Canopy Welcomes New Director of Development

Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) proudly introduces Heidi Noel as its new Director of Development. Noel brings more than 20 years of sales management experience and five years of non-profit management and governance experience to the organization.

Heidi Noel headshot

In the role of Director of Development, Noel will be responsible for leading and expanding Canopy’s development efforts helping individuals, organizations and corporations find mutually beneficial ways to successfully engage in Canopy’s mission to transform the lives of children and families in Mississippi.

Prior to joining Canopy in early June, Noel was the president of the Junior League of Jackson, whose platform promotes services and opportunities for better health, education, welfare, and safety for all children and youth. It is one of the largest League chapters in the Association of Junior Leagues International. She also served on the League’s Board of Directors for four additional years simultaneously working as a sales representative, successfully managing the Louisiana territory for a large gift and paper showroom based in Dallas.

“I loved helping to advocate and bringing about real change for children,” said Noel. “I am tremendously honored to step into a role with an organization whose mission is also to create a positive impact in children’s lives.”

Noel is a native of Jackson and began her collegiate career at the University of Mississippi. She joined the United States Navy as a Personnel Specialist which afforded her the opportunity to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at University of Southern Illinois where she specialized in Workforce Education and Development.

Noel and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of two sons. Noel is a strong voice for social advocacy and volunteerism. She plays an active role in the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School community. She and her family reside in Clinton, Mississippi.


Canopy Children’s Solutions is Mississippi’s largest and most comprehensive non-profit provider of children’s behavioral health, educational and social service solutions. The organization, founded in 1912, offers a variety of solutions all across the state, including specialized education programs, Autism therapy, intensive psychiatric treatment, outpatient counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, crisis shelters, family preservation programs, therapeutic foster care and adoption. Canopy serves more than 5,000 children each year.

For more information about Canopy Children’s Solutions, please visit

Canopy Wine Tasting in Review

Canopy Children’s Solutions’ 2018 Wine Tasting & Silent Auction was held Saturday, April 21, at the home of Kerk and Elizabeth Mehrle in the Eastover Subdivision of Jackson. As a ‘thank you’ for hosting the event, the couple was presented with a watercolor painting of the family home by Mark Millet, which was on display.

The evening opened with a professional cooking demonstration of Pickled Shrimp, curated by Paul Adair, chef and co-owner of The Gathering restaurant in Livingston. The VIP hour also offered artisan libations from Krutz Family Cellars of Santa Rosa, California.

Wine Tasting Cooking Demo

The main event boasted live music from Sessions Trio and samplings from top area restaurants including The Pig & Pint, Saltine’s, Broad Street, La Brioche, Rooster’s, Soul Shine Pizza Factory and Magnolia Catering. The featured wine offerings were provided by Calistoga Wine & Spirits, Wine & Spirits Discount Center in The Quarter, McDade’s Wine & Spirits, Madison Cellars, Colony Wine Market and Joe T’s Wines & Spirits. Approximately 200 people participated in the event.

Proceeds from the Wine Tasting will benefit Canopy’s statewide programs serving the emotional, behavioral, educational and social needs of more than 5,000 Mississippi children.

Canopy wishes to thank the Canopy Auxiliary, which was instrumental in helping to coordinate the event. Thanks to the support of event sponsors, community partners and attendees, Canopy was able to raise more than $75,000!

Wine Tasting Sponsors

Help Canopy reach our Wine Tasting goal of $80,000 by clicking here.

Kendra Gives Back

While Kendra Scott is known for fabulous jewelry and home decor, the person behind the brand is also a passionate entrepreneur and philanthropist. Since beginning her company in 2002, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”

Canopy Children’s Solutions is thrilled to partner with the Jackson, Miss., Kendra Scott location to feature an evening of sips, sweets and jewels. The event will take place Tuesday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. at Highland Village off I-55.


If you can’t make the event but still want to support the cause, place a phone order by calling 601.812.5131.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2018 Wine Tasting and Silent Auction

The Auxiliary of Canopy Children’s Solutions is preparing for our annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction.  This year’s event is being hosted at the home of Kerk and Elizabeth Mehrle, on April 21, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The evening will showcase fine wine and gourmet food pairings from some of the area’s top restaurants as well as a premier silent auction and live entertainment. The VIP hour exclusively for event sponsors will feature artisan wines from Krutz Family Cellars and gourmet demonstration hosted by The Gathering at Livingston.

This event directly supports the efforts of Canopy Children’s Solutions, formerly Mississippi Children’s Home Services, which has served the greatest needs of children and families since 1912.

To learn more about the 2018 Wine Tasting and Silent Auction or to become an event sponsor, please visit our Wine Tasting page by clicking here.