In addition to her role as chief medical officer of OccMD Group PA in Dallas, Dr. Melissa Tonn is a faculty member at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in occupational health. Actively involved in medical education over the years, Dr. Melissa Tonn is a longtime supporter of Texas Woman’s University (TWU), where she previously served as vice chair of the board of regents.
In October 2018, TWU announced the appointment of Kimberly Russell, EdD, as its new vice president for university advancement. She will step into the role on December 1, bringing with her more than 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. She comes to the position after a three-year appointment as the chancellor at the Eunice campus of Louisiana State University (LSU).
At LSU, Ms. Russell oversaw enrollment growth of nearly 30 percent at her campus and the expansion of in-demand health care offerings. In her comments, TWU president and chancellor Carine M. Feyten spoke of the vital role that university advancement plays in the overall health of the institution.
Ms. Russell is also a former director of foundation and corporate relations at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he was responsible for securing $5 million in grant funding on behalf of several charitable foundations.
Board-certified occupational medicine practitioner Melissa Tonn has been in practice for more than 32 years. Based in Dallas, Melissa Tonn supports Texas Women’s University (TWU).
TWU is the country’s largest women’s university, enrolling about 15,000 students. Dedicated to empowering all women with education, TWU offers programs to assist students who have fallen into financial distress. One of them is the Tonn Emergency Aid for adults who’ve aged out of foster care.
This emergency aid provides crucial funding to students who have outgrown foster care and are facing financial emergencies that threaten to disrupt their education. These emergencies include homelessness, food insufficiency, medical expenses, or cut off essential utilities.
Only eligible students will be considered for this aid. These are students who have aged out of foster care, have enrolled or are about to enroll in the coming semester, are registered for a minimum of nine credits that coming semester, are in good academic standing, and have documentary evidence of the emergency they are facing. They can apply by filling out an application form and submitting it to the university’s financial aid office. A response will be given in three days by the relevant committee.
An experienced physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, workers’ compensation and disability cases, and chronic regional pain syndrome.