Cal joined the Board of Directors at Mississippi Center for Public Policy in 2020.
Cal is a partner with Phelps Dunbar. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the Capital Area Bar Association, and the Association of Commercial Financial Attorneys. He is on the board of First Presbyterian Day School, Belhaven University, Mississippi Kidney Foundation, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, First Commercial Bank, JFM, Inc., United States Olympic Committee - Mississippi, and Young Life of Jackson.
He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. form the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Gloria Walker resides in Jackson, Mississippi, where she lived for many years with her husband, the late William E. Walker. Together, they became a team with vision in civic and business affairs. Upon Mr. Walker’s death in 1993, Gloria exercised her skills in financial and organizational matters at the Walker office, as well as the home front, where she is a very active mother of three grown children and ten grandchildren.
With a continuing service ethic in the Jackson community and the State of Mississippi as well, Mrs. Walker was a former Sunday school teacher and, member of the Vestry of St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral. Further, she served on the Board of Goodwill Industries, St. Andrews Episcopal School, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Mississippi Children’s Home Society, and was an active member of the Cancer Society and Jr. League of Jackson. She was Co-Chairman of Inaugural Activities for Mississippi Republican Governor Haley Barber. Currently, Mrs. Walker serves as Sr. Member of the Board of the Walker Companies, The Walker Foundation and serves on the Board of the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Countless people have benefited from her vision, philanthropic interest and love of people. Improving the quality of life for her community is a passion for her.
In her more private life, Mrs. Walker has hosted a weekly Bible study for 25 years. She also includes daily fitness training into her schedule. She admits she is happiest when she is playing with her grandchildren, gardening, reading a good book, or entertaining family and friends at her home in Colorado.
Alan Wilson is a native Mississippian who graduated from Mississippi State in 1981 with a degree in Marketing. Currently retired, he owned and operated Howard Wilson Chrysler Jeep Dodge for 36 years. It grew to be one of the top performing dealerships in the southeast.
Wilson has served on a number of boards and organizations inside the automobile industry including the Mississippi Automobile Dealers Association (president), Jackson Automobile Dealers Association (president), New Orleans Dealer Advertising Association (vice-president) and five years on the National Dealer Advisory Council.
He served for 20 years on the Board of Directors of the USA International Ballet Competition (president) as well as the Better Business Bureau. He is the treasurer of the board at Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
Alan and his wife Karen live in Flowood and attend Broadmoor Baptist Church. They have three adult children Shannon, Cayla, and Alex as well as two grandchildren Jackson and Bennett.
Ashley Meena is a lifelong Mississippian who lives in Jackson with her husband, Hu. They have three grown sons. She graduated from Ole Miss with a major in Interior Design and was a residential designer for nearly 20 years.
Ashley is on the boards of Mission First, Mississippi Children’s Museum, and Jackson Preparatory School. She and her husband attend First Presbyterian Church or Jackson.
Mac McGehee, a supporter of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy since its inception, joined the Board of Directors in July of 2020. His appreciation for the work the Center does on behalf of the citizens of our state is the motivating factor for him to be more fully involved as a member of the board.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. After graduation he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana to work with Jones-O’Brien, an oil exploration company incorporated in Louisiana in 1930. In 1981, he moved back to his hometown of Jackson to work with Minerals Management, Inc., a company managing mineral and royalty interests for trusts, partnerships and individuals. He also worked with Regions Bank Trust Department in Natural Resources managing oil and gas assets in a twelve-state footprint.
Since returning home to Mississippi, Mac has been active in the Boy Scouts (Andrew Jackson Council) with his son, has served as trustee of Jackson Preparatory School and is on the board of directors of the Jackson Preparatory Global Leadership Institute. He is also on the board of Feild Co-Operative Association, established in 1919 for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. He is also very active in JH Outback Jackson, an organization associated with JH Ranch in California. He is a member and an officer of Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland and lives in Madison with his wife Cindy. They have two children: a daughter Claire, a recent graduate of Mississippi State University, and a son Kirk, who is currently enrolled as a student at Mississippi State.
John Marchetti is Senior Vice President for Gallagher Risk Management.
After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1983, he has been an independent insurance agent. He sold Marchetti, Robertson, & Brickell Insurance and Bonding Agency to AJ Gallagher in 2018.
Throughout his career, John has served on various insurance company advisory councils. He has also served Mississippi State and its alumni association in various capacities, including volunteer teaching of various business classes on campus and currently, as a Board member of the MSU Finance and Economics Advisory Board.
This is his second tenure on the board at Mississippi Center for Public Policy. He also served on the original board of the Mississippi Family Council.
John is married to the former Linda Lloyd of Greenville. They have three adult children, Gray, Robert, and Joe. They are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson where John serves as a Ruling Elder.
Price was raised in Jackson, Mississippi and graduated from Millsaps College with a BA in History. He has been involved in construction (where he earned the nickname “hold this”), various aspects of real estate, manufacturing, performance horses, cattle, mineral acquisitions and mortgage backed securities.
Currently, Price manages a small family office that watches over assets including oil & gas interest, real estate, private equity, and bond investments. He lives with his wife and two dogs in the country side of Lafayette County, outside of Oxford.
