John Davis was appointed to his current position as Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services by Governor Phil Bryant in January 2016. John is no stranger to Human Services having over 25 years of experience in various leadership positions within the agency. He has served on the local, regional and state level as a County Director, State Operations Director, Director of Economic Assistance, Governor’s Policy Advisor as well as the previous four years in the role of Deputy Administrator. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, he has a Masters of Science in Leadership from Belhaven University where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor in his spare time. He is a native Mississippian who has said the opportunity to serve others is truly a gift.
Garrig Shields returns to MDHS as the Deputy Executive Director. He comes to us from the MDHS Attorney General’s office, and has served as the Senior Attorney for the Executive Director’s Office (EDO) under the past administration with Mr. Richard Berry. Originally from Louisville, Mississippi, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi.
Jacob Black, Deputy Administrator of Programs. Jacob is from McCool, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate degree and is a graduate of Mississippi School of Law. He has served in many capacities within the agency and quickly rose through the ranks beginning as a Child Support Attorney. He then served as General Counsel to the Executive Directors Office, Deputy Administrator of Administration and now is in his current role over the Programs.
Jerry “Chip” Butler, Deputy Administrator for Administration. Chip is no stranger to administrative duties. After a long and distinguished career as a leader in the United States military, he joined MDHS providing guidance as well as expertise in the reorganization of our Human Resources division. He will make sure all divisions get the support they need to deliver services to the best of their abilities.
Dana Kidd, Deputy Administrator of Economic Assistance. As such, Dana is the Director of SNAP and TANF. She has served in multiple capacities within the division including, Quality Control, County Director, Policy Director and Office Director of Economic Assistance. Dana has provided great leadership in the development of gen+ policy and will continue to work closely with Regional and County staff as well as directors of other divisions as we move toward our common goal of assisting children and families along the path to self-sufficiency.
Brett DiBiase, Director of Transformational Change. He will focus on partnerships as they relate to mission critical projects. Brett’s background in leadership within the private sector provides a platform for him to assist in bringing efficiencies by re-engineering agency processes. His primary responsibility is to ensure timely completion of agency projects that will drive successful outcomes.
Jeff Davis, Deputy Administrator of Technology & Innovation. Jeff is an innovator and has been a player in the the field of advanced technology for many years. He has served in various IT leadership roles in major private corporations in the past. Mr. Davis will see that each program is backed with the technology to support the program as efficiently and effectively as possible. He will also see that every employee is getting the IT support they need to function at maximum capacity in their everyday duties.