Ellen Collins serves as the Associate Director for The Alliance and is responsible for day-to-day operations, working to ensure the organization is effectively executing on its long-term strategy, consistently improving performance and productivity, and regularly identifying opportunities to enhance organizational effectiveness. Ellen has served in various roles in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, most recently as the director of the Prosperity Center for Midtown Partners, Inc. She also served as a senior program officer for the Chicago-based McCormick Foundation and director of programs for the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (now the Community Foundation for Mississippi) where she was instrumental in helping launch the Women’s Fund of Mississippi (now the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi), the only nonprofit foundation in the state that focuses primarily on women and girls’ issues. A native of Starkville, Miss, Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Mississippi Valley State University; a Master of Science in education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; and additional studies and certifications in family services and leadership development. She was a member of the Leadership Greater Jackson class of 2008-09 and has served on various boards for nonprofit organizations in the Metro Jackson area. Ellen is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and the Junior League of Jackson. She loves photography, traveling, and conducting genealogical research.
A native of Hazlehurst, Miss., Sandra studied business marketing and management at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. She is currently a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, American Society of Administrative Professionals, Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals, and the American Society of Notaries.
Dave Miller serves as the Chief Program Officer for The Alliance and works to ensure that organizations throughout MS have the resources and the network connections they need to be successful. Dave has a BA in education from California State University Northridge and a Masters from the University of MS in educational leadership. His ten years in Mississippi began in the Delta where he served as a 5th-grade math and science teacher in Clarksdale, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2011. Although he loved his time in the classroom he was drawn to leadership and entered into the Principal Corps program. After completing the program, he served as an assistant principal in Greenville, MS. In 2015 Dave became the Director of Community Engagement at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, where he oversaw a spring break literacy camp, family literacy programs, conflict resolution/peer mediation programming, and social justice programs for five years.
He serves as a board member at Stewpot Community Services and Social Action committee chair at Beth Israel Congregation, as well as chair of the Teach for America Greater Delta Alumni Advisory Board. Dave is a cinephile and when not in the theater he loves to spend time by the water and Facetiming with his nieces and family in Los Angeles.
Currently serving as the Policy Coordinator, Jamie manages the Education, Health, and Workforce Development/Family Economic Security affinity groups that focus on increased learning, collaboration, and funding around critical policy issues. These affinity groups engage both non-profit and philanthropic partners to develop and implement strategies and public policies that produce positive impacts for children, families, and communities in Mississippi.
Jamie, a native of Kosciusko, MS has a BS in Management from Belhaven University and a Masters in Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. With a background working in the private healthcare sector, she has been in roles overseeing corporate giving, national strategic partnerships, colleague engagement and activism, and government relations. Over the last 15 years she has invested in many organizations around the metro area with a focus on health and wellness, social justice, community development, and youth leadership. Jamie serves on the board of Unite Mississippi Foundation, Mississippi Christian Living Magazine, and CASA of Hinds County, with previous board leadership with Midtown Public Charter School and the Metro YMCA. Over the last 20 years she has given countless hours of her time to support many local nonprofits with fundraising and volunteering. She is a WKKF Community Leadership Network alumni and a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson class of 2010-2011 and a current member of Leadership Mississippi.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful little girl and you can find them all over Jackson exploring the museums, parks, and amazing places to eat.
The Alliance is pleased to welcome Julia Kunis, who serves as the Constituent Services and Support Coordinator at the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits & Philanthropy. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with organizations across Mississippi and is eager to make connections with organizations just like yours!
Julia Kunis serves as the Constituent Services and Support Coordinator for the MS Alliance. Born and raised in Stony Brook, New York, Julia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Hunter College focusing her studies on Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology. Upon completion of her thesis, she was awarded the Excellence in Anthropology award. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in May of 2019, Julia moved to Mississippi to work with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), an education-focused nonprofit where she worked with communities across the South to engage in meaningful faith-based learning.
Driven by her desire to be an active member in the Jackson community, she became Chair of Beth Israel Congregation’s Tikkun Olam Committee, currently serves as a Board Member at the Southern Jewish Resource Network (SOJOURN), and actively seeks ways in which she can get more involved with the communities of Mississippi. Her goal is to be a change-agent in the state of Mississippi, working alongside the organizations that are yearning to see a brighter tomorrow.
Robin Brooks (Mack) is a native of Clinton Mississippi. She is the middle child of 3 and the proud mother of 2 children. Robin loves reading and spending time with her family. Robin is currently a student at Belhaven University studying social work and has a desire to create change in helping African American communities understand the importance of mental health awareness.
Jamie Beatty is the Central Mississippi Volunteer Hub Director for the Mississippi Nonprofit Alliance. Jamie is a native of Itawamba County in Northeast Mississippi. She graduated from Itawamba Community College and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in human development and Family Science with a focus in Adolescent Development. She is a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. Jamie is actively involved in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as the Director of The Gathering Internship for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. She is a proud new mom to a beautiful little girl. You can find Jamie and her family enjoying time in nature together across the Jackson area, especially along The Natchez Trace Parkway.
Shernica L. Ferguson is a native of the MS Delta and a Ph.D. student at Jackson State University pursuing her doctoral degree in Public Policy and Administration. She holds a Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, as well as a Masters of Genetics with a concentration in Life Science. She is an author with “Here Comes Destiny,” ‘s debuted novel. She is also an interdisciplinary researcher of more than 15 years. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and, in her spare time, loves to write, listen to jazz and classical music and learn about other cultures.
Maribeth Kitchings is a Jackson, Mississippi native and University of Mississippi alumna with a background in communications, volunteer engagement, and event planning. Her resume includes project management, freelance writing, business administration, real estate, and consulting. She earned a certificate from the 4-year Education for Ministry program administered by Sewanee Theological Seminary, a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional designation, and a Realtor© license in MS.
After consulting with The Alliance for two years, Maribeth is delighted to join the team officially. Avocations include reading, multi-media art, quilting, and spending time with her family and friends.
DeLorean King is the Innovations Lab Assistant for the Mississippi Nonprofit Alliance. DeLorean is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in both Finance and Risk Management and Insurance. DeLorean received her MBA from Millsaps College in Finance. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Society. DeLorean is actively involved in church. In her spare time, DeLorean loves to travel, read, spend time with her family, and do volunteer work.
Jason Easley serves as the part-time bookkeeper for the alliance to ensure all financial transactions are properly recorded and reported. Jason also works closely with the Executive Director and Associate Director to forecast cash flow and prepare budgets for the current year and beyond. Jason has a BSBA in Accounting from Mississippi College as well as an MBA from Mississippi College. Jason has been a CPA for 23 years and recently retired from State government. Jason worked for Public Safety, the Office of the State Auditor, the Department of Health and the Department of Rehabilitation Services as an Accountant, Auditor and Director of Internal Audit and Quality Assurance.
Jason is a native of Summit, MS and became an avid golfer at North Pike School District. Jason also played for the Mississippi College golf team. Jason loves college sports, is married to Holly Easley and has 2 children at Ole Miss. He also enjoys movies and TV shows on demand and enjoys eating out or grilling with friends.