Office of the DeanCynthia Hughes Harris, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and recently returned to this position after having served as Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences for 8 years (2000 – 2008). Following her first rotation as Dean she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida A & M University. In that capacity, she was responsible for the academic operations of thirteen schools, colleges and institutes within the university which includes over 11,000 students and over 579 faculty. Dr. Harris serves as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, at Florida A & M University, where she is responsible for the oversight and management of graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and health administration as well as undergraduate programs in health sciences, health care management, health information management and cardiopulmonary sciences. Dr. Harris is a graduate of the University of Illinois at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her undergraduate degree is in occupational therapy in which she remains an active practitioner and contributor to the field. Her masters and doctoral degrees focused on higher education and policy studies. As a researcher, one of her primary investigative initiatives addressed the results of the qualitative experiences of minority students in different academic environments. In this context, Dr. Harris has studied the lives of college students to identify and alleviate stressors that interfere with maximum academic performance and achievement. Another of Dr. Harris' research activities focused on HIV prevention programs for high-risk urban adolescents. Dr. Harris has successfully implemented such programs in Chicago public schools as well as schools in the South Bronx section of New York City. At Florida A & M University, she has been particularly successful in receiving external funding for purposes related to the improvement of health professions education and the improvement of societal health.
Dr. Harris has served as the Principal Investigator for Project CHOICE (the Center for Healthy Options and Innovative Community Empowerment), a National Institutes of Health funded grant focused on the elimination of health disparities in rural and urban communities; the Principal Investigator for the Florida Department of Education SUCCEED grant to increase the Florida allied health workforce; and the Principal Investigator for the Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Health Careers Pathways, two federally funded initiatives to increase the number of students from underserved populations succeeding in health professions programs. Last year, she served as a Presidential appointee to the Advisory Committee of the White House Conference on Aging and was recently nominated to serve on the National Health Disparities Advisory Committee of the NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She has presented her health disparities research initiatives in multiple forums across the country including the 2006 National Meeting of the Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Dr. Harris has served as a Director on several Boards including the National Society of Allied Health and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and she was recently honored by the University of Illinois as a Distinguished Alumnus and recipient of the Ruth French Lectureship. Prior to assuming the position of Dean at Florida A&M University, Dr. Harris was the Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Columbia University in New York.
Barbara W. Mosley, Ph.D., RHIA serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Mosley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in medical record administration (currently named health information management) from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences at Memphis. She earned her master's degree from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) in public administration with a concentration in health services administration and doctorate degree in adult education from Florida State University. Mosley rose through the academic ranks from assistant professor to professor. She has served in various capacities in the School of Allied Health Sciences. She is the former director of the health information management program and served for several years as the associate dean for the school. Dr. Mosley's primary research areas are health law, health care disparity, HIV prevention and all issues related to gerontology. Further, she has conducted several research initiatives in these areas. Mosley has served as the President for the National Society for Allied Health since 2006, a commissioner and former chair for the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Education of the American Health Information Management Association, and fomer President of the Northwest Florida Health Information Management Association.
Cheree Y. Wiltsher, M.Ed. serves as the Director of Student Services for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Mrs. Wiltsher earned a Master of Education Degree in Guidance & Counseling and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, Public Relations from Florida A & M University. Mrs. Wiltsher brings more than ten years of experience in student affairs and community health administrative services. She most recently served as the Director of Student Affairs for the FAMU, School of Nursing and prior to that as Health Educator and Coordinator, Education/Training Programs at Florida State University’s Thagard Student Health Center. Mrs. Wiltsher has a genuine passion for fostering academic success thorough assessment of individual student needs. She embraces the whole health model as a framework for promoting the intellectual, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual well-being of students. Mrs. Wiltsher currently provides oversight and guidance for the Dean’s Office functions and operational procedures relevant to student support services. Her university service includes membership on the University Admissions, University Academic Appeals and the University Retention Committees.
Harriette Stewart serves as the Fiscal Management /Assistant in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Ms. Stewart received her B.A. degree from Mills College in Oakland California and B.S. degree in Health Informatics and Information Management from Florida A&M University. She has a master's in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She has been employed in the school for more than fifteen years. She provides administrative fiscal support for the school. She coordinates the hiring process (applications, credentials, payroll, etc.) of all personnel (fulltime and OPS) within the school. She monitors all budgets, encumbrances and expenditures of funds (general revenue, contractual and external). She coordinates, tracks, monitors and confirms the completion of documents for the requesting, ordering and delivery of supplies and services.
Fran Scott serves as Freshmen-Sophomore Academic Advisor in the School of Allied Health Sciences. He advises students regarding information, procedures and academic requirements of a specific program or major. He also analyzes progress reports, monitors academic progress of students and identifies current and potential needs or problem areas and refers students to appropriate campus resources for assistance. He assists students in exploring careers, evaluating academic abilities, and setting goals. Mr. Scott received his B.S. degree from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. In addition, he completed 18 semester hours of graduate work in guidance and counseling from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. He is a graduate of the master’s program in education at American Intercontinental University online. As an adult educator with Leon County Schools Adult & Community Education (ACE) program, Mr. Scott worked with older adults in transition or making a career change, with special needs, and especially to those who had not been able to participate fully in the educational process. Some of his notable accomplishments include ACE 2002 Minority Teacher of the Year and 2006-2007 selection to Who’s Who in American Education.
Patricia Graham serves as Faculty Administrator/Recruiter and Advisor for the School of Allied Health Sciences. She received her B.S. degree from Florida A&M University. Mrs. Graham has extensive experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs and other numerous special projects and events within the School of Allied Health Sciences. She also assists the dean’s office in coordinating administrative functions of the School. Mrs. Graham implements recruitment strategies as primary contact and actively recruits students through delivery of on site presentations across the state on behalf of the school and the university.
The faculty and student activities and services of the School of Allied Health Sciences are facilitated by the involvement and commitment of a dedicated support staff. Through the efforts of these individuals the goals and objectives of the school are actualized.
Mrs. Marsha Baker – Administrative Assistant II
Ms. DeAndra Smith – Coordinator Administrative Services
Ms. Virgina Leonard – Senior Secretary, Division of Cardiopulmonary Science and Division of Health Informatics and Information Management
Mrs. Melissa McNeil – Program Assistant, Division of Health Care Management
Mrs. Eva Jones Walker – Senior Secretary, Division of Physical Therapy
Ms. Jessica Dickey – Secretary, Division of Occupational Therapy