Chyna Ward – Executive Director
Chyna Ward, Executive Director, helped found the Mind Matters Foundation in April 2015. Ward has been an athlete and supporter of student athletes for much of her life. Prior to here position at Mind Matters, she played softball for 24 years, including 15 years with traveling teams in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Professionally, Ward spent 18 years with the University of Mississippi’s football program as Program Coordinator. While there, she worked for five head football coaches and thousands of student athletes within the Ole Miss family. In addition to keeping the head coach's office running, she also served as coordinator of Senior Nights, Senior Pro-Timing Days, coaching clinics, football camps, and founded the annual Ole Miss Ladies’ Football Forum. She also helped jump-start other football camps for women at other universities in an effort to bring more awareness and knowledge to the game of football.
For 12 years as director of the Ladies' Football Forum, Ward recruited high-profile speakers and football elite, including Olivia, Archie and Eli Manning, the First Family of Football; Deuce McAllister, former Ole Miss Rebel and New Orleans Saint running back; sportscaster Tim Brando; NFL lineman Chris Spencer; Carolina Panthers lineman Michael Oher and his mother and inspiration of The Blind Side, Leigh Ann Tuohy. With each passing year, Ward worked hard to introduce more women to the inner-workings of NCAA football at Ole Miss.
Despite her successes as Ole Miss, Ward decided to broaden her influence and involvement in NCAA football when she took the position of Sports Logistics Coordinator for Performance Award Center in Dallas, TX in April, 2012. She primarily worked with universities across the country along with the NCAA bowl game committees by providing upscale and personalized marketing services.
In her free time, Ward regularly volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the North Mississippi Regional Center’s Special Olympics, the Darryl Worley Foundation and coaches girls’ t-ball for the Oxford Park Commission.
Ward has one son, Blake, and two dogs, Lizzi and Jessi. She currently lives near her Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi.
Brittanni Bundren – Secretary
Brittanni has been a resident of Lafayette County since early childhood, and also graduated from Lafayette High School in 1991. She continued her education and graduated from Northeast MS Community College in 2002 with an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Brittanni began working at Batesville Dental Clinic in August 2002 as a Registered Dental Hygienist and continues to work there. Brittanni also now serves as the Secretary on the board for the Mind Matters Foundation.
She has been married to Randy Bundren for two years and between them they have three children: a son, Hudson Nelson and two stepdaughters, Megan and Sara Kate Bundren. Brittanni serves as the coordinator of the welcome/greeter ministry at her church where she is actively involved.
David Rubenstein – Treasurer
David has held the position of Director of Finance & Business Operations for South Panola School District. In this position, David has earned over 20 years of experience in school finance. As the president-elect for the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials, David has cemented his place as an influential member of the community.
He is happily married to his wife, Tammy. They have been blessed with three children, and the family lives in Oxford, MS.
Jared Baughman is the President of Baughman Insurance, a general insurance agent serving health, dental, and ancillary insurance markets for Independent Brokers in Illinois. Baughman Insurance currently manages a broker network representing over 600 individual agencies all over the State of Illinois with service to over 35,000 members in the Health Insurance Marketplace ranging throughout the public and private sectors. Baughman Insurance is a leader in Illinois pairing today's challenges within the new healthcare marketplaces with national trustworthy providers like Blue Cross & Blue Shield to facilitate the best possible Healthcare Providers and service to their network of clients. Jared has been an executive with Baughman Insurance since 1999 taking over as President for his father and Founder, Dan, who served on several health care industry boards and panels in 2009. Jared holds a BA degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University. He is also a graduate of Olney Central College where he lettered Athletically in Baseball 2 years.
Personal- Jared has 8 year old twin daughters, Haley & McKenna. He has also recently became engaged to Ms. Melissa Daniel and her 2 children, Kira, 12, and James, 8. The entire Baughman Family are life-long St. Louis Cardinal Fans, sports enthusiasts, and are very active coaching and playing several sports.
In assembling her staff, Tennessee head women's basketball coach Holly Warlick's third hire was Director of Basketball Operations Michael Beaumont. He now is in year four in that capacity.
Previously, Beaumont was on the staff at Ole Miss as the Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations from January 2008-12 working for (then) head football coach Houston Nutt.
"I have known Michael for a number of years and have always been impressed with the way he goes about his business," said Warlick. "Houston Nutt had nothing but glowing things to say about him and it will be great to have Michael's operations knowledge and experience on our staff."
A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas (2000, B.S.E in Health Education) and Arkansas State (1994, B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science), Beaumont worked as an academic counselor for the University of Arkansas men's athletics department (2006-08), working primarily with football, before joining the Rebels.
It was during his time in the high school ranks that Nutt took notice of his abilities and invited Beaumont to join his staff at the University of Arkansas in 2006.
