Penney L. King, MSW

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In September of 2013, Penney King, joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississppi as President/CEO. She has been a professional in the Boys & Girls Clubs movement for the last 16 years. Her career in Boys & Girls Clubs has taken her across the country from Virginia through Georgia, Kansas City, and Central Mississippi. Penney's tenure with Boys & Girls Clubs began in 1997 as program specialist in the Roberts Village and included positions such as Program Director, Unit Director, Director of Operations, Director of Teen Services with the corporate office Boys & Girls Clubs of America and project Director of the Georgia State Alliance. Penney graduated from Norfolk State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work concentrating in Community Development.  She has served on a number of Board in various capacities.  Penney is an active member in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Penney is a committed mother of 4 children, ages 10, 14, and 22 years old. Outside of Penney's commitment  to her family, she is focused on local and national efforts in the areas of youth development, mentoring, and the plight of single mothers.

Tina Taylor

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Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. –Proverbs 22:6

Tina Taylor has worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi since October 2008.  She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Mississippi College. Her professional career has included work in the area of Accounting and Finance Administration, Sales, and local government. She has lived in Jackson, Mississippi her entire life. She has two children, Jordan and Rayana.

Joni Wright

Joni Wright Communications and Compliance

"It is more blessed to give than to receive.''' Acts 20:35

Joni is a Madison native with a Bachelors degree in Media Art and a minor in Business from Tulane University. She previously interned with Madison County Chamber of Commerce.  That is where she found her passion for non-profits and serving others. She was brought on as Volunteer Coordinator in Februray 2013 and now works as Communications and Compliance Coordinator. She loves what she does and is grateful to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi team!

Leroy Sampson

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"Live everyday to the fullest and by all means have God in it." Leroy Sampson

Leroy Sampson is a native of Raymond, Mississippi, and has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi for 7 years. Leroy has 2 sons and 1 daughter. He loves working for the Boys & Girls Clubs and is very dedicated. His primary goal is to maintain all buildings so the kids have a safe environment to learn and play.

Naomi Jackson

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One plants, One waters, and God gives the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9

Naomi  has worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi since March 2013. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management at the University of Phoenix.  Naomi's professional career consist of 20 years of management in various settings.  She is currently a member of S.O.A.A.P. and has been a board member for the Madison County Chamber Commerce.  She is also a member of the Juvenile Task-Force in Canton.  Naomi has been married for 17 years, has 4 children, and 4 grand-children. She has worked with children for the last 10 years at her church as a teacher and youth director.  " I have a passion for children and watching them transform and thrive as they should," says Naomi Jackson.

Layla Fitzgerald

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"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Maya Angelou

Layla Ife Fitzgerald received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Millsaps College in 2001. Very enthused to continue her education, she enrolled into the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Jackson State University and finished in 2005 with a Master's of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling.  As the Youth Organizing Manager for the Children's Defense Fund, she began hosting teen summits in 2008, where she mentored and hosted in the Jackson Metro area. She has found a great place to utilize her artistic abilities and knowledge of youth here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.