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Ole Miss First
University of Mississippi

Leadership Team

Rosie McDavid, MSW

Rosie McDavid is the Program Manager for the Ole Miss First Scholarship program. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Mississippi, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama in 1985.

While in Oxford, she has been involved in a variety of settings providing mentoring to youth and young adults including the Leap Frog tutoring program, the Episcopal Church at Ole Miss and the Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship Program, prior to joining the staff of Ole Miss First. As the Program Coordinator, her duties include mentoring students, coordinating student dinners and volunteer opportunities, supervising office staff, serving as a liaison between students and donors and representing Ole Miss First in the larger community.


Lucy Gaines

Graduate Assistant

Lucy Gaines is a first-year graduate student in the Southern Studies program at the University of Mississippi. Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, she earned her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, with majors in English Literature and Studio Art. Lucy then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked in writing, creative marketing and team management before returning to Mississippi. Outside of her studies, she remains a professional writer and enthusiast of Southern arts and literature, and is delighted to be a part of the Ole Miss First community.


Lilly Slaughter 

Graduate Assistant

Lilly Slaughter is a second-year graduate student in the Southern Studies program at the University of Mississippi. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Louisville. Her academic interests in how food is grown, accessed and prepared stem from her previous experiences working on organic farms and for food justice organizations in rural communities. Lilly is happy to spend her last year of graduate school with the Ole Miss First community.


Suzanne Helveston

Development Associate

A graduate of Ole Miss in 2002, Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in Business. She joined the staff of the Ole Miss Women’s Council in August of 2015, serving as the Career and Leadership Coordinator. Previously, Suzanne served as the conference sales manager for the Mississippi State University Riley Center, in Meridian, Mississippi. She also has over five years of experience in pharmaceutical sales, with Abbott Laboratories and Boehringer- Ingelheim.