Newsmakers August 4, 2013

Linda Shields, Home Health registered nurse and care transition coach, was named North Mississippi Medical Center’s Employee of the Month for May.
Shields joined NMMC part-time as an aide while in nursing school and was hired full-time in 1990. She worked for 12 years in neurology/neurosurgery and has spent 11 years working in Home Health. In 2009, she was recognized as NMMC’s Nurse Mentor of the Year.
Shields is a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and received her associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College.

Ashley Henson has joined Pulmonary Consultants as aboard-certified nurse practitioner.
Henson received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She was employed at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo as an RN from 2009-2012 before moving into her most recent role of Critical Care Unit clinical nurse educator.

Stephanie Wilson is the July employee of the month for Franklin Collection Service.
She has been employed for seven years and is dialer manager for the company.

James P. Brown of Tupelo, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table this year.
MDRT is an international, independent association of more than 38,000 members, or less than 1 percent, of the world’s life insurance and financial services professionals.

Marcus Mallory and Jim McAlexander have joined BankFirst Financial Services .
Mallory was named executive vice president/commercial banking and McAlexander was named executive vice president/retail banking and branch administration.
Mallory has been in the financial field since 1989, most recently as executive vice president, state executive and Starkville office president for a local financial institution. He has a banking and finance degree from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Jim McAlexander has more than 25 years of banking experience, where his roles included president and senior credit officer of a local Columbus banking center. He has a finance degree from Mississippi State University and graduated from the University of Colorado’s School ofBank Marketing and Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking.

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