Federal Programs Staff

Marcus E. Cheeks              Executive Director

Patricia Youngblood            Administrative Support

Charlotte Luckett                Administrative Support


Bureau of Title Programs

Sonja J. Robertson Bureau Director


Division of School Support Services and Special Populations

Farrah Nicholson      Director of School Support Services and MS SOARS

VACANT                  Title I, Part C – Migrant Education

Jerry McClendon      Title I, Part D – Neglected and Delinquent

Tarro Funches          Title III – English Language Learners and Immigrants


Division of Professional Development and Agency Support

VACANT                   Director of Schoolwide Planning

Mariea Jackson        Title II–Improving Teacher Quality, Title VI–Rural & Low

Vacant                       Professional Development & Private Schools


Division of Competitive Programs

Karen Austin             Director of Competitive Grants

Kimberly Williams     Title IV–21st Century Community Learning Centers

Barbara Greene        Title IV–21st CCLC and Parental Engagement

Kelsey Blumenberg   Title X–Homeless Education, Title I Distinguished Schools


Bureau of Fiscal Management and Operations

Melanie N. Diggs     Bureau Director


Division of Grants Management

Carol Spann             School Payments, Carryover, MOE, Comparability

Shanika Grant          Budget, Procurement, and Vendor Payments


Division of Monitoring and Data Collection / Reporting

VACANT                   Monitoring, Compliance and Performance

Betina White             Monitoring, Compliance and Performance and MS SOARS

Rhushell Moore        MSIS Data Collection and CSPR Data Reporting

Office of Federal Programs     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-3499     Fax: (601) 359-2587

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