refinery employees donate hundreds of books for local children

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The Somos Network collected 788 children’s books from refinery employees for Children’s Literacy Week. The books were delivered to the United Way for Jackson and George Counties for distribution.

A 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy study found that 44% of Hispanic adults had a “below basic” literacy level, which was the highest percent of any other race/ethnicity and a 9 percent decrease from 1992. The Somos Network is committed to changing this statistic by promoting literacy in future generations.

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Chevron Launches ‘Fuel Your School’ Campaign at Pecan Park Elementary


Chevron kicked-off its annual Fuel Your School campaign today with a delivery of school supplies worth approximately $10,000 to students at Pecan Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs.

Public schools in Jackson County face funding challenges similar to those nationwide, resulting in many teachers spending their own money to purchase materials for their students and classrooms. To help alleviate some of this need, Chevron has again launched the Fuel Your School campaign – a fund raising effort to help provide critical education resources to Jackson County schools. 

Beginning October 1st through 31st, Chevron will donate $1 dollar (up to $50,000) every time motorists purchase 8 gallons of fuel or more at participating Chevron or Texaco stations in Jackson County. Community members can track how much money is being raised in their city, as well as see funded projects and feedback from educators who have been helped by visiting

Through the Fuel Your School campaign, educators at public schools in Jackson County, Miss., will have the opportunity to apply for new materials to enhance learning in their classrooms.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related classroom projects will be considered for funding.


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Cascio Named Chair of Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project

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Tammra Cascio, an attorney with the firm of Heidelberg Steinberger, P.A., has been named as Chair of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.

MVLP helps families with civil legal matters, such as guardianships, conservatorships, adoptions, name changes and other legal services. The organization also hosts legal clinics throughout the state connecting attorneys with those who need their services. Casio has been involved with MVLP since 2014, previously serving as co-chair of fundraising and also serving as a board member.

“I feel strongly that MVLP fills a critical and essential gap between those who qualify for legal services and those who actually can afford legal representation,” said Cascio. “MVLP is one of the flagship programs in the country that connects volunteer attorneys with those who have nowhere else to turn.”

Cascio is involved in other aspects of the legal community. She currently serves as Chair of the Business Law Section of the Mississippi Bar Association and on the Advisory Board of the Ole Miss School of Risk Management and Insurance. The Mississippi Bar Association also has honored her with the Distinguished Service Award and the Woman Lawyer Trailblazer Award.

Through her work with MVLP, Casio believes she and other volunteer attorneys are helping MVLP strengthen communities and allowing families and individuals to move forward.

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Chris Cavote Named Refinery Manager at Pascagoula Refinery

Chris-Cavote-225x300 Chris Cavote Named Refinery Manager at Pascagoula RefineryPASCAGOULA, Miss.-Chris Cavote has been named Refinery General Manager of the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, according to officials at Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

Cavote presently holds the same position at Chevron’s refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and is chairman of Chevron Canada Limited (CCL). He will succeed current manager Bruce Chinn, who will be leading Chevron Oronite Co., LLC, as president beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

“It has been a privilege to lead Pascagoula,” Chinn said, “particularly the dedicated men and women who come to work here every day to make this refinery an essential element in the fuels and base oil business. I am confident in Pascagoula’s continuing success.”

Cavote earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Sacramento, in mechanical engineering, and joined Chevron in 1989. Throughout his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, business analysis and planning. Prior to his current assignment in Canada, Cavote held management roles at Chevron’s El Segundo, Richmond and Hawaii refineries, and was a general manager for Chevron’s large-scale Escravos Gas to Liquids (EGTL) facility in Nigeria. 

“I’m excited to be joining the Pascagoula Refinery,” Cavote said. “The Pascagoula site not only is Chevron’s largest and most complex refinery, but also has a well-established culture of operational excellence and teamwork. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues there to continue to build on that foundation to achieve even greater success.”

The Pascagoula Refinery is Chevron’s largest wholly-owned refinery, processing 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The refinery’s primary products are motor gasoline, jet fuel, diesel fuel and premium base oil. The refinery’s success is built upon the business and community partnerships with the people of Jackson County, as well as the production of quality products in ways that are compatible with the community and the environment.  To learn more, go to

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CBRES Hosts Summer Interns

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For the seventh year in a row, Chevron Business & Real Estate Services (CBRES) has welcomed summer interns to the Pascagoula Refinery.

Open to dependents of current Refinery employees, the program employs 15 interns through TMG Industrial. The group reports to Kathy Council under the direction of David Trott (CBRES). The team is performing various jobs to spruce up the refinery, such as painting the Shipping building and parking bumpers for upcoming turnarounds as well as general clean up at Procurement warehouses during inclement weather. They have also assisted with less routine projects, like pretending to be accident victims during an emergency services training exercise in June.

This year’s interns and mentors are (from left) Wesley Drivers (GCA), Jon Tibbs (Gulf Breeze Landscape), Avie Porser (GCA), Keaton Walley, Clarence Kelly (GCA), Tristen Eubanks, Jerry Williams (GCA), Patrick Taylor, Joshua Robinson, Lashaun Love, Whitney Owens (GCA), John Tyler Howell, Christopher Graham, Chandler Fox, Cassie Crocker, Dylan Cagle, Hailey Boney, David Trott (CBRES), Montie Smith, Laken Lambert, Jon Hansen (GSI), Aaron McDaniel, Kathy Council (TMG) and (not pictured) Alora Houston.

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Refinery Reps Help With B&GC Gala

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Volunteers with the Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) lent a helping hand during the 20th annual Boys & Girls Club “Steak and Steak” fundraiser.

The event brings together children who participate in local Boys & Girls Clubs and community members to enjoy a steak dinner and guest speaker. Former NFL great Andre Reed provided this year’s keynote address.

Attendees also have an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Chevron volunteers helped staff this portion of the event, including (from left) DaJohn Murray, Sarah Denney, Brandon Gray, Nicole McBeath, Alecia Asiamigbe, Kentrell Owens, Penny Barbour, Valerie Brune, Austin McSpadden, Carlos Moore, Tiahirih Moore, Mike Seales, Rayford Harris, Makamba Sackey, Cheryl McLeod, Jamie Smith and Catherine Glaude (Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County).

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Volunteers, City Partner to Make Playground More Accessible

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From left, Kenny Erwin (Health Quest), Sean O’Grady (Procurement) and Charles Barber (Continuous Improvement) rolled up their sleeves on behalf of the ENABLED Employee Network to help workers with the City of Pascagoula install a new handicap-accessible merry-go-round at Beach Park in Pascagoula. The equipment was purchased by Junior Auxillary of Pascagoula-Moss Point as part of an ongoing project to provide more accessible playground areas at local parks. The moulded plastic design makes the equipment easier for children to stay seated while riding and doesn’t cause splinters.

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Volunteers Walk to Fight Heart Disease

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Nearly 50 volunteers from Chevron spent a Saturday morning raising money and awareness for heart disease at the 2017 Jackson County Heart Walk on March 18.

One member of the Chevron team has even had heart disease affect him personally.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Maintenance Team Leader Chris Cochran. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2013. From that time, it has become important to eat right and exercise.”

Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, so money raised from events like the heart walk goes toward saving thousands of lives every year.

“The Heart Walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” Cochran said.

With 45 participants, the Chevron team raised $2,500 at the Heart Walk.

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Chevron Volunteers Support Relay for Life

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More than 20 Chevron employees, friends, and family gathered at the St. Martin High School Stadium on April 28 to participate in Relay for Life. This year, the Chevron Team raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Thank you to Chevron Relay for Life event team leaders Elizabeth Swinney and Sondra Hilton-Boney, along with everyone who supported this important cause. Nearly $16,000 was raised by the entire event.

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