Meet the Singing River Health System Foundation Board of Directors.
Executive Director – Laura Sessum
Laura first joined Singing River Health System as a nurse in 2005, working in the ER and then later the MICU. In 2009, she changed roles and began addressing the health needs in Jackson County by collaborating with local community leaders through her role as coordinator and manager for Singing River Health System’s Community Benefit Department. Laura played a key role in Singing River Health System’s partnership with Let’s Go! Gulf Coast as an inaugural board member of the MS Gulf Coast Youth Health Coalition. In 2015, Laura was recognized as one of the Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40 by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Laura earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She and her husband Tommy reside in Ocean Springs with their three children.
President – Lujean Trumble
Lujean Trumble is the Business Manager for Singing River Radiology Group in Pascagoula. She has served in this capacity for over 30 years. She also worked at Singing River Hospital in the Business Office for seven years.
Lujean graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, OK. After graduating high school, she worked for St. John’s Hospital. Because of her husband’s service in the United States Air Force, she has worked in Nebraska, California and Germany.
Lujean and her husband, John, live in Vancleave and are active members of First Baptist Church of Vancleave.
Vice President – Crystal Murray
Crystal is the Practice Administrator for Singing River Health System Hospice of Light. Prior to this role, she worked as Hospice Liaison and Registered Nurse on 1 North East at Singing River Hospital.
Crystal is a graduate of Mississippi State University in Ag Business/Economics and a graduate of William Carey University with a Bachelors in Nursing. Before her nursing career, Crystal worked in Ag Business in New Mexico.
She and her husband Daniel reside in Vancleave with their daughter.
Treasurer – Lee Bond
Lee Bond is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Singing River Health System, where he recently served as Chief Financial Officer and was instrumental in helping lead the financial turnaround over the last two years. Prior to joining Singing River, Lee served as the Vice President of Property Operations at IP Casino in Biloxi, starting in 2005. Prior to this service, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for Grand Casino Biloxi. He has been a Certified Public Accountant and has used his accounting and financial skills in various roles since beginning his career in 1992. He is also a licensed General Contractor and is the President of a small contracting company, L.L. Bond & Company, Inc. Lee has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Alabama, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Lee has held community leadership roles in both Jackson and Harrison County. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Bacot-McCarty Foundation, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Ducks Unlimited Gulf Coast Chapter and is the Past President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPAs. Lee is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County, and was recognized as a Top 10 Outstanding Community Leader for South Mississippi. Lee and his wife, Tammy, reside in Vancleave with their two children. They are active participants at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Lee was born at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. His great great great grandfather is Fernando Upton Gautier, the first settler of the City of Gautier, and its namesake. Lee’s hobbies include training horses and dealing with classic cars.
Secretary – Kim Monson
Kim is employed with Singing River Health System and is currently the Compliance Services Director and Privacy Officer.
Kim is actively involved in the community, including member of the non-profit Melange Dance Company Board and secretary of the Singing River Health System Foundation Board. Kim served as secretary and finance chair of the Ocean Springs-Biloxi Junior Auxiliary. Kim is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Jackson County.
Kim was born in Pascagoula and currently resides in Pascagoula with her family where they are members of Sacred Hearth Catholic Church.
Member – Dr. Bud Ehlert
Dr. Ehlert is a retired radiologist after 40 years with Singing River Radiology. He attended the University of the South and received his medical degree from the University of Alabama. Dr. Ehlert now enjoys wood working and farming, and he and his wife Regina reside in Pascagoula. They have two sons, William and Wesley.
Member – Derek Erickson, Au.D.
Dr. Erickson is an Audiologist at Bay Area ENT & Audiology in Ocean Springs. He has been with the practice for over ten years where he provides comprehensive hearing health care such as diagnostics, hearing aid fittings and aural rehabilitation services.
As a native of Ocean Springs, Dr. Erickson decided to move back to the coast following college. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Audiology from The University of Southern Mississippi and his Doctor of Audiology from Salus University.
Dr. Erickson resides in Ocean Springs with his wife Allison and their two children.
