WHO WE ARE

Like the mighty longleaf pine, Mississippi has strong roots in heritage and hospitality. Throughout our history, these roots have helped our people withstand the strong winds of disaster, the devastation of disease, and the droughts of hardship. Through every challenge, we stand strong.

Mississippi United is a grassroots effort that aims to improve health, humanity, and quality of life in our great state. We are neighbors helping neighbors.

Just like the many colors of our coastal landscapes and delta sunsets, so are the many faces of need in Mississippi. Mississippi United encourages citizens to come together to create real, organic change. When we unify, we branch out to create lasting stability, withstand every storm, and welcome a brighter tomorrow.

OUR MISSION

Mississippi United models to the nation how everyday people can and should help each other face whatever strikes their communities. Through education, advocacy and outreach, we are a grassroots effort of neighbors helping neighbors in health and humanity.

OUR BRANCHES

EDUCATION, ADVOCACY & OUTREACH

HEALTH ADVOCACY
& SERVICE

Diseases like West Nile virus and other arboviruses do not discriminate; they affect people of all walks of life. We provide outreach and resources to families and communities affected by disease.

NATURAL DISASTER
RESPONSE

Natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes do not choose or target whom they devastate. We provide rapid response for communities affected by natural disasters.

MENTAL HEALTH
AWARENESS & SUPPORT

Mental health issues like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more affect all ages, races, and creeds. We are the neighbors helping neighbors who want to shine light upon and raise support for those impacted by mental illness.
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SARA ODOM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sara Odom, a 15-year veteran in the non-profit industry, has worked in management, marketing, public relations, resource development, grant, foundation, and endowment development, community impact, and economic development. Odom served as Vice President of United Way of East Mississippi for 8 years, where she helped raise over $8 million to support more than 20 regional organizations as they improved health, income, and education in their communities. During Odom’s tenure as the Director of the Chamber of Commerce for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, she was a member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council and Mississippi Economic Council, attended the US Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, and was named in East Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 30 under 30 Business Professionals. Odom continues to serve on various social, civic, and arts boards and strives to help improve essential services to enhance every Mississippian’s quality of life.

MICHAEL MARKS

COMMUNICATION DIRECTOR

Michael Marks is a former Mississippi Teacher of the Year, National Milken Educator and America’s
Outstanding Teacher of the Performing Arts, currently serving as National Executive Director of Schools Against Vaping.
His docudrama, The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, toured the continental United States, enjoyed a command performance for Congress; and received the NEA’s National Human and Civil Rights award. To date the show has generated over $400,000 in relief benefits for natural disaster victims in our country.
He serves as Vice-President of the Historic Downtown Hattiesburg Association, President of the board
for YMCA of Southeast Mississippi, and on the boards of Promote the Vote, Southern Miss Partners for the Arts, Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition and is Secretary of the Pine Belt Foundation and CEO of the educational, arts and advocacy consulting firm Stage, Style & Study, LLC.
A former Dropout School Principal and international keynote speaker, he has served as a national leader
for the 3.3. million-member NEA, treasurer for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and is Commissioner of Tourism for the City of Hattiesburg. He is director of both the Hattiesburg Hall of Fame and The Pinnacle Awards.
GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM

SARA ODOM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sara Odom, a 15-year veteran in the non-profit industry, has worked in management, marketing, public relations, resource development, grant, foundation, and endowment development, community impact, and economic development. Odom served as Vice President of United Way of East Mississippi for 8 years, where she helped raise over $8 million to support more than 20 regional organizations as they improved health, income, and education in their communities. During Odom’s tenure as the Director of the Chamber of Commerce for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, she was a member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council and Mississippi Economic Council, attended the US Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management, and was named in East Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 30 under 30 Business Professionals. Odom continues to serve on various social, civic, and arts boards and strives to help improve essential services to enhance every Mississippian’s quality of life.

MICHAEL MARKS

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Michael Marks is a former Mississippi Teacher of the Year, National Milken Educator and America’s Outstanding Teacher of the Performing Arts, currently serving as National Executive Director of Schools Against Vaping.

His docudrama, The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, toured the continental United States, enjoyed a command performance for Congress; and received the NEA’s National Human and Civil Rights award. To date the show has generated over $400,000 in relief benefits for natural disaster victims in our country.

He serves as Vice-President of the Historic Downtown Hattiesburg Association, President of the board
for YMCA of Southeast Mississippi, and on the boards of Promote the Vote, Southern Miss Partners for the Arts, Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition and is Secretary of the Pine Belt Foundation and CEO of the educational, arts and advocacy consulting firm Stage, Style & Study, LLC.
A former Dropout School Principal and international keynote speaker, he has served as a national leader for the 3.3. million-member NEA, treasurer for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and is Commissioner of Tourism for the City of Hattiesburg. He is director of both the Hattiesburg Hall of Fame and The Pinnacle Awards.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
COMMUNITY KICKOFF – HATTIESBURG MS YMCA
APRIL 24, 2021 | 11:00a – 1:00p
UPCOMING EVENTS
COMMUNITY KICKOFF – DELTA-GREENWOOD
WEST NILE AWARENESS WEEK – HATTIESBURG
MORE INFO COMING SOON!

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