Frank Spencer
Chief Executive Officer

Frank graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1970. After working 4 years with the State Employment Service in the Mississippi Delta, he returned to the University Law School and received his J.D. degree in 1976. He spent 3 years as an attorney for the Legislative PEER Committee and 22 years with the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. He "retired" in January, 2003 to come to work at Stewpot.

Michelle' Bingham
Special Events Coordinator

Michelle' has been with Stewpot since early in 2003, and has occupied several different positions within the Stewpot community. 2011 marked the first year she tackled Taste of Mississippi as Co-Chair, and what a mark she made! This was a HUGE year for Taste. Michelle' is a member of New Caney Creek MB Church, and has three children Devin, Ja'Niel, and Brayden.

Stacey Howard
Director of Business Administration/Grants

Stacey spent 17 years as a chemical dependency counselor, first with for-profit treatment centers, and later, out of a desire to assist those she felt had fewer options, in non-profit facilities. After working in administration for another local non-profit, she was delighted when the opportunity to assist Stewpot was made available. Stacey writes the grants that are so vital in supporting Stewpot's various ministries.

Shamberi Horton
Executive Administrative Coordinator

Shamberi Horton has been with Stewpot since 1998. She started out in the afterschool program as a student and then moved up to working with the children and teenagers. Shamberi was a member of Americorps in 2010. She has a B.A. degree in Sociology from Tougaloo College and is currently working on her Masters degree in Counseling at Grand Canyon University(Online). Shamberi has a one year old daughter, Laila, that attends St. Peters Missionary Baptist Academy.

Amy Kristen Delaughter
Food Services

A Texas native, Amy Kristen has been associated with Stewpot since 2009 as a volunteer, but joined Stewpot's full-time staff in 2011. Amy Kristen has served in administration and, more recently, directly with our clients in Food Services. She has a B.A. from Belhaven University and one son, Brett.

Tara Lindsey
Director of Volunteer Services

Sherry Spille

Sherry joined the Stewpot Family in December 2010 as our accountant. She graduated from Mississippi College in 1995 and enjoys using her education in accounting for such a worthy cause as Stewpot. She has one son and resides in Byram. Sherry is super-organized, which is a very-necessary trait when keeping up with Stewpot's books.

Christie Burnett
Director of Children's Arts

Being born outside of St. Louis, MO. and growing up in Wheaton (a western suburb of Chicago, Christie joined the Stewpot staff in September of 2007 after 10+ years in the world of church ministry. After moving to Mississippi and leaving the "church" ministry field, Christie felt specifically called to serve in a inner-city children's after-school program. Within a few months, she was volunteering- serving lunch at Stewpot-and about a year later joined Stewpot staff full-time in the Children's Afterschool Program. (How's that for God putting you where He calls you?) After 2 years with the kids and almost 3 in the Business Department, Christie has found her way back to the Children's Program-using her love and passion for music and The Arts AND our children to help find places and creative ways for them to excel and grow. In her not so spare time,(she's a mom to 4 kids- ages 15, 13,9 and 3.5) you will most likely find her rooting for Alabama football and the Pittsburgh Steelers, at Big Lots, late-night reading,and trying to find the lowest price online for anything she sees in stores(and she always succeeds.) She lives in North Jackson and is a member of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon.

Nancy Dennis
Director, Food Services (Retired)

Ms. Nancy was with Stewpot almost from the very beginning. A staff member for over 25 years, Nancy was Stewpot's senior employee until retiring in August 2012. She directed the Food Pantry ministry. Nancy is a grandmother 17 times over and a great-grandmother to 27. Of course, this does not include those at Stewpot who consider "Momma Nancy" their own.

Stephanie Echols
Director, Food Services

Stephanie has been with Stewpot for over 15 years. She began working as Ms. Nancy's assistant and, with Ms. Nancy's retirement in August 2012, she took over as Director of Food Services. As with many other Stewpot employees, Stephanie has contributed to other Stewpot ministries such as the Children's and Teen's Programs. She also served as the Director of one of our Women's Shelters, Flowers House. A mother to four boys, Darius, Trent, Chandler and Deon, Stephanie has hopes of one day expanding the services of our Food Pantry by offering delivery to those physically unable to pick up their groceries from Stewpot.

