Dr. Linda Vasquez
Linda presently serves as Executive
Director at DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. She has received the MAAP,
Mississippi Prevention Professional 2006, MAHPERD Recreation Community Teaching
Award and The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work
Research and Leadership awards. Linda has 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. She holds
other degrees from Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science in Health,
Physical Education, and Leisure Sciences (Emphasis Therapeutic Recreation) and
Bachelor of Science in Sociology. Her licenses and certifications include CPM,
LMSW and ACSW. She was recently awarded Social Worker of the Year!
Bettie S. Ross, Resource Coordinator, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency. This native of Tennessee grew up as an Army Brat. After attending school in multiple communities, she graduated with a BS in Education from the University of Tennessee. She is a Certified Prevention Manager and has a passion for drug abuse prevention. Among her awards and recognition are 1988 Most Distinguished Juvenile Justice Support Professional presented by Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee; 1990 Award for Community Leadership for exemplary service to your community in promoting health and advocating healthy behavior by Louis M Sullivan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 1991 Special Recognition (non-member) from Mississippi Counselors Association; and the 2003 Liberty Bell Award-Law Day USA. She is a teacher, a mom, a grandmother and a community volunteer. Her favorite activities include cooking, reading, writing, beading, story-telling, photography and travel.
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 is the Strategic Prevention Framework Regional Master Trainer for the Southern Region of Mississippi. 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. Currently, he is working to become a certified prevention specialist. He can be reached at (601)543-4632 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnny Hansell is a prevention coordinator
Anne Nelson was born and raised in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She attended Delta State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is also licensed in Social Work through the MS State Board of Examiners. Anne worked for South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis for two years before returning to her home town of Vicksburg, Ms. She then worked at Warren-Yazoo Mental Health as the Prevention Coordinator and Directors Assistant where she received her Certified Prevention Specialist certification through MAAP (Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals). Prior to working for DREAM Mrs. Nelson worked at the local hospital, River Region where she was a Geriatric Psych. Therapist. Anne currently is employed full time as a prevention coordinator.
Anne is married to Riley, who is a local graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. They have one daughter, Kennedy and enjoy fishing, scuba diving, jeeping and visiting with friends in their free time.
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.