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