Travia Shea Coleman, the surgical technology instructor on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus, was elected president of the Mississippi State Assembly of Surgical Technology. Coleman was elected president on Feb. 22, and will serve in this role until 2021. Previously, Coleman served as vice president for two years and on the board of directors for two years.
Mississippi State Assembly is a professional organization for both certified and non-certified surgical technologists, and its purpose is to continue increasing members' knowledge of their profession. Coleman's duties as president include coordinating and speaking at annual meetings/workshops and representing the state at the national surgical tech conference each year.
"We have over 300 members from all over the state including both students and working surgical technologists," Coleman said. "In addition to increasing our knowledge of our profession, we do things to help others. This year, we hosted a toy drive that benefited Batson Children's Hospital with the help of our local hospital and school. Being a part of this organization is rewarding and enlightening! I get to share my passion for my profession and work among some amazing people."
Coleman has served in her role as surgical technology instructor since 2014. Prior to working at Holmes, she was employed as a cardiac surgical technologist at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital for two years and as a surgical tech at River Region Health System for one. Coleman holds an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in surgical technology from Hinds Community College and a Bachelor of Science in clinical exercise physiology from Mississippi State University.
"Shea Coleman has been an exemplary leader for the Ridgeland Campus Surgical Technology program at Holmes," Vice President of Career Technical Education Dr. Amy Whittington said. "Her reputation precedes her, and she is a true model for her students. I know she will serve the state well in this leadership position."
For more information on the Mississippi State Assembly of Surgical Technology, visit http://ms.ast.org.