During a recent visit to San Diego, Chellese met a relative who said, "You seem so successful. Why are you still in Mississippi?" There are many reasons - but one came up on a sticky afternoon when Chellese had some car trouble.
From the event: You're So Mississippi
A Detroit native, Chellese moved with her family to Mississippi when she was six years old. She is the communications coordinator for the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, which helps Mississippians prepare for and obtain a college education through the Get2College program and other services. She also serves on the board of the Women's Foundation of Mississippi; co-hosts a podcast called "Let's Talk Jackson"; is a Belhaven University alumn; sings in her church's worship band (she's a closet singer/songwriter); and is constantly seeking ways to empower the marginalized in her adopted home state.