The Delta Health Alliance

IPC Staff Makes Formal Introductions

Posted on: January 5, 2012

(Stoneville, MS) – The Indianola Promise Community (IPC) was established more than two years ago through Delta Health Alliance to provide life-improving services for Indianola’s citizens from birth through college and career. Designed through an age-appropriate pipeline approach, IPC programs will impact literacy, child development, physical fitness, workforce development and youth activities. The programs, however, are only as good as those responsible for implementing and overseeing them. Therefore, Delta Health Alliance formed a diverse staff that will not only directly assist the Indianola community with direct services, but also indirectly because of their education, experience and expertise. Some of the staff have been working in Indianola for as long as two years and are familiar with the community.  Others came on board a little later. All staff members would like to formally introduce themselves to the community they hope to serve for years to come.

IPC staff (left to right) – Front row: Bernadette Parks, Project Manager/ETO Senior Administrator; Elijah Johnson, Project Director; Deborah Moore, Interim Assistant Vice President of Programs. Back row: Anthony Powell, Research Assistant; Roshunda Sample, Project Manager; Cassandra Rule, Social Services Coordinator; Shelia Moton, Efforts to Outcomes Administrator; Olwyn Wright, Administrative Assistant.


Deborah Moore, Interim Assistant Vice President of Programs

Deborah Moore is an Interim Assistant Vice President of Programs at Delta Health Alliance. Moore is assigned to the Indianola Promise Community where she provides administrative oversight and technical assistance to the community and organizations regarding the Indianola Promise Community. Moore worked one year as Project Manager IV at Delta Health Alliance before being promoted to Interim Assistant Vice President.

Deborah is a retiree from the state of Mississippi where she served 27 years in community and economic development. She spent the last 12 years of her career before coming to Delta Health Alliance at Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development in Cleveland, MS where she served as AmeriCorps director for two programs and then as director of the Center for Community and Economic Development the last five years. In her role as director of the Center for Community and Economic Development she assisted grass-root communities by empowering individuals, strengthening relationships and developing projects and programs to strengthen communities. Moore has extensive work with proposal writing having secured grants in excess of $15,000,000.00.

Moore is a member of several non-profit boards, the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, Cleveland Youth Council and Friends of the Environment. She currently serves as chair of the executive committee for the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative. Moore serves in an advisory capacity for the Breast Education-Early detection Project and the School-based Asthma Management Project at Delta State University. She also serves on the advisory board of the Excel by 5 program in Cleveland, MS.

Moore is a native of Cleveland, MS. She is a graduate of Delta State University with a B.B.A. degree and a M.B.A. degree. She has a certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council (NDC) and is currently working on her dissertation to complete the PhD program at the University of Southern Mississippi in Human Capital Development.

Eligah Johnson, Project Director

Eligah is the director of Delta Promise Community through Delta Health Alliance in Stoneville, MS.

As a Registered Respiratory Therapist, he brings more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and management to his post as director of Delta Promise Community.  Prior to assuming his current responsibilities at Delta Health Alliance, Eligah served as the director of the Sleep Center and the Respiratory Therapy and Neurology Departments at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS.

He joined Delta Health Alliance in August 2009 after working at The King’s Daughters Hospital and Delta Regional Medical Center. He received his bachelors of Health Science degree from Baptist College in Memphis, TN and masters of Public Health degree from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.

Eligah has served his community by participating in Leadership Greenville and as a board member for Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Respiratory Advisory Board at Coahoma Community College and on the Education Committee for the Mississippi Society for Respiratory Care. Currently, he serves as a member on the Project Success Steering Committee in Indianola, MS.  Eligah is a native of Greenville, MS and currently resides there with his wife and son.

Roshunda Sample, Project Manager

More than a decade ago, she left town for college with aspirations of becoming a pediatric dentist.  Although she didn’t become a dentist, her newfound work in her hometown is sure to make many of Indianola’s youth display their brightest smiles.

Roshunda Sample is an Indianola native and graduate of the Gentry High School Class of 1997. After attending Jackson State University where she attained her bachelor’s degree in biology, working and attaining a master’s degree in public health from the University of Tennessee, she returned home.

During the last semester of her master’s degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Roshunda’s love for community-based work began to be cultivated as an outreach worker for the Emerald Youth Foundation.

Roshunda has had extensive experience in community development work and research projects including the March of Dimes, the Centers for Disease Control and the Morehouse College School of Medicine.

Cassandra Rule, Social Services Coordinator

Cassandra Rule’s background is in Social Services. She is a Licensed Master level Social Worker. She has worked in various agencies; Dept of Human Services( Youth Crisis Center); Ms. State Dept of Mental Health with Developmentally Disabled and Seriously Mentally Ill Populations; and Palliative Care as The Bereavement/ Social Services Coordinator. She obtained her Master of Social Work in 2008 and immediately began work with The Mississippi State Department of Health- Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. This job afforded her the title of First Responder/Community Planner for all Hazards (in 9 counties in the Mississippi Delta) as specified by the Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). Cassandra achieved numerous Certifications and Achievements. Her proudest accomplishment during her tenure with the OEPR was her deployment to a Special Medical Needs Shelter during Hurricane Gustov. There, her first responder role was to be the Facilities Manager over the RNs, volunteers, clerical staff, EMS and other responders/support staff. There were approx. 158 families/evacuees from the Ms. Gulf Coast, Louisiana and Texas. In December of 2010, Cassandra accepted the Social Service Coordinator position with Delta Health Alliance- Indianola Promise Community.  Cassandra has set up a Social Service Resource Collaborative of existing and new programs that service children and families in Indianola. The collaboration seeks to eliminate gaps and duplication of services while enhancing programs. Cassandra enjoys cooking, long drives, listening to music, interaction with diverse people and cultures.

Sheila Moton, Efforts to Outcomes Administrator

Shelia Moton joined the DHA Family in November of 2009 as a Community Health Worker. In December of 2009, she became Project Coordinator of The Delta Community Health Worker Project which trains trusted individuals to be lead advocates in their communities. Shelia completed her Bachelors of Social Science in Criminal Justice at the honorable Mississippi Valley State University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Juveniles & Child Family Welfare at the honorable Mississippi Valley State University. In 2011, she joined the Indianola Promise Community as an Effort to Outcome Administrator to work collectively insuring that all programs are producing valuable and measureable outcomes. She is the proud mother of a three year old daughter named Abagail Desharia Moton. In her spare time, she enjoys reading to her daughter, reading novels, watching classic movies, and enjoys smooth sounds of R&B music.

Olwyn Wright, Administrative Assistant III

Olwyn Wright is the Administrative Assistant II for the Indianola Promise Community. Olwyn came to the Indianola Promise Community with over 18 years of clerical experience. Olwyn’s past employers include Greenville Public School District and Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Olwyn is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS with a Bachelor degree in Office Administration. She is pursuing a Master degree in Public Administration from Strayer University in Jackson, MS. Olwyn is a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Leland, MS; Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Olwyn is the second of four children to C J and Velma Wright. Olwyn resides in Greenville, MS.

Bernadette Parks, Project Manager/ETO Senior Administrator

Bernadette Parks, a native of Belzoni, MS serves as the Project Manager/ETO Senior Administrator with DHA.  She joined DHA almost 2 years ago as a technical writer.  Bernadette has an MBA from Jackson State University.  Previous work experience include:  Program Coordinator for the Diabetes Prevention Program at the Mississippi State Department of Health; consultant with Parks Consultant Services; Field Interviewer for the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago; Business Manager of the Jackson State University Development Foundation, Inc.; and Office Manager for the Jackson State University National Alumni AIDS Prevention Project.  Bernadette enjoys serving her community and is committed to improving health and education outcomes in the Mississippi Delta.

Anthony Powell, Research Assistant

Anthony Powell is a Research Assistant in the Indianola Promise Community at Delta Health Alliance.  He works within the Indianola Promise Community in Indianola, MS connecting the community and businesses with Indianola Promise Community.  He has worked with the Indianola Promise Community for more than 2 years.  Also, Anthony has worked with the 21st Century Project with Delta Health Alliance for 1 ½ years collecting, analyzing, and extracting data.  Mr. Powell is a native of Greenville, MS where he received his high school diploma from Greenville-Western High School.  He went to Jackson State University for 4 years where he obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Anthony went on to attain a master’s degree in biology at Jackson State University.  He was a LSMAMP participate where he researched molecular and cellular biology.  While obtaining his master’s degree, Anthony began working for Delta Health Alliance part-time as a research assistant.  After receiving his master’s, he became a full-time worker with Delta Health Alliance, where continues to work.  He plans on going back to apply and obtain his PhD at the University of Southern Mississippi.