Board of Education

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Beth Cross,
Executive Assistant
Phone: (662) 449.7123

Beth Cross was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee.  She and her family moved to Southaven, MS in 1993.   She has been with DeSoto County Schools since 2000. 

Beth began at Southaven High School with various duties including CMS, MSIS, ADA and as the school secretary.  She became Pupil Services Administrative Assistant in 2008 and Board Clerk in 2013. 

Beth is married to Chuck Cross and they have four children and nine grandchildren.  She is a member of Crossroads Church.

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Milton Nichols,
Board Member
District 1 (MAP)
Phone: (662) 449.7123

Milton Nichols served as mayor of Olive Branch for 20 years, during a time of tremendous growth for the city. He is a member of the Olive Branch Rotary Club, Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce and DeSoto County Economic Development Council and Olive Branch Lions Club.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Olive Branch YMCA. Mr. Nichols is married to Dorgie Harris Nichols. They have two children, Cynthia N. Armistead and Milton Keith Nichols, and one grandchild, Rhett Jackson Armistead, and one great-grandchild, Emily Claire Armistead, all of Olive Branch.

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Michele Henley,
Board Member
District 2 (MAP)
Phone: (662) 449.7123

Michele Henley graduated from Horn Lake High School, Northwest Community College and the University of Mississippi.  She worked at Greenbrook Elementary School in Special Education and first grade. 

She is President of Team Mobile Industrial Cleaning and is a member of Southaven Rotary.  She has been married to Tommy Henley for 25 years. They have four daughters: Emma (21), Heather (19), Katherine (16), and Lexie (5) and are members of Lifepoint Church.

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Ann Jolley,
Board Member
District 3 (MAP)
Phone: (662) 449.7123

Ann Jolley attended secretarial school following graduation from Towson High School in Towson, MD. She and her husband, Raymond, have two grown sons and five grandchildren.  They attend Minor Memorial United Methodist Church.

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Shelia Riley,
Board Chairperson
District 4 (MAP)
Phone: (662) 449.7123

Shelia Riley has 26 years of experience in the DeSoto County School District.  She served at Hernando Middle School as a Title 1 Instructional Assistant in reading and math for 7th/8th grades. Mrs. Riley continued her employment with DeSoto County Schools at the Board of Education.  She worked in Personnel and Professional Development.

Mrs. Riley assisted in the development of the Continuing Educational Program for DCS teachers. She is a retired member of the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Professionals and a "Who's Who Historical Society Inductee for Achievements in Professional Management."  Mrs. Riley graduated from Hernando High School, attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.   

Mrs. Riley has been married to Marvin for 48 years. She and Marvin have two sons, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Shelia and Marvin attend Trinity Baptist Church in Eudora, where Mrs. Riley is the Sunday School Secretary.

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Charles Barton,
Board Member
District 5 (MAP)
Phone: (662) 449.7123

Charles Barton has over 30 years experience as a teacher, coach and administrator at the Elementary, Secondary and College levels.  

He also worked as a realtor in Northwest Mississippi for 14 years.
Mr. Barton is married to Janice Barton, a former teacher, counselor and administrator for DeSoto County Schools.  They have three daughters; Jana, who is Assistant Principal at Hernando Elementary School; Kandi, who is an accountant in Victoria, TX; and Kellie, who is a psychometrist with Marshall County Schools;  The Bartons have five grandchildren.  
Mr. Barton says that he looks forward to serving as a DeSoto County School Board member.


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