our staff

Program Director,

B.R.I.D.G.E to Success



Tarryn Bell, MBA

Tarryn Bell joined the Center for Health Policy in Spring 2020 as the Director of the B.R.I.D.G.E. to Success Program. She oversees the daily operations and budgetary functions of the funded grant. Miss Bell comes to Meharry Medical College after her tenure within the Emory Healthcare System where she served in various leadership roles within Ambulatory Operations, Program and Project Management.


Miss Bell’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Florida A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia. Under B.R.I.D.G.E., her passion to serve will translate into the continuous assistance of residents within underserved Nashville communities.She will work diligently alongside program staff and community partners to ensure all participants receive the services necessary to flourish in their lives and ultimately reduce generational poverty.

CHP Program Manager

BRIDGE to Success Family Champion


Virginia L. Debermúdez, IMG – M. Psy

Virginia L. Debermúdez, joined the Center for Health Policy in July 2019 and is responsible for the Center’s communications and marketing. Dr. Debermúdez received her undergraduate and master’s degree in Psychology from The Catholic University Andres Bello. She also earned her International Doctorate Degree in Medicine from The Central Venezuelan University and is black belt lean six sigma certified. She is a published author and the recipient of the “International Leader Award in Research and Health Sciences for the Benefit of Humankind 2018″ awarded by the International Society for Research, Health, Business Development and Technologies – SIISDET in Colombia, South America for her philanthropic work in bringing health awareness and empowerment to Spanish speaking communities worldwide. 


She is an avid researcher and an expert in the art of communications and marketing. Before accepting the position with the Center, she served 4 years as Internal Communications Manager at Nyrstar in Clarksville, TN and 10 years as Global Lean Communications Leader for Electrolux North America.

Family Champion, B.R.I.D.G.E to Success

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Creea Shannon M.S.

Creea Shannon serves as the Family Champion for the B.R.I.D.G.E to Success program in the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. She works to develop and implement workshops over educational development, job readiness, and health & wellness for 2nd generation and families in poverty. She manages and oversees the B.R.I.D.G.E to Success Program participants by guiding day-to-day operational and programmatic elements of each assigned family and completing interaction daily with Career Counselors, school liaisons and other necessary staff that work with the program participants. 


She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry after receiving a TLSAMP Scholarship. She also earned her Master of Science degree from Tennessee State University in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. She is currently a 2020 candidate for her Master of Science degree in Data Science from Lipscomb University. 


In 2019 she was an A Cloud Guru Scholarship recipient though Women Who Code and LogicPlumScholarship recipient with Microsoft Azure. She completed research in Data Science and Healthcare observing Computational Interpretation of Disease in Chest X-Rays by researching if Deep Learning could be applied to medical images to aid clinicians in successfully diagnosing patients and Type 2 diabetes mellitus applying a  phenome-wide association study to reduce the number of diabetic patients who go undiagnosed by discovering disease associations with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) via EHR ICD-9 data. She is a Nashville native and avid volunteer in the community.

Career Counselor, B.R.I.D.G.E to Success


Gregory Greer, MSPH

Gregory Greer serves as the Career Counselor for the Bridge to Success program in the Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. He provides resources for program participants that enhance their professional and technical skills as well as making connections to job and economic development opportunities. Mr. Greer attended Howard University after receiving a Gates Millennium Scholarship where he worked as a Peer Health Educator, serving as the first line of engagement for campus and community initiatives. He earned a B.S. in Health Education as well as a B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and went on to receive a Masters of Science in Public Health at Meharry Medical College while also earning a Certificate in Health Policy in the Center for Health Policy.