Staff

Paula Mathis, Director 

Paula Mathis is the director of OLLI at the University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss). In her previous position in the Southern Miss Honors College, Paula worked with the university's most outstanding undergraduates. She recruited students, monitored their progress in the Honors curriculum, coordinated student research with faculty mentors, helped to develop and implement Honors policies, maintained relationships with Honors College alumni, and organized special Honors programs and events. Paula holds two degrees from Southern Miss, a B.S. in paralegal studies and an M.Ed. in counseling and personnel services with emphasis in college student personnel. She looks forward to fostering at OLLI the sense of community and engaging programming that are the hallmarks of the Honors College. 

Tay Baucum, Program Coordinator

Tay joined OLLI in 2011. As coordinator, Tay manages OLLI's operations, including registration, scheduling, and other administrative projects. Tay keeps OLLI moving. She knows the program backwards and forwards and her experience with OLLI is vital to our success on both campuses.

Maryann Herodes, Program Coordinator-Gulf Park

Maryann helped launch OLLI's chapter on the Gulf Coast in February 2015 as a student at the university. Upon graduation, she took on the task of coordinating OLLI's programming for all our members in the Gulf Coast chapter. She brings a wealth of experience to her role and is an invaluable part of the team.

Diane Jeske, Program Assistant-Hattiesburg

Diane has been with OLLI since 2014 and was an OLLI member prior to joining the staff. Still a member, Diane assists with our operations in Hattiesburg. Ever the people person, you'll be sure to see Diane around The Peck House making sure our facilitators, members, and guests have everything they need to make their time at OLLI an experience worth sharing.