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First Lady Elee Reeves

First Lady of Mississippi, Elee Williams Reeves, grew up in Tylertown where her parents emphasized the importance of education and giving back to the community.

After graduating from McComb High School, she pursued her degree at Millsaps College in Jackson, graduating with honors. Elee also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Millsaps College.

Beginning her career in 2001, Elee helps others reach their financial goals as an investment advisor with Coker & Palmer. She is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Mississippi and the Chartered Financial Institute.

Committed to giving back to her community and her fellow Mississippians, Elee volunteers her time to numerous charitable and civic organizations. She has served as vice chairwoman of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Foundation Board, president of the Jackson Symphony League, president of Hinds County Republican Women, and president of the Official Mississippi Women’s Club. Elee currently serves on the Mississippi Museum of Art Foundation Investment Committee, the Board of Director’s for the University of Mississippi Medical Center MIND Center Board, the Center for Violence Prevention Advisory Board, and the Junior League of Jackson.

Elee also gives back as a role model to future generations, mentoring girls and collegiate women. Joining Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi as a child where she sharpened her leadership skills, Elee has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 22 years and served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Mississippi. She currently serves as her youngest daughter, Maddie’s, troop leader. Elee has remained an active alumnus with Kappa Delta Sorority and has served in numerous capacities as well. She currently serves as a member of the Kappa Delta National Leadership Team, sitting on the Investment Advisory Committee, and is a past president of the Jackson Area Alumnae Association.

In her role as First Lady, Elee has enjoyed reading in schools, promoting the importance of literacy for students of all ages. After the historic flooding in our state in 2020, Elee partnered with Keep Mississippi Beautiful to highlight the need of participating in community clean-up efforts to restore Mississippi’s natural beauty. Elee looks forward to launching future projects to maintain our state’s rich history and precious landmarks, including renovations of the historic section of the Governor’s Mansion to preserve the beauty and grandeur of the 2nd oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the United States.

Elee and Governor Tate Reeves are the proud parents of three daughters, Tyler, Emma, and Maddie. They attend Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. The First Family enjoys sharing their home with their King Charles Cavalier dog, Belle.

Current charity and leadership involvement:

  • Investment Policy Board Member for the Millsaps College General Louis Wilson Fund
  • Board Member for the Millsaps College Marsha McCarty Wells Endowment Fund
  • Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Mississippi and the Chartered Financial Institute
  • Member of the Mississippi Museum of Art Foundation Investment Committee
  • Board of Directors for the University of Mississippi Medical Center MIND Center Board
  • Member of the Center for Violence Prevention Advisory Board
  • Junior League of Jackson Sustainer
  • 2020 Honorary Chairman of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
  • 2020 Honorary Chairman of Mississippi Make-A-Wish Organization’s Women Inspiring Strength and Hope Society
  • Co-Chairman of the Mississippi Family First Initiative
  • Member of the Kappa Delta National Leadership Team—Investment Advisory Committee
  • 2022 Honorary Chairman of the International Ballet Competition

Leadership awards and recognition:

  • 1997 Mississippi Society of Financial Analyst Award
  • 2005-2006 Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi’s Women of Distinction Award
  • 2007 Kappa Delta Order of the Pearl National Award
  • 2020 Kappa Delta Sorority Woman of Achievement Award
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October is #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, and to honor those who have bravely fought and are currently fighting this disease we have placed a pink wreath on the door of the Governor’s Mansion. We remember those who have courageously fought their battle and we pray for those who are continuing to fight each day!
 
It is an honor to place this wreath in recognition of so many women like my dear friend, Susan Gibbes, who has fought and won her battle against breast cancer. 
 
Thank you to my good friends, Rebecca Harrison with A Southern Soiree in Wesson, MS, for putting together this beautiful wreath in partnership with Susan Gibbes and H.D. Gibbes & Sons in Learned, MS.
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As we continue to prepare for Christmas at the Mansion we would love to partner with artists from across our state!

We are calling all artists who would like to create and donate an ornament which will be incorporated into the Christmas at the Mansion decorations reflecting our theme: “Honoring those on the Frontlines.”

If you are interested in featuring your talents at the Governor’s Mansion this holiday season, please contact Ann Beard at ann.beard@govreeves.ms.gov for specific project specifications and more information.
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We are proud to announce our top five finalists for the Christmas at the Mansion competition honoring our first responders and frontline workers. We received dozens of submissions from florists and designers from all across the state. Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals!
 
Each proposal was unique and filled with creativity. I hope this has inspired each of the applicants to honor the first responders and frontline workers who have sacrificed so much throughout this pandemic during the holiday season!
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