Penney L. King, MSW

penny_king_edit President/CEO

In September of 2013, Penney King, joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi as President/CEO. She’s 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 Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of South Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia and included positions 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 Boards in various capacities. Penney is an active member in the Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association, SOOAP, and a National training associate for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Penney is the committed mother of 4 children, ages 10, 14, 19 and 22yrs 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.

Larry King

Larry King, V.P. of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Vice President of

Larry King is a native Mississippian born in Jackson. He has a B.S. degree from of The University of Mississippi and majored in Banking and Finance. Larry spent 23 years in various management positions with Allstate Insurance Company. He was Vice President of CFS, the fourth largest Student Loan Corporation in the United States. He joined the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi as Vice President of Operations in October, 2007.

Larry, his wife and two boys reside in Madison, MS. He and his family are members of Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson.

Joni Wright

Joni Wright Communications and Compliance

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." Maya Angelou

I'm a Madison native with a bachelor’s degree in media arts and a minor in business from Tulane University SCS in Madison, MS. I previously interned with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. That's where I found my passion for non-profit organizations. I came on as Volunteer Coordinator in February 2013 and I am grateful to be able to work for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.

Tina Taylor

2 Development

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 and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi since October 2008. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Mississippi College. Tina’s professional career has included work in the area of accounting and finance administration; sales; and local government. Tina has lived in Jackson, Mississippi her entire life, and has two children, Jordan and Rayana.

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.

JeTonica Collins

Jetonica Collins is Sykes unit Director - BGCCM Sykes Unit Director

“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.” – Author Unknown

I, JeTonica Collins, was born and raised right here in Jackson, MS. I attended Provine High School, where I graduated in the top 20 of my class. I also attended Jackson State University where I majored in English. I have been working for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central MS, Sykes Unit since 2003. I started as a Program Instructor, and am now the Unit Director. I come from a large family and have three children of my own. Therefore, I truly understand the concept of  “It takes a village to raise a child”. My philosophy is to be firm, but fair…and in the process, change the lives of “our” children.

Iisha Barnes

Iisha Barnes is Walker Unit Director - BGCCM Walker Unit

I have dedicated my life and career to becoming the nurturer and strong link that children need to connect them to the blessings that may be available to them in life. Being a believer, I see myself as a huge part of this village that it takes to raise these children; many who come from a single parent household. I believe that if they feel someone else cares other than their natural parent, it will give them some sense of encouragement and belief that they are able to accomplish anything positive that they set their minds too.

Iisha Barnes has worked in non-profit children’s programming for 3 years. She has an undergraduate degree in General Studies. Iisha’s professional career has included work in the field of counseling at Deposit Guaranty Mortgage Company as a loan counselor and a customer service representative for Suncom/AT&T Wireless/Cingular/AT&T. She put her career on hold to care for her grandmother who was incapacitated in 2004 and cared for her until her death in December 2008. Throughout her life she has always had a vision of herself working closely with children who needed her and did not know when and where until she began coming to the Boys and Girls Club to help and then work. It felt like a natural occurrence. Iisha joined Boys & Girls Clubs in 2009 as the Club Secretary for the Capitol Unit and is now the program director.

Iisha, a divorced mother of two children Darius and Talia, lives in Jackson, MS in the area where the children that are served by her club live, and it gives her an opportunity to see a lot of the members outside of the club within the community.

Leroy Sampson

leroy-sampson Director of Maintenance

My primary goal is to maintain all buildings so the kids have a safe environment to learn and play.