South Mississippi personnel file for Nov. 5

Travis Altsman
Travis Altsman

Travis Altsman, AIA, has joined Dale Partners PA, which has offices in Biloxi and Jackson. A native of Diamondhead, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University and recently became a licensed architect in Mississippi. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Teresa Malone has been promoted to director of horticulture at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. She began working at the Beau Rivage in 1998 and has designed and implemented the resort’s floral installations, including the holiday decor. She received MGM Resorts International’s J. Terrance Lanni Award of Excellence in 2014 and in her new position will develop strategies for all interior and exterior landscape displays, floral displays and grounds maintenance, and for wedding planning, special events and galas at the resort. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a surgical technician for 20 years.

Karen Glass recently was installed as 2018 President of the Mississippi Association of Realtors. A longtime Realtor and broker at Coldwell Banker Alfonso in Gulfport, she has served on the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors’ board of directors for 10 years as president, secretary and director. She has served on the MAR Board of Directors and multiple MAR committees is Jackson. She was named Mississippi Realtor of the year and GCAR Realtor of the Year in 2013.

GCAR members also earning recognition at the annual convention were Rickey Authement, 2018 Mississippi Affiliate of the Year; GCAR past president Jon Ritten, who was elected to serve as 2018 MAR Southern Region vice president, and Judy Freeman, who was elected as a 2018 MAR director.

Dr. James Randolph, who practices small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry at Animal General Hospital in Long Beach, attended Louisiana Academy of Veterinary Practice’s seminar Neurology Update. The day-long session was presented by Dr. Bill Bush, principal in Bush Veterinary Neurology Service of Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. Dr. Bush is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology). Randolph is a member of the academy’s board of directors.

L. Renee Fairley of Vancleave, a Modern Woodmen of America representative, has attained the Fraternal Insurance Counselor designation. Those who earn this educational designation devote more than a year to meet the examination and career development criteria set by the Fraternal Field Managers Association.

Nextaff Gulf Coast has added Betsy McClendon to its recruiting staff. She previously worked at Tempstaff out of Jackson, where she was a staffing supervisor/recruiter for 5 years. She is a Certified Staffing Professional through American Staffing Association and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management.

Katelyn Wood was hired as an administrative assistant for Nextaff Gulf Coast and the United MSD Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding research and treatments for children with Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD). She is a recent graduate of University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and was a member of the National Honor Society and the American Kinesiology Association.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College recently honored 2017 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. They are:

Tommy Murphy, Coast division manager for Mississippi Power Co., who attended the Jackson County campus from 1982-84. He joined Mississippi Power in 1985 and has served as community development director, chief information officer, employee relations manager, Bay St. Louis Area manager and economic development national recruiter. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Southern Mississippi and is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology management program.

Wade Howk, vice president of operations at Boomtown Casino, attended Jeff Davis campus from 1995-2000. He has associate’s degrees from MGCCC and worked at the college as an adjunct instructor for several years, teaching accounting in the casino program. A certified public accountant, he has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, management and accounting from USM. He has a master’s degree in business administration from William Carey University.

Bill Wilkerson of Lucedale attended Perkinston Junior College from 1957-58 on a basketball scholarship. He attended USM and Mississippi College, where he earned a law degree. After teaching biology and education for seven years, he was elected to the state Legislature, where he served five terms in the House of Representatives and also on the State Tax Commission, Mississippi Workers Compensation Commission and Mississippi Public Utilities Board, and as legal counsel for Mississippi Electric Power Association. He practiced law in George County and now serves on the MGCCC Board of Trustees.

John Fayard Jr., who attended the Jeff Davis campus in 1972, was presented the Sam Owen Trophy for his support of the college. He is owner of John Fayard Moving & Warehousing in Gulfport, with operations in Alabama, Florida and Texas. His business, like his father’s and grandfather’s, is a family operation. His son, Tripp, daughter, Tory, wife, Tanya, sisters, Janet, Sandra and Alicia, and a nephew also work at the company. He recently donated two trucks to MGCCC’s Commercial Truck Driving program.

Jamie Miller, who attended the Perkinston campus from 1991-93, was presented the Spirit of Gulf Coast Award, given to someone who has made significant contributions in support of Bulldog athletics. He is executive director of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources since April 2013 and previously was chief of staff for Rep. Steven Palazzo in Washington, D.C., and policy adviser to Gov. Haley Barbour following Hurricane Katrina. He attended the Perkinston campus on a baseball scholarship. He received his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology with a minor in chemistry from USM.