Sheila Rupley (Coordinator – Internal Medicine; Medicine Pediatrics): ): I am truly a Southern Girl as I was born and raised in Georgia, moved to Baton Rouge, and then to Little Rock in 2003. I have one son, Adam, who graduated from LSU and lives and works in Baton Rouge, LA. He is a Systems’ Analyst with one of the local hospitals. I love to visit my son and family in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Georgia, and take car trips several times a year – most recently a two-week cross country car trip to California. I enjoy exploring new cities and areas, reading many different types of books, following college football, gardening, cooking, and hosting parties on my deck. I love when my family and I meet at the beach every year for some much needed down time. I started at UAMS in 2008 as Administrative Analyst, was promoted to Medicine Pediatrics Coordinator December 2011, and then became the Internal Medicine Coordinator in January 2016. I very much enjoy meeting doctors from all around the world and learning about their different cultures and life styles.
Melissa Clapp (Assistant Coordinator): I’m a Little Rock Native and come from a very small family; just parents, no siblings and no other family anywhere close. I’ve worked at UAMS since 1992, all in the Department of Internal Medicine: 5 as a copy editor for the nephrology journal Kidney International and the remaining as an assistant program coordinator in the house staff office. My interests include travel, food, reading, Netflix binging, and collecting various vintage items. Animals are my lifelong passion and I devote as much time, energy and resources as possible to animal-related causes.