THIS IS WHO WE ARE

The Women’s Foundation Board of Directors demonstrates the character of the Foundation, itself. Inspired. Determined. Fearless. They have refused to accept the hand dealt to women in Mississippi. Each of these insightful and resourceful leaders has made a stand to create new solutions. Their collective strength, support and wisdom fuel our mission.

Every day, our staff works with determination and compassion to foster real change. They work together with Mississippi’s politicians, schools and communities to ensure Mississippi’s women thrive.

  • Tracy DeVries – Executive Director
  • Frances Patterson Croft – Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Tracy DeVries – Executive Director

    Tracy DeVries has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1999. She previously worked as a fundraiser at Special Olympics International and led the corporate and foundation channels at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. In addition to her role in developing mutually beneficial corporate alliances during her time at Special Olympics, she also oversaw a federal grant to promote social inclusion in schools across the United States, worked on providing health programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout North America, created a family support network, and focused on organizational development through leadership and board training and the creation of fundraising plans.

    Tracy’s volunteer activities include teaching English as a Second Language and coaching soccer. She is originally from northern Virginia, a graduate of Michigan State University, and has lived in Washington, DC for most of her professional life. She recently moved to the Jackson area in the fall of 2016 where she lives with her husband, Tony, and their two rescue dogs, a German Shepherd named Zuri, and a Rottweiler named River. Tracy enjoys reading, swimming, working with dogs, getting to know Jackson and the state of Mississippi, and spending time on the weekends with her two step-children.

    Tracy DeVries
    Executive Director
    [email protected]
    601-326-0701

  • Frances Patterson Croft – Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Frances joined the Women’s Foundation in January 2017 as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. In her role, Frances focuses on advocacy efforts, special projects, and fundraising.

    Frances is a Jackson, Mississippi native and received a BA from the University of Mississippi, and a JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prior to coming to the WFM, Frances practiced law as a prosecutor with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office for over ten years. Frances has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Jackson where she worked to develop and implement their strategic plan, membership support, and managed League community projects. She has also served on the Board of the Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners and volunteers with St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and other Jackson organizations. Frances and her husband have three children.

    Frances Patterson Croft
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
    [email protected]
    601-487-0702

  • Latisha Latiker – Director of Grant Programming
  • Blake Case – Manager, Marketing and Public Awareness
  • Tracy DeVries – Executive Director

    Tracy DeVries has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1999. She previously worked as a fundraiser at Special Olympics International and led the corporate and foundation channels at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. In addition to her role in developing mutually beneficial corporate alliances during her time at Special Olympics, she also oversaw a federal grant to promote social inclusion in schools across the United States, worked on providing health programs to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout North America, created a family support network, and focused on organizational development through leadership and board training and the creation of fundraising plans.

    Tracy’s volunteer activities include teaching English as a Second Language and coaching soccer. She is originally from northern Virginia, a graduate of Michigan State University, and has lived in Washington, DC for most of her professional life. She recently moved to the Jackson area in the fall of 2016 where she lives with her husband, Tony, and their two rescue dogs, a German Shepherd named Zuri, and a Rottweiler named River. Tracy enjoys reading, swimming, working with dogs, getting to know Jackson and the state of Mississippi, and spending time on the weekends with her two step-children.

    Tracy DeVries
    Executive Director
    [email protected]
    601-326-0701

  • Frances Patterson Croft – Director of Strategic Initiatives

    Frances joined the Women’s Foundation in January 2017 as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. In her role, Frances focuses on advocacy efforts, special projects, and fundraising.

    Frances is a Jackson, Mississippi native and received a BA from the University of Mississippi, and a JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prior to coming to the WFM, Frances practiced law as a prosecutor with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office for over ten years. Frances has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Jackson where she worked to develop and implement their strategic plan, membership support, and managed League community projects. She has also served on the Board of the Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners and volunteers with St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and other Jackson organizations. Frances and her husband have three children.

    Frances Patterson Croft
    Director of Strategic Initiatives
    [email protected]
    601-487-0702

  • Latisha Latiker – Director of Grant Programming

    As Director of Grants Programs, Latisha works on grantmaking, advocacy, and engagement activities of the Foundation. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Latisha earned her BA and MA in Political Science with an emphasis in public policy and public administration from Oklahoma State University. There, Latisha worked as a Political Science instructor and received numerous awards, including the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship for outstanding graduate students. Latisha then served as Regional Program Officer for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office where she worked on advocacy initiatives that addressed the needs of children and families living in poverty.

    Throughout her career, Latisha has worked on the receiving side of grantmaking and she is excited to now develop and implement grants for those in need. She believes to thrive is to have access to resources and opportunities that allow families to flourish.

    Latisha is married to Dr. Tony Latiker and they are the proud parents of one son, Qadre; as well as aunt and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Latisha is active in her church and serves as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoys reading and watching football.

    Latisha Latiker
    Director of Grant Programming
    [email protected]
    601-326-3002

  • Blake Case – Manager, Marketing and Public Awareness

    Blake Case, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, joined the Women’s Foundation in September 2017. He focuses on communications strategy, media relations, social media messaging, and digital marketing and fundraising.

    Blake has a background in public education and political organizing. After student teaching in Louisville, MS, and earning a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, Blake served as a communications assistant in the Mississippi Legislature to Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes. In 2015, he managed the day-to-day social media operations for Initiative 42, a statewide referendum to achieve consistently adequate funding for the state’s public schools. He has also done social media organizing and grassroots lobbying with The Parents’ Campaign, a public education advocacy group in Jackson.

     

    Blake lives in Historic Belhaven with his sister and sister-in-law and his two dogs, George and Peggy. He enjoys music, theatre, sports, and traveling when he can.

