The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) recently announced Ann Coleman Thames of Brandon and Dorothy Roberts McEwen of Long Beach have been selected as two of the Top 10 Mississippi Business Journal’s “50 Leading Business Women” for 2009. Thames and McEwen were honored at a reception on April 8 at the Mississippi Trade Mart.
“There are no two women more deserving of this honor than Ann and Dorothy,” said Ed LeGrand, DMH Executive Director. “They serve as role models because of their dedication and love for the people we serve. I am proud of their accomplishments and their continued devotion to helping Mississippians with mental health needs. ”
Thames, a native of Oxford, has worked for DMH for 34 years. She currently serves as the Director of the Bureau of Workforce Development and Planning; however she will be retiring on April 30. In 2007, Thames led the way in the development of the Department’s Accelerated Leadership Development Program, “Focus” to offer employees a unique opportunity to hone their skills to greater and higher personal performance and self-awareness.
In 2008, Thames was the recipient of the Bradley A. Sanders Service Award which honors a person who has made outstanding contributions in the field of behavioral healthcare management in Mississippi. Thames is a certified mental retardation therapist, licensed mental health/mental retardation administrator, certified public manager and a graduate of the Stennis Institute. She received the Outstanding Student Award from Mississippi State University in 2000 where she received her second Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration.
McEwen has worked for DMH for 20 years. She currently serves as Director of South Mississippi Regional Center in Long Beach. The Center serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. McEwen has also worked at DMH’s Specialized Treatment Facility in Gulfport. In 2008, she graduated from the Department’s Accelerated Leadership Development Program “Focus.”
McEwen is a board member for several organizations including the Mississippi Humanities Council, Back Bay Mission, and MS KIDS COUNT. She is former president of the MS Chapter of National Association of Social Workers. McEwen is a licensed clinical mental retardation therapist, licensed certified social worker, certified public manager, and a licensed mental health/mental retardation administrator.