Meet the PR professionals

July 12, 2014 

Short biographies on the public relations officials who represent state officials and agencies:

Nicole Webb

Official title: Communications director, Governor's Office

Years on job: About 2½

Family: Husband, Kevin, child on the way

Hometown: Biloxi

Salary: $82,500

Previous jobs: Ad agency in Mobile, ad agency in Birmingham; event planner in Birmingham restaurant; Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, first in administration on Coast, then in Jackson as public information, then with Gov. Phil Bryant's staff in 2011, first as deputy communications director, then as communications director

Education: Bachelor's degree in advertising from University of Southern Mississippi

Laura Hipp

Official title: Director of communications, Lieutenant Governor's Office

Years on job: 3

Family: Husband, Gregg Mayer; one daughter, Annabelle

Hometown: Mesquite, Texas

Salary: $73,500

Previous jobs: Press secretary and director of communications for Gov. Haley Barbour; worked for almost 10 years as a reporter at several newspapers, including the Austin Business Journal, Jackson Clarion-Ledger and Bryan-College Station Eagle

Education: Master's degree in public policy and public administration from Mississippi State University

Bachelor's degree in journalism from Texas Tech University

Meg Annison

Official title: Information officer for the Mississippi House of Representatives

Years on job: 2½

Family: Husband, Ryan

Hometown: Pascagoula

Salary: $48,600

Previous jobs: The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Oxford Publishing

Education: The University of Mississippi, Journalism

Brett Kittredge

Official title: Communications director, Office of the State Auditor

Years on job: 1½, since January 2013

Family: Wife, Morgan; son, John Thomas, 1

Hometown: Brandon

Salary: $41,000

Previous jobs: Communications director for the Mississippi GOP, marketing in the private sector

Education: Bachelor's degree from Ole Miss, master's degree from Abilene Christian University

Jan Schaefer

Official title: Public information officer, Office of the Attorney General

Years on job: 9

Family: Husband, Terry Hedgepeth; children Schaefer, 18, Blake, 17, Kalli, 14, Drew, 12

Hometown: Lived in Madison, raised in Byram

Salary: $65,000

Previous jobs: Deputy director of Public Affairs/Mississippi Department of Public Safety (Mississippi Highway Patrol); news producer, WLBT TV3

Education: Byram High School, Hinds Junior College, University of Southern Mississippi (bachelor's in radio television and film with emphasis in broadcast journalism and minor in print journalism), Mississippi College (master's in communication)

Jeff Rent

Official title: MDA public relations bureau manager

Years on job: 1

Family: Wife, Monica

Hometown: Muncie, Ind.

Salary: $68,000

Previous jobs: MEMA director of external affairs, meteorologist and reporter at WJTV Channel 12 Jackson, meteorologist and reporter at WOTV Battle Creek, Mich.

Education: Bachelor's degree, Ball State University

Melissa Scallan

Official title: Public information officer, Department of Marine Resources

Years on job: 1

Hometown: Baton Rouge

Salary: $48,962.51

Previous jobs: Reporter, Sun Herald (1999-2013); reporter, Monroe News-Star (1996-1999); reporter, Alexandria Daily Town Talk (1993-1996); editor, Louisiana Suburban Press (1989-1993)

Education: Bachelor's in news-editorial journalism, Louisiana State University, 1988

Pamela Weaver

Official title: Communications director, spokesperson, Secretary of State's Office

Years on job: Six

Family: Husband, William; son, Payne

Hometown: Ocean Springs

Salary: $67,000

Previous jobs: TV anchor/reporter, WDAM-TV Hattiesburg

Education: Bachelor of arts in radio, television & film, Southern Miss; bachelor of science, political science, Southern Miss

Grace Fisher

Official title: Communications director, Department of Corrections

Years on job: 2

Family: Married, one child

Hometown: Jackson

Salary: $55,500

Previous jobs: Telephone sales representative, retail advertising representative, reporter, editor

Education: Bachelor of science

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