In 2008, Beaumont remained with Nutt's staff in a move that brought him new duties at the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss, Beaumont was the personal assistant to the head coach and the head administrator for all matters that related to the staff, the student athletes and the program. Beaumont also served as one of the main contacts and liaison with all institutional departments, external agencies and the public relations for the football program. While at Ole Miss, the Rebels played in the Cotton Bowl in 2008 and 2009. During his time in Oxford, Beaumont had the opportunity to be a part of team that included now NFL greats Mike Wallace, Dexter McCluster and Michael Oher.
At Arkansas, he served as the academic counselor for the football team. Beaumont also served as the liaison between the faculty and the athletic department. He assisted in the management of tutors, mentors and learning specialist for his student-athletes with zero academic casualties. Additionally, he worked with camps and oncampus/official visits during recruiting. At Arkansas, Beaumont, had the opportunity to be a part of a team that enjoyed an SEC West Championship in 2006 and back to back January 1 bowls in 2006 and 2007. His student athletes included current NFL stars Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis.
Prior to his stint in Fayetteville, Beaumont was a football and baseball coach at Lincoln (Ark.) High School and also served as assistant athletic director in addition to teaching from 2001-06. As the head baseball coach, he led his team to the 1-AAA conference championship in 2004 and was voted by his peers as the 2004 Conference Coach of the Year. The defensive coordinator on the high school football staff, he was the head coach of the junior high squad and guided Lincoln to the 2005 conference title championship on the football field.
Beaumont served as the head video coordinator at UCA in Conway during the 1999 football season while completing his degree in health education. He then moved to Mountain View (Ark.) High School to work as the defensive and offensive line coach for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Married to the former Susan Patton, Beaumont and his wife have two daughters - Monica and Rachel.
Joey Brent, former Assistant Athletics Director for Information Technology, retired from Ole Miss in September of 2015, after serving almost 27 years and was responsible for the supervision of all information technology within the department. Brent, an avid photographer, has now put his efforts into his photography business, Photos by Joey Brent, located here in Oxford.
Brent began his love for photography while working on the annual staff in high school, University School of Nashville. Over the years he turned that passion into a business. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines and several sports media guides and websites.
Brent earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Memphis in 1981 with a major in Management Information Systems and a minor in Marketing. Prior to arriving at Ole Miss, he served as the Athletic Ticket Manager for the University of Memphis Tigers for five years. Brent has served as the University Staff Council President, as well as several other University Standing Committees. He is currently a Board Member for the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for The Mind Matters Foundation.
A native of Nashville, TN, Joey and his wife Beverly, have two children, Holly Brent Eubanks and Zack Brent. Holly, a 2008 Ole Miss graduate, is a speech therapist with South Panola Schools and is married to Jeff Eubanks. Holly and Jeff have a son, Nolan McRae Eubanks, and are expecting a second boy, Dylan James Eubanks to arrive in July. Zack, a former offensive lineman on the Ole Miss Football team and M-Club member, received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2014. Zack is the lead Pharmacist in the Emergency Department of Baptist Hospital in Memphis, TN. Zack and his wife Kate live in Southaven, MS and have a daughter, Jane Harper Brent.
Leelee has served on numerous committees for Junior Auxiliary. She is also a former PTA vice-president and president Bramlett and Della Davidson Elementary Schools. She has served on the More than a Meal board for five years, which serves a weekly meal and tutoring to the citizens in need in Oxford. Currently, Leelee is serving on the United Way Board.
Leelee graduated from Ole Miss in 1995 with a degree in Business Administration. She and her husband Jon Desler own a business together. She is a realtor with Marchbanks Real Estate in Oxford. She and her husband also have four children, Brooks, Susanna, James and Carr, and the family lives in Oxford, MS.
Deuce McAllister hails from Ludlow, MS. He was a standout athlete at Morton High School, lettering in track, basketball and football. He not only focused on sports while attending Morton, but also academics. Deuce was an Honor Roll student from K-12 th grade. He graduated 5 th in his class and served as Student Body President his senior year. He has said that his fondest memory from high school was being able to sing with his high school show choir at Carneige Hall in New York City.
After high school, Deuce attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, majoring in Criminal Justice. He had a record-breaking career for the Rebels. McAllister is the only player in the history of Ole Miss football to record three seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards. In 1999, Deuce won the Conerly Trophy; which is awarded to the top collegiate football player. During the summer before his senior season, while Ole Miss and the state was campaigning him for the Hesiman, Deuce decided to study abroad in Costa Rica.
In April 2001, Deuce was the 23 rd over-all pick for the New Orleans Saints. Deuce went on to rush for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons (a first in Saints history). He was the first Saint running back with 22 100-yard games, including franchise-record nine straight contests in 2003. McAllister set the all-time rushing touchdown record for the New Orleans Saints with a score against the Green Bay Packers in November 24, 2008. Deuce holds the all-time New Orleans Saints record for most career rushing yards (6,096) and touchdowns (55). Deuce retired from the NFL in January 2010; however, he had to make history one final time. On January 15, 2010, he was re-signed by the Saints. On February 7, 2010 being led on the field by McAllister, the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV giving him another title: Super Bowl Champion!
