Our Team

This is the MELA core team, but it takes a village.

Dr. Angela Bass

Executive Director

Angela executes the vision of the board, establishes the organization’s strategic plan, and leads the staff to meet goals aligned to MELA’s mission.

April May

Coalitions and Programs Director

April supports MELA’s role as a backbone organization in coalition building. This includes overseeing the incentive programs and recruiting coalition members, working strategically to grow the number of engaged members, and ensuring the effective facilitation of coalition meetings.

Chloe Lake

Communications Director

Chloe leads MELA’s work highlighting the successes of the Mississippi early childhood community. She oversees and executes the communications promoting Mississippi Early Learning Alliance’s events and programs.

Biz Harris

Deputy Director

Biz oversees organizational operations and supports our Collective Impact work. She also coordinates Capitol Day and other MELA events with partners.

Our Board

Dr. Alexander Washington

Workforce Development, Entergy Services, LLC

Board Chair

Dr. Ira Murray

President & CEO, United Way of the Capitol Area

Board Vice Chair

Alicia S. Hall

Entergy Services, LLC

Board Secretary

Ross Weems

First Vice President 
BankPlus Private Client Group

Board Treasurer

Dr. Devon Brenner

Special Assistant to the Vice President for Education Initiatives, 
Office of Research and Economic Development, Mississippi State University

Mandy Mahoney

President, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)

Eddie Oliver, III

President, Pioneer Aerospace Corporation