JOY KIMBRELL

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Professor of Nursing
jkimbrell@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6350
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
A.S.N., East Tennessee State University
B.S.N., East Tennessee State University
M.S.N., Vanderbilt University
D.N.P., Union University

Dr. Joy Kimbrell joined the faculty at Cumberland University in 2005.  She has taught in a variety of courses in the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions.  She served an interim dean for the RSONHP from January 2017-June 2018. She is currently Director of the Online RN to BSN program.  

Dr. Kimbrell has been a registered nurse for over 40 years.  She has practiced in a variety of clinical areas including many years in critical care.

Publications (partial list):

Kimbrell, Joy D.  (2018). “Test Taking Strategies” Power point presentation being used throughout Orbis Education partner schools and universities in USA.  

Kimbrell, Joy D. and Powers, Cynthia (2016) “Can Faith Community Nurses Successfully Teach Parishioners About Advance Health Care Planning?|” International Journal of Faith Community Nursing: Vol. 2: Iss. 2, Article 4.

Presentations (partial list):

Classroom Assessment Made Fun”.  TNA-TASN Conference. September 15-17, 2017.  Murfreesboro, TN

Can Faith Community Nurses Successfully Teach Parishioners About Advance Health Care Planning? Poster Presentation.  2016 TNA/TASN Conference.  October 28-30, 2016. Murfreesboro, TN.

JAMES HOLBROOK

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Associate Professor of Sport Management
jholbrook@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1312
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.A., Morehead State University
M.S., Eastern Kentucky University
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. James Holbrook began at Cumberland University in fall of 2010 and teaches sport management, and is the Program Director for sport management  Prior to arriving at Cumberland, he served as an Associate Professor, as well as a Department Chair and Program Director at other universities. He has published several journal articles as well as a few books.  He has also held several professional offices in SCAHPERD. Dr. Holbrook holds a Bachelor of Arts in physical education with a minor in marketing, a Master of Science in Sports Administration, and a Doctor of Arts in physical education.  

KATHRYN HOCKADAY

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Instructor of Nursing
khockaday@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1373
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A.S.N., Aquinas College, Nashville
B.S.N., Aquinas College, Nashville
M.S.N., Loyola University New Orleans

WHITNEY GRAVES

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Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education
wgraves@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1328
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S., Valdosta State University
M.S., Troy University
D.A.T., Indiana State University
Dr. Whitney Graves begins her first year as Athletic Training Education Professor at Cumberland University in 2019-2020.  She will have the responsibility of teaching graduate courses in athletic training and undergraduate core movement sciences courses.  She will be responsible for assisting in student research and program administration as well as participate in department, college and university service activities. Most recently Dr. Graves worked at East Alabama Orthopedics & Sports Medicine working as the Sports Outreach Director and Clinical Coordinator. She was responsible coordinating clinicals for athletic training graduate students with Auburn University as well as assess the other clinical sites and preceptors. Dr. Graves spent time as an Athletic Trainer for Auburn University Warrior Research Center in Fort Benning, GA. She provided tactical athlete orthopedic evaluations, therapeutic interventions including rehabilitation and modalities, and injury prevention strategies for soldiers completing a 9 week basic combat training or 14 week station unit training program. Dr. Graves received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA (2011). From there she went to Troy University as a Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training where she received her Master of Science of Sports and Fitness Management. Dr. Graves completed her Doctorate in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in May of 2019. Dr. Graves and her husband, Jordan, reside in Lebanon with their dogs Pearl, Sadie, and Jax.  

