Janice Sherman, MPA, Chief Executive Officer
Janice Sherman holds an extensive background in rural and community health. She assumed the role of CEO of MPHCA in November 2015. Her previous positions include serving as a federal consultant to the Health Resources and Services Administration; as the CEO of Community Health Centers in the state of Georgia in both rural and urban settings; as well as leadership in state government. Having worked in state government for many years of her healthcare career, she has a critical grasp of issues impacting state and federal policy making. She has worked with federally qualified health centers, with a primary focus on Community Health Centers for more than 20 years. Ms. Sherman has worked in senior staff positions in state leadership with the Georgia Department of Health in the Divisions of Community and Public Health, the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care (MPHCA’s counterpart in GA) as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Georgia Rural Health Association. Janice brings a wealth of expertise around issues of defining critical needs of underserved areas for primary care. She has been successful in cultivating and building relationships to secure funding from the various levels of government and the philanthropic community in support of the state’s critical primary care needs. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and she is a native Mississippian.
Sandi Munden, CFO, Chief Financial Officer
Sandi Munden, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer of the Mississippi Primary Care Association. Mrs. Munden is a graduate of Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone, and Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Accounting and minored in Economics. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Prior to joining MPHCA, Mrs. Munden served as a controller for a private company for many years and most recently worked for the State of Mississippi, first with the Mississippi Gaming Commission, auditing casinos for internal control compliance and performing corporate investigations both in the United States and overseas, and later with the Office of the State Auditor as an investigator.
Vera Walker, Operations Manager
Serves as Operations Manager for the MPHCA, where she oversees day to day administrative operations on behalf of the management and staff. Ms. Walker also provides broad support via a range of administrative duties to assist the CEO in managing projects and accomplishing corporate objectives. She supervises the administrative support team on behalf of MPHCA. Ms. Walker joined the Association in 1996 and has over 30 years of Office and administrative experience.
Sonja R. Fuqua, PhD, RN, Director of Clinical Quality
Sonja R. Fuqua, PhD, RN, is the new Director of Clinical Quality for the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association. With over 30 years in nursing, her experiences range from Obstetric nursing (clinical) to Manager of Research and Recruitment with the Jackson Heart Study (10yrs), to four years with G. A. Carmichael Family Health Center (GACFHC), one of the MPHCA member Community Health Centers. While with GACFHC, she served as the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Director and was responsible for overseeing the organization’s readiness for PCMH recognition and completing the application process for which Level 2 recognition was achieved.
Dr. Fuqua received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing. However, working with the minority based cohort of the Jackson Heart Study inspired her to pursue her doctorate in African American Studies. She is active in numerous nursing organizations, and is a lifetime member of both Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi, one the oldest African American nurses’ organizations and The National Black Nurses Association. Dr. Fuqua has completed a term on the Mississippi Board of Nursing and is a leader in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Joseph Grice, Director of Technical Assistance & Training
Joseph Grice, MPH, is the Director of Technical Assistance & Training for the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association. Mr. Grice holds Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing from Mississippi State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Jackson State University. Prior to serving at MPHCA, Mr. Grice managed a federally funded HIV/AIDS surveillance project for the Mississippi State Department of Health. He also has extensive experience in survey and focus group design and implementation from his time working for a marketing research firm in the private sector. Mr. Grice is a native of Carthage, Mississippi and now resides in Pearl.
John Lunardini, Director of Communications and Business Development
John Lunardini has joined the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association as the Communications and Business Development Director.
Previously, John Lunardini was the Vice President of Community Programs and Services for Hinds County Human Resource Agency a non-profit community action agency. He provided executive leadership to a variety of programs including: CSBG/LIHEAP Grant Administration, MDOT Rural Transportation Program, CMPDD Senior Services – Congregate Meals and Meals on Wheels and management of overall department operations, grant preparation, staffing, and budgeting and program direction.
Prior to his work in non-profits, he served as the Business Manager for Southern Consultants, Inc. where he was responsible for day-to-day business operations, overseeing marketing and development, certifications, community relations and advertising.
He received a Master’s of Science in Administration and Sports Management from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi. Also, he is a 2014-2015 graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson. Mr. Lunardini is a member of the Board of Directors for Jackson Police Foundation, and a Cub Scout Den Leader for St. Richard Pack 30.
Wayne Miley, Programs and Workforce Development Director
Wayne Miley joined Mississippi Primary Health Care Association in June of 2015 as Director of Programs & Workforce Development. Wayne received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College in 1977 and his graduate degree for New Orleans Seminary in 1980. He has twenty-eight years of workforce development experience with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security where he focused on workforce counseling, state-wide workforce training program coordination, job placement/customer service activities, employer relations, programmatic financial tracking, workforce program policies and procedures, and coordination of rapid response teams for businesses in Mississippi going through closures and/or reductions in workforce. Wayne also served as a workforce development contract writer and as a contract deliverables coordinator prior to joining MPHCA. His duties related to workforce training required close coordination with Mississippi training facilities and schools state-wide. Prior to working at MDES, he served for eight years as a Branch Director for a family owned home health care business with locations in southeast Mississippi and in Jackson, Mississippi.
At MPHCA, Wayne’s current primary responsibilities include assisting Community Health Centers with recruitment and retention of staff, coordination of tobacco cessation program through the Office of Tobacco Control, and Oral Health Integration with primary care through the DentaQuest Foundation.
Desiree Stinson, Continuing Education Coordinator
Ms. Desiree Stinson joined Mississippi Primary Health Care in April of 2016 as the Coninuing Education Coordinator. As the Continuing Education Coordinator, Ms. Stinson will oversee MPHCA’s ability to enhance its provision to members for Continuing Education Units and Continuing Medical Education. Ms. Stinson will also provide support to Operations in the area of Finance.
Ms. Stinson holds a Bachelor of Science in Management as well as a Certification in Accounting. Prior to joining MPHCA, Ms. Stinson served as a Data Analyst for Baselines, Inc. and as an Executive Administrator for The Home Depot Aviation Department. Ms. Stinson comes to MPHCA with over 25 years of experience in project management, administrative and operational support.
Shermaile Williams, Administrative Assistant
Shermaile L. Williams has served Mississippi Primary Health Care Association in a couple of capacities since joining the company in 1999, being hired as the Receptionist and then being promoted to her current position.
Shermaile assist the association in all of its day-to-day activities as well as conference tasks. Her exceptional customer service and organizational skills are fully utilized in her role as Administrative Assistant. She holds an Associate's Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration.
Darilyn Hopkins, Secretary/Receptionist
Darilyn Hopkins serves as Receptionist/Secretary of the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association. Ms. Hopkins joined the Association in August of 2010. She is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Darilyn also works to support the operations team in an administrative capacity as well as provides support for the Dental Loan Repayment Program.