Delta Hands for Hope
Delta Hands for Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen and enhance local community assets related to education, spiritual development, health, and recreation of school-aged children in the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas.
Lane Riley graduated from Lander University in Greenwood, SC in 2012 with degrees in sociology and Spanish. She is very excited to be working with the children and youth in the Delta, and is having a wonderful time getting to know the community. She has been the program director for Delta Hands for Hope since June 2014.
She is a previous member of First Baptist Church in Greenwood, SC and Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, CT.
Lane is a graduate of the 2016 Delta Leadership Executive Academy, a year-long program of the Delta Regional Authority. She is a part-time student at Delta State University, where she is working toward a Masters of Community Development.
You can email Lane at email@example.com
Brittany Neal is an AmeriCorps VISTA currently serving with Delta Hands for Hope. Brittany was born in the Mississippi Delta where she identified her love for children and community progression. She hopes to continue her education at Delta State University in the spring of 2017.
Board of Directors
Dr. Rev. Jason Coker was born in Shaw, and is the founder of Delta Hands for Hope. He received his undergraduate degree from William Carey University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD from Drew University. He currently serves as the Field Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi. He and his wife Pam live in Clinton, MS, with their three children.
Dr. Nora Gough-Davis is a the owner and family nurse practitioner of Shaw Family Medical. She and her husband, Tony, are the proud parents of two children.
Sister Maura Fitzsimons has a BA from the University of California and a MA with a Life Credential in Counseling from Loyola Mary Mount, Los Angeles, CA. Sister Maura has worked in a number of parishes using her skills in education, counseling, outreach, Christian initiation, and pastoral care. She loves her work of tutoring under-achieving children, and she likes to be active in the parish community. She helps with Christian Initiation, bringing communion to the sick, and helping out wherever she can. She says "My journey continues with gratitude to God for every step of the way."
Mr. Roger McDowell lives in Hattiesburg, MS with his wife Lida. They are the parents of four adult daughters who have blessed them with eight grandchildren. Delta Hands for Hope and the kids of Shaw have become Roger’s extended family. Roger’s numerous trips to Shaw are truly homecomings to visit with family. He is a retired CPA with a career that included ten years in public accounting practice, three years in the highway construction industry and more than thirty five years in the oil and gas business. He currently serves as an expert witness in oil and gas litigation.His home church, University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS shares his passion and commitment to its partnership with Delta Hands for Hope and their sisters and brothers in Shaw.
Reverend Leroy Woods is the pastor of the United Rock of Ages Church in Shaw, MS, where he has served for 19 years. He serves as a board member of Delta Hands for Hope, an organization committed to helping the city of Shaw and surrounding areas move forward in positive ways. He is the chairman of the Shaw Ministerial Association, through which he serves with other pastors in the city in an effort to better the spiritual, social, educational, cultural, and financial conditions in Shaw through prayer, preaching, and the teaching of Godly principles and practices. He currently holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biblical Studies from The Exodus School of the Bible in Cleveland, MS. Over the years he has served in various capacities: board member of the Bolivar Community Action Agency, Headstart Policy Council Chairman, Site Coordinator for "Keep A Clear Mind" drug, alcohol, and sex abstinenceprogram, Site Coordinator for "YMC" (Youth Movement for Christ) at McEvans Elementary school in Shaw, "PAP" (People Assisting People) of Pace, MS, through which he served as a mentor and counselor to several young men in Bolivar County. Reverend Woods and his wife Glenda, a high school teacher at Shaw High School, live in Sunflower county, MS, and have three children.