Lea Campbell, a resident of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is founding President of Mississippi Rising Coalition and a passionate advocate for dismantling exploitative systems perpetuating white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy and poverty. As a healthcare worker for 19 years before becoming an organizer, Lea witnessed first-hand how the American capitalist healthcare system prioritizes profit over people and perpetuates race, gender and socioeconomic inequality. Her advocacy and organizing work in Mississippi has focused on racial, gender and environmental justice issues including police and prison abolition; removal of the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag and advocating for equal civil rights protections for the LGBTQIA+ community. She wears many hats for the MRC Team but identifies as an organizer first. Lea approaches social justice work through an intersectional lens grounded in the political analysis of the Black feminist liberation movement and is inspired by the words of Audre Lorde who wrote, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
Morris Mock, Jr. was born in Natchez, MS and attended North Natchez High School then Calloway High School in Jackson. He attended Jackson State University where he majored in Music. Morris is a graduate of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute and one of the founding members of Nissan Organized Workers (NOW) at the Nissan factory in Canton, MS, where he has been a worker-organizer for over 15 years. He is also an illustrious member of AF&M. Morris, whose passion is labor rights and organizing, states, "There's no peace without unity!" Morris serves as Board Vice-President and organizing advisor.
Lisa Foster is a native of Petal, MS. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Masters degree in War & Society (History) and a minor in Race & Ethnicity. Prior to graduate school, she spent ten years in the museum field and a total of fifteen years in non-profits. She was awarded the 2017 Mississippi Historical Society’s prize for best Mississippi History Now website article as co-author of the feature story “Jefferson Davis Soldier Home – Beauvoir.” She has also worked as a research consultant for an episode of the genealogy television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?”. Lisa serves as Board Treasurer, Organizer in the Pine Belt region and grant writer for MRC.
Keeley, a native of Walnut Grove, MS, currently resides in the Petal, MS area. Keeley is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BS in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Belhaven University in Biblical and Theological Studies. Keeley has always been involved in her community, from serving as a Girl Scouts Trooper Leader, to volunteering at the Blair E. Baston’s children’s hospital. Most recently, Keeley founded Petal Healing Garden, a community garden focused on combating food insecurity and teaching children about food sustainability.
It is her vision that through the partnership of other organizations and entities that we will be able to eradicate food insecurity in MS and reverse the diseases that are currently plaguing the residents of the state of Mississippi through continued research of public health in marginalized communities.
Laronne O. Lewis, Sr. is a native of New Orleans, LA and father of 3 young men. He has called Waveland, MS home for 32 years now and is a 1993 graduate of Bay St. Louis High School. Laronne attended MS Gulf Coast Community College where he studied Industry Maintenance and Business Administration and was a member of MGCCC football team. After college, Laronne committed to a lifestyle change and pursued a career as an all Natural Professional Bodybuilder, and he still competes in Supernatural Bodybuilding and Fitness Organizations. Laronne served 2 years as the Hancock County Political Chair and 2nd Vice President of the Hancock County branch of the MS NAACP, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hancock County Boys and Girls Club. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Hancock County, and in his spare time, Laronne loves to mentor young men from all walks of life.
THeo Sutton, jr.
Theo Sutton, Jr. is an organizer serving as the MRC Youth & Community Engagement Director in the Hattiesburg/Pine Belt area. Theo was born in Tulsa, OK but his family moved back to MS shortly after his birth. Growing up in Jackson, MS, his mother would remind him to seek understanding in all things. This practice has served as a source of inspiration and motivation throughout his life. Watching his father serve as a local pastor instilled a sense of responsibility to those around him. This led him to start the VyZen Corps Mentorship program in May of 2020.
Now the goal to share that wisdom with others. Theo's belief is that our job as a community is to be of service to all creation. However, in order to be of service, we as a family must first care for ourselves: mentally, physically and spiritually.
"I know what it means to be alone, unheard, and stigmatized. For this reason, I aim to empower youth to learn themselves in order to better serve others." - Theo