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Rickey Neaves
Executive Director

Rickey Neaves

Executive Director

Joined MHSAA staff: 2011

Mr. Rickey Neaves became the seventh executive director of MHSAA effective January 1, 2021, succeeding Don Hinton.

Mr. Neaves joined the MHSAA in 2011 serving as Associate Director of Athletics until December 31, 2020. His duties included eligibility rulings and officiating for MHSAA sports, as well as overseeing the sports of baseball, basketball, powerlifting, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Mr. Neaves served as a member of the MHSAA executive committee for eight years and currently serves on the National Federation of State High School Associations Middle School Advisory Committee.

Mr. Neaves has 32 years in education, including the last 15 as a principal and superintendent with Booneville Public Schools. He also worked 17 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal for Lee County Schools.

Mr. Neaves graduated from Saltillo High School before earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Delta State University and Master’s of Arts degrees in physical education and administration from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi, respectively.

E-mail: rneaves@misshsaa.com

Phone: 601-924-6400

Lonnie Tillman
Associate Director

Lonnie Tillman

Associate Director

Joined MHSAA staff: 2011

Lonnie Tillman’s responsibilities include overseeing cross county, fast-pitch softball, slow-pitch softball, swimming and track and field. He also handles game ejections, sanctioning for contests against non-MHSAA schools, approvals for tryouts and helps coordinate the annual conference for the Mississippi Association of Athletic Administrators.

Mr. Tillman spent the past 14 years as athletic director for Harrison County Schools. He also served as athletic director for Pass Christian Schools from 1995 through 1997 after getting his start in education as a teacher and coach at Harrison Central High School beginning in 1983.

A native of Wiggins and a Stone High School and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alumnus, Mr. Tillman earned his B.S. in athletic administration and coaching from the University of Southern Mississippi and his M.S. in Educational Leadership from William Carey College. He is a certified athletic administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

E-mail: ltillman@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 926-4513

LeAnna Dawson
Assistant Director

LeAnna Dawson

Assistant Director

Joined MHSAA staff: 2018

LeAnna Dawson’s responsibilities include overseeing archery, bowling, cheer, dance, and speech and debate. She works with MHSAA liaisons in the areas of choir and band and is the contact for academic eligibility issues and paraprofessional coach certification.

Mrs. Dawson came to the MHSAA after 27 years as a teacher in Jackson Public, Pearl, Clinton, and Rankin County school districts. Her various roles included cheer coach, Title I coordinator, department chair, and advance placement and dual credit instruction in the social studies.

As a native of central Mississippi Mrs. Dawson received a B.S. and M.S. in Social Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. in history from Jackson State University. She was an adjunct professor at JSU for 10 years.

E-mail: ldawson@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 926-4515

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Robert Holloway

Assistant Director

Joined MHSAA staff: 2011

Robert Holloway’s responsibilities include working with all areas of officiating as well as overseeing golf.

Mr. Holloway spent 25 years in public education as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent, working with Columbia, Rankin County, Brookhaven and Copiah County school districts.

Mr. Holloway has served as coordinator of umpires for the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and has umpired NCAA Division I baseball and small college basketball. He serves on the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee.

Mr. Holloway graduated from Columbia High School before earning a B.A. degree in business administration from Alcorn State University and an M.A. in education administration from William Carey College.

E-mail: rholloway@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 926-4517

Todd Kelly
Director of Development and Communications

Todd Kelly

Director of Development and Communications

Joined MHSAA staff: 2011

Todd Kelly’s responsibilities include working with the MHSAA’s funding partners and overseeing media and public relations.

Mr. Kelly moved to the MHSAA after more than two decades as a sports writer with The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson. He spent most of those years covering high school athletics from all areas of the state.

A native of the Seattle area, Mr. Kelly graduated from Central Washington University with a B.A. degree in English in 1987 and pursued a graduate degree at Jackson State University.

E-mail: tkelly@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 601-926-4524

Keith Warren
Director of Technology

Keith Warren

Director of Technology

Joined MHSAA staff: 2012

Keith Warren oversees all areas of technology with the MHSAA, including the official website (www.misshsaa.com). He also will be responsible for MHSAA photography.

Mr. Warren worked more than 21 years at The Clarion-Ledger, most recently serving as the Jackson newspaper’s multimedia editor and systems editor.

Mr. Warren is a graduate of Philadelphia High School and Mississippi State University and coached high school basketball after finishing college.

E-mail: kwarren@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 601-926-4518

Mary Sheldon
Assistant to the Executive Director

Mary Sheldon

Assistant to the Executive Director

Joined MHSAA staff: 1996

Correspondence and calendar for Executive Director
Gather agenda, record minutes for Executive Committee and Legislative Board
Compile hardship requests
MHSAA Handbook updates
Mailing of MHSAA penalties

E-mail: msheldon@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 601-926-4510

Pat Hutton
Administrative Assistant/Finance

Pat Hutton

Administrative Assistant/Finance

Joined MHSAA staff: 2006

Accounts receivable
Accounts payable invoicing
Financial subsidiary ledgers
Conference registration
District passes

E-mail: phutton@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 601-926-4519

Mary Mitchell
Asst. to Associate Dir.

Mary Mitchell

Administrative Assistant to Associate Director of Activities

Joined MHSAA staff: 2012

Statewide passes
Activates officials in Arbiter
Prepares medals, ribbons, trophies for state championships
Prepares for statewide officials meeting
Communication liaison with officials and schools
Completes certificates for state championships

E-mail: mmitchell@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 601-924-6400

Lesley McLendon
Asst. to Associate Dir.

Lesley McLendon

Administrative Assistant to Associate Director of Athletics

Joined MHSAA staff: 2018

Retired Statewide Passes
Works with Arbiter & Ref Pay
Pre-event State Championships Planning
DIgital and Paper tickets for State Championships
Officials payments after State Championships
Conference and Event Planning
Assists with eligibility

E-mail: lmclendon@misshsaa.com
Phone: (601) 601-924-6400