Fannie Johnson
Executive Director

Born in the small town of Triplett, Mississippi, Fannie Johnson is the sixth of seven children born to Everette and Mamie Johnson. Johnson graduated from Louisville High School in 1980. She then joined the United States Army where she served until 1984.

After an honorable discharge, she was a reservist and government employee/contractor until 2001. Johnson moved to Meridian, Mississippi, earning her AA degree from Meridian Community College in Hotel and Restaurant Technology. She began her career working as a Security Sergeant at Rush Hospital. Continuing to live and work in the Queen City, Johnson was a mental health technician at Alliance Health Center, Dietary Manager at The Crossings and Food Service Director at the Lauderdale County Jail.

In July 2008, Johnson was appointed Director of Kitchen Operations at the Lauderdale Outreach and Volunteer Effort, better known as Love's Kitchen. She was named Executive Director in 2009.

Fannie Johnson has received numerous honors and awards, as well as acknowledgements for her work in the community. Johnson was given the MSGR John J. Burns Council 802 Community Service Award in 2013. In addition, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity presented Johnson with the Reuben R. Little Outstanding Community Service Award. In 2015, she was a Meridian Community College Hall of Fame Recipient and the Junior Auxiliary of Meridian Humanitarian Recipient. Most recently, Fannie Johnson was the 2017 Meridian Star Citizen of the Year.

Johnson's work in the community includes her membership on the United Way's Women's Leadership Committee, The Weems Program Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT), as well as a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Lauderdale class. She also volunteers as a tutor for Meridian Public School district.

Using her skills of fundraising, public speaking, volunteer recruitment and management, just to name a few, Fannie Johnson has been an active member of this city. She joins the Meridian City Council with her vast experience, knowledge, and love for our community.

Rev. Dr. Mark Benson

Rev. Dr. Mark Benson has been a board member since January, 2017. He is pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School and Lexington Theological Seminary, and has served pastorates in Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina, before coming to Meridian. His wife, LeAnne, is an elementary school teacher at Northeast Lauderdale School. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Andrew and Emily. Mark believes in the mission of LOVES Kitchen and is glad to now be serving on its board.

Scotty Cole

Scotty Cole is a 2010 graduate of Meridian Community College and 2012 graduate of MS State University with a BA degree in Business Administration/Accounting. He has served on campuses in ministry since 1999, which include Jones County Junior College, William Carey College, University of Southern MS, and MCC. He is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Lauderdale, 2015 graduate of the MS Black Leadership Institute, 2013 Recipient of the Man of the Year Award from the Lauderdale County NAACP, 2017 recipient of the Man of the Year Award from Reflection of Life Community Service Organization. . He is a certified Residential appraiser, and licensed realtor.

Hampton W. Glover, III

Hampton W. Glover, III, "Winky" is an attorney with Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton and Simmons, PLLC. Prior to working with Glover Young, Winky practiced in Denver, Colorado and in Crested Butte, Colorado. Winky graduated Mississippi State University and majored in economics, and, banking and finance. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi in 1988 and an LLM in taxation from New York University in 1989. Winky works mainly in the tax and business and individual planning area which includes estate planning and administration, asset protection planning and business reorganization and transactional work. Winky also works in the tax exempt area and serves as counsel to several tax exempt organizations.