Chapter History


The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has established itself as the premier African American organization for families. Our mission is to guide our children to become leaders among the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Bringing them together in social, cultural, and service environments.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. formation process was initiated by Stephanie Barnes Taylor in December 2012 with encouragement and support by associate member, Mavis Parkman Jones on behalf of an initial group of 33 interested families. Under the leadership of National Vice President Tammy and Southeastern Regional Director Marjorie Mitchell, 26 families progressed to provisional group status in May 2013. During the 41st National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina led by Past National President Tamara Turnely Robinson, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Mothers Club was approved as a provisional chapter on August 1, 2014.

Under Stephanie Barnes Taylor’s leadership as Chartering President, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter was charted September 27, 2014 with 16 families in Pascagoula, MS as the 41st chapter of the Sweet, Sweet, Southeastern Region by installing officer, Joli Cooper-Nelson, National Vice President, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pascagoula, MS. Gail Ash Dotson, Southeastern Regional Director, installed the Chapter Officers and Chapter Teen Officers. The chapter was installed under the administration of National President Tammy King.


(left) National Vice President Jolie Cooper Nelson, (center) MGC Founder Stephanie Barnes Taylor, (right) IP Regional Director Gail Dodson

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Charter Members are:

Li Black
Kutina Carter
Andrea Davis
Persharon Dixon Vice President
Melody Horton-Drummond Sergeant–at-Arms
Michelle EllerbyEditor/Historian
Raquel EubanksChaplain
Carolyn Hall JonesFinancial Secretary
Jocelyn LaneProgram Director
Angela Jupiter McConRecording Secretary
Nicklya Harris-Ray
Sylvennie SmithParliamentarian
Stephanie Barnes TaylorPresident
Jazmin WallaceAssistant Program Director
Joyce Bell-WashingtonCorresponding Secretary
Cavina WellsTreasurer

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter serves families from Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties.