South Mississippi Regional Center

Friends & Family Association

The SMRC Family and Friends Association has demonstrated continuing interest and support to our programs since 1980. The Association actively advocates in support of services to people with an intellectual or related developmental disabilities.



The Association serves to support family members through information sharing.  The Association remains a strong supporter of SMRC programs through funding the Employee of the Quarter Program, providing financial support for enrichment activities and supplies, and sponsoring beautification efforts of the Long Beach campus.


Membership in the Association is open to all family members and citizens with a common interest in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Contact Ada Jones at 228-867-1300 for more information.

Family & Friends Meeting Dates:


  • January 20, 2019
  • March 17, 2019
  • May 2019 (date to be announced – meeting will be held immediately following the Annual Family and Friends Picnic)
  • September 15, 2019
  • November 17, 2019
  • December 2019 (the Christmas Program constitutes as the last meeting of the year)

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Officers and Board Members for the 2018 – 2020 term:


Pamela Emrick, President

Karen Hotard, Vice President

Wanda Phillips, Treasurer/Secretary

Joycelyn Moody, Parliamentarian

Sonya Boone, Board Member

Laura McKenzie, Board Member

Joan Ford, Board Member