Six new board members and president-elect of the MUW Alumni Association were sworn in during Homecoming.
The MUWAA Board of Directors is composed of 15 total members: five in each of three classes which serve three-year terms. Directors are elected by the MUWAA active membership and must have been active members for the preceding two years. The newest class of directors will serve through 2021: Dawn Gibbons of Flora; Patty Outlaw of Nashville, Tenn.; Antwann Richardson of Columbus; Rebecca Rogers of Memphis, Tenn.; and Pat Stutsy-Waldrep of Oxford. Nita Lumpkin of Standardsville, Va., was confirmed via special election to fill a board vacancy. President-elect Kristi Mosley of Madison will serve a two-year term where she will transition to president in 2019.
The newest directors represent MUW fields of study from art to accounting and music to microbiology, and the group represents graduation years from 1967 to 2008.
Dawn Gibbons graduated from The W in 1997 with a bachelor of science in accounting. After graduation, she worked for the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor (OSA) and then briefly served as senior securities analyst with the
Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. In late 2002, she became a full-time homeschool teacher while still running a successful tax accounting business out of her home. Gibbons’ oldest daughter Julie is a rising senior at The W with plans to graduate in 2019.
Gibbons has previously served the MUWAA as a member of both the Finance Committee and the Jackson Metro Chapter. She was instrumental in reviving the Reveler Alumnae Association (RAA) and is currently president of the RAA Board.
Nita Lumpkin graduated in 1967 with a bachelor of science in library science with a certificate in music. Lumpkin obtained a master of science in library science from FSU and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Immediately after college, she was the acting librarian at the Baptist International Theological Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland. She later served as acting acquisitions librarian at Texas Christian University and retired as technical information specialist from the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, Va. Lumpkin now hosts guests at a personal retreat space she created and labels herself a high-handicap golfer.
Patty Outlaw also graduated in 1967 with a bachelor of fine arts in commercial art. She has worked across community and public relations ranging from the Girl Scouts to the Nashville CBS and ABC affiliates to public relations director for several nonprofits. Outlaw was public relations director for a company that is now Verizon and she retired from AT&T working in public relations across Kentucky and Tennessee. Outlaw was an adjunct faculty member in Mass Communications at MTSU and has been a long-time member of the Middle TN Chapter of the MUWAA.
Antwann Richardson graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of science in communications and business. He received a second degree from the Ole Miss School of Banking in 2016. After graduation, he served as the Regions Bank vice president and became the president of J5 Solutions in 2016 where he oversees the day-to-day operations and financial well-being of the entire organization. Richardson previously served the MUWAA as a member of the Finance Committee, and for 2018-19 he will chair the committee as the newly elected board treasurer.
Rebecca Rogers, Class of 2000, followed the footsteps of both her mother and aunt when she chose The W. Rogers studied as a member of the MUW Honors College earning her bachelor of science in microbiology. She went on to obtain a bachelor of science in medical laboratory science and a master of science in clinical laboratory science from UTHSC. After 14 years in clinical hospital laboratories, she is currently serving as Core Lab supervisor in the Department of Pathology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Rogers served the MUWAA as chair of Membership Recruitment and will serve on the Public Relations Committee this year. She is a member of the MUWAA Mid-South Chapter, the BlackList Alumnae Association and is currently co-chairing the Social Organization Alumni Council. The newly formed SOAC was designed to bring together alumni from all The W’s Greek and Non-Greek social organizations and foster stronger student-alumni networking relationships.
Pat Stutsy-Waldrep graduated from The W in 1989 with a bachelor of science in physical education and a recreation/business minor. She returned to The W for her bachelor of science in paralegal in 2006. After graduation, Stutsy-Waldrep worked for the MUW Police, and is currently general manager at America’s CarMart in Oxford. During her tenure with CarMart, she has taken the Tupelo store to the Top 10 and will soon be growing the company by opening a store in Batesville.
As a new director, Stutsy-Waldrep was elected by the board to serve as secretary for the MUWAA for the 2018-19 year.
Kristi Mosley, MUWAA President-elect, graduated in 1999 with a bachelor of science in business administration, emphasis in marketing. Mosley has been employed since 2008 as a professional sales specialist in neuroscience for Shire Pharmaceuticals. Prior to her career at Shire, she was an account executive with WYOY/WUSJ/WWJK (New South Radio).
Mosley is an active member of the Jackson Metro Chapter of the MUWAA, served four years on the BlackList Alumni Association Board of Directors as vice president and has just completed a three-year term on the MUWAA Board of Directors where she hosted the Long Blue Line Silent Auction each of those years.
On being selected as president-elect, Mosley said, “The W has produced an immensely talented, diverse and successful group of women and men who continuously impress upon me all the reasons I chose Mississippi University for Women. The W holds a very special place in my heart as the foundation for me to grow and cultivate my own beliefs and values, while also affording me a very rich education. For all these reasons, I am extremely passionate about ensuring other potential students are afforded similar opportunities. To that end, it is my goal to invigorate our alumni and cultivate a culture of stewardship for The W through alumni support.”
MUWAA President Katy Pacelli graduated in 2000 with a bachelor of science in business administration, emphasis in marketing. She received a master of arts in higher education administration from Southeast Missouri State University. During her president-elect term she was instrumental in the creation and execution of BLUE, an event held on The W campus this past January which connected students and alumni through networking and development. Pacelli is hopeful the coming year will continue that success. “I look forward to working with the Board and MUW leaders to move the mission of the Association forward. I hope to connect with as many members of the Long Blue Line as possible during my time as president.”
The MUWAA exists to support and promote the mission of Mississippi University for Women. Active membership is open to any person who has been officially enrolled for at least 12 semester hours and has donated to the MUW Foundation. For more information, visit www.longblueline.muw.edu.