Natchez Athletic Director Named to Mississippi State Alumni Association’s Inaugural Reveille 25 Class – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

NATCHEZ — Alphaka Moore, athletic director of Natchez High School and women’s basketball coach, was named to the inaugural class of Reveille 25 Honorees from the Mississippi State Alumni Association. This award recognizes excellence among MSU alumni and is named after the University’s former yearbook.

Moore said she received an email from the MSU Alumni Association asking if she wanted to apply. She applied along with 339 other applicants and was chosen as one of 25 alumni who positively impact their communities through their professions. The MSU Alumni Association announced the list of 25 Bulldogs and said they would be honored March 26 at a banquet ceremony.

‘I was shocked. I couldn’t believe they picked me,” Moore said. “It’s a big university with more than 20,000 students. It’s an honor. This is basically a top 25 under 40 list. It’s an honor to be chosen as someone they believe has made an impact. I knew some of the people on the list. I’m just excited about it.

—Jamel Alexander of Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated in mechanical engineering from MSU twice and received his master’s and doctorate degrees in 2013 and 2017, respectively. The New Orleans, Louisiana native also holds a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. He is currently a general engineer for the United States Department of Defense.

—Morgan Alexander of Starkville. A native of Jackson, Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture in 2020 and is now an admissions counselor at MSU for the Mississippi Delta and Jackson Public Schools regions.

—Shelby Baldwin of Starkville. The Ridgeland native graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 2019 and is the co-founder and COO of Rocketing Systems Inc.

—Brian Barnes of Saltillo. A native of Tremont, Barnes graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. He is currently the Regional Director of Engineering for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

—Joseph “JoJo” Dodd of Jackson. MSU’s 2016 economics major continued his studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he earned a master’s degree in biomedical science and is currently pursuing MD studies. Dodd is also chairman of the board and chief operating officer of the Jackson Free Clinic.

— Matthew Doude of Huntsville, Alabama. As a program manager for Dynetics Inc., Doude is a three-time graduate of MSU. He obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2007 and 2014, respectively, followed by a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering in 2020.

—Jeffery Ellis from Biloxi. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 and holds the position of director of engineering for Ingalls Shipbuilding.

—Michael Ferril of Broomfield, Colorado. The 2012 Business Administration graduate is CEO of Rosy Rings Inc.

— Elliott Flaggs of Jackson. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from MSU in 2007. Flaggs later graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law and currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs at Cornerstone.

—Darvin Griffin of Salem, New Hampshire. The Shuqualak native earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from MSU in 2009. He later earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University and serves as director of clinical development for AbbVie Inc.

— Cody Hardin of Eupora. The 2008 aerospace engineering graduate is a manufacturing engineer for Aurora Flight Services. He also holds a master’s degree from Arkansas State University.

— Seanicaa Edwards Herron of Clarksburg, Maryland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness in 2004 and a master’s degree in agricultural economics in 2008. The Hernando native is co-founder and executive director of Freedmen Heirs Foundation Inc.

—Whitney Lipscomb of Ridgeland. The 2009 political science graduate serves as an assistant attorney general in the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

— David Macias of Vienna, Virginia. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he graduated in biological engineering from MSU in 2004. He received his MD from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is currently an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoVirginia.

— Lyndsey Miller of Starkville. She earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities in 2005 with a major in interior design, followed by a master’s degree in architecture in 2007. Miller is an associate professor in MSU’s interior design program.

—Alphaka Moore of Natchez. A Laurel native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in teacher education technology from MSU in 2009 and later earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Moore is the athletic director of the Natchez Adams School District and head coach of the Natchez High School women’s basketball team.

— Matthew Priddy of Starkville. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from MSU in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The Columbus native also earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Priddy is an assistant professor at MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering.

—Stephen Reichley of Starkville. He earned a doctorate in veterinary medical science from MSU in 2017. Reichley had previously earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Findlay University and his DVM from Ohio State University. A native of Stow, Ohio, he is an assistant clinical professor and associate director of the Global Center for Aquatic Food Safety at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

— Alivia Roberts from Washington, DC She graduated in 2018 with a BA in Communications and a minor in Political Science. The Shannon native also holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership for the Global Market from Oxford University. Roberts is the Special Assistant to the Director of Public Affairs at the US Department of Justice.

— Nashlie Sephus from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated in computer engineering from MSU in 2007, and also holds master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Jackson native is an AI technology evangelist for Amazon.

— Zacharie Smith of Memphis, Tennessee. The Starkville native earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering in 2010 and is an engineering project manager for Integra LifeSciences.

— Adam Telle from Washington, DC Double majored in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and communications. Telle is US Senator Bill Hagerty’s chief of staff.

— Crystal Vincent of Wylie, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 2005 from MSU, followed by an MBA from the University of North Alabama. She is currently President and CEO of K Kaz Transport Inc. and Prestige Quality Consulting LLC, and Head of Product Success for ServiceNow.

— Ashley Wynne of Woodruff, South Carolina. She earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 2012 and an MBA in 2018. A native of Coventry, Rhode Island, she also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and is the leading process and product development engineer for Sealed Air Corporation.

—Jennifer Sloan Ziegler of Ridgeland. A three-time graduate of MSU, she earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in civil engineering in 2010, 2012, and 2013, respectively. Ziegler went on to earn a master’s certificate in coastal engineering from the University of New Orleans and is a project manager and engineer for Cypress Environment and Infrastructure.

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