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MICHAEL DIXON Oct 26, 2021
Executive Director, Pinebelt Foundation
Executive Director, Pinebelt Foundation

Michael Dixon received his undergraduate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and his Masters of Divinity at Mercer University.  In 2007 Michael founded Ekklesia Hattiesburg, a non-denominational Church committed to serving those in need in Hattiesburg.  Michael is the former Director of Extra Table. He currently serves as the the Executive Director for the Pinebelt Foundation, which has distributed over $21 million in grants.  He is married to Sarah Dixon and is father to Lillian and Chapman. 

SUSAN HOGUE Nov 02, 2021
Stages Mississippi
Stages Mississippi
Susan relaunched Stages Mississippi in the summer of 2012 as the owner and editor-in-chief. Having previously co-owned a floor covering store, she knew absolutely nothing about publishing a magazine, but she rapidly learned the business and grew Stages MS from 58 pages per issue at relaunch to 124 pages per issue where it remains consistent today. Stages Mississippi’s mission is to provide readers with a collectable resource library for all matters of homes and gardens specific to Mississippi. As a local business, Stages MS is also passionate about providing a resource guide for other businesses, large and small, across the Southeast region. 
Susan is is originally from Yazoo City, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Mississippi State University, and is an avid Dawg fan.
She lives in Madison and has two grown sons, a 6 year old grandson, twin 2 year old grandsons, and an Olde English Bulldogge named “Queen Sheba of Hoy.” She enjoys church fellowship, her family and friends, gardening, and anything to do with a coastal environment. She wears her heart on her sleeve, loves people, and can be found on a beach somewhere on her days off.
DAMEON HUTTO Nov 09, 2021
Federal Bureau of Investigation
CEO, End It For Good
CEO, End It For Good

At first glance, Brett’s career has spanned a wide range of experiences and industries. But if you look closely, you will see it has been consistently marked by service. 

A year abroad in Spain unlocked a curiosity and empathy in him for other cultures and people different from himself that has continued to impact his life and work to this day. After earning degrees in Spanish and International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, Brett worked in Community Development with the Peace Corps in South America, followed by work in training management and human resources upon his return to the United States. 

The catalyst for Brett’s interest in drug reform came by way of two very different experiences. The first is the impact opioid use disorder has had on his close relative who has been in more than a decade long battle with an opioid addiction and is now in recovery. 

The second experience came during his time in human resources. After recruiting a great fit candidate for a position at the company, he was prohibited from hiring him because the applicant had a felony drug possession charge in his past. From Brett’s perspective, the applicant lost and the company lost that day. 

Those experiences launched Brett into volunteer advocacy work that landed him at an End It For Good community discussion. As they say, the rest is history.

As the CEO at End It For Good he has returned to full-time humanitarian work as he and his team work to help the people of Mississippi consider how current drug laws adversely impact individuals, families, businesses, communities, and law enforcement, alike. 

Brett has always had a passion for helping people and has a deep curiosity for traveling and experiencing the culture, art, and food of countries in places like Europe and South America. Brett is a 6th generation Mississippian and a 5th generation Hattiesburger. In his free time, you will find Brett either volunteering at community events in downtown Hattiesburg, bike-riding the Longleaf Trace, or hanging out with friends and family. Contact at brett@enditforgood.com

Magistrate Judge • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi