After 23 years, Swetman steps down as Memorial Hospital Foundation Chairman

(Left Picture)(L-R): Foundation President Dave Estorge with outgoing Board Chair Chevis Swetman and incoming Board Chair Paul Bertucci.

(Right Picture)(L-R): New Foundation Board Members Linda Zakkak, John B. “Shorty” Sneed and Emily “EA” Allen.




GULFPORT, Miss. —Peoples Bank President Chevis Swetman, stepped down as Memorial Hospital Foundation Chairman of the Board at their annual meeting on December 19. He has served as chairman since 1994. He was honored with a special presentation highlighting his accomplishments and presented with a gift for his valuable leadership.

“The Memorial Hospital Foundation experienced exponential growth under Mr. Swetman’s leadership,” said Foundation President Dave Estorge. “We are truly grateful for the time, talent and friendship that he has given to us over the past 23 years.”

“It has truly been an honor to serve as chairman for this exceptional organization,” Swetman said. “The people I have served with, the Foundation staff and Memorial Hospital play in integral part in building a healthier community and I’m honored to have been a part of that mission. From the school clinic project to the immunization van and the NICU unit, the entire community has benefited from Memorial’s presence.”

He passed the gavel on to incoming chairman, Paul Bertucci of FEB Distributing.

Also during the annual meeting, the board welcomed two new members: Emily “EA” Allen and Linda Zakkak. Emily “EA” Allen is retired from the mortgage business after 26 years, 23 of those years with Hancock Mortgage Corporation. She has previously served on many boards including the Salvation Army Board, and the Mississippi State Personnel Board (appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour). Linda Zakkak, RDH BSBA MPH, is a registered dental hygienist and business manager at Beach View Family Dental Clinic in Gulfport. Linda has served in multiple leadership positions in the Gulfport community. Most recently, she was elected President of the Gulfport Admiral Football Booster Club.

Earlier in the year, the Foundation board welcomed John B. “Shorty” Sneed as a new member. Sneed is President Emeritus of Stewart Sneed Hewes, a division of BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc. He is a member of many local, state and national organizations including the Mississippi Gulf Coast Economic Development Council, Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi and Independent Insurance Agents of America.