The Mississippi Board of Mental Health recently appointed Rinsey Evans McSwain as the director of Ellisville State School. Ms. McSwain has been with Ellisville State School for twenty-seven years and has served as the assistant director since 2006. Prior to being chosen assistant director, she served in a variety of roles including recreation therapist, program director and the Director of Units on the main campus.
Ms. McSwain received a bachelor’s degree in recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in education from William Carey University. She holds numerous certifications and has participated in the State Executive Development Institute through the Stennis Institute of Government. She was also a member of Leadership Jones County and, in 2013, was the recipient of the Paul D. Cotten Leadership Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Association for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
Ms. McSwain has been an integral part of service provision at Ellisville State School, promoting community integration and best practices in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. She stated that she has had the opportunity to work with some of the best administrators within the Department of Mental Health and her experiences have been invaluable in her development as assistant director.
“I want to continue to strive for excellence in service for the people we are serving,” she said, “and ensure that we are in line with the vision of the Department of Mental Health in providing appropriate services.”
“I have a genuine interest in the future of Ellisville State School and the people we serve,” she continued. “I support the mission of Ellisville State School and believe that together everyone achieves more.”
Ms. McSwain is a native of Laurel. She is active in her community and volunteers with church outreach ministries. In her new role as ESS director, Ms. McSwain will replace current director, Ms. Renée Brett, who will be leaving to take a position with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health as the Director of the Bureau of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.