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Dedicated individuals from the business, nonprofit, public and private sectors of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties serve on our Board of Trustees. Our Trustees, like others who give to Your Foundation, represent the diversity of the area that we serve. They are passionate about the Community Foundation's shared goal of making a long-term, positive impact by strengthening our communities.



Chairman
of the Board
A native of Hattiesburg, Luther Ott is a Priest in the Episcopal Church. From 1997-2002, Luther was Executive Director of Stewpot Community Services. While at Stewpot, he helped transform the nonprofit into a multi-dimensional inter-faith social service agency. Luther practiced law for a number of years and served as the President of the Mississippi Bar Foundation before attending divinity school. He is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Luther and his wife, Janet, have two children, a foster daughter, and seven grandchildren. Luther has served as our President and is now assuming a governance liaison role in the foundation.

Our Trustees:
Amanda Alexander Jan Lewis Lee Unger
Hogan Allen Paul McNeill Judy Wiener
Tommy Darnell Mike McRee Dudley Wooley
Janet Harris Hibbett Neel Wirt Yerger, Jr.
Jane Hiatt Chuck Nicholson  
Jamie Houston Worth Thomas  
     
Amanda Green Alexander, a native of Kokomo, Mississippi, is a member of both the Mississippi Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She is a shareholder of Alexander & Watson, P.A. located in downtown Jackson, MS. She represents both self-insured and insurance companies in the areas of general commercial litigation worker’s compensation and employment law. She received her B.A. from Tougaloo College, M.P.P.A. at Jackson State University and J.D. from MS College School of Law.

She serves as President-Elect of the Capital Area Bar Association, Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Section of the MS Bar, Chair of Board of Directors for the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project and Editor of the MS Lawyers Magazine, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Women Bar Associations and is Past President of the Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association.

Amanda and her daughter, Amari Elizabeth are members of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson. She is the daughter of the late Reverend Arthur Green and Debora P. Green of Kokomo, Mississippi. [Back to List]
Hogan Allen is a CPA with H. Allen and Associates. He is a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Governmental Committee of the CPA Associates International.Hogan is active in civic and charitable activites in our community, serving as a Parishioner at St. James Episcopal Church, former chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Association, Treasurer of the Mississippi Opera Association, President of the Mississippi Wind Symphony Association, Vice President of the Jackson Federation of Musicians, and Past Vice President of the Mississippi Girlchoir Association. He is a member of the North Jackson Lions Club. [Back to List]
Tommy Darnell began his banking career in 1972 and is President of BancorpSouth’s Hinds County Division with oversight of Premier Banking, Commercial/Corporate and Real Estate Lending, and Retail Lending. A native of Okolona, Mississippi, Darnell earned a B.S in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State and an M.B.A from Mississippi College. In addition, he has completed the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and the American Banker’s Association National Commercial Lending School’s Undergraduate and Graduate programs. Tommy attends Christ United Methodist Church with his wife Lisa and daughter Alise. Current community service activities include board and leadership roles for Magnolia Speech School, St. Catherine’s Village, Metro YMCA, Mississippi State University Business School Finance and Economics advisory board, and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. [Back to List]
Janet Harris has 39 years of nursing experience – most of which has been in management and administration. She worked for over 8 years as a national consultant for Cardinal Health and served as the National Director of Nursing Professional Services. Janet returned to the University of Mississippi in 2007 as the Chief Nursing Executive Officer of the health system and now also serves as CNO for the University Hospital. She is adjunct faculty, teaching in the Leadership Course, DNP program, in the UMMC School of Nursing and recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Executive Track at the University of Pittsburgh.

Active for many years in community and professional organizations, Janet recently completed four years on the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics and as a Magnet Commissioner with the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. She is a past President of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association and currently serves as the President of the Mississippi Nurses’ Foundation. She has been active in AONE serving on the Bylaws Committee, Patient Care Delivery Model Task Force, Patient Safety Committee, Institute Operations Committee, and Hospital Pursuit of Excellence Committee. She currently serves a Commissioner on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. She is also a new board member for the Greater Jackson Community Foundation and Co-chair of the 2014 March for Babies.

