Mary Susan Gallien Clinton

Mary Susan Gallien Clinton, immediate-past chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, majored in journalism at the University of Mississippi. She now chairs the OMWC Philanthropic Programming and Leadership Committee.

A Savannah, Tennessee, native, Mary Susan began her career as a stockbroker with Morgan Keegan in Memphis, Tennessee, before founding Gallien Global Vision, an international wildlife documentary company in 1992. She is also the founder of the medical skincare line Renaitre.

She was named Gulfshore Life’s Woman of the Year in 2002 and Southwest Florida’s Community All-Star in 2006.

Her civic participation includes service on the Insouth Bank Board of Directors, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (as former vice chair, past board of directors and past executive board), OMWC Legacy Award chair for 2016, Gulfshore Life magazine’s community advisory board, Community School of Naples Angel Ball past chair, Boys and Girls Club of Collier County former board member and the Greater Naples Area Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter as the former vice president of membership and current vice president of programming. She serves on the board of The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, Florida.

Mary Susan’s additional service work includes participation on the Alpha Psi of Delta Gamma Capital House campaign, DAR-Daughters of the American Revolution – Colonel Joseph Hardin Chapter, Alpha Psi of Delta Gamma as a membership adviser, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples Capital Campaign board, Naples Children and Education Foundation, and a Naples Winter Wine Festival founding trustee, serving two executive board terms.

She and her husband, J.D., have two sons: John Denver Clinton II, CPA, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy in 2017 and 2018, respectively, is a vice president with Insouth Bank in Memphis. Their younger son, Russell Hurst Clinton, a 2020 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a major in economics and a minor in computer science, resides in New York City. He is an associate consultant with CAPCO, New York.

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Jane Thomas Chapman

Jane Thomas Chapman, of Oxford, Mississippi, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, featuring a major in marketing, at the University of Mississippi.

Her current community and professional activities include serving as a member of the Ole Miss Alumni Board and a member of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church.

Among her many previous community and profession activities, she served as a member of the University of Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors, the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts Board, the president for the Pillow Academy PTA and on the Pillow Academy Endowment Board. Jane is also a Life Member of the Greenwood Junior Auxiliary and a past board member of the Tri Delta House Corporation.

Ginger Clark

Ginger Clark, executive board member for the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, has a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in art, theater and speech from the University of Mississippi.

A resident of Birmingham, Alabama, most of Ginger’s energies are devoted to We Bees Working, which is her cultivated wildflower honey business. Her civic participation includes serving as an executive board member for the Junior League of Birmingham, and as a member of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Independent Presbyterian Church Guild, Canterbury Club and the Triangle Garden Club.

Ginger’s previous community and professional activities include serving as Newsheet editor and assistant editor; being a school board member at the elementary, junior high and high school levels; participating in Radio Reading for the Blind; being a part of the Independent Presbyterian Church subcommittee and advent workshops; and being active in the Chi Omega Sorority. Ginger owned two businesses, g g Clark floral ad hoc and g g Clark jeweled finery.

She studied cooking in France and has donated many charity dinners. She was nominated for a national award by the Junior League of Birmingham magazine, served as chair for the Great Chefs in Birmingham to benefit the Birmingham Gardens and for the Einstein fundraiser for the McWane Learning Center in Birmingham.

Ginger partnered with Staglin Wines for a mental health fundraiser in Seattle, Washington, and she created a reference booklet, “Scholarships in a Nutshell” for Mountain Brook High School to assist students and parents in creating resumes and for scholarship research. Her work has been published in a variety of publications, including Flower Magazine, Southern Living Favorites, Southern Lady Magazine and Bon Appetit.

She and her husband, Charles Cleveland Clark, her college sweetheart, have been married for 47 years. They have three children, Lee Dicks, Ginger and Charlie, and six grandchildren, Sadie, Jake, Franny, Reese, Charles and Kitty.

Ginger enjoys gardening, bee keeping, sculpture, painting, French hand sewing and cooking. As she has noted about herself: “I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none!”

Pat McInnis Cooper

Pat McInnis Cooper, a resident of Bella Vista, Arkansas, has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi.

While she has spent much of her life as a volunteer, some of Pat’s current community and professional activities include working with the Kappa Kappa Gammma Foundation, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation and the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel Foundation.

Her previous community and professional activities focused on working with the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Commission, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Field Office, Phillips Celebrity Classic and the Foundation for the Mid-South.