Member – Angel Risley
Angel Risley has been an educator for 17 years. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2001, and from William Carey University with a Master of Education degree in 2008. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Bacot McCarty Foundation, and has previously served as a member of the Duchess Club of Ocean Springs and the Ocean Springs Education Foundation.
Angel lives with her husband Walt in Ocean Springs, and enjoys serving and giving back to the community.
Member – George Simmerman
George M. Simmerman, Jr. is the vice president and chief counsel for the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). Named to this position in 2014, George provides legal advice and counsel, in coordination with the corporate vice president and general counsel, to senior division management and oversees and coordinates with other HII lawyers who report to him the provision of legal advice to the division.
Previous to this position and since 2011, he served as corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for HII, and from 2008 to 2011 as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel for Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding sector.
George has practiced law since 1983. He is a member of the American, Alabama, Mississippi, and Jackson County Bar Associations. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and he has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Jackson County Bar Association, on the board of directors for the Mississippi Bar’s Young Lawyers Section and the Loyola University School of Law’s Annual Longshore Act Conference, and as the Mississippi chair of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section.
He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has completed executive education programs in finance, general management and leadership, and executive marketing strategy, respectively, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Harvard University’s Business School and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. George was in private practice before joining Litton Industries, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman Corp.) in 1991.
He has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. He received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in political science from Spring Hill College in 1980 and graduated with honors as a juris doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1983.
Member – Dr. Holly Summerlin
Dr. Holly G. Summerlin is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist at Gulf Coast Ob/Gyn, PA, in Pascagoula, MS. Born and raised in Pascagoula, Dr. Summerlin graduated with Distinction from Pascagoula High School. Following in the footsteps of her father and four older siblings, she went on to attend the University of Alabama, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She then completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of South Alabama, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received an award for Excellence in Practice. She worked as a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of South Alabama Medical Center until entering medical school. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Summerlin then completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Due to her contributions to numerous research studies during that time, she received the Resident Research Award.
Upon completing residency, Dr. Summerlin worked in Gulfport, MS, for four years prior to returning to Pascagoula and joining the medical staff at Singing River Health System. In addition to her role in private practice, Dr. Summerlin also acts as a collaborating physician to Nurse Practitioners providing Ob-Gyn care at Coastal Family Health Center.
Dr. Summerlin is married to a fellow Pascagoulan, and together they have three children. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, boating, fishing, exercise, and reading. She has served on the Board of Singing River Health System Foundation since 2009.
Member – Dusty Watts
Dusty Watts is a Senior Diabetes Care Specialist with Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, a worldwide company focusing on the research, development, and marketing of primarily Diabetes and chronic weight management products. He joined Novo Nordisk in August 2012. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Mr. Watts served as senior sales representative at Merck & Co. a worldwide company focusing on the research, development, and marketing of Pharmaceutical products across many therapeutic classes. He held this position form 2001 – 2012.
Mr. Watts received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Master of Science degree in Health and Human Sciences for USM as well.
He is a lifelong member of Caswell Springs United Methodist Church, Where he rotates as a Sunday School teacher in his Faith Sunday school Class and is a past chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Mr. Watts serves on the Board of Directors for Community of Hope, a local outreach that provides assistance to Jackson and George county residents during times of need. He is also a charter member of the East Central Men’s Club, a community outreach group established in 2012.
He lives in the Hurley/Wade community with his son Randon, and daughter Rayleigh.
Member – Reverend Terence Wells
Reverend Terence Wells is the current Men’s Pastor for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church which serves Moss Point, MS and Mobile, AL. Rev. Wells previously worked as an operator for Mississippi Power at Plant Daniels in Moss Point, where he retired after thirty years. He played in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and the Green Bay Packers.
Rev. Wells earned his Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation from The University of Southern Mississippi. He has previously served as a board member for the Home of Grace in Vancleave, MS, where he was also a member of the budget and finance and the audit/review committees from 2005 to 2011.
Rev. Wells is married to the former Cheryl Barnett. They have two sons and six grandchildren.