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Brocato named executive director, Leland Chamber of Commerce

The Leland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced this week that Leland native Mary Anne Brocato has been named the new Executive Director for the Leland civic organization.

Brocato, who has been in Leland for nearly 40 years, currently still resides in Leland and recently retired as the Associate Vice President/Director of the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC). Prior to that, she was Dean of Career-Technical Instruction at Mississippi Delta Community College. Brocato earned a Bachelors degree in Consumer Relations, a Masters in Natural Science and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all from Delta State University.

Civically, she has been actively involved on the Education Committee of Delta Council; the President Elect for the Delta Community Tennis Association; Past Board member of the Deer Creek School; Elder and Clerk of Session for Leland Presbyterian Church; Rotary International; and Greenville Junior’s Woman’s Club.

“We are fortunate that someone with Mary Anne’s skill set and capabilities is available and interested in helping to build on the momentum that the Leland Chamber has seen over the last several years,” said Nicki Watford, Leland Chamber Board President. “I know she will do a great job for our community.”

Brocato will officially begin her new position this week, taking over for Interim Director, Stephanie Patton. “Melia Christensen worked so hard to get this organization in shape, not just financially, but she made it really support the community,” said Patton. “We needed someone with just as much enthusiasm as Melia, and Mary Anne will be that person for Leland.”

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