Woodward Hines Education Foundation

Get2College is a program of Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF), a nonprofit corporation formerly known as Education Services Foundation (ESF). The mission of WHEF is to help Mississippians achieve a better life through education by providing services and philanthropic grants, while building permanent charitable capital.

WHEF Board of Directors

David L. Martin
WHEF and MHEAC Board Chair
Special Counsel, Jones Walker LLP

Dr. Andrew P. Mullins, Jr.
WHEF and MHEAC Board Vice Chair
Chief of Staff to the Chancellor Emeritus, The University of Mississippi

Dr. Jayne B. Sargent
WHEF and MHEAC Board Secretary/Treasurer
Retired Superintendent, Jackson Public Schools

John F. Hill, CFP
Founder and Managing Partner of WealthPartners

W. Stan Pratt
President, Canebrake Development Company

Nathan Slater
Vice President, C Spire Business Solutions, Data Center & Cloud Services

Ronald G. Smith
Senior Executive Vice President and Mid-America Region President, Regions Bank

J. Murray Underwood
Retired Partner, KPMG

Jack L. Woodward
Retired Dean of Student Aid Financial Planning, Millsaps College

WHEF Staff


  • James E. McHale, President and Chief Executive Officer of WHEF and MHEAC
  • William F. Alvis, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer, and MHEAC Chief Operating Officer
  • Minette Ketchings, Director of Operations/Controller
  • Diane Covington, Human Resources Assistant
  • Angeline Hobson, Receptionist
  • Marilyn Lewis, Accountant/Grants Specialist
  • Shanell Watson, Associate Program Officer
  • Nikki Jackson, Executive Assistant

Portfolio Management

  • Margaret Saffold, Loan Portfolio Manager