Board Member Highlights/Information
Mr. Richard Loper, District 1
Richard D Loper Jr. was elected in November 2007. He was elected to begin a 2nd term in January 2011 and will serve through December 2016. Loper is the Chief Field Appraiser for the Hancock County Tax Assessor’s Office. He has three children in the Hancock County School system. He looks forward to the challenges of being a school board member and continuing the improvement of the Hancock County School System.
Tammy Garber took office January 2017. Garber is a graduate of Hancock North Central High School and retired in 2015 from Hancock County School District. She currently serves as Deputy City Clerk with the City of Diamondhead. She and her husband, Steve, have two daughters, Lacie and Whitney, who are both graduates of Hancock High School. Lacie is a graduate from USM with Masters in Social Work and Whitney has been accepted to the Nursing Program at William Carey beginning February 2017.Tammy shares, “I am pleased to join a wonderful team of policy makers and educators and pledge my full and dedicated efforts in making our school district the best it can be.”
Billy Thomas was elected in September 2008. He was elected to begin a second term in January 2013 and will serve through December 2018. Thomas has over thirty-five years of experience as a public school educator, including several years as a physical education teacher in Hancock County. He has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in health and safety, and an educational specialist degree in school administration. His goal is to be part of a team that provides the highest quality of education for each child in the Hancock County School District.
Jennifer Seal began her term in January 2007. She was elected to begin a second term in January 2013 and will serve through December 2018. Seal is the Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research at Pearl River Community College-Poplarville. She and her husband, Michael, own and operate Seal’s MarketPlace on Highway 43 in Hancock County. Seal looks forward to serving on the Board that manages the resources of the Hancock County School District and to helping ensure that each and every child receives the best education possible. Their daughter, Raleigh, attends Hancock North Central Elementary.
Danita Ladner Holladay began serving in January 2015. She is married to Rick Holladay. They have 4 sons, Richard, Grant, Evan and Mason. One son is at Hancock High School; one at Hancock Middle School and two are at Hancock North Central Elementary. She is an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Dedeaux. She is the Executive Director of Acorn Adoption Agency. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Qualifications for becoming a school board member include being a registered voter and a resident of the district for which he/she is a candidate. Board members, who serve 6-year staggered terms, receive annual pay of $2,400 per year, plus per diem. To be placed on the board’s agenda, a written request must be submitted to the Superintendent at least five (5) working days in advance of a regularly scheduled meeting. For additional information about the Board of Education, please contact Cindy Bordes at (228) 255-0376.