Staff Bios

James A. Barber

Executive Director
Master of Business Administration, University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Southern Mississippi
PEER employee since 1978

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Staff

Kirby Arinder

Research Methodologist
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, University of Virginia
Master of Arts in Philosophy, University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology, University of Richmond
PEER employee since 2015

Tracy K. Bobo

Editor/Archivist
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi
Master of Arts in English, Jacksonville State University
Bachelor of Arts in English and History, Jacksonville State University
PEER employee since 1999

James F. “Ted” Booth

General Counsel, PEER Committee
Staff Counsel, Redistricting/Reapportionment Committee
Licensed to practice law in Mississippi

Master of Management, Northwestern University
Juris Doctor, Tulane University
Bachelor of Arts in History, Tulane University
PEER employee since 1984

Kim Cummins

Analyst
Bachelor of Science in Political Science, University of Southern Mississippi
PEER employee since 1999

Alicia Russell-Gilbert

System Administrator
Master of Science in Pure Mathematics, Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Jackson State University
PEER employee since 2015

Matthew Dry

Senior Analyst
Juris Doctor, Mississippi College School of Law
Master of Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Mississippi State University
PEER employee since 2011

Lonnie A. Edgar, Jr.

Principal Analyst
Master of Public Health, University of Southern Mississippi
Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi
PEER employee since 2005

Deborah Hardy

Administrative Assistant
Master of Science in Management, Belhaven University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jackson State University
PEER employee since 2016

Samuel Hearn

Analyst
Master of Arts in Modern Languages, University of Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership/Spanish, University of Mississippi
PEER employee since 2018

Matthew R. Holmes

Senior Analyst
Master of Business Administration, Mississippi State University
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Mississippi State University
PEER employee since 2006

Debra Monroe-Lax

Performance Research Analyst
Doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Administration, Jackson State University
Master of Public Administration, Indiana State University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Jackson State University
PEER employee since 2018

Taylor Mullins

Analyst
Master of Public Policy and Administration, Mississippi State University​
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Mississippi State University
PEER employee since 2018

Barton Norfleet

Attorney/Analyst
Licensed to practice law in Mississippi
Juris Doctor, University of Mississippi School of Law
Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology, University of Mississippi
PEER employee since 2014

David J. Pray

Principal Analyst
Certified Public Accountant
Master of Business Administration, Mississippi College
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Mississippi
PEER employee since 1995

Jennifer Sebren

Principal Analyst
Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Mississippi College
PEER employee since 2006

Meri Clare Steelman

Performance Research Analyst
Master of Business Administration, Mississippi College
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Mississippi College
PEER employee since 2014

Gale Taylor

Finance/Human Resources Administrator
Bachelor of Science in Speech Education, Jackson State University
PEER employee since 1999

Linda D. Triplett

Director, Performance Accountability Office
Master of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
PEER employee since 1979

​​​Sarah Williamson

Analyst
Licensed to practice law in Mississippi

Juris Doctor, University of Mississippi School of Law
Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy, Tulane University
PEER employee since 2013

Julie Winkeljohn

Senior Analyst
Master of Theological Studies, Spring Hill College
Master of Business Administration, Mississippi State University
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Mississippi State University
PEER employee from 1999-2001, since 2011

Ray Wright

Analyst
Master of Business Administration, Mississippi College
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Mississippi College
PEER employee since 2013

Redistricting/Reapportionment Staff

Ben Collins

GIS Operations Coordinator
Geographic Information Systems Certification

Master of Science in Counseling, Mississippi State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Mississippi State University
Redistricting/Reapportionment employee since 2007

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