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Reuben V. Anderson, J.D.

Booker T. Jones
Robert Smith, M.D.
Alveno Castilla, CPA/J.D.
A. Leon Collins

John I. Douglas

LT. GEN. (Ret) Russel L. Honoré
John R. Kelly, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Beasley, Ph.D.

Tom Deuschle

Mark Brantley, CPA

Kabah S. Ealy, J.D.

Lyn Dockter-Pinnick
Patrick Smith

Delois White

Minact Corporate Officers

 

Photo of Reuben V. Anderson, J.D.Reuben V. Anderson, J.D.
Chairman, Board of Directors

Anderson, former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice and a trailblazer in the legal profession, brings a superior record of accomplishments and experience to the board. He was the first African-American since Reconstruction to serve in several high-profile judicial positions including Mississippi Supreme Court Justice (1985-90); Circuit Court Judge, 7th Circuit Court District (1982-85); County Court Judge, Hinds County (1977-82); and Municipal Court Judge, City of Jackson, Mississippi (1975-77). Anderson, the first African-American graduate of the University of Mississippi Law School, also was the first African-American to occupy the Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government at that institution. In 1997, Anderson served as the first African-American president of the Mississippi Bar Association. Anderson currently serves as a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and as a director of the boards of numerous businesses and organizations. He is a partner in the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P. He is also a member of numerous professional organizations.

 

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Photo of Booker T. JonesBooker T. Jones
Founder/President/CEO
Board of Directors

Long before MINACT’s inception, Jones had an incessant desire to become a part of the solution to the problems of America’s disadvantaged. He began a career in Job Corps after leaving the Navy in 1966, taking his first employment with the Breckinridge Job Corps Center in Morganfield, Kentucky, now the Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center. Jones quickly moved through the Job Corps program from his entry-level position as resident adviser in Kentucky to serve in a center director position in Mississippi. His vision of starting his own company to continue services through Job Corps was realized in 1978 when he founded MINACT and successfully competed for his first Job Corps contract. Jones is a graduate in sociology from Indiana State University in Evansville, Indiana, and has done additional graduate studies in business administration at the University of Evansville. He is active in community organizations that promote the development of people. He serves on the boards of BancorpSouth Bank Community Board, Momentum Mississippi, the Children’s Health Forum, and the advisory board of the College of Business at Jackson State University. He was recently appointed by the Secretary of Labor to serve on the Federal Job Corps Advisory Committee, where he now serves as chairman. In May 2007, he was honored for his significant contributions to the growth and development of business in the state of Mississippi by his induction into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.

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Photo of Robert Smith, M.D.Robert Smith, M.D.
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

A caring heart matched by impeccable skills has made Smith a physician his native Mississippians can be proud to call their own. Smith, a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a charter diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, is well known for his interest in helping young people prepare for the medical profession and his commitment to making sure adults and children have proper medical care. Smith opened the first private, black-owned family health center in Mississippi—Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc. He has served as preceptor for many medical schools, including Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee; Iowa University in Iowa City, Iowa; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is active in other professional and civic organizations with a special interest in education and the arts.

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Photo of Alveno Castilla, CPA/J.D.Alveno Castilla, CPA/J.D.
Secretary, Board of Directors

Castilla has a deep interest and commitment to projects that develop youth. That’s why a lot of his volunteer time is devoted to the National Alliance of Business Youth Motivation Task Force, the accreditation team for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the board of trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning’s Uniform Financial Reporting Committee. A partner in the law firm of Watkins, Ludlam & Stennis, Castilla currently serves as chairman of the firm’s board of directors, and as chairman of the firm’s Business Solutions Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of federal, state and local taxation, and corporate and finance matters. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law Section. Castilla is a certified public accountant, licensed in Mississippi and Tennessee. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, with an M.B.A. in management and finance and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is an active member of various other civic and professional organizations.

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Photo of Toni D. CooleyGeneral Augustus Leon Collins
Treasurer, Board of Directors

General Augustus Leon Collins, a native of Mississippi, brings a wealth of experience to the board and has distinguished himself in service to our nation.  He was nominated to serve on Mississippi’s Worker’s Compensation Commission in 2007, after retiring from the U.S. Army as a Brigadier General.  General Collins is the first African American to attain the rank of General in the history of the Mississippi National Guard.   He was awarded the rank of Brigadier General while serving in Iraq in 2005.  General Collins served in command and staff positions in the Army and Mississippi National Guard, including mobilizing troops for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  While in Iraq, he commanded a force of more than 4500 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.  The General has many honors and awards to his credit including induction into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Mississippi Military Academy Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 2006.  General Collins graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Jackson State University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Photo of John I. DouglasJohn I. Douglas
Member, Board of Directors

Douglas has more than 30 years of experience managing Job Corps’ operations and as a corporate executive. The Kansas City native is a graduate of Kansas City Junior College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Baylor University. He has done postgraduate work as well. Before launching his career in Job Corps, Douglas was a teacher and counselor in the Missouri school system. Douglas has spent much of his career in Job Corps, including director of guidance and deputy center director at the Pine Knot Job Corps Center; field program specialist at the Job Corps Regional Office in Kansas City, Missouri; recruitment and placement branch chief, Job Corps Regional Office, Kansas City, Missouri; deputy regional director, Job Corps, Kansas City; CETA federal representative, ETA, Kansas City, Missouri; financial/grant manager, ETA, Kansas City, Missouri; and regional director, Region VII/VIII, Job Corps. After 34 years with the Job Corps program he retired from federal service in 1999. He currently serves as a member of the National Job Corps Association board of directors.

