Board of Directors

The members of the Jamisons' Center of Kindness board all serve on a volunteer basis.

Jeraldine J. Sanders
Executive Director

T. Artis Sanders
Program Director

I. Donald Nelson
Interim Chairman

I. Donald Nelson is an educator in the midst of second retirement. Donald's higher education journey provided an educational experience at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; UAPB at Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma; University of Arkansas at Magnolia; Henderson State University at Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and East Texas University, Texarkana, Texas. Donald has a Masters Degree in History and Political Science. He shares the unique blessing of being the only African-American principal at Arkansas High School, Texarkana. Donald retired from the school district after 37 years in 1998 as the Deputy Superintendent. He spent nine years as Head Start Director, two additional years as Director at Southwest Arkansas Development Council, and 11 years on the school board. He is a 50 year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a Prince Hall Mason, and a member of the Eleventh Street Baptist Church. Donald is married to Geraldine Gibson-Nelson with two children and three grandchildren.

Jennifer Lacefield
Secretary

Marvin H. Williams
Treasurer

Marvin Harold Williams is the owner of Sky Over YONDER; a video production, photography and graphic arts business. He was born in Texarkana, Arkansas. Marvin was employed 33 years at various USA locations for Boeing Co. [Procurement Quality Specialist] Seattle, WA. He retired in 2006. He attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; El Centro College; Dallas, Texas; San Diego Evening College; San Diego, CA; Pike Peak College; Colorado Springs, CO. He has an A.S. Degree - Business Management.

Marvin's affiliations includes: Community Cemetery Association of Mandeville, Community Educational Action Team (CEAT), NAACP Miller County Branch, TRAHC African-American Committee (TAAC), Urban Renaissance, and Texarkana Evening Lion Club. He is a formal Board Member on Main Street Texarkana.

Board Members

Margaret Dixon

Lian Karmout

Jesse Keeton

Jesse graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1973-1976 and as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy from 1982-1986. Jesse has a B.S. in Political Science and History; M.S. in Guidance and Counseling; M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis Psychology and Sociology. He has worked in education for 38 years and is a lifelong member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Jesse was born and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas and has been married to Jessie M. Keeton for 36 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Lisa Sewell

Lisa has served on the JCOK board of directors since September 2014 and is the Marketing Director. She earned an associate’s degree from Texarkana College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Lisa currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Larry Simmons

Larry Simmons is the President & CEO for Business & Financial Solutions. He holds an undergraduate degree in accounting, with a minor in computer technology. Larry also holds, from Auburn University, an MBA in Finance. Before founding Business & Financial Solutions in 2002, he worked for Deloitte and Touché as the Director of Government Contracts and Non-profit Services.

Larry is the Chairman of the Board for Women Who Care Ministries, Inc., and Executive Director for XYZ Services, Inc. He is the co-chair for the Montgomery County Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction Abuse Council to the Montgomery County Council, appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett.

Dr. Warren Smith, Jr.