Nursing Staff

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, Division of District and County Operations, Office of Nursing on April 1, 2007 as Assistant Chief Nurse.  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 thirty-one 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 Nursing Education and Professional Development and Academic-Practice Partnerships. 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.

Contact Us

The Georgia Department of Public Office of Nursing  
2 Peachtree Street NW, 9th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: (404) 463-0801
Fax: (404) 656-4457 fax


Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday





Page last updated 02/01/2017