Mississippi Journalism And Education Group Boards

Board of Directors

Michael Dozier

Executive Chairman Michael Dozier is the principal and founder of Carrington, Holland & Leigh Consulting Firm, and currently serves as a federal grant reviewer.

Crystal Welch

Executive Vice Chairman Crystal Welch is a lawyer and instructor at the Mississippi College School of Law.

Deborah Stockman Hodges

Board Treasurer Deborah Stockman Hodges has more than 30 years of experience in public and private accounting and…

Allison Flynn

Board Secretary Allison Flynn leads Citibank's Compliance team, managing compliance projects, staffing, diversity initiatives, and fairness in hiring.

Rosalyn Smith-Howard

Board Director Rosalyn Smith-Howard serves as Manager of Diversity and Workforce Development with Entergy Corporation.

Michael Williams

Board Director Michael Williams, native of Jackson, is the Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for Hubbell Incorporated.

Jeanne McCarty

Board Director Jeanne McCarty, CEO of Out Teach, is a veteran education leader with more than three decades…

Jacqueline Berry

Board Director Jacqueline L. Berry, Principal and Founder of Par Excelon Marketing Group, LLC, has worked with numerous…

Advisory Board

A’Lelia Bundles

Advisory Board Member A'Lelia Bundles is the author of “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker.”

Albert Sykes

Advisory Board Member Albert Sykes is the executive director of the Institute for Democratic Education in America and helped found…

Amy Haimerl

Advisory Board Member Amy Haimerl is an author and is the editor-in-residence at Michigan State University

Angie Thomas

Advisory Board Member Angie Thomas is a former teen rapper and the New York Times-bestselling author of “The…

Arielle Hudson

Advisory Board Member Arielle Hudson is a senior at the University of Mississippi majoring in secondary English education with endorsements in history and special education.

Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Advisory Board Member Ayesha K. Mustafaa has been editor of the Muslim Journal weekly newspaper since January 1989.

Bridget Smith Pieschel

Advisory Board Member Bridget Smith Pieschel is an English Professor and Director of Women’s Studies at Mississippi University…

Connie Moran

Advisory Board Member Connie Moran of Ocean Springs, Miss., has served as mayor and public servant of the…

Debo Dykes

Advisory Board Member Debo Dykes  serves on the board of directors for The D. L. Dykes, Jr. Foundation, producers of FaithandReason® programs.

Diane Ravitch

Advisory Board Member Diane Ravitch co-founded and is President of the Network for Public Education and has written many best…

Elaina Jackson

Advisory Board Member Elaina Jackson is Vice President of Strategic Communications for Concordia University.

Ellen Ann Fentress

Advisory Board Member Ellen Ann Fentress is a journalist, filmmaker and teacher in Jackson whose work has appeared…

Emily Maw

Advisory Board Member Emily Maw is a lawyer in the office of Chief Justice Bernette Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Emmitt Y. Riley, III

Advisory Board Member Emmitt Y. Riley III, a political scientist, author, political consultant, and assistant professor of Africana Studies at…

Genesis Be

Advisory Board Member Genesis Be has used hip-hop and visual art to educate and inspire young people to…

Dr. Geraldine Kearse Brookins

Advisory Board Member Dr. Geraldine Kearse Brookins' former clients include Ford, W.K. Kellogg, and the General Mills foundations.

Jennifer H. Gunter

Advisory Board Member Jennifer H. Gunter is the director of the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation at the University of South Carolina.

Joseph B. Atkins

Advisory Board Member Joseph Atkins is a veteran journalist, writer, and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi.

Heather McTeer Toney

Advisory Board Member Heather McTeer Toney was the first African American, first female and the youngest to serve…

Dr. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith

Advisory Board Member Dr. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith is a retired college mass communications professor and a former TV…

Karla L. McCullough

Advisory Board Member Dr. Karla L. McCullough was raised in Jackson, Miss., and serves as executive director of the Juanita Sims Doty Foundation.

Karla Vázquez

Advisory Board Member Karla Vázquez is an Immigration Legal Specialist and the Mississippi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president.

Kate McNeel

Advisory Board Member Kate McNeel has spent the past 30 years working in the high-tech industry and is…

Keith A. Beauchamp

Advisory Board Member Keith Beauchamp is an award-winning filmmaker and co-producer of the feature film “Till.”

Kevin John Fong

Advisory Board Member Kevin John Fong is a nationally recognized cultural translator, leadership expert and dialogue facilitator.

Laurel Isbister

Advisory Board Member Laurel Isbister, a native of North Carolina, is a former Fulbright Scholar and was named a “Top…

Maisie Brown

Advisory Board Member Maisie Brown is an education advocate and Youth Program Director at the Institute for Democratic…

Mary Blessey

Advisory Board Member Mary Blessey is a documentary filmmaker and media producer committed to complex and honest storytelling…

Nader Dabit

Advisory Board Member Nader Dabit is a software engineer from Jackson, Miss., currently working as Director of Developer Relations for Eigen Labs.

Natalie Irby

Advisory Board Member Natalie Irby, Founder and CEO of Corner to Corner Productions, is an award-winning filmmaker and Jackson, Miss.,…

Okolo Rashid

Advisory Board Member Okolo Rashid was born in Mississippi and is the president and co-founder of the International…

Pam Johnson

Advisory Board Member Pam Johnson is a publicist, political strategist, and former executive director of the Mississippi Commission…

Pete Smith

Advisory Board Member Pete Smith is an associate professor of communication studies in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University.

Randall Pinkston

Advisory Board Member Randall Pinkston is a Investigative Journalist, and former White House Correspondent.

Reena Evers-Everette

Advisory Board Member Reena Evers-Everette is the executive director of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute in Jackson,…

Robert Luckett, Jr.

Advisory Board Member Robert Luckett, Jr. is Professor and Executive Director Margaret Walker Alexander Center, Jackson State University

Stephanie Dreher

Advisory Board Member Stephanie Dreher is a professional civil engineer and senior project manager with the City of New Orleans Sustainable Infrastructure Group.

Stuart Stevens

Advisory Board Member Stuart Stevens is the author of seven previous books and is a former fellow of the American…

Willie Jones

Advisory Board Member Willie Jones is the president and CEO of Dependable Source Corp. and the president of…