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Susanne S. Cunningham

  Even though Susanne Cunningham, O.D., has had great success in a relatively short period of time — Mississippi Optometric Association named her Young Optometrist of the Year in 2006, and the Southeastern Council of Optometrists selected her Young Optometrist of the South in 2007 for her service to community and the profession of optometry […] [...]

Michele Baker

Named for the Beatles love ballad that bears the same name, Michele Dawn Baker was born in Illinois during the dog days of summer in 1970, and was merely eight weeks old when her mother, Fran, joined her dad, John, in Germany, where he was stationed in the military. Five years later, the family relocated […] [...]

Arthur Reggie Dampier Jr.

  Earning an advanced degree was merely a building block for a multifaceted career of Arthur R. Dampier, O.D. — a professional optometrist, successful entrepreneur, community leader and reliable volunteer. “The word ‘young’ … shouldn’t place a limit on what can be achieved,” said Dampier, who was born in Brookhaven and grew up in Jackson. […] [...]

David Barber

The same year David Barber earned his master of science degree in health service administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham — 1994 — he joined North Mississippi Health Services. Before long, he was running North Mississippi Medical Clinics — literally — and setting benchmarks higher with every flip of the calendar. “David has […] [...]

Keri Cole

  The second of three children born to Mike Bernsen, CFO for the City of Columbus, and his wife, Pam, a medical office manager, Keri Bernsen Cole spent her early childhood in Beaumont, Texas, where she trained six days a week in competitive gymnastics, even attending legendary Olympic gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi’s summer camps. Most […] [...]

Gary Butler

Even though Gary D. Butler, Ph.D., is deeply embedded in Bulldog Country on the campus of Mississippi State University, the former Tulane University Green Wave football standout doesn’t mind at all. “While in college, my primary goal was to play in the NFL,” said Butler. “This had been a goal of mine since junior high […] [...]

Neely C. Carlton

  Neely Caillouet Carlton, who has served in all three branches of state government, and on the day her daughter was born cast a decisive vote in favor of the Administrative Procedures Act before heading to the hospital, jokes that her career path has not been a long and winding road. She describes it “more […] [...]

Heather Brown

While earning a communications degree from Mississippi State University, Heather Allen Brown showed her willingness to roll up her sleeves and do what was needed to get the job done. The youngest of five children born 20 years apart to Curtis, an engineer, and Eva Ann, his homemaker wife, Brown juggled schoolwork with clerical duties […] [...]

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