    Blake Case Manager of Marketing and Public Awareness [email protected] 601-326-0700
  • Anna Peterson – Finance Associate
  • Kathy Brown – Program Associate
  • Latisha Latiker – Director of Grant Programming

    As Director of Grants Programs, Latisha works on grantmaking, advocacy, and engagement activities of the Foundation. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Latisha earned her BA and MA in Political Science with an emphasis in public policy and public administration from Oklahoma State University. There, Latisha worked as a Political Science instructor and received numerous awards, including the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship for outstanding graduate students. Latisha then served as Regional Program Officer for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office where she worked on advocacy initiatives that addressed the needs of children and families living in poverty.

    Throughout her career, Latisha has worked on the receiving side of grantmaking and she is excited to now develop and implement grants for those in need. She believes to thrive is to have access to resources and opportunities that allow families to flourish.

    Latisha is married to Dr. Tony Latiker and they are the proud parents of one son, Qadre; as well as aunt and uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Latisha is active in her church and serves as a Sunday school teacher. She enjoys reading and watching football.

    Latisha Latiker
    Director of Grant Programming
    [email protected]
    601-326-3002

  • Blake Case – Manager, Marketing and Public Awareness

    Blake Case, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, joined the Women’s Foundation in September 2017. He focuses on communications strategy, media relations, social media messaging, and digital marketing and fundraising.

    Blake has a background in public education and political organizing. After student teaching in Louisville, MS, and earning a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, Blake served as a communications assistant in the Mississippi Legislature to Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes. In 2015, he managed the day-to-day social media operations for Initiative 42, a statewide referendum to achieve consistently adequate funding for the state’s public schools. He has also done social media organizing and grassroots lobbying with The Parents’ Campaign, a public education advocacy group in Jackson.

     

    Blake lives in Historic Belhaven with his sister and sister-in-law and his two dogs, George and Peggy. He enjoys music, theatre, sports, and traveling when he can.

    Blake Case Manager of Marketing and Public Awareness [email protected] 601-326-0700
  • Anna Peterson – Finance Associate
  • Kathy Brown – Program Associate

    Kathy Brown brings more than 20 years of administrative and office management experience to her role at the Women’s Foundation as Program Associate. Prior to her work with the Foundation, her career focused primarily within the corporate sector providing administrative support in the professional accounting industry. Kathy excels at projects that incorporate her artistic talents and love for organization.

    A native of the Byram area, Kathy lives in Crystal Springs and is mom to Natalie, a Hinds Community College student, and Eli, a student at Copiah Academy. Her spare time includes enjoying football and baseball games and spending time outdoors.

    Kathy believes to thrive is to have dynamic and energetic growth towards becoming truly happy and healthy.

    Kathy Brown
    Program Associate
    [email protected]
    601-326-3001

  • Anna Peterson – Finance Associate
  • Kathy Brown – Program Associate

    Kathy Brown brings more than 20 years of administrative and office management experience to her role at the Women’s Foundation as Program Associate. Prior to her work with the Foundation, her career focused primarily within the corporate sector providing administrative support in the professional accounting industry. Kathy excels at projects that incorporate her artistic talents and love for organization.

    A native of the Byram area, Kathy lives in Crystal Springs and is mom to Natalie, a Hinds Community College student, and Eli, a student at Copiah Academy. Her spare time includes enjoying football and baseball games and spending time outdoors.

    Kathy believes to thrive is to have dynamic and energetic growth towards becoming truly happy and healthy.

    Kathy Brown
    Program Associate
    [email protected]
    601-326-3001

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Kim Burke – Chair
  • Susan Phillips – Treasurer, Chair-Elect
  • Kim Burke – Chair

    Kimberly Gladden Burke, Ph.D. is a Professor of Accounting and Dean of the Else School of Management at Millsap’s College. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Kim worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse and a director of internal audit for Unigate Restaurants. She is the author of several courses offered by the AICPA, as well as several articles published in academic journals. Kim was recognized by the Mississippi Society of CPAs as the 2014 Outstanding Educator and by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the 2008 Mississippi Professor of the Year. Kim and her husband, Rick, are the proud parents of their daughter Kelsey.

    Kim joined the WFM after noticing the sheer number of women caught in a cycle of unplanned pregnancy, lack of education and poverty. She’s proud to be part of an organization that is dedicated to improve the economic security of all women.

  • Susan Phillips – Treasurer, Chair-Elect

    Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College and her Master of Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Susan retired in 2016 after practicing as a CPA for 32 years, specializing in nonprofit accounting and tax services.

    She spends time running, biking, playing golf, and cheering for the University of Tennessee's sports teams. Susan also serves on the Wider Net Committee at Northminster Baptist Church.

    Susan joined the WFM to help Mississippi women accomplish their financial goals. She believes her wealth of experience will help those women become economically independent and nurture generations to come.

  • Alicia Netterville – Secretary
  • Julieta Mendez – Past Chair
  • Kim Burke – Chair

    Kimberly Gladden Burke, Ph.D. is a Professor of Accounting and Dean of the Else School of Management at Millsap’s College. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Kim worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse and a director of internal audit for Unigate Restaurants. She is the author of several courses offered by the AICPA, as well as several articles published in academic journals. Kim was recognized by the Mississippi Society of CPAs as the 2014 Outstanding Educator and by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the 2008 Mississippi Professor of the Year. Kim and her husband, Rick, are the proud parents of their daughter Kelsey.

    Kim joined the WFM after noticing the sheer number of women caught in a cycle of unplanned pregnancy, lack of education and poverty. She’s proud to be part of an organization that is dedicated to improve the economic security of all women.

  • Susan Phillips – Treasurer, Chair-Elect

    Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College and her Master of Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Susan retired in 2016 after practicing as a CPA for 32 years, specializing in nonprofit accounting and tax services.

