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Foundation staff changes

Shanell Watson

Minette Ketchings

Melia Dicker

Chellese Hall

Angel Otero

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation, formerly the Education Services Foundation, recently announced two internal promotions and three new hires to support the foundation’s mission to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certifications, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment.

Chellese Hall was named Communications Coordinator and assists in the management of the foundation’s flagship program, Get2College. Hall previously was Community Relations Manager for the Mississippi Children’s Museum. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Communications and Journalism from Belhaven University and is a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.

Melia Dicker is the new Director of Jackson’s Get2College Center, which serves students and their families and provides support to high school counselors in central Mississippi. Dicker previously was Communications Director for the Mississippi Arts Commission. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has earned a Certificate from the Else School of Management at Millsaps College.

Angel Otero was named Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. Otero previously worked as an agent with New York Life Insurance Company and has over five years of experience in nonprofit administrative support, including serving as Vice Chair for the Richland County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio.

The foundation also promoted Minette Ketchings to Director of Operations. Ketchings has worked for the foundation for more than 20 years and previously was the foundation’s Controller. She holds Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree from Mississippi State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Shanell Watson was named Associate Program Officer for WHEF. Watson has worked for the foundation for more than 10 years, most recently serving as the Data Analyst and Technical Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College and is a Certified Public Accountant.


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