Movers & Shapers, January 2016
Spotlight on Autauga & Elmore Counties
Agee is superintendent of the Autauga County School System. It is the 14th largest school system in Alabama. He has more than 20 years of experience in education and has served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserve, where he is currently a lieutenant colonel. He graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1989 and has since earned master’s and education specialist degrees. He serves on the Prattville YMCA Board, Autauga County Children’s Policy Council and the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Board. He was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Public Library Service Board in 2013.
Adams is manager of the Wetumpka and Tallassee business offices of Alabama Power. She is serving a second term as president of the Tallassee Community Development Corp. and also holds officer positions with the Joe Sewell Memorial Scholarship Award program, Tallassee Lions Club and the Wetumpka Gateway Corp. She also serves on the boards of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority, the Elmore County Partnership for Children, Elmore County Children’s Policy Council, Elmore County HIPPY Program and the Wetumpka chapter of the River Region Boys and Girls Club. Adams also is assisting the Elmore County Food Pantry with its capital campaign, and is active with River Region United Way and the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce Small Business Incubator program. She is a graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School, Troy State University at Montgomery and Leadership Elmore County.
Alexander is a specialist in governmental affairs with Alabama Gas Corp., where she has worked for 26 years. For the past three years, she has been Alagasco’s liaison with city and governmental officials. She is a graduate of Chattahoochee Valley State Community College and Auburn University with additional credentials in economic development from Auburn. She retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 28 years in 2013, and is a member of Wetumpka Rotary Club.
Beyer has served as Elmore County engineer since 2003. He was named the 2014 Rural County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). He is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and has earned several professional designations. He is active in professional organizations and has coached youth sports at all levels.
Burrow is president of Central Alabama Community College, based in Alexander City. Since her arrival in 2013, Burrow added a CACC instructional site in the city of Millbrook and has more than tripled dual enrollment participation for area high school students, including multiple sites in Elmore County. Burrow’s service to the Alabama Community College System spans 29 years. Burrow earned a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of North Alabama, a master’s as a clinic nurse specialist and nurse practitioner credentials from UAB, and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Burrow serves on the executive board for the Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance and works closely with the Elmore County Economic Development Authority.
Gipson, a Prattville native, has worked in the tire business since his early teens. He is co-owner of Gipson’s Auto Tire Inc., a company he and his brother purchased from their parents in 2003. The business has grown to include locations in Prattville, Millbrook and Montgomery. Gipson serves on the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce board. He is vice president of the Autauga Education Foundation and a past president of the Alabama Tire Dealer Association. He is also a graduate of Leadership Autauga County and a member of Prattville Rotary Club. Gipson’s Auto Tire received the 2014 River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Award and the 2015 Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.
Gothard is executive director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation in Millbrook. AWF recently opened the NaturePlex, a 23,000-square-foot facility that teaches children and adults about wise use and responsible stewardship of wildlife and related nature resources. Gothard has served as executive director of AWF since 1998. He is a graduate of Auburn University. Active in professional organizations, he is also an honorary member of the Millbrook Commercial Development Authority, vice chair of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority and has served as a youth baseball coach for Millbrook Youth Baseball.
Gunter is the mill manager at International Paper’s Prattville Containerboard Mill. During his 33-year career with the company, he has held positions in engineering, maintenance and operations at facilities across the United States. He served as the manager for mills in Louisiana and Florida before coming to Prattville in 2013. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Gunter serves on the boards of the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation and the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member of Manufacture Alabama and the Technological Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.
Harrison is superintendent of the Elmore County Schools in Wetumpka. During his 23-year tenure as an educator in Elmore County, he has served as a teacher and in many administrative roles. He also has been an adjunct instructor in English and K-12 education for Alabama State University since 1995; and an adjunct instructor for Auburn University. He was among the first group certified to evaluate school districts using the AdvancED District Accreditation Protocol. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and additional teaching credentials from Alabama State University and advanced certifications from Auburn University. In 2005 he earned a doctoral degree in education administration from Auburn.
Meany is CEO of Information Transport Solutions Inc. He is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery. He has 28 years of IT experience in multiple markets. During his professional career, Meany has held various leadership roles managing local and global operations at EDS and Cisco Systems. He has worked with leaders at local, regional and national levels in commercial, federal, state, local and education markets. Meany serves on the board of the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce and the Elmore County Economic Development Authority.
Minor is president and COO of Information Transport Solutions, a technology solution integrator headquartered in Wetumpka. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field. Minