South Mississippi personnel file for Oct. 15

Allison Buchanan
Allison Buchanan

Scott Corlew of Pascagoula was appointed to the Jackson County Port Authority by Gov. Phil Bryant. He replaces James Colmer, Jr., who resigned in July. A Pascagoula native, he graduated from University of Mississippi and received his Juris Doctorate from University of Mississippi School of Law. He serves on the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee for Mississippi Bar Association and is a past board member of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a past president of the Jackson County Bar Association.

Allison Buchanan has returned to The Focus Group public relations agency in Gulfport in a new role as CEO. A Coast native, she worked in Oxford for 19 months as CEO of New Media Lab, parent company of, Experience Oxford Magazine, the Holiday Market at the Jefferson, the National Graphene Association and, and was an adjunct instructor in the Meek School of Journalism & New Media at University of Mississippi. She previously was president of Buchanan Group in Biloxi and worked at Ecolab, Pillsbury Corp. and Berkshire Corp. before joining The Focus Group in 2011.

L. Renee Fairley of Vancleave, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has completed a training program at the company’s home office in Rock Island, Illinois. The program focused on helping families plan for life and reach their financial goals and also covered technology, fraternalism and underwriting.

Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi announces promotions and new staff members. Carolyn Carson-Collins is the new director of talent acquisition. Carolyn will focus on implementing an organization-wide recruitment plan. She previously served as human resource generalist for the City of Gulfport. She has a bachelor degree in communications with a minor in business administration from Mississippi College.

Emily Fiol is the new human resource generalist and will be responsible for the management of day-to-day HR operations. She previously was employment coordinator/EEO and diversity representative for Ingalls Shipbuilding and a human resource generalist with Grand Biloxi Casino. She has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from William Carey University.

Delinda Hanson has transitioned from vice president of human resources to vice president of workforce development to help individuals achieve their career development goals. She has spent 30 years in case management, 20 of them with Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi.

Kenneth Walker is the new vice president of human resources. He previously was an executive leader of human resources for the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, headquartered at Stennis Space Center. He has an MBA from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and two bachelor degrees in business administration and HR management from University of Maryland, and certifications in senior professional in human resources and project management professional.

Edward Taylor has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a partner in the firm of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell P.A. He has practiced law in Mississippi for 27 years and in the firm’s Gulfport office for 17 years. He is an alumnus of Mississippi College School of Law.

Huntington Ingalls Industries honored employees from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula for achievements in science, technology, engineering and math during the 22nd annual Women of Color STEM Conference in Detroit. Receiving Technology All-Star awards were: Debbie Clark, software development analyst; Donna Gardner, program control director; Robin May, industrial engineering manager, and Angela Pierre, administration director.

Those who received Technology Rising Star awards are: Ashley Allman, industrial engineer; Kimberly Cooley, accountant; Tracey Cryer, electrical engineer; Bridget Douglas, program cost control analyst, Carmilla Hoard, foreman; Jennifer Jones, administration manager; Bridgette Kirkpatrick, administration manager; April Martin, project management manager; Camisha Peterson, electrical engineer.

Marine Patrol Master Sgt. Roy Lipscomb recently was named 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council from nominees submitted by the five Gulf states’ law enforcement agencies, U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA Fisheries’ Office for Law Enforcement. He began working for Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in 2003 as a fisheries technician in the agency’s Shellfish Bureau and also served as a reserve officer for Marine Patrol. He became a full-time marine patrol officer in 2014. He also serves as a sergeant first class in the Army National Guard, and has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Navy Chief Fire Controlman Robert Moe, a 2003 graduate of Vancleave High School, was promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year. He is serving with Littoral Combat Ship Crew 116.