Nurse educators join SeHealth board

By Amanda L. Crabtree
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LUMBERTON — Two members recently were elected to the Southeastern Health board of trustees.

Joann Anderson, president and CEO of Southeastern Health, announced the addition of Cherry Maynor Beasley and Eva Jacobs Meekins. Beasley and Meekins are both natives and current residents of Robeson County and both have extensive backgrounds as nurse educators.

Beasley received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan, a master’s degrees in both nursing and public health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a family nurse practitioner post-master’s degree from The University of South Carolina, and a doctor of philosophy degree from East Carolina University. She is the Belk Endowed Professor for Rural and Minority Health at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she holds an academic appointment in the Department of Nursing. She has held nursing faculty positions at North Carolina Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

She has two grown children, Zeb and Mary-Joyce, and five grandchildren.

Meekins received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at UNC-Greensboro, a master’s degree in nursing with cardiovascular clinical specialization from USC-Columbia, a master’s degree in health care administration from Independence University in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs. She is the director of Nursing for Robeson Community College and has held nursing faculty positions there as well as at East Carolina University and UNCP.

She and her husband, Julius, have a grown daughter, Caitlan.

In addition to Beasley and Meekins, the other board of trustees members are Chairman Kenneth Rust, Kenny Biggs, Faye Caton, Larry Chavis, Danny Cook, Dr. Robin G. Cummings, Katie Davis, Dennis Hempstead, Randall Jones, Wayland Lennon, Alphonzo McRae Jr., Michael “Bo” Stone and W.C. Washington.

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By Amanda L. Crabtree

Amanda L. Crabtree is the Public Relations coordinator at Southeastern Health.

Amanda L. Crabtree is the Public Relations coordinator at Southeastern Health.