Class notes


‘79 Videt Carmichael (M.Ed. ’85) of Meridian, a Mississippi senator representing District 33, has been honored with the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Outstanding Leadership Award for his support of education. A former chair of the Senate Education Committee, he has helped increase school funding, strengthen academic standards, and improve teacher and administrator accountability.


’80 Tom Minyard (M.S. ’88) of Hernando has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as civil works program manager, with responsibilities for the advancement of the firm’s strategic direction related to its civil works program for local, state and federal governments. Previously, he was engineering and construction division chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District.

’81 James C. “Jimmy” Nelson of Ridgeland is the new president of the American Council of Engineering Companies –Mississippi. Senior vice president of the Allen & Hoshall engineering firm in Ridgeland, he also serves as director of the Alabama/Mississippi Water Works Association.

’83 Bob Barlow of Louisville, Kentucky, is the new president and chief executive officer of ZEON Corp., manufacturer of specialty elastomers with facilities in Hattiesburg, Bayport, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky.

’83 Renee Turner of Vicksburg, deputy chief for the upper river district support team of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received the Ernest P. Blankenship Engineer/Scientist Award of the Mississippi Valley Division. The award was given by the local commander in recognition of Turner’s commitment, dedication and technical knowledge in her work.

‘84 Charles Garretson of Ellisville is the new Vice President of Advancement and Foundation Executive Director for the Jones County Junior College Foundation Inc.

’86 (M.S.) Jane McKee Smith of Vicksburg, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, has been named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Assigned to the ERDC’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, she was recognized for helping develop the Steady State Spectral WAVE or STWAVE numerical wave transformation model. Engineers around the world use STWAVE for calculating ocean waves near the coast. The ERDC is a research facility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

’88 (Ph.D.) Anthony Negbenebor is the new president of the board of directors for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Dean of the Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, he is leading the 2014-15 council, the only global body that accredits business, accounting and business-related programs at all degree levels.


'93 (M.A.) Michael Hess of Memphis, Tennessee, has moved to the local office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as leader of the firm’s newly established Specialty Pharmacy, Pharma Services and Distribution practice. Focusing on pharmaceutical trade and distribution, he represents reimbursement hubs, pharma support organizations and 340B-covered entities.

’93 Dr. Bryan D. Leatherman of Gulfport, an ear, nose, throat and sinus surgeon at the Coastal Sinus and Allergy Center has been reelected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. AAOA is a 2,200-member professional organization dedicated to advancing the treatment of allergic conditions. Currently serving as AAOA secretary, he has been a board member for five years.

’96 Vincent Allen of Dallas, Texas, has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2014. Super Lawyers is a rating service of top attorneys in more than 70 practice areas that have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and publishes profiles of the selected attorneys.


’00 (M.Ed.) Ryan Akers of Starkville, an MSU assistant Extension professor, has received the Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As one of only eight named FEMA “Champions of Change,” Akers was honored for creating the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI, that works to improve disaster preparedness efforts among young people.

‘01 Rebecca Dickey of Lake Park, Georgia, president of Wing Walker Public Relations LLC, recently placed second overall in the Remington Great Americans Shoot, the largest charity fundraising shoot ever held in America. The Austin, Texas, event raised nearly $1.2 million for military charities. A U.S. Air Force veteran and Bronze Star recipient, Dickey supports That Others May Live, an organization aiding USAF search-and-rescue personnel and their families.

‘02 Dr. Daniel H. Smith (M.S. ’04) of Hattiesburg has joined Hattiesburg Clinic Surgery. Board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery, he completed his internship at the University of South Alabama Health System in Mobile after receiving his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

‘06 Dr. Zita Magloire has completed her residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine–Wichita. She finished the residency in the school’s Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Health.

’07 Attorney Adam Griffin of Jackson has joined the local office of the Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush firm in the practice areas of litigation, insurance coverage and litigation, and third-party personal injury defense. He is a member of the Mississippi and Alabama bars, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and Jackson Young Lawyers.

’08 Hannah Melby of Starkville, half of the Nashville-based country music band “HanaLena,” has released a book with her co-author and sister Caroline. Titled Recipes and Road Stories, the book blends an assortment of recipes with what they call “touching and rollicking road stories.” Published by Sartoris Literary Group Inc./SLB Music, it is available at


’13 Rae Ann Lawrence of Jackson is serving as an intern with Jackson-based Waggoner Engineering. Her role in the civil, structural and aviation division includes assisting with such projects as the Ridgeland City Center, where she has worked with utility relocation coordination and stormwater management design.

’14 Josh Rushing of Nashville, Tennessee, has joined Hoar Construction as a virtual design and construction estimator. In this role, the Vicksburg native utilizes building information modeling (BIM) technologies to reduce waste, generate accurate budgets and integrate delivery to more efficiently manage projects.

Birth Announcements

Kye Elwood DeAngelo, Oct. 13, 2014, to Nick DeAngelo (’03) and Melissa Keenum DeAngelo (’02) of Moss Point.