Mr. Bill Kennedy, Chairman
Bill Kennedy, now semi-retired, has served as manager of J. Sanders, Inc. location in Inverness and as President of Duncan Gin, Inc. Kennedy has served on the board of MS. Ginners Association, Southern Cotton Ginners Association, Yazoo Valley Oil Mill, PYCO, Delta Oil Mill, Central Delta Academy, Indianola Academy and Delta Wildlife, Inc. He is a past president of Delta Council.
Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Lanny, have two children and 2 grandchildren. They attend the Inverness United Methodist Church in Inverness.
Ms. Lisa Percy, Secretary
Lisa Percy currently serves on the board of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation where she was the past chairman, and she also serves on the boards of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting of MS and the Mississippi Museum of Art.
In the past, Lisa has served as chairman of the Hodding Carter YMCA, served on the Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, was chairman of the E. E. Bass Cultural Center Foundation/Greenville Arts Council as well as others.
Lisa graduated from Vanderbilt University and received a law degree from the University of Mississippi. She resides in Greenville with husband, Billy.
Hon. Willie Bailey
Willie Bailey is an attorney in Greenville and also a member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, representing part of Washington County. He has served in the House since 1996. Willie Bailey is a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Tougaloo College National Alumni Association.
Bailey and his wife, Carolyn, are members of Saint Matthews African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dr. Cass Pennington
Cass Pennington is a retired educator. He’s a former superintendent of the Indianola School District, superintendent of the West Tallahatchie School District, Indianola Junior High School principal, teacher and coach. Dr. Pennington served as Executive Director of Delta Health Alliance from 2004 to 2008. He’s a former member of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Instructional Management Task Force, and the South Sunflower County Hospital. He is a former president of the Delta Council.
Pennington and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Indianola.
Mr. Woods Eastland
Mr. Eastland is a native of Doddsville, Mississippi. and holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and a J. D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. After graduation from law school in 1970, Mr. Eastland served as a Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve from 1970 until 1972. He practiced law with the Jackson, Mississippi, firm of Brunini, Grantham, Grower, and Hewes and was a faculty member of the Jackson School of Law from 1972 until 1974.
Beginning in 1974 he was a cotton, soybean and rice producer in Sunflower County, Mississippi, through 2010, when he rented out his land. Before his selection as President of Staplcotn in 1986, Mr. Eastland was elected as a Director of Staplcotn in 1977 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1981 until 1986. He served as President and CEO of Staplcotn from March 1986 until September 2010 and as chairman again from September 2010, until his retirement in September 2014.
Mr. Eastland is currently President of Delta Council, Advisor to the Board of Directors of Cotton Council, International and Advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Cotton Council, Director of the Delta Health Alliance, Director of the B. B. King Museum and on the Advisory Board of the Indianola Promise Community.
In addition, Mr. Eastland is a licensed lay reader in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi. He is Past President of National Cotton Council, Past President and Chairman of Cotton Council International and a past Director of the Memphis Branch Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He was a member of the Board of Managers of the New York Cotton Exchange and became a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Board of Trade when it was formed from the merger of the Cotton and Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchanges. He served one year as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the New York Board of Trade
Mr. Eastland married Lynn Ganier Wood in 1974, and they have two children and three grandchildren.