South Mississippi personnel file for Oct. 8

John Carter
John Carter

John Carter of J. Carter & Co. Real Estate and Development and Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, was elected president of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Commission, filling the position left vacant after the passing of Commission President Walter Blessey IV. A native of South Mississippi, Carter began his career in the hospitality industry at an early age. He was appointed to the commission in April 2016 and previously served as president pro temp.

Linda Hornsby, executive director of Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association, was elected commission secretary and Lenny Sawyer with Sawyer Real Estate was elected as treasurer. Both have served on the commission since August 2016.

Donald Moore was appointed to serve on the commission by the mayors of Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian. A longtime resident of Pass Christian, Moore has practiced law in South Mississippi for 26 years with Franke & Salloum PLLC. A former alderman in Pass Christian, he is chairman of the Administrative Board of Trustees of the Harrison County Library System and chairman of the Pass Christian Civil Service Commission.

University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association will induct six alumni to its Hall of Fame on Oct. 13. Among the inductees is, Mary Graham, Ph.D., who was named the president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2011. A native of Mississippi, Graham earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from USM, as well as her master’s and bachelor’s degrees. She also served as vice president of the Perkinston campus for 13 years. MGCCC is the second largest community college in Mississippi and during Graham’s tenure has been recognized as a “Great College to Work For,” and Aspen Institute ranked it as one of the Top 10 Community Colleges in the United States, among many other honors.

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Main Street Tourism Bureau honored Ocean Springs Police Officer Al Parker as Officer of the Quarter for his professionalism. The program was created by the Ocean Springs Police Department and the chamber is a sponsor of the award.


Attorney Dennie Mayhone Jr., founder of the elder care law firm of Mayhone Elder Law in Ocean Springs, met with 50 other leading elder law attorneys and key staff from across the nation in Kansas City, Missouri in September. They focused on marketing, client retention, talent management, leadership and professional development. Mayhone Elder Law helps families respond to legal, financial and personal care issues faced by seniors and those with disabilities, and their families.

Navy Chief Personnel Specialist David Gut of Gulfport recently was promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year. A 2002 Gulfport High School graduate, he is serving at Navy Personnel Command.