Leadership

Board of Commissioners

The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is managed by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. The five member Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Mayor City of Jackson and confirmed by the Jackson City Council.

Presently the Board consists of:

reed Evelyn O. Reed, Chair

Evelyn O. Reed received both her higher education degrees for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in economics and finance from Jackson State University.  After a successful 27-year stint as Special Assistant, she retired from the United States Probation Office, Southern District of Mississippi.  Currently, Commissioner Reed serves as an on-air personality at WKXI Radio (KIXIE 107.5FM) with Alpha Media, Jackson’s number one adult Rhythm & Blues radio station.

As an active member of the Commissioners Committee for the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), Commissioner Reed serves with more than 400 airport Board Members and Commissioners to the nationally-recognized ‘Voice of Airports’.  In her capacity as liaison to the Marketing and Communications Committee, Commissioner Reed assists in the development of aviation-related educational and policy programs for ACI-NA members.   She also assists in promoting public awareness of airports as economic generators for their communities.

A community activist and leader, Commissioner Reed serves as secretary for the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Association for the Preservation of the Smith Robertson Cultural Arts Museum as well as the storied Alamo Theater.  She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Jackson Metropolitan YMCA.  Commissioner Reed is an active member of several organizations which include:  Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; the Capital City Toastmasters; Jackson State University National Alumni Association; and the Margaret Walker Alexander Center Board at Jackson State University. Commissioner Reed is a graduate and a Class Representative of Leadership Greater Jackson and a graduate of Leadership Madison County.  Ms. Reed attends Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson.

Dr. Rosie Pridgen-7 Dr. Rosie L. T. PridgenVice-Chair

Rosie L. T. Pridgen, Ph. D is a native Mississippian. She has been a resident of Jackson since 1970, after graduating from Jackson State University. In addition to earning the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Jackson State University; Dr. Pridgen also obtained the Masters of Education degree in Blind Rehabilitation, with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility for the Blind from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has also studied at other Mississippi universities. Dr. Pridgen has been a teacher, substitute teacher, assistant principal, principal, interim superintendent and superintendent. In 2013, she retired from the position of Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Blind, a position she had held for 15 years. During two and one-half of those years, she concurrently served as Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf. She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Jackson, an avid volunteer, and a supporter of programs and projects that aim to improve individuals and communities. She is a member of Mt. Carmel Ministries. She has a blended family of four children and eleven grandchildren.

 

Miss LaWanda Harris LaWanda D. HarrisCommissioner

Commissioner LaWanda D. Harris is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the Healthcare field for nearly 20 years. Over the course of her career, she has attained a wealth of knowledge and experience on a variety of issues relating to public affairs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Mississippi College. Commissioner Harris is an active member of Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi where she holds the positions of President-Elect (at the District level) and Chairperson of the Project Committee (at the State level). Through this organization, Commissioner Harris is involved in a variety of community outreach projects and activities, including annual health fairs, public health initiatives, and mentoring programs. Commissioner Harris is actively engaged in the community both as a community activist and leader as evidence by her involvement in the Women for Progress of Mississippi, Inc. Commissioner Harris is passionate about fostering sustainable economic growth in Mississippi’s Capital City. She views effective transportation policy and infrastructure as critical to the success of the Greater Jackson region.

Vernon Hartley
Mr. Vernon W. Hartley, Sr.
Commissioner

Commissioner Hartley presently serves on the Commissioner’s Executive Committee and the Environmental Board for the Airports Council International-North America (ACI/NA).  Nationally-recognized as the ‘Voice of Airports’, the ACI-NA represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada.  The Commissioner’s Executive committee leads the 400-member board in shaping policies that strengthen the ability of airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities. As a liaison to the Environmental Affairs Committee, Commissioner Hartley works to shape policies governing Environmental Protection at and around airports in North America.Mr. Vernon W. Hartley, Sr. is the owner of Greentree Advantage, LLC, a veteran owned environmental consulting company in Jackson, MS. Throughout his 26 years of civil service, Commissioner Hartley has held positions as Environmental Administrator for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and Solid Waste Manager for the City of Jackson. During a parallel 30-year Air Force Reserve career, he has held many management positions and facilitated leadership workshops throughout the United States.  His military decorations include the Desert Storm/Shield Award, The Meritorious Service Medal (MSM), the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.Commissioner Hartley’s previous board affiliations include: President of the Coastal Family Health Care Clinics and President of Keep Jackson Beautiful. Commissioner Hartley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Commissioner Hartley resides in West Jackson and is a vibrant community activist and champion of policies servicing our Jackson communities.
Rev. James Henley Rev. James L. Henley, Jr.Commissioner

Rev. James L. Henley, Jr., a native of Jackson, serves as Pastor of Fresh Start Christian Church, and as a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Southern District of Mississippi. He is a Certified Public Accountant, an Attorney and holds a certification in Financial Forensics from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Commissioner Henley is a past President of the Magnolia Bar Association and Magnolia Bar Foundation. He is a graduate of Callaway High School, Millsaps College, and the Mississippi College School of Law. He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is extensively involved in the development of inner-city youth through Fresh Start Ministries, Inc. He previously served on the boards of Bethany Christian Services, the Jackson Metropolitan YMCA, and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. He and his wife, Vivian, have four children.

 

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