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Sonya Williams Barnes is known for stepping forward to make a real difference in the lives of others, especially young people and the disenfranchised. Barnes was born into a family in which community service and concern for others were part of the daily routine of life. She is the daughter of the Rev. Theodore R....
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Lori J. Evans currently works at International Paper as a communication specialist for the Global Cellulose Fibers (GCF) business. In this role, she is responsible for providing overall communications support for GCF senior leadership, employees and business projects by researching and writing for business leaders, developing effective communication strategies and tools for business specific projects...
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Dr. Felicia Gavin is a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience spanning the public and private sector. Currently, Dr. Gavin is the Chief of Operations for the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) where she manages the fiscal operation of the agency and serves as a member of the Executive Leadership team. Prior to...
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As a member of Butler Snow LLP’s Business Services and Public Finance Groups, Ahsley’s practice focuses on public finance, general corporate transactions, and tax issues such as: public finance tax, state and local taxation, controversy matters, and tax credits. With over twelve years of experience, Ashley has represented qualified active low-income community businesses, leverage lenders,...
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Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Tanya Sanders-Kelker is the wife of Christopher Kelker, mother of three boys, sister, daughter, friend, as well as an accomplished accounting professional, published author, entrepreneur, and salon owner. Tanya is a self-proclaimed foodie that enjoys traveling with her family and has a pallet for eclectic music. She is a two time...
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Annie Partee serves as the Director of Minority/Women Business Enterprise Department for the Dallas Independent School District.  She has received the following professional accolades and awards: Certified Texas School Business Specialist, Compliance Administrator, Master Compliance Administrator, Minority Business Leader Award, DFW Native American Chamber’s Special Recognition Award, 2016 Jupiter “Most Supportive Leader” Award, and numerous...
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Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Elizabeth Harper is the daughter of Rosie Jimerson and Jarett Harper, aunt, friend, Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as well as an employee of Comcast Cable as a Human Resources Generalist. Elizabeth loves to travel, eat, relax and spend time with her family. She is a graduate of Jackson State...
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Megan Patrick is an Area Loan Specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development. In her role as a Loan Specialist, she assist very low to low income residents in rural communities obtain loans to purchase or build new homes. She also assist very low income residents obtain grants and/or loans to...
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Kenneth Wayne Jones received his early education at Holy Child Jesus School and later graduated from Canton High School.  He then enrolled in Jackson State University, he received his BS & MS Degrees in Industrial Technology (Management), additionally, and he joined the United States Army Reserves as a Medical Specialist and retired as a Sergeant...
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Larry D. Camper, the son of Doris L. Howell and Doffie T. Camper, was born on March 3, 1950 in Mendenhall, MS.  He spent his childhood between Brandon, MS and Chicago, IL.  In the early fifties, Camper and his mother returned from Chicago to live in Mississippi with his grandparents, Lenard and Bethel Howell.  Upon...
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