Board of Directors

Governance is provided by 28 member Board of Directors, including an 8 member Executive Committee and a 20 member Board of Trustees. Our leadership is comprised of local volunteers who are responsible for setting policies, the organizational operating budget, and for overseeing the direction of United Way of Southwest Alabama.


Executive Committee:

Mark Fillers – Board Chairman – South Alabama Market President, Renasant Bank

Charles Hyland – Campaign Chairman – Director, Mobile Area Water & Sewer System

Michael Menk – Finance Chair – Consumer Banking Executive, Regions Bank

Merceria Ludgood – Governance Chair – Mobile County Commissioner, District One

Rick Lambert – Labor Chair – Southwest Alabama Labor Council

Beth Thomas – Community Impact Chair –  External Affairs Manager, Alabama Power Company

Don Keeler – Immediate Past Chair – Vice President of Human Resources, Austal

Allen H. Ladd – Past Chair – Vice President, Thames Batre’ Insurance


Elected Trustees:

Donald L. Adams – Business Manager,  I.B.E.W. Local 505

Shearie Archer – Executive Director, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy

Brandon Armstrong – Assistant Vice President, First Community Bank

Owen Bailey – Chief Operating Officer, USA Health

Raymond L. Bell, Jr. – Attorney, Bell Law Firm

Chad Blanton, Store Manager, Publix

Celia Collins – Attorney, Johnstone Adams

Rev. Jim DuFriend – Community Volunteer

Mike Fine – President, Mobile Gas, A Sempra Company

Liz Freeman – President, Long’s Human Resource Service

Todd Greer – Chief Catalyst, The Exchange

Leida Javier-Ferrell – Director of Business Development & External Affairs, Netpoint IT-Services, Inc.

Erin S. Jones – CPA, Wilkins Miller

Brian Jordan – President, FusionPoint Media

Rick Norris – Director, Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation

Henry F. O’Connor, III – Partner, Jones Walker, L.L.P.

Martha L. Peek, Superintendent, Mobile County Public School System

Sydney G. Raine – President, Mobile Works Inc.

William B. Sisson – President  & CEO, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

David Trent – Site Director, Airbus Americas Engineering

Jean Walker Tucker – Senior University Attorney, University of South Alabama

Susan Wilcox-Turner – Owner, Long Leaf Land & Timber

{Ex Officio} Clifford Grimes – UWSWA President & CEO


Emeritus Trustees

Sarah L. Damson

G. Russell Ladd, III

O.H. Delchamps, Jr.

Gerald A. Friedlander

Tom Hinds

Ronald B. Melton

Danny Price

James T. Robson

Doris Claire Stein

Robert J. Williams