The Leap Frog Program is operated daily by two staff members with strategic oversight from the board of directors. The board is composed of volunteers community members who serve three-year terms. Board members meet monthly, August through May. New members are elected in November.

Staff


Teresa Adams

Teresa Adams joined the Leap Frog Program in October 2006. Teresa is responsible for the management and general functions of the program as a whole. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in Special Education. Teresa lives in Oxford with her husband and twin boys.

Email: leapfrogdirector@gmail.com

Dana Engelbert

Part-time Assistant Director Dana Engelbert joined Leap Frog in January 2019 after moving to Oxford in the summer of 2018 with her family. Dana is responsible for site management, volunteer background checks, and snack management. Dana also researches and writes grants, and works on marketing for Leap Frog. She brings several years of nonprofit leadership experience to her role and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Email: leapfrogassistant@gmail.com

Board of Directors


The advisory board meets monthly during the academic school year.

Chip Bolton, Board President

Chip Bolton  is Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for mTrade, a software company headquartered in Oxford. Chip is a former chair of the intellectual property, entertainment, and sports law section of the Mississippi Bar and has been recognized as a Top 50 Under 40 Business Leader by the Mississippi Business Journal. He is married to Jennifer, and they have a daughter, Parker (11), and son, Witt (9). Chip serves as a deacon, usher and small group leader at Pinelake Church.

Board member since 2017

Natasha Bankhead, Board Vice President

Natasha is a native of the UK who has now lived in Oxford for 20 years. She originally came here to work on stream restoration research with the USDA-ARS, and now runs a local, family owned real estate business with her husband, Jordan. She loves spending time with her two children, teaching PiYo, and playing music. She is passionate about literacy and Leap Frog’s mission to help those 1st-3rd graders who are slipping behind. About the program she says, “I love how Leap Frog’s one-on-one tutoring approach, and enrichment program not only teaches literacy skills, it also develops a trust with their mentor, and an increased confidence that these kids can take into every other part of their lives.”

Board member since 2018

Kendedrick Jones, Board Treasurer

Kendedrick currently serves as an assistant principal at Oxford Intermediate School. This is his seventh year in education, and previously taught biology at Oxford High School and served as assistant principal at Bramlett Elementary School. In his free time, Kendedrick enjoys singing, playing piano, walking and reading. He attends Philadelphia MB Church, working with the music and youth ministries.

Board member since 2018

Lesley Miller, Board Secretary

Lesley Miller and her husband, Graham, met at Ole Miss and were lucky enough to move back to Oxford in 2017. She was a tutor for Leap Frog in college and the program has held a special place in her heart ever since. Currently an attorney with the United States District Court Clerk’s Office, Lesley is honored to serve on the board.

Board member since 2018

Rebecca Jolly

Rebecca is General Counsel for Green Square Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser in Memphis, Tennessee.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi College and a cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law.  Rebecca is married to Rob Jolly, and they live in Oxford with their two sons, Winston and Mac. They are members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. 

Aimee Kohne, Board Member

Aimee has been working in the counseling field for 14 years and has served on the Leap Frog Board for the past two years. She is a counselor at Lafayette Elementary School. Aimee graduated from Ole Miss and is so happy to be back in Oxford and able to serve the community.

Board member since 2018

Kayla McIntyre, Board Member

Kayla is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education as well as her masters in curriculum instruction from the University of Mississippi. She currently teaches kindergarten at Bramlett Elementary School and is passionate about education. She enjoys cooking, running, and spending time visiting her family back home at the beach,

Board member since 2020

Liz Morris, Board Member

Liz brings a diverse range of knowledge to the Leap Frog Program. After moving back south to Little Rock, AR with her husband, she became the Events and Marketing Coordinator for Camp Aldersgate, a local non-profit giving children with special needs. After her firstborn son, Walt passed away at 9months young due to complications from open-heart surgery, Liz and her husband, Trey, started Warriors For Walt, a charitable fund. In 2018, Liz, her husband, and daughter Mae Louise moved to Oxford, MS. She is energized to help enhance the Leap Frog Program with her skills and experiences from her past careers and personal passions. 

Board member since 2020

Karen Yelverton, Board Member

Board member since 2020