    She spends time running, biking, playing golf, and cheering for the University of Tennessee's sports teams. Susan also serves on the Wider Net Committee at Northminster Baptist Church.

    Susan joined the WFM to help Mississippi women accomplish their financial goals. She believes her wealth of experience will help those women become economically independent and nurture generations to come.

  • Alicia Netterville – Secretary

    Alicia Netterville is an attorney with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Prior to practicing law, Alicia clerked with the Honorable Carlton W. Reeves of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi. Alicia also worked as a state registered lobbyist with the Mississippi Center for Justice and drafted statewide welfare reform policy with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

    Alicia has served on numerous boards and advisory committees across the state such as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanities, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and United Way. In addition to her service on the Women’s Foundation Board, Alicia currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Unity Festival, Inc. in Gulfport, MS.

    When she is not practicing law, Alicia enjoys developing new lines for her all natural body care business, Hamp’s Seed.

  • Julieta Mendez – Past Chair

    Julieta serves as the Director of the Office International Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Born in Argentina, she received a J.D. from s Universidad de Mendoza and has called Mississippi home since 2007. Prior to her role at UMMC, Julieta worked as Program Director of the Immigration Clinic at Catholic Charities of Jackson.

    Julieta has volunteered her time and expertise to human rights and violence prevention at numerous organizations. Julieta lives in Brandon with her husband, Alejandro, and their two beautiful children, Camila and Joaquin.

    Julieta was inspired to be part of the Foundation’s work to find permanent solutions to systemic problems and helping women, girls, and the entire community. As Chair of the WFM Board, Julieta is proud of the leadership position the WFM has built through the passion and expertise of the staff and the commitment to diversity.

  • Evelyn Edwards – At Large
  • Susan Anand
  • Alicia Netterville – Secretary

    Alicia Netterville is an attorney with the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Prior to practicing law, Alicia clerked with the Honorable Carlton W. Reeves of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi. Alicia also worked as a state registered lobbyist with the Mississippi Center for Justice and drafted statewide welfare reform policy with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

    Alicia has served on numerous boards and advisory committees across the state such as Red Cross, Habitat for Humanities, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and United Way. In addition to her service on the Women’s Foundation Board, Alicia currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Unity Festival, Inc. in Gulfport, MS.

    When she is not practicing law, Alicia enjoys developing new lines for her all natural body care business, Hamp’s Seed.

  • Julieta Mendez – Past Chair

    Julieta serves as the Director of the Office International Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Born in Argentina, she received a J.D. from s Universidad de Mendoza and has called Mississippi home since 2007. Prior to her role at UMMC, Julieta worked as Program Director of the Immigration Clinic at Catholic Charities of Jackson.

    Julieta has volunteered her time and expertise to human rights and violence prevention at numerous organizations. Julieta lives in Brandon with her husband, Alejandro, and their two beautiful children, Camila and Joaquin.

    Julieta was inspired to be part of the Foundation’s work to find permanent solutions to systemic problems and helping women, girls, and the entire community. As Chair of the WFM Board, Julieta is proud of the leadership position the WFM has built through the passion and expertise of the staff and the commitment to diversity.

  • Evelyn Edwards – At Large

    Evelyn Edwards has 24 years experience in banking and finance and serves as Vice President and Corporate Community Development Grant Specialist and Mid MS Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Specialist for BancorpSouth. She is a native of Tchula, Mississippi and is a graduate of Rust College and a former graduate student of the University of Akron, Ohio. She has served in various capacities on numerous boards of directors during her tenure at BancorpSouth.

    Evelyn’s guiding principle is helping others bring their plans to life in order to transform communities. She believes in connecting, equipping, and sustaining non-profits, municipalities, and other entities to ensure that the low to moderate income population rises. As co-author of a Youth Asset Development Program for the MS Council on Economic Education, Evelyn’s work changed the lives of an estimated 300 middle- to- high school students that live at or below the poverty level in Mississippi.

    Evelyn has two daughters, Kittey an Kaelyn and is an active member at Jackson Revival Center Church in Jackson where she serves as the Community Development Liaison.

  • Susan Anand

    Susan Ainlay Anand is a registered, board-certified, and licensed art therapist and fine artist. A graduate of the New York University art therapy program, Susan has worked with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. She is on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she provides clinical services and teaches residents and medical students about group therapy and art therapy.

    Susan also facilitates groups for adults at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Psycamore and has served in numerous leadership roles with state and national art therapy organizations. Susan and her husband, Vinod, have twin daughters, Asha and Nina.

  • Inglish DeVoss
  • Lindsay Thomas Dowdle
  • Evelyn Edwards – At Large

    Evelyn Edwards has 24 years experience in banking and finance and serves as Vice President and Corporate Community Development Grant Specialist and Mid MS Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Specialist for BancorpSouth. She is a native of Tchula, Mississippi and is a graduate of Rust College and a former graduate student of the University of Akron, Ohio. She has served in various capacities on numerous boards of directors during her tenure at BancorpSouth.

    Evelyn’s guiding principle is helping others bring their plans to life in order to transform communities. She believes in connecting, equipping, and sustaining non-profits, municipalities, and other entities to ensure that the low to moderate income population rises. As co-author of a Youth Asset Development Program for the MS Council on Economic Education, Evelyn’s work changed the lives of an estimated 300 middle- to- high school students that live at or below the poverty level in Mississippi.

    Evelyn has two daughters, Kittey an Kaelyn and is an active member at Jackson Revival Center Church in Jackson where she serves as the Community Development Liaison.

  • Susan Anand

    Susan Ainlay Anand is a registered, board-certified, and licensed art therapist and fine artist. A graduate of the New York University art therapy program, Susan has worked with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. She is on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she provides clinical services and teaches residents and medical students about group therapy and art therapy.

