Meet Our Staff
Our customer friendly staff is passionate about what we are doing. They understand that it's not just about feeding a man but mentoring, helping someone who has fallen, and watching him stand back up and live life in a productive way. We promote a You Can Do It attitude!
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Executive Director/Job Placement Coordinator
22 years of management in the hospitality industry. Managed the daily operations of hotel. Hire and train new employees. Set up direct billing accounts for corporate companies. Accounts Receivable. Notary. Handle all unemployment cases. Respond to guest surveys and customer complaints. Rated 8.25 overall in breakfast department and 8.25 in satisfactory of guest surveys out of 10.
ROBERT GREATHREE JR.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting at University of Southern Mississippi - May 2009. Staff Accountant and Controller of Columbus Housing Authority. 7 years experience in concentration in governmental accounting. Not-for-profit accounting. Bookkeeping and tax planning and active Board Member for the Last House on the Block (a sober living environment that provides support for men completing drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs).
Master of Social Work Concentration: Healthcare. University of Alabama - May 2004; Bachelor of Social Work - Mississippi State University - May 2001. Qualified Mental Health Professional. Memphis, TN - Provision of individual psychotherapy/counseling to inmates with the goals of reducing maladaptive behavior and fostering effective psychological functioning. Provision of crisis intervention services to inmates as referred by institutional and medical staff or to self-referred inmates since July 2014.
MS. DAISY YOUNG
19 years experience as a supervisor, 3 years experience as a case worker, and 2 years volunteer service at Prairie Opportunity.
MS. KAYLA PATEL
Graduate of The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. Public Health Major with concentrations in Health Education & Promotion and Health Professions.
Hospitality Job Placement Coordinator
40 years of experience in various sectors of the hospitality industry, at leading companies such as Heritage Inn and Best Western. General management experience, along with problem-solving, communication, and multitasking. Supports our participants by connecting them with employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.
Lawrence is a Financial Consultant for Granger Financial in the Washington D.C. area. He has served in the financial services industry for 12 years. Throughout his professional career he has held several positions focusing on personal finance. Originally Washington D.C. he attended St Augustine University in Raleigh NC. There, he obtained his Bachelor's in Business Administration with a focus in Finance. He is passionate about the world of finances particularly
educating the community and helping them succeed with their financial needs. In his free time he teaches martial arts lessons to students of all ages and plays video games.
MR. JAY PATEL
Graduate of MUW. BA Degree in Business. Owner of Best Western Executive Suites, Tutti Frutti, and an Independent Motel in Columbus, MS. Established business owner since 1988 in cities of Columbus, Jackson, Tupelo, MS.
Impact Strategist/Economic Developer
Bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Mis Sheoyki a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., ATL Leaders Council, the International Economic Development Council, World Affairs Council of Atlanta, Atlanta International Night Market, a member of the PR and Marketing Committee of the Atlanta Business League, and a Board Member advisor and mentor to non-profit organization The Young Elite. Serves community through volunteering efforts, such as Hands on Atlanta and Clinton Foundation Day of Action. Her accolades include Metro Atlanta Chamber: ChooseATL Influencer, honored as The20ATL Influencer of the Year.
Owner/Operator of Lawns Etc.
Owner and operator of Lawns Etc., lawncare and landscape service established business of 23 years that employs 8 to 10 people. Lab technician at Westlake Chemicals for 20 years in Aberdeen, MS. Studied at Texas A&M Municipal Fire School, Project 50, and Mississippi State Fire Academy.
Advisory Board Member
US Army Veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Human Development & Family Services. Jamella brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and participants with her Master’s Degree in School Counseling. She is a graduate of American Military University & Mercy College and an asset to our advisory board.
PASTOR JESSIE HUTTON SR.
Alternate Board Member
Retired military and Pastor of Reform Temple Church - Reform, Alabama.