Pat has four children, Mary Virginia Reid, John Cooper III, Borum Cooper and Jamie Cooper. Her interests include skiing, needlepoint and travel.

Jan Farrington

Jan Farrington, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, is a founding member and past chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. She has served as president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and was the first woman to chair the University of Mississippi Foundation. She is on the Sally McDonald Barksdale Honors College Leadership Council and, along with her husband, Lawrence, has helped establish and build the Entrepreneur Program in the School of Business Administration. In 2001, she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame and was awarded the Alumni Service Award in 2013.

Some of her current business and professional activities include serving on the board of directors of Anderson Regional Health System (Meridian) and mTrade Inc. (Oxford). She is a past president and current board member of Innovate Mississippi (Jackson) and is a co-founder, past executive director and board member of Medical Support & Develop Organization Inc. (Ridgeland).

Jan is on the Mortar Board National Foundation Board of Trustees and has previously served as president of the Delta Delta Delta National Foundation. She continues to be engaged in volunteer work for both of these organizations. Her leadership and fundraising roles with the American Heart Association spanned a 30-year period, and she was the recipient of the association’s President’s Award and Heart of Gold Award.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Mississippi. She and Lawrence, have six children and 12 grandchildren.

Rose Jackson Flenorl

Rose Jackson Flenorl, of Cordova, Tennessee, is a founding member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. She serves as manager of Global Citizenship at FedEx Corp., one of Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.” As a visionary leader in the internationally-recognized FedEx Global Citizenship group, Rose has been instrumental in the design and execution of the company’s major citizenship initiatives.

In 2018 she spearheaded the company’s influential MLK50 campaign that united community organizations and team members in Memphis and beyond to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rose also oversees citizenship initiatives in the areas of global entrepreneurship, sustainable logistics and diversity and inclusion, including multi-million-dollar grants, events and employee engagement activities. Rose’s career spans 30 years and includes work in marketing, communications and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining FedEx, she held positions at International Paper and IBM.

Rose is an active community leader in Memphis, at the national level, and with her alma mater, the University of Mississippi. She represents FedEx on the Conference Board Corporate Social Responsibility Council and the National Civil Rights Museum Board of Directors. Rose also serves on the corporate boards of Renasant Bank (West Tennessee) and Saint Francis Hospital.

Her outstanding professional and philanthropic achievements have earned Rose numerous prestigious honors, including the Salvation Army Partner in Mission Award, the Memphis Grizzlies Community Hero Award, the Girl’s Inc. “She Knows Where She’s Going Award,” the Girls Scouts’ “One Smart Cookie” Award, The Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence Award, the Tennessee Women in NAACP Frances Dancy Hooks Award, the AKA Sorority South Eastern Region Vanessa Rogers Long Humanitarian Award and recognition as a Dress for Success Worldwide honoree.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in English and journalism from the University of Mississippi. She was the first black female named to the student Hall of Fame and was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of the top 10 college women in the United States.

Rose continues to make an impact as a leader at her alma mater, where she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2008, she served as president of the national Alumni Association and in 2015-16 she served as the board chair of the University of Mississippi Foundation. In 2016, Rose received the Ole Miss Athletics Nathaniel Northington Trailblazer Award and the Black Student Union Legacy Award.

She and her husband, Richard, have one daughter, Lillie Clarissa.

Kimberley Fritts

Kimberley Fritts is the founder and CEO of Cogent Strategies, a certified woman-owned, bipartisan government relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C.

A veteran Republican political operative, Kimberley has served as a senior strategist and advisor to Florida’s Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Connie Mack and as the southeastern political director for the Republican National Committee. With more than two decades of successfully shaping political campaigns and public policy narratives, she has consistently been named to The Hill’s “Hired Guns” list of top Washington lobbyists.

Kimberley channels her sixth sense for policy, politics and personalities to develop creative solutions for political engagement that stay ahead of the trend lines in Washington. Always applying a “hands-on,” “no-stone-unturned” approach to executing client projects, she runs Cogent Strategies the same way, ensuring that Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, global corporations, nonprofits and trade associations alike receive the high-level, personal attention and insightful strategic guidance that will position them for success. Her business acumen has earned her a place on the Washington Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” list.

A native Mississippian, Kimberly is an Ole Miss alumna and a member of the Alpha Psi Chapter of Delta Gamma. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Kimberly served as a gubernatorial appointee of the board of trustees for the Florida House, and as a board member for St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. She was also a member of the Junior League of Washington, D.C.

