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Northwest Mississippi’s Community Foundation Announces New 2019 Chair, Officers, Board Members

Community Foundation NW Mississippi logoHernando, Miss.  – The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi announces the election of its 2019 Board Chair as well as its new Officers and two new Board members.

Pastor Bartholomew Orr

Pastor Bartholomew Orr

Pastor Bartholomew Orr, senior Pastor at Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven since 1989, will serve as the Foundation’s 2019 Chair.  Bartholomew Orr began preaching in 1981 at the youthful age of eleven and was ordained in 1986. Under his leadership, Brown Missionary Baptist Church has experienced tremendous growth, spiritually and numerically. Pastor Orr received his Doctorate Degree in Ministry from Union University in Jackson, TN; his Masters of Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Germantown, TN; and his undergraduate degree in Humanities from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  He lives in Southaven with his wife Valarie.

“This is a very exciting time for the Foundation as we are experiencing tremendous growth,” said Orr.  “Due to our generous donors, we are now managing 237 funds and over $18 million in assets.  In addition, the Community Foundation has disbursed over $22 million in grants and scholarships since its inception.  Recipients of these grants include programs for early childhood education, courses teaching life skills, after-school programs, the arts, community health programs, museums, schools, families in need, and many more.”

New Board members are Cindy Gordon from Hernando, and Lisa Melton from Greenwood.

Cindy Gordon.

Cindy Gordon.

Gordon is the Area Manager of Fairway Independent Mortgage where she has worked for 21 years. Previously, Gordon was the Director of Telecommunications at a Fortune 500 Company and worked in the IT industry for 15 years.  Gordon is actively involved with the DeSoto County Arts Council, Hernando Parks & Recreation Foundation, the Hernando Veterans Parade, and the Hernando Rotary Club.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.  She is married to Charles, and they have two grown children.

Lisa Melton.

Lisa Melton.

Melton, a native of Greenwood, is a PRN (as needed) speech pathologist for home health agencies and private practice.  She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association.  She is a life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Greenwood and the Delta Garden Club.  Melton is a member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, a board member of Pillow Academy Alumni, and was a Centennial Gala Celebration steering committee member for the Chamber of Commerce.  She also is a former commissioner for the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Melton received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech language pathology from the University of Mississippi and was member of Chi Omega sorority.  Melton is active in the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood and is married to Floyd Melton, III and has two children.

2019 Officers of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi include:

  • Vice Chair – Lillian Hilson, North Delta Planning and Development District
  • Secretary – Colie Sanford, Guaranty Bank and Trust
  • Treasurer – Danny Williams, CPA, Williams, Pitts & Beard
  • Immediate Past Chair – Joe Azar, Panola Partnership

Returning members of the board include:  Bob Bowen, Retired Partner Arthur Andersen & Co.; Scott Coopwood, Coopwood Publishing Group; Wilbert Corley, Service Manager, Entergy; Wayne Godwin, Retired Executive PBS Network;  Tom Gresham, President and CEO Double Quick; Emily Johnson, Community Volunteer; Mat Lipscomb, Co-CEO Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance; Robert Mehrle, Owner, Mid-South Ag Data, LLC & Manager Far Distant Farms;  Sarah Sawyer, Executive Director, Byhalia Chamber of Commerce; Mary Thompson, Partner Allendal Planting Company; and, Mike Wagner, Owner Two Brooks Farms.  Tom Pittman serves as the President of the Foundation.

The Community Foundation manages 237 donor-established funds and has disbursed over $22 million to support more than 700 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the foundation.  Established in 2002 with a generous grant from the Maddox Foundation, the Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Foundation serves Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties.  A board of 19 volunteer civic leaders governs the Community Foundation.  Learn more about the Community Foundation at www.cfnm.org or call 662.449.5002.


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