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Current Class

Michelle Accardi

Director of Policy and Partnerships
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Joey Beattie

Vice President
BXS Insurance

Sandra Bitten

Human Resources Supervisor
Calsonic Kansei

Sondia Christian

Manager of Earned Value Management/Compliance
Ingalls Shipbuilding

Amanda Cobb

Operations Manager
Irby Construction Company

Jessica Crosby

Manager of Market Development – Enterprise Wireless
C Spire

Elise Deano

Law Office of Elise Deano

Johnny Donaldson

President – Jackson
BankPlus

Brandon Dunn

Chief Financial Officer
Yates Construction Company

Kabah Ealy

General Counsel
MINACT, Inc.

Felicity Edwards

CPA & Senior Project Manager
Covington Civil and Environmental, LLC

Bailey Fair

Attorney
Watkins & Eager

Jay Fisher

Business Development Officer
Renasant Bank

Christee Holbrook

President
Graham Roofing Incorporated

Brandon Hubbard

Trustmark

Cedrick Hurd

Area Manager
Mississippi Power

Ed Johnson

Safety Manager
Atmos Energy

Adre’ Jordan

Director of Quality and Risk Management
Promise Hospital

Angie Juzang

Director of Marketing and Business Development
Garden Park Medical Center

James Kaigler, Jr.

Senior Vice President
Hancock Whitney Bank

Micca Knox

Assistant Executive Director
Early Childhood Academy
Mississippi Community College Board

Jessica Lane

Senior Vice President
Community Bank of MS

Mary LaRosa

Chief Financial Officer
Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District

John Lassiter

Partner
Burr & Foreman LLP

Kirk Lewis

President & Chairman
Blue Springs Metals

Leo Manuel

Partner
Balch & Bingham LLP

Torie Marion

Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs
Ole Miss Alumni Association

Brad Mayhew

Plant Manager
Drax Biomass, Inc.

Debra Mays-Jackson

Vice President/Chief of Staff
Jackson State University

Tina McDyess

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Belhaven University

Pam Moeller

Director of External Relations
University of Southern Mississippi

Chris Monsour

Project Executive – General Manager
Roy Anderson Corp

Grant Montgomery

Senior Vice President
BancorpSouth

Luke Montgomery

President
Montgomery Enterprises, Inc.

Heath Morgigno

Joint Forces Headquarters
Detachment Commander
MS Army National Guard

Russell Morrison

Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Cherisa Moss

Founder
Haven House Charities

Joi Owens

Attorney & Senior Advisor for Mississippi
Oxfam America

Derek Polk

Director of Engineering
Nissan North America, Inc.

Allilia Price

IT Program Manager
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Ungalia Ratcliff

Account Executive
Magnolia Health, Inc.
(wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation)

Amanda Shook

Coordinator
Public Affairs and Economic Development
Entergy Mississippi

Temika Simmons

Director
Delta State University Local Government Leadership Institute

Erin Smith

Austin Stewart

Special Counsel
Adams and Reese LLP

Taylor Stringer

Business Development Manager
Stringer Industries, Inc.

Katie Townsend

Advertising and Brand Manager
Hattiesburg Clinic

Carla Underwood

EHSS Manager
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc.

Shelley Walker

Vice President, Brands & Innovation
Chawla Hotels

Tonia Ware

Treasury Analyst
Cooperative Energy

Andrew Warmath

Chief Financial Officer
Barnes Crossing Auto Group

Matt Wilson

Loan Officer
IBERIABANK Mortgage

WHAT IS LEADERSHIP MISSISSIPPI?

Leadership Mississippi is an annual program of the Mississippi Economic Council conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Participants, selected by a committee of MEC’s Leadership Mississippi Alumni, work together in a training program that combines individual study, group sessions and project experience in using leadership skills. Leadership Mississippi is endowed through a generous contribution by the late J.C. and Annie Redd. J.C. Redd was Chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council in 1973-74 when the program began.

Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation. Since its inception in 1974, Leadership Mississippi has graduated more than 1,300 alumni active in Mississippi business and politics.  Mississippi's top business executives, community leaders, and elected officials have participated in Leadership Mississippi as a way to expand their networks and possibilities for future success.

As a member of the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2019, you will be part of a distinguished network of business and community leaders that will play a role in shaping the future of our state. Members of our Leadership Mississippi class will travel around the state, learning about different areas of Mississippi and gaining invaluable knowledge and experiences.

Nominations are not required to apply - just click the link below to begin your Leadership, Mississippi Journey.

You do not want to miss your chance at this great opportunity!

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Leadership Mississippi Applications will not be considered complete until we receive the following:

  1. A completed application
  2. Two letters of recommendation

    Please send to:
    Will Caves
    P.O. Box 23276
    Jackson, MS 39225-3276

    You may also e-mail them to leadershipms@msmec.com.

  3. Employer Consent Form
  4. $50 Application Fee
    (Please make checks payable to M.B. Swayze Foundation - Leadership Mississippi)

We wish you the best of luck on your application!