Administrative Staff

Meet the Commissioner's Office administrative staff.


Kris Jernighan: Executive Assistant

Serving as Executive Assistant in the Commissioner's Office is Kris Jernighan who joined TDMHSAS in October 2016.  A native of Mississippi by way of Gainesville, Florida, Kris Jernighan has worked in public service for the last 14 years with a background in business administration.  He served as an assistant to the Counsel to the Attorney General and also for the Medicaid Fraud and Integrity Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.  He has resided in the Nashville area since 2002.  He has many interests but enjoys traveling and singing.  He appreciates team work and prefers to be called Kris.  


Sue Hunt: Administrative Assistant

Sue Hunt serves as an administrative assistant in the office of the Commissioner.  She has worked for TDMHSAS for 27 years and has been in the Commissioner’s Office since 1995. Sue’s job duties include serving as receptionist and answering the main phone line for the Department where she strives to see that each caller is directed to the appropriate program area for assistance.  She also provides administrative support to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and clerical assistance to the Executive Assistant.