    Susan also facilitates groups for adults at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Psycamore and has served in numerous leadership roles with state and national art therapy organizations. Susan and her husband, Vinod, have twin daughters, Asha and Nina.

  • Inglish DeVoss

    Inglish graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor in Sociology and Minor in African and Diaspora studies. Before moving to Jackson with her husband in 2000, she worked as a gallery director in New Orleans.

    Inglish believes in changing the “culture of expectations” and that advocacy for the underrepresented is equal portions responsibility and reward. She has work as a Program Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity, as an African art consultant for Disney, and with auxiliary cooking programs for local schools. Most proudly, Inglish has volunteered with various community organizations, including the Jackson AmeriCorp Board, as an extended active with the Junior League in youth/community projects, and for St. Andrews School where her two young sons attend.

    Inglish believes that any culture that values girls and women, allows them access to education and healthcare, and supports and encourages their potential results in more prosperity, peace and improved standards among all it's citizenry.

  • Lindsay Thomas Dowdle
    Lindsay Thomas Dowdle is a partner in Jones Walker, LLP’s Labor and Employment practice group. Lindsay’s legal practice involves cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and similar state and local laws governing employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.   She defends employers and management before state and federal courts at the trial and appeal levels as well as before administrative bodies, such as the United States Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and similar state agencies.   She received her J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law, and she also earned a Master of Education in Counseling Education from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Appalachian State University. The Mississippi Business Journal has named Lindsay one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women” and “Top 50 Under 40.”
  • Susan Floyd
  • Chellese Hall
  • Inglish DeVoss

    Inglish graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor in Sociology and Minor in African and Diaspora studies. Before moving to Jackson with her husband in 2000, she worked as a gallery director in New Orleans.

    Inglish believes in changing the “culture of expectations” and that advocacy for the underrepresented is equal portions responsibility and reward. She has work as a Program Coordinator of Habitat for Humanity, as an African art consultant for Disney, and with auxiliary cooking programs for local schools. Most proudly, Inglish has volunteered with various community organizations, including the Jackson AmeriCorp Board, as an extended active with the Junior League in youth/community projects, and for St. Andrews School where her two young sons attend.

    Inglish believes that any culture that values girls and women, allows them access to education and healthcare, and supports and encourages their potential results in more prosperity, peace and improved standards among all it's citizenry.

  • Lindsay Thomas Dowdle
    Lindsay Thomas Dowdle is a partner in Jones Walker, LLP’s Labor and Employment practice group. Lindsay’s legal practice involves cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and similar state and local laws governing employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.   She defends employers and management before state and federal courts at the trial and appeal levels as well as before administrative bodies, such as the United States Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and similar state agencies.   She received her J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law, and she also earned a Master of Education in Counseling Education from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Appalachian State University. The Mississippi Business Journal has named Lindsay one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women” and “Top 50 Under 40.”
  • Susan Floyd

    Susan M. Floyd is special counsel in Jones Walker LLP’s Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the Environmental team. Susan’s environmental law practice includes the facilitation of project management and assisting clients in meeting regulatory requirements.

    She received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, completed her undergraduate degree at Sewanee: The University of the South, and her Master of Education in Gifted Studies at Mississippi University for Women. . In 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal named Susan one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women”. She was also recognized in “Chambers USA –America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

    Susan joined the WFM to be part of a proactive organization that channels progressive ideas into reality. She believes to thrive is to consistently meet one’s greatest potential.

  • Chellese Hall

    Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Chellese is now fully entrenched in the Jackson community. She graduated from Belhaven University with a degree in Mass Communications and now co-hosts the “Let’s Talk Jackson” podcast and is involved in volunteer and community organizations. Chellese is passionate about creating access to higher education, as she manages the communications department for the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) and their Get2College program.

    If you can't find Chellese at a desk or recording in a studio, you'll find her running on trails around sunset, sipping hot tea at brunch, or performing original songs at an open mic.

    Chellese joined the WFM to be part of a statewide sisterhood that fiercely fights for every woman to help reach their dreams. She believes to thrive is to live unapologetically with a divine sense of purpose.

  • Kim Hoover
  • LoRose Hunter
  • Susan Floyd

    Susan M. Floyd is special counsel in Jones Walker LLP’s Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the Environmental team. Susan’s environmental law practice includes the facilitation of project management and assisting clients in meeting regulatory requirements.

    She received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law, completed her undergraduate degree at Sewanee: The University of the South, and her Master of Education in Gifted Studies at Mississippi University for Women. . In 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal named Susan one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women”. She was also recognized in “Chambers USA –America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

    Susan joined the WFM to be part of a proactive organization that channels progressive ideas into reality. She believes to thrive is to consistently meet one’s greatest potential.

  • Chellese Hall

    Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Chellese is now fully entrenched in the Jackson community. She graduated from Belhaven University with a degree in Mass Communications and now co-hosts the “Let’s Talk Jackson” podcast and is involved in volunteer and community organizations. Chellese is passionate about creating access to higher education, as she manages the communications department for the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) and their Get2College program.

    If you can't find Chellese at a desk or recording in a studio, you'll find her running on trails around sunset, sipping hot tea at brunch, or performing original songs at an open mic.

    Chellese joined the WFM to be part of a statewide sisterhood that fiercely fights for every woman to help reach their dreams. She believes to thrive is to live unapologetically with a divine sense of purpose.

  • Kim Hoover

    Kim is dean and professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. As dean, she is responsible for two campuses that include baccalaureate, masters, Ph.D. and DNP programs and oversees the school’s nine clinics throughout the state.

    With a B.S. in Nursing from Northeast Louisiana University, M.S. in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Clinic Health Sciences from the University of Mississippi, Kim began her nursing career over 25 years ago as a hospital staff nurse.

    Kim is active on several state and national committees and numerous organizations. Her work is published and presented nationally and she is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program.

