Senior Services honors executive


Bernice Thompson was recently honored for her 25 years of service to Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, Inc.

Thompson has served as vice president of Human Resources since 2002.

At a luncheon during the December meeting of the Senior Services Board of Directors, Steve McAlilly, Senior Services president, recognized her for her many years of service.

“There are not enough luncheons or recognitions that we could give Bernice that would say what she means to us,” he said. “MMSS is a better organization because of her. As I often say, Bernice Thompson is one of the reasons I sleep well at night.” 

Bishop Clay Lee, chair of the Board of Directors, presented Thompson with a Waterford cross.

Thompson began her career at MMSS in 1982 as an accounting clerk. By 1987 she had been promoted to administrative assistant in operations, and in 1989 she was promoted to director of Personnel Services. She was the first female and the first African American named as a vice president of Senior Services.

Thompson has been involved in the development of the entire employee benefits package, which includes employee health insurance, 403b retirement plan, life insurance, long term disability and a cafeteria plan for employees to pay for health and child care expenses with pretax dollars. She is a fiduciary in the company’s self-administered health care insurance plan. She also oversaw the rewriting of the personnel policies for the organization. 

Thompson and her family attend Kimble Chapel Baptist Church in Belden.