Hancock Bank has named 11 South Mississippians as new vice presidents. Felicia Augustine (Central Division administration) has managed Hancock Bank’s Central Division operations since May 2006. Originally from Montgomery, Ala., Augustine joined Hancock Bank in 2002 as a teller and has been a branch operations manager. She has 18 years of banking and financial services experience. She lives in Gulfport and attends Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Kathy Dunaway (Cedar Lake Branch) has 25 years of financial services experience. Dunaway of Biloxi joined Hancock Bank in 1984 as a Northeast Branch teller and customer service representative. She has served in all areas of branch services, including tellers operations, eight years as a branch operations manager, branch manager and currently as a senior financial services associate. She is a graduate of d’Iberville High School and attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Dunaway has completed Commercial Credit School and Buck Bierly sales training through Hancock University – Hancock Bank’s comprehensive education, training and professional development curriculum – and holds a Mississippi insurance license. She is also a two-year Million Dollar Club recipient. A new member of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, Dunaway attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church in d’Iberville.
Andrea J. Hood (Sumrall Branch) is a native of the Janice, is a 25-year financial services veteran and manages Hancock Bank’s Sumrall branch. She began her Hancock career in 1993 as supervisor of Hancock Bank’s recoveries department. The Biloxi High School graduate attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Hood has been active in the Mississippi Young Bankers Association and is a member of the Area Development Partnership, Committee for Excellence in Sumrall and Sumrall Merchants Association. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
Lisa L. Jones (Lending Services – Long Beach Interim Operations Center) is a lending services manager, began her Hancock Bank career in 1997 and has a total of 25 years’ financial services experience. She has also been a loan operations supervisor. Now a Gulfport resident, Jones graduated from Biloxi High School and received an associate degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She has volunteered with numerous United Way of South Mississippi committees and has been as a committee member with the Hancock Associate Assistance Foundation. She received a Papal blessing and has served Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church as a Catholic education teacher and committee member.
Rebecca Kelly (Hancock Mortgage Department), with 19 years of experience in the South Mississippi mortgage industry, is a Picayune native and is the quality control manager for Hancock’s mortgage division. She joined Hancock Bank 13 years ago as a mortgage loan originator and has been a mortgage closing manager. Kelly graduated from Picayune Memorial High School and received a business degree from Mississippi State University. She served as state convention co-chair for the Mortgage Bankers Association and is active in the Vancleave Horse Club. Kelly is a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs.
Jody J. Lafont (Hancock Investment Services Inc. – Bay St. Louis) is a financial advisor who joined Hancock Investment Services Inc., a subsidiary of Hancock Bank, six years ago. He has 27 years of professional experience in the financial services and investments arenas. The New Orleans native is an alumnus of South Lafourche High School and holds a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University.
Ginger McKay (CD/IRA – Gulfport), a Long Beach native and resident of Pass Christian, is a CD/IRA specialist with Hancock Bank. She is a 30-year veteran of Hancock Bank who first joined the company as a part-time teller. McKay managed Hancock’s former Edgewater Mall branch, was an employee benefits/IRA specialist in the company’s trust department, and managed operations at Hancock’s Naval Construction Battalion Base branch in Gulfport. She is a graduate of Long Beach High School with an associate degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. McKay also holds a Mississippi insurance license and is a notary public.
Cindy Sharrow (Lending Services – Long Beach Interim Operations Center), originally from Riverside, Calif., is a lending services manager for Hancock Bank. Beginning her Hancock Bank career in 1998, she has served as a lending services loan processor and supervisor and has 18 years’ experience in financial services. Sharrow is a Gulfport resident.
Vonretta Singleton (Dedeaux Road Branch), a Hancock Bank associate for eight-plus years, currently manages Hancock’s Dedeaux Road branch in Gulfport. The Prentiss native is an alumna of Prentiss High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also a graduate of both the Mississippi School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. With a total of 12 years’ financial services experience, Singleton completed Commercial Credit School and Leadership School through Hancock University. She is a member of the CASA board, Catholic Foundation finance council and Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Singleton has been active at St. Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis as a church lector, parish council member and finance council president.
Al Tapper (Corporate Security Department), a former Harrison County Sheriff’s Department deputy and Gulfport Police Department patrol sergeant with a total of 20 years’ professional experience, manages Hancock Bank’s corporate security division. He joined the company in 2000 as an investigator. Tapper, a Gulfport High School graduate, earned a criminal justice degree from Delta State University and is an ASIS International Certified Protection Professional. He is vice-chairman of the ASIS International Gulf Coast Chapter and has served on the Mississippi Bankers Association security committee for two years. Tappers is a native and resident of Gulfport.
Sharon J. Wiley (Gulfport Main Branch), a Pass Christian native and a senior financial services associate at Hancock Bank’s downtown Gulfport office, began her Hancock career 31 years ago. She has also served as an administrative assistant in the commercial lending division. Wiley graduated from Pass Christian High School and completed the Mississippi School of Banking. She is treasurer of the Mississippi Chapter of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows and attends the First Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport.
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