Deuce learned at an early age from his parents to always give back to others. In 2002, Deuce established Catch 22 Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of under-privileged youth in the Gulf South Region. Since 2002, Deuce and his foundation have supported families in Mississippi and Louisiana by providing meals on Thanksgiving, a Christmas Shopping Adventure for children; countless educational trips through their DeuceDay program; the means for youth to attend their Senior Prom; resources to families and schools after Katrina; sponsoring Summer Youth and After-School Programs; hosting youth football camps; taking groups to Saints, M-Braves, & Zephyrs ball games, just to name a few. In addition, he is actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in Mississippi and Louisiana.
In 2010, Deuce received the Army Community Award for his dedication to the states of Mississippi and Louisiana. In 2011, Deuce and his Catch 22 Foundation partnered with Allstate Insurance. One of their key programs is touring the Gulf South Region and speaking to students about their ‘X the TXT’ program. ‘X the TXT’ is a program to stress the importance of students not to text while driving.
McAllister’s most notably post-NFL accomplishments include inductions into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Saints Hall of Fame, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, and the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame.
McAllister is married to the former Danielle Tipton and they have three sons.
Terrence Metcalf is a Mississippi Native of Clarksdale, where he attended and graduated¬¬¬ from the Clarksdale Municipal School District. Metcalf was a Dandy Dozen, Parade All-American, and held numerous athletic accolades in high school. Upon his graduation in 1997, he attended The University of Mississippi on a full athletic scholarship for the Ole Miss Rebel Football Team from 1997 to 2001. He was a first team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 2000 and 2001, received second-team All-American honors in 1999, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2001.
The Chicago Bears selected Metcalf in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for seven year from 2002 to 2008 with the Chicago Bears, where he appeared in seventy-eight games. He was also a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl team in 2006-2007. Metcalf finished his 2010 pro career with the Super Bowl Champions, the New Orleans Saints.
After leaving the New Orleans Saints, Metcalf started O-Line U, where he trains middle school to collegiate athletes in perfecting offensive line techniques.
While football has been a true highlight of Metcalf’s career, he knew that his ultimate goal was to complete his degree. Education being a priority, Metcalf continued to work on his degree each off-season. In May of 2015, Metcalf graduated from The University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.
Terrence and his lovely wife Tonya have been married since 2001. They are the proud parents of five beautiful children: Daylin, Zoe, Z’Kyra, Zharia, and Dekaylin Metcalf.
Richard Sinervo joined the Board of Directors for the Mind Matters Foundation in November 2015. Since graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1985 with a degree in marketing communications, Sinervo has had a successful career managing large factories and small businesses alike.
After college, Sinervo started as Production Control Manager for Super Saggless Corp. in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he implemented innovative programs designed to increase production and quality. For six years, he managed a factory staff of more than 1,000 employees.
In 1992, Sinervo took a position as Manufacturing Manager at the Thermos Company in Batesville, Mississippi. At Thermos, he managed all aspects of the production facility, including engineering, new product development, line production, cost and quality control. He also set up production facilities in Canada, Venezuela and Japan for production world wide.
His experience managing large groups for larger corporations led Sinervo to open his own Kawasaki/Yamaha franchise dealership in 2001 in Oxford, Mississippi. Sinervo operated Oxford Outdoors, Inc. for 12 years.
Sinervo is passionate about the Mind Matters' mission because both of his now-adult daughters, Meg Sinervo of Austin, Texas and Kate Wallace of Tupelo, Mississippi, played high school soccer. He currently lives in Oxford.
Jason Wilfawn was a multiple sport letterman while attending Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Iowa. He attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, starting at linebacker on the football team. Wilfawn graduated with an Education Degree.
After graduation, he was Head Freshmen Football Coach, Middle School Baseball Coach and High School Strength Coach. He left Clarinda after three years to become a graduate assistant strength coach at the University of Arkansas. While working for the Hogs, Wilfawn earned his national certification through the GSCCa, and won SEC West Championship.
After becoming certified, he was named the Head Strength Coach at the University of Evansville. Later returning to Arkansas, he became the Head Strength Coach for Track and Field, winning multiple team championships. After the 2007 season, he arrived in Oxford as the Head Assistant Stregnth Coach for football at Ole Miss.
After the 2011 season, Wilfawn opened Peak Performance Specialists in Oxford, MS, where he serves as the Owner and Director of Athletic Performance. He has been married to his wife, Angie, for 18 years and they have 4 children; 3 boys- Quentin 16, Kortlen 13, Keegan 12, and a daughter, Claire 7.
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