Dr. James L. Coleman, Jr. Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer
Dr. James L. Coleman, Jr., a native of Camden, South Carolina, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Master of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas; and Doctor of Education degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc. a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC). Dr. Coleman comes with over 18 years of experience and knowledge in the area of Public Health and Health Care Management, and has served as the former Chief Executive Officer with the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Centers, another FQHC, located in Aiken County.
Dr. Coleman most recently served in the capacity of Department Chair for the Division of Health and Natural Science at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina. Moreover, he is also the former Chief Executive Officer of the Wateree Community Action, Inc., a community action agency, covering a five county area, with a focus on helping poor and disadvantaged people to achieve self-sufficiency and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to achieve that goal.
He was also employed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Adult and Community Health and Program Services Branch, within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as a Behavioral Scientist, working on efforts to eliminate health disparities through the social determinants of health.
Dr. Coleman also served as the former Director for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This Bureau had one office and seven divisions with the responsibility of overseeing national and state- level initiatives.
Dr. Coleman is positioning G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center to be a solid organization for the communities of Madison, Humphrey and Yazoo Counties in delivering health care services under his internal theme, “Operational Excellence.”
Joseph Davis, Jr., MHA, Chief Operating Officer
Joseph Davis is a native of Hopkins, South Carolina and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina and his Master of Health Administration from Webster University, Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Davis is substantially experienced in proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures and people systems. He reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Centers, Inc. As the Chief Operations Officer, he is involved in the Strategic Planning both long term and short term goals of the health center. His additional duties include the implementation of monitoring systems to ensure that the operations standards set forth by the Chief Executive Officer meet and exceeds the needs of our consumers in our service areas. Mr. Davis’ constructive and energetic style of leadership demands operational efficiency for ensuring that financial strength, overall operations and efficiency takes place.
William Edwards, Chief Financial Officer
William Edwards was born March 4th, 1986 to Windell Edwards and Henrietta Ellis. William graduated High School from Velma Jackson Magnet High School in 2004. He graduated from Mississippi Valley State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. William attends Greater St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in Canton, MS. William currently resides in Pickens, MS with his lovely wife Dedra Edwards and their 5 beautiful children together (4 girls and 1 boy).
William is a member of the Boys And Girls Club advisory board in Lexington, MS, a member of the Pickens Mayoral Health Council, a former alderperson of the Town of Pickens, a volunteer youth football coach, volunteer soccer coach, and volunteer basketball referee, youth leader and community organizer. Currently, William is the CFO of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, and a participant in the Leadership Greenwood, Program sponsored by the Greenwood-Leflore Chamber of Commerce.
Teresa McKetney, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Ricky Bolden, Chief Informational Officer
Mr. Ricky Bolden is a native of Leland, MS and has served more than 20 years in healthcare as the Management Information Systems Director at G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc. Mr. Bolden received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS with additional studies at Washington University School of Engineering, St. Louis, MO, and Jackson State University, Jackson, MS.
Mr. Bolden’s work includes managing the network infrastructure, telecommunications management, data security, and Electronic Health Record management. He has been instrumental in moving the organization to a virtualized and cloud based environment. His past professional work experiences include Computer Programmer/Analyst – Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS and Director of Information Systems, Voice of Calvary Ministries, Jackson, MS.
Mrs. Carolyn Collins, Executive Assistant
Carolyn Collins is a native of Yazoo City, MS and is currently the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center in Canton, MS. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS. She has made it this far on the belief, “If I can help someone along the way then someone else will grasp the concept and start a trickle-down effect and success is certain.” For the past twenty-seven years she worked in the educational arena and her experience as an Administrative Assistant and predestined change has brought her to another opportunity to serve in a different arena with the knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be an efficient, effective, trustworthy, and a hardworking individual assisting the dedicated team in making GA a model for all to see.
Dr. Candice April, Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Candice B. April is a native of Canton, Mississippi and a graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland, MS. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. Dr. April attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, TN and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2011. During matriculation through Meharry, Dr. April was awarded the Colgate- Palmolive Scholarship as well as the Dental Scholars, Inc. Scholarship. It was at Meharry Medical College that the motto, “Worship of God through Service to Mankind” was forever embedded in her heart and spirit.
Following dental school, Dr. April returned to Mississippi to complete a General Practice Residency and Advanced General Dentistry Fellowship at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, an advanced dental education training and hospital based program focused on medically compromised patients.
Dr. Candice April is currently the Chief Dental Officer of G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc. She is committed to providing exceptional and quality dental care, as well as educating and empowering patients to manage their oral health at home. Dr. April’s passion to provide the highest quality dental services to all patients regardless of age, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status is a driving force for her dedication and purpose to G. A. Carmichael and her community.
Dr. April is a member of the American Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also the proud Mother of two beautiful girls, Caleigh and Carrigan.
