The Teen Health Mississippi team is a group of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to promote the vision of Teen Health MS.

Current Staff

Hope L. Crenshaw, Ph. D

Executive Director

Hope’s responsibilities involve direct interaction with all interested stakeholders, donors, partner organizations, and other policymakers. She works with the Advisory Board to ensure Teen Health Mississippi is functioning according to our mission and goals and operating within their budget and funding restrictions. Hope is also responsible for overseeing all Teen Health Mississippi programming and growth and supporting the Teen Health Mississippi staff. Hope is based in the Jackson, Mississippi, office.

Josh McCawely

Deputy Director

Josh provides issue education and advocacy for local- and state-level policies related to teen sexual and reproductive health. He provides district advocacy for the CHART abstinence-plus policy in addition to providing teacher trainings on the CHART sex education curricula, grades K-5 human growth and development education curricula, and other professional development opportunities. He also works with local communities to improve teens’ access to general health services. Josh is based in the Jackson, Mississippi, office.

Monica Coleman

Director of Education and Training

Monica supports THMS’s efforts to expand access to and improve the quality of sex education and youth-friendly healthcare services for teens in Mississippi. She directs the Mississippi Sex Education Training Cadre in providing, designing and implementing training for evidence-based comprehensive sex education curricula, professional development opportunities for current and future sex education teachers, and workshops and resources for parents, community, mental health, and faith-based organizations. She also monitors and evaluates systems for THMS’s education and training efforts while supporting the strategic growth of the organization. Monica is based in the Clarksdale, Mississippi, office.

Justin Lofton

Director of Youth Engagement & Advocacy

Justin coordinates the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil), an initiative with Advocates for Youth, to work collaboratively with passionate youth activists from across Mississippi to support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. He is also responsible for overseeing the coordination of Mississippi Youth Summit (MYSummit), a statewide youth advocacy meeting, where young people learn advocacy skills to fight for issues important to them. Justin is based in the Jackson, Mississippi, office.

Advisory Board

Marni von Wilpert, Advisory Board Chair
Kathryn Carroll, Advisory Board Member
Sanford Johnson, Advisory Board Member
Jacqueline SmithAdvisory Board Member
Holly Smith, Advisory Board Member
Triuna Taylor, Advisory Board Member
Jamie SprolesAdvisory Board Member