NASA's Stennis Space Center employees received the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award: Jay Labat of Bay St. Louis, analysis and systems engineering specialist at Aerojet Rocketdyne, was recognized for more than 28 years of support to Stennis Space Center and its engine-test projects; John Sneed of Long Beach, engineering specialist at Aerojet Rocketdyne, was recognized for more than nine years of support to Stennis and its engine test projects; Nestor Torres of Hancock County, quality and finance lead for A² Research, was recognized for contributions in support of the rocket propulsion-test program; B.T. Wigley of Long Beach, B-2 Test Stand technical operations lead at NASA's Engineering and Test Directorate, was recognized for 17 years of contributions and efforts providing high-quality engine-test data; and Skip Wright of Gulfport, mechanical engineer at Syncom Space Services, was recognized for his dedication to mission success, motivational leadership and creative solutions in support of NASA's human spaceflight program.
Darla Lenkowski, special events manager, was named Palace Casino Resort's Administrator of the Year, and Joey Womack, information technology technician, was named the casino's Associate of the Year. Lenkowski was honored for going above and beyond her duties, and Womack was honored for his quick response to department requests. Each honoree received cash, a hotel stay and a resort gift card as prizes.
Clay Williams, executive director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, was named secretary of the Mississippi Airports Association board of directors. Williams earned his bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University and his master's degree from Harvard University.
Wendy Roper, team member of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Gulfport, earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist professional designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver. In achieving the designation, Roper studied topics ranging from understanding the asset management process to asset allocation and strategies.
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Billy Knight Sr. was elected president of the Moss Point School District's board of trustees, and Barbara Dumas Marshall was elected secretary. Knight brings extensive leadership experience and 13 years of teaching experience to his new role on the board.
Theodore Longo of Diamondhead was promoted from financial adviser to managing director of Merrill Lynch in Slidell. Longo earned his bachelor's degree from Auburn University and has been with Merrill Lynch since 1986.
Mohala Johnson joined AGJ Systems & Networks Inc. in Gulfport as a customer-care coordinator. Johnson brings experience in project management, software development and customer service to the position.