Board Members
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Jay Moon
SWIB Chair
CEO & President
Mississippi Manufacturers Association

Jay C. Moon is Chair of SWIB and president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. He has more than 20 years of experience in site development, business retention, strategic plan development, financial incentive creation, and marketing. He led Mississippi's successful effort to locate the Nissan Automotive Assembly facility. He received a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Georgia.

Ronald Aldridge
State Director
National Federation of Independent Business

Ronald Aldridge is state treasurer and state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. He was a Mississippi legislator. He is on the executive board of Mississippians For Economic Progress, a tort reform coalition of business and medical communities. He has more than 15 years of experience in lobbying.

Jeffrey Allman
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding

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Cheri Barry
Mayor
Meridian, MS

Cheri Barry is mayor of Meridian. Before becoming Meridian's first female mayor, she was the executive director of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross, leading disaster relief efforts in east Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. She has also served as a teacher in the Meridian public school system. She received a bachelor's degree in home economics from Mississippi State University and was recently made an Honorary Bulldog by MSU President Mark Keenum.

Jacqueline Beasley
Senior Vice President of Administration
MINACT, Inc.

Jacqueline Beasley is senior vice president of administration for MINACT Incorporated. She has more than 25 years of experience in job development and training programs, human resources, and administration and financial management. She is also secretary of New Hope Christian School's board of directors and serves on the board of the M.D. Swayze Educational Foundation of the Mississippi Economic Council. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Delta State University, a master's in business administration from Alcorn State University, and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Jackson State University.

Richard Berry
Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Human Services

Richard (Rickey) A. Berry is executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, an agency of over 3,800 employees who administer state and federal programs for children, families and seniors. He has more than 30 years of management experience in areas ranging from child support collections to the TANF work program. He currently serves on several boards including the Mississippi Early Childhood Advisory Council and received the Friend of Education award from the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators.

Brad Bounds

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Terry Burton
Senator
Mississippi Legislature

Terry Burton is a senator of the Mississippi Legislature. He has held his legislative position for 20 years. He is chair of the universities and colleges committee and vice chair of the appropriations committee. He is also a marketing and public relations consultant.

George "Bunky" Butler
Chairman
Delta Local Workforce Investment Board

George W. "Bunky" Butler owns a consulting company. He has 41 years of experience in commercial banking. He is chairman of the Delta Workforce Development Council. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University.

Brent Christensen
Executive Director
Mississippi Development Authority

Brent Christensen is executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Before joining MDA, he was the president and chief executive officer of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. The chamber was awarded 5-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during his tenure. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and public policy studies from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida.

Eric Clark
Executive Director
Mississippi Community College Board

Dr. Eric Clark is a member of the SWIB's executive committee and the executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board. He served 12 years as the Mississippi Secretary of State and 16 years as a member of the Mississippi State Legislature. He also taught history and government at Jones County Junior College and Mississippi College. He received a bachelor's degree from Millsaps College, a master's degree from the University of Mississippi, and a doctorate in history from Mississippi State University.

Robert G. Clark
Former Member (retired)
Mississippi House of Representatives

Robert G. Clark Jr. is a former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. When he retired, he was the longest-serving member in the House. A Mississippi state building is named after Clark. He received a bachelor's degree from Jackson State University and a master's degree in administration and educational services from Michigan State University.

Jason Dean
President
Fidelis Policy Group. LLC

Dr. Jason Dean is president of Fidelis Policy Group, which provides economic and education policy and resource support for associations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. He has served as vice president for economic policy of the Mississippi Economic Council. During 2006-2007, Jason was appointed by President Bush as a White House Fellow. He lives in Madison with his wife and two children.

Chris Epps
Commissioner
Mississippi Department of Corrections

Christopher B. Epps is the commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. His extensive career with MDOC includes serving as chief of staff, deputy commissioner of institutions, and deputy commissioner of community corrections, among several other positions. He also serves on the board of Mississippi Prison Industries, a nonprofit corporation that provides work opportunities to inmates. He received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Mississippi Valley State University and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia).

Charles Evers
Station Manager
WMPR Radio

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Steve A. Gray
Director of Governmental Affairs
Mississippi Association of Supervisors

Steve A. Gray is director of governmental affairs for the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. He serves as an advocate on legislative and regulatory issues affecting all of Mississippi's 82 counties. He also directs correspondence and provides legislative updates for all Mississippi counties, serving 410 county supervisors. He received a bachelor's degree from Delta State University and a master's degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University.

Michael Hall
Director of Human Resources
Ashley Furniture Inc.

Michael Hall is director of human resources for the Mississippi, California, and Pennsylvania operations of Ashley Furniture.

Kristi Henderson
Chief Advanced Practice Officer & Director
Telehealth
University of Mississippi Health Center

Dr. Kristi Henderson is chief advanced practice officer and director of Telehealth for the University of Mississippi Health Center. She has led the statewide TelEmergency program that has connected 14 rural hospitals with emergency physicians at UMHC. She is also an associate professor at the University of Mississippi School of Nursing. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College, a master’s degree in nursing from the Mississippi University for Women, and a doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Mark Henry
Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Mark Henry is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Previously he served as Chief of Staff for Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, an Administrative Judge at the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Kirk Fordice, and Deputy State Auditor. He also served in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, practiced law, and clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, J. P. Coleman. He graduated from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Charles Holder
Chief Executive Officer
Hol-Mac Corporation

Charles Holder is the CEO of Hol-Mac Corporation. He is chair of the steering committee for establishing Centers for Excellence as part of the Momentum WIRED grant. He was chair of the Mississippi Commission on Workforce Excellence. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University.

