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.

Ormella Cummings, Ph.D.

Board Member, Secretary

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.

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.

Steven Blaylock

Board Member

Steven is the Executive Director of Philanthropy at the Health Care Foundation of North MS/North MS Health Services. Steven holds a B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Mississippi. Blaylock is a 2015 Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute graduate, 2017 Leadership Mississippi graduate, CDF REACH Team Captain, and an active community volunteer.  He and his family live in the Brewer Community.

Ben Beavers

Board Member

Ben Beavers, is a Senior Vice President with Community Bank. Ben holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University.   He went on to graduate from the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and the Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending. Beavers also completed the Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute in 2015 through the Tupelo Community Development Foundation.  Active in the local community, Beavers serves on the Healthcare Foundation’s Take a Swing at Cancer Tournament Committee. He is also a member of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club and with the Northeast Mississippi Financial Planning Association. He and his wife, Liz, have three children Jacob, Hart, and Joshua. They are active members of The Orchard Church in Tupelo.

Lisa Martin

Board Member

Dr. Susan Hyatt

Board Member

Susan Hyatt is a child psychologist at the Behavioral Health Center in Tupelo.  She obtained her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.  A resident of Tupelo for 28 years, Susan is active at her church and volunteers at the Tupelo Community Theatre.

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.