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See who’s in the next Leadership Gulf Coast class

2016-2017 Leadership Gulf Coast Class. Bottom row, from left: Cheryl LeMasters, Bryant Whelan, Seth Towles, Dixie Newman, LaShaundra McCarty, Caroline Randolph, Paula Delcambre, Kelly Griffin, Kristyn Gunter, Natasha Pickett, Christina Carson Middle row: Leonie Johnston, John Oropesa, Russell Young, Briana Levens, Rachel Leggitt, Haley Martin, Vickie Rivers, Sondia Christian, Janell Nolan, Kenney Washington, Allytra Perryman Top row: Patrick Ricci, Nick Kollath, Gary Taylor, Ben Benvenutti, Cindy Lamb, Alex Le, Michael Pocchiari, Jim Hindman, Kyle Widdows, Butch Simpson, Eric Sievers, Jason Overstreet, Mark McDaniel, Brian Useforge Not Pictured: Read Hendon, Ja’Leasa Walden
2016-2017 Leadership Gulf Coast Class. Bottom row, from left: Cheryl LeMasters, Bryant Whelan, Seth Towles, Dixie Newman, LaShaundra McCarty, Caroline Randolph, Paula Delcambre, Kelly Griffin, Kristyn Gunter, Natasha Pickett, Christina Carson Middle row: Leonie Johnston, John Oropesa, Russell Young, Briana Levens, Rachel Leggitt, Haley Martin, Vickie Rivers, Sondia Christian, Janell Nolan, Kenney Washington, Allytra Perryman Top row: Patrick Ricci, Nick Kollath, Gary Taylor, Ben Benvenutti, Cindy Lamb, Alex Le, Michael Pocchiari, Jim Hindman, Kyle Widdows, Butch Simpson, Eric Sievers, Jason Overstreet, Mark McDaniel, Brian Useforge Not Pictured: Read Hendon, Ja’Leasa Walden

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced the 27th class of local business and community leaders selected to participate in its Leadership Gulf Coast program.

The 38 people chosen will spend the next nine months engaged in the issues and opportunities facing South Mississippi.

“This year, Leadership Gulf Coast will celebrate 25 years of graduating outstanding business and community leaders across the region,” said Garden Park Medical Center’s Angie Juzang who chairs the Leadership Gulf Coast Board of Trustees. “This impressive class upholds that legacy.”

Selected for the 2016-2017 Leadership Gulf Coast class are:

Ben Benvenutti, Covington Civil and Environmental

Christina Carson, D.R. Horton – American’s Builders

Sondia Christian, Ingalls Shipbuilding

Paula Delcambre, Harrison County Development Commission

Kelly Griffin, Harrison County Beautification

Kristyn Gunter, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District

Read Hendon, USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Jim Hindman, Harrah’s Gulf Coast

Leonie Johnston, Lavish Salon

Nick Kollath, Alexander Van Loon, Sloan, Levens, & Favre PLLC

Cindy Lamb, Pickering Firm

Alex Le, Merit Health Biloxi

Rachel Leggitt, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce

Cheryl LeMasters, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Briana Levens, CohnReznick LLP

Haley Martin, Payne Martin and Haley Martin, Attorney-at-Law

LaShaundra McCarty, 3C: Creative Communications & Cons.

Mark McDaniel, Roy Anderson Corp.

Dixie Newman, City of Biloxi

Janell Nolan, Coast Electric Power Association

John Oropesa, Orocon Construction

Jason Overstreet, A. Garner Russell & Associations

Allytra Perryman, Mississippi Center for Justice

Natasha Pickett, Praise Temple FGBC of Biloxi

Michael Pocchiari, Garden Park Medical Center

Caroline Randolph, Hancock Bank

Patrick Ricci, Charter Bank

Vickie Rivers, Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation

Eric Sievers, BancorpSouth

Butch Simpson, Negrotto’s Gallery & Custom Framing

Gary Taylor, NASA

Seth Towles, Hancock Bank

Brian Useforge, Mississippi Power

Ja’Leasa Walden, Steps Coalition

Kenney Washington, Back Bay Mission

Bryant Whelan, The Focus Group

Kyle Widdows, Penn National Gaming

Russell Young, The First, A National Banking Association

Leadership Gulf Coast is a division of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. More than 900 leaders have graduated from the program since its inception in 1990.

Serving with Juzang on the Board of Trustees is Jennifer D’Aquilla with Tutor Perini Corp. as chair-elect.

Also serving on the board are: Kristie Aylett, The KARD Group; Sherri Bevis, Mississippi Secretary of State's office; Tori Bishop, Gulf Coast Woman; Megan Burkes, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation; Jessica Crosby, C Spire; Mike Davis, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino; Christen Duhe’, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; Cindy Duvall, Mississippi Power;

Also, Brent Fairley, Hancock Bank; Steve Fitzgerald, Stennis Space Center; Paul Guichet, The Peoples Bank; Wade Howk, Boomtown Casino Biloxi; Jay Huffstatler, American Red Cross; Susan Hunt, Excel by 5 and District Parent Academies; Myron Labat, University of Southern Mississippi; Chris Loposser, Gulfport Police Department; Kelli Lyons, Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre;

Also, Else' Marie, Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Co.; Stacey Rester, Hancock Bank; Robert Ridgway, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.; Cecelia Shabazz, The Focus Group; Chris Vignes, City of Gulfport

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