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Organizational News - Jun 16, 2021

Rural Lending Co-op Makes Staffing Changes

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – Southern AgCredit recently added staff members to its Gulfport and Ridgeland lending teams and promoted three credit analysts.

The rural lending cooperative specializes in financing land and agricultural operations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Laura Michini was hired as a loan administrator in the Gulfport branch office. Previously, she was a closing assistant for Pilger Title Co. She attended the University of Mississippi, William Carey University and Pearl River Community College. Michini lives in Ocean Springs with her husband, Dominick, and daughter, Juliette.

Camdon Taylor was hired as a credit analyst in the Ridgeland administrative office. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport. A native of Shreveport, he now resides in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Kirby Keith was promoted to senior credit analyst in the Ridgeland administrative office. Keith is a native of Decatur, Mississippi, and lives in Madison with his wife, Stephanie. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Banking. Prior to joining Southern AgCredit in 2018, Keith was an assistant vice president with Community Bank, where he worked as a commercial and consumer loan officer.

Mallory Kellar was promoted to credit analyst in the Gulfport branch office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Kellar was employed at PJ’s Coffee for seven years prior to joining Southern AgCredit. She recently married Evan Kellar, an independent insurance agent in Picayune, Mississippi.

Melanie Lien was promoted to senior credit analyst in the Ridgeland administrative office. She joined Southern AgCredit in 2018 after working in the Madison County School District’s finance department. Previously, she worked for five years in credit/underwriting at a local bank. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mississippi College. Originally from Forest, Mississippi, she now resides in Madison with her husband, Adam. 

“Southern AgCredit is pleased to welcome Laura and Camdon to the team and to recognize Kirby, Mallory and Melanie with well-deserved promotions,” said Phillip Morgan, Southern AgCredit chief executive officer. “As we continue to grow, their hard work and expertise is critical to our success. We appreciate their many contributions to the association.”