Dr. Terrence Brown, Chief Pharmacy Officer
Dr. Terrence Brown is a 2007 graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. In his professional career he has worked as a staff pharmacist in a retail and closed-door pharmacy and pharmacist in charge at Omnicare of Jackson for ~ 9 years before joining G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc. as Director of Pharmacy/Chief Pharmacy Officer. He has twice served as president of the Magnolia State Pharmaceutical Society, the state’s only minority pharmacy organization. He is involved in the education of student pharmacists by offering rotations at his practice site and is also part time faculty at the University of MS School of Pharmacy as a clinical assistant professor. Dr. Brown is actively involved in his church’s health ministry as well as House Program Chair for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi Board of Directors.
Terrence lives in Jackson, MS with his wife of 8+ years, Dr. Meagan Brown and their children Joshua (15), Tristin (4), and Mason (2).
Mr. Joshua Knox, Chief Programs Officer
Joshua M. Knox, a native of Utica Mississippi received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alcorn State University in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Counseling also from Alcorn State University. He currently serves as the Chief Programs Officer at G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center. Mr. Knox possess several years of experience managing federal programs in the higher education arena.
Mr. Knox recently served as the Director of Student Activities/Campus Union and Special Events at Hinds Community College, the Utica Campus. His professional background includes; Program Administrator of the Y.O.U.C.A.N. Institute at Tougaloo College, a 21st Century Community Learning Center funded program, Upward Bound Assistant Director at Tougaloo College, Senior Counselor for Educational Talent Search at Tougaloo College and Director of Student Activities at Alcorn State University.
Shamekka Jenkins, Director of Nursing
Shamekka Jenkins is a native of Lexington, Ms which is located in Holmes County. She’s the mother of a beautiful daughter. Ms. Jenkins has worked in the medical field for 11 years. For nine years, she worked as a LPN for Mallory Community Health Center. For two years, she worked as the Clinical Care Liaison at Mallory Community Health Center. Her duties in this position was to oversee the quality improvement and quality assurance program, the nursing department, and the immunization program. Ms. Jenkins currently holds the position as Director of Nursing at G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center.
Ms. Jenkins received her LPN certification at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Ms in 2009. In the year of 2014, Ms. Jenkins attended Holmes Community College in Grenada, Ms. In 2017, she received her Associate Degree in Nursing. After completing her studies at Holmes Community College, she later attended Mississippi University for Women and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Ms. Jenkins is a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
Tamika Liddell, Controller
Tamika Liddell currently holds the position of Controller in the finance department at G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center in Canton, MS. She is married to Aramis Liddell and they have raised 4 wonderful children, and have been blessed with a handsome little grandson.
Mrs. Liddell is a 1994 graduate of Humphreys County High School in Belzoni, MS and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She comes to G.A. Carmichael with an extensive background in Banking and Finance. She was previously employed with Renasant Bank, formally M & F Bank, for 16 years. She has always been active in her community. She serves on the board of the Canton Lions Club, and is a former board member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Main Street Association and was named the 2017 Ambassador of the year for the Canton Chamber of Commerce.
Tamika attends Unique Life Church in Madison MS. One of her foundation scriptures that she applies to all areas of her life is Colossians 3:23 which says “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for the people”.
Attorney Clarence Webster III, Outside General Counsel
Clarence Webster III is a 2002 graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame and Phi Beta Kappa. After Ole Miss, he attended the Yale Law School, at which he served as a member of the Yale Law Journal and the Moot Court Board. He also served the National Attorney General for the National Black Law Students Association. After Yale, in 2005, Clarence returned to Jackson to clerk for then-Chief Judge Henry T. Wingate, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Clarence joined the Jackson office of Bradley Arant in December 2012. Clarence has been providing legal services to G.A. Carmichael since 2016, offering guidance on labor and employment, contract, and regulatory matters, and overseeing its civil litigation.
Clarence has been recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in the area of Class Action/Mass Torts since 2013. He is A/V Preeminent Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings System. He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Clarence is married to Keishunna Randall Webster. They have one daughter, Ilana Reed Webster. In his spare time, Clarence enjoys cycling, Ole Miss sports, all things related to Game of Thrones, and occasionally playing golf and tennis poorly.
Bridgette S. Gillum, Director of Corporate Compliance & Risk Management
Bridgette S. Gillum, Director of Corporate Compliance and Risk Management, at G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center in Canton, MS. She is a graduate of Kosciusko Senior High School. Bridgette received her Bachelor of Science in Social Science Education from Jackson State University. Her desire was to become an educator; however, God had a different path that lead her to gain experience in Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting, and other aspects of a Federally Qualified Health Center.
Bridgette is a member of the Guiding Light Church of God in Christ where she serves as the Sunday School secretary. She also serves as a member of the Sanctuary Choir, Young People Willing Workers, and the Women’s Fellowship. Bridgette is also a member of the Women of Praise Ministry, that has held community events for women and girls. These events focused on worship, physical and mental health, and education. We believe in helping the women and girls believe in Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. Bridgette has become a member of the Just Move Ministry. This ministry enhances dealing with physical and mental strengths. We would rather take preventative measures that maintain wellness than to treat an illness. Bridgette is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Bridgette is passionate about making sure that her family and friends become properly protected, financially independent, and debt free as a Primerica Agent.
Bridgette is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls, Brittlyn and Aziah. She strives to instill in them Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Also, Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. The quote that resonates within Bridgette is: “You can not go back to start a new beginning, but you can start today for a new ending”.