Hartfield is led first and foremost by the direction of God’s Holy Spirit through prayer, meditation on the standards of God’s Word, and the inclusion of a community of Christian believers. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of nine members, with no more than 50% being parents of currently enrolled students.
The Hartfield Academy Board of Trustees is an independent board whose purpose is to protect, preserve, and provide for the mission and vision of Hartfield Academy. As such, the Board is responsible for working with the school’s administration to develop the policies and essential decisions through which the school is governed and guided. In addition, the Board sets policy, provides for financial security, and selects the Head of School. Board terms are up to three years.
The Board of Trustees meets on a monthly basis. New board trustees are elected by a minimum of three-fourths vote of the current Hartfield Academy Board of Trustees. The names of trustee candidates are published to Hartfield Academy Patrons for consideration and comment at least two weeks prior to election.
Mr. Cockrell joined Stephens in 2009 and currently serves as Senior Vice President in the Private Client Group. From 1987 to 2002, Mr. Cockrell was a Senior Vice President at J. C. Bradford & Co and its successor UBS Paine Webber Inc. Prior to joining Stephens, he served as Managing Director for 7 years at Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Cockrell attended Chicago Board of Trade Institute and Vanderbilt Owen School of Management. He also is a graduate of Stephens University at Wake Forest.
Lee serves as the Vice President of Internal Audit for Ergon, Inc. Lee earned his degree in accounting from Mississippi State University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and also holds the designations of Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Internal Auditor.
Lee has served as a volunteer, officer and board member of numerous professional, community and civic organizations, including service as president of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Petroleum Accounting Society of Mississippi. His daughter, Hannah, is a Hartfield senior who is a member of the swim team and active in the school’s drama program.
As executive director of talent and leadership development with Chick-fil-A, Tara Hayes has a passion for developing leaders. During her 27-year career with the company, she also served as director of marketing for the Jackson area restaurants.With a strong belief in giving back to her community, Tara has spent time on the board of directors for the Chamber of Flowood, Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, and is an alumnus of Leadership Rankin. She has volunteered with Youth for Christ since 1997, and served on the board of directors for the southern region. She is currently on the board of directors with Jackson Youth for Christ.
A graduate of Mississippi College, Tara earned a degree in business administration, and continued her education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary studying Christian Education. Tara and her husband, Keys, have been married for 27 years and are intentional about giving back to their community and passing on Biblical values to their two children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Thornton is the CFO of KLLM Transport Services, LLC in Jackson, Mississippi and Frozen Food Express, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of University of Southern Mississippi and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Terry also serves on the Board of Directors of KLLM, Frozen Food Express and Deepwell Energy Services. Mr. Thornton resides in Flowood with his wife Debbie and has two adult children.
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With a heart for youth and children, Heather Montgomery has served our community in varied capacities since moving to Mississippi in 2000. She is a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson and has been employed as their Operations Manager for five years. Additionally, she has served on the boards of the Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners and Operation Shoestring and currently serves on the Jackson Youth for Christ Board.
Heather received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Berry College and a Master of Science in Management from Belhaven University. She has been married for sixteen years and is stepmother to three daughters and a grandmother to six. Heather has a passion for seeing young people grow and thrive in a relationship with Christ and is a servant leader in the Middle and High School Ministries.
Greg Moore was born and raised in Metro Jackson. Currently, Greg serves as the President and CEO of Community Bank of Mississippi. Greg has spent his entire professional career in banking. Greg lives in Brandon with his wife Cheryl and 22 year old twins, Gregory and Ann Merritt. Greg is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received his degree in Banking and Finance. Greg is a past member of the Board of directors for the Mississippi Council on Economic Education and Sacred Heart League. He is the past President for the Madison County American Heart Association. Greg currently serves on the board for Community Bank of Mississippi. Other hobbies and interests include cycling, hunting, golf, boating, and snow skiing