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Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Organizations 

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Mission Statement

To facilitate the fair and equitable treatment of USDA customers and employees while ensuring the delivery and enforcement of civil rights programs and activities.

Guiding Principles

We value our employees and customers and believe in the strength of diversity. We are committed to treating both with dignity and respect. We listen and learn. We take pride in our abilities and are dedicated to contributing to the success of the USDA. We encourage and reward creativity and teamwork. We are open and honest, holding ourselves accountable and possessing the highest level of integrity. We identify the needs and expectations of our employees and customers, and provide quality and timely products and services.

For a list of Special Emphasis Programs, please click  here. 

Permanent Officers/Advisors

Name and Title

Committee Position

Phone Number

Michael Carr, Asst. State Conservationist (Operations)

Primary Advisor

601-965-5205 ext. 2180

Kurt Readus, Acting State Administrative Officer

Acting, Advisor

601-965-5205 ext. 2111

Yolanda Nelson, Acting Human Resources Officer

Acting, Advisor

601-965-5205 ext. 2162

Wilson Murray, Outreach Specialist

State Outreach Coordinator

601-965-5205 ext. 2165

Yvonne Steel, Equal Opportunity Asst.

 Equal Opportunity Asst.

601-965-5205 ext. 2167

Barbara (Kay)Armstrong, Executive Assistant


601-965-5205 ext. 2140

Gail Spears, MS Soil & Water Conservation Commission Representative




Appointed Members

Name and Title

Committee Position

Phone Number


Dennis Jones, District Conservationist


Chairman, Black Emphasis Program Manager

601-833-9321 ext. 112

Expires: December 2013

Tim Oakes, Conservation Program Analyst/Liaison

Vice Chairman, American Indian/Alaska Native Emphasis Program Manager


Expires: December 2013

Yolanda Jackson, Program Specialist/Webmaster

Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager

601-965-5205 ext. 2166

Expires: May 2015

Terry Funches, Program Specialist

State Office Representative/ Disability/Veterans Emphasis Program Manager

601-965-5205 ext. 2185

Expires: February 2015

Sarah Fleming-Wilcher, Soil Conservationist

Federal Women’s Program Manager

601-587-0885 ext. 106

Expires: August 2013

Joxelle Velazquez, Soil Scientist

Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager


Expires: May 2015

Yolanda Nelson, Human Resources Specialist

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Emphasis Program Manager

601-965-5205 ext. 2162

Expires: February 2015

Rhonda Goolsby, Secretary

Area 1 Representative

662-538-0030 ext. 3

Expires: February 2014

Suzanne Rimes, Civil Engineering Technician

Area 2 Representative

601-965-4559 ext. 226

Expires: June 2014

Edward (Earl) McMillian, District Conservationist

Parliamentarian/ Area 3 Representative


Expires: February 2014

Larry Pride, Soil Conservation Technician

Area 4 Representative


Expires: February 2014


National Civil Rights Program