Mardi Gras

About Queen Ixolib 2018 and King d’Iberville 2018

Queen Ixolib 2018

Name: Katherine Camille “Kate” Rushton of New York

Family: She is the daughter of Andi and A.J.M. “Butch” Oustalet of Gulfport and Gerald Edison “Rusty” Rushton Jr. of Gulfport. Her maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Masden, Jr. Her paternal grandparents are the late Gerald Edison Rushton Sr. and the late Anima Adkinson Rushton.

Education: Born in Destin, Florida, she grew up in Gulfport, where she attended St. James Catholic Elementary School. She graduated with honors from St. Patrick Catholic High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Irish Emeralds dance team, prom committee and the church choir, where she was a lead soloist. She performed in Drama Guild performances of “Bye Bye Birdie,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

She attended Stagedoor Manor performing arts camp in New York from 2008 to 2011. Each year in attendance, she received the Outstanding Performance Award. She was a member of the Cotillion Club of Gulfport, where she served as junior ball chairman and graphic designer. She was the local winner of the Omega Psi Phi Talent Contest for vocal performance.

She graduated with honors from Pace University in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in dance. She was a featured artist at Findesten Gallery and worked as an assistant to New York artist Linda Herritt. She was a volunteer with the Pace University Performing Arts costume department. She also served as a volunteer judge for the commercial dance department auditions. She was selected to be a “Face of Pace” during her university tenure.

Business: She is employed by Tumi Luggage Company in its New York City corporate offices as coordinator of visual merchandising for global stores. She designs window displays and creative directives for all Tumi stores. She was the event coordinator for Forbes Women’s Summit in 2017. She is an accomplished artist and was a featured artist at Gulfport Galleria of Art. She has donated several pieces of her work to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence and the American Red Cross.

Memberships: In New York she is a committee member for the Apollo Circle Young Members at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is also a member of the Central Park Conservancy Museum.

GCCA affiliations: She was a maid in 2014. Her stepfather, A.J.M. “Butch” Oustalet III, was a duke in 1986 and King d’Iberville in 2011. Her sister, Kimberley Rushton Wilson, was a maid in 2012 and served as Queen Ixolib in 2016. Her stepsister, Rouxanne Oustalet Raworth, was a flag bearer in 1986 and a maid in 1990. Rouxanne’s husband, Mickey Raworth, was a duke in 2011. Their daughter, Abigail Raworth, was a page in 2010 and later served as a flag bearer. Their son, Bronson Raworth, was a page in 2011 and a flag bearer in 2016. Her stepsister, Tina Oustalet Cacioppio, was a maid in 1990. Her uncle, Jimmy Oustalet, was a duke in 1992.

King d’Iberville 2018

Name: Keith A. Williams Sr. of Gulfport

Family: He is the husband of Shelley P. Williams. They have two sons, Keith Jr. and Kyle. For 27 years, Shelley has been a teacher and coach with the Gulfport School District. They are grandparents of Riley Marie and Brody Allen Williams (daughter and son of Keith, Jr. and Torie Williams). He is the son of Walter and Jan Williams of Biloxi.

Education: After graduating from Gulfport High School, he attended Delta State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. At Delta State, he was a four-year football letterman and 2004 inductee into the DSU Sports Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University

Business: He began his career at Hancock Bank in January 1987, serving in several departments in the bank, including human resources, credit and retail branch management. He has served as commercial relationship manager, state commercial production manager and senior regional credit officer. Currently, he is Hancock Bank Mississippi regional president.

Memberships: He is president of the Gulfport Planning Commission and has served on this commission for 14 years. He is a member of the board of directors of Mississippi Main Street, the Gulf Coast Business Council and the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. He serves on the executive board of the Gulf Coast Carnival Association, the board of Revelers Carnival Association and the executive leadership team of the American Heart Association Heart Walk and is a member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

He is the recipient of the 2016 State of Mississippi Outstanding Planning Commissioner Award, 2015 One Coast Community Leader Award and 2014 Coast Young Professionals “Forever Young” Award. He was the 2017 Heart Ball Honoree. He graduated from Leadership Mississippi in 1989, Leadership Gulf Coast in 2000 and the Gulf Coast Business Council Master’s Program in 2010.

He has served on the boards of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. He was co-chair of the Mississippi Main Street Campaign, and served on executive leadership team and as company campaign chairman for the American Heart Association. He served as president of Bayou Bluff Tennis Club from 2014 to 2016. He was 2014 co-chair of the American Heart Association Heart Walk and 2016 co-chair of the United Way campaign. He previously served as a loaned executive, company campaign chairman and training director for loaned executives for the United Way. He has served as president of the Bayou View Youth Sports Association and Gulfport Peewee Football League. He served as a councilman for the Mississippi Young Bankers Association and helped chair their annual convention for two years, which was held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is a past president of the Optimist Club of Gulfport and served the Gulfport Rotary Club in several committee chairman positions. He was the 2011 king of the Krewe of Athena, a 2011 duke for The Revelers Carnival Organization and a 2011 duke for the Krewe of Les Cavaliers..

GCCA affiliations: He served as lieutenant of carnival in 1999 and 2000, captain of carnival in 2001 and 2002, as a duke in 2013 and as GCCA vice-chair in 2017 and 2018. His father Walter “Pi” Williams was a duke in 1988, lieutenant of carnival in 1993 and 1994, captain of carnival in 1995 and 1996 and GCCA chairman in 2005 and 2006. His son Keith Williams Jr. was a page in 1996 and flag bearer in 1998. His son Kyle Williams was a page in 2001 and a flag bearer in 2003. His brother, Van Williams, served as ball chairman from 2001 to 2005 and is a duke this year. His brother-in- law, Guy Jeffery “Bitty” Mohler, was a duke in 2007. His nephew Chase Mohler was a page in 1999.