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Photo of Lieutenant General (Retired) Russel L, HonoreLieutenant General (Retired) Russel L. Honoré
Member, Board of Directors

Lieutenant General (Retired) Russel L. Honoré has a stellar military career having commanded troops in Korea, at Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Hood, Texas, and Germany.  He culminated his career as the Commander of the First United States Army at Fort Gillem, GA.   As Commander of First Army, LTG Honoré oversaw the training and deployment of over 500,000 military Service members from all Services. 

In 2005 the celebrated general gained legendary status in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the city of New Orleans as he commanded Joint Task Force-Katrina.  In that capacity, LTG Honoré led the Department of Defense response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and directed the operations of over 22,000 Service members, 200 aircraft, and 20 ships.  His much sought after expertise in disaster recovery and commanding presence restored order and hope to the storm-ravaged city and region. His incisive directives and ‘get it done’ attitude were invaluable in the face of the catastrophic Katrina event, which left thousands of weary citizens of the Gulf Coast region struggling with their next steps for survival.

His dedication and hard work have garnered awards and decorations too numerous to mention, but include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.

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Photo of John I. DouglasJohn R. Kelly, Ph.D.
Member, Board of Directors

John R. Kelly is a native Mississippian and has lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the past 38 years.  He has served as Chief Administrative Officer of Gulfport, Mississippi since 2006.  As such, Kelly is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city, supervision of all department directors, strategic planning, and helping the mayor rebuild the hurricane ravished city.  A significant portion of his career has been in Federal Service which he culminated in retirement as Regional Director for Community and Family Support with the Navy Region South East in Jacksonville, Florida.   Kelly earned an undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University, a Master degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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Key Corporate Staff

Photo of Jacqueline Beasley, Ph.D.Jacqueline Beasley, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Administration

Beasley joined MINACT, Inc. in 2002 as Vice President of Human Resources.  In that role, she had primary responsibility for human resources operations and business development. In 2007 she was promoted to Senior Vice President of Administration where she has oversight responsibility for all administrative functions of the corporation, to include fiscal services, human resources, business development, communications, and staff development.  She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Leadership with a cognate in Business Administration from Jackson State University; a Master of Business Administration degree from Delta State University; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Alcorn State University.  Her work experience includes more than 25 years in contract compliance, human resources, financial management, and planning job development and training programs.  Jackie is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Mississippi and she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.  She serves on the Board of Director for New Hope Christian School Board as Secretary, the State of Mississippi Workforce Investment Board, and is a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. 

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Photo of Tom DeuschleTom Deuschle
Senior Vice President of Operations

Deuschle has an abundance of experience in workforce development at the state and federal government levels, as well as the private sector.  Deuschle served as a regional director for the Job Corps program in the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000 to 2005 before re-joining MINACT in 2006 as Vice President of Operations.  In his role as Senior Vice President of Operations, Deuschle has corporate oversight responsibility for operation of all MINACT operated centers.  All Vice Presidents of Operations, who have specific center oversight assignments, report directly to Deuschle.  He is intricately involved in proposal development from the operations perspective.  Deuschle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Missouri State University.

 

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Photo of Mark BrantleyMark Brantley, CPA
Vice President of Fiscal Services

Brantley is a certified public accountant with more than 25 years of Job Corps financial experience. He began his career with MINACT in 1978, the year of the company’s inception. Being among the first employees provided him the opportunity to grow with the company and to experience its climb to success. Brantley is responsible for developing, coordinating and maintaining a procurement and property accountability system for the efficient and effective use of corporate resources. He received a B.A. degree in accounting from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Kabah S. Ealy, J.D.
Vice President of Human Resources

Attorney Ealy has corporate oversight of MINACT’s Human Resources operations.  She is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and has been admitted to the practice of law in the U.S. District Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Ealy was noted as a 2005-2006 Young Influential in the Jackson Free Press newspaper.  She was a member of the 2006-2007 Leadership Greater Jackson class, and is a recipient of the R. Jess Brown Attorney Award.  Ealy graduated with honors from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an emphasis in Communications.  She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, AL with a LL.M. degree, concentration in Business Transactions. 

 

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Photo of Lyn Dockter-PinnickLyn Dockter-Pinnick
Vice President of Operations

Pinnick’s Job Corps experience began in 1995 as manager of academics at the Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center. She joined MINACT’s corporate staff in 2005. Prior to working at MINACT, Pinnick spent more than 20 years in a variety of academic settings. Pinnick now serves as vice president of operations, and is responsible for the oversight of three Job Corps centers in the Dallas region: Quentin N. Burdick, and Shreveport. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, and completed her Master of Arts degree in counseling and guidance at the University of North Dakota.

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Photo of Patrick SmithPatrick Smith
Vice President of Operations

Smith joined the corporate staff as vice president of operations in 2001. He initially joined MINACT as a guidance counselor at the St. Louis Job Corps Center and worked in various positions at the St. Louis and Burdick Job Corps centers. He oversees the St. Louis, Excelsior Springs, and Gerald R. Ford Job Corps centers. Smith graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies in 1988.



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Photo of Lyn Dockter-PinnickDelois White
Vice President of Operations

Delois White joined MINACT in 1986 and has held a number of key positions at the St. Louis Job Corps Center in St. Louis, MO.  White began at the center as a residential counselor before becoming the advanced career training/GED coordinator and the Equal Opportunity Officer.  She was then promoted to counselor/orientation specialist.  From there she held positions as manager of vocations, career team manager, director of Career Development Period/Career Transition Systems, and then became center director in 2006.  White joined the corporate team in 2009.  She is responsible for the overall operation of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center in Memphis, Tennessee and the Batesville Job Corps Center, in Batesville, Mississippi. White has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and Government from Oberlin College, and has completed masters’ work in Public Administration at St. Louis University. 

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