Janet has numerous awards to her credit including Alumnus of the Decade (1980’s) for the UMC School of Nursing and the Nurse Executive Recognition Award from the Mississippi Hospital Association. Recent publications include co-authoring of several book chapters including: “Organizational Design” in Nursing Management: Principles and Practice, “Empirical Outcomes” in Magnet: The Next Generation -Nurses Making the Difference and “Evaluation” in The Essential Guide to Nursing Practice: Applying ANA’s Scope and Standards in Practice and Evaluation. [Back to List]
Active in local, state and national nonprofits for over 30 years, Jane Hiatt is a past chair of CFGJ, a Women's Fund of MS founder and the retired Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission. A native of North Carolina, Jane earned a B.A. at UNC Chapel Hill Phi Beta Kappa and M.A. at Wake Forest. Jane's past endeavors include hosting MPB's "Artifacts", re-instituting the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, starting the Whole Schools Arts Education Program and directing a Bi-centenial Conference for nine southern states as the first Executive Director of the TN Humanities Council. Jane has served the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jane is also a visionary, creating the first donor advised fund at CFGJ which has provided over $1M in philanthropic support. [Back to List]
Jamie Houston is a member of Watkins & Eager PLLC in Jackson, Mississippi. He currently serves on the Boards of the University of Mississippi Foundation, the Luckyday Foundation and the Barefield Charitable Trust. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Jamie is married to the former Katherine (“Katy”) Smith and they have two (2) adult sons. Jamie and Katy are members of Highlands Presbyterian Church. [Back to List]
Jan Lewis is a tax member at the firm of Haddox, Reid, Burkes and Calhoun, PLLC. She has helped clients with a variety of tax matters for over 24 years. Her practice includes income tax planning and compliance for business and individual clients, small business accounting services, and wealth management services. She serves clients in the fields of healthcare, oil and gas, retail, real estate investment and construction. Jan has served the Mississippi Society of CPAs in various capacities, as secretary, treasurer, and president. She is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Society, and currently serves as the Society’s at large representative to AICPA Council. Jan has also served as a trustee of the Mississippi Tax Institute, and has been a discussion leader for continuing education classes presented by the Mississippi Society of CPAs. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Mississippi Society of CPAs, and the Central Chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPAs. Jan is very involved in church, community, and educational activities. She is a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, where she sings in the choir, is a member and former officer of the First Ladies Civitan Club of Metro Jackson, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard Adkerson School of Accountancy at Mississippi State University. Jan is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Professional Accountancy.[Back to List]
Paul McNeill is a Senior Vice President of Investments and Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch working in the Ridgeland, Mississippi office since 1991. A native of Oxford, England, Paul has two daughters and is a graduate of Millsaps College. Paul currently serves on the boards of the Mississippi Children’s Home Services and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society AL/MS chapter, serves on the CFGJ Grants Committee and formerly served as a board member of the Mississippi Food Network. [Back to List]
Mike McRee serves as president of Investek, Inc, and related companies engaged in private investments. Mike received his B. S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Mississippi and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. He served in the U. S. Army Signal Corps as a First Lieutenant. In the past he served as president of Lamar life Corporation and as a director of several other businesses headquartered in Mississippi including Mississippi Valley Gas Company, School Pictures, Inc., Trustmark Corporation, Cimarron Mortgage Company and as Chairman of the Board of Bank of the South. Currently he serves as a director of Metropolitan Bank.

