Alvin C. Thomas, Sr., Chairman of the Board
In March of 1975, he received the highest award offered by Allstate Insurance Company, the Good Hands Award. In1989, Alvin was recognized as the only African American Mulit-line Risk Manager for Allstate Insurance Company nationwide, which meant he could underwrite all lines of insurance that Allstate sold.
Alvin has been an active member of the Lanier High School National Alumni Association for over 18 years. During this time, he has served on several committees devoted to continuing the legacy of success of Lanier High School students. Alvin has also served as President of LHSNAA, until his current position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was one of the primary individuals responsible for establishing and obtaining the Bulldog license plate in the State of MS.
Alvin plans to continue his work assisting the students of Lanier High School. He truly believes that it is a call from God and that is exactly what he will continue to do.
Ineva May Pittman, Board of Directors Member
Mrs. Pittman is also a member of the National Business and Professional Women’s Club, the National Council of Negro Women, Jackson State University National Alumni Association, the State Democratic Executive Committee, the Garden Club Council, and is a Gold Life Member of the Lanier High School National Alumni Association. As a long time, dedicated member of LHSNAA she has made numerous donations to support students and school departments.
Well known for her political actions during the Civil Rights era and today, Mrs. Pittman is well respected and adored in the Jackson and MS communities. Her recognitions include: City Usher Ministry Dedicated Service Award-1989; Black Women of Political Action-1989 for circulating petitions to save Smith Robertson Museum, and petitioned the city to name the airport after Medgar Wiley Evers; Jackson Association of Educators-1987; Jackson Public School Distinguished Service Award-1988; National Council of Negro Women Dedicated Service Award-1984; Jackson Section NCNW Finer Womanhood Award-1978; Jackson Branch NAACP John H. Dixon Outstanding Community Service Award, 1977, 1988; Personality of the South Publication; LHSNAA Alumnus of the Year 2016 and many more.
Mrs. Pittman is a lover of education and students of all ages. Her work demonstrates her involved dedication to service of her people, city and state.
Amos Wilcher, Board of Directors Member
Amos is one of the founders of the Lanier High School National Alumni Association and under his 10-year leadership as President of the LHSNAA a tremendous growth occurred. Financial support for the students and school was accomplished through donations from businesses and the selling of T-shirts. Presently Amos Wilcher is a Gold Life Member of LHSNAA.
Amos retired from the United State Air Force and later retired from the United States Postal Service. He is currently a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars where he serves as a Trustee, and a member of the Presidential Halls. Continual work with this group keeps him active and young. He is also a member of his Homeowners Association and a member of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.
Jesse Hearn, Jr., Executive Manager
Jesse graduated from Lanier High School in 1966. He later received his BS degree form Jackson State University in Education. Presently he lives in Hinds County and is semi-retired from his career in Wealth Management with J.B. Hanauer, Royal Bank of Canada and Ameriprise Financial.
Jesse serves as the Executive Manager of LHSNAA where he often leans on his work as the President of the Suncoast Optimist Club in Sarasota, Florida for eight years. He enjoys the outdoors and can be found tending his nut trees or fruit trees, working in his organic garden, and, as he says, "...becoming a meaningful citizen,"
Beulah Nelson Russell, Secretary
Continuing to render service to the community, Beulah Russell is a Silver Life Member of the Lanier High School National Alumni Association. She is the Secretary of the Association, a position over which she has held for four years. The Hospitality Committee is her favorite leadership position and she serves as the chairperson. Additionally, she works wherever needed to enhance the values and goals of LHSNAA.
Mrs. Russell works in her spare time as a sitter for her grandchildren. God blessed her with three children. Her church membership is with Greater Pearlie Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Hazel P. Bryant Shields, Treasurer
Hazel's education after high school included a B.S. from Jackson State College in Sociology and Social Welfare in 1970. Participating in the first Teacher Corps Internship Program in MS, she received a M.S. in Early Childhood Education in 1972 from Jackson State University. In 1989 Mrs. Shields completed requirements for the S.Ed. in School Administration at Mississippi College. Additional knowledge and certifications continued at the University of MS, MS State University, University of Southern MS, and Millsaps College.
Hazel Shields has always worked in areas where the students were at risk. These included: Title I Reading and Math Teacher; Kindergarten Teacher, teaching grades 1,2, and 5; teaching grades 11 and 12 Sociology and United States History in Frankfurt, West Germany, with the department of Defense European Area; Assistant Principal at Clinton Park Elementary, Clinton Public School District; Assistant Principal at Timberlawn Elementary, Jackson Public School District; and Principal at Brown Elementary School, Jackson Public School District. She also worked as a Title I School Safety Inspector in Mississippi and Louisiana; and served as a guest instructor at Jackson State University in the Department of Teacher Education.
Returning to MS after a 7-year teaching career in Michigan, Ms. Shields joined the Lanier High School National Alumni Association where she holds a Silver Life Membership. Some of her contributions to the LHSNAA include working on several committees including the Academic Committee which she still chairs; serving as Vice President, President and currently as Treasurer. She developed the present look of the LHS license plate, volunteers for field trips, redesigned the office forms for the Association; worked on fund raising campaigns, participated in grant search interviews and grant writing activities, assisted the Academy Coach at Lanier for 2 years, helped to reestablish the Lanier PTSA in 2015, attends and participates in most Class Day activities since 2013, was responsible for getting the Chancellor of UMMC to consider reopening the Clinic at LHS in its present format, is a member of the Clinic Advisory Board, worked with the District Facilities Office to improve the conditions inside and outside LHS to make it a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff, and actively participates in all meetings with the District concerning LHS and LHSNAA where she proudly represents LHS/833.