natural resources, and property. Dr. Sempier has more than 15 years of professional experience in education and outreach with various audiences in formal and informal learning environments. She completed her Ph.D. at Mississippi State University in curriculum and instruction, has a M.S. in science and mathematics education from Oregon State University, and holds a B.S. in marine science and biology from the University of Alabama.

William F. Stallworth

Bill Stallworth is the executive director of East Biloxi Coordination and Relief Center and a councilman on the Biloxi City Council. A former Biloxi High School teacher, Mr. Stallworth has served the city of Biloxi in various capacities since 1976, most recently as the councilman for Ward II, a position he also previously occupied for 12 years. Mr. Stallworth was also the city’s residential and business relocation officer, the community development planner, community development specialist, the personnel officer and voter registrar, and vice president for economic development for the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In addition to his public service, he is a businessman, founding BFS Services, a construction and landscaping company, in 1985 and becoming a partner of Computer and Technology Support Services in 1992. Compelled to return to politics 12 years later, he was once again elected to the city council as the only African American member shortly before Katrina struck, and has since founded the East Biloxi Coordination, Relief, and Redevelopment Agency (later named the Hope Community Development Agency) and dedicated himself to the rebuilding of his community.

Lori R.West

Lori West is Gulf Coast region director for International Relief and Development (IRD), which runs U.S. Gulf Coast Community Resource Centers in Mississippi and Louisiana. IRD’s initial emergency services in 2005 prompted the creation of IRD US and its Gulf Coast Community Resource Center (GCCRC) in Gulfport, Mississippi. GCCRC now provides a comprehensive set of services to low- and middle-income residents of the Gulf Coast. Ms. West is also vice chair of the South Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SMVOAD).

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