Mike is a former trustee and Chairman of the Board of st. Andrew's Episcopal School and past chairman of the board of Stewpot Community Services. Currently he serves as a Trustee of Millsaps College and as a director of The University of Mississippi Foundation and chair of their Investment Committee. He is a member of ST. James Episcopal Church and has three grown Daughters.
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Hibbett Neel, President and CEO of Neel-Schaffer,Inc., Engineers and Planners, is married to Susan Neel. They have three children; Christopher (32), Amy (29) and Michael (24).They are also blessed with Jackson Boteler, their 2 month old grandson. Hibbett is actively involved with the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Jackson 2000 and Mississippi Blood Services.He enjoys traveling and an occasional frustrating round of golf. [Back to List]
Charles W. “Chuck” Nicholson, Jr., had been the Chief Operating Officer for Community Bancshares of Mississippi, Inc., since 2005. He was elected as President and CEO in December 2013. Since starting his banking career after graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1981, Nicholson has played a key role in several of Community Bancshares’ subsidiary banks, including having held the CEO position for Community Bank, Meridian; Community Bank, Amory; and Community Bank, Destin. In addition to COO, he is the Chairman of the Board of Community Bank, Coast, which operates offices in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. He is also a graduate of The Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University and holds several designations from the American Institute of Banking.

Active in the community, Nicholson sits on several committees for the Mississippi Bankers Association and serves on several committees at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church in Brandon. Previously while a resident of Meridian, he served on the Boards of The Meridian Community College Foundation, The Choctaw Council of the Boy Scouts - where he was awarded The Silver Beaver Award, the United Way of East Mississippi and West Alabama, and the Wesley House Community Center. He, and his wife Lisa, reside in Rankin County and are members of Saint Mark’s UMC in Brandon. [Back to List]
Worth Thomas is the Principal and founder of WT Consultants, a firm that specializes in government relations and public policy. He is a registered lobbyist and has over 20 years experience in the corporate arena and as a lobbyist. Prior to forming his own company in 1996, he was Corporate Vice President at Casino Magic and Special Assistant to Attorney General Mike Moore. [Back to List]
Lee Unger is the Director of Administrator for the City of Jackson. A native of Goodman, Mississippi, Lee served Piney Woods School in various capacities for 27 years. Lee attended Alcorn State University and Grand Canyon University. [Back to List]
Judith Mitchell Wiener is a native of Winston County, Mississippi, and graduate of Mississippi State University (B.A. 1975) and University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D. 1980). Judy has lived and worked in Jackson, Mississippi since 1981 and practiced law with Jones, Mockbee & Bass, Phelps Dunbar, and Wiener Law Firm. In addition to serving on the Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, she has been an active volunteer and leader of a number of civic, cultural and religious organizations, including The Women’s Fund, University Press Book Friends, Mississippi Opera, Hinds/Jackson Library Friends, Jackson Zoo, Parents For Public Schools, Beth Israel Tikkun Olam committee, Institute for Interfaith Dialogue, and the City of Jackson Housing Authority and Planning Board. Judy works part time for the Barksdale Reading Institute, assisting with testing and screening in elementary schools. She and her spouse, Joshua Wiener, have resided in the Belhaven neighborhood since moving to Jackson. [Back to List]
Dudley Wooley serves as President/Chief Operating Officer at Ross & Yerger. He joined the firm in 1995 as an Account Executive and works with a wide array of businesses, with particular emphases in the healthcare and nonprofit industries.
Prior to joining Ross & Yerger, Dudley worked five years as an analyst/account executive with Marketing Research Institute in Jackson and two years as a management information systems consultant with Andersen Consulting in Nashville, Chicago and Memphis.
Dudley graduated in 1988 from Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 1995, he completed the Masters of Business Administration program at Millsaps College, receiving the scholastic honor of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Dudley has achieved the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations.
Dudley and his wife, Julie, have three children – Gates, Clay, and John - and are active members of Northminister Baptist Church in Jackson. [Back to List]
Wirt Yerger, Jr., is Chairman Emeritus of Ross & Yerger Insurance, Inc., an insurance agency originating in 1860. He has served in leadership roles in several areas of community life, including the Jackson Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Boys Club, and the Metropolitan Y.M.C.A. He is one of the founders of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation. Wirt and his wife, Mary, have three children. [Back to List]