JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OFFICERS, BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF

 

(Memphis, TN) – Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South has named the following business and community leaders as officers of the nonprofit’s board of directors:

*Board Chair: Kelly Lomax, Chief Financial Officer for Dunavant Enterprises, Inc. and President of Dunavant Global Logistics
*Corporate Secretary: Karen Koplon, Partner at Harris Shelton
*Treasurer: Jason Campbell, Vice President of Operations for FedEx
*Development Chair: Brenda Duckett, Community Leader
*Chair, Audit Committee: Adam King, Audit Managing Partner for Deloitte
*Chair, Community Engagement Committee: Pearson Crutcher, Executive Director of The Society of Entrepreneurs
*Immediate Past Board Chair, Investment Committee Chair: Brandon Cooper, Metro Division President of Simmons Bank

JA also welcomed five new board members:

*Darryl Jackson is Chief Operating Officer with Enfinity Supply and thrives on developing and growing startup companies. He is passionate about introducing underserved children to business and science. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University and his MBA from the University of Rochester.
*Casey King is the Director of Operations and Engineering at AZO Inc. She is passionate about financial literacy and promoting diversity in STEM fields. She earned her Engineering Management degree from Christian Brothers University and her MBA from the University of Memphis.
*Alex Piña is the Owner Operator of eight McDonald’s restaurants across the Mid-South and is the only Hispanic Owner Operator for McDonald’s in West Tennessee. A CPA and MBA, he is also a first-generation Mexican American who grew up in Chicago. He was the first in his family to graduate college and earn an MBA.
*Jessica Seidner is the Director of Communications for International Paper, where she has led communications initiatives across the company in her 20-year career, including in Augusta, GA, and for IP India. She has two degrees from the University of Memphis and is an avid Tigers and Grizzlies fan. She has also put her communications skills to use, teaching as a full-time professor at Lithuania Christian College in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and as an adjunct professor at Augusta State University.
*Robin Wallace is an independent meeting planner with the hotel site selection firm HelmsBriscoe. A fourth-generation Memphian, she brings an entrepreneurial spirit to her work and is eager to share it with the children JA serves. She earned her degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

JA also added two new team members to its staff including:

*Janel Bonds, JA Capstone Manager: A graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.S in communication and media studies, Bonds previously served as impact manager for BookNook. In her new role, she will support the daily operations of Junior Achievement’s simulation space and the operation of JA’s Capstone programs, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.
*Deonna Williams, JA Manager of Education Programs: Prior to joining JA, Williams worked for Memphis-Shelby County Schools as a project/logistics advisor and as a project specialist for MSCS central office academic departments as well as the College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) department. In her new role, Williams will oversee JA’s site-based programs including JA in a Day, JA Our Neighbors, JA Inspire, High School Heroes, JA Launch Lessons and various community partnerships. She earned her B.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee.

About Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South empowers children to be world ready and engaged members of their communities so that they may lead independent lives. This local nonprofit focuses on experiential learning opportunities centered around financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for K-12 students across the Mid-South region. For more information on JA, visit www.jamemphis.org or call 901.366.7800.