Don London
Facilities Manager

For nearly two decades, Brother Don has served Stewpot in one capacity or another. Currently, he serves as facilities manager, and his work consists of convening meetings, taking care of the grounds, playing the piano for the daily interdenominational chapel service and heading the volunteer assistants program. A native of Brookhaven, Don now calls Jackson his home and Stewpot his family.

Calvin Doughty
Building & Vehicle Maintenance

Those who know him know that it's rare to catch Calvin without his signature baseball cap. He has been a part of the Stewpot family for nearly 20 years, and after seeing his office, you'll believe its been just that long. He makes sure things run smoothly around here and manages the Stewpot Fleet and transportation crew. Originally from Columbus, Calvin relocated to Jackson in 1981. He and his wife, Rosie Linda, have been married for 16 years and have two boys. His favorite moto is "God is good all of the time; all of the time, God is good."

Mary Thompson
Director of Women's Services

Since 1995, Mary has made sure the needs of the women Stewpot serves are being met. She oversees operations at Sims, Matt's and Flowers Shelters, and organizes several annual Stewpot events such as the Women's Fair and our Easter Egg hunt. Mary is a graduate of Tougaloo College and the proud grandmother of four.

Jackie Jones
Director, Matt's House

Ms. Jackie has been with Stewpot since 2001 when she served as our receptionist. She moved to Matt's House as assistant director, and now serves as its Director. Jackie is a Jackson native, and is a graduate of Jackson State with a degree in Computer Programming. A member of Cherry Grove M.B. Church in Jackson, she is a devoted Christian who most enjoys contributing to the happiness of those around her.

Thomasine Hardy
Director, Sims House

A Jackson native, Thomasine received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Services from Belhaven University. She recently accepted the Director's position at Sims House, and we are so pleased to have her on board. Thomasine loves to read and spend time with her family, especially her two teenage sons.

Yolanda Kirkland
Director of Teen Services

LaLa, as she is known around here, is Director of the Teens Program. Originally from Indiana, she came to Jackson to attend Jackson State University. She got involved at Stewpot as a volunteer and later became a staff member. She recently graduated from JSU with her Master's Degree in Education. LaLa belongs to New Bethel Church.

Wilbert Logan
Director, Billy Brumfield House

Though his main duty is directing the operations of the Brumfield shelter, Wilbert is more popular for his bus driving abilities. "Mr. Wilbert" is the official (and gracious) driver of the children's program.

Heather Ivery
Director of The Opportunity Center

Heather has been with Stewpot for 15 years. She left us briefly to work with the City of Jackson as their Homeless Coordinator, but is now back at Stewpot where she oversees our day shelter, the Opportunity Center. A faithful advocate for Jackson's homeless population, Heather co-authors The Throw Away: A Jackson Street Journal. Originally from Raymond, she welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn Leigh, in August 2011.

Monique Ealey
Director of Children's Services

Monique came to Stewpot in 2001 as a member of AmeriCorps to work with our children's program. She left in 2006 to pursue her career as a family counselor, but missed Stewpot so much, she returned in August 2010 and stepped in for Caroline as Interim Director of that program, and is now the official Director of that program. She attends St. Peter M.B. Church and has a three year old son, Malik.

Greg Morgan

Greg started out at Stewpot in 2008 as a volunteer. Since then, he has been Assistant Floor Manager, and now is in charge of Security at our Main Campus. He has a B.S. from Jackson State and is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church here in Jackson. Greg has two sons of which he is very proud, Kentrell of Atlanta, GA and Taurean of Las Vegas, NV, and two beautiful grand-daughters, Lynnea and Amiah, both of Las Vegas.

Theresa Ernest

Ms. Theresa has been with Stewpot since early February 2013. She is a native Jacksonian, having attended both Hinds Community and Moore Career Colleges. She is married with three grown children, two boys and a girl. Her culinary style leans toward soul food, and she has gained several fans among our clients and staff with her cooking. We are glad to have Theresa because it is obvious her heart is in her ministry.