Planning & Development Department
This department is responsible for planning, developing, and organizing support activities needed to achieve the desired goals and outcomes within agency programs. HCHRA recognizes that planning is a fundamental property of a business structure. We create these individual plans for each program and department, but we also look at “Big Picture” planning or strategic plans for the agency as a whole. Each division within the Planning and Development Department has a unique function in supporting HCHRA.
Planning & Development Division
HCHRA has 11 different grants or programs that operate simultaneously. The Planning & Development Division is responsible for grant review, analysis, writing, reporting, and submission. The P&D Division also conducts the Annual Community Strengths and Needs Assessment, our Annual Report to the Public, Community Action Plan, and our agency’s Strategic Plan.
Communications & Development Division
The Communications & Development Division provides us with the format, layout, design, and language needed to relay that message clearly. We do this in many different ways. We produce radio, television, and newspaper ads and update the website or create flyers, calendars, memos, letters, and hundreds of internal forms and documents each year.
The Communications & Development Division is responsible for event planning, fundraising, media relations, and interacting with professional and civic organizations. They will recruit and invite keynote speakers, musicians, public officials, hosts, and many others to participate in our community events while protecting and maintaining the image and message that HCHRA strives to uphold.
Quality Assurance Division
Throughout the agency, we monitor our outcomes to understand how the plan is working, if the plan and/or policies communicated are being interpreted and implemented as we intended, and what changes or corrections to the plan we need to revisit. The Quality Assurance Division gives us a real-time perspective on how well we plan. It helps us narrow the field by identifying what pieces are missing and who missed them, allowing us to provide more specific training and resource allocation to training staff.
MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Roger Lutrell is the Vice President of Planning and Development for Hinds County Human Resource Agency. He earned a Business Degree from Southeast Arkansas College and a Finance degree from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. He also carries certifications in both Management and Accounting.
Roger brings over fifteen years of experience, including five years as a Chief Financial Officer and three years as an Executive Director/CEO for a Community Action Agency in Arkansas. He served as Treasurer of the Arkansas Community Action Agency’s Association Board of Directors from 2015-2016.
It isn’t hard to see his passion and drive for business development and process management. Roger believes that a successful business model ensures that its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong positive image to its stakeholders, as internal operations drive innovation and inspire creativity. Before Community Action, he spent several years traveling the United States in the for-profit arena and accredits much of his success to the diverse cultural perspectives he encountered along the way.
Vickey D. Williams
Vickey has a broad and varied background in public relations, social media marketing, journalism, communications, government relations, and event planning/management. She spent more than ten years in the public and private sectors and served as a social media specialist before she joined Hinds County Human Resource Agency in 2022.
She is currently a Ph.D. student at Southern University studying Public Policy and Urban Studies. She earned a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Arkansas, where she completed advanced studies in political communications, rhetorical criticism, and race & gender studies. She earned her Bachelor’s of Mass Communications from Jackson State University, where she also completed advanced studies in journalism and public relations.
Vickey is a member of a lifetime member of Lambda Phi Eta National Communications Association, Phi Alpha Alpha-The Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration, Thrive JSU, Jackson State University National Alumni Association (JSUNAA), Vicksburg-Warren Chapter of JSUNAA, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Diversity Institute Multimedia Scholars Cohort, and a social justice advocate.
Her passion for community activism and social change is what motivates her to continue her career in non-profit.
Janice M. Foster
Janice M. Foster joined Hinds County Human Resource Agency in 2022 as the Transportation Director. She earned her Associate of Arts Degree in Office Systems Technology from Hinds Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Jackson State University, a Master of Science in Hazardous Materials Management, and a Master of Science in Education Technology from Jackson State University.
Janice brings over 15 years of professional experience with a comprehensive understanding of the transportation industry. She holds a Class A CDL License with Double, Triple, Hazmat, and Tanker endorsements, and is an experienced Commercial Drivers Classroom Instructor. She is also certified as a Third Party Examiner for the State of Mississippi.
Neshay Jackson is the Planning and Development Officer for Hinds County Human Resource Agency. She functions as the Volunteer Coordinator here at HCHRA. She received a Bachelor of Science in Social Services from Belhaven University, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Belhaven University, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Belhaven University.
Jackson has a wealth of knowledge on agency development, human resources, and marketing, and she formerly served as chief fiscal officer for the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.
In her role as planning and development officer, she assists with grant writing, coordinating long-range strategic planning, and program development. She also oversees programs to ensure compliance with regulations, policies, and procedures.