Walker joins corporate board of Boys & Girls Club


Shelley Cresswell Walker, Vice-President of Emerging Brands and Innovation for Chawla Hotels Inc., has been named to the Corporate Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta. Shelley has a long history with the Boys & Girls Clubs where she started working as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisville, MS.

Shelley is a native of Yazoo County/Satartia, MS and currently lives in Greenwood. Chawla Hotels Inc. is the parent company for 19 hotels operated in the Delta in the communities of Greenville, Cleveland, Clarksdale, Greenwood, Indianola, Grenada, and Yazoo City.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta operates Clubs throughout the Delta and Northwest MS in Yazoo City, Lexington, Greenwood, Itta Bena, Clarksdale, Jonestown, Tunica, Grenada and Batesville. It is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s largest organization geographically and serves over 2,400 youth annually.

“Shelley’s community involvement, professional background and work with Chawla Hotels gives her a unique, broader view of the needs of the communities, families, and children we serve. She’s familiar with our mission and has developed innovative programming in the area of workforce development which is an increasing focus of our organization,” said David Dallas, CEO of the MS Delta. “We want our club members to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”

Walker has considerable experience in hospitality, tourism, human resources and manufacturing operations in the Delta. She is excited about sharing her knowledge with the Boys & Girls Club organization. “I have a heart for young people and this type of programming with a focus of enhancing the leadership skills and ethics in our youth." All of our area children deserve the opportunity, attention, and programming they can get at their local Boys & Girls Club.”

Walker also noted that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta is growing and expanding as an organization. “They are poised for growth. We need to strengthen our recruitment and we need to be in more communities throughout the region. I want to help make that happen.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta is hosting the Mississippi Youth of the Year program in March of next year in Clarksdale. “Hosting the Youth of the Year event provides us with a tremendous opportunity to tell our story while highlighting what we have to offer in the Delta.” Walker said.

John Wallace, Chief Volunteer Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta believes that Walker will be a tremendous asset to the organization, “She is very talented, innovative and dedicated to serving our club members. We are grateful to have her on our team.”

Shelley received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University. She is married to John Paul (J.P.) Walker of Greenwood and they have two children.

“Of course the key to any successful non-profit is for them to be effective at fundraising and communicating the goals and initiatives of the Boys & Girls Club.” Walker said. She and her husband are planning a Moonlight & Mistletoe on the River event this December at their home to support the Greenwood Boys & Girls Club.