Mission

to engage and support ALL Mississippians in service to their communities

 

Goals

Community

Volunteers are writing the story of Mississippi’s future today. We encourage you to put your talents, hobbies and skills to work in your own community. We can rise to meet our state’s challenges—not as isolated individuals, but as committed neighbors building a better, brighter future for all Mississippians.

Board of Commissioners

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our Commissioners, past and present for their dedication, contribution and enthusiasm to our mission.

First Lady Elee Reeves

First Lady Elee Reeves

Honorary Chair

Jackson, MS

Committed to giving back to her community and her fellow Mississippians, Elee volunteers her time to numerous charitable and civic organizations. Elee also gives back as a role model to future generations, mentoring girls and collegiate women. Joining Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi as a child where she sharpened her leadership skills, Elee has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 22 years and served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Mississippi. In her role as First Lady, Elee has enjoyed reading in schools, promoting the importance of literacy for students of all ages. After the historic flooding in our state in 2020, Elee partnered with Keep Mississippi Beautiful to highlight the need of participating in community clean-up efforts to restore Mississippi’s natural beauty. 

Dr. Suzanne Bean

Dr. Suzanne Bean

Chair

Columbus, MS

Ms. Becky Cade

Ms. Becky Cade

Vice Chair

Madison, MS

Ms. Aubrey Leigh Goodwin

Ms. Aubrey Leigh Goodwin

2nd Vice Chair

Jackson, MS

Ms. Meredith Aldridge

Ms. Meredith Aldridge

Commissioner

Jackson, MS

Ms. Victoria Blankenship

Ms. Victoria Blankenship

Commissioner

Madison, MS

Chief Cyrus Ben

Chief Cyrus Ben

Commissioner

Choctaw, MS

Mr. Owen Brown, II

Mr. Owen Brown, II

Commissioner

Starkville, MS

Ms. Ashley Cannady

Ms. Ashley Cannady

Commissioner

Jackson, MS

Ms. Beth Fisher

Ms. Beth Fisher

Commissioner

Canton, MS

Mr. Phillip Gandy

Mr. Phillip Gandy

Commissioner

Waynesboro, MS

Ms. Susan Garrard

Ms. Susan Garrard

Commissioner

Jackson, MS

Ms. Lisa Grantham

Ms. Lisa Grantham

Commissioner

Ridgeland, MS

Dr. Rolando Herts

Dr. Rolando Herts

Commissioner

Cleveland, MS

Ms. Rochelle Hicks

Ms. Rochelle Hicks

Commissioner

Jackson, MS

Ms. Jennifer Hopping

Ms. Jennifer Hopping

Commissioner

Jackson, MS

Ms. Merracle Jordan

Ms. Merracle Jordan

Commissioner

Southaven, MS

Mr. Powell (Gee) Ogletree

Mr. Powell (Gee) Ogletree

Commissioner

Ridgeland, MS

Dr. Josie (Jo) Shumake

Dr. Josie (Jo) Shumake

Commissioner

Columbus, MS

Mr. Jimmie Smith

Mr. Jimmie Smith

Commissioner

Meridian, MS

Ms. Donna Stewart

Ms. Donna Stewart

Commissioner

Moss Point, MS

Mr. William “Quint” Withers, V

Mr. William “Quint” Withers, V

Commissioner

Jackson, MS

Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson

Special Assistant Attorney General

Jackson, MS

Ms. Katherine Krehbiel

Ms. Katherine Krehbiel

Ex-Officio AmeriCorps Representative

Regional Office

Volunteer Mississippi Staff

Monica Ritchie

Monica Ritchie

Executive Director

Corie Jones

Corie Jones

Deputy Director | Public Relations Director

Kelly McBride

Kelly McBride

Director of AmeriCorps Programs

Adrian Austin

Adrian Austin

Senior Finance Officer

Suzanne Scales Rutherford

Suzanne Scales Rutherford

AmeriCorps Grants Officer

Jin Joo M. Crosby

Jin Joo M. Crosby

AmeriCorps Program Officer

Mary Margaret Alexander-Stennett

Mary Margaret Alexander-Stennett

Communication Officer

Michelle Gordon

Michelle Gordon

Executive Assistant

A Word From Our

Executive Director

“I am extraordinarily excited about the life-changing work that our AmeriCorps members, volunteers and staff do every day in Mississippi. I am thankful to our Board of Commissioners, especially Honorary Chair First Lady of Mississippi Elee Reeves, for continued support, dedication and service to Volunteer Mississippi’s mission. Our amazing staff works every day to connect volunteers with opportunities and to ensure that the people of Mississippi are well-versed about how they can get involved in service to our great state. It’s a great day to volunteer in Mississippi!

– Monica Ritchie

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