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    Living her passion

    Graduation night is always meaningful for Mary S. Graham, but her first as president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was among the most memorable. After she hugged the first student to walk across the stage, embracing the rest came naturally. “I hugged over 1,000 people that night,” Graham recalls. “You get excited, and you […]

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    Leading from the heart

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture Coach sets example of hard work, dedication for her students Michele Woodberry Michele Woodberry is not one to seek the spotlight. Although her role requires her to take charge and run large events at times, the self-proclaimed introvert prefers being behind the scenes. “I like my athletes to get the […]

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    Forever family

    Photos by Brandi Stage When others tell Sasha Bledsoe they never could be a foster parent — that she and her husband are somehow special — she begs to differ. “(Foster children) don’t need perfect parents; they just need a parent that’s willing to love them,” says the stay-at-home mom of two, “and loving a […]

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    FIERCE fashionista

    Photography by Brandi Stage Portraiture Whatever you’re expecting from Brenda Blount, don’t count on her blending in. “I’m very joyful, enthusiastic and passionate about everything I do,” says the seasoned veteran of the fashion industry. Drawing inspiration from such icons as Diana Ross, Rihanna and Sophia Loren, Blount’s own style qualifies as bold and eye-catching […]

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    Fresh face of real estate

    Becoming a Realtor, Brittany Geotes often tells people, only takes passing an exam. But becoming a respected, top-producing Realtor — that’s something else entirely. “It takes long nights, working weekends and a positive personality,” says the owner/Realtor with NextHome Simplicity, “but most of all, you have to really love people.” After graduating with honors from […]

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    Tireless transformer

    Jocelyn Gavin-Lane isn’t satisfied with the status quo. “I don’t do well with redundancy; I get bored quickly with that,” says Gavin- Lane, national president of the Pink Lotus Project Inc., licensed social worker and owner of Premier Professional Counseling Services, LLC, in Gulfport. “I’m always looking for an opportunity to do something better, to […]

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    The backstory: Magazine on a mission

    Readers have grown accustomed to its glossy pages and glitzy covers, but Gulf Coast Woman’s beginnings were far from glamorous. “I put the kids in the car, and the magazines at the bottom of the stroller,” founder Angela Bruni recalls of her early distribution process. As a stay-at-home mom two decades ago, Bruni says she […]

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