Staff Bios

Stephanie Jones White, Executive Director

Stephanie comes to the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce with a wealth of experience in government, education, and community affairs. Having begun her career as a high school educator, she transitioned into government and community affairs where she served as Legislative Director for the Shelby County (TN) Commission and later as Director of Marketing and Communication for the Memphis Library System. In the latter role, Stephanie oversaw the operations and programming for a television channel and a radio station. Stephanie also oversaw business development and marketing with Concretize Strategies LLC, a Memphis-based public strategies firm. A business owner, she is the founder and president of Stephanie’s Advanced Mentoring, a company devoted to supporting and empowering women and children. Stephanie has focused the recent work of the company on early childhood literacy and the development of a women’s empowerment series.

Stephanie is the wife of Robert Samuel White II and the mother of Robert Samuel White III (nicknamed Sam) who serves as a tremendous testament to her skills as not only a nurturing mother but as an effective coach and educator.

Marlon Canady, Membership Director

Marlon comes to the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce with a vast knowledge of corporate retail, marketing/social media direction, board of directors’ coordination, and event logistics planning. Marlon began his career at Dillard’s Corporate Headquarters where he served as the Executive Assistant to the VP of Accessories, and honed-in on marketing, advertising and merchandising. Marlon transitioned from retail to the non-profit sector as an Event Logistics Planner for The Church Pension Group. Here, Marlon managed his program’s annual budget, planned educational health and finance conferences for active, lay and retired clergy of the Episcopal Church, and coordinated quarterly Board of Directors meetings. With an eye for detail, Marlon also is a freelance event consultant and designer. Marlon is a native of Crittenden County and a graduate of Turrell High School.

Marlon is a proud uncle-dad of three young children and also the primary caregiver for his disabled grandmother. Marlon serves on the board of William R. Golden School Alumni and is a member of the sanctuary choir at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. In his free time, he enjoys outings with friends and family, DIY projects at home and reality television.

Kemba Ford, Project Manager

Kemba comes to The West Memphis Chamber with an array of work and public service experiences from all over the United States. Kemba began her career impact at The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, working in Membership Development, hosting hospitality training seminars for frontline employees of hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. Kemba moved to Nashville to continue her education and explore her talents as an actor, in community and then Equity Theatre – making her a professional stage actor. She then transitioned to Los Angeles earning her dues in television & film roles to become a SAG member. Kemba returned home to Memphis in 2010 committed to public service and being an advocate & philanthropist for women & children’s organizations in the community: candidate for City Council (2011) & State House of Representatives (2013); facilitated charitable & in-kind donations worth over $400K given to The Women’s Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis, Bridges Inc., and most recently New Ballet Ensemble. She also works part-time as a substitute teacher at Libertas Montessori School in Frayser.

Kemba is a creative at heart – who enjoys cooking, reading, and consuming high-quality television & film productions, a sports enthusiast, and human being that believes in staying active and challenging herself with yoga, Pilates, long hikes, and playing pickleball.