operations within fast-paced environments. She has experience in providing financial coaching/counseling to both students and parents, developing streamlined processes, and managing financial programs. Equipped with a keen ability to maintain positive relationships with members of the community in addition to leading special community event.

Originally from Alabama, Janice earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Mississippi University for Women and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. A big football fan, Janice enjoys travel and considers the gym her private sanctuary.

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Gloria Dobbs
Financial Aid Counselor - College of Health Professions

Gloraa DobbsGloria, financial aid counselor, earned a Bachelor’s from University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master’s of Art and her teaching license from the University of Memphis.

She brings a wealth of knowledge about the financial aid process and is passionate toward helping others attain their goals through the accomplishment of a college education. Gloria loves the outdoors and to tour gardens.

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Shanta Hampton
Administrative Secretary

shanta hamptonShanta Hampton serves as Administrative Secretary in the One Stop Shop. She joined UTHSC in 2011. As the first point of contact for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, her duties include providing information and direction to University community members, prospective students, and visitors. She earned an Associate of Science degree in general studies from Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Shanta is passionate about serving others, her faith, and being the best version of herself both personally and professionally. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

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Kim Abston
Administrative Secretary

patricia armstrongKim Abston serves as Administrative Secretary in the One Stop Shop. In this role, she is the first point of contact for the Office of Enrollment Management, which includes providing information and direction to University community members, prospective students, and visitors. Since joining the University in 2018, Kim has achieved great success working across areas in student life and enrollment management. Kim holds an associate degree in Business Administration Management and has plans to continue her education in the future.

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Lyndsay Pittman

lyndsay pittmanLyndsay joined UTHSC in May 2018. An “Okie,” she previously served as registrar at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City.  Lyndsay is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Registrar’s Office, including implementation and interpretation of academic policies, managing the student records database, and implementing new technologies related to process improvement in conjunction with all areas of SAES. 

In her free time, Lyndsay enjoys taking her two yellow labs, Annie and Roxie, to Shelby Farms Park.  She plays guitar and saxophone and enjoys performing country music.  She makes frequent trips to Nashville to see various country music performances.

Lyndsay received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education – Student Personnel from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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Verlesha Wilson
Associate Registrar

Verlesha WilsonVerlesha Wilson joined the Office of the Registrar in June 2011. She’s served in several roles within the office, and in her current role, she oversees course scheduling, enrollment reporting, veteran services, and staff training. She also assists with several office initiatives, and assists faculty and staff with policy and procedure interpretation. She enjoys professional development opportunities and learning new applications and technology for personal and professional use. Verlesha earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance at the University of Tennessee Martin, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Health Studies at the University of Memphis. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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Susan Miller
Student Services Coordinator

Susan MillerSusan, student services specialist in the Registrar’s Office, joined UTHSC in 2018. Originally from Chicago, she has called Memphis home for 30 years. Susan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership, Policy Studies, and Student Personnel Services from the University of Memphis. She handles transcript requests, verifications, grade changes and multiple other student service needs along with communications for the office. Outside of work, Susan is a member and committee chair in the LeBonheur Club, a volunteer organization that does volunteer work and fundraising for the hospital.

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Thomas Davis
Student Services Specialist 

Thomas, Student Services Specialist, is originally from Memphis, has worked at UTHSC since 2014 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology at the University of Memphis. Thomas assists with campus tours, student health insurance, residency classifications, and a myriad of other “front door” student needs.

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Dustin Fulton
Associate Director of Student Affairs for Conduct and Community Standards

dustin fultonDustin Fulton, MS, serves as Associate Director of Student Affairs for Conduct and Community Standards and Student Conduct Officer in Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). In this role, he provides leadership for the university student disciplinary system for academic and non-academic concerns. Dustin also represents the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services by interfacing with faculty, staff, and students from various colleges and departments, as well as parents, alumni, and off-campus constituents. Additionally, he develops programming, conducts training, and serves as the designated Deputy Title IX Coordinator for students. 

Dustin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a master’s degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Student Personnel from the University of Memphis.

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Last Published: Nov 6, 2019