Welcome to our community's Hall-O-Fame, where we spotlight local individuals and businesses who have well-deserved kudos coming their way! This month, we recognize Rebekah Wilke, Herb Willey and John Impson.
Rebekah Wilke Featured in MBJ
A network of cybersecurity experts working from their homes in South Mississippi are on the hunt for cyber threats IN a multitude of industry environments.
Rebekah Wilke, who works from her Bay St. Louis home, heads a virtual security operations center for Raytheon Foreground Security that provides advance cyber monitoring, threat hunting and other professional services.
“Providing protection from targeted attacks requires a certain level of expertise and that’s what we’re building out here in Mississippi,” she said.
Wilke and her team in Mississippi and other locations are working “24/7, 365” so their clients in industries such as financial services and utilities won’t get hacked by cybercriminals.
Bay Artist Juried Into International Exhibit
Bay St. Louis resident Herb Willey was one of only 74 artists from around the world selected for the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 46th annual international exhibit at was held May 7-21 at thePlace St. Charles in New Orleans.
The painting selected is titled "3 Fishermen at Bayou Caddy." Willey was the only Mississippi artist to be juried into the show.
Wiley's work can be seen at Gallery 220, 220 Main Street in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Waveland's Impson Brings Home Gold
The Mississippi State Senior Olympics games were held April 9 - May 21 on the coast (most events taking place in Gulfport/Biloxi area). Waveland resident John Impson ran the 50, 100 and 200 meter sprints on May 21st, coming in first and winning gold in each of the three events. He also broke 16 seconds in the 100 meter with a time of 15.99. In qualifying meets like this one, a camera is used to record precise times.
Impson runs in the men's 75-79 age group, while his running partner, Inez Kelleher, runs the same events, but in the women's 60-64 age group. She also placed first in each event. They both qualified to represent MS in the 2017 National Senior Olympics which will be in Birmingham next year. Kudos to both!