Mr. Bill Kennedy, Chairman
Bill Kennedy serves as manager of J. Sanders, Inc. in Inverness and as President of Duncan Gin, Inc.. He brings decades of experience with local businesses and academics to the Delta Health Alliance Board of Directors. He is a past president of Delta Council, the Mississippi Delta’s local economic development agency.
Hon. Willie Bailey
Willie Bailey is a local attorney and a member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, representing district 49 (in Washington County), where he has served since 1996. Willie Bailey is a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Tougaloo College National Alumni Association.
Mr. Woods Eastland
Mr. Eastland is a native of Sunflower County and holds a J. D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Mr. Eastland also served as a Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was a faculty member of the Jackson School of Law from 1972 until 1974. Mr. Eastland serves as the Director of the B. B. King Museum and is on the Advisory Board of the Indianola Promise Community.
Mr. Donald Green
Donald Green serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Delta’s local economic development agency, Delta Council, where he directs a regional Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. program from Clarksdale, MS. This collaborative helps seasonal or migrant workers who are economically disadvantaged get jobs by making sure the workers are up to par with the latest technology and career-based certifications.
Mr. Walton Gresham
Walton Gresham III serves as president of Gresham Petroleum Co., secretary of Double Quick, secretary of Delta Terminal and director and member of the executive committee of Planters Bank & Trust Company. He is active in his community and profession and is a past president of Delta Council, the Indianola Rotary Club, the Indianola Educational Foundation and the Indianola Chamber of Commerce. He is currently chairman of the Community Foundation of Sunflower County. Gresham is past president of the Mississippi Propane Gas Association and Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. He also served as the Mississippi director to the National Propane Gas Association. A long-time volunteer leader, Gresham’s passion is to promote economic development and a better infrastructure in the Mississippi Delta and the state of Mississippi. A graduate of Indianola High School and the University of Mississippi, Gresham has served on the University of Mississippi Alumni Board of Directors as well as the University of Mississippi Foundation Board. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and has remained active as an alumni volunteer.
Dr. Cass Pennington
Dr. Cass Pennington is a retired educator and 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 is 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.
Ms. Lisa Percy
Lisa Percy received a law degree from the University of Mississippi and currently resides in Greenville. In addition to the DHA board, she serves on the board of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, and on the board of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting of Mississippi.
Hon. Willie Simmons
Willie Simmons serves as the Central District Transportation Commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, a district covering 22 counties with a population of approximately one million. Commissioner Simmons served as a Mississippi State Senator for more than 26 years. For the last 8 years, he served as Chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee. Under his leadership, more than $5B was spent throughout the state on the construction and upgrade of federal and state roads, county and municipal streets and bridges; also, millions of dollars on public transit, ports railroads, airports and other infrastructure support systems. Commissioner Simmons served as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections prior to joining the Mississippi State Senate. Before that, he served as a combat veteran in the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of Alcorn State University; and received M. S. Degree and Ed.S. Degree from Delta State University. He is married to Rose Sibley Simmons and they have four children and ten grandchildren.
Dr. Myrtis Tabb
Dr. Myrtis Tabb has over thirty-five years of experience in the education and community development fields. As Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration at Delta State University, Dr. Tabb provides leadership to human resources, institutional grants, Bologna Performing Arts Center, serves as contract liaison for Ellucian, the company providing informational technology services to the campus and as a member of the President’s Cabinet. In her tenure with Delta State, Tabb has served in several capacities, including Director of the Center for Community Development and Program Leader of the Mid-South Delta Leaders and Delta Emerging Leaders Program. She serves as Chair of the Naming Committee for DSU and provides leadership to the B.F. Smith Scholars Program.