The Team

Glenda Crump


Glenda is Chief Administrative Officer for the Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI). In this role, she coaches staff, helps improve internal controls and works with the CEO and Board of Directors to set strategic directions for the organization. She has over 29 years of experience in nonprofit management. She worked in the youth substance abuse prevention field for 23 years and for 10 years served as CEO of Mississippi’s largest and oldest youth substance abuse prevention organization. She has extensive experience in project management, partnership development, event coordination, board development, training, public speaking, curriculum development, coaching and supervision. She received a Master of Science degree in Communications from Mississippi College; a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Journalism from Tougaloo College; and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.

Melissa Holland


Melissa received her BS degree in 1996 from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Attending the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree Summa Cum Laude in 2001.  After completing her residency in OB/GYN, she enjoyed 10 years of private practice in South Mississippi and served as an Associate Professor at UMMC.

A strong advocate for equitable behavioral and mental healthcare, Melissa completed a Master’s program in Professional Counseling at Liberty University and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Melissa is a fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Additionally, she is active in the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Counseling Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.  The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Holland has co-authored two research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Melissa is married to Curt and has a son, Jacob.  She and her family live in Madison and are active members of Broadmoor Baptist Church.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and fishing.

Rachel Anderson Deer


Prior to joining Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI) in September 2017, Rachel worked at Holmes Community College Workforce Development, but her experience and passion for substance abuse prevention began in 2005 at DREAM of Hattiesburg, and later from working as Prevention Services Director at DREAM, Inc. (2005-2014), where she managed DREAM’s prevention services under the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services’ Substance Abuse Prevention (SAPT) Block Grant. Rachel has also taught classes on interpersonal and personal communication and professional development as an adjunct instructor through the University of Southern Mississippi. She has provided training on a multitude of topics.

Rachel is a member of the Jackson Professional Women’s Association, Mississippi Association for Addiction Professionals, and Mississippi Chapter of the Association for Talent Development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and a Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences and Child Development from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently working on obtaining personal trainer certification.

Rachel is mom to Sadie, who is amazing but doesn’t need sleep, to Halo, an overly energetic Yorkie, Baker a chill Shih-Tzu mix, and Peanut, a reluctant Chihuahua. Rachel pretends to be domestic, finds humor in life in order to survive the crazy and when she’s not trying to figure out this work-life balance, she’s probably at the gym, Starbucks, involved in home improvement and organization, spending time with her little girl, reading a book or trying to do something creative.

Angie Couch

Angie Couch

Angie is the Administrative Assistant and Service Specialist for the Mississippi Public Health Institute (MSPHI). In this role, Angie assist with all clerical responsibilities of the executive and contract staff, assist with the organization and preparation of events, trainings, and meetings, and processes and confirms event and training registrations. Angie also manages the MSPHI’s web site and Facebook page. Angie ensure the agency compliance with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Minimum Standards and receives and directs all agency phone calls.
Angie holds an Associate Degree in Healthcare Management, a Medical Billing and Coding Diploma and Certification in HIPPA Privacy Law.