Gulfport Redevelopment Commission
Meet the GRC
The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission is made up of some of the best and brightest minds in our community.
Mayor George Schloegel is a former member of the GRC, resigning in the summer of 2009 after winning the mayoral election.
Today, the GRC consists of members with backgrounds in education, insurance, business development, government relations, banking, construction and real estate.
To learn more about each member of the GRC, see their bio below.
Carole Lynn Meadows, Chairwoman of the GRC
Carole Lynn earned a master’s degree in business education from the University of Mississippi in 1963. She has 25 years teaching experience at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, JD Campus, in Gulfport, Miss. She has been awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the Jefferson Davis campus.
She served as co-director of the Business and International Education Grant with the U.S. Department of Education from 2003-2005. The grant provided training for K-12 teachers in international business, international business education trips to Japan and Brazil for students and community college teachers, and in-house international business education training for community college teachers across the curriculum. In addition, she spent five years working as a stockbroker with JC Bradford in Gulfport.
She is co-founder of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, the first children’s museum in Mississippi. The Discovery Center is ranked in the top 50 in the U.S. and received the 1999 Mississippi Attraction of the Year award and the 2008 “Coming Up Taller Award” from First Lady Laura Bush, and the Governor’s award for Arts in Education in 2009.
Carole Lynn was the first woman president of the National Alumni Association of the University of Mississippi in 1994 and is a 1999 University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame inductee. Her second induction into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame was in 2008 for outstanding alumni service. She is the 2009 recipient of the “Billy Creel” Excellence in Tourism Award.
Carole Lynn is currently serving as chairwoman of the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission and is a board member of Gulfport Main Street. She served on the executive committee for two years as secretary and was project director for the “Katrina Museum.”
She is a community activist, serving the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce as the first woman executive committee member, serving as treasurer; president of PTAs throughout her children’s school years, chair of March of Dimes, co-chair of the American Cancer Tennis Tournament for four years, and several others.
In 1974, she was elected president of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, having served as president of the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport in 1969. Carole Lynn is currently serving as chair of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, having served previously as vice-president of communications.
She and her husband, Joseph R. Meadows, live in Gulfport, where both are Sunday school teachers at First Baptist Church of Gulfport. The Lucedale native has made Gulfport her home since 1965. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is named in memory of their daughter, Lynn. Their son, Joe, Jr., lives in Birmingham, Ala. She has two granddaughters, Victoria and Meredith.
Don E. Mason
Don E. Mason is currently a business development and governmental relations consultant for Future Pipe Industries and Seemann Composites. He is a retired vice president of external affairs and corporate services for Mississippi Power Company.
Mason began his career with Mississippi Power in 1965 as an engineer in the company’s service centers in Biloxi and Gulfport and retired after 40 years of service. During his time at Mississippi Power Companye, he served as a local manager in Biloxi, budget coordinator, economic development representative, general manager of external affairs, and director of the Gulf Coast Division.
As vice president, Mason was responsible for economic development, legislative and regulatory affairs, environmental relations, safety, training, employee relations, security and corporate communications.
Mason is involved in numerous civic and professional organizations. He is currently vice chairman and a board member of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, a member of the Advisory Board of BancorpSouth, a board member of Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport, chairman of the Advisory Board for the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, a board member of the Gulf Coast Business Council and the Salvation Army Area Command Board.
He is a past board member and president of the Harrison County Development Commission, having served for 20 years. He is past president of the Utilities State Government Organization, past chairman of Coast 21, past president of the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and the Gulfport Community Development Commission, and past chairman of the West Harrison County United Way.
He is a member of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association and is past president and a member of the MSU College of Business and Industry Executive Advisory Board.
A native of Jackson, Miss., Mason earned bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and business administration from Mississippi State University in 1964. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University in 1965.
He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and resides in Gulfport with his wife Barbara, and their two children, Jessica and Cale Merrill.
Don E. Halle
Don Halle is a Certified Professional Builder and president of Gulf Construction Co, Gulf Land Development, Gulf Properties and Gulf Commercial Construction. Don began his career in real estate and construction in Jackson in 1974, relocating to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1985. Over the years Don has built and developed residential homes and subdivisions, but today he primarily specializes in commercial construction and development.
Don is involved in numerous civic and professional organizations. He is currently an advisory board member of BankcorpSouth Foundation, member of the Gulf Coast Chamber and Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, board member of the National Home Builders Association, member of the Board of Directors of Home Builders Association of Mississippi, member of the Board of Directors Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors, charter member and board member of the Coast Business Council, board member of Coastal American Insurance Company and serves on the Advisory Board for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum
He is past president of the Greater Biloxi Development Council, Gulf Coast Multiple Listing Service, Gulf Coast Association of Realtors, Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Greater Biloxi Economic Development Foundation.
Appointed by Governor Haley Barbour, Don has served on the Mississippi State Board of Contractors since 2005 and was instrumental in bringing numerous administrative changes to the agency.
Don and his wife, Linda, live in Gulfport and are very active in the community and work place. Don and Linda Have one daughter, Alyssia Healy, and two grandchildren, Jordan and Ashton.
Sal retired from Hancock Bank after 44 years in the industry. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, LSU School of Banking and Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma.
He is a graduate of the very first class of Leadership Mississippi and is active in numerous civic and non-profit organizations.