Clarke Holmes
Executive Director
Central Mississippi Planning & Development District

F. Clarke Holmes is the executive director of the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District. He directed the construction of 17 industrial parks within the district's seven-county region, an investment of more than $30 million. He coauthored legislation that ordered the development of a statewide economic development planning process. He is a founding member of the Mississippi Association of Planning and Development Districts and has represented the organization in numerous capacities for more than 20 years.

Lynn House
Interim State Superintendent
Mississippi Department of Education

Dr. Lynn House is interim state superintendent of the Mississippi Department of Education. With more than 35 years of experience in education, she has served as a teacher, principal, university professor, dean, and deputy state superintendent. She received a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of New Orleans, a master’s degree in reading education from Furman University, and a doctorate in administration and supervision from the University of Mississippi.

Joe Jones
Chief Executive Officer
McInvale Heating & Air Inc.

Joe Jones is the CEO of McInvale Heating & Air Inc. He is a public certified accountant. He received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tom Kovar
General Manager
Chevron Pascagoula Refinery

Tom Kovar is the general manager of Chevron Pascagoula Refinery. He has held several management positions at other Chevron refineries and has been with the company for more than 30 years. He has also served Chevron internationally in Argentina, Kazakhstan, and Canada. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tulsa.

Ed Langton
Chairman & CEO
Grand Bank in Hattiesburg
Mortgage Funding Corporation
IF-I Foundation

Ed Langton is chairman and chief executive officer of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg. He is also founder, chairman, and CEO of Mortgage Funding Corporation, as well as founder and chairman of IF-I Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization. He was chosen as a torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics. He achieved the rank of first lieutenant in the United States Army. He is a University of Southern Mississippi graduate and has served as president of USM’s Alumni Association.

Perry Lee
Senator
Mississippi Legislature

Perry Lee is a senator of the Mississippi State Legislature. He serves on various committees in the Legislature, including those for forestry and agriculture (on which he serves as chairman and vice chairman, respectively). He retired from the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service. He received a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master's degree from Mississippi State University.

George Lewis
Executive Director
Mississippi Municipal League

George E. Lewis is the executive director of the Mississippi Municipal League. He became a certified community developer while working for the Mississippi Development Authority. He also served as mayor of Kosciusko after working 23 years in retail management. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Delta State University.

H.S. "Butch" McMillan
Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

H.S. "Butch" McMillan is executive director of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives for 12 years. He was also the president of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and is a certified public accountant.

Joe Morton

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Jackie Mullins
Chairman Southcentral Mississippi Works Local Workforce Investment Board

Jackie Mullins is a district manager for Southern Pine Electric Power Association. He has served as a board member on workforce programs since the Job Training and Partnership Act. He is chairman of the local workforce investment board of Southcentral Mississippi Works. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Robert Mullins
Senior Manager of Training, Organization Development and Communication
Nissan North America

Bob Mullins is senior manager of training, organization development, and communications for Nissan North America. He was vice president of the Resource and Coordinating Unit of Economic Development at Hinds Community College. He has experience in developing, implementing, and utilizing workforce training. He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.

David Newell
President
Central Mississippi Building and Construction Trade Council

David Newell is president of the Central Mississippi Building and Construction Trade Council. He has owned a small general/hardware store for 24 years. He has been a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters for more than 35 years. He attended the plumbers and pipefitters apprenticeship school in Vicksburg.

David Stephens
Chairman
Twin Districts Local Workforce Investment Board

David Stephens is human resources manager of Van Zyverden Inc. He is chairman of the Twin Districts Workforce Area board and has served on workforce boards for more than 20 years. He has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and human resources management. He received PHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a bachelor's degree in accounting/business administration from Jackson State University.

Lex Taylor
Chairman & CEO
Taylor Machine Works

Lex Taylor is chairman and chief executive officer of Taylor Machine Works, a family-owned manufacturing business. With his guidance, Taylor Machine Works has diversified with the formation of The Taylor Group Inc. and has become competitive in the global market. He has served as chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Construction Industry Manufacturers’ Association, Winston Medical Foundation, and Mississippians for Economic Progress. He is a Mississippi State University graduate.

Michael Thomas
Manager of Land, Public, and Government Affairs
North American Coal Corporation - Mississippi

Michael B. Thomas is manager of land, public, and government affairs at the North American Coal Corporation in Mississippi. He has about 30 years of experience in vocational education and training in Mississippi and Arkansas. He is a member of several workforce and economic development boards, including the boards of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and Golden Triangle Planning and Development District. He received a bachelor's degree in industrial education from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in vocational administration from the University of Arkansas.

Sherrye C.Thompson
Chair of the Youth Council
Southcentral Mississippi Works Local Workforce Investment Board

Sherrye C. Thompson is director of community education services for Rankin County School District. She also serves as chair of the youth council for Southcentral Mississippi Works. Her work with Mississippi youth spans 25 years, including two terms on the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and one term as president of the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children. She was also secretary for the Rankin County Republican Executive Committee.

John Turner
Director
Economic Development for Entergy Mississippi

John Turner is director of Economic Development for Entergy Mississippi. He was previously manager of real estate operations and served as a design engineer at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station when he joined Entergy more than 30 years ago. He has management experience with Entergy's commercial assets in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. He also serves on several boards, including the Mississippi Automotive Manufactures Association, University of Mississippi Medical Center Technology Commercialization, Downtown Jackson Partners, and multiple regional economic development organizations. He received a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in civil engineering.

Paul Watson
County Supervisor
Washington County Board of Supervisors

Paul Watson Jr. is president of the board of supervisors in Washington County. He has served as supervisor of District 1 in Washington County for more than 12 years. He ran the Farmers Tractor Company - also known as the John Deere dealership - in Greenville for 42 years. He graduated from Mississippi State University.