Goodwill Industries of Mississippi recently held its annual awards dinner to recognize outstanding volunteer efforts.
Goodwill provides employment opportunities and rehabilitation services through a community enterprise of retail stores which sell recycled clothing, furniture, soft goods and other donated items.
The honorees are:
Robin Sharp Browning, a graduate of Mississippi State University, has worked in advertising, fund development and for the past 26 years as an account representative for Mahaffeys’ Quality Printing. Browning has served as President of the Central Mississippi MSU Alumni Association, the Jackson Symphony League, the Greater Jackson Area Phi Mu Alumnae and Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson. Browning has also volunteered with Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners, Friends of Children’s Hospital, Art for Heart, the USA International Ballet Competition, Mississippi Society for Disabilities and Northminster Baptist.
Joanne White Girod is a native of Jackson and retired Girod retired in 2008 as the Property & Camp Director at the Middle Mississippi Girl Scouts Camp Wahi after 25 years with the Girl Scouts of America. Girod serves with the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi, Metro Chamber of Commerce, Madison Tall Pines Service Unit, Boy Scouts of America, Presbytery of Mississippi, Community Stewpot, St. Columb’s Episcopal Church, Mustard Seed, The Little Light House, and the Mississippi Society for Down Syndrome.
Amy Lancaster and her husband David founded We Will Go Ministries in downtown Jackson. We Will Go trains disciples, ministers to the poor and needy, and takes teams around the globe.
Sam Lane is the Vice Chairman of the Wilson Research Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center. He also sits on the Junior League of Jackson’s Keystone Fund board and has been on the board of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation since 1979 — serving as president in 1997. Past board member appointments include Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Metropolitan YMCA, Neighborhood Christian Center and Jackson Prep, where he was fundraising chairman for the Guyton Science Center.
Charlie Lott Since 2008, he has volunteered at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center. He also raises money for the MRC and the Wilson Research Foundation. He also sings in an adult choir visiting nursing and retirement homes, delivers Meals on Wheels, and assists on a work crew at his church called Helping Hands.
Michael H. Montgomery is a volunteer for the Anderson United Methodist Church Food Pantry. He has served with the Central Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross, Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Advisory Board of the Metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity.
Charlotte Harness Seals graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from Millsaps College, and received her Master’s degree in school administration from Mississippi College. A 28-year education veteran with the Madison County School District, Seals is associate superintendent for instructional services and formerly was both a teacher and principal. Seals has also served with the Junior Auxiliary of Madison County, Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company, Millsaps Principals Institute Advisory Board, Holy Family Catholic Church, Stewpot Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.
Kelley Williams, Jr. has been a football and basketball coach at Jackson Academy; co-founding and coaching the Jackson Colts football team; and coaching North Jackson Youth Baseball. Williams has also been a board member of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Metro Jackson, Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School and REAL Christian Foundation. Williams is also heavily involved in Northminster Baptist Church, where he is a deacon.
Youth honorees were:
Owen Ivan volunteers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, MadCAAP, Mississippi Children’s Home, and his church.
He is heavily involved in Germantown High School, devoting his time to student government, St. Jude Steering Committee, Spanish Club and the Beta Club. He hopes to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he would study Biochemistry.
Matthew Matheny is a senior at Germantown High School and balances his schoolwork with athletics and volunteering for organizations like Joni and Friends, Topsoccer, Vacation Bible School, Mississippi Disability Mega Conference, Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church, and Christ Covenant School. Matthew has been the recipient of the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Leadership Award and the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.