As a publicly-owned organization, Singing River Health System is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees, which meets regularly each month.
The Jackson County Board of Supervisors appoints seven of the board members, while the Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff-elect occupy the two remaining seats. Board members serve five-year terms.
Jeffery is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in marketing. Jeffery is retired from Chevron as Project Procurement Coordinator and is currently the Business Manager for M&D Construction.
Jeffery is actively involved in the community, including member of the Personal Services Contract Review Board, member of Chevron Federal Credit Union Advisory Council, Member of Jackson County Republican Executive Committee, and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Jackson County. He has previously served as Chairman of Jackson County Civil Service Commission, a board member of the Home of Grace, Chairman of Chevron Pascagoula Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee, board member of the Mississippi Minority Business Association, and Chevron Small Business/Supplier Diversity Coordinator.
Jeffery was born in Kreole, MS and lives in Vancleave, MS with his wife, Cindy, and four children.
A 1964 graduate of Pascagoula High School, Don attended the University of Mississippi on a baseball scholarship until an early injury cut short his playing and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Vietnam interrupted his education and he served in the USAF as a SERE (survival) Instructor and was honorably discharged. Upon returning home, he enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing in August 1973.
Don has served in various executive leadership positions while living in Mobile, AL and Fairhope, AL. He was Commercial Lending Officer at First National Bank of Mobile, Vice President at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, Gulf Coast Regional Manager for Baxter Health Care, Regional Marketing Manager for Coca Cola Bottling Company and President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau. During his professional and civic career, Don also served on many local, state and national boards and organizations. His areas of expertise are start-ups and reorganizations, lobbying, public affairs, strategic planning and marketing. Before retiring in 2000, he was Owner/Operator of a Quizno’s Restaurant. In 2003 he moved to Pascagoula and has been employed as a Substitute Teacher with the Pascagoula-Gautier School District since 2004.
Don lives in Pascagoula with his wife, Debbie. Together they have three sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Pascagoula where he has served as a Deacon, Usher, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and interpreter for the deaf.
Steve is Managing Director of SBA-CCI, Inc. focusing on the group’s global polyester raw material and polyester polymer models. SBA-CCI, Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in the global polyester value stream from aromatic feedstocks through rigid PET packaging. The company also provides custom single client work in the areas of cost modeling, polyester recycling, M&A activity and specialty polymers.
Steve has been involved with the polyester industry for more than 25 years and was the former Chief Operating Officer at Wellman, Inc. from 2008–2011. His experience includes technical service, sales and management experience in the polyester fiber industry, the PET resin industry and the PET recycling industry. He has traveled extensively throughout his career and conducted business in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Steve earned a BS in Polymer Science from The University of Southern Mississippi and currently resides with his family in Ocean Springs, MS.
Dr. Weldon is a graduate of Medical College of Georgia. He completed his internship and residency program at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Weldon has been on staff at Singing River Health System as a hospitalist in Inpatient Physician Services for almost 25 years. He was born in Griffin, GA and resides in Ocean Springs, MS with his wife.
Dr. Descher is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed an internship in critical care medicine and anesthesiology residency program at the University of Florida Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Descher is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Descher has been on staff at Singing River Health System for almost 20 years. He was born in Waukegan, Illinois, and resides in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with his wife, Carol, and two children. This is Dr. Descher’s second term on the board as well as being the President of the Jackson County Anesthesiology Group.
Jim attended and graduated from Perkinston Junior College on an athletic scholarship. Then, he attended the University of Mississippi where he graduated with a BBA in management. He is retired from Chevron where he served as Manager of Public Affairs.
Jim is actively involved in the community, including being a past member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, member of Association of Community College Trustees, past president, past board member and active member of Pascagoula Rotary Club, past president and member of Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, past board member of State Economic Development Council and member of a number of other community organizations.
Jim lives in Pascagoula, MS with his wife, Linda, and has three married daughters and four grandchildren.
Bonnie is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Mississippi and an attorney licensed to practice in Mississippi and Louisiana. She is a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Bar Association and Louisiana Bar Association.
Bonnie is currently working as a Mississippi Department of Education appointed Financial Consultant for the Tunica County School District and assists various other school districts with financial issues across the state. Additionally, she is employed with Young Law Group, PLLC as an attorney specializing primarily in school law including ad valorem tax issues, debt issues, contract law and various employment issues. She also teaches Advanced Business Law for The University of Southern Mississippi.
Prior to her current positions, Bonnie served as Managing Auditing Accountant for the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor for five years and as School Business Administrator for the Ocean Springs School District for thirteen years and for Biloxi Public School District for two years. Prior to serving as a School Business Administrator, she served as a Senior Auditing Accountant auditing various school districts for the Office of the State Auditor.
Bonnie graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting/Data Processing. She also obtained her Masters of Professional Accountancy in 1987 from The University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her Juris Doctorate at Loyola University – New Orleans School of Law in 2000.
Bonnie is actively involved in statewide school finance issues and presents many professional development sessions for various school district administrators across the state. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of School Board Attorneys.
Bonnie is originally from Angie, LA and currently resides in Ocean Springs, MS, with her husband, Tim, and their daughter. She is actively involved in Belle Fountain Baptist Church where she currently serves on the Personnel Committee.
Dr. Auwilda Mason Polk is a native of Pace, MS, and resides in Moss Point. She graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish, and from The University of Southern Mississippi with the Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership. She also did coursework at Mississippi State University and the University of South Alabama.
She had an accomplished educational career which began as a teacher in Harrison County, continued in Moss Point as teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, and carried on to the Indianola School District where she retired as Superintendent of Schools. She is a recipient of several tributes and awards.
An active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she is married to Norris Polk and they are the parents of two children and five grandchildren.