Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees has named Kady Pietz dean of Business Services at the Jefferson Davis Campus. Before coming to Gulf Coast, the Pass Christian native served as director of operations and outreach at University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus. She has a master’s degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration and is pursuing a Ph.D. in human capital development, both from USM. She previously served as executive director of Hancock County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program and as chief administrative officer of Mississippi Automated Systems Project with USM.
Jeffry Carlson in slots and Brandon Schmid in player services are the June employees of the month at Silver Slipper Casino. Charlie Nieves, executive chef, was named supervisor/manager of the month for getting the menu ready for the opening of the new Bayou Caddy Oyster Bar, which is the fifth kitchen under his supervision.
Kenny King has joined Dale Partners Architects P.A., with offices in Biloxi and Jackson, as an interior designer. King is a graduate of Delta State University and brings more than 30 years of national and international interior design experience. He lived and practiced commercial and residential interior design in the San Francisco Bay Area for 28 years. Some favorite past projects are commercial developments in Beijing, China, a corporate facility for Silicon Valley Startup Hot Wire and campus wayfinding for Google.
Sean Walsh, P.E., and Matthew Morales, P.E., were promoted to project managers at Eustis Engineering, a geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Metairie, Louisiana, with offices in Gulfport and Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles, Louisiana. Walsh has provided design and construction recommendations for flood protection and coastal restoration projects. Morales’ expertise is dynamic pile testing and analyses and he has performed dynamic pile testing on more than 70 projects in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Iowa.
Lisa Mabry, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Merit Health Biloxi in the Imaging Services Department and Compass Imaging. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee. She received a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She completed her internship in preliminary medicine at Baptist Hospital and her residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in breast imaging at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Jonathan Allen, owner of Allen Toyota in Gulfport, and Bobby Dalgo, owner of Crown Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Pascagoula, have been selected to serve on the board of directors of Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association. The organization represents new car and truck dealers in Mississippi, which have $8.2 billion in annual sales.
Hallie Hollingsworth Croom has been appointed director of development for Feeding the Gulf Coast. A Mobile native, she is responsible for planning, implementing and directing all aspects of fundraising activities at Feeding the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. She has worked for Gentiva Hospice, Teva Pharmaceuticals and as an event coordinator for Providence Hospital. She is a graduate of University of Mississippi.
Rear Adm. John Okon is the new commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center. He most recently served as executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare and director of naval intelligence in Washington, D.C. Naval Oceanography’s commander is the highest ranking active duty military officer in Mississippi and its only flag officer.