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Movers & Shapers, April 2017

Spotlight on Etowah, St. Clair & Blount Counties

Barbara Andersen


Barbara Andersen

Andersen is an associate broker with the RealtySouth office in Oneonta. She is a graduate of Leadership Blount County; a member of the Oneonta Zoning Board of Adjustment, and a leader of Blount County Master Gardeners Association, Oneonta Rotary Club and the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber. She holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and practiced for 25 years as a structural engineer.

Bethanne Browning

Browning operates The Factory, a family entertainment center with locations in Gadsden and Gulf Shores, and Heritage Golf Course in Oneonta. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Browning is a member of the chamber of commerce in three Alabama counties. She serves on the board of the Imagination Place at the Center for Cultural Arts and also heads the Barbarian Challenge for Kids in Gadsden.

Richard Buckner 

Buckner is an owner and vice president of Buckner Barrels Sales Corp. He is chairman of the St. Clair County Industrial Development Board and a board member of Reusable Industrial Packaging Association. He is a former Springville mayor and council member and is active in Republican politics, the Springville Chamber of Commerce and St. Clair County Leadership. 

Kelley Cochran Stone

Cochran Stone is manager of the Oneonta and Blountsville business offices of Alabama Power Co. A Leadership Blount County graduate, she is active in the Blount County Economic Development Council, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Blount County Education Foundation and Oneonta’s Alabama Community of Excellence team, St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital advisory board and Oneonta Rotary Club. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University.

Merri Logan Crow


‚ÄčMerri Logan Crow

Crow is the founder of MetaMarka, a digital marketing agency and parent company of Social Butterfly Solutions. Crow and her team offer social media, graphic design and related services. Crow is active in Blount County through nonprofits that support education and promote local business and tourism.

Corey Ewing

Ewing, a native of Attalla, took the helm at Gadsden Regional in May 2016 after serving as chief executive officer at DeKalb Regional in Fort Payne. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Jason Goodgame

Goodgame is project executive and vice president of The Goodgame Co. in Pell City, which provides design build services, plant maintenance, fabrication and construction management. A graduate of Auburn University, he has been honored for both professional and community service. 

James E. Hill III

Hill is a partner in Hill, Hill & Gossett PC, practicing in the areas of governmental, corporate law and general litigation, representing St. Clair County, several municipalities and public boards and local businesses. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama School of Law. He is active with the Moody Chamber, St. Clair County Literacy Council and Relay 4 Life. 

Mike Hobbs

Hobbs is dean of enrollment at Jefferson State Community College, where he earned an associate degree before earning graduate degrees at UAB and Mississippi State. He is a fellow of the University of Alabama Education Policy Center and an executive board member for the Jefferson County Schools Foundation. He is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership St. Clair County. He received the Alabama Community College System Award of Excellence Class of 2010 and 2013. He works with local youth sports and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. 

David Hornsby 

In 2006, Hornsby opened Hornsby Steel in Cleveland, which quickly found its niche within the fabricating industry by developing an expertise in spirals and complicated shapes. Recently, he launched Sun Charge Systems, a subsidiary that makes solar-powered charging stations in Oneonta. He was named among Positive Maturity’s Top 50 over 50 and is a member of American Iron & Steel Construction. 

Candace Lindsey


Candace Lindsey 

Business manager of the Ashville office of Alabama Power, Lindsey is also active in Alabama Power Service Organization. She is active with St. Clair County Economic Development Council, Ashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership St. Clair and United Way Loaned Executive, St. Clair County Mayors Association. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a master’s from Troy University.  

Andrea Machen

Machen is executive director of the Moody Area Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Commercial Development Authority Board for the city of Moody and is chairperson for the MACC Ambassadors, a leadership program for junior and senior high school students in Moody. She attended Jefferson State Community College. 

Trese Mashburn

Mashburn is director of the Odenville Area Business Association. She is active in the Odenville community, working with youth sports, music festivals, cancer runs and the Odenville Christmas Parade. She writes a column for the St. Clair News-Aegis and works as an account executive and radio personality for Stock Broadcasting Inc., WFHK-FM, in Pell City. 

Sandra McGuire

McGuire is executive director for the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce. She studied voice at Jacksonville State University and currently serves as the music director at Leeds First United Methodist Church. She directs both the Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageants. She is a Miss Alabama judge and a traveling companion for Miss Alabama. 

Don R. Mitchell  

Mitchell is executive director of the Blount County Economic Development Council. Earlier, Mitchell served as president and board chairman for the Marshall County Economic Development Agency and is now on Alabama’s Central Six Workforce Development Council.  

Brian Muenger


Brian Muenger 

Muenger is city manager for Pell City. Muenger has a bachelor’s degree and an MPA from Georgia College. He is a member of the Alabama City/County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association, where he has earned the Credentialed Manager designation. 

Mitchie Clegg Neel 

Neel serves as executive director of the Blount County Education Foundation. Neel is active in the Bold Goals Coalition, president of the Blount County Literacy Council and a member of the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.  She retired as curriculum coordinator for Blount County Schools in 2009.

Heather Brothers New 

New is president of The Chamber, Gadsden/Etowah County. She attended Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University. She is the board chair-elect for the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, chair of United Way Young Leaders Society of Etowah and the Gadsden City Career Technical Advisory Council, and serves on the Business Council of Alabama board. She was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Heart of an Eagle and Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology Engineering Coalition for Education awards in 2016. 

Lisa Nichols 

Nichols is administrator at St. Vincent’s St. Clair. She earned associate and licensed practical nursing degrees from Gadsden State Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of St. Francis in Illinois. She was awarded the 2016 College of Business and Health Administration Alumni Award from the University of St. Francis. 

Lesa A. Osborn

Osborn is director of Gadsden Commercial Development Authority Board. She serves on Gadsden’s Land Bank Authority and is a member of the Gadsden Kiwanis Club. Osborn earned a degree from Gadsden State Community College and has certifications from Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

Carol Pappas 

Pappas is president and CEO of Partners by Design Inc., a multimedia group based in Pell City. A graduate of Auburn University, she is a veteran journalist who retired from Consolidated Publishing in 2010 to start her own company. President of Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts, she co-chaired the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street in St. Clair and is working to revitalize downtown Pell City and create a museum at the Avondale Mills site.  She was named Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist by Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council.

Richard M. Phillips

Phillips, an Oneonta native, is a member of the Oneonta City Council and an attorney. An Auburn University graduate, he practiced design in New York and Atlanta before returning to Alabama to earn a law degree. He is on the board for the Covered Bridge Players, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Institute of Medicine, the grant review committee for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and is a founding member of the Leo Thorsness Society.

Aimee Wilson 

Wilson is executive director of the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, which has double to more than 400 members.She formed a partnership with the Blount County Education to institute Blount County Youth Leadership as an extension of the chamber’s Leadership Blount County Program. She also worked with the Oneonta City School System to establish an ambassador program. 

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