Board Members

darlene smith board member ms bd of cosmetologyBoard President
Darlene Smith

Darlene Smith of Grenada was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant on February 3, 2015 to represent the 3rd Supreme Court District of the MS State Board of Cosmetology.

Darlene Smith is both an excellent instructor and a leader in the field of Cosmetology. She leads her field by example by doing her best and encouraging others to do the same. She is direct and decisive when necessary. She is respected by professionals of the Cosmetology field. She acts as a liaison between the Board and the license holders of Mississippi with her organization, direction, and coordination of the functions of the Board.

Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Smith was employed by the Academy of Hair Design for 32 years. In addition, she administered examinations for Pearson Vue.

Darlene Smith attended Northwest Community College for two years. Mrs. Smith graduated from Grenada Beauty College, which is now the Academy of Hair Design. Mrs. Smith has been a licensed instructor for 38 years.

Mrs. Smith is a Member of the Mississippi Cosmetology School Association and the Mississippi Cosmetology Association.

Mrs. Smith has been married for 38 years. She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


deborah coker bd member ms bd of cosmetologyBoard Vice-President
Deborah Coker

Deborah Coker of Madison was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant on June 9, 2017  to represent the 1st Supreme Court District of the MS State Board of Cosmetology.

Deborah Coker became a Member of the MS State Board of Cosmetology in 2017. She received her Cosmetology certificate from Colvin’s School of Cosmetology. She completed Instructor training from the College of Cosmetology. She was a salon owner for 30 years in Macon, MS. She taught for 13 years at MS East Community College and two years at Holmes Community College. Ms. Coker’s leadership has expanded beyond the boundaries of a traditional Cosmetologist. She has had a positive impact on the field of Cosmetology in Mississippi as a student, instructor and salon owner.

Ms. Coker resides in Madison, MS and has two children and three grandchildren.


hilda bills board member ms bd of cosmetologyBoard Secretary
Hilda Bills

Hilda Bills of Jackson was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant on July 19, 2017 representing the 1st Supreme Court District to the MS State Board of Cosmetology.

Hilda Bills is an experienced Cosmetologist practicing since 1978. Ms. Bills is the owner / operator of “Hilda’s Hair Salon” located in Jackson, MS. Ms. Bills has been at her current location for more than 38 years. Ms. Bills’ main field of interest is promoting healthy hair and a high standard of life. Her research explores hair treatment vs. how race plays on natural hair. Many of her dedicated customers have patronized her for almost 40 years.

Ms. Bills has served as a mentor to many young women and men. Ms. Bills hopes to continue to build her entrepreneurship and to motivate her clients. She is elated to be a MS State Cosmetology Board Member. She finds the position gratifying and dear to her heart. She will serve her term in a righteous and upstanding manner. Ms. Bills is an asset to the Cosmetology community.

Ms. Bills has three children and four grandchildren.


dorothy ennis board member ms bd of cosmetologyBoard Member
Dorothy Ennis

Dorothy C. Ennis of Summit was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant on April 1, 2015 to represent the 2nd Supreme Court District of the MS State Board of Cosmetology.

Mrs. Ennis was first appointed to the Board by Governor Ronnie Musgrove to serve 2001-2005 serving as Secretary from 2002. She was reappointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve 2006-2010 serving as Secretary. She was reappointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve 2011-2014 serving as President from 2011-2013. She was reappointed by Governor Phil Bryant to serve from 2015-2019 serving as Vice President from 2015-2016 and President in 2017.

Mrs. Ennis studied Criminal Law and Computer Programming at Southwest MS Community College. She graduated from Southwest MS Community College in Cosmetology in 1987. She is the Owner / Operator / Cosmetologist of Dot’s Hair Spa and Tanning since 1991.

Mrs. Ennis has served on the National Interstate Cosmetology Council’s National Legislative Committee and the National Textbook Committee, Member of the Cosmetology Educators of America, Member of the MS Cosmetology Association, Member of the MS Cosmetology Council of which she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. Past Member of National Interstate Cosmetology Council as a member of the MS State Board of Cosmetology. She administered examinations from 2001-2010. Served on the Subject Matter Expert Committee for Pearson-Vue.

Mrs. Ennis is a Member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Economic Development Craft Committee at Southwest MS Community College, Served as a Member of the Summit Rotary Club Telephone Pioneers of America, Member of the Career Technical Education Advisory Committee, Lifetime Member of the Southwest MS Community College Alumni Association.

She has been actively involved in numerous community service projects in her area.


jewel stewart board member ms bd of cosmetologyBoard Member
Jewel Stewart

Jewel Stewart of Biloxi was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant on March 29, 2019 representing the 2nd Supreme Court District to the MS State Board of Cosmetology.

Jewel Stewart has been a licensed cosmetologist for 41 years, and a licensed Cosmetology Instructor for 39 years. She has been a stylist, salon owner, and salon manager. She has been a member of the Mississippi Cosmetology Association Education Committee for 35 years, and a Past President of MCA. She also served on the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology for 4 years from 1990-1994. She has been very active in the Mississippi Cosmetology industry and has taught numerous seminars on hair coloring and haircutting throughout all those years.

Jewel is a lifetime member of National Cosmetology Hair America and a member of the Mississippi Cosmetology Hall of Fame.

She worked for the Wella Corporation as a National Educator for 13 years, training under, and working with, some of the most renowned hairdressers in the world. She travelled nationally, teaching hair color and hair cutting. She achieved many awards for her teaching abilities. Her specialty is hair coloring and hair cutting.

Jewel is currently retired and enjoying her family, but stays very involved as an educator with the Mississippi Cosmetology Industry, and presenting at seminars. She is very active in several non-profit organizations in her community.

You may not provide cosmetology, manicure, or esthetician services in the State of Mississippi without a current and valid Mississippi license.

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