Michael Dozier

Michael Dozier

Michael Dozier joined the Mississippi Journalism and Education Group as the executive chairman of the board of directors in August 2022. His professional expertise consists of serving as a former president and CEO of several community-based nonprofits throughout Mississippi. He has managed more than 287 employees and has managed budgets of over $14 million per […]

Deborah Stockman Hodges

Deborah Stockman Hodges, CPA, CGMA has more than thirty years of experience in public and private accounting.  She serves as Quality Control Partner for the regional accounting firm of Prichard, Dewberry & Hodges, PC providing technical oversight for the Firm’s audit and attest engagements along with tax, consulting, litigation support and other accounting services. Deborah is married to her college boyfriend, Jim, and they have three children, one who works in the family business, one who recently graduated from Mississippi State, and one still in college. They live on a small farm in George County where they raise long-horned cattle for no other reason than that they look pretty in the pasture.  

Nancy Anne Branton

Nancy Anne Branton is Vice President-Investments at Raymond James in Ridgeland MS. Nancy has served her clients as a financial advisor in the Jackson MS area for over 30 years.  Nancy brings years of non profit board experience to the table. She is an active board member of 2C Mississippi, which was formed to educate youth, community leaders and policy makers about the current and future damages from human impact on our climate. A lifelong resident of Mississippi, Nancy lives in Brandon with her wife, Suzi Altman and their doodle Marley.

Heather McTeer Toney

Elected at age 27, Heather McTeer Toney knows what it means to be a public servant. She  was the first African-American, first female and the youngest to serve as Mayor of Greenville, Mississippi from 2004-2012. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. Known for her energetic and genuine commitment to people, her work has made her a national figure in the area of public service, environmental justice and community engagement.She currently serves as the National Field Director forMoms Clean Air Force, an organization of over 1 million moms and dads committed to fighting climate change and protecting children from the dangers of air pollution. Heather is also a sought-after speaker and writer.

Karla Vázquez

Karla Vázquez is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico where she grew up before moving with her family to Monterrey, Mexico. After completing secondary school, she attended the University of Nuevo Leon where she was one of the youngest people to ever graduate in law and became a Licenciada en Derecho (an attorney in Mexico) at the same time she was able to graduate with Honors at UANL. During her studies in Mexico, she worked in the criminal courts, the government patent office, and as a legal adviser to the Mexican corporation – Dinámica de Monterrey. Recently Karla was the Keynote Speaker for NASA Stennis Space Center for the National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and was a speaker for the Emancipation Celebration for the Refugee Minor Program at the Jackson State University.

Pam Johnson

Pam Johnson is an author and consultant. Before venturing out on her own as a publicist, political strategist, and media and issues management consultant, Pam was executive director of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women and the Mississippi Association for Justice (the Trial Lawyers). She was Assistant Secretary of State for Policy and Publications and served as the Office of the State Auditor’s first communications coordinator.She has been a public school teacher, a news editor of two weekly newspapers, a magazine publisher, a florist, a lobbyist, an advocate, and was twice elected Alderwoman in her hometown of Mount Olive.  She holds a bachelor of science degree in English Secondary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a long-time associate member of the Mississippi Press Association. She and her husband Bill recently celebrated their 48th anniversary and live in the Brandon Reservoir area. They are the parents of two grown children and are the grandparents of two. 

Wendy Shenefelt

Wendy Shenefelt serves as Programs Director for Alternate ROOTS, a Southern-based regional arts service organization and coalition of artists and cultural organizers striving to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression.A former dancer, current consultant, wannabe writer and Texas Woman’s University alum, Wendy splits time between her beloved chosen home of Jackson, Mississippi and her four-wheeled office traveling and snacking across the South.