Who We Are
The three board members as well as the Executive Director of Revitalize Mississippi are all members of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, MS. Through Northminster's Wider Net local missions program, Jim, Max, Todd, and Andy discovered their interest and passion for community revitalization.
Jim Johnston, M.D.
Jim was born and raised in Jackson. After graduating from Princeton University and Tulane Medical School, he completed his internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic and gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA. Jim then returned to Jackson to begin a 34-year gastroenterology practice. Since retiring in 2012, Jim has worked to help clean up blight in Jackson and mobilize neighborhood revitalization around the city.
Max Arinder, Ph.D.
Max is a Mississippi native and longtime Jackson resident. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. degree in general psychology and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees experimental psychology. Max retired in June 2015 after thirty-four years of service to the Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER), having served fifteen years as Chief Analyst for Planning and Support, and nineteen years as Executive Director. His experience and knowledge are great assets for Revitalize Mississippi.
Todd Sherwood, M.D.
Todd, a longtime Jackson area resident, graduated from Mississippi College and received his medical and ophthalmology training from the University of Mississippi. Todd spent most of his career as Section Chief in the Division of Ophthalmology at the Jackson VA Medical Center. His passion for helping clean up abandoned properties and his chain saw skills have been essential.
Andy, a graduate of Mississippi College School of Law, has been a resident of Jackson since 2009. Andy began working with Jim Johnston and the Wider Net program in 2013 on a pro bono basis, while working for the Adams and Reese law firm. Andy helped Jim navigate through the legal issues related to cleaning up blight and assisted in the formation of Revitalize Mississippi in 2016. Since coming on board full-time in April 2017, Andy has been working daily with Jim to find sustainable, community-based solutions for local neighborhoods suffering from blight.