NATCHEZ – Natchez High School athletic director and women’s basketball coach Alphaka Moore has been named to the Mississippi State Alumni Association’s inaugural class of Reveille 25 Honorees. This award recognizes excellence among MSU alumni and is named in the University’s former yearbook.
Moore said he received an email from the MSU Alumni Association asking if he wanted to apply. She applied along with 339 fellow applicants and was selected as one of 25 alumni making a positive impact in their communities through their professions. The MSU Alumni Association announced the list of 25 Bulldogs and said they will be honored on March 26 at a banquet ceremony.
‘I’m surprised. I can’t believe they chose me, ”Moore said. “They are a large university with over 20,000 students. It is an honor. This is essentially a top 25 under 40 list. An honor to be chosen as someone they think has had an impact. I know some of the people on the list. I’m just excited about it. ”
– Jamel Alexander of Huntsville, Alabama. He is a two -time MSU mechanical engineering graduate, earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in 2013 and 2017, respectively. The New Orleans, Louisiana native also has a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a master’s degree from the University of New Orleans. He currently serves as a general engineer for the U.S. 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 now serves as admissions counselor at MSU for the Mississippi Delta and Jackson Public Schools regions.
– Shelby Baldwin of Starkville. The Ridgeland native earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing in 2019 and he is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Rocketing Systems Inc.
– Brian Barnes of Saltillo. A native of Tremont, Barnes graduated in 2009 mechanical engineering. He currently serves as a regional engineering manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
– Joseph “JoJo” Dodd of Jackson. The 2016 MSU economics major continued her studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree. Dodd is also chairman of the board and chief operations officer for Jackson Free Clinic.
– Matthew Doude of Huntsville, Alabama. As program manager for Dynetics Inc., Doude is a three -time MSU graduate. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering in 2007 and 2014, respectively, followed by a doctoral degree in industrial and systems engineering in 2020.
– Jeffery Ellis of Biloxi. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006 and serves as engineering manager 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 Cornerstone Government Affairs.
– Darvin Griffin of Salem, New Hampshire. The Shuqualak native earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from MSU in 2009. He went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University and serves as director of clinical development for AbbVie Inc.
– Cody Garden of Eupora. The 2008 aerospace engineering graduate is a manufacturing engineer for Aurora Flight Services. He also has a master’s degree from Arkansas State University.
– Seanicaa Edwards Herron of Clarksburg, Maryland. He 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 the Freedmen Heirs Foundation Inc.
– Whitney Lipscomb of Ridgeland. A political science graduate in 2009 was deputy attorney general for the Mississippi Attorney General’s office.
– David Macias of Vienna, Virginia. The New Orleans, Louisiana native is a 2004 biological engineering graduate of MSU. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and is currently an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoVirginia.
– Lyndsey Miller of Starkville. He earned a 2005 bachelor’s degree in human sciences with an emphasis in interior design, followed by a 2007 master’s degree in architecture. Miller is an associate professor in MSU’s Interior Design program.
– Alphaka Moore of Natchez. A native of Laurel, she earned a bachelor’s degree in technology teacher education from MSU in 2009 and later earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Moore serves as athletic director for the Natchez Adams School District and head coach for the Natchez High School women’s basketball team.
– Matthew Priddy of Starkville. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from MSU in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The Columbus native also completed his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Priddy is an assistant professor at MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering.
– Stephen Reichley of Starkville. He earned a doctoral degree in veterinary medical science from MSU in 2017. Reichley previously completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Findlay and his DVM at Ohio State University. A native of Stow, Ohio, he serves as assistant clinical professor and associate director of the Global Center for Aquatic Food Security at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
– Alivia Roberts of Washington, DC She graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in political science. The Shannon also has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a certificate in entrepreneurial leadership for the global marketplace from the University of Oxford. Roberts is special assistant to the director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice.
– Nashlie Sephus of Atlanta, Georgia. A 2007 graduate of MSU computer engineering, he also has a master’s and doctoral engineering degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Jackson native is an AI tech evangelist for Amazon.
– Zechariah Smith of Memphis, Tennessee. The Starkville native earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering in 2010 and serves as project engineer manager for Integra LifeSciences.
-Adam Telle of Washington, DC He is a 2006 double-major, holding a bachelor’s degree in both computer science and communications. Telle is chief of staff for US Sen. Bill Hagerty.
– Crystal Vincent of Wylie, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing in 2005 from MSU, followed by an MBA from the University of North Alabama. He currently serves as president and CEO of K Kaz Transport Inc. and Prestige Quality Consulting LLC, and as product success manager for ServiceNow.
– Ashley Wynne of Woodruff, South Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering in 2012 and an MBA in 2018. The Coventry, Rhode Island native also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and he is the principal process and product development engineer for Sealed Air Corporation.
– Jennifer Sloan Ziegler of Ridgeland. A three -time MSU graduate, he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering in 2010, 2012 and 2013, respectively. Ziegler later earned a master’s certificate in coastal engineering from the University of New Orleans and a project manager and engineer for Cypress Environment and Infrastructure.