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Board of Directors

GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EMILY CUPPLES

Governing Board Chair

Emily holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Memphis. She has more than five years experience in teacher recruitment and retention strategies, grant writing, strategic communications, partnership cultivation, and team leadership. As a native of the MS Delta (Tunica, MS), Emily understands how very much the lack of educational options for families limits the potential of students. She is an effective and passionate change agent. As a board member, Emily is responsible for advocating on behalf of the school, keeping accurate records of board business, and developing the communications and recruitment plans.

MCKINLEY MARTIN

Governing Board Vice Chair

McKinley’s qualifications include a Master’s of Banking Law Studies, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance, and a Juris Doctorate. Currently, he serves as Senior Attorney at Federal Express in Memphis, TN. He has non-profit board experience and legal expertise. McKinley has a heart for the MS Delta as he’s a native of Clarksdale where he was born, reared and educated. As a founding board member, McKinley is responsible for learning details of the organization’s proposal to operate a school in the state of Mississippi and advocating on behalf of the school. He will offer advisement on legal matters and facility attainment for the school.

JACQUELYN BROWNLOW

Governing Board Member

Jacquelyn Brownlow, DNP, RN has served as a faculty member in the associate degree nursing program at Coahoma Community College since 2011. She has been a nursing educator since 2009, initially working at Delta State University as an adjunct clinical instructor. During that time she discovered her love of teaching, working as a graduate assistant helping prepare undergraduate baccalaureate nursing students for which she received the departmental award for outstanding nurse educator students.

Jacquelyn completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in 2011 and was hired as an adjunct faculty at Coahoma Community College Associate Degree Nursing and Delta State University School of Nursing. In 2013, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at The University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis on System Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice. While at USM, she received the Outstanding DNP Award. She continues her academic work at Coahoma Community College.

Jacquelyn’s past experiences include charge nurse of ICCU at Greenwood Leflore Hospital and floor nurses on med-surgical units, emergency rooms, mental health, home health, telemetry and, pediatrics. She currently works part-time as a House Supervisor at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Jacquelyn currently serves as president-elect of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (MOADN), a peer evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN), National League of Nurses (NLN) Ambassador.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Mississippi Coroner’s Association, Kappa Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Mississippi Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.

WILLIAMS BRACK

Governing Board Member

Brack is a native of Greenwood, MS and a graduate of Davis Elementary. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Morehouse College. Currently he serves as Vice President, Community Development Manager with Regions Bank utilizing the bank’s resources to improve low-to-moderate income communities by leveraging community reinvestment act lending, investments, and services. Through his professional journey, he has managed middle market commercial banking relationships, advised high net worth individuals, and served on non-profit and quasi-governmental boards. As a board member, Brack will offer his financial expertise.

Erin Mulligan

Governing Board Member

Erin Mulligan is the Director of Programs at ArtPlace Mississippi in Greenwood. She is a teaching artist with the Mississippi Arts Commission, leading arts-integrated programs for schools and professional development for educators. Erin is a yoga teacher, dance educator and choreographer, and leads classes and workshops throughout the state. She’s been a core artist with ArtPlace since 2011 teaching in schools, in/outpatient programs, and summer arts intensives. She is passionate about connecting movement and mindfulness – whether in a studio, on a stage, in a classroom, or in recovery.

CASSANDRIA BAXTER HANSBROUGH

Governing Board Member

Cassandria Baxter Hansbrough is a native of Leflore County. She was born in Itta Bena and received her education in the former Leflore County School district. She received her bachelor’s in English from Mississippi Valley State University and her master’s in Secondary Education/English from Mississippi State University. She devoted her career to education for 40 years. In retirement, she still finds ways to work with students and adults through various volunteer opportunities. She considers herself a lifelong learner and a servant-leader, and she is always eager to become involved with any task that is related to education, youth, and service.

AMANDA WILTSHIRE

Governing Board Member

Amanda Wiltshire was born and raised in Greenwood, MS. She serves as the Assistant Vice President/Relationship Banker at Guaranty Bank in Greenwood. She has served on several non-profit financial and educational boards, including the United Way of Leflore County Board of Directors. One role she considers among the most rewarding is her participation as an active member of the Junior Auxiliary (JA) of Greenwood for six years. Being part of this organization opened her eyes to the needs of children in Greenwood and drives her commitment to advocating for them.

ERICA PLYBEAH

Governing Board Member

Erica Plybeah Hemphill is the founder and CEO of MedHaul. Deeply rooted in a community that is drastically affected by chronic illness, Erica continuously strives to improve patient outcomes in poor and rural communities. After working within multiple health systems and noticing the various social barriers that exist, Erica founded MedHaul, an end-to-end platform for finding and scheduling transportation for vulnerable patient populations. Erica is a proud native of Greenwood, MS and a graduate of Amanda Elzy High School. She is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she earned a BS in Biology with a Pre-Med concentration. In her down time, she likes to travel, spend time outdoors with her son, and take naps.

FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KEITH THOMPSON

SYLVIA GRAY

EMILY CUPPLES

KATHIE GOLDEN, PH.D.

MCKINLEY MARTIN

REV. STEVE FORTENBERRY