Moonlight and Magnolias 2013 Featured Dancers

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Emily Burke

Emily Burke is the Senior Marketing Coordinator for Biloxi Regional Medical Center. Biloxi Regional is a 153 bed acute care facility with an additional 45-bed psychiatric facility, located in Biloxi, Miss.

Currently, Burke is serving as the President of the Harrison County Beautification Commission (At Large). She is a past president of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the executive committee. She also serves on the Biloxi Excel By 5, Steering Committee for Health and Safety. She continues to serve her community holding board positions for the Greater Biloxi Economic Development Foundation, Biloxi Main Street, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae of Phi Mu Fraternity.

She has served as chairperson for several fundraising events including, the Biloxi Chamber’s Seafood Festival, Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence’s “Moonlight Masquerade”, Biloxi’s Blessing of the Fleet and the Biloxi Chamber’s “Junior Leadership” program. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Biloxi, Coast Young Professionals, and the Mississippi Hospital Association. Burke was selected as the City of Biloxi’s 2011 “Community Volunteer of the Year” and in 2012 selected South Mississippi’s Top Ten Business Leaders Under 40, presented by The Sun Herald and the Journal of South Mississippi Business.

Burke is a native of Biloxi, Miss., and resides in Biloxi with her 16 year old son, Will. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and is a diehard Golden Eagle fan, Southern Miss To The Top (SMTTT)!


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John Carter

A Mississippi Gulf Coast native, John Carter works as the Player Development Executive at Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport. After graduating from Gulfport High School, he attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Tulane University. He has years of experience in the local hospitality industry, serving as an executive host at the former Copa Casino in Gulfport from 2000 to 2004, and at Island View Casino since the resort’s opening in 2006. He is a former commissioner on both the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Commissioners and the Harrison County Tourism Commission.


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Christen Duhé

Christen Duhé is the Director of Business Development and Hospitality Resort Management Center at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus. Duhé began her career at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce as the first Director of Coast Young Professionals (CYP). She then worked at the PGA TOUR Champions Tour golf tournament, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, as the Director of Volunteers. As you may have noticed, every job she has had starts with “Mississippi Gulf.”

Duhé is a Mississippi Gulf Coast native, growing up in Bay St. Louis and now living in Gulfport. She is a graduate of Bay High School, and doesn’t mind at all the endearing term of “bay rat.” She is a two-time graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi (To the Top!) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication. She is also a graduate of the Coast Chamber’s Leadership Gulf Coast program, and the Business Council’s Masters’ Class.

Duhé is a member of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Beach Chapter and Coast Young Professionals. She serves on the American Red Cross Biloxi Advisory Board, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Biloxi Seafood Festival committee and CYP’s Black Tie and Blue Jeans committee. She was a 2013 MS Gulf Resort Classic Volunteer Chairman and is also participating in the Red Cross Heroes Campaign.

She married her husband David in March, 2012, in Cancun, Mexico. They love to travel and have two cats, Calvin & Chief, and a border collie named Scout.


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Edmond Hughes

Edmond E. Hughes is Vice President, Human Resources & Administration (HR&A) for Ingalls Shipbuilding. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources function related to the attraction, development and retention of the 15,000 employee workforce. Areas of responsibility include talent acquisition, environmental, health & safety, labor and employee relations, compensation & benefits, learning & development, diversity, security, community/government relations and business ethics. He was named to this position in March 2006.

Hughes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Tougaloo College and an MBA from Indiana University.

An active member of the community, Hughes was recognized by The Sun Herald as one of the South Mississippi’s 2011 Outstanding Community Leaders. He serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Gulf Coast Business Council and Jobs for Mississippi Graduates. He also serves on the board of trustees for Tougaloo College. Hughes is a 2008 graduate of Gulf Coast Business Council Master’s Program and 2012 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.

He is married to Helen and they have two children, Corey and Kelly. The family resides in Ocean Springs, Miss.


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Butch Oustalet

Virtually all residents of South Mississippi have seen Butch Oustalet in the Regardless” TVcommercials for his various automobile dealerships, but behind those slapstick ads is a story of success and community involvement that has made him an effective voice for the industry locally, regionally and nationally, as well as provided the opportunity for him to become involved in a myriad of civic and philanthropic efforts.

Oustalet, a native of New Orleans, began his career in the automobile industry in 1969. He worked his way up as service adviser, service manager, general manager and dealer. Today he oversees five automobile dealerships: Butch Oustalet Ford/Lincoln dealerships in Wiggins and Gulfport, Butch Oustalet Mazda in Gulfport, Butch Oustalet Chevrolet Cadillac in Pascagoula, and Quality Auto Sales in Gulfport. He has been the number one volume sales dealer for Ford in South Mississippi for 27 years.

Along the way, he also has been recognized as a leader by his peers. Time Magazine named him Mississippi’s Dealer of the Year in 2001. The Sun Herald named him one of South Mississippi’s Top 10 business leaders in 2012.

Oustalet is involved in a host of civic organizations and charitable events. He serves on the boards of Gulfport Memorial Hospital, Versant Life Insurance, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association, where he served as King D’Iberville in 2011. He is a past commissioner of the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport.

Oustalet has chaired the Gulf Coast Heart Association’s Heartwalk, led fund-raising efforts for the Pine Burr Council of the Boy Scouts of America, donated to the Rick Peden Home for Recovery at the Home of Grace. In addition, Butch has donated The Gainey Waiting Area at Gulfport Memorial Hospital. Annually, he honors five professors with monetary gifts through the Butch Oustalet Professorships at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a recipient of the prestigious Doctor’s Donor Award from Ochsner Hospitals of New Orleans.

He is the proud father of four daughters, Wendy Ortiz of Madisonville, La., Tina Cacioppo of Marrero, LA., Lisa Dowell of Manderville, La., and Rouxanne Raworth of Pascagoula, Miss. He has six grandchildren. Oustalet is currently married to Andi and is a loving stepfather to Kimberley, Kate and Cameron Rushton.