Board of Directors and Staff

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Todd Trenchard
Executive Director


Todd is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Bacot McCarty Foundation & hosts a weekly television show on WXXV FOX 25.


He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and served the community as the Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Business Development for Merchants & Marine Bank. He was the Community Relations Director of the Home of Grace Recovery Program and founded and oversees Trinity House, a three-quarter way home in Gautier, MS. He has been sober for over 24 years.


He has been the Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army, Assistant District Governor and President of the Pascagoula Rotary Club, where he is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He presided as Chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Habitat for Humanity organization, Jackson County Chairman of the 2008 Jimmy Carter Work Project, Vice-Chairman of the Gulf Coast YMCA, and was the founder and Executive Board Member of Rebuild Jackson County. 


Additionally, he is the past President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County, past Chairman of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Foundation, sits on the board of Lighthouse Academy for Dyslexia, and serves on several other Board of Directors and Advisory Councils throughout the Gulf Coast region. He founded and has been the co-chairman of "The Jolly" Golf Classic for the past nineteen years.
He attended LSU and Tulane University and later USM graduating with Highest Honors while maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County, Leadership Mississippi and the Gulf Coast Business Council Master's Leadership Class.


Todd has been honored as the Volunteer of the Year by several local agencies, been named a Miracle Maker by the Home of Grace, received the "Shep" Award from the Dream Program, been awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America, received the Forever Young Award from Coast Young Professionals, and honored with the Annette O'Keefe Award from the Mental Health Association of South MS.


The MS Legal Services Corporation selected him as Mississippi's Southern Region's Top Community Leader, and in 2007, he was honored by The Sun Herald & Governor Haley Barbour with his induction into the Roland Weeks Hall of Fame as one of South Mississippi's Top Community Leaders. 

He is a member of the Krewe of Neptune, Gulf Coast Carnival Association, the Second Street Social Club and the Gulfport Yacht Club. He resides in Gulfport on Second Street with his beloved bulldogs Dolly and Samson.... and two rescues named Polly and Madame Leota.

Phillip Pogue

Phillip is the General Manager of Ray Brandt Chevrolet and Executive Manager of Ray Brandt Nissan of South Mississippi

He is a United States Navy Submarine Service Veteran.

Phillip attended San Diego State University where he majored in Business Administration.

He is a Lifetime member of the VFW, the SDSU Alumni Association, is a member of Krewe of Neptune and the Krewe of Les Badineurs. He has been on the foundation board for 8 years where he recently served as Vice Chairman.

He is married to the former Stacy Hesterman, a Nurse, and they are a happily blended family of 3 boys and 3 girls.

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Samson , Dolly & Molly

Office Mascots

Dolly & Samson are getting used to each other as they protect the office. Molly recently went to heaven and will always be a member of our foundation family. 

Foundation Staff

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Amanda Ray

Community Relations




Amanda Ray 

Community Relations 

Teri Freitas 

Admin Assistant

Jason Keenum


Samson & Dolly

Office Mascots 





Executive Board


Phillip Pogue


Kevin Miller


Summer Shelby


Joey Conwill


Marshall Smith


Joe Martin 

At Large

Emeritus Board

Rich Westfall

Lee Bond





2022 -23 Board of Directors




Vicki Applewhite

Vince Schwartz

Jill Compton

Dan Hunter

Butch Oustalet

Trudi Dixon

Jerry Jackson



Paul Clark

Angel Risley

Michael Sunderman

Joey Conwill

Jennifer Cochran

Christian Hartley

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Teri Freitas

Administrative Assistant

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