Division of District and County Operations and Office of Nursing Staff

State Office Staff

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.

Terri Dumas serves as the Deputy Director of District and County Operations at the Georgia Department of Public Health. Terri earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan College of Macon, GA, and her MPH at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a focus on Community Mobilization. She began her public health career at the Department of Health and Human Services of Louisiana in the area of adolescent health, and has since worked with nonprofits and other local and state agencies to improve the health and safety of Georgia’s citizens, including working with PEDS in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program to establish policies, coalitions and funding to make communities more walkable, assisting the DeKalb County Board of Health in administering its Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and developing training material with a focus on health education for Future Foundation.

Terri’s current role as the Deputy Director of District and County Operations is to serve as a liaison between district and state office staff with a primary focus of organizing District Health Director Council Sessions and Business Meetings designed to address concerns of the District Health Directors and State Office Programs, and provide opportunities for strategic planning. She is also responsible for organizing such meetings for the District Administrators and Program Managers. Terri serves as the lead for managing the department’s efforts to foster collaboration between public health and primary care as part of its strategic priorities, among other duties. Terri received the Fitzgerald Leadership Award in 2015 and is certified in True Colors and LUMA Training.

Kortney Floyd joined the Georgia Department of Public Health, Division of District and County Operations, Office of Nursing on April 17, 2017 as Deputy Chief Nurse – Nurse Protocols. She began her public health career in 2012 in Maternal and Child Health as a Nurse Consultant for Children 1st and 1st Care. She later moved to the Tuberculosis Program in the Division of Health Protection. She is also a practicing Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in asthma management, neonatal abstinence syndrome, obesity management and infectious diseases.

She attended the University of South Carolina, Columbia (Go Gamecocks!) and graduated in 2005 with her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing. She then obtained her Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing with a focus in Primary Pediatrics from Georgia State University in 2010.

Kortney’s focus in the Office of Nursing is to assist all districts in Georgia with operating under Nurse Protocols. In doing so, she is committed to ensuring every Public Health Registered Nurse is knowledgeable of the Nurse Protocols, adheres to the guidelines as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act and provides evidence-based care to their patients in order to achieve and maintain positive patient outcomes. Kortney hopes that her efforts impact Georgia’s citizens in a great way; ensuring great patient outcomes, autonomous nurses  and a healthy Georgia.

Laura Layne serves as a Deputy Chief Nurse with the Division of District and County Operations in the Office of Nursing at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and leads the integration of Continuous Quality Improvement principles and strategies in the Department and throughout Public Health Nursing in Georgia. She promotes a culture of quality and builds capacity to translate quality improvement into practice to improve care and outcomes for Georgians.

Laura’s experiences serving vulnerable populations in urban, rural, and international settings inspired her passion for public health and nursing. Her educational background includes a dual Master's degree in Public Health and Nursing from Emory University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Spanish from Auburn University.

She is a Clinical Instructor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Since 2006, she has worked as a member of the faculty team planning the Farmworker Family Health Program to provide health services for migrant farm workers every summer in South Georgia. She mentors nursing and public health students and has contributed articles to several peer reviewed journals including International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, Nursing Outlook, and Public Health Nursing.

Contact Us

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

Phone: (404) 463-0801

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





Page last updated 11/15/2017