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Meet Our Team

Welcome to the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  I appreciate your interest in learning more about how you can support the state’s only academic medical center.

UMMC’s mission and ongoing commitment is to advance health care excellence in Mississippi and beyond by providing top-tier medical services, conducting leading-edge research, and training the next generation of health care professionals.

Your support enables us to:

  1. Enhance patient care and experiences
  2. Advance research initiatives
  3. Support education and training
  4. Provide community outreach

Because of supporters like you, we are proud to share that we recently raised more than $100 million in private contributions to construct the Kathy and Joe Sanderson Tower to expand Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

As we look ahead, we are devoting much of our efforts to bring world-class cancer care to Mississippians, who are disproportionately affected by the disease. Our long-term goals are to achieve National Cancer Institute designation and to construct a comprehensive cancer center.

Together, we can make a meaningful impact that extends far beyond the borders of our state. Your generosity is deeply appreciated and warmly acknowledged by all those whose lives you touch through your support.

With heartfelt gratitude,
Meredith Aldridge, JD
Executive Director

Senior Leadership

Meredith Aldridge
Meredith Aldridge, JD
Executive Director
Lauren Engle
Lauren Engle
Director of Special Projects
Jennifer Hospodor
Jennifer Hospodor
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Melissa Robinson
Melissa Robinson, DHA
Senior Director of Principal Gifts

Principal Gifts

Harold Brewer
Harold Brewer
Major Gifts Officer-Schools
Lee Anne Bryan
Lee Anne Bryan
Director of Philanthropy and Engagement-The MIND Center
Suzanne Crell
Suzanne Crell
Director of Development-Hospitals
Brad Ewing
Brad Ewing
Director of Development-Schools
Jane Harkins
Jane Harkins, JD
Planned Giving Officer
Sheila Henderson
Sheila Henderson, DHSc
Major Gifts Officer-Schools
Lee Pharr
Lee Pharr
Major Gifts Officer- Hospitals
Victoria Stein
Victoria Stein
Gift Officer-Hospitals

Special Projects

Suzanne Thigpen
Suzanne Thigpen
Assistant Director of Special Projects

Strategic Partnerships

Laura Hodge
Laura Hodge
Alumni Events
Kathyrne Lewis
Kathyrne Lewis
Alumni Engagement Officer
Amber Magee
Amber Magee
Community Development Coordinator
Rebecca Neely
Rebecca Neely
Community Development Manager
Andrew Russell
Andrew Russell
Development Liaison – Annual Giving
Leigh Anne Wilkins
Alumni Engagement Associate

Stewardship

Josslyn Littles
Graphic Designer
Emily Routh
Emily Routh
Stewardship and Donor Relations Manager

Operations

Vishal Balaji
Vishal Balaji
Development Data Analyst
Joy Beth Myers
Joy Beth Myers
Manager of Operations
Jennifer Ransom
Jennifer Ransom
Administrative Assistant III