President and CEO
601.853.5000 ext 1242
As President and CEO of the Methodist Children’s Homes of MS, Devon provides the direction and momentum of MCH. He is passionate about providing safe and loving homes for Mississippi’s most hurting children. His vision is to continue providing the highest quality of services for the children and families that most need it.
Devon came to us from the Methodist Home of Children and Youth in St. Marys, Georgia. He has 15 years of experience in providing crisis interventions in the field of corrections and working with at risk youth. Devon received his bachelor of social work degree from Arkansas State University, his MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Director of Quality Assurance
601-853-5000 ext 1750
As the Director of Quality Assurance, Becky works collaboratively across MCH to develop and support quality improvement processes aimed at benefiting the entire MCH system and improving the overall quality of services being delivered. Becky evaluates and monitors all MCH programs to ensure compliance to program standards and accreditation needs.
Becky came to us from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. She has over 20 years of experience monitoring and evaluating local, state, and federally funded programs serving youth and their families. Becky received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Research Methods from Mississippi College. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Jackson State University. Becky is a Licensed Master Social Worker.
Director of Development
601.853.5000 ext 1222
Samantha Kalahar is our Director of Development. She manages all fundraising, donations, and communications. She is passionate about helping others as she has served at several non profits during her career.
Samantha graduated from MS State with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Her combination of social work and development experience makes her the perfect match for helping the children at MCH.
Director of Human Resources
601.853.5000 ext. 1235
Lacy Blanton has a passion for helping and guiding individuals to be the best at their jobs. Her favorite part of her job is helping to find the right individual for the right job.
Lacy’s motto for her life comes from Jim and John Harbaugh “Wake up and attack each day with a level of enthusiasm previously unknown to mankind. Wake up every day and do that and you will never fail.”
Lacy comes to MCH with over 2.5 years of human resources experience. Lacy is a proud wife and mother of two daughters and she graduated from Delta State University with her Bachelors in Business Administration.
Director of Finance
601-853-5000 ext 1241
Nikki Thompson is our Director of Finance. She manages all financial operations for MCH and works hard to ensure that all funds are used efficiently
Nikki is a dreamer and believes “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them” (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf)
Nikki comes to MCH with 14 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting Information Systems from the University of North Alabama. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and they have one teenage son.
Jerry Jackson, LMFT
Director of Residential Services
601-853-5000 ext 1011
As the Director of Residential Services, Jerry provides strategic leadership and ensures the creation, implementation and integration of programs and services in alignment with Methodist Children’s Homes mission, methodology and strategic directions. Jerry is a part of the senior leadership team that drives the overall strategy for the organization and represents MCH on a local, regional and national basis.
Jerry came to us from Mississippi Children’s Home Services with over twenty-five years of experience working with children and families. Jerry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received a Master’s degree in Counseling from Mississippi College.