College of Basic and Applied Sciences Virtual Mentoring


The College of Basic and Applied Sciences has alumni and industry friends who have agreed to become virtual mentors for you!  These virtual mentors are available to the College of Basic & Applied Sciences majors to give career advice and answer questions via email (or skype when needed).  Our hope is that you will use this resource to find professionals that are already in the field you want to go into and ask them questions about what their job is like, how you can prepare now to get a job like theirs when you graduate, and get feedback as you pursue a career path.  This is not intended to give you people to ask for a job or to write your resume for you – they are simply available for career advice and insight into their professional field.  I encourage you to utilize these mentors and anticipate you will find this to be a valuable resource to help you in your career journey and your time at MTSU.       

With my very best wishes for your success.
Dr. Bud Fischer
Dean, College of Basic & Applied Sciences
 **If you are interested in becoming a virtual mentor or know someone who is, please email a 3 sentence bio, headshot, and preferred email address and she will respond to you with information on the program.**

Bio/Chem Pre-Professional Health Majors 

Dr. Jeremy Bills
Dr. Jeremy Bills
Dr. Jeremy Bills is a 2008 graduate of MTSU with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and minor in Biology.  He began his chiropractic studies at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO and graduated in 2013 from Life University College of Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA.  He has been serving the Murfreesboro area as a chiropractor ever since.
Jill Blatt
I am a Physician's Assistant and practice in Cardiology at St. Thomas West in Interventional and Electrophysiology. I went back to school as a single mother with a young child so I understand adversity and needed determination to finish school. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from MTSU and Master’s degree in medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Dr. Chitwood

Dr. Walter Chitwood
Practicing general, implant & restorative and sports dentistry. I have been the athletic dentist for MTSU since 1990.   MTSU- BS 1978, UTCHS - DDS, 1982 Implant Continuum certificates from the Center for Advanced Maxillofacial Reconstruction (1984), Misch Implant Institute for Advanced Implant Dentistry (1986). I would welcome any pre-dental or pre-hygiene student to come and shadow/observe in my office.

 Dr. Busola Delano-Akinpade

Dr. Busola Delano-Akinpade
After graduating from MTSU in 2002 with a BS in Chemistry, I worked as a quality control chemist for Cumberland swan for 4 years. In 2010, I completed my doctor of pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky. Following graduation, I have held a couple of positions including a staff/clinical pharmacist at the Southern TN Medical Center (STMC) and currently a staff pharmacist at Gwinnett medical center (GMC) in Georgia.  As a pharmacist at GMC, I am able to rotate to the different Satellite pharmacies which include Neonatal ICU, Operating Room, main pharmacy and Emergency room.

DeWayne McCamish


DeWayne McCamish

I received a BS with a major in Chemistry and Math and a minor in Biology and was the recipient of the MTSU Athletic Scholastic Award in 1967. I am currently serving as the 109th President of the American Association of Orthodontists.  Prior to that I served as President of the Southern Association of Orthodontists, the Tennessee Association of Orthodontists, the University of Tennessee Orthodontic Alumni Association and the Chattanooga Area Dental Society.  I was just named the recipient of the 2017 College of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus Award and named Outstanding Alumnus by the UTHSC Graduate Orthodontic Program in 2008. 
 Dr. William Smith
Dr. William Smith, II
As a Doctor of Optometry, I have been in private practice serving the visual and eye health needs of Middle Tennesseans since 1979. I am a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry, the oldest and largest Optometry school in the country and am certified by the Tennessee State Board of Optometry in the treatment of ocular disease. Pre-med and pre-optometry students from Middle Tennessee State University have been speaking with us, visiting and/or shadowing at our office for many years. We look forward and welcome all students wishing to do so anytime.


 Cynthia Chappell
Cynthia Chappell
I am currently a professor and active laboratory researcher in the Center for Infectious Diseases at the University Of Texas School Of Public Health in Houston, TX. My area of specialty is microbiology and immunology, particularly in the area of enteric infections.  I would welcome communications with students or alumni interested in a career in academics, public health or related areas.
 Matthew L. Ellison
Matt Ellison
Dr. Matt Ellison is currently a microbiologist/inspector in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ellison received a B.S. in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in Immunology and Microbiology, respectively. Prior to working at the CDC, Ellison performed postdoctoral work at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Morehead State University.
     Amanda Oaks Amanda Oaks
I have an educational background based in the sciences and I have spent the last 12 years in health care sales and business development working with healthcare professionals to realize their clinical and business goals. As part of the MTSU mentor program I look forward to working with our future leaders to support their growth and development as they enter the post graduate world. 
      Cristina Secrest
Cristina Secrest
Cristina graduated from MTSU in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Following MTSU, she pursued her graduate degree in Microbiology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  She began her career at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) in 1998 focusing on oil and gas clients.  She is a Partner with Ernst & Young and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Brent, and their two children.
J Shrader 
James D. Shrader, Jr. (Jim)
Proven Quality Assurance Professional with over thirty years of increasing responsibility in technical and management positions in Quality Assurance, Quality Engineering, Configuration Management, Supply Chain Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management, and Program Management. 


                     Dr. Amy B. Cadwallader

Dr. Amy B. Cadwallader
I am the Senior Scientist for Life Sciences doing pharmacology, molecular biology, and metabolism research with Aegis’ R&D Team and I am also the Lead Expert providing information about nutritional supplements via Aegis’ extensive database, Aegis Shield. Before joining the Aegis Team, I was employed by the Laboratorio Antidoping FMSI in Rome, Italy, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory; during this time, I was also Adjunct Faculty for John Cabot University in the Department of Mathematics, Natural Science and Computer Science.

                   Marke Mathis

Mark Mathis
1977 graduate of MTSU with a BS degree in Chemistry and Biology.  Held various information management positions with Tennessee Valley Authority, Ernst & Young and General Electric.  Currently Sr. IT Service Manager for GE supporting a world-wide team servicing power generation and distribution equipment.

D Wallace Duckworth

Dr. Wallace-Duckworth
As Technical Training Manager at Aegis, Dr. Wallace-Duckworth is responsible for team member orientation, training, and continuing education. She is charged with developing and improving each team member’s understanding of forensic analytical toxicology and quantitative chemical analysis.