Welcome to the JCHS Snapshot webpage! Jefferson College of Health Sciences is really hopping these days and we want to give you a glimpse into everyday life on our campus. From student activities to hosting VIPs from our community, there’s always something going on at JCHS!

This page will feature snapshots of students, faculty and staff, as well as guests, in our new spaces at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital and in our surrounding community.

We hope you enjoy these shots and will visit this page often to see new photos!

Monday, June 27 2011

On Monday, June 27, 2011, United States Congressman Bob Goodlatte visited JCHS. During the Congressman's visit, he toured our new classrooms, labs and student activity areas with members of the College Administration and representatives from Carilion Clinic.

Posing above, from left to right are Anna Millirons, JCHS Dean for Administrative Services; Scott Hill, JCHS Dean for Student Affairs; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of JCHS; Congressman Bob Goodlatte; and Mark Lawrence, Carilion Clinic Vice-President for Governmental Affairs.

Congressman Goodlatte is currently serving his tenth term representing Virginia's 6th Congressional District. You can learn more about the Congressman on his website at We thank the Congressman for visiting our campus and invite him to come back and see us any time!

Saturday, June 11 2011

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, members of the College's Administration and Office of Admissions represented JCHS at the Juneteenth Celebration in Roanoke's Washington Park. This annual event commemorates the day slavery ended on June 19, 1865. 

During the event, the JCHS table was visited by Virginia State Senator John S. Edwards. Senator Edwards is pictured above with (left to right) JCHS Director of Admissions Judith McKeon, Dean for Academic Affairs Lisa Allison-Jones and Student Government President Cornelius Powell. Below, Senator Edwards poses for a snapshot with JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.

Friday, June 10 2011

On Friday, June 10, 2011, the JCHS Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program graduated its first class as part of the College during a commencement ceremony in the sixth floor auditorium at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Eight MLS students received their certificates and pins during the exercise, followed by a recitation of their professional oath. The full list of graduates is Jessica Leah Adams; Tisha Marie Carper, Cum Laude; Jessica Noelle Culbertson; Blair Basden Gillespie; Jessica Ann McCallum; Andrew Tyler Poole; Laurie Beth Sample, Magna Cum Laude; and Aaron Michael Wolfe, Cum Laude. Congratulations to our new MLS graduates. Good luck and come back and visit JCHS often! 

Saturday, June 04 2011

On Saturday, June 4, 2011, JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop and JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones appeared on the "Our Voices" radio program on WTOY Radio 1480 AM. They were joined by JCHS Student Government President Cornelius Powell.

In the above photo from the studio, from left to right are Program Host and Branch President of the Roanoke NAACP Brenda Hale, Dr. Allison-Jones, Dr. Bishop and Mr. Powell.

Wednesday, June 01 2011

The following “Wow Story” was submitted by Robin Shinault, CRCH Rehab, to the Carilion Clinic Intranet: “Crystal Gayle Epperly and her fellow first-year Respiratory Therapy (RT) students at JCHS filled a huge Easter basket with goodies and presented it to one of their patients, surprising him with the delivery. Most of the students had cared for the gentleman during their rotation through Inpatient Rehab and enjoyed his personality and charm. They showed such kindness, respect and thoughtfulness in remembering him.”

Above are the RT students during one of their classes in June 2011. Front row: Kaitlan Leigh Morley, Bansari Tushar Patel, Teresa May Frieri, Daniel Gochenour, Robin Sharon Reese. Middle row: Kyla Lynne Milligan, Tiffani Anne Lawrence, Jessica L. Toms, Adrienne Marie Shelor, Lori Lynn Ghiringhelli, Jennifer Lynn DeLio, Brandi McCormack, Gina Doyle. Back row: Robert Harber, Ashley Tinsley Minnick, Jonathan Lester Gross, Cyndi Carter Smith, Crystal Gayle Epperly, MaryAnn DeHaven, Katelyn N. Whitaker, Amy Melinda Palmer.

Tuesday, May 31 2011

Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill and members his staff joined members of the City's Library, Parks and Recreation, Planning, Building and Development, Public Works, Fire/EMS and Economic Development Departments to tour our campus on May 31, 2011. 

The full tour group is pictured above in the JCHS student union, The Dog House, at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH). Pictured from left to right are (Front row) Susie McCoy, Administrative Assistant in the City Manager's Office; Toi Wilson, Summer Intern in the City Manager's Office; Sheila Umberger, Director of the City of Roanoke Libraries; Lisa Allison-Jones, JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs; and Brenda Hale, Roanoke NAACP Branch President.(Back row) Robert Ledger, Director of Economic Development; Steve Buschor, Director of Parks and Recreation; Tom Carr, Director of Planning, Building and Development; Faye Gilchrist, Assistant to the City Manager; Bob Bengtson, Director of Public Works; David Hoback, Chief of Fire/EMS; Chris Morrill, Roanoke City Manager; and Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, JCHS President.

Friday, May 27 2011

Dr. Ted Edlich, III, President and CEO of Roanoke's Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) visited JCHS on May 27, 2011. TAP is a non-profit community action agency. For 44 years, TAP has been helping the residents of 11 cities and counties in southwestern Virginia to escape poverty and become self-sufficient. Their mission is to encourage economic vitality by strengthening and empowering individuals, families and communities and to mobilize the community’s good will and resources, expand access to existing opportunities and create new opportunities. Dr. Edlich has been President of TAP since 1975. To learn more about TAP, you can visit their wesbite at:

Above, Dr. Edlich (left) visits the JCHS Library at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS campus with Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones (center) and College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.

Thank you for visiting with us, Dr. Edlich, and please come back again soon!

Friday, May 20 2011

Ouafae El ariss, M.D. visited JCHS on May 20, 2011. She has been in the Roanoke area as part of a delegation from Morocco, touring Carilion Clinic facilities and meeting a wide variety of healthcare professionals and educators. Above, she visits the JCHS Museum at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS campus with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Glen Mayhew (left) and College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.

A general medicine physician with a Master's Degree in Public Health Management, Dr. El ariss is currently a Health Manager in the Moroccan Ministry of Health. Her interests include improving the quality and safety of the care provided to patients and understanding how different health systems operate.

Thank you for visiting with us, Dr. El ariss, and please come back again soon!

Monday, May 09 2011

On Monday, May 9, 2011, JCHS celebrated our 2011 Spring Commencement Ceremony at the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, Virginia. One hundred sixty seven graduates received their Masters, Baccalaureate, Associate or Associate of Applied Sciences degrees.

Sunday, May 01 2011

In May, Mayor Won Chang-Mug visited the JCHS campus and the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School and Research Institute among other sites in our home city of Roanoke, Virginia. Mayor Won leads Wonju, South Korea—a sister city of Roanoke, Virginia.

Wonju is the most populous city in Gangwon province, South Korea. The city is approximately 90 miles east of Seoul and is home to three major universities. Above, Mayor Won (right) receives a gift from JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop during his visit.

Thank you for visiting with us, Mayor Won, and please come back again soon!