2012 Queen Ixolib of Mardi Gras, Gulf Coast Carnival Association
Christina is the daughter of Glenda Carter of Biloxi and Rick and Stephanie Carter, also of Biloxi. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Dorothy Carter and the late Mr. John Carter, of Gulfport. She is also the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Glen Lehnig of Gulfport.
Christina graduated from Mercy Cross High School in 2005. Christina moved to NYC and attended Pace University in New York City in 2009. While in New York she studied under Stella Adler of Stella Adler Studio of Acting where she was cast in several independent films.
Christina’s passion for music led her to Nashville to pursue her songwriting and vocal performance. She is also a talented photographer and is compiling works for an upcoming gallery show. She has recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business.
Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty
Kenneth was raised in the real estate business. His father and his grand-father have been practicing real estate law on the Coast for over 40 years. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 2005, Kenneth entered the Commercial Real Estate world and sold over $5 Million in real estate his first year. Since, Kenneth has continued to refine his skills and continually is one of the top producing agents in the Company. In 2008 he used his Marketing Degree to publish a commercial real estate magazine targeting real estate in South Mississippi. After 2 years and nearly 40,000 hard copies distributed, Kenneth decided to produce the newsletter electronically and has continued to send the newsletter to over 3,000 people monthly. Kenneth believes that to be the best you must be an “Expert in the Market” and he strives everyday to keep his finger on “The Pulse” of commercial real estate in South Mississippi, which is the name of his newsletter.
Andi has been active in many charities and school events along the coast including the rebuilding of Bayou View Park after Katrina and the efforts for Jones Park in Gulfport. Currently, she is working on multiple Mardi Gras projects including the Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s continued success on the coast, The Mardi Gras Museum in Biloxi and Christmas at Beauvoir.
She is a member of St James Catholic Church, Bayou Bluff Tennis Club, Gulf Coast Carnival Association, Gulfport Yacht Club and the Presidents Club for the National Automobile Dealers Association.
She is most proud of her three children, Kimberley Rushton, a junior at LSU in Baton Rouge, Kate Rushton, a sophomore at Pace University in New York City and Cameron Rushton, a junior at Gulfport High School. She is happily married to AJM Butch Oustalet,III and loves her extended and very large family. They reside in Gulfport.
Dorothy earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. She has completed management development training at Harvard University, The Wharton School of Business and Columbia University. She is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County and has completed numerous professional and leadership development training programs at Ingalls Shipbuilding. She has been honored with many awards including South Mississippi’s Outstanding Community Leaders Award and having been recognized as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Business Women.
Dorothy resides in Gautier with her husband Kevin. They attend St. Paul United Methodist Church in Moss Point where she serves as chairman of the Administrative Council. She enjoys reading, interior design and hosting tea parties.
Romy Simpson, a native of Colombia, South America is co-owner of Negrotto’s Gallery and Spanish-English Translations. Her Hispanic heritage has inspired her to passionately promote and celebrate ethnic differences using art as a unifying factor. She is the mother of five amazing sons, Paul, Joseph, JP, Joshua and Luke, who keep her young. She is also an Army veteran, a Spanish teacher, and an active volunteer. She has been featured on the cover of The South Mississippi Business Journal and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including Top 50 Business Woman in Mississippi for 2010. Her gallery was chosen as a Top 100 Art & Framing Galleries in the United States by Décor Magazine and was presented a Chamber of Commerce Tapestry Award in 2007.
Romy prides herself in promoting local artists and providing outreach through donations and time to countless organizations, churches, schools, and individuals in their fundraising efforts.
City of Biloxi
David serves as principal advisor to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Biloxi, Mississippi on all matters pertaining to accounting, contracts, human resources, purchasing, information systems, budget and the port division. He has oversight responsibility for Katrina recovery that includes a federal, state, and local combined budget in excess of $600 million. Prior to coming to the City of Biloxi, David was employed in the banking, mortgage banking, and economic development for 20 years.
David is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for Biloxi Regional Medical Center. He is a past Board of Director (2 times President) of Gulf Regional Planning Commission which is the MPO for the state Department of Transportation. He is a past member of the Board of Directors (3 times President) of South Mississippi Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. He also served as past Executive Director of the Greater Biloxi Economic Development Foundation.
All proceeds support the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter.