The College of Health Sciences  


In Celebration of Black History Month, the College of Health Sciences is recognizing some of its
'Accomplished Graduates' from the programs offered in the College.
The College of Health Sciences is committed to 'Preparing Tomorrow's Healthcare Leaders.'



Riley Howard, III., B.S., M.Ed.
Human Performance Sports Sciences
Class of 2008 & 2010 

Founder/President, The Elite 3.  A Nashville based non-profit organization that works to support disadvantaged youth based on 3 principles: Fitness, Enrichment, and Achievement; former positions held:  Family Resource Center Director for Family & Children's Services; Health Coach for Healthways Inc..; Trainer and Mentor; ACN TN, Executive Team Trainer; Marketing Researcher; Team Captain for TSU Tigers Football Team. 
Hometown: Nashville, TN



Machelle F. Thompson, A.S., R.D.H.., B.S., M.S.P.H.
Dental Hygiene 
Class of 1975

Dental Hygienist.  Assistant Dean for Compliance & Outcomes Assessment, Clinical Affairs, Director of Compliance,  with the Meharry Medical School of Dentistry; Researcher; Mentor; Peer Reviewer; ADEA Enid A. Neidle Scholar; TSU Dental Hygiene's Advisory Board Member; Core faculty member for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, Vanderbilt University; Program Services Committee for the March of Dimes - TN Chapter.
Hometown: Franklin, TN


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Myra Meekins,
Physical Therapy
Class of 1996

Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN.  She is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
Hometown: Memphis, TN  


Bonita Qwens, B.S.
Occupational Therapy
Class of 1996

Pediatric Occupational Therapist for the San Antonio ISD in San Antonio, TX, there she evaluates and provides support services to children with disabilities.; Entrepreneur; Business Owner; CEO and Founder of the Amazing Women Network; Motivational Speaker; Certified iPEC Coach; Personal Growth Coach and Corporate Trainer; AOTA, Member.  
Hometown: Nashville, TN



Danielle Watson, B.S. M.A., PhD
Speech Pathology & Audiology
Class of 2005 

Assistant Professor
in the Speech Pathology & Audiology Department at Tennessee State University.  
University of Cincinnati is where she received a Master of Arts and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
With research interest in literacy assessment and school based issues, Dr. Watson has presented at numerous conventions all over the United States. Additionally, she serves as a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist for MNPS; TSU Wesley Foundation Board Member; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Member; former Member of the TSU Aristocrat of Bands.
Hometown: Nashville, TN





Johnathan E. Watkins, B.S., MPA, FACHE
Health Care Administration & Planning 
Class of 2001
Cum Laude  

Chief Executive Officer
of Broward Health Imperial Point at Broward Health. O
versees a 200 acute care hospital and is responsible for leading the organization’s overall administration. He earned a masters in public administration from TSU in 2003. Former roles: Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Permanente; VP/COO at Methodist North Hospital at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Inc.and interim Chief Executive Officer for Methodist North Hospital; Assistant Administrator of MLH; Senior Project Manager in the Quality & Patient Safety Division; a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt; Member, Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Board of Examiners; President, Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives; and Member, American College of Healthcare Executives. 
Hometown: Memphis, TN



Kenya McEwen, B.S.
Health Information Management
Class of 2015

Director of Quality & Compliance at MediCopy Services, Inc. 
Tennessee State University Health Information(HIM) Advisory Board; Mentor.
Hometown: Nashville, TN







Twan Lansden, B.S., M.H.A., RRT
Cardio-Respiratory  Care  
Class of 1997   

On the Leadership Team at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center as Director of Respiratory Therapy and Sleep.    Formerly, a Respiratory Therapy Manager with TriStar Hendersonville;  Cardiopulmonary Services Director for Williamson Medical Center, where he led the RT division of the nursery from a Level II to a Level II-B, Certified Smoking Cessation Counselor, Achieved AASM Sleep Lab Accreditation, Pulmonary Rehab Educator and opened the Respiratory Division of the Children's Hospital at Williamson Medical Center; Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University.  He earned a master's in health services administration from the University of St. Francis in Illinois.
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN


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