  • LoRose Hunter

    LoRose grew up in Durant, Mississippi, graduated from Mississippi State University and has spent thirty years in the corporate and financial world. LoRose has worked for Regions Bank for 13 years and serves as the Work Banking Coordinator for 100 branches across the state.

    LoRose devotes herself to community service, as she sits on a number of local boards and advisory committees. In 2016, the Mississippi Business Journal named her one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women”.

    Growing up in one of the poorest counties in rural Mississippi, LoRose saw many women overcome unbelievable obstacles to raise and nurture families. She joined the WFM as an opportunity to give back and contribute to being part of the solution instead of focusing on the problems. LoRose believes to thrive is to not just exist, but flourish in your existence.

  • Morgan Ashley Miller
  • Barbara Phillips
  • Kim Hoover

    Kim is dean and professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. As dean, she is responsible for two campuses that include baccalaureate, masters, Ph.D. and DNP programs and oversees the school’s nine clinics throughout the state.

    With a B.S. in Nursing from Northeast Louisiana University, M.S. in Nursing and a Ph.D. in Clinic Health Sciences from the University of Mississippi, Kim began her nursing career over 25 years ago as a hospital staff nurse.

    Kim is active on several state and national committees and numerous organizations. Her work is published and presented nationally and she is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program.

  • LoRose Hunter

    LoRose grew up in Durant, Mississippi, graduated from Mississippi State University and has spent thirty years in the corporate and financial world. LoRose has worked for Regions Bank for 13 years and serves as the Work Banking Coordinator for 100 branches across the state.

    LoRose devotes herself to community service, as she sits on a number of local boards and advisory committees. In 2016, the Mississippi Business Journal named her one of “Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women”.

    Growing up in one of the poorest counties in rural Mississippi, LoRose saw many women overcome unbelievable obstacles to raise and nurture families. She joined the WFM as an opportunity to give back and contribute to being part of the solution instead of focusing on the problems. LoRose believes to thrive is to not just exist, but flourish in your existence.

