Board of Directors

2018-2019 Chairman of the Board of Directors

Cedrick Hurd

Cedrick Hurd, a Pascagoula native, has worked at Mississippi Power for 14 years and currently serves as the Coast Division East Area Manager.

In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s electric operations and customer service in Jackson County.

Hurd spent his first four years with Mississippi Power as an accounting systems analyst. For the next few years, Hurd held several roles in Supply Chain Management as a buyer, contract agent and supplier diversity coordinator, supporting Distribution, Transmission and Corporate functions. He advanced to become IT contracts and vendor manager, overseeing all IT procurement for Southern Company.

Prior to joining Mississippi Power, he was a financial system analyst for WorldCom, a system administrator/trainer for the Mississippi Supreme Court and a system analyst for Mississippi State University.

Hurd was honored at the 2018 One Coast Awards among the Top 10 Outstanding Community Leaders in South Mississippi. He was elected as the 2018-19 Chair of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and also serves as an executive board member of United Way for Jackson & George Counties. He is an active member of Pascagoula Rotary Club and also is on the America Heart Walk executive leadership team for Jackson/George County.

He is a former board member of Mississippi Minority Business Alliance (MMBA) and Arkansas-Mississippi Minority Supplier Development Council, where he served on the supplier certification committee.

Hurd received a master’s degree in Information Systems from Mississippi State, a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from USM.

He has lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for most of his life. He is married with two children.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Cedrick Hurd – Chairman 


Amy Brandenstein – Past Chairman 

Clayton Legear – Chairman-Elect

Dorothy Shaw – Treasurer

Jerry St. Pé – Director

Jeremy Boulware – Vice President

Landon McCarty – Vice President

Todd Trenchard – Vice President

Paige Roberts – President & CEO 

Board of Directors

Adam Askew- Director
Professional/Finance  09/30/2020

Sherri Johnson- Director
Professional/Finance  09/30/2021

Karl Steinberger- Director
Professional/Finance  09/30/2021

A. Kelly Sessoms, III- Director
Professional/Finance  09/30/2019

Jason Keenum, CPA- Director
Professional/Finance  09/30/2019

Richard Hilsabeck- Director
At Large 09/30/2021

Lee Bond- Director
At Large 09/30/2021

Renee Pettis- Director
At Large 09/30/2019

John Jay Fletcher- Director
At Large  09/30/2020

Charles D. Oakes- Director
At Large  09/30/2019

Kristin Pugh- Director
At Large  09/30/2021

Julie Gresham- Director
Manufacturing & Industry  09/30/2020

Ellen Freeman- Director
Manufacturing & Industry  09/30/2019

Cameron George – Director
Manufacturing &Industry  09/30/2019

Melanie Landsiedel- Director
Manufacturing & Industry  09/30/2021

Christian Hartley- Director
Small Business  09/30/2020

Anita Brooks- Director
Small Business  09/30/2020

Vicki Rosetti Applewhite- Director
Small Business  09/30/2020

Executive Committee & Directors
October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019

Area Councils

The Gautier Area Council, Moss Point Area Council and Pascagoula Area Council are divisions of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Their mission is to help implement the 2018-2019 Program of Work within their communities. These Chamber divisions ensure that we are meeting the needs of our geographic areas. The Area Councils are internally organized with their own Vice President and directors. The operational link between each Council and its parent, the Chamber, is the Vice President and two directors’ appointment to the Chamber Board of Directors. The Area Councils give us the opportunity to produce community benefits and build a better Jackson County.

Sue Wright-Director
Moss Point Area Council, 09/30/2019

Rev. Peggy Gibson-Director
Moss Point Area Council, 09/30/2019

Delorise Nettles-Director
Gautier Area Council, 09/30/2019

April Stennett-Director
Gautier Area Council  09/30/2019

Suzanne Kinsey-Director
Pascagoula Area Council  09/30/2019

Shannon van Duijvendijk- Director
Pascagoula Area Council  09/30/2019


Phil Torjusen- Ex-Officio
City of Gautier, Elected Term

Paula Yancey- Ex-Officio
City of Gautier, Term of Office

Mario King-Ex-Officio
City of Moss Point, Elected Term

Shea Dobson-Ex-Officio
City of Ocean Springs, Elected Term

Dane Maxwell-Ex-Officio
City of Pascagoula, Elected Term

Ryan Frederic-Ex-Officio
City of Pascagoula, Term of Office

Roy Williams-Ex-Officio
Counsel, Term of Office

Randy Bosarge-Ex-Officio
Jackson County Board of Supervisors, Elected Term

Brian Fulton-Ex-Officio
Jackson County Board of Supervisors, Term of Office

George Freeland-Ex-Officio
Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, Term of Office

Mike Mangum-Ex-Officio
Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association, Term of Office

Mark McAndrews-Ex-Officio
Jackson County Port Authority, Term of Office

Dr. Tammy Franks-Ex-Officio
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Term of Office

Milton Segarra-Ex-Officio
Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Term of Office

Captain Brian D. Lawrence, USN,
Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast, Tour of Duty

Issue Manager Group Chairmen

Debbie Anglin-Education
Chairman 09/30/2019

Charles D. Oakes-Membership Outreach
Chairman  09/30/2019

A. Kelly Sessoms, III & Brenda H. Simkins-Regional Strategy
Co-Chairmen 09/30/2019

Melanie Landsiedel-Small Business
Chairman  09/30/2019