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Offiah joins Dermatology – West in Hattiesburg

Maureen N. Offiah, MD, FAAD, joined Hattiesburg Clinic Dermatology – West. She has special practice interests in medical dermatology, surgical dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. Offiah received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi in Jackson. She completed an internship in internal medicine and a dermatology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Offiah is board certified ...

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Schipper receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

Michele Schipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. At the ceremony are, from left, Lt. Col. R. Robert Bartran III, Battalion Commander of the 112th Military Police Battalion Mississippi Army National Guard and Full-Time Mobilization Readiness Officer for the Mississippi National Guard; ...

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Waggoner Engineering hires Monsour

Waggoner Engineering, Inc., announced the hiring of Michael Monsour as a Senior Project Manager in its Gulfport office. A native of Vicksburg, Monsour joins Waggoner with over 28 years of experience in railway operations that have included a variety of roles and responsibilities including employee safety, project management, and passenger and freight operations. Before joining Waggoner, Monsour was a General ...

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EMBDC recognizes June ambassadors of the month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation presented its June Ambassadors of the Month awards. Honorees were, from left, Laura Hester, The MAX, third place; Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, first place; Lisa Sollie, MSU Meridian, second place; and Ashley Tanksley, Meridian Community College, Red Ticket drawing winner.

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Cary Karlson to retire from Washington County Economic Alliance

After 7 years working devotedly for the Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA), Cary Karlson, a resident of Greenville, is set to retire on July 31. Cary Karlson, 65, joined the WCEA in 2012 after numerous years of experience in wholesale trade and product development. During his time at the WCEA, he was responsible for rebuilding the organization into the premier ...

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Director of local children’s organization wins prestigious national award

Cynthia Chauvin, the director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hancock County, a local program that works with children who have experienced abuse or neglect, has been named the program director of the year by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. Chauvin is one of nearly 900 local program directors nationwide. The National ...

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WealthPartners hires Launius and Beers

WealthPartners in Ridgeland announced the hiring of Kristy Launius, CPA, CPFA, as its Retirement Plan Services Specialist of the Corporate Retirement Plans Division and John Beers as a Wealth Management Analyst. Beers oversees client account activities at WealthPartners by helping research market analytics and investment solutions and identify exited parameters of clients’ defined risk preferences and mitigation of accounts. Formerly ...

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Baxter named Communications Director for Hancock Port Commission

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission announced that Jennifer Baxter has been named Communications Director. In her role, she is responsible for managing internal and external communications, public relations, and government relations. Baxter has worked in government agencies for almost 10 years, most recently having served as the Executive Director for the Hancock County Library System. Baxter, a Mississippi ...

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Forrest General Hospital receives award

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg has received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Forrest General earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to ...

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Wilson, Ridgeway to lead Christian & Small firm in Ridgeland

Partner Sarah Beth Wilson and Associate Shauncey H. Ridgeway – formerly of Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush P.A. – have joined Birmingham-based Christian & Small LLP and will lead the newly-created office on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland. Wilson and Ridgeway practiced in the Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy and Financial Litigation practice group at Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush – and ...

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