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EMBDC Announces NEW Director of Marketing and NEW Director of Meridian Main Street.



Heather Woodall has been named marketing director for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.


Woodall’s responsibilities include working with the Women’s Alliance of Meridian, the Leadership Lauderdale programs for both youths and adults, EMBDC ambassadors and the EMBDC education initiatives.


Born and raised in Meridian, Woodall received both her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and her Master of Science in food science, nutrition and health promotion from Mississippi State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in educational leadership from MSU.

She spent seven years working at MSU in both Meridian and Starkville. Most recently, she was director of development and external affairs at the Mississippi Children’s Museum-Meridian, where she oversaw fundraising and marketing.

She and her husband, Will, have two children, William (5) and Ella Brooke (2). They are active members of Highland Baptist Church in Meridian. In her spare time, Woodall enjoys spending time with family, attending MSU athletic events, traveling and crafting.


Matt Schanrock has become the Meridian Main Street director for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. He’s excited to use the skills from his previous career to help grow Meridian Main Street.


Schanrock, son of Chris and Sheri Schanrock, was born and raised in Meridian. He played tennis at Meridian Community College before continuing his education at Mississippi State University.

He has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 11 years. They have two children, Audrey and Levi. When he’s not spending time with his family, Matt enjoys going to concerts and traveling with Rachel, as well as hiking, volleyball, tennis and pretty much anything outdoors.


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