Meharry SACS welcomes new faculty and staff

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Dean Fortune S. Mhlanga, Ph.D. announces new faculty and staff for the School of Applied Computational Sciences.

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“I am delighted to welcome faculty who broaden our data science expertise as well as key staff appointments who will improve our operations and strengthen our student recruitment and professional development efforts,” says Dean Mhlanga.

Dr. Nadine Shillingford and Dr. Lubna Pinky joined the Meharry SACS faculty in January of 2023.


Dr. Shillingford, associate professor, computer science and data science, holds extensive academic experience and has held several security engineering roles in retail, health care and other industries. She most recently served as senior security engineer, project manager, chief diversity advocate at Stage 2 Security. 

Lubna Pinky

Dr. Pinky, assistant professor, biomedical physics, is interested in biological systems and understanding them through a quantitative perspective. Broadly, her research focuses on the application of mathematics to better understand infectious disease kinetics in the respiratory tract. She was previously a senior research scientist at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The School also added new staff to the offices of the Dean and Enrollment Management.

Christi McClellan

Christi McClellan, executive associate, joined Meharry in Nov. 2022. She held several roles during 22 years at Penn State University, with the latest being administrative support coordinator at the College of Education from 2014 to 2021.


Erika Davis, Ed.D., joined Meharry SACS director of student recruiting and admissions in Jan. 2023. She has 12 years of enrollment management experience including serving as vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Cedar Crest College and as assistant vice president, online and graduate enrollment at Mary Baldwin University.

JeanLuc Nshimiyimana

JeanLuc Nshimiyimana is director of enrollment management and professional development for Meharry SACS. He was previously at the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America for five years where he held roles in student advisement and admissions. He is also a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

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