Kimberley and her husband, Francis “Marion” Turner IV, have a daughter, Margaret Malone Turner. Kimberley’s hobbies include cooking, reading, gardening and travel.

Martha Dale Fritts

Martha Dale Fritts has been an active member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy and the University of Mississippi Foundation Board for over a decade. In addition, she served as a member of the advisory board for the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Oxford campus.

Currently living in Oxford, Mississippi, Martha Dale raised her family in the Mississippi Delta prior to moving to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. While there, Martha Dale created the National Association of Broadcasters spouse program for its board of directors and served on and for many prestigious organizations and charities including the Wolf Trap Foundation Board, the nation’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Meridian International, Choral Arts Society and the Arlington Hospital Ball.

Martha Dale, a founding member of the Xi Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega at the University of Tennessee at Martin, has served as a member of the advisory board for the National Chi Omega Foundation.

Martha Dale’s husband, Eddie, and three children, Kimberley Fritts, Tim Fritts and Jennifer Darcey, honored her with a scholarship endowment in her name for the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. She and Eddie are proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

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Mary Ann Frugé

Mary Ann Frugé, of Oxford, Mississippi, has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Mississippi.

A former chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, Mary Ann has been a longtime volunteer for a wide variety of community organizations. She served on the University Museum and Historic Houses Friends of the Museum Board. Mary Ann is also involved in various ministries at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford.

She served as the national president, vice president and secretary of Chi Omega Fraternity and a trustee of the Chi Omega Foundation. For her many years of service to Chi Omega, Mary Ann was presented with the Chi Omega President’s Award. She was also named as the Sorority Advisor of the Year at Ole Miss. Mary Ann was inducted into the UM Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1966.

She is a past president of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and was honored as Oxford-Lafayette County Citizen of the Year in 1997.

Mary Ann and her husband, Don, have a son and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and entertaining.

Roane Rayner Grantham

Roane Rayner Grantham, of Oxford, Mississippi, has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Millsaps College.

She is the treasurer and board member of three Oxford nonprofits organizations, More Than A Meal, 21 United and Oxford High School Parent Teacher Organization. She is also a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and as a member of the Palmer Home Fundraising Committee.

Roane previously served as finance chair of Mistletoe Marketplace while an active member of the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi, member of the Oxford University School Board of Directors, banker chair for the Arthritis Foundation’s silent auction, a member of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church Education Committee, treasurer of the Oxford Middle School PTA and Oxford High School Booster Club treasurer.

A Taylor Medalist in accountancy at UM, Roane was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi at Ole Miss.

She and her husband, Robert, have two children, Mary Morgan and Sharp. Roane enjoys traveling, exercising, teaching Pilates, reading and spending time with friends.

Mary Donnelly Haskell

Mary Donnelly Haskell, a former chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi.

A singer, actress and recording artist, Mary is a partner and vocal artist for “My Songs,” which personalizes children’s music. She has performed with various symphonies and at churches across the country. Her recordings include “Inspired,” “Power of the Cross” and “Just in Time for Christmas.”

A featured actress in numerous television productions, Mary recently co-starred in the Emmy-nominated “These Old Bones,” one of eight episodes in the Netflix anthology series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings,” which is based on Parton’s songs.

Her current community and professional activities include serving as an elder with the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, co-chair of the Mary K. Haskell Scholarship Foundation and as a member of the University of Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors. She is an active volunteer with More Than A Meal, the Food Pantry and Girl Scouts, Heart of the South “Women of Distinction Luncheon.”

Mary’s previous community and professional activities include serving on the Ole Miss Alumni Association Executive Board, co-chair of the Ole Miss “Momentum” capital campaign, Miss University and Miss Mississippi 1977, and board chair for the Celebrity Action Council, a volunteer group who serve the women’s outreach of the Los Angeles Mission.

Her special projects and accomplishments include performing at a variety of notable venues, including The Kennedy Center, The White House for President George W. Bush’s 2005 Inaugural Gala and with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

She is married to Sam Haskell, her college sweetheart and fellow Ole Miss alum. Residents of Oxford, Mary and Sam have two children, Sam IV and Mary Lane, and three grandchildren, Samuel Bond Haskell V, James Donnelly Haskell and William Kirkpatrick Haskell.

Kathryn Healy Hester

Kathryn Healy Hester, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, is a founding member and former chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor degree from the UM School of Law. Katie also studied at the University of Paris, commonly referred to as “the Sorbonne.”