  • Morgan Ashley Miller
    Morgan currently serves as the digital media manager for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), building the social and digital strategy for the agency. Morgan, a native of Atlantic City, NJ, moved to Jackson in 2010 to be a meteorologist at WJTV News Channel 12 after graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. While at Cornell, Morgan was a passionate advocate and activist for women's rights.   In 2013, she became a WFM Wood Hiatt Intern focusing on communications and advocacy. Looking to further her interests in social justice, Morgan became the director of communications at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi in 2013. She joined the MDOT public affairs team as a public information officer in August 2015 and in January 2018 was named the 2017 Emerging Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi's Central Chapter.   When she's not thinking about social media strategy or social justice, you can find her teaching yoga at M Theory Yoga in Ridgeland.  
  • Barbara Phillips
    Barbara Y. Phillips was formerly a Program Officer of the Ford Foundation in the Human Rights unit of the Peace and Social Justice Program with the responsibility to craft and manage the portfolio of grants and other activities nationally and globally related to women’s rights and gender equity. Prior to joining the foundation, she was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, partner in the San Francisco law firm Rosen & Phillips, staff attorney with the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. Before attending law school, she worked for social justice as a community organizer in Mississippi and became lead plaintiff in several class actions challenging employment discrimination by Mississippi State agencies, Phillips v. Joint Legislative Committee on Performance and Expenditure Review,637 F.2d 1014 (1981). While partner in Rosen & Phillips, Phillips was appointed by the federal district court in 1987, to monitor compliance of the San Francisco Fire Department with court orders and a broad consent decree requiring institutional change to resolve claims of race and sex discrimination in hiring, promotions, and conditions of employment and resulting in the hiring of the first women firefighters.   She is a member of the board of directors of the following: (a) African Women’s Development Fund - USA, a sister-foundation to the African Women’s Development Fund based in Accra, Ghana, a feminist foundation supporting the social justice work of the African women’s movement; (b) Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace; (c) Women’s Foundation of Mississippi; (d) CREA, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action based in New Delhi and (e) MississippiVotes, a youth-led initiative promoting participatory democracy. She previously served on the board of the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights based in New Delhi; the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Advisory Council of the University of Michigan; board of directors of Crossroad Fund, a Chicago foundation; the Southern Coalition for Educational Equity, a Southern regional organization focusing on education; the Bar Association of San Francisco; and was President of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California.   Educational background:   B.A. Macalester College; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; J.S.M., Stanford Law School. Her publications include three essays How I Became a Civil Rights Lawyer, The Legacy of Other Social Justice Movements, and The Trojan Horse Called “Diversity” in Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South, 1964-1980 (ed. Kent Spriggs, University Press of Florida 2017); How a Targeted Triggering Approach Can Repair the Voting Rights Act: Congress Can Eliminate the Blight of Voting Discrimination Once and For All, Voting Rights Symposium, 85 Miss. L.J. 6, 1163 (2017); Reflections: Philanthropy and Social Justice Feminism, 2014 Freedom Center Journal 1, 47 (Fall 2014); Dignity and Human Rights: The Missing Dialogue (2011, Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights); Thoughts on Dignity, Discussion Paper (Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, No.1, May 2007, New Delhi); The Road Traveled, The Road Ahead: Ford Foundation Support for Women’s Rights in Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Journey To a Just Society, ed. Elayne Clift (UPNE Press 2005); and articles about democracy and political participation: The Gift of Hopwood: Diversity and the Fife and Drum March Back to the 19th Century, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 291 (Fall 1999) ;  Thoughts on the Emerging Separate but Equal Doctrine in Controversies in Civil Rights, ed. Bernard Grofman (University of Virginia Press 1999);  Xin Ren, Tradition of the Law and the Law of the Tradition: Law, State and Social Control in China, 5 China Review International 2 (Fall 1998)(book review);   Reconsidering Reynolds v. Sims: The Relevance of Its Basic Standard of Equality to Other Vote Dilution Claims", 38 Howard Law Journal 3, 561 (Summer 1995); How to Use Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (3rd edition 1983) Joint Center for Political Studies, Washington, DC;  Proposed Changes in Presentence Report Procedure, 66 J.Crim.L&C 56 (1975);  Mississippi Property Tax: Special Burden for the Poor (Black Economic Research Center, NY, NY 1973);   A Report on the Land Saving Project of the Mound Bayou Development Corporation in Only Six Million Acres: The Decline of Black Owned Land in the Rural South (Robert S. Brown, ed., 1973).
  • Barbara Logan Smith
  • Vonda Reeves
  • Morgan Ashley Miller
    Morgan currently serves as the digital media manager for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), building the social and digital strategy for the agency. Morgan, a native of Atlantic City, NJ, moved to Jackson in 2010 to be a meteorologist at WJTV News Channel 12 after graduating from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. While at Cornell, Morgan was a passionate advocate and activist for women's rights.   In 2013, she became a WFM Wood Hiatt Intern focusing on communications and advocacy. Looking to further her interests in social justice, Morgan became the director of communications at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi in 2013. She joined the MDOT public affairs team as a public information officer in August 2015 and in January 2018 was named the 2017 Emerging Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi's Central Chapter.   When she's not thinking about social media strategy or social justice, you can find her teaching yoga at M Theory Yoga in Ridgeland.  
  • Barbara Phillips
    Barbara Y. Phillips was formerly a Program Officer of the Ford Foundation in the Human Rights unit of the Peace and Social Justice Program with the responsibility to craft and manage the portfolio of grants and other activities nationally and globally related to women’s rights and gender equity. Prior to joining the foundation, she was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, partner in the San Francisco law firm Rosen & Phillips, staff attorney with the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. Before attending law school, she worked for social justice as a community organizer in Mississippi and became lead plaintiff in several class actions challenging employment discrimination by Mississippi State agencies, Phillips v. Joint Legislative Committee on Performance and Expenditure Review,637 F.2d 1014 (1981). While partner in Rosen & Phillips, Phillips was appointed by the federal district court in 1987, to monitor compliance of the San Francisco Fire Department with court orders and a broad consent decree requiring institutional change to resolve claims of race and sex discrimination in hiring, promotions, and conditions of employment and resulting in the hiring of the first women firefighters.   She is a member of the board of directors of the following: (a) African Women’s Development Fund - USA, a sister-foundation to the African Women’s Development Fund based in Accra, Ghana, a feminist foundation supporting the social justice work of the African women’s movement; (b) Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace; (c) Women’s Foundation of Mississippi; (d) CREA, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action based in New Delhi and (e) MississippiVotes, a youth-led initiative promoting participatory democracy. She previously served on the board of the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights based in New Delhi; the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Advisory Council of the University of Michigan; board of directors of Crossroad Fund, a Chicago foundation; the Southern Coalition for Educational Equity, a Southern regional organization focusing on education; the Bar Association of San Francisco; and was President of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California.   Educational background:   B.A. Macalester College; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; J.S.M., Stanford Law School. Her publications include three essays How I Became a Civil Rights Lawyer, The Legacy of Other Social Justice Movements, and The Trojan Horse Called “Diversity” in Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South, 1964-1980 (ed. Kent Spriggs, University Press of Florida 2017); How a Targeted Triggering Approach Can Repair the Voting Rights Act: Congress Can Eliminate the Blight of Voting Discrimination Once and For All, Voting Rights Symposium, 85 Miss. L.J. 6, 1163 (2017); Reflections: Philanthropy and Social Justice Feminism, 2014 Freedom Center Journal 1, 47 (Fall 2014); Dignity and Human Rights: The Missing Dialogue (2011, Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights); Thoughts on Dignity, Discussion Paper (Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, No.1, May 2007, New Delhi); The Road Traveled, The Road Ahead: Ford Foundation Support for Women’s Rights in Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Journey To a Just Society, ed. Elayne Clift (UPNE Press 2005); and articles about democracy and political participation: The Gift of Hopwood: Diversity and the Fife and Drum March Back to the 19th Century, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 291 (Fall 1999) ;  Thoughts on the Emerging Separate but Equal Doctrine in Controversies in Civil Rights, ed. Bernard Grofman (University of Virginia Press 1999);  Xin Ren, Tradition of the Law and the Law of the Tradition: Law, State and Social Control in China, 5 China Review International 2 (Fall 1998)(book review);   Reconsidering Reynolds v. Sims: The Relevance of Its Basic Standard of Equality to Other Vote Dilution Claims", 38 Howard Law Journal 3, 561 (Summer 1995); How to Use Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (3rd edition 1983) Joint Center for Political Studies, Washington, DC;  Proposed Changes in Presentence Report Procedure, 66 J.Crim.L&C 56 (1975);  Mississippi Property Tax: Special Burden for the Poor (Black Economic Research Center, NY, NY 1973);   A Report on the Land Saving Project of the Mound Bayou Development Corporation in Only Six Million Acres: The Decline of Black Owned Land in the Rural South (Robert S. Brown, ed., 1973).
  • Barbara Logan Smith
    Barbara Logan Smith has 19 years of dedicated service to building capacity and has contributed to the development of business executives, administrative leaders, educators, college students, and K-12 children across the country. Her roots as an educator began while serving elementary students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Her tenure involved myriad of roles, including K-8 school administrator, classroom teacher, Title I teacher, technology teacher, programs implementer, and district trainer for efficacy, quality, and proficiency programs. Logan Smith served as Vice President for the Efficacy Institute, a national non-profit agency of education reform, dedicated to the mission of proficiency for all children in academics and character. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic development of training, marketing, and client management services. During her employ with the Institute, she trained approximately 10,000 teachers, certified over 200 teacher and parent trainers, and prepared more than 3,000 students to serve change agents in their schools through the Envoy Project, an Efficacy youth leadership program. Currently Logan Smith serves as the Executive Director of Teach for America – Mississippi, where she continues to fight for educational equity and excellence for the children of the state. Barbara Logan Smith also facilitates training seminars for rising corporate executives. She has trained approximately 1,000 participants from Edward Jones, The Partnership of Boston, and St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative. Logan Smith earned her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated cum laude with her B.S. degree in Education (K-8) and Psychology from Lakeland College. Presently, Logan Smith is completing her PhD in Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University, where she also serves as adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, management, and business. She lives with her husband, Christopher, in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Vonda Reeves
    Vonda Reeves is a gastroenterologist practicing in the tri-county area with Gastrointestinal Associates, PA. Prior to joining the group, she was faculty at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Vonda is immediate past president for the Mississippi Gastroenterology Society. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Millsaps College and Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Vonda’s postgraduate work, including fellowship, was at UTMB in Texas. Vonda Is Chair of the Administrative Board for Anderson United Methodist Church and is the proud mom of four children, Galen, Royce, Jaren, and Peryn. The mission of the WFM mission aligns with Vonda’s lifelong mantra of educational and economic empowerment that was taught by her parents. Vonda is a passionate advocate for making more people aware of the WFM outreach and impact on women and girls in our state to get even more people involved in helping women and their families thrive.
  • Heidi Shoemake
  • Shanell H. Watson
  • Barbara Logan Smith
    Barbara Logan Smith has 19 years of dedicated service to building capacity and has contributed to the development of business executives, administrative leaders, educators, college students, and K-12 children across the country. Her roots as an educator began while serving elementary students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Her tenure involved myriad of roles, including K-8 school administrator, classroom teacher, Title I teacher, technology teacher, programs implementer, and district trainer for efficacy, quality, and proficiency programs. Logan Smith served as Vice President for the Efficacy Institute, a national non-profit agency of education reform, dedicated to the mission of proficiency for all children in academics and character. In this role, she was responsible for the strategic development of training, marketing, and client management services. During her employ with the Institute, she trained approximately 10,000 teachers, certified over 200 teacher and parent trainers, and prepared more than 3,000 students to serve change agents in their schools through the Envoy Project, an Efficacy youth leadership program. Currently Logan Smith serves as the Executive Director of Teach for America – Mississippi, where she continues to fight for educational equity and excellence for the children of the state. Barbara Logan Smith also facilitates training seminars for rising corporate executives. She has trained approximately 1,000 participants from Edward Jones, The Partnership of Boston, and St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative. Logan Smith earned her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and graduated cum laude with her B.S. degree in Education (K-8) and Psychology from Lakeland College. Presently, Logan Smith is completing her PhD in Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University, where she also serves as adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, management, and business. She lives with her husband, Christopher, in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Vonda Reeves
    Vonda Reeves is a gastroenterologist practicing in the tri-county area with Gastrointestinal Associates, PA. Prior to joining the group, she was faculty at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Vonda is immediate past president for the Mississippi Gastroenterology Society. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Millsaps College and Doctor of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Vonda’s postgraduate work, including fellowship, was at UTMB in Texas. Vonda Is Chair of the Administrative Board for Anderson United Methodist Church and is the proud mom of four children, Galen, Royce, Jaren, and Peryn. The mission of the WFM mission aligns with Vonda’s lifelong mantra of educational and economic empowerment that was taught by her parents. Vonda is a passionate advocate for making more people aware of the WFM outreach and impact on women and girls in our state to get even more people involved in helping women and their families thrive.
  • Heidi Shoemake

