Leadership Jackson County’s classes are once a month for nine months, but the impact lasts a lifetime. For 29 years the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau have sponsored Leadership Jackson County. Together with an expansive network of distinguished alumni, Leadership Jackson County continues a proud tradition of connecting and inspiring leaders to strengthen Jackson County. Sessions focus on fundamental leadership principles, community awareness, and leadership skill building. Since 1989, Leadership Jackson County has graduated over 786 community leaders.
This year’s graduates include:
Scott Ankerson, City of Gautier
Carolyn Ann Belton, First Federal Savings & Loan
Shelly Bolden, Merchants & Marine Bank
Matthew Anthony Boney, Community Bank – Ocean Springs
Chris Collier, The Office Bar and Lounge
Bryan Lee Cooper, Mississippi Security Police, Inc.
Krisann Dikes, Singing River Health System
Linzey Fleming, C Spire
James Elliott Foster, Jr., Our MS Home (Digital Coast Media)
Sarah Ashley Glenn, Alabama Media Group/ The Mississippi Press
Kelly Loupe Green, Merchants & Marine Bank
Peter Anthony Hanley, Jr., Ingalls Shipbuilding
BreEllen Marie Harmon, Navigator Credit Union
Angela Monique Haynes, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Charles Cary Houston, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Nikki Johns, AGJ Systems & Networks, Inc.
Brook McCrory, Lemon-Mohler Insurance Agency
Randy Devon Muffley, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
Allyson Nekea Nulta, Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula
Leslie Hope O’Brien, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation
Nick Adam Overby, Moss Point School District
Timothy Michael Prochilo, Jackson County Board of Supervisors
Derek Carl Read, Pascagoula-Gautier School District
Lisa Tanner Rhodes, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
April Baxter Robinson, First Federal Savings & Loan
Amy Michelle Rowell, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Misty Russell, Hancock Whitney Bank
Melissa McElhaney Schnoor, Singing River Health System
Amanda Katherine Seymour, USM – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Jeffrey Thomas Shepard, Mississippi Power
Honora Ruth Slagel, Coastal Family Health Center
Lauri-Ellen Smith, City of Pascagoula
Brittney Suzanne Southern, Jackson County
Katherine H. Sukiennik, Greenhouse on Porter
Laurie Elizabeth Trahan, Hancock Whitney Bank
Marla Warner, Dale Carnegie Training
Shunda Untranette Williams, Jackson County Board of Supervisors
Jason Scott Williams, Kinder Morgan/ Gulf LNG Energy
Teresa Wright, Chevron
Pictured: Class of 2019
The graduation ceremony will be held on October 3rd at Hilton Garden Inn Pascagoula. At the ceremony, the Keynote Speaker will be Honorable Mark W. Everson, Vice-Chairman of alliantgroup.
The Honorable Mark W. Everson is the Vice-Chairman of alliantgroup, a company that helps businesses and their CPA firms take full advantage of federal and state tax credits, incentives, and deductions available to them.
Everson served as the 46th Commissioner of the IRS under President George W. Bush. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget for Bush. Everson entered the Reagan administration at the age of 27, working for the U.S. Information Agency. A few years later, he rose to Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Reagan administration. Additionally, Everson ran the Department of Workforce Development for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
Everson was the President & CEO of the American Red Cross, and he has also worked in the private sector in Chicago, Dallas, Paris, Turkey, and Zambia. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University and a Master of Science degree in accounting from New York University.
Everson now resides in Gautier with his son Oliver, a 6th grader at Singing River Academy, where Everson is the Vice-President of the PTO. He is currently the Pascagoula-Gautier School District Parent of the Year, and he serves on the Gulf Coast Family Counseling Agency Board of Directors.
Pictured: Honorable Mark W. Everson, Vice-Chairman of alliantgroup
Upon completion of this program, participants are eligible for membership in the organization’s Leadership Jackson County Alumni Network. Those wishing to be added to this list can contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
If interested in participating in the Leadership Jackson County Class of 2020, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or visit www.jcchamber.com. More information can be found by emailing Linda Johnson at JohnsonL@jcchamber.com. Nominations for Leadership Jackson County Class of 2020 are now being accepted.