Our Leadership

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2020-2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Board Chairman
J. Guy Helmsing
Senior Vice President & Market President, Hancock Whitney Bank

Vice Chair/Campaign Chairman
Brent Barkin
President, Shoe Station, Inc,

Secretary/Governance Chair
Karl Ficken
General Manager, Spire Gulf & Spire Mississippi

Treasurer/Finance Chair
Walter Brand
Senior Vice President, ServisFirst Bank

Audit Chair
Erin S. Jones
CPA, Wilkins Miller, LLC

Labor Chair
Rick Lambert
Southwest Alabama Labor Council

Community Impact Chair
Glyn Agnew
Regional Director, AT&T

Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Tony Waldrop
President, University of South Alabama 

Community Impact Chair
Glyn Agnew
Regional Director, AT&T

Vice Chair/Campaign Chairman
Brent Barkin
President, Shoe Station, Inc,

Treasurer/Finance Chair
Walter Brand
Senior Vice President, ServisFirst Bank

Secretary/Governance Chair
Karl Ficken
General Manager, Spire Gulf & Spire Mississippi

Board Chairman
J. Guy Helmsing
Senior Vice President & Market President, Hancock Whitney Bank

Audit Chair
Erin S. Jones
CPA, Wilkins Miller, LLC

Labor Chair
Rick Lambert
Southwest Alabama Labor Council

Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Tony Waldrop
President, University of South Alabama 

Elected Trustees:

Mahesh Batavia, Southeast Asian Store Owners Association

Joe L. Bedwell – Community Volunteer

Mark J. Burnett, Jr. – Training Coordinator, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 119

Mark Bush – General Manager Mobile Operations,  SSAB

Bob Grip – Retired

Corey Hanson – Vice President & General Manager, WALA Fox 10 TV

Audra Harper – Operations Administrator, Haper Technologies

Nick Harrell – Executive Director & CIDO, Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Hurdle – Director of Economic & Community Development, Airbus Americas

Dr. Leida Javier-Ferrell

Dr. Andi M. Kent – Interm Provost and SVPAA

Bo Mattei – President, Thames Batre Insurance

Robert Matthews – Partner, Burr & Forman, LLP

Bud McCrory – Assistant Director of Administration, Mobile Area Water & Sewer System

Sharon Moffatt – Regional Manager of Spire Gulf & Spire Mississippi, Spire Inc.

Keith Randle – Human Resources Manager, Austal USA

H. Rudd Schultze – Division Marketing Manager, Alabama Power

Jeff St. Clair – President, Springhill Medical Center

Dr. Reginald Sykes – President, Bishop State Community College

Michael Toomey – Division Superintendent, Thompson Gas

Tonie Ann Torrens – Executive Director, Penelope House 

Christian White – Market Executive, Regions Financial

Kelly C. Woodford – Associate Dean of Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama

Mahesh Batavia
Southeast Asian Store Owners Association

Joe L. Bedwell
Community Volunteer

Mark J. Burnett, Jr.
Training Coordinator
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 119

Mark Bush
General Manager Mobile Operations
SSAB

Bob Grip
Retired

Corey Hanson
Vice President & General Manager, WALA Fox 10 TV

Audra Harper
Operations Administrator, 
Haper Technologies

Dr. Leida Javier-Ferrell

Dr. Andi M. Kent
Interm Provost and SVPAA

Bo Mattei
President
Thames Batre Insurance

Bud McCrory
Assistant Director of Administration, Mobile Area Water & Sewer System

Christian White
Market Executive, Regions Financial

Kelly C. Woodford
Associate Dean of Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama

Emeritus Trustees:

Sarah L. Damson
Tom Hinds
G. Russell Ladd, III

Ronald B. Melton
James T. Robson
Robert J. Williams

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