Biloxi MS GCCA Biographies of Mardi Gras King and Queen
One of the oldest and most prestigious carnival organizations on the coast has announced its king and queen for 2022.
King d’Iberville and Queen Ixolib, who hail from the Gulf Coast Carnival Association in Biloxi, are considered official Mardi Gras royalty in southern Mississippi.
Get to know the GCCA King and Queen before the parade through downtown Biloxi on Shrove Tuesday.
Madison Elizabeth Warren of Gulfport is Queen Ixolib.
She is the daughter of Steven Michael Warren and Jamie Elizabeth Warren. His maternal grandmother is Nancy Elizabeth Pepperman. His paternal grandparents are Lawrence Wayne and Bonnie Purvis Warren and Beverly Joyce Warren.
Madison graduated from Gulfport High School, where she was a varsity cheerleader, homecoming court member, and class favorite. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Distinguished Mississippi Scholar, and Universal Cheerleading Association four-time All-American Cheerleader.
She graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She has served as an ambassador for the Mississippi State Foundation, serving as vice president and events coordinator, a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, and a collaborating programmer for the Resident Hall Association. Madison was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, the Mississippi State’s Research & Development Committee, the Undergraduate Women in Business, and the Accounting and Finance Student Society.
Madison is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and danced with Kelli’s Steps Showstoppers. She was a member of the Gulf Coast Debutante Society. She received a freshman scholarship, a Key Club scholarship, and was invited to represent Mississippi State University at the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame awards gala for the induction of Leo Seal, Jr. .
She was Queen Ixolib’s Maid in 2020 and Flag Bearer in 2013. Her father, Steven Warren, was Duke in 2011. Her sister, Hannah Warren, was Flag Bearer in 2015. Her sister, Haley Warren, was a carrier flag in 2016.
King of Iberville
Robert J. “Bobby” Knesal of Gulfport King of Iberville.
Bobby is the husband of Rhonda Underwood Knesal. They are the parents of Geoffrey J. Knesal and C. Jarrod Knesal. He is the son of the late Bill and Betty Knesal.
Bobby graduated in 1973 from Gulfport East High School. He attended Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1977. He is a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor.
He is Senior Vice President of H2O Innovation, a publicly traded company specializing in the design/construction and operation of water and wastewater treatment systems and in the operation and management of public works services. through privatization contracts with several cities and utility authorities. They employ over 600 people in the region. He was previously Vice President of Utility Partners, a private utility management company and was instrumental in the sale of the company to H2O Innovation.
As a private real estate developer, he developed several residential developments in Gulfport and Harrison County, including Stanton Place, The Briars and Brookestone. He also developed commercial properties in Gulfport and Hattiesburg.
He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of General Contractors and the Mississippi Engineering Society. He was appointed by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors as the Mississippi State Port Authority Commissioner in Gulfport. He is currently Chairman, serving his 10th year on the commission.
Bobby is also a board member of the Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Area and president of the Utility Infrastructure Division of the Association of General Contractors.
He is a life member of St. James Catholic Church in Gulfport, where he served as a member and chairman of the parish council.
Bobby was made Duke GCCA in 2007. His wife, Rhonda, is a Biloxi native who was Queen of the Cavaliers in 2001, Queen of the Revelers in 2016 and Maid of the Order of Billikens twice. His brother-in-law, Dr. Mitchell Gruich, Jr., was formerly Duke GCCA.
Bobby and Rhonda enjoy traveling to the Caribbean Islands, Key West and New Orleans for Saints football games with close friends and family. Do not invite them to travel north as they hate the cold and do not ski.
He is also a member of The Pelican’s Roost, a private group of friends who own a camp on Cat Island which they never visit enough. It’s a great escape close to home and may be the place of his retirement job one day. Someone has to feed the alligators and the raccoons.
This story was originally published February 27, 2022 8:00 a.m.