    Heidi is a Senior Information Technology Program Manager at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She holds a BA in History and Anthropology from Bloomsburg University and a MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Pennsylvania, Heidi made Mississippi her home in 2010. She and her Husband, Philipp, reside in Brandon.

    Heidi joined the WFM because she is dedicated to promoting and supporting the needs of Mississippi women, and believes her experience in higher education can help open doors for others. She sees that the grants awarded by the WFM may seem inconsequential, but have the ability to change the entire world for the women who benefit.

    Heidi believes to thrive is to overcome any obstacle with fierce determination – refusing to be satisfied with the status quo. It’s casting off the shackles of one circumstances and pushing onward and upward. It’s refusing to be satisfied with the status quo. To thrive is to be unstoppable.

  • Shanell H. Watson
    Shanell Watson is a program officer with the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, primarily responsible for managing programmatic activity related to the Foundation’s statewide postsecondary attainment priorities. Prior to joining the Foundation as a financial analyst in 2007, Shanell worked as an assurance supervisor for HORNE LLP and external grant manager for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. She has been licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Mississippi since 2005 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management.   Shanell has served the community in various capacities, including her current service as chair of the Young CPA Liaison Committee of the Mississippi Society of CPAs and governing board member of Mississippi Action for Progress, a statewide early childhood education agency. Shanell and her husband, Edward, reside in Terry, MS with their three sons, Nicholas, Sean and Barrett.   Shanell believes wholeheartedly that empowering women to be successful is a driving force for improving our world: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things that I cannot accept.” ~~Angela Y. Davis
  • Heidi Shoemake

    Heidi is a Senior Information Technology Program Manager at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She holds a BA in History and Anthropology from Bloomsburg University and a MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Pennsylvania, Heidi made Mississippi her home in 2010. She and her Husband, Philipp, reside in Brandon.

    Heidi joined the WFM because she is dedicated to promoting and supporting the needs of Mississippi women, and believes her experience in higher education can help open doors for others. She sees that the grants awarded by the WFM may seem inconsequential, but have the ability to change the entire world for the women who benefit.

