Pascagoula attorney April McDonald was elected president of the Jackson County Bar Association, after previously serving as vice president and secretary. She is an attorney with Heidelberg, Steinberger P.A., which has offices in Pascagoula and Jackson. She received her juris doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University. She is native of George County and a member of the Mississippi, Alabama and American Bar associations.
Tulane School of Professional Advancement announces two new hires. Vanessa Rodriguez, J.D., M.A., is the new assistant dean for student support and success. A native of South Mississippi, she served as director of student conduct at Tulane University since 2015. She previously worked as a psychotherapist in New York City, and enrolled in Tulane Law School, where she was named a member of Tulane 34 and was a mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation Program and chief law clerk for Judge Pro Tempore Lynn Luker in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
Biloxi native Ian August is an admissions coordinator for Tulane’s Mississippi Coast campus. Previously a senior admissions associate at Virginia College, he has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from William Carey University. He began his career as a marketing assistant for the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Science Center in Mobile.
Dr. Aung Aye has joined Memorial Physician Clinics in the practice of rheumatology in association with Dr. Richa Gupta at 1110 Broad Ave., Suite 500, Gulfport. He also will see patients at Memorial specialty clinic locations in Hancock County. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cooper University Hospital, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in New Jersey, and fellowship in rheumatology at Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College in New York, and is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce has hired Gabrielle Rose as the new director for the Long Beach and Pass Christian Chambers of Commerce. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Mississippi and worked as an account executive and manager of social media, online and circulation manager at at Vowell Inc. and as a public relations assistant at University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and at Georgia Southwestern State University.
Tanner Brown of Long Beach has graduated from an eight-week pit crew training program at Performance Instruction & Training’s Pit Crew U. Brown now will join PIT’s 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance program, which provides continued career development to prepare students for tryouts and placement with professional teams.
Elizabeth Van Horn, a senior at St. Patrick Catholic High School, was one of 30 students selected to attend the Future Women in Business Weekend at Washington University Olin Business School in St. Louis. This is an all-expenses-paid opportunity for Van Horn, who has achieved a weighted GPA of 3.9, an ACT score of 32 and maintains a professional photography business, Liz X Van Photo, outside of her many activities at St. Patrick.
Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Joshua “Thibs” Thibodeaux of Gulfport was promoted to chief petty officer, an accomplishment that only one in five eligible sailors achieve each year. According to Navy Personnel Command, only 8.5 percent of sailors currently serve at the chief petty officer rank.
Alexander Yim, a training manager at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, received a leadership award at the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers’ National Conference. He served in a leadership capacity in the Ingalls’ Asian Pacific Islander employee resource group and advanced the mission of the ERG to support the company’s Asian Pacific Islander employees.