MARY BESS GRIFFITH

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Dean of The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, and Associate Professor
mgriffith@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1200
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B.S.N., University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences
M.S.N., University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Center
F.N.P., University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Center
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Mary Bess Griffith became Dean, Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, in 2018.  She was previously employed as Director of the Nursing Department and Associate Professor of Nursing at Bethel University. Prior to that, Dr. Griffith worked for several years in the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation as Director of Market Services for West Tennessee and East Arkansas. Her experience in academia includes Nursing Lecturer at Murray State University; Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Tennessee at Martin; and Chair (Dean), Department of Nursing, and Associate Professor at Dyersburg State Community College.  A licensed registered nurse, Dr. Griffith has practice experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner and hospital ICU Charge Nurse and Staff Nurse. Dr. Griffith holds Bachelor Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also completed Family Nurse Practitioner post-masters work.  Her doctoral work (Ph.D. in Nursing) was done at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Dr. Griffith is a Certified Nurse Educator and holds a Certificate in Simulation from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of Nursing’s honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, the National League for Nursing, and the American Nurses Association. Active in her profession, Dr. Griffith has served as the Tennessee Nursing Association’s Treasurer and on the Tennessee Nursing Foundation Board of Directors.  She has also served as Treasurer for the Tennessee Nursing Program Deans and Directors. Prior to joining Cumberland University, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the McKenzie (TN) Community Hospital.  Dr. Griffith has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and has presented her research at national and international health sciences conferences.  

JASON GRINDSTAFF

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Professor of Exercise and Sport Science
jgrindstaff@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1381
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B.A., Dakota Wesleyan University
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.B.A., Cumberland University
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Jason Grindstaff began at Cumberland University in fall of 2010 and teaches courses in the School of Nursing & Health Professions.  He primarily teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate Exercise & Sport Science programs.  Prior to arriving at Cumberland, Dr. Grindstaff was a Post-Doctoral Associate for two years with the University of Florida where he provided mental health and sport psychology services for the Gator’s athletic department.  In addition to clinical experiences in university mental health, substance abuse counseling, gambling addiction, and biofeedback, Dr. Grindstaff has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Tennessee and University of Florida in sport psychology, physical education and deaf education.

Dr. Grindstaff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and sports medicine.  His graduate education is cross-disciplinary and includes degrees in mental health counseling and sport psychology with primary training and emphasis in peak performance in sport and exercise. He holds multiple national certifications and licenses in sport psychology, strength & conditioning, and counseling. His areas of research and community outreach address the role of resistance training in enhancing strength and quality in life in senior populations, anaerobic assessment in hockey players, exercise adherence & dependence, and peak performance training in various sports.

KELCEY FLAGG

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Instructor of Nursing
KFlagg@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1202
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The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N., Austin Peay State University
M.S.N., Union University

Mrs. Kelcey Flagg was appointed the role as the Lab Coordinator for the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions in the fall of 2021.  Before her role at Cumberland, Mrs. Flagg began her nursing career in 2017 as a postpartum nurse for West Tennessee Healthcare in Jackson, TN. There, she also floated within various unis, such as Pediatrics, Neonatal ICU, Women’s Surgical, and Medical-surgical. Within a year of working for West Tennessee Healthcare, she was appointed as one of the charge nurses and preceptors for the postpartum unit. In 2018, Mrs. Flagg decided to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing to fulfill her passion for education. In December of 2019, she graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Union University. In January of 2020, she was appointed the role as an Adjunct Faculty member at Union University, where she provided clinical teaching for the accelerated and traditional B.S.N students. After getting married in June of 2021, Mrs. Flagg moved to Murfreesboro, TN with her husband, where she now resides. Her goal as an educator is to create a learning environment that is positive, considers different learning styles, and encourages students to share and build upon their knowledge.

JAYNE FOREST

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Assistant Professor of Nursing
jforest@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6353
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M.S.N., University of Mexico
B.S.N., University of Phoenix
A.D.N., Becker College

RAY LYNN CRUTCHER

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Director of Operations, Jeanette C Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
rcrutcher@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1314
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Ray Lyn Crutcher grew up in Lebanon Tennessee and attended Middle Tennessee State University and Cumberland University. Before joining Cumberland in January 2011, she worked in the Financial Industry for 17 years in which she attended the Southeastern School of Consumer Credit at Vanderbilt University. Ray Lynn has or is currently serving on the boards of Leadership Wilson, Wilson County Fair Promotions, Wilson County Teen Court, Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and Wilson County CASA.
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