about us
our team

Our board of directors meets monthly and provides oversight and accountability of our actions.

Rick Culp


Rick Culp earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Montevallo and later earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration at Florida State University. He also graduated from University of Mississippi School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He is employed with Mitchell McNutt & Sams. He also is an incorporator for Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi, Inc. and is a past board chairman for Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. He and his wife, Lori have three children, Richmond, Ryan, and Hannah Ruth.

George Taylor

Board Member

George Taylor, Treasurer, a former chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturer’s Association. He is a prominent member of the Tupelo community, and has served on many boards and commissions. George has been integral in the financial management of the Autism Center of North Mississippi.

Elaine Lovorn

Board Member

Elaine Lovorn is a retired teacher with the Tupelo Public School District. Over her career, she has worked with students across the autism spectrum. Elaine is an active member of the community as well as a mother and grandmother.

Polly Bailey

Board Member

Polly Bailey, a former Tupelo Public School District Board of Trustees president, is an active community volunteer and the grandmother of a child with autism.

Tricia Edmonson

Board Member

Tricia Edmonson is married to Dr. Will Edmonson and mother of three: Abbey, Cooper and Drew. As Tupelo resident for more than 10 years, Tricia has served as a member of many local organizations, including the Thomas Street Elementary and Lawndale Elementary PTOs, Tupelo Women’s Club, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo. She currently is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Association for Excellence in Education (AEE) and the Autism Center of North Mississippi. She also teaches Sunday School at All Saint’s Episcopal Church.

Her boys, Cooper and Drew, were diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age 3. They are now thriving and attend TPSD. Tricia is always happy to counsel other parents who are dealing with similar issues.

Dan Goodwin

Board Member

Dan Goodwin is currently the Production Control Manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing-Mississippi and has been with with the company since 1998. Since moving to Tupelo in 2013, Dan, his wife, Holly, and their two children have been active supporters of local and regional organizations such as the Autism Center of North Mississippi, the Regional Rehabilitation Center, the United Way, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Dan received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Sydney Wise

Board Member

Sydney Wise earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University and Master’s degree in Child Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University.  She has worked with both children and adults with cognitive disabilities in Mississippi and Louisiana. Specifically, Sydney has served as director of Briar Ridge Community Home for the North Mississippi Regional Center and as the Behavior Intervention Specialist for Pontotoc County School District, where she facilitated interventions for students with behavioral needs.  She currently works with REACH MS, Mississippi’s statewide personnel development grant, which focuses primarily on supporting school-wide and district-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  She and her husband, Scott, have two children, Anna Grace and Walker.

Shane Homan

Board Member

Shane Homan is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development at Community Development Foundation in Tupelo. Shane maintains a close working relationship with local government officials to progress economic development projects and initiatives. He brings over ten years of experience to his position. He and his wife, Angie have four children, Adam, Drew, Clara, and Zach.

Ormella Cummings, Ph.D.

Board Member

Ormella Cummings, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and facilitates the Evidence-based Planning Process (EPP) for North Mississippi Health Services by working collaboratively with senior leaders, departments and various entities to develop and deploy strategic initiatives. Her responsibilities include examining qualitative and quantitative data to identify strategically relevant trends that promote long-term organizational performance and sustainability and monitoring community relations throughout NMHS’ 24-county service area.

Cummings, who joined NMHS in 2004, has a Ph.D. in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Mississippi. Her certifications include designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Certified Professional Coach through the International Coach Federation and Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.