Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 Featured Dancers

Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 - Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke

Anita began her love of dancing at the age of 4, where she grew up in Fairhope, AL She studied all types of dance growing up and even taught all the way through her high school years.

After graduation, she continued her love of dance with being honored as a member of the famous University of Southern Mississippi Dixie Darlings. Upon the completion of her degree in Journalism/Public Relations from USM, she worked in Advertising, was the Special Events Dir. at both Gayfer’s and McRae’s Dept. stores and was a buyer and marketing director for a family members furniture business.

With her love and still ultimate passion for theater and dance, she auditioned for local community theater in Hattiesburg and then later in Mobile and performed in several musical theater productions such as: Guys & Dolls, Grease, Joseph, Annie Get Your Gun and Evita.

In 2000 she began working in Marketing and PR in the technology field and the past 13 years she has been employed as the Brand Ambassador for C Spire.

She serves on the board of the Family Ctr. for Prevention of Child Abuse, Public Relations Council of Mobile, Saraland Chamber of Commerce and is on the Advisory Council for the Mitchell College of Business/Marketing Dept. at the Univ. of South Ala. She is a member of the Jr. League of Mobile and serves on several other community and charity entities.

Her interests include: International traveling and cruising, antique shopping and traveling with her son’s Premier Travel soccer team.

She is married to her husband Rick and has a son Landon that is a Sophomore in high school.

She is honored to be able to perform to support one of her favorite causes and is hoping she can make her family and friends proud.

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Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 - Caty Mahoney Hulett

Caty Mahoney Hulett

Caty Mahoney Hulett resides in Biloxi with her husband, Dean Hulett, and has three children. She is in management with her family business, Mary Mahoney’s, and is a real estate agent with J. Carter Real Estate and Investments. Caty is a former Queen Ixolib (1998) for Gulf Coast Carnival Association and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Biloxi Yacht Club.

In her free time, she enjoys running and spending as much time as she can with her children, husband and friends on the water here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 - Jourdan Nicaud

Jourdan Nicaud

Jourdan Nicaud of Pass Christian, MS is the son of Kent & Jenny Nicaud of Pass Christian, MS. He is the brother of Field Nicaud. He graduated from Saint Stanislaus College where he was a letterman in football. He was a recipient of the Character Cup, President of

the School and a member of the Honor Society. He attended Tulane University on a scholarship where he was a member of their NCAA Football Team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Jourdan is a local Restaurateur and owns the Bacchus Group of Restaurants along with the

Oyster Reef Club. He is a member of St. Thomas in Long Beach. He is a member of the Harrison County Republican Executive Committee and the Pass Christian Yacht Club. He enjoys spending his leisure time cooking and is an avid moviegoer.

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Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 - Mike Lipski

Mike Lipski

Mike Lipski is the vice president of Strategy for Ingalls Shipbuilding. Mike is responsible for supporting Washington operations’ strategy and alignment as well as market analysis, business capture teams and bid and proposal (B&P) development and investment.

Mike has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in 2007. He began his career with Ingalls as the director, Sector Administration. He was later assigned as director, Large Deck Amphibious (LDA) programs, director of Business Development and Strategic Planning and most recently, vice president of Business Development for Ingalls Shipbuilding.

Mike served 20 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, as a surface warfare officer and with the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. His Navy assignments included duty on USS Oliver Hazard Perry, as a Facilities and Engineering Division branch head for the Chief of Naval Operations, as Executive Officer of Engineering Field Activity Southeast and as a legislative fellow for Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. Prior to joining Ingalls Shipbuilding, Mike was the Legislative Director for Congressman Chip Pickering.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science degree in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Mississippi.

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Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 - Lynn Lofton

Lynn Lofton

Lynn Lofton grew up in the small town of Monticello, which is on the Pearl River south of Jackson.

She was somewhat of a tomboy, but when she wasn't playing outside, she was curled up with a book. Reading and a love of the English language have always been major influences in her life. She even spent a summer studying English at the University of London.

An award-winning journalist, she's a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a president's scholar, wrote for the Student Printz newspaper and was editor of the Communication Journal for the School of Communication.

Her professional experience includes writing and editing for numerous publications, including ten years as a busy freelance writer. For five years she's been editor of South Mississippi Living, a position that brings positive involvement with many of the area's non-profit organizations.

A resident of Gulfport, she's a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where she is a lector and has chaired the Catholic Sharing Appeal. She volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She's on the marketing committee of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, a member of the International Knights of the Vine and — of course — a monthly book club.

Interests include history — especially World War II — wine, old movies, jazz, and Southern culture. She's the mother of three grown children and the proud grandmother of two boys and two girls — all of whom are gifted, naturally!

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Moonlight and Magnolias 2016 - Robert Ridgway

Robert Ridgway

As Director of Business Development for Yates Construction's Southeast Division, Robert targets and cultivates relationships with clients and strategic partners around the country while steering the company's work acquisition resources to best position his team for success. Having been with Yates for over 11 years, he has served the company in many capacities including project management, legal, estimating, and marketing.

Robert attended Mississippi State University and is a certified general contractor in the state of Florida. He was honored as a top 50 under 40 businessman in the state of Mississippi and is a graduate of both Leadership Gulf Coast and Leadership Mississippi. Robert serves as a pathfinder for Pathways 2 Possibilities, a board member of Leadership Gulf Coast, and a board member of United Way of South Mississippi along with other community involvement activities.

In his free time, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife (Brittany) and twin girls (Catherine and Caroline), traveling, and working in the yard. He is the proud recipient of Biloxi’s Yard of the Month (August 2015) and is working towards a repeat this year.

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