HCHRA Hosts Its 2016 Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) hosts a luncheon each year to honor current employees who have exhibited unparalleled commitment to HCHRA. The 2016 event was held on Tuesday, November 22nd at the Jackson Convention Complex and honored 11 employees for over 280 years of service (combined).

Staff being honored at the event were: Artessa Jenkins, Ellis Johnson, and Demetra Stokes for 15 years of service each; Gloria Brown for 20 years of service; Patricia Edwards, Lisa Hemphill, and Mary Williams for 25 years of service each; Patsie Jones and Jacqueline Laury for 30 years of service each; and Al Junior and Gloria Bailey Chambers for 40 years of service each. Their commitment to the well-being of Hinds County residents and customers of HCHRA is admirable and should be celebrated by all.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the “Employees of the Year” awards. These awards are presented annually for multiple departments, to employees who continually exemplify the Agency’s mission, and serve as true ambassadors. The recipients of these awards were nominated by their peers from their respective areas. They include:

  • Head Start Administrative Staff of the Year – Twana Mallard
  • Center Administrator of the Year – Almeta Roberts
  • Children’s Services Education Staff of the Year – Lisa Hemphill
  • Children’s Services Education Staff of the Year – Rosalena McClendon
  • Children’s Services Education Staff of the Year – Sonja Dishmon-Coleman
  • Children’s Services Education Staff of the Year – Keyanna Levison
  • Children’s Services Education Staff of the Year – Helen Cavett
  • Children’s Services Nutrition Staff of the Year – Phyllis Taylor
  • Head Start Transportation Staff of the Year – Frank Williams
  • Family and Community Services Staff of the Year – Kathy Sheriff
  • Head Start Facilities and Field Services Staff of the Year – Jerry Fields
  • Department of Community Programs Administrative Staff of the Year – Ethel Minnifield
  • Department of Community Programs Staff of the Year – Carol Wells
  • HCHRA Administrative Staff of the Year – Carolyn Upkins
  • HCHRA Spirit of Community Service Award – Vickie Johnson
  • HCHRA Cheerleader Award – Susan Chandler

“HCHRA congratulates each awardee and commends the employees and their families on their dedication to our mission. We have a good group of people working together for the greater good of many others. The enjoyment of sharing a meal together right before the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the ways we like to show our appreciation for their good works,” said Kenn Cockrell, President & CEO.