THE PINEY WOODS SCHOOL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2017-2018

Renasia S. Anthony, MD MPH - Omaha, Nebraska


Maj. Gen. Wallace G. Arnold - Hampton, Virginia

Glynn Booth - Memphis, Tennessee

Joe Camp - Bell Buckle, Tennessee


Hester Clark - Jacksonville, Florida

William B. Coleman, CPA - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Willie Levi Crossley, Jr., Esq - Piney Woods, Mississippi

Will Crossley is the fifth president of The Piney Woods School. In July 2014, he returned to Piney Woods as the first alumnus to serve in this capacity in the school’s 107-year history.
Trained in both education and civil rights, in 2013 he was selected as a Senior Executive Service Appointee by the President of the United States. In that capacity, Will served as Senior Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where he provided counsel with respect to the Department’s enforcement responsibilities for federal laws prohibiting discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance. Prior to his presidential appointment, Will was Chief Counsel for the Democratic National Committee, where his work included managing voting rights litigation on behalf of the national party. Formerly, he was also a senior litigation attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, during which he held a diverse portfolio of government investigations, white collar defense, business litigation and civil rights matters.
Earlier in his career, Will served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr., U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan. Immediately following law school, he was awarded the Barton Postgraduate Legal Fellowship at the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law.
Prior to his appointment as president, he had previously served on The Piney Woods School’s board of trustees. He was also an active alumnus, having served as president of The Piney Woods School International Alumni Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fratenity, Inc.
Will holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, a Master of Education in School Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before his legal career began, Will was a policy analyst in the Georgia Governor’s Office, an educational researcher and an elementary school teacher. Will is married to the former Monica Akuamoah, and they have two daughters, Kayla and Christin.

Elze Epps - Atlanta, Georgia

John J. Funny - Atlanta, Georgia


Tere Gade - Williston, Vermont


Tom Hassan - Newfields, New Hampshire


Cathy Hughes - Silver Springs, Maryland

 

Cathy Hughes is the Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the nation.  She is the first African-American woman to chair a publicly held corporation.  In 2016, Howard University named the Cathy Hughes School of Communications in her honor.  Ms. Hughes is a champion for the homeless, a mentor to countless women and an advocate dedicated to empowering minority communities. Her passion for education is evident in her efforts to continue her family’s work and legacy, as a staunch supporter of our institution, established by her grandfather.

 

Maurice E. Jenkins, Jr. - Atlanta, Georgia (Chairman)


Daniel Wayne "Dan" Jones, M.D. - Hazlehurst, Mississippi

 

Dr. Daniel W. Jones is the Director of Clinical and Population Science in the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research and holds the inaugural Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Sanderson, Jr. Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Jones has served the University of Mississippi in a number of capacities, including Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine from 2003-2009, and Chancellor of the University from 2009-2015. A native Mississippian, Dr. Jones earned his MD in 1975 from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1978. Dr. Jones is married to Lydia Jones.

Bradley Lewis - Belmont, Massachusetts


Jane Stetson - Norwich, Vermont

Jane Stetson is a dedicated philanthropist, health care advocate and civic leader. She has spent over three decades creating and supporting numerous institutions focused on improving the lives of children, their families and the communities in which they live. A former member of Partners for Community Wellness (PCW) for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), Mrs. Stetson has served as Chair of PCW and on the DHMC Community Advisory Board. Mrs. Stetson co-founded the William E. Boyle Community Pediatrics Program, an innovative program whose mission is to train pediatric residents to practice medicine under a collaborative model with families. Mrs. Stetson has served on the boards of The Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, Vermont and Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire and is a member of the board of the Piney Woods School, in Mississippi. She has recently joined the board of GunSense VT. Mrs. Stetson has served in leadership positions for U.S Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Howard Dean and President Barack Obama, where she served as Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2013. She was former Finance Chair to U.S. Congressman Peter Welch. In 2013, Mrs. Stetson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She currently resides in Washington, DC and Norwich, Vermont with her husband, Bill Stetson.

Francene Young - Houston, Texas

 

The Reverend Francene Young serves as the Rector at St. Luke the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas; Houston’s first black Episcopal Church founded in 1920.  After finishing her studies at Diocese of Texas’ Iona School for Ministry, she was ordained a Priest in 2012. Young received her undergraduate degree in Social Services from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  She attended Westover School in Middlebury, CT where she served as President of the Board of Trustees. She is married to Kenneth Jones.