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Top 40: Tina Williamson

With 19 years working experience in the healthcare, legal and criminal case management fields, Tina Williamson decided to take an opportunity to “pay if forward.”

When the Mississippi College School of Law, Williamson’s alma mater, asked her to return in 2006 and establish an alumni affairs program, she didn’t hesitate. During her first year in the position, Williamson increased donor participation by a whopping 50 percent and initiated eight new programs for alumni and student participation.

Though she took a huge pay cut, Williamson couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Even though I accepted a position that paid significantly less than I made in medical management, I realized this was my opportunity to pay back the school that did so much for me personally,” she said.

While an MC law school student, the Biloxi native earned honors as the 2004 Phi Delta Phi Graduate of the Year and the coveted Herman and Martha Hines Award.

Today, Williamson serves the Mississippi Children’s Home Society as director of corporate compliance, developing and implementing a comprehensive compliance program for the non-profit agency. Prior to joining the MCHS, she worked as a respiratory therapist in Jackson and as a legal consultant

She has also become quite adept at public speaking and credits her sense of humor for easing her shyness in front of an audience.

“In the early years of my medical career, the thought of public speaking terrified me,” Williamson admitted. “But the humorous approach has worked for me, and I’ve used it since when making presentations.”

Chris Cherney, executive director of the MCHS and Williamson’s boss, believes she’s played a major role in developing compliance guidelines for the agency is extremely loyal.

“One of her appealing qualities is she has a caring and loving heart for children,” he said. “During a staff shortage last year, Tina volunteered to assume the interim manager duties of our dietary services. She has a can-do work ethic and has made a positive difference.”

If you don’t want to be your boss, you’re in the wrong career, Williamson says.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and writing.

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