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Special Olympics names executive director

Special Olympics Mississippi has named Monica Daniels as its new executive director. Daniels has more than two decades of experience in fundraising and management of non-profit and for-profit organizations. Daniels will advance Special Olympics Mississippi’s strategic plan and guide the organization’s programs and mission. Under her leadership, Special Olympics Mississippi will continue to provide children and adults with intellectual disabilities ...

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MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — Canopy Children’s Services: New name, same vital mission

Recently, I talked with Dr. John Damon, CEO for Canopy Children’s Solutions, about their decision to change the name of the organization from Mississippi Children’s Home Services to Canopy. MCHS was founded in 1912 and has helped countless thousands of Mississippi children in need for more than 100 years now. “Well, it seemed that many people had the impression through ...

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Goodwill Industries honors volunteers with awards

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 ...

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Forster on state board

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute. MSPHI is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of Mississippians. It promotes public health by facilitating collaboration among programs and organizations, as well as ...

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McKewen to lead Habitat

Merrill Tenney McKewen has been named new executive director by the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. She succeeds Cindy Griffin, who retired May 31 after 15 years of service to the non-profit organization. McKewen is a native of Grenada and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She has more than 30 years of experience ...

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Swartzfager to lead walk

The Mississippi / Louisiana Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has announced Trace Swartzfager, vice president of business development at St. Dominic Hospital, as corporate chair of its 2016 Light The Night Walk event, set for Oct. 6 at Trustmark Park. Light The Night is LLS’s annual fundraising event held each fall to find cures and provide access to ...

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Goodwill appoints CEO

The Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Mississippi has named Dave Hollingsworth of Brandon as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Gray Wiggers, who is retiring. Hollingsworth has served as Vice President of Marketing and Community Involvement for Goodwill of Mississippi for the past two years. Before joining Goodwill, he was Market Development Director of The Clarion-Ledger ...

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Organ recovery agency expanding at Flowood HQ

The non-profit Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency breaks ground Tuesday on a $2.2 million addition to its Flowood headquarters. The on-site access will “dramatically improve the timely recovery for organ and tissue donation, thus improving the outcomes for those in need of lifesaving organ transplants and life improving tissue graphs,” the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, or MORA, said. The recovery suites ...

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Restaurateur indicted in thefts of food from Camp Shelby youth program

A Forest County grand jury has indicted a former cafeteria manager of Camp Shelby’s Youth ChalleNGe Academy after a search of his restaurant, Jerry’s Seasoned Food, and home turned up large quantities of food the Mississippi National Guard bought for the at-risk youth program. In addition to the four-count embezzlement indictment, 51-year-old Jerry Howard was served with a restitution demand ...

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CMPDD leadership change

F. Clarke Holmes, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District’s chief executive officer has retired and replaced by Mike Monk, previously the director of planning and management. Holmes led the organization for 44 years. When he first became director he was the youngest in the country to hold such a position. Under his leadership, CMPDD grew from a small insignificant ...

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