Human Resources Staff
Cheryl Millender, Human Resources Manager, has over 18 years experience in the Human Resources field.
Before coming to work for the City of Gulfport in March 2006, she worked as the Vice President of Human Resources for Grand Casino-Gulfport and in the corporate office of Phillips Colleges, Inc.
Cheryl attended college at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Phillips Junior College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries and Pass Road to the Future - a long term recovery organization; and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
As the City’s Human Resources Manager she is responsible for overseeing employee recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training and worker’s compensation.
Insurance, Retirement, Family & Medical Leave, Worker’s Compensation & Unemployment Compensation
Catherine Williams, Benefits Administrator, has worked for the City of Gulfport since July 2007. She has over 10 years experience in Human Resources, 7 years serving in an Administrative capacity, and 2 years in Accounts Payable. She was previously employed as a Human Resources Assistant at Hollywood Casino, Account Payable at Hardin Construction Company, and as a part of the New York Yankees’ Administrative Team.
Catherine’s education includes Computer Science and Business Administration coursework at the Business Computer Training Institute and Business Management at MGCCC and she is responsible for the administration and implementation of the various employee benefit plans such as life, health, dental, and disability insurances, vacation, sick leave, PERS retirement plan, leave of absence and worker’s compensation.
HRIS, Salary/Pay/Status Changes, & Records Management
Montressa Joshua, Personnel Specialist, has over 2 years of experience in Human Resources. She was previously employed as the Human Resources Coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus; Administrative Assistant of Human Resources/Student Employment at The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg Campus; Receptionist/HR Assistant at Lamar Healthcare and Rehabilitation
Montressa’s education includes an Associates in Arts, obtained from Pearl River Community College, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration: Human Resources, obtained from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is responsible for maintaining the Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Salary/Pay/Status Changes, Records Management, and special projects.
Carolyn Carson-Collins has over eight (8) years of experience in the Human Resources field. Carolyn brings a wealth of experience to the City of Gulfport as she previously worked as a Human Resources Manager, Generalist and Director of Placement/Instructor for private and non-profit organizations.
Carolyn has a B.S. degree in communications and public relations from Mississippi College and is currently working on her Masters in Human Resource Management.
As the City’s Human Resources Generalist, she is responsible for recruitment and on-boarding, policies and procedures advisement, employee relations, educational assistance program, and special projects.
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