Penney Ainsworth, 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.

Ron Thornton

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"If something does not apply to you then do not respond to it!"

Ron Thornton is a devoted husband and father, he has two children, a son and daughter ages 2 and 4 months. He serves as a role-model and father-figure to many of the youth he works with. Ron Thornton completed his undergraduate degree in legal studies and history with a minor in African American studies from Kaplan University. He also earned masters degree in higher education leadership from Kaplan University. He has been in the Boys & Girls Club movement for over 11 years. Ron started at the Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club and served as a volunteer, Program Instructor, Teen Director, and Educational Director. He joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi in February 2014 as the Program Director at the Canton Unit. Since then Ron has been promoted to Unit Director at the Sykes Unit. He has made a career out of going the extra mile to help youth achieve their goals. His service to his community has impacted many lives. He is also responsible for helping several young people attend college. Working in the field of public service means a lot, "You get to give back and help someone else succeed in life." To those who wish to mentor youth, "never give up on a student who wants helps. Go the extra mile!"

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.

Ebony Yarn

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Ebony Yarn is a native of Mississippi. She is a loving parent of one. Ebony started at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi as a work-study volunteer Jackson State University; where she was pursued a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration and graduated as Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduating she was asked to stay as a full-time staff and as of April 2015 she was promoted to Executive Assistant. She loves working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi because it gives her an opportunity to be a positive influence on the developing youth.

Sarah Drennen

Marketing and Communications

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

Sarah is a Madison native with a Bachelors degree in Art and a minor in Art History from the University of Mississippi. She comes to us with over two years of Marketing and Graphic Design experience. She loves what she does and is grateful to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi team!

Monica Davis

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"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

Monica Davis is a native of Sontag, Mississippi. She attended Alcorn State University and majored in Business Administration.  Monica went on to work in the Hospitality Industry as a Sales Manager 10 years.  She has a passion for serving others and always dreamed about being able to work with kids. "I feel like being here at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi is my calling, I am here to make a difference!" says Monica Davis.

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.

Tye Tripp

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"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1

Tye Tripp is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She was once a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and attended the Capitol Unit. During that time she was surrounded by adults that pushed me to excel, not only academically, but throughout my life. Tye is a 2008 graduate of Jackson State University with a B.A. in Political Science.  She loves working for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi because it has granted her the chance to serve the children that need us most. Tye says, "she can pass on what she has learned and her life experiences to those that she is fortunate enough to come in contact with everyday."