Pursuant to 45 CFR Section 1304.50 of the Head Start Act, the Hinds County Human Resource Agency Head Start Policy Council consists of 29-35 members and serves as a link to Parent Committees, the HCHRA Governing Board of Directors, public and private organizations, and the communities served. The Council is composed of Head Start parents, representatives from the HCHRA Board of Directors, and citizens from the community. This composition ensures that parents and community representatives have an opportunity and are empowered to actively participate in the shared decision-making process of Hinds County Project Head Start.

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) acknowledges that it is essential for the Head Start Program to reflect the community as a whole. Therefore, pursuant to 45 CFR Section 1304.50 of the Program Performance Standards for the Operation of Head Start Programs, a formal Policy Council structure was developed to ensure that Head Start parents and other community representatives have accessibility and encouragement to participate in shared decision-making fully. To ensure effectiveness, Policy Council members must participate in various training and assessment activities. HCHRA’s Vice President for Head Start oversees the Council, ensuring all responsibilities are effectively and expeditiously carried out.

Policy Council Officers

Jessica Jackson


Rachel Duffin


Shamsie Ruffin

Assistant Secretary

Policy Council Representatives

Kshavia Bass

Oak Forest

Emerald Bullock

Oak Forest EHS

Adam Concepcion

St. Thomas

Rachel Duffin


Jessica Jackson

Gertrude Ellis

Corzetta Johnson

Mary C. Jones Head Start

Tiffany Nolen Johnson


Asha Levy

South Jackson

Chinesha Maxie

Holy Ghost EHS

Chantisha McAfee

Eulander Kendrick

Alisha Mosley


Shanita Ransom

Della J. Caugills EHS

Shamsie Ruffin

Richard Brandon

Erica Terry

Martin Head Start

LaKenya Turner

Edwards Head Start

LaQuasha Turner

Edwards Early Head Start

Policy Council Community Representatives

Derrick Casher

Community Representative

Bonnie Florence

Community Representative

Mary Hamilton

Community Representative

Sylvia McIntyre

Community Representative

Brittany Osborne

Community Representative

Brenda Sutton

Community Representative

Willard L. Spires

HCHRA Board Liaison