Board of DirectorsMeet Our Leadership
Mercedes L. Ringgold, President / CEO
Mercedes L. Ringgold worked in the nonprofit sector for several years prior to becoming CEO of United Cancer Support Foundation. Spearheading the day to day operations, Mercedes keeps the mission of UCSF as her guiding beacon in directing the activities of the organization.
Shelia Carter-Harris, Secretary / Director / Advisor
Shelia Carter-Harris is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of East Tennessee State University. Shelia is the founder of flight 100 athletics, where she mentors young athletes to compete nationally. Ms. Harris is the Human Resource Coordinator for Norris Academy and the co-youth minister of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church where she is a member.
Vicky Johnson, Treasurer / Advisor
Vicky Johnson is ISC Support Manager for Community Connections. Vicky brings an exceptionally caring heart to our organization, along with a common-sense approach. She has worked in Hospice and in Home Healthcare. Along with being an esteemed member of our board of directors, Ms. Johnson also volunteers her time as a healthcare coordinator.
Dr. J. Harvey Gillespie, Director / Sr. Advisor
Dr. J. Harvey Gillespie is a native of Knoxville and is currently president of Knoxville College National Alumni Association, Inc. Dr. Gillespie has more than thirty years of successful administrative and teaching experience in higher education, is a member of the Project GRAD Knoxville education reform team. Dr. Gillespie has a Masters of Science degree in student personnel form University of Tennessee and a doctor of Philosophy from Jackson State University. He is a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and serves locally on several prestigious boards.
Dr. Gamal Hussein, Director / Sr. Advisor
Dr. Gamal Hussein has over thirty years’ experience in the teaching and practice of pharmacology. He has held academic positions at several universities, clinical positions in hospitals and executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Hussein is currently Professor and Director of Inter-Professional Education at South College School of Pharmacy.
Pastor Frankie Slay, Sr. Advisor / Spiritual Council
Pastor Frankie Slay serves as spiritual advisor and counsel. Pastor Slay heads Lifesavers Foundation, as well as board council for UCSF. Pastor Slay’s compassion and soft spoken way has been a steading force at our board meetings and a voice of passion for the underserved. Pastor Slay heads her church congregation located in Knoxville Tennessee.
Shawn Belice, Director / Advisor
Shawn Belice is an active “Wounded Warrior “supporter. He operates his Knoxville, “veteran owned” Image 360 sign shop. He coaches football and baseball for the Boys and Girls clubs. His input is invaluable to this organization. His hard work, support and dedication to UCSF is immeasurable.
Lisa Jensen-Long, Member At Large
Lisa Jensen-Long has been an executive in cancer diagnostics for 20 years. Experienced fund raiser. All around advisor, consultant and speaks truth to power. She has worked in pharmaceutical and diagnostics to create and introduce better detection and therapies. Lisa is involved in and committed to many cancer societies who are making a difference in eradication cancer.
Olivia McGhee, Director / Advisor
Olivia McGhee is a Knoxville native, who by day manages the operations and financial matters at a startup cancer diagnostics company. Helping to educate others about Crohn’s and Colon Cancer is personal for her as it drives her passion to speak out in hopes of helping patients create a support team and become their own patient advocate.
Eric Mayer, Director / Advisor
Eric Mayer is CEO of EDP Biotech, a diagnostics developer focused on early detection of colorectal cancer. He provides up to date feedback on patient advocacy activities. Eric’s board contributions are in direct alignment with his career and family interests. Mr. Mayer received his Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and his Masters of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) and masters of Business Administration (MBA) from North Carolina State University.