Board of Directors

The MCEE Board of Directors is composed of statewide leaders representing the business, education, and government sectors. The board members are elected to a three-year term and are dedicated to promoting and supporting economic education in Mississippi.

Board of Directors: Executive Committee

Mr. Brad Davis, Chair


Watkins & Eager

Mr. Jerome Brown, Past-Chair

Executive VP, Director of Community Development

The First

Mr. David Johnson,


Senior VP, Director of Community Development


Ms. Jamie Vega, Secretary

Director of Business Operations

C Spire

Mr. Daniel Elliott, Treasurer

Rankin County President

Cadence Bank

Dr. Sondra Collins

Senior Economist

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

Dr. Ricki Garrett

Alderman At Large

City of Clinton

Mr. JR Jones


SanJo Security Services, Inc.

Mr. Jim Perry

Managing Director/Head of the Southern Region

for the Public Finance Department

Wells Fargo

Dr. Steve Turner

Director Emeritus, Southern Rural Dev. Center

Mississippi State University

Mr. Derick Vance

Vice President- Commercial Banking

Guaranty Bank

Ms. Selena C. Swartzfager, MBA, MTE


Mississippi Council on

Economic Education

Mr. Matt Ballew, Director Emeritus **

Chairman of the Board

Ballew Wealth Management

Mr. Paul Breazeale, Director Emeritus **

Senior Partner

Breazeale, Saunders & O’Neil, Ltd.

Dr. Bret Becton

Dean, College of Business & Economic Dev.

University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Kim Benton **

Interim State Superintendent of Education

Mississippi Department of Education

Ms. Natella Boulton

Assistant VP, Senior Financial Advisor

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Mr. Reed Branson

Lobbyist, Public Relations Advisor

Capitol Resources, LLC

Mr. Joe Donovan

Division Director/Bureau Manager

Mississippi Development Authority

Dr. Sean Fox

Department Chair

Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics

Mr. Greg Frascogna

Senior Vice President, Investments

Raymond James

Dr. Joshua Hendrickson

Chair, Associate Professor of Economics

University of Mississippi

Ms. Christy Holyfield

Regional Support Officer

Citizens National Bank

Ms. Aleesha Hudson

Region Analyst, IV


Ms. Tami Jones

Associate Publisher

Mississippi Business Journal

Mr. Brad Maley, Director Emeritus **

Cadence Bank

Division President

Ms. Paula McNair

Vice President of Finance

Atmos Energy

Dr. Billy Moore

Dean, College of Business

Delta State University

Mr. Brooks Mosley


Ballew Wealth Management

Dr. Sheila Porterfield

Associate Dean, College of Business

Jackson State University

Mr. Jason Quin


State Farm Insurance

Mr. Johnny Ray

Executive VP, Jackson Regional President

Bank First

Ms. Kelly Riley

Executive Director

Mississippi Professional Educators

Mr. Will Robbins

Associate Managing Director, Private Client

Renasant Bank

Ms. Adrienne Slack

Regional Executive

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Mr. Kyle Skene

Assurance Manager, Public & Middle Market

Horne, LLP

Mr. Chris Thurman

Senior VP, Regional CRM Administrator

Trustmark National Bank

Mr. Christopher Walters


The William Morris Group

Mr. Anthony Webb

President- Jackson Metro

Southern Bancorp

Ms. Sherribeth Wright


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