Woodward Hines Education Foundation Broadens through Recent New Hires and Internal Restructuring
JACKSON, MS. – The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF), formerly the Education Services Foundation, recently announced two internal promotions and three new hires. The infusion of new talent and internal reorganizing will support the foundation’s mission to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certifications, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment.
Chellese Hall was named Communications Coordinator for WHEF and assists in the management of the foundation’s flagship program, Get2College, which serves students and families across the state. Hall previously served as Community Relations Manager for the Mississippi Children’s Museum. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Communications and Journalism from Belhaven University and is a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi.
Melia Dicker recently joined WHEF as the new Director of Jackson’s Get2College Center, which serves students and their families and provides support to high school counselors in central Mississippi. Dicker previously served as Communications Director for the Mississippi Arts Commission. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has earned a Certificate from the Else School of Management at Millsaps College.
WHEF has also promoted key individuals to new roles within the organization. Minette Ketchings has been named Director of Operations. Ketchings has worked for WHEF for more than 20 years and previously served as the foundation’s Controller. She holds Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree from Mississippi State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Shanell Watson was named Associate Program Officer for WHEF. Watson has worked for the foundation for more than 10 years, most recently serving as the Data Analyst and Technical Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
“We are excited about the new additions to the foundation and the new roles that staff members are taking on,” said Jim McHale, President and CEO of WHEF. “Our staff’s diverse experience and expertise are essential to realizing our vision of helping Mississippians secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to advance their quality of life and strengthen our state.”