Glenna is among the founding members of CARE begun in 2003. She has served as a board member, president, and CARE’s first executive director. In 2010, she helped start the first Gateway to the Delta music festival. During her tenure at CARE, she introduced “Living Legends”; and hosted a Mose Allison Day, the International Folk Festival: A Film Festival; history programs on Scissors, Pine Crest, Camp Tallaha, Lamb Fish Lumber Co., and Charleston’s buildings and businesses around the town square; and the annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
While Glenna was serving as executive director, CARE”s Charleston Arts Center became a satellite member of the Mississippi Museum of Art; offered numerous exhibits and book signings paired with local music; promoted and exhibited primitive painter Joe Wrenn; and hosted nationally known blues pianist and vocalist Eden Brent and blues and jazz musician Alphonso Sanders.
While living in Jackson, she assisted in initiating a successful after-school care for the St. Richard’s Elementary School students. Due to the success of the program, she was asked to start a day camp at the YWCA in downtown Jackson, which was handicapped due to the lack of a playground area. Glenna and staff accompanied the the day-campers on walks and city bus rides to nearby parks, libraries, and museums for enrichment activities.
Glenna is married Denis Michael “Mike” Callender, and they have three married children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She earned a BSE in art education from Delta State University.