Ten business and community leaders from throughout Mississippi recently joined the board of trustees for The Nature Conservancy in Mississippi. The new board members are:
• Cari M. Field of Pascagoula is the environmental affairs manager of First Chemical Corporation. Prior to that, she served more than 13 years on active and reserve duty as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, where she specialized in marine safety and incident management. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
• Haley Fisackerly of Jackson is the president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi Inc. He holds a bachelor’s from Mississippi State University and a master’s from George Washington University. Prior to joining Entergy, Fisackerly served several years on the staff of Sen. Thad Cochran.
• Dr. Jeanne Jones is a professor for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University. Jones, a widely published writer and illustrator, serves as a scriptwriter and host for “Mississippi’s Natural Wonders,” an MSU-produced Web podcast and TV special. Jones earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Mississippi State University.
• William P. Meyers is an attorney at the Myers Law Group in Hernando. Myers, a founding member of the North Mississippi Land Trust, earned his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Mississippi.
• Jay C. Moon of Jackson is president and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, which represents more than 2,200 manufacturers and associated members. Prior to this role, Moon served as the deputy director and COO and as director for international development with the Mississippi Development Authority. Moon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia.
• Susan Thomson Rutland, who makes her home in Hattiesburg, serves as director of the First National Bank of Picayune. Prior to this role, Rutland held director roles in marketing for Coca-Cola in Charleston, S.C., and in Hattiesburg. She is a graduate of Tulane University.
• Dr. Thomas R. Singley of Moss Point is a retired medical doctor who practiced as an OB-GYN in Pascagoula for nearly 40 years. Singley also served as a flight medical officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1968. Singley graduated from the University of Mississippi and earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.
• Scott J. Walker of Ocean Springs is a partner at the Maxwell and Walker Consulting Group, an engineering firm based in Jackson, and he is the co-owner of the Ocean Springs Gazette. Walker, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, has also worked as the Southern District field representative for Sen. Roger Wicker and as office manager and Southern District field representative for Sen. Trent Lott.
• Amy D. Whitten of Ridgeland is the principal owner of The Whitten Group, a full-service management consulting and training firm, and she practices law from offices in Jackson and Oxford. Whitten previously served as counsel and court administrator to the Mississippi Supreme Court and as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Mississippi. Whitten earned her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Mississippi.
• Blake Wilson is president of the Mississippi Economic Council, serving as only the third executive of the State Chamber of Commerce in 50 years. Prior to his work in Mississippi, Wilson, who lives in Jackson, worked as vice president for Florida Chamber of Commerce and as executive director of Associated Builders and Contractors in Delaware. He also spent nine years as a newspaper editor and reporter.
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