Cassie Hicks

Title: Director for Housing Initiatives
Education/Certification: B.S. in Business Administration; Graduate Tennessee School of banking; M.S. in Economic Development; Pursuing M.S. in Public Health
Expertise: Financial counseling, housing counseling, budget and credit counseling, homebuyer education, grants
Bio: Previous banking experience and national certifications in several counseling areas 
Ms. Cassie Hicks is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi with a Masters of Science in Economic Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Ms. Hicks began her business career in retail management and after 14 years in the retail industry, Ms. Hicks took her customer service skills to the banking industry. She completed several continuing education courses in banking offered by the Mississippi Bankers Association and graduated from the Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt University. She gained experience and knowledge that allowed her to be successful in management positions at local banks.   
Her position as Asst. Vice President in community education at BancorpSouth Bank working as a Community Reinvestment Officer and Loan Officer, gave her opportunities to volunteer and be involved with various community organizations, non-profits, and local, state and national governmental entities. She worked in the banking industry for 7 years before deciding to do statewide community financial education in budgeting, credit counseling, and supports to lender financing.
Ms. Hicks was employed by the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies in February 2001 to work with the Home of Your Own program. In her current role as Coordinator for Housing Initiatives she supervises housing staff to administer several federal, state and locally funded housing programs to assist persons with disabilities in Mississippi communities. She has several industry certifications under NeighborWorks of America and the National Industry Standards for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC).
She works with non-profits, disability organizations, financiers, state and federal entities, and for profit groups to advocate community inclusion for persons with and without disabilities in Mississippi. She is currently involved on several committees including the Advisory Council for banks and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB).