DHA Board

Bill Kennedy, Chairman

Bill Kennedy serves as manager of J. Sanders, Inc. location in Inverness and as President of Duncan Gin, Inc. Kennedy has served on the board of MS. Ginners Association, Southern Cotton Ginners Association, Yazoo Valley Oil Mill, PYCO, Delta Oil Mill, Central Delta Academy, Indianola Academy and Delta Wildlife, Inc. He is a past president of Delta Council.

Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Lanny, have two children and 2 grandchildren. They attend the Inverness United Methodist Church in Inverness.


Bruce Brumfield, Community Representative

Bruce Brumfield is a Sunflower County farmer.  He’s a past president of the National Cotton Council, the Delta Council, and the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association.  Brumfield has served on the boards of Staplcotn, People’s Bank of Indianola, Delta Pride Catfish, Delta Western, Delta Industries, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, and Bell, Inc.

Brumfield and his wife, Margaret, have four sons.  He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Inverness and is a past president of the Inverness Rotary Club.


Representative Willie Bailey, Community Representative

Willie Bailey is an attorney in Greenville and also a member of the Mississippi State House of Representatives, representing part of Washington County.  He has served in the House since 1996.  Willie Bailey is a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, and Tougaloo College National Alumni Association.

Bailey and his wife, Carolyn, are members of Saint Matthews African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Dr. Cass Pennington, Delta Council

Cass Pennington is a retired educator.  He’s a former superintendent of the Indianola School District, superintendent of the West Tallahatchie School District, Indianola Junior High School principal, teacher and coach.  Dr. Pennington served as Executive Director of Delta Health Alliance from 2004 to 2008.  He’s a former member of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Instructional Management Task Force, and the South Sunflower County Hospital.  He is a former president of the Delta Council.

Pennington and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Indianola.


Lisa Percy, Community Representative

Lisa Percy currently serves on the board of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation where she was the past chairman, and she also serves on the boards of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting of MS and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

In the past, Lisa has served as chairman of the Hodding Carter YMCA, served on the Vestry of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, was chairman of the E. E. Bass Cultural Center Foundation/Greenville Arts Council as well as others.

Lisa graduated from Vanderbilt University and received a law degree from the University of Mississippi.  She resides in Greenville with husband, Billy.