ATCC Advisory Committee

Jason Shelton

Jason Shelton

Mayor Jason Shelton is a lifelong resident of the City of Tupelo and a product of the Mississippi public education system, having attended Tupelo High School, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

After practicing law in Tupelo for more than a decade, Jason was elected as the first mayor in the history of Tupelo from “East Tupelo.”

During his time as mayor, the City of Tupelo has overcome many hardships, and also has been highly acclaimed as a 2015 All-America City and as the Mississippi Municipal League 2015 Overall Excellence Award winner. Mayor Shelton has been a big supporter of this health initiative and participated in April of 2014, shedding 10 pounds in a 7 day period on America's 10 City Challenge Jump Start program.


Douglas Herr Psy.D.

Douglas Herr Psy.D.

Dr. Herr is a  Health Psychologist at the Center for Integrative Health, he provides mind-body therapy and integrative health consultations for individuals, couples, and leads mindfulness groups for people struggling with chronic illness, trauma, pain and emotional distress. Dr. Herr received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, California and completed an Internship at Texas A&M University Student Counseling Services. He has been certified in Imago Relationship Therapy and EMDR, Level II. Dr. Herr also completed a two year training in psychodynamic psychotherapy; and a comprehensive two year training in Hakomi therapy and Re-Creation of the Self therapy, both of which are mindfulness and body-based approaches to psychotherapy. He is currently being trained to provide HeartMath biofeedback.


Michele Gourley M.D. MPH.

Michele Gourley M.D. MPH.

Dr. Gourley completed a Doctorate in Medicine and a Master's in Public Health from East Tennessee State University, a top medical school for rural and primary care. While in medical school, she became a patient and realized that health care did not equal health. This began a journey to understand the various components that lead to a healthy life. Her journey has led her to study subjects from storytelling to spirituality and trauma, to obtain certifications in feng shui and wellness coaching, and to write a state health plan and a book on service learning. She currently serves as Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Health. When not improving the health and well-being of faith communities across Tennessee, you can find her on a yoga mat, on a trail, or writing down another random thought.


Samuel Okpaku M.D. Ph.D.

Samuel Okpaku M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Okpaku is the Director of the Center for Health Culture and Society. He has had a private psychiatry practice in Nashville, TN since 1978. He served on the Metro Board of Health for over 10 years. Dr. Okpaku is a world renowned author and speaker.


Mark Fly Ph.D.

Mark Fly Ph.D.

Mark is an Environmental Psychologist and Professor in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research and teaching focuses on the interrelationship between people, nature and outdoor recreation (recreating the mind, body, and spirit). Dr. Fly founded (1992) and directs the Human Dimensions Research Lab which is a full service survey research center that specializes in recreation, agriculture, and the environment. Dr. Fly has his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in Environmental Psychology and Recreation Behavior. He also has a B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. For the past five years Dr. Fly has been particularly focused on the issue of children’s lack of connection to nature through his “Every Child Outdoors” Research Program. As a founding member of Tennessee’s Every Child Outdoors (ECO) Coalition, Dr. Fly chaired the committee that developed the ECO goals and objectives for Healthy Children, and Healthy Communities. Dr. Fly is co-author of Tennessee’s State Recreation Plan - Tennessee 2020: Vision for Parks, People, and Landscapes which addresses Public Health, Children in Nature, Environmental Education, and Rural Economies. Dr. Fly is head of the research being conducted at America’s 10 City Challenge.


Ron McDow M.D.

Ron McDow M.D.

Ron McDow is trained in Family Medicine, from Nashville, TN, and a graduate of University of Tennessee College of Medicine, TN, class of 1981.