Board of Directors

Message from the 2016-2017 Board Chair

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I would like to welcome you to our United Way website. Our mission is to focus on education, health, support services and financial stability to benefit the citizens of Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Marion counties. Improving the quality of life in the Hattiesburg area is made possible through our many investment partners and programs. I hope our website can help you get connected with United Way and learn more about the wonderful things that are happening in our community. We can achieve great things through LIVING UNITED!

Susan Yarrow, 2016-2017 Board Chair

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Susan Yarrow, Hattiesburg Clinic, Term 04/01/12 – 03/31/15 Board Chair

Shawn Harris, Regions Bank, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17  Resource Development Committee Chair

Greg Hodges, Hancock Bank, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17 Community Impact Chair

Karen Griffis, Regions Bank, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17 Finance Committee Chair

Traci Rouse, Merit Health Wesley, Term 4/01/16-3/31/19 Communication Committee Chair

Chase Blankenship, The First, Term 4/01/16-3/31/19 Audit Committee Chair

Billy Browning, Mississippi Power, Immediate Past Board Chair


Samantha Andrus, Hattiesburg Clinic, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Temple Bennett, Community Volunteer, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Jermaine Brown, Hattiesburg Public Schools Term 4/01/16-3/31/19

Jana Bryant, Georgia Pacific, Second Term 04/01/16 – 03/31/19

Nancy Carpenter, Forrest General Hospital, Second Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Bernard Green, Allstate Insurance, Term 04/01/14– 03/31/17

Terrell Grindle, Topp McWhorter Harvey, PLLC, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Cassie Hicks, The University of Southern Mississippi, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Dr. Scott Hummel, William Carey University, Second Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Ryan Kelly, Horizon Professional Services, Term 4/01/16-3/31/19

Leahne Lightsey, Petal Education Foundation, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Marcia Line, Community Volunteer, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Janet Mitchell, Forrest General Hospital, Term 4/01/16-3/31/19

Janice Robinson, SEMRHI, Second Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

Wes Rouse, Magnolia State Bank, Second Term 04/01/15 – 03/31/18

Willie B. Sims, Jr., Willie Sims, CPA, PLLC, Term 04/01/16 – 03/31/19

Joe Stevens, Attorney, Second Term 04/01/15 – 03/31/18   

Greg Thrash, Johnson Controls, Second Term 04/01/15 – 03/31/18

Benny Waddle, BancorpSouth, Term 04/01/14 – 03/31/17

LaTressa Young, Lamar County Schools, Term 4/01/16-3/31/19



Theresa Erickson, Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation, (non-voting), Term     04/01/15-3/31/2018