Board of Directors and Staff

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Todd Trenchard
Executive Director


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


Todd served for years 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. He founded and directs a three-quarter way home in

Gautier, MS called Trinity House and has been sober for almost 23 years. He has been the Chairman of the Board of the Salvation

Army, Assistant District Governor and President of the Pascagoula Rotary Club, 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, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Foundation, the board of Lighthouse School of Dyslexia,  and serves on several other key 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 seventeen years.
He attended Tulane University and USM graduating with Highest Honors while maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate and graduate degree programs, 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, been awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America, received the Forever Young Award from Coast Young Professionals, and received 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. 

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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Ralph, Molly & Dolly

Office Mascots

Ralph has seniority . Molly joined our team in July 2017. Dolly was adopted and all 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





Todd Trenchard

Executive Director

Teri Freitas 

Admin Assistant

Jason Keenum


Ralph, Molly & Dolly

Office Mascots 





Executive Board


Phillip Pogue


Kevin Miller


Rich Westfall


Summer Shelby


Marshall Smith


Joe Martin 

At Large

Emeritus Board

Evelyn McCarty

Lee Bond

Bobby Edwards



Board of Directors


Paul Clark

Vicki Applewhite

Vince Schwartz

Jill Compton

Dan Hunter

Butch Oustalet

Trudi Dixon

Jerry Jackson


Anthony McCorvey

Angel Risley

Michael Sunderman

Charlie Oakes

Landon McCarty

Joey Conwill

Jennifer Cochran

Carlos Bell 

Christian Hartley

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