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State Office Staff

Carole Jakeway has served as the Chief Nurse for the Georgia Department of Public Health since 1989. Ms. Jakeway received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mercy College of Detroit. She completed the scholars program with the national Public Health Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Nurse Executive, Advanced. She is a member of Delta Omega, the honorary public health society.

She has over 37 years of public health nursing experience in the states of Washington, South Carolina and Georgia that included staff nursing, school health, home health, supervision, consultation and administration. This experience includes 15 years with local county health departments and the remainder with official state public health agencies.

Carole served as President of the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Nursing (ASTDN), the nursing affiliate of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) during 2001-2002 and currently serves on the ASTDN Committee on Emergency Preparedness.

She chaired the Department’s Quality Assurance and Improvement Task Force and The Public Health Career Track Workgroup. She has received the DHR Leadership Award, the DHR Safety Award, the Dr. James C. Crutcher Public Health Nursing Leadership Award from the Medical Association of Georgia and the ASTDN Award of Merit for her work in population health training.

Carole’s public health work is focused on building interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships, developing the public health system, measuring health outcomes and influencing policy for the sake of improving the health of individuals, families and communities

Meshell McCloud joined the Georgia Department of Public Health on April 1, 2007 as Assistant Chief Nurse on April 1, 2007. On April 1, 2010, Meshell was promoted to Deputy Chief Nurse. Meshell received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Howard University, her Master of Science degree as a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner from Georgia State University and a Post-Master Certificate from Rush University as a High Risk Perinatal Nurse Practitioner. She is currently recognized by the Georgia Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is currently certified as a Women’s Health Practitioner. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

She has played a leadership role in collaborating with multi-disciplinary health care leaders in the public and private sectors to improve perinatal HIV services and prevent perinatal HIV transmission. Meshell has also played a lead role in developing policy to assure that all pregnant women are tested for HIV. In 2007, Meshell was awarded the State Office Nursing Excellence Award.

Meshell has over twenty-three years of nursing experience and has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, and Practitioner-Teacher. She has also held a faculty appointment with Rush University, College of Nursing, where she taught Maternal and Child Health courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She coordinated and implemented the first High Risk Perinatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Rush University, College of Nursing.

Meshell’s focus areas with the Department of Public Health include Nurse Protocols, PHN Policies/Practice Guidelines,  PHN Council and PHN Strategic Planning. Meshell strives to ensure that public health nursing practice is consistent with Georgia nurse practice acts, rules and regulations and scope of practice; and improves the health status of individuals, communities and populations.

Jennifer Burkholder joined the Georgia Department of Public Health, Division of District and County Operations, Office of Nursing as Assistant Chief Nurse of Emergency Preparedness in June 2013. Jennifer earned her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management degree at the Rollins School of Public Health and is currently completing a Master of Nursing in Public Health Nursing Leadership at the Nell-Hodgson School of Nursing, both at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Pittsburg State University.

Jennifer’s experience in public health includes work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she interned as an Assistant Policy Analyst in the Office of the Associate Director for Health Reform, Policy, and Strategy where she gained experience collaborating with agencies such as the Georgia Health Policy Center in developing and implementing educational supports. Jennifer interned with the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) in 2012 as a health policy assistant, with a focus on state legislation and policy implementation related to nursing practice in Georgia. Jennifer has also served as the Vice President for the non-profit HealthSTAT where she directed programmatic planning and implementation of health advocacy campaigns and childhood obesity prevention.

Prior to pursuing a career in public health, Jennifer worked as a nurse for six years in a variety of settings and roles. She has experience in urban teaching hospitals, cardiology and telemetry units, and as a critical care nurse in the ICU. Jennifer has worked as an emergency crisis responder and part of a rapid response team. Additionally, she has served as a critical care practicum instructor for BSN students. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Jennifer has worked on the executive steering committee for the Cover Georgia Coalition, as a member of the Georgia Health Advocacy Coalition, as a member of the board of directors of HealthSTAT, as a nurse mentor for ConnectED4Health, and as a nurse educator in an urban youth AIDS prevention program. She also mentors a student at McNair Middle School.

Jennifer has gained extensive experience in writing, presenting, and teaching through her work with Emory University, HealthSTAT, and the CDC. She excels in building collaborative partnerships with various stakeholders and advocating for the nursing profession as well as the populations served by public health.