October 2021
MACAA joins the fight against breast cancer during the month of October. To show our solidarity, we ask our partners to join us in wearing pink and to show a little extra kindness to someone who is battling the disease or someone who has been affected by it.
Diann Payne retired as the Executive Director of the Jackson County Civic Action Committee in June 2021. She began her career with Community Action in 1984 as the fiscal officer. She was named the agency’s third executive director in 1996.
Ms. Payne current serves on the Board of Directors of Merchant & Marine Bank.  Her expertise in the nonprofit sector is deep and varied, as she has served in multiple leadership roles since 1987. Her experience in the banking industry as a bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and later an analyst for a financial institution provides the Board with valuable insights related to risk management and financial soundness. Ms. Payne served as an Advisory Member of the Board from July 31, 2007 until becoming a Director of the Company in April 2009. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Audit Committee.

Ms. Payne earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Mississippi Valley State University and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC).

Ms. Payne is without peer with regard to her community leadership across the Gulf Coast over the last few decades. Governor Haley Barbour appointed her to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Governor Barbour also appointed her to serve on the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, where she also chaired the Volunteer Center Development Committee. Ms. Payne is the former Chapter Chair of the Southeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross, and she also served on the Southeast Region Resource Council of the ARC in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, where she chaired the Education Issue Manager Group. She most recently chaired the finance committee for the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies and has volunteered as a family partner for Habitat for Humanity of the Gulf Coast. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Pascagoula where serves as treasurer.

She has been recognized for her commitment to community services by being named one of the Top 20 Leaders of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the David Bradly Award for Leadership, the McCarty Community Leadership Award and the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Dreamer Award. 
Grice Completes ROMA Training
Teresa Grice graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Social Work. She continued her education at the University of West Alabama and received her Masters of Counseling and Psychology. She began her career at Multi-County Community Service Agency, Inc. as a Case Manager in 2016. A few years later, she became the Community Service Coordinator and is responsible for administration of LIHEAP, CSBG, and the Frances W. Davidson Homeless Center. She successfully completed the training and become a Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer in May 2021.
The 2021 Annual Implementation Conference will be held virtually this year. The dates for the event are December 15-17, 2021. Registration information will be available soon.
As of October 4, 2021, Jackson County Civic Action has been renamed to Community Action of South Mississippi. Jackson County Civic Action began its dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens in Jackson County, Mississippi in 1965. Since then, they have widened their reach to provide social services to Harrison, George and Stone counties. Their new name better reflects who they are – while reinforcing that their mission to serve culturally diverse communities by providing quality services that promote human development and self-sufficiency will never change. Visit Community Action of South Mississippi to read the full memo.
Register today for the New Executive Director Institute and/or the Executive Director and Board Chair Institute! These two and a half day virtual trainings are designed to help new executive directors or executive directors and their chair’s to achieve a deeper understanding of their role, the work of Community Action, and current operating environment of the Community Action Network.
In conjunction with Energy Awareness Month, Weatherization Day is celebrated annually in October to commemorate the amazing work that has, to date, benefitted 7.4 million residences including low-income families, seniors, individuals with disabilities, families with children, and households with high-energy burden to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills by $250 - $450 per year.
You are cordially invited to join the National Association for State Community Services Programs, along with co-sponsors Rep. Paul Tonko (NY), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH), and Sen. Chris Coons (DE) to celebrate the milestone 45th anniversary of this important and impactful program that supports Americans by delivering cost-effective energy savings, providing important health and safety benefits, positively impacting the environment, and supporting domestic jobs.
In addition to our esteemed congressional co-sponsors, we will also hear from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman, along with other State and local weatherization professionals, weatherization training centers providing demonstrations, client success stories, and more! This is an event you don’t want to miss. 
Educational Services for HOPE, LLC., will provide professional development training for directors and executive staff. The goals of the training are to promote excellence in processes, procedures and services with strategies that elevate agencies beyond the norm and to enhanced performance, capacity, commitment, and motivation.

MACAA loves to hear about the success of all of our partnering agencies, and we love to highlight that success even more. Feel free to e-mail us photos and details of events held by your agency and the great work and accomplishments of your staff. We want to share your stories in our monthly newsletter and on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit us online for more resources and information. Learn more about MACAA and connect with partnering agencies. Find out about upcoming training and other events. Get the latest news, highlights, and updates from our local, regional, and national partners.
[MACAA] | [601-882-5980] | [] | []