Skip to content Skip to footer

Culinary Arts program participates in a Survivor Strong event

The Holmes Community College Culinary Arts program participated in a Survivor Strong event on Thursday, March 28. The students and instructor Alexei Harrison were invited to attend by Dr. Teresa Mackey. Dr. Mackey is the vice president for compliance and institutional research at Holmes and was the 2022 Honoree for the American Cancer Society. This honor recognizes a survivor who has been an active volunteer and supporter of breast cancer research.
“Survivor Strong is a group of survivors, caregivers and supporters that find comfort and strength in navigating life after diagnosis,” Dr. Mackey said. “We look forward to our monthly fellowship activities. Chef Alexei and her students did an amazing job of educating us on some healthy food options. The food and ambiance were top notch.”
“We did a healthy party theme, which included healthy appetizers, desserts and alcohol-free cocktails for the Survivor Strong group,” Chef Harrison said.
During the event, they worked with guest Chef Sadé Meets. Meeks is a writer, food activist, Registered Dietician and natural storyteller from Jackson. She has a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts from Mississippi University for Women and a Master of Science in Nutritional Science from California State University in Los Angeles. Meeks has self-published a food literacy cookbook, and her nutrition expertise has been featured in Reader’s Digest, MSN and Yahoo News. Additionally, she is the founder and executive director of Growing Resilience In the South (GRITS Inc.) and an adjunct professor at Purchase College in New York. In 2023, she received the John Egerton Prize by the Southern Foodways Alliance.
For more information about Survivor Strong, contact Dr. Mackey at

For more information about the Holmes Culinary Arts program, contact Chef Harrison at 


Holmes Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, age, disability or genetic information in its educational programs and activities,
employment practices, or admissions processes. The following administrators have been designated to handle
inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of Holmes Community College:

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI, ADEA, and Title IX are coordinated by the Vice President for
Compliance and Institutional Research, Henry B. McClellan Administration Building, Post Office Box 369,
Goodman, MS 39079, Phone: 662-472-9429,

Inquiries regarding compliance with Section 504 and ADA are coordinated by the Disability Student Services
Coordinator, M.R. Thorne Vocational-Technical Building, Room 110, Post Office Box 369, Goodman, MS 39079,
Phone: 662-472-9088,
Share on facebook
Share on twitter