    Heidi believes to thrive is to overcome any obstacle with fierce determination – refusing to be satisfied with the status quo. It’s casting off the shackles of one circumstances and pushing onward and upward. It’s refusing to be satisfied with the status quo. To thrive is to be unstoppable.

  • Shanell H. Watson
    Shanell Watson is a program officer with the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, primarily responsible for managing programmatic activity related to the Foundation’s statewide postsecondary attainment priorities. Prior to joining the Foundation as a financial analyst in 2007, Shanell worked as an assurance supervisor for HORNE LLP and external grant manager for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation. She has been licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Mississippi since 2005 and received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College’s Else School of Management.   Shanell has served the community in various capacities, including her current service as chair of the Young CPA Liaison Committee of the Mississippi Society of CPAs and governing board member of Mississippi Action for Progress, a statewide early childhood education agency. Shanell and her husband, Edward, reside in Terry, MS with their three sons, Nicholas, Sean and Barrett.   Shanell believes wholeheartedly that empowering women to be successful is a driving force for improving our world: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things that I cannot accept.” ~~Angela Y. Davis

Not pictured:  Donna Barksdale, Norma B. Ojeda, and Lessa Phillips.

MILESTONES

Cool Timeline

1999
1999

Women’s Foundation Begins as Field of Interest Fund

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi began as a field-of-interest fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson.

1999

Power of the Purse

The first Power of the Purse event, an informative session on how women could get involved in philanthropy, was hosted.

2003
2003

Women’s Fund Launched

The Community Foundation officially launched the Women’s Fund.

2003

Women’s Fund Awards $6,000 in Grants

The Fund, headed by Linda Montgomery of the CFGJ and a Steering Committee of 17 women, awarded $6,000 in grants.

2003

2003 Emerita: Joan Bailey

2003 Emerita: Joan Bailey

2004
2004

2004 Grant Awards

Grant awardees ranged from the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault to the Mississippi Museum of Art

2004

2004 Emerita – Susan Shands Jones

2004 Emerita – Susan Shands Jones

2005
2005

2005 Emerita: Nancy Gilbert

2005 Emerita: Nancy Gilbert

2005

New Events

The Fund hosted several new events, including the first Lunch and Learn, Change by Design, and Dining by Fireflies

2006
2006

2006 Emerita – Jean Medley

2006 Emerita: Jean Medley

2006

International Women’s Day

Former governor Haley Barbour declared March 8th “International Women’s Day” in Mississippi.

2007
2007

Carol Penick, Executive Director

Carol Penick appointed as the first Executive Director.

2007

$68,000 in Grants

Awarded $68,000 in grants.

2007

2007 Emerita: Geraldine Brookins

2007 Emerita: Geraldine Brookins

2008
2008

Kellogg Capacity Building Grant

W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded The Fund a two-year, $375,500 capacity-building grant to support future endeavors.

2008

2008 Emerita: Claudia Hauberg

2008 Emerita: Claudia Hauberg

2008

The Fund Becomes Independent

The Fund officially separated from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and became an independent, statewide organization.

2009
2009

2009 Emerita: Jan Taylor

2009 Emerita: Jan Taylor

2010
2010

Helen Hunt Speaker

Helen Hunt was the featured speaker at the annual Power of the Purse luncheon, returning eleven years after attending the first event in 1999.

2010

2010 Emerita: Judy Wiener

2010 Emerita: Judy Wiener

2011
2011

Sex Education and Teen Pregnancy

The Foundation committed to addressing proper sex education and teen pregnancy, and released an informational packet on the cost of teen pregnancy in Mississippi.

2011

Women’s Funding Network Mention

The Women’s Funding Network, an international membership organization, named The Fund in its “Twelve Women’s Funds in the South: Common Context, Collective Impact.”

2011

2011 Emerita: Seetha Srinivasan

2011 Emerita: Seetha Srinivasan

2012
2012

PWP

The Foundation joined the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity (PWP), an organization focused on supporting economically vulnerable women by providing opportunities in education, job training, and employment

2012

2012 Emerita: LoRose Hunter

2012 Emerita: LoRose Hunter

2012

Fact Not Fiction

The Foundation launched Fact Not Fiction, a website and statewide advertising campaign with the goal of lowering Mississippi’s rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).

2013
2013

Endowment Valuation

The Foundation’s endowment was valued at $1 million, and it awarded $235,000 in grants.

2014
2014

Two-Generational Model

The Foundation implemented the Two-Generation model, awarding grants to community colleges throughout Mississippi.

2014

2014 Emerita: Kathleen O’Beirne

2014 Emerita: Kathleen O’Beirne

2014

HB 2563

The Foundation worked with the Community College Board to pass Senate Bill 2563, which requires community colleges to address the needs of women.

2015
2015

Consider This

The Foundation created Consider This – a statewide advocacy leveraging social media to create a better Mississippi for women and their families.

2015

2015 Emerita – Elta Johnston

2015 Emerita: Elta Johnston (6 months)

2015

Packard Foundation Grant

The Foundation continued to gain recognition locally and nationally, receiving a $1 million grant from the Packard Foundation.

2016
2016

SMART Party

The first SMART Party was held to raise money and awareness.

2016

Game Changers Launched

Game Changers fundraising campaign launched with a goal of $6 million.

2016

$4.4M Cumulative

Cumulative $4.4 million brought into the state.

2016

Carol Penick Retires

Carol Penick announced her retirement after serving as the Executive Director of the Foundation for 9 years.

2016

Record Number of Grants

The Foundation awarded a record level of $785,000 in grants.

2017
2017

Tracy DeVries named ED

Tracy DeVries became the new Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation, effective January 1, 2017.

2017

2017 Emerita: Julieta Mendez

2017 Emerita: Julieta Mendez

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