Richard Graham, Executive Director
Richard came to JIFF as Executive Director on March 24, 2014, after serving six years on the Executive Board of JIFF as Secretary. His professional background has been in national account sales and management for companies such as Holiday Inns, Inc. and ServiceMaster. For three years he served on the East Memphis Board of Young Life. He and Frances have been married for 26 years, with two wonderful daughters Natalie and Katelyn. Richard’s passion is to give delinquent youth a chance, seeing that they are not the problem, but the solution to transforming change in families for generations to come.
Kevin Williams, Program Director
Kevin Williams has been with JIFF since April 2006 & is the Case Mentoring Program Coordinator, overseeing the daily programming and activities for juveniles in the care of JIFF. After spending 17 ½ years with the Shelby County Juvenile Court as a Detention Officer Supervisor and Probation Counselor, it was the true change he saw happening with the JIFF participants on his caseload that drew him to the program to provide instructions and guidance along with support for the case mentors and youth. Mr. Williams likes knowing that he’s helped a young person and approaches each day with the goal of leaving someone better than he found them. He believes that “If we CHANGE what they see, we INFLUENCE how they think, therefore IMPACTING what they do” !
Shelia Medlin, Finance Coordinator
Shelia serves as JIFF’s Finance Coordinator with well over 20 years experience in handling the bookkeeping needs of the organization. She has been married to her husband, David, for over 43 years. They have two grown children, a daughter named Cristi who lives in Florida and a son named Matthew who lives locally. They are the proud grandparents of 6 grand-children. Shelia counts it a privilege to serve God through the ministry of JIFF standing alongside a dedicated team of HIS servants.
Rod Thompson, Face Forward Supervisor
Rodrequies L. Thompson joined JIFF in 2011 as a case mentor. He was mentored by Pastor Alvin J. Summers of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church to be equipped for his work at JIFF. As the supervisor of the Face Forward Program, underwritten by a grant from the DOJ, Rod works to achieve JIFF’s mission as well as supervising the specific fulfillment of set goals as a requirement of the grant focusing on the education and employment of young offenders.
Sheryl Miller, Sous Chef, Culinary Arts Training
Sheryl is a recent addition to the full-time staff at JIFF in our Culinary Arts Department. She also serves as the in-house manager of Sweet LaLa’s Bakery, a business that employees youth from JIFF.
Esther Rooks, Front Desk Receptionist
Ms. Esther serves us at the front reception desk. She is often the first voice you hear when you call and the first face you see when you visit JIFF.
David Medlin, Facility Maintenance Supervisor
Having “retired” from BellSouth (now AT&T) after 30 years of service, Dave stays quite busy handling the repair and maintenance needs around the JIFF building located on S. Lauderdale. His background, serving in the Air Force and Air National Guard as well as his many years at the phone company, has uniquely qualified him for this position. He stays quite busy around the building. Come by and you might just see Dave on the roof changing air-conditioning filters, out back checking the oil in one of JIFF’s three vans, or dressed-out in his coveralls -painting one of our many offices.
Currently JIFF has five mentors who work directly with the youth . . . Grady Turner, Timothy “Change” Jones, Duane Stewart, Troy Dotson, and Ronald Frazier. We will be updating our personal info on these valuable ministers in the near future. Below are the pictures we have gathered so far!