The MSMS Foundation is assisting MSMSAA in holding elections for the position of MSMSAA President. After posting a request on Facebook, the following nominees are presented to the MSMS Alumni as candidates. Please review their information, make your choice regarding who you think would be a great alumni representative, and click on the link at the bottom to vote. Voting will run from August 13 - 27, 2016.
Candidate #1: Kimberly (Thames) Padeletti
Ms. Padeletti is a graduate of the MSMS Class of 2002. After MSMS she completed a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2006. She now works on conventional projects for BHP Billiton. She is an advocate of STEM education and has more than 15 years of experience serving as a volunteer and leader of nonprofit organizations, many of which focused on promotion of STEM education, and she would bring this experience to her role on the MSMS Foundation. She also established the Ole Miss Engineering Scholarship with the MSMS Foundation to assist an MSMS senior in pursuing their education.
Kim’s thoughts regarding the MSMS Alumni Association role would be “To increase overall engagement within the alumni group, I would like to assist alumni in making new connections and collaborating through sharing ideas, resources, advice, and experiences. I plan to do this via regional in-person meetups as well as through global online networking events. These short virtual events can leverage mobile or desktop devices to connect alumni with other alumni or students by industry, interests, or educational background. Our MSMS alumni -- engineers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, professionals, change makers -- contribute significantly to the economy while also improving the quality of life for our society. I believe we also have to effectively tell the legislature the stories of the many alumni, current students, and future students we serve. If elected to the MSMS Foundation board, I promise to deliver an effective voice for all of our alumni.”
Letter from Kimberley
Candidate #2: Karla Joy Thompson
Ms. Thompson is a graduate of the MSMS Class of 1998. After MSMS she attended Millsaps College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Psychology from Regent University. She is a sleep technologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jackson, MS and currently involved in a research study examining the effects of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure on the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She resides in Terry, MS, and is a mother to 2 girls, ages 4 and 5. She believes MSMS is responsible for much of her success and provided many opportunities for excellence and enduring friendships.
Karla’s thoughts regarding the MSMS Alumni Association role would be, "I look forward to helping provide that opportunity to many more students and to share the successes of our alumni with not only my fellow Mississippians, but the entire country. I look forward to educating my fellow alums on how they can continue to serve our school that has done so much for us. In particular, I would like to see more alumni coming together in other cities and states to garner support for our beloved alma mater. By serving on the board, I will work hard and dedicate myself to helping ensure that MSMS continues to provide the spark that many of our brightest need to make their marks on the world in order to shine their positive lights back on our wonderful Mississippi.”
Letter from Karla