An attorney with Jones Walker LLP in Jackson, she is a member of the sections of Gaming, Health, and Estates and Trust Law of the Mississippi Bar and the Litigation and Health Law sections of the American Bar Association. Katie is a regular lecturer and writer on gaming and property issues for continuing legal education and a bencher and past president of the Charles Clark American Inn of Court.

A Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and a former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners of the Mississippi Bar, she is a past president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and holds Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating.

Katie was appointed as Hinds County chancellor by the governor in 1989 and has taught pre-trial practices as an adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law.

Her special projects and accomplishments include being listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of land use and zoning, and litigation, serving as honorary French Consul for Mississippi and as a member of the board of directors of Leadership Mississippi – Mississippi Economic Council. Katie was named in 2007 as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal and voted as Business Woman of the Year for 2008 by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Katie is also a former member of the Jackson City Planning and Zoning Board and a founding chair of the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation. She is a founder, current board member and past president of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and a communicant of St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson.

Diane Triplett Holloway

Diane Triplett Holloway, a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, and Ridgeland, Mississippi, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from the University of Mississippi. She is one of the newest members of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy.

Her recent professional activities include supporting her husband, J.L., in business, business entertaining and business travel. She is the former owner of Fridge’s Fine Gifts and practiced interior design in Memphis, Tennessee.

As the daughter of two longtime, dedicated supporters of the University, the now late Dr. and Mrs. Faser Triplett of Jackson, Mississippi, Diane has been a loyal and generous member of the Ole Miss family.

She was a member of the University of Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors. Diane has also worked to support Kappa Delta at Ole Miss, including serving as rush chair.

Diane is active in several philanthropic organizations and efforts. She is on the boards of directors of The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi and the Nashville Zoo. She is also a member of the American Red Cross’ Tiffany Circle.

She is a supporter of the Hope House in Ukraine. In addition, the Holloways have hosted many fundraisers for various political leaders as well as for several nonprofits, such as the Mississippi Children’s Cancer Clinic, Patron’s Party for the American Heart Association and the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Candlelighters.

Active in her church, Diane served on the Pastor Search Committee at Countrywoods Baptist Church. She also traveled on mission trips to Ukraine, Haiti and Canada. One of her primary philanthropic passions is to help children in need and girls and women who have been neglected.

She and her husband enjoy being with their children and grandchildren as well as other family members such as Diane’s four siblings and her many nieces and nephews. She enjoys playing tennis, and water and snow skiing. She and J.L are learning now to play pickleball and they love riding bikes and attending Ole Miss sporting events.

Dr. Gloria D. Kellum

Gloria Kellum, a founding member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, is vice chancellor emerita for University Relations and professor emerita of Communication Sciences and Disorders for the University of Mississippi. She retired from Ole Miss in 2009 after more than 40 years of service.

She has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in speech language pathology, all from Louisiana State University. Active in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, Mississippi, since 1966, Gloria was a member of the CREATE Foundation Board of Directors and of the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association.

For several years after retirement she taught part-time in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and served as a resource development consultant for the University of Mississippi Foundation and the UM School of Applied Sciences. Gloria previously chaired the two most recent capital campaigns by the UM Foundation.

A former member of the Oxford-Lafayette-University United Way Board of Directors, she was previously the vice president for academic affairs for the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Gloria is the founding president of the Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center Board of Directors in Carroll County, Mississippi, and advisor of fundraising to the Dodwell House in New Orleans.

Her many honors include receiving the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award at UM in 1975, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the LSU Alumni Association in 2003 and the Honors of the American Speech Language Hearing Association in 2011.

Gloria and her husband, Jerry, are the parents of two daughters, Kate and Kelly, and three grandchildren. They raised Tennessee Walking Horses, which they cared for and rode with great pleasure, and they love the many Ole Miss cultural and sports activities.

Edith Kelly-Green

Edith Kelly-Green, the founding chair and a former treasurer of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, has a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University.

An Oxford, Mississippi, native but now a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, she is a partner of the KGR Group. Edith retired from FedEx Express after having started her career in Memphis at Deloitte and Touche, then one of the “Big Eight” public accounting firms. She was the first Black professional employee at the firm and one of the first few women to be hired in the Memphis office.

In 1977, Edith started working for Federal Express Corp. as a senior accountant. During her almost 30-year tenure with the organization, she rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the first Black woman to attain officer status at FedEx.

She is a member of the Sanderson Farms Inc. Board of Directors in Laurel, Mississippi, and BULAB Holdings in Memphis. Edith previously served as a director of Paragon National Bank in Memphis and Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a member of the Methodist LeBohneur Hospital System Board, Hattiloo Theatre and The Links Inc., Memphis Chapter.

Edith, a founding member of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, was honored by the WFGM with the 2017 Legends in Philanthropy and Leadership Award. She is a former member of Memphis in May, Make a Wish Foundation, Memphis Zoo, Meritan Inc., the Ole Miss Alumni Association Executive Board and the University of Mississippi Foundation. She has also been inducted into the Ole Miss Alumni and Patterson School of Accountancy Halls of Fame.

The mother of three and grandmother of six, she has run a half marathon in all 50 states and on three continents (including Antarctica) and four full marathons.

Martha Dunn Kirkley

Martha Dunn Kirkley, of Columbus, Mississippi, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Arts degree in education from University of Redlands.

Retired, Martha is a former adolescent sexuality counselor and public health social worker in San Bernardino County, California. She is the former president of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, a member of the Daughters of the King with St. Paul’s and a former senior warden of the church and past president of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church School Board.

Martha is president of the Golden Triangle Homeless Coalition, a lifetime member of the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus, where she previously served as president, a member of the Columbus Garden Club and a volunteer for Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen.

A former member of the Mississippi Children’s Museum Board of Directors in Jackson, she previously served on the University of Mississippi Alumni Board and the Heritage Academy School Board.

Patricia Povall Lewis

Patricia “Patty” Povall Lewis, a founding member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, is a retired managing partner of the former Downtown Grill in Oxford. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi.

A member of the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts Advisory Board, Patty is also a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford and serves on the Alter Guild. She is a former member of the Oxford School District Board of Trustees, the Oxford Tourism Council, the LOU Homes Board of Directors and the Mississippi Arts Commission. Patty was previous director of District Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera of North Mississippi.

She has participated in many community projects over the years to enhance the quality of life for all citizens, in addition to serving on numerous UM committees to advance the status of Ole Miss in Mississippi and across the nation.

Patty and her husband, Will Lewis Jr., are the parents of three children – Goodloe Lewis, Lydia Lewis Myers and Amanda Lewis Hyneman – all of Oxford, and grandparents of five. She enjoys traveling and enriching the lives of her family.

Lisa Chow Mallory

Lisa Chow Mallory, who resides in Memphis, Tennessee, is originally from the Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale specifically. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy.

Responsible for investor relations at Gerber Taylor Capital Advisors in Memphis, Lisa is a certified public accountant. She has worked in public accounting and bank auditing in Memphis at a variety of firms and businesses, including Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and Touche and the National Bank of Commerce. She first became involved with the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy when she was the controller and then treasurer of the University of Mississippi Foundation.

Lisa’s current community and professional activities include serving on the executive committee of Porter-Leath’s Books from Birth Board of Directors and on the Donor Relations Committee for the Chi Omega Foundation. She and her husband, Hugh, are members at St. John’s Episcopal Church and are actively involved in Carnival Memphis.

Her previous activities include serving as treasurer for the OMWC and working with the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lafayette program as a graduate and chair of a steering committee project. While in Memphis, she has been an active participant in a variety of organizations such as the St. Mary’s Episcopal School Parent’s Association, Les Passees, Junior Achievement and Hands on Memphis, as well as assisted with special events for the Pink Palace Museum. For the Junior League of Memphis, Lisa has provided leadership on the Sustainer Council and in a number of appointed positions.

She is the proud parent of a daughter, Smith Elisabeth Mallory.

Susan Cumbest McCormick

Susan McCormick, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Mississippi University for Women and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Mississippi.

Retired after 26 years of teaching elementary music education in public schools, Susan is a member of the University of Mississippi Foundation Board of Directors, Ole Miss Alumni Association and Campaign Planning Committee. She is an active member of Administrative Board and Chancel Choir at Eastlawn United Methodist Church.

Susan and her husband, David, are the parents of two daughters, Sarah Kathryn McCormick Hickman and Caroline McCormick Stevens, and one grandson. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, playing handbells, tennis and bridge.

Karen Moore

Karen Bell Moore, a former chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy and a resident of Nashville, Tennessee, has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and fashion design from the University of Mississippi.

The president of Project Redesign in Nashville, she is involved in several community and professional activities, including being a member of the Lockeland Springs Baptist Church, as well as a board member for the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Mississippi Foundation. Karen also works to strengthen the Nashville community by serving on the board of the Frist Art Museum, co-chairing the executive committee for the Frist Gala – raising close to $1 million in funds each year. She is also active on the board of the Nashville Zoo, participating on the Education Committee. Karen was recognized as a leader in the nonprofit community at the Model Behavior benefit in September 2020.

Her previous community and professional activities include serving as the co-chair for the 2016 Centerstone’s Reclaiming Lives Luncheon, the Dede Wallace Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2009, the Frist Gala co-chair in 2008 and the Ensworth School Auction chair in 2006. Karen also chaired the Cumberland Feast supporting the Martha O’Bryan Center in 1999.

Karen has served as a Sunday School teacher and performed youth group work at the First Presbyterian Church and conducted a Bible study group for girls. Karen worked as a sales representative for the Robert J. Young Co. and was a marketing assistant for the Martha White division of the Beatrice Food Co.

She has been involved in numerous special projects, including assisting the Ole Miss Alumni Group of Middle Tennessee with its fundraisers: Mississippi at the Ryman that featured artists such as Amy Grant, Marty Stuart, Jimmy Weatherly, Rivers Rutherford and Bryan Kennedy; and the Mississippi Rocks the Ryman.

Karen and her husband have hosted many Middle Tennessee Alumni events for Athletics, the UM Foundation and the Chancellor’s Office. She also assisted with the 10th anniversary celebration of the Ole Miss Women’s Council and worked on a UM Foundation/Ole Miss Women’s Council concert that featured Vince Gill and raised funds for the Ford Center. She was honored with the Louise B. Katzman Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013. Most recently, she co-chaired the 20th anniversary of the Ole Miss Women’s Council. She co-chairs the Global Leadership Circle, raising funds to allow students to study abroad or participate in internships.

She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 37 years, and are the parents of three children – Tyler and his wife, Kathryn, and their grandson, Clarke, and Margaret Anne and Mitchell. Karen enjoys circuit training, yoga, walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Pamela Dismukes Perkins

Pamela Dismukes “Pam” Perkins, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has a Bachelor of Science in business education degree from the University of Mississippi.

A retired legal assistant, she also worked as an administrative assistant and receptionist for Manpower. Pam volunteers for the American Heart Association and the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.

Her current community and professional activities include being a part of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy’s Rose Society, the Jackson County Genealogical and Historical Society, Moss Point Celebrations Committee, Backpack Buddies of Moss Point, Moss Point Garden Club, Magnolia Garden Guild, Fortnightly Club and Singing River Chorale member.

Pam’s previous community and professional activities included participating in the Gulf Coast American Heart Association’s Circle of Red, serving as a trustee on the Moss Point School Board, and being a member of the Ole Miss Alumni Association Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County Board and the Excel by 5 Coalition.

In 2016, she was the recipient of the Young Men’s Business Club of Moss Point’s Lifetime Community Service Award and the Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Xi Chapter’s Red Rose Award.

She and her husband, Weldon, have three children – Sarah and Matt Perkins, Darcy and Peter Ross, and Lindsey and Richard Perkins – and seven grandchildren. In addition to spending time with her family, Pam enjoys Ole Miss sports, traveling, music, handbells and theater. She loves plants and flowers and is a graduate of the first Master Floral Design program at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. Pam and Weldon are members of the choir for the First Baptist Church in Moss Point, Mississippi.

Beth Creekmore Pickering

Beth Creekmore Pickering, a native Mississippian and resident of Jackson, has been an active member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy since 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising from the University of Mississippi.

She is the executive director of the C Spire Foundation, which primarily focuses on grants for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and supports digital literacy, technology, professional skills and workforce development.

After graduating from Ole Miss, Beth worked with college students in Eastern Europe and the U.S. She also co-owned a hand-painted textile business where her designs were featured in Ballard Designs catalog and House Beautiful magazine.

Her many community activities include working on multiple fundraising campaigns, such as those to support the Mississippi Children’s Museum and Jackson Preparatory School. Beth served on the board of directors for New Horizon School, Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, and the Center for Violence Prevention. She is a past member of the Association of Junior Leagues’ chapters in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Beth is the mother of three daughters, all of whom are fourth-generation family members to attend the university.

Lib Wight Quirk

Elizabeth Wight Quirk, of Atlanta, Georgia, has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi. Formerly a marketing representative at IBM Corp. in Atlanta, Lib worked on the Atlanta Area Ole Miss Sendoffs for seven years and also served as a member of the University of Mississippi Foundation.

Lib’s previous community and professional activities include board terms on the Paces Civic Association and the Egleston Children’s Hospital, as well as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. In addition to coaching girls youth basketball for eight years, Lib co-founded and operated an annual Christmas fundraising event for homelessness and a local foundation for more than a decade.

She and her husband, Neal, have been married for 33 years and have four children – Neal, John, Joe and Elizabeth. She enjoys walking, tennis, sporting events and spending time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Johnson Randall

Elizabeth Johnson Randall, current chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi and executive education at New York University.

A resident of Oxford, Mississippi, Liz is president of Randall Commercial Group, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm operating throughout the Southeast. She volunteers as the executive-in-residence at Insight Park at the University of Mississippi where she mentors emerging entrepreneurs. She is a fourth-generation Ole Miss graduate.

Her current philanthropic and professional activities include serving as: trustee for Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation; chair and co-founder of the St. Jude Taste of Oxford event; member of the North Mississippi advisory boards for Trustmark National Bank and First Commercial Bank; chair and co-founder for Palmer Home for Children Tailgate Benefit; and trustee for the Clint and Ellen Ann Johnson Foundation. She is a life member of Junior Auxiliary and serves as an advisor for Delta Gamma and a board member for Doors of Hope Transitional Ministry.

Her previous community and professional activities include having served as: past president of Ole Miss MBA Alumni Board; member of both the Ole Miss Business School Advisory Board and the Ole Miss Real Estate Board, and the Junior Auxiliary National Education Committee; and the co-founder and chair of Spark Symposium Leadership. She is a former member of the Boys & Girl’s Club Advisory Board and of the Economics Club of Memphis. She previously chaired the OMWC Legacy Award and the Pulse Leadership Conference.

Her many honors include being named among the Top 50 Leading Women in Business by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2014 and in the top 10 for 2017, the Outstanding Young Ole Miss MBA Alumnus in 2008 and the 2003 Swayze Scholar by the Mississippi Banker’s Association. Her St. Jude committee received a national award for Best Mission Integration in 2019 and was recognized as a top 10 fundraising event in the country for St. Jude.

She and her husband, Trace, have five young children – Pierce, Pherron, Augustus, Clinton and Bouler. Liz enjoys competing in runs, mentoring students and entrepreneurs and being involved with philanthropic endeavors, especially those aimed at improving the lives of children.

 

Mary Sharp Rayner

Mary Sharp Rayner, a former chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Mississippi. A resident of Oxford, Mississippi, she taught high school in Jackson, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, and served as the office manager for her husband’s medical practice for more than 30 years.

Her current community and professional activities include providing leadership as a board member of the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, the Ole Miss Alumni Association and the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation Board of Governors. Mary Sharp is also on the Oxford-University United Methodist Church Building Committee.

Among her many previous community and profession activities, she served as a national officer of Delta Delta Delta and as a member of the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Board, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi Advisory Board, Oxford-University Bank Board and the University of Mississippi Foundation. Mary Sharp has been a part of numerous Oxford-University United Methodist Church committees and the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County.

Mary Sharp was the president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association for 2002-2003. A founding member of the original Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Oxford Little Theatre. Mary Sharp also was honored by the Rotary Club of Oxford as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2018.

She and her husband, Jim, have three children and four grandchildren. Mary Sharp enjoys volunteer activities, working with her church, golfing and spending time with her family.

Dr. Ethel Young Scurlock

Golda M. Sharpe

Golda M. Sharpe is the first Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy Scholar to serve as a council member. She is a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, but her hometown is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale, Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Mississippi, and graduated with a Master of Science degree in economic and workforce development from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She serves as a director of instructional support for Instruction Partners, an education nonprofit based in Nashville, Tennessee, and supports charter school leaders and teams across the country. Golda has quickly established a reputation as a change agent, innovator and educational enthusiast.

Her many community and professional activities include: The New Memphis Institute’s Embark Program, Leadership Lafayette Community Engagement Institute, International Economic Development Council, Mississippi Economic Development Council, National Institute for School Leaders and the Mississippi Teacher Corps.

During Golda’s career, she has also been a senior instructional coach for the Bailey Education Group, project coordinator with the Luckyday Success Program at Ole Miss, math instructional coach and Algebra 1 instructor with the North Panola School District and program director for the North Panola Junior High Summer Bridge Program.

She has presented at a number of education conferences and her many service and volunteer activities include participating in several Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service efforts and the New Memphis Institute Community Day of Service initiatives. Golda devoted her time to volunteer with the Mid-South Food Bank for many years and continues to serve her community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter in Memphis.

Golda has received many honors and achievements, just as being named as the 2012 Teacher of the Year for the North Panola School District and being recognized with the Highest Quality of Distribution Index (QDI) Award for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

In her spare time, Golda enjoys working on home improvement projects, biking in her neighborhood and reading.

 

Candie L. Simmons

Candie L. Simmons, a native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and Master of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. As longtime supporter of the University, she became a member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy in 2018.

The senior vice president and geography marketing strategist for Regions Financial Corp. in Jackson, Mississippi, now lives in Madison, Mississippi. Candie provides marketing support for the bank’s lines of business throughout Alabama, South Mississippi, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. Additionally, she works with different entities to promote and provide financial education. Candie is also a Gallup Certified StrengthsFinder Coach.

She was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as a 2009 Top 40 Under 40 and 2013 Top 50 Leading Business Woman, where she placed in the top 10. She was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna of the Year for Ole Miss and as a 2017 Woman Making a Difference in Madison County by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Madison County Alumnae Chapter. Most recently, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Candie is active with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Beta Delta Omega Chapter, where she is the vice president.

Candie is serving her third, three-year term on the national board of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and is a member of the organization’s executive committee. She is also an active board member for the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, Ole Miss Banking and Finance Advisory Board and the Ole Miss Athletics Committee.

Betsy Collier Smith

Vicki L. Sneed

Vicki L. Sneed, a lifelong resident of Oxford, Mississippi, and the retired city president of Regions Bank in Oxford, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi. She furthered her professional education by attending the School of Banking at Ole Miss, the School of Bank Marketing and Management at the University of Colorado, and the Tennessee School of Consumer Lending at Vanderbilt University. She is also a graduate of the George McLean Institute for the Development of Community Leaders.

She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and is a longtime member and lay liturgist of Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Vicki is president of Book Lovers of Oxford, federated 1934. Her recent board memberships include Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic, Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Mississippi Blood Services.

Vicki is past president of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Oxford. She is the recipient of the coveted Paul Harris Fellow designation through Rotary International. She founded the Oxford Business Women’s Initiative, a philanthropic arm of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. The Mississippi Business Journal named her one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women and she was named Oxford’s Woman of Distinction at the Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s inaugural event.

She and her husband, Harry, also an Ole Miss graduate, have three children and 12 grandchildren. Her hobbies include spending time with her grandchildren and attending their activities, entertaining friends, volunteering and reading.

Suzan Brown Thames

Suzan Thames, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech pathology and audiology at the University of Mississippi. She earned a Master’s degree in communicative disorders from Tulane University.

Suzan’s name is synonymous with raising funds and nurturing Mississippi’s children. She served as the inaugural president and chair of Friends of Children’s Hospital, which supports pediatric services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. It is estimated that at least $20 million in charitable contributions to the Medical Center can be attributed to Suzan. The work of this consummate volunteer and fundraiser over two decades led to friends and family endowing the Suzan Brown Thames Chair in Pediatrics with $2 million in contributions. The chair is held by Dr. Mary Taylor, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

Suzan serves as the current chair of the University of Mississippi Foundation. She is on the executive committee of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. Suzan also participates with the boards of directors of the School of Applied Sciences and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she is the chair of the MIND Center (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Center). She serves on the Children’s Cancer Clinic Board and is chair emeritus of Friends of Children’s Hospital Board of Directors.

In 2011, Suzan was chosen Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the National Philanthropy Association. She received the Ole Miss Alumni Association Alumni Service Award for 2015.

Suzan and her husband, Tommy, have three daughters and six grandchildren. They are members of Northminster Baptist Church.

Julie Grimes Waldorf

Becky Jones West

The Hon. Patricia Wise

Alliance Members

  • Nancy Harrelson Akin
  • Bridget Barnes
  • Kathryn Black*
  • Dr. Alice Clark*
  • Meredith Creekmore*
  • Dr. Faye Gilbert
  • Sandra Guest*
  • Buzzy Hederman Hussey*
  • Lynnette Johnson*
  • Lydia Jones
  • Margaret Denton Khayat
  • Tricia Thompson Lott*
  • Olivia Manning
  • Susan Martindale*
  • Rachel McPherson*
  • Molly Webb Meisenheimer
  • Celia Carter Muths
  • Gail Pittman
  • Ellen Rolfes*
  • Julia Thornton

In Memorium

  • Sally McDonnell Barksdale*
  • Susan Barksdale Howorth
  • Patsy Bogen
  • Patricia Chadwick Lamar
  • Keith Dockery McLean*
  • Dr. Carolyn Ellis Staton*