LAUREL, Miss. – Ashley Rea and Lorin McAlpin were recently named to the newly created corporate communications department at Sanderson Farms Inc. 

Ashley Rea, communications manager for Sanderson Farms Inc.
Ashley Rea, communication manager for Sanderson Farms

Rea will serve as communication manager. She will lead Sanderson’s corporate communications department initiatives. She also will work with media organizations and trade associations to identify and execute strategies related to the company’s media relations. Rea also will continue in her role as managing editor of the Sanderson Farms Newsletter, a bimonthly publication provided to more than 300,000 annual readers in 43 states.

Rea earned a bachelor of science in communication with a focus in public relations from Mississippi College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She also has a master’s of science in public relations from the Univ. of Southern Mississippi. 

Lorin McAlpin, graphic designer for Sanderson Farms Inc.
Lorin McAlpin, graphic designer for Sanderson Farms

McAlpin was recently named graphic designer for Sanderson’s new corporate communications department. She will continue in her as graphic arts editor and photographer for the Sanderson Farms Newsletter. McAlpin also will be responsible for designing employee communication materials. Before joining the company, she worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer for two years.

McAlpin, who also graduated summa cum laude, earned a bachelor of arts in graphic design with an emphasis in photography from Mississippi College. During her college years she was named Undergraduate of the Year in 2013, and was the graphics editor and photographer for The Collegian student newspaper as well as working as a graphic design student worker for the school’s Alumni Advancement Department. McAlpin previously worked at Sanderson Farms as a beginning trainee.