Movers & Shapers, April 2016
Spotlight on Covington, Butler, Crenshaw & Lowndes Counties
Bryan is superintendent of Butler County schools, where she has worked in various positions in her 28 years as an educator. She has been instrumental in earning system-wide accreditation, creating a five-year strategic plan, opening and expanding Innovation School, and refinancing bonds to generate more than $3 million in savings. She is chair of the workforce development committee of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development, and a board member of the Butler County Children’s Advocacy Center (Safe Harbor), the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital. In 2015, she was named Superintendent of the Year by the Alabama Community Education Association and named Outstanding Leader in School/Community Relations by the Alabama School Public Relations Association.
Cauley, a resident of Opp, is director of operations for the Montgomery market of Hardee’s, which includes 31 restaurants in the region. She started as a cashier in the Eufaula restaurant in 1975 and worked through the ranks of in-house management before being promoted to district manager and then to her current position. Under her direction, the restaurants in the region participate in community events, fundraisers and business functions.
English is superintendent of the Crenshaw County School System. Prior to becoming superintendent in June 2015, he was principal of Charles Henderson High School in Troy, where graduation rates increased by 30 percent from 2012-2015. He has worked 23 years as a public school educator and has taught as an adjunct professor at Troy University Dothan. He holds a doctorate in education from Georgia Southern University and has degrees from Troy University, Auburn University and Troy-Dothan.
Hutchison is executive director of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development. He is a native of Sylacauga and a 1975 graduate of Jacksonville State University. A certified economic developer, he has worked in the field since 1975. He started the Escambia County Industrial Development Authority, and served as director of business development for the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Meadows is co-owner and partner in Greenville CPA firm Meadows and Co. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, Meadows worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Birmingham before buying an existing accounting firm in Greenville in 2001 with his twin brother. Natives of Lowndesboro, Meadows and his brother maintain a timber and cattle operation on land in Lowndes County that has been farmed by the Meadows family since before Alabama’s statehood. He is past president and board member of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and now serves as treasurer of the the Greenville Kiwanis Club and Butler County Relay for Life and president of the Butler County Auburn Club.
Nix is president and owner of Watts Insurance Agency in Luverne and Southeast Agency in Brantley. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He currently serves as president of the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Luverne Rotary Club.
Petrey is president and CEO of First Citizens Bank of Luverne. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and LSU’s Graduate School of Banking. He is chairman-elect of the Alabama Bankers Association and active in the Community Bankers Association of Alabama. He was named Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2010. He also is past chairman of Crenshaw County’s Economic and Industrial Development Authority. He is president of the Luverne Rotary Club.
Riedel has served as president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College since 2009 and has 31 years of experience in higher education. He is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and his master’s and doctorate are in pure mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Canada. A native of Canada, Riedel is conversant in five languages and holds a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which he teaches in the physical education department of LBWCC. In 2015, he was elected president of the Alabama Community College System Presidents Association. Riedel founded the Andalusia Chamber Music Society and is active in four local chambers of commerce, the Covington County Economic Development Commission, the Alabama Partnership for Children, and the Andalusia Ballet and Rotary International. In 2014, the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce honored him with its President’s Award for “dedicated service to the Chamber.”
Rev. Dr. David Saliba
Saliba is a native of Dothan and is in his third year serving as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and serves on its board of trustees. He is a Pitts Fellowship recipient and holds a master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he serves on the advisory council. He earned a doctorate of ministry in church leadership excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Alabama. He is president of the board of Safe Harbor, and active in the Butler County Public School Foundation, Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation, Healthy Kids and the Butler County Achiever’s Award. He is the president of the Butler County Ministerial Association and president-elect of Rotary Club of Greenville. He is an Elder in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Salter is president of Greenville Newspapers LLC and publisher of The Greenville Advocate, The Butler County News, The Luverne Journal, The Lowndes Signal, Camellia Magazine and their affiliated websites. She began her career in the newspaper industry in 1999 as a classified sales representative, working her way up to advertising manager before being named publisher in July of 2012. During Salter’s tenure, The Greenville Advocate has been named one of Alabama’s top three small weekly newspapers for nine consecutive years, earning top honors in the Alabama Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. She serves on the board of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and is active with the Achiever Award Scholarship committee, the L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital Healthy Woman Advisory Council and the Camellia City Fest committee. She is a member of Greenville Kiwanis Club and Camellia City Civitan Club.
Watson has served as superintendent of Andalusia City Schools since 2010. A 26-year veteran of the Andalusia school system, he has been instrumental in several major facility improvements and in securing grant support to upgrade Internet infrastructure in the schools. He is president-elect of the Andalusia Kiwanis Club. He serves on the Covington County United Fund board and has served as a board member on the Andalusia Housing Authority and Andalusia Chamber of Commerce.
Yanes was named CEO of Andalusia Regional Hospital in March 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in leading community hospitals and health systems. He was CEO of Select Specialty Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and has served in executive leadership positions for hospitals in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has two master’s degrees from the University of Florida in health science and business administration. He has been a Rotarian throughout his career and has served many organizations including the American Red Cross, chambers of commerce and economic development councils.