University of Mississippi


President Carl Hill
Past President Natcha Knight-Evans
President-Elect Sovent Taylor
Treasurer Kelly Brown Houston
Secretary Kristi Boggan
Scholarship Coordinator Premalatha Balachandran
Marketing Coordiantor Kara Parham

Officer Bios:

Carl Hill, President

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss CommunicationsCarl Hill serves as the President of Staff Council.  In this role, Carl is serving as the representative for staff members for all campus locations. He is responsible for leading discussions and bringing attention to staff concerns with Staff Council Members and the Chancellor. He organizes all meeting agendas, acts as the official spokesperson for the Council, and makes executive decisions without Council approval when necessary. In addition he will preside over all meetings.

Carl works as the Project Coordinator for the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, recognized by the Director of National Intelligence as a Center of Academic Excellence.  His duties include financial planning and analysis, budgetary and expenditure assessment of subcontracts, student data reporting, coordination of statewide and national project activities, overseeing recruitment and retention of students and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures.

Carl is a 2007 graduate and Luckyday Scholar of the University of Mississippi receiving a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and a Bachelor of Art in English.



Natcha Knight-Evans,  Past President



Natcha Knight-Evans serves as the immediate Past President of Staff Council.  In this role, she serves as an advisor to the current President.  In addition, she assists with the transition of new officers and continues to serve on the Executive Council and serves on standing committees.

Natcha is the Assistant Registrar for the Office of the Registrar.  Her duties include supervising and coordinating the activities of assigned functional support area including transfer equivalency, transcripts, and customer service.  She also prepares various reports and analyses for administrative utilization for departments and organizations such as Ole Miss Alumni, Career Center, Enrollment Services & Admission and external organizations.

Natcha received a Bachelor of Art in Political Science, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi.


Sovent Taylor, President- Elect

Sovent Taylor serves as the President-Elect of Staff Council.  In this role, he is preparing to assume the role of President.

Sovent has worked for the University of Mississippi for 8 years.  He currently serves as Assistant Director in the Health Professions Advising Office.  His duties include advising students in several health professional fields.  He also advises several student organizations, including Alpha Epsilon Delta Honors Society and the American Student Dental Association.  Other duties include but are not limited to, managing the health professional scholarships, supervising graduate students and staff and coordinating health professional events for current students.

Sovent is a native of Clarksdale, MS and attended the University of Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) in 2003 and his Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel in 2006.  Sovent is also married and has 2 children.



Kristi Boggan, Secretary

Kristi Boggan serves as Staff Council Secretary.  She is responsible for preparing minutes of each meeting, assisting the president-elect in maintaining a record of unexcused absences, and assisting in the preparation and distribution of correspondence and other Council business to representatives, staff members, etc.

Kristi is in her nineteenth year as the Administrative Secretary for the University Band Department.  Her duties include helping to organize the annual Mid-South Honor Band clinic which involves approximately two hundred high school students and seventy band directors, processing band scholarships, scheduling scholarship auditions, making travel arrangements for the directors and band members for all away football games, maintaining the band budget, overseeing all purchases and maintaining inventory, supervising graduate assistants and workstudy students, and providing customer service to area band directors and to current and prospective students and their parents.

Kristi received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 2005.  She and her husband, Chad, have three children, Steven, 22, Shelby, 19, and Blake, 12.


Kelly Brown Houston, Treasurer

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications    Kelly Brown Houston serves as the Treasurer for the Staff Council.  In this role, she oversees the financial matters of the Staff Council accounts including the general fund, Textbook Scholarship fund, and the Children of the Staff Scholarship fund.  She also serves as the Staff Council representative on the Chancellor’s Building and Grounds Standing Committee.

Kelly is the Administrative Coordinator for the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts.  She has been with the History Department since 2010.   Kelly is responsible for creating the History Department’s course schedule for Oxford and the branch campuses, managing the fiscal affairs of all departmental accounts, property control and purchasing, coordinating job searches, facilities planning, and assisting with large public events like the Porter L. Fortune, Jr. History Symposium.  In addition, Kelly is responsible for the department’s public relations including the website, social media, and annual newsletter.  Lastly, she serves as an aid to support and resolve problems for faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.

Furthermore, Kelly is taking advantage of the Staff Scholarship available to all full-time employees.  She is working towards a bachelor’s degree in a field yet to be determined.


Dr. Premalatha Balachandran, Textbook Scholarship Administrator

Dr. Premalatha Balachandran serves as the Textbook Scholarship Program Administrator of Staff Council’s Staff Textbook scholarship program.

She announces scholarship application deadlines for each semester, process and evaluates all the applications for their eligibility and sends award mail to the recipients. She also coordinates with Ole Miss Book store issuing vouchers, with contractual services handling payments to the bookstore and also with the Department of Financial aid. In addition, she maintains a database of applicants and complete records of accounts to comply with University Auditors office.

Premalatha completed her 10th year of service at National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi. She joined NCNPR as a Post-doctoral Research associate in 2002. In 2005, she was appointed as an Associate Research Scientist and was promoted to the current position of Research Scientist in 2009.   As a Research scientist, Premalatha’s research interests include, discovering of new active drugs from the plants that contribute to human health benefits, especially those that exhibit anti-cancer and immune enhancing properties. In partnership with UMMC-Cancer Institute at Jackson, MS, she search for more effective approaches in cancer therapy that will include both modern medical practices in addition to traditional medicine from various countries like India and China. One of the main focuses of her research deals with the development of new molecular biological screens that target signal transduction pathways known to be involved in the expression of cancer.  In overall, her research contributes to the efforts of fighting against life-threatening cancers.  Premalatha authored about 30 publications that include research and review articles in high impact journals and also book chapters. She also serves as a reviewer for many journals.

Premalatha received a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry from University of Madras, Chennai, India. She also obtained Ph.D in Medical Biochemistry from the same university.


Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss CommunicationsKara Parham, Marketing Coordinator

Kara Parham serves as the marketing coordinator for Staff Council maintaining the website, twitter, Facebook page, and other social media.

Kara has served the University of Mississippi for 4 years. Currently, Kara serves as academic advisor in the Health Professions Advising Office. Her duties include advising students in many health professional fields.  Other duties include but are not limited to, managing of the HPAO website, coordinating health professional events for current students, and recruiting prospective students. Kara also teaches an EDHE 105 course each fall for incoming freshmen and is an adjunct instructor in the Center for Writing & Rhetoric and teaches SPCH 102.

Kara received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ole Miss in 2007 as well as her Master of Arts in Communications from University of Louisville in 2010. Kara is married to her husband Chase.



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