James H. Herring is a native of Canton, Mississippi, where he resides with his wife, Beverly. Mr. and Mrs. Herring have a son, James, and two daughters, Caroline and Christine. He is an Elder at Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church of Madison, Mississippi.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Mississippi, Mr. Herring served three (3) years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a J.A.G. Officer. He later served approximately 21 years as a Reservist and eventually attained the rank of Colonel (0-6) in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. Along the way he received the Army Commendation Medal and three Meritorious Service Medals. He was elected District Attorney for the 20th Circuit District of Mississippi in 1971.
His many years of legal practice has included extensive experience in criminal law; general trial practice in State and Federal Courts; Mississippi Public Service Commission litigation involving franchise rights and rates charged by public and private utilities; and municipal annexation litigation. He is an acknowledged expert in litigation involving public and private water and wastewater companies.
After being appointed by Governor Kirk Fordice to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in 1996, Governor Fordice then appointed him to the Mississippi Court of Appeals in 1997. While serving as a member of the Court of Appeals, Judge Herring participated in over 1,000 decisions on the merits and personally authored numerous majority opinions, a number of which were published. He has also served as a Special Judge on the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Mr. Herring currently serves as senior partner of Herring, Long and Crews, P.C., of Canton, Mississippi. He also serves as attorney for the Mississippi Rural Water Association. He served as Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party for seven (7) years; as a member of the Executive and Rules Committees of the Republican National Committee (“RNC”); and, through an appointment by the Chairman of the RNC he served as “Chairman of the Chairmen” of all State Republican Parties throughout the United States and its territories. Mr. Herring was later appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation for a term of six (6) years and served as Vice Chairman of the Foundation Board. He also served as transition chairman for Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant at the beginning of his administration in 2012.
Doug has been President of McDaniel & Register, Inc. since its inception in 2009. Entering his third decade in the financial services industry, Doug and his team provide financial advice to both individual clients and 401k plans. Doug has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and maintains both his CPA and CFP™ designations.
Doug has served as Chairman of the Board of Jackson Preparatory School and Young Business Leaders in Jackson. He played a role in the founding and growth of several non-profit organizations in Mississippi including Crown Financial Ministries and Young Business Leaders of Jackson. He also served as one of the early board members of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy almost 30 years ago.
Doug and his wife Anne attend First Presbyterian Church of Jackson where Doug serves as a Deacon. They are the parents of three children and four grandchildren.
Arty Finkelberg, CFA, CFP®, serves as Managing Director, Investments of Finkelberg Investments of Raymond James & Associates in Ridgeland, heading a four-member investment management and retirement planning team.
Finkelberg has been honored as one of the nation’s top financial advisors by two leading national business publications every year since 2014.
A native of the Bronx, he graduated from The State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and from Mississippi College with a Master of Business Administration and a Certificate in Professional Accounting.
The Jackson resident is on the boards of Beth Israel Congregation and the Jackson Jewish Federation, and is a past president of the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of Mississippi. Arty’s wife Amy is an ordained Baptist minister, and served as an Associate Pastor at Northminster Baptist Church for over 12 years. She currently does supply preaching, leads retreats and enjoys volunteering with the preschool children at Northminster.
Arty has competed in several marathons and half marathons. He also is a part owner of a pair of talented racing Standardbreds and has stoically endured being a lifelong New York Mets fan.
Matt Allen is a lawyer with the Brunini Law Firm Jackson, where he has worked since 2005. Prior to joining the Brunini, Matt clerked for the Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, M.B.A from the Else School of Management at Millsaps College, and B.A. from Mississippi State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi with a dissertation in progress.
Outside of professional duties, Matt dedicates time the Mississippi Center for Public Policy as a Board Member, Opera Mississippi as a Board Member, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, where he is a parishioner and current member of the Vestry. He is an avid runner and has run in numerous marathons and half-marathons. He and his wife, Megan, an evening news anchor, are the proud parents of a daughter, Hartley, and son, Thatcher.
Lesley Davis received her BA in political science with a minor in English from Mississippi State University, where she served as Executive Director of the College Republicans, President of the Pre-Law Society, Student Association Attorney General, and Campaign Director for Senator Trent Lott’s senatorial campaign on the MSU campus. She was a starting guard for the MSU Women’s Basketball team and was voted MSU’s Homecoming Queen.
Lesley received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Baltimore, where she was President of the Christian Legal Society and Executive Director of the Republican Law Students. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Arlin M. Adams, United States Office of Independent Counsel in Washington D.C. (previously U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Third Circuit) and was later hired as an OIC Associate Prosecuting Attorney. She continued her career as a partner in a well-respected Baltimore law firm, where she focused on toxic tort and medical malpractice defense litigation.
Since returning home to Mississippi, Lesley has served on the Advisory Committee of the Mississippi Justice Institute, the Executive Committee of Bully Bloc, the Board of Directors for the Cline Centers, the Board of Directors of the MSU Alumni Advisory, the Board of Directors of the MSU Shackouls Honors College, the Board of Directors of Delta Gamma— Jackson, the Young Life Executive Committee, the Jackson Preparatory Global Leadership Institute Board of Directors (currently the Board Chair), and a small group leader and large group teacher/speaker in women’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church Jackson, where she is a member. Lesley lives in Flowood with her husband, John, and their three sons: Jack (currently a student at Mississippi State), Charlie, and Will.