The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is proud to announce Becky Huston Montgomery Jenner as the 2019 recipient of the John R. Blossman Humanitarian Award.
A beloved leader in business, industry, education, community and military pursuits, Becky retired in 2014 from Mississippi Power Company where she managed the company’s foundations and employee volunteer organization. She has also served in leadership roles with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, United Way of South MS, Harrison County Development Commission, the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Mississippi and the Gulfport School District.
Alongside her professional career, Jenner’s military career spans 28 years with the MS Army National Guard, starting as a 2LT WAC (Women’s Army Corps) and rising to the rank of Colonel with the Joint Forces Training Command at Camp Shelby before her retirement. Jenner was the state’s first female Company Commander in the MS Army National Guard.
A Laurel native, Jenner’s commitment to community service was learned at her father’s veterinary practice, at her church and at the Laurel YWCA where she spent her formative years. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Adult Education degrees from USM and has taught at USM, the University of Mississippi, and the Gulfport School District. Jenner is also a graduate of the Leadership Gulf Coast inaugural class and Leadership Mississippi.
Jenner was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to the BP Restoration Fund Advisory Committee and serves on the Mississippi Economic Council Board of Governors. An active proponent for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, she holds/has held leadership positions with the MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Gulfport Business Club, Gulfport Rotary, Harrison County Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission, and an honorary member of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Board. She also serves as co-chair of the MS VA Communities Engagement Board of Directors and the USO Advisory Board as part of her ongoing commitment to the needs of veterans.
Her numerous community commendations include the Coast Young Professionals “Forever Young Award,” MS Business Journal’s “Top 10 Business Women,” the Sun Herald “Top 10 Community Leader,” Lighthouse Business and Professional Women “Career Woman of the Year” and “Outstanding Faculty Member” at the University of Mississippi. She was also among 10 women in the nation named to the Kappa Delta Sorority’s “Order of the Pearl” for her outstanding community service.
The John R. Blossman Humanitarian Award was created in order to recognize individuals, like Blossman, who put his fellow man first, and is given each year at a banquet proudly hosted by the Beau Rivage Resort Casino. All who knew John Blossman felt his deep love for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Much of his life was spent in service to organizations that positively impacted the lives of others.
This year’s Humanitarian Banquet will be held on Nov. 7. Sponsorships are available and proceeds from the banquet support the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign. With your sponsorships or donations, the YMCA is able to have a lasting impact on thousands of Gulf Coast children, teens and their families every year. For more information about how to get involved with or become a sponsor of the Humanitarian Banquet, please contact Joey Conwill, wellness director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, at [email protected] or 228-875-5050.