Penney Ainsworth, MSW


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 20 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 Boards in various capacities.  Penney is an active member in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Penney is a committed mother of 4 children. 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

Vice President of

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!”


Ebony Yarn


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.


Monica Davis


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.


Temeka Hunt


Miss Temeka Hunt is a native of Kosciusko, Mississippi. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, Human Resources, and Marketing.  She received her Master’s Degree from Lamar University in Technology Leadership with an emphasis in School Administration. Temeka has over 15 years’ experience in the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement where she has served as program and management/administrative staff. Temeka has also worked on the state/federal level in grant distribution and management, but it is her “love for inspiring youth” that has brought her back to the BGC Movement. Temeka is also creative in producing/writing plays, singing, and inspirational dance. Temeka’s motto to life is to “Trust in the LORD and lean not to your own understanding, but in all thou ways acknowledge HIM”.  She believes that it is her ministry to make a difference in the lives of youth and inspire them “to become GREAT”.


Edward Hunt

Marketing Communications

Edward is a Jackson native with a Bachelors degree in Art and a Minor in Graphic Design.  He has been apart of the Boys & Girls Clubs since 2008.  Edward Truly does enjoy working at the Boys & Girls Clubs and believes in the Organization’s Mission to the fullest.


Chris Herron

Chris is from Crystal Springs, MS and attended Jackson State University. While at Jackson State University, Chris obtained his degree in Accounting. Chris has had over 20 years experience in accounting and has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs since March 2016.


IT Coordinator


Alexa Owens


Alexa became a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs movement in 2013 as a member of the Sykes Unit. In 2012, Alexa became an employee of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Alexa is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Jackson State University. Alexa’s says, “I may not change the world, but i guarantee that i will spark the brain of the children who will change the world.”.


Naomi Jackson


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.


Chris Kern

Canton Unit


Kimberly Fair

Sykes Unit Director —


Khari Allen

Walker Unit Director — 


Arkecia Manuel

STEM Coordinator —

Arkecia Manuel is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. Arkecia started at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi as a work-study volunteer while at Jackson State University; where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Arkecia has been with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi full time since 2012. Ms. Manuel started as a Program Instructor, then worked her way to Camp John I. Hay’s Program Director. Recently, Arkecia has become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi’s STEM Director. Arkecia dreams of changing the world one day through the youth in which she comes in contact with. “With one kind gesture, you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything’ Dr. Steve Maraboli 


Leroy Sampson

Director of

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.