Linda is the Executive Director at DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. Linda completed her Ph. D. in Human Performance (Emphasis Administration and Teaching) from The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Human Performance and Recreation. Her dissertation was "The Effects of an Experiential-Based Prevention Education Program on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Knowledge, and Social Attitudes and Skills of First-Time Offender, Non-Adjudicated Youth." She also holds a Master of Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and Master of Science (Therapeutic Recreation) from Oklahoma State University. Awards include the National Association of Social Workers Mississippi Chapter Social Worker of the Year 2012, Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP), Mississippi Prevention Professional, MAHPERD Recreation Community Teaching Award, The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work Research and Leadership awards and NCAA full scholarship collegiate assistant coach (The University of Southern Mississippi) and full scholarship collegiate athlete (Oklahoma State University).
Ursula Jones is a retired health educator and has been involved with DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. for over 25 years. She served on DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc.'s founding Board of Directors. Throughout her service to DREAM, Ursula has been a volunteer, a collaborator, and currently serves as the Financial Assistant to the Executive Director.
Ursula enjoys photography, local history, and displaying her loyalty to her country.Johnny B. Hansell
Johnny B. Hansell, Prevention Coordinator currently serves as the coordinator for the state youth suicide prevention project through the MS Department of Mental Health. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in community health science with an emphasis in health promotion. He went on to attend graduate school at "Southern Miss" as well, graduating with a Master's in Public Health with an emphasis in policy/administration. Johnny is a certified prevention specialist. He can be reached at (601)545-2102 or email at email@example.comHeather Lynn Little
Heather Lynn Little is a native of Chunky, MS and has been a resident of Hattiesburg since 2008. She graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in science, focusing on Architecture and Construction. Heather serves as a prevention coordinator for DREAM. She travels to different schools throughout the community and promotes prevention tactics amongst Hattiesburg's youth. Before accepting a full-time position at DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc., Heather served a short term with the Board of Directors. Her speaking skills, work ethics, and love for children contribute to her job description.
In Heather's spare time, she enjoys singing, playing piano, concerts, baking, reading, various forms of fishing, sports, travel, mission work, biking, volunteering, and event planning.
Kyle Birdwell was born and raised near Baton Rouge, LA. He attended William Carey University where he received a bachelor's degree in Religion with a minor in Communication. After serving as a youth minister at various churches and a dispatcher with the Hattiesburg Police Department, he went on to attend graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi obtaining a Master's in Social Work. Kyle currently is employed full time as a prevention coordinator and he is working to become a certified prevention specialist.Clai Meador
Clai Meador was born and raised in Hattiesburg. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Mississippi College and his MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently a Financial Assistant for DREAM and an instructor for the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course. Other achievements include earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He enjoys playing recreational and competitive softball in his spare time.