Staff, Volunteers & Board of Directors

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Bill Blackwell

Executive Director

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


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 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

Senior Director of Community Relations & Marketing

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 with the museum full-time 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.

Amy Edds

Museum Coordinator

Amy Edds came to the Museum in June of 2021.  She graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing. Part of her duties include managing the Museum membership program and helping with field trips and group tours.  Amy enjoys working with the public and will go over and beyond to make sure you have the best experience possible when visiting the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.



Lorenzo Sutton

Building Supervisor

Our newest staff member is Lorenzo Sutton. He joined our team in July and we could not be more thrilled. Lorenzo can be found setting up and breaking down for rentals and MSHOF events. He also takes care of anything and everything that needs to be done around the museum. He is kind, polite, helpful, and extremely reliable. We are glad Lorenzo is now a part of the MSHOF staff. Lorenzo enjoys barbequing and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Volunteers are an integral part of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

“We could not keep our doors open without the invaluable support of our volunteers,” executive director Bill Blackwell said.

Volunteers work flexible three-hour shifts as little or as often as they want. They assist with school groups, ticket sales and the museum’s participatory area. Quarterly luncheons, including a Valentines luncheon and Christmas luncheon are held throughout the year.

If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities, please contact Lulu Maness at 601 982-8264.

We always need more help.

Thank You to all our Volunteers!

Larry Adams

Mike Andrews

Jim Barfield

Loys Bedell

Sharon Bell

Tom Corlett

Brenda Dyson

Andrew Fox

Monnie & Ron Hicks

Carson Hughes

Tommy Johnson

Pat Ladnier

Frank Lawrence

Dudley Marble

Jim McCreery

Ken Robinson

Pat Taylor

Amber Williams

Bank Williams

Frank Wilson

Elders & Sister from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


2019 – 2020 Officers & Executive Board

Chris Corerro, President

Joseph Moss, Vice President

T. Calvin Wells, Secretary

Billy Brunt, Treasurer

Bill Hetrick, Executive Committee

Ben James, Executive Committee

Ronnie Musgrove, Executive Committee

Johnny Ray, Past President

2019 – 2020 Board of Directors

Sidney Allen, Jr.

Margaret Barrett Simon

Karl Bierdeman

Michael Boerner

Nick Crutcher

Ken Graeber

Rusty Hampton

Katie Hester

Terry High

Whit Hughes

Jim Keith

Sam Kelly

Ben Lane

Bryan Lagg

Chris Maddux

Con Maloney

Joseph McNulty

Robert Sanford

Brian Sims

Stephen Sims

Paul Stockwell

Marcus Wallace

Clarence Webster

Ron Winford