Bill Blackwell became the third Executive Director of the MSHOF in January of 2016. He follows Michael Rubenstein and Rick Cleveland in guiding this non-profit corporation after joining the staff the previous February. Bill was the General Manager of the Jackson Mets/Generals for twelve seasons beginning in 1987 and worked in professional baseball for 33 years. A “200 Club” and member of the Board of Directors from his previous stint in Jackson, Bill has always supported the efforts of the Hall of Fame. The opportunity to lead the MSHOF brought him back to Jackson. Educating each generation of the importance of the accomplishments of those enshrined and keeping the facility in top shape are goals he hopes to maintain. Look for new displays and information during his tenure.
Lulu Maness, a native of Clarksdale, was at the grand opening of the museum on July 4, 1996. After volunteering for a year, she became a full time employee and is now in her 20th year with the Hall of Fame. Lulu, has a connection and passion for the museum, as she is the goddaughter of Ole Miss and New York Giant great, Charlie Conerly. She is the Event Coordinator for the C Spire Outstanding Players Series Presentations which include the football C Spire Conerly, the basketball C Spire Howell/Gillom and the baseball C Spire Ferriss. Lulu’s bright personality and lively stories bring loads of laughter and smiles to the Museum’s staff, volunteers and visitors.
Andrea Patterson came to the Museum as an intern in 2012 after graduating Ole Miss with a business degree in marketing and management. She has been the full-time Marketing Director since November 2013. She has also taken on the task of Race Director for the Annual Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic. Andrea is a huge fan of all sports, especially Mississippi football and brings a lot of energy to our staff. Her favorite Museum exhibit is the Sports Illustrated Wall of Fame because it showcases how Mississippi athletes have had a national impact through the decades. Please contact Andrea for any marketing or advertising requests.
Events Coordinator/Office Assistant
Morgan Lewellen, a native of Collierville, Tennessee, joined the staff of the Hall of Fame in July 2017. She jumped in and immediately became an integral part of the office staff. Part of her duties include managing the Museum membership program and helping with field trips and group tours. Morgan is a 2015 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Public Relations. She enjoys working with the museums’ volunteers and meeting new people. Morgan is a huge fan of future Hall of Fame hopeful, Dak Prescott.
Nathaniel Talley came to the Museum in July 2017 and succeeded long-time museum staffer, Cully Turner, as Building Supervisor. Originally from Hattiesburg, he studied psychology at USM and Mississippi College. A self-proclaimed bookworm, Nathaniel can be found working diligently around the museum keeping everything up and running. He works with each person or group that rents our facility and makes sure you have everything you may need for your meeting or event.