Lieutenant Colonel Raul “Roy” Gamez (Retired), a 12 year resident of Pass Christian, is dedicated to serving his church and community. He hails from San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Education. He retired from anaccomplished career with the U.S. Federal Department of Education,Office for Civil Rights.
A highly decorated U.S. Army veteran, Roy received two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat, two Bronze Stars (one for valor for heroic actions in Quang Tri, Vietnam), the Combat Infantry Badge, and numerous other military awards. Roy is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church. A devotedmember of the Knights of Columbus, He has served as Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator and currently serves as a District Deputy Knights of Columbus for the State of Mississippi.
Roy is a life member of the VFW, the Purple Heart Society and the Retired Military Officers Association. Roy has also been inducted to the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame.
Married 44 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Betty Ann Calonge, they are blessed with twin sons who are Lieutenant Colonels in the U.S. Army serving in Germany and Virginia. They have five grandchildren, all of whom hold a special place in his heart. Roy enjoys life, loves people and never meets a stranger!
Shae Hilton is a member of Our Lady of Fatima parish and St. Paul Carnival Association. She is a graduate of Biloxi High School and studied accounting at Delaware State University. She is an active parent at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School where she has served for the last two years as T-Shirt Chairperson onthe Boogie on the Beach Committee, classroom coordinator, and organizes and submits the Labels for Education and Community Coffee programs all directly benefiting the School.
Shae is also active in her local community. She has served as a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, and a member of the Junior League of San Francisco, both of which are charitable organizations focusing on raising funds for the less fortunate.
Married for 15 years to Kevin Hilton, they have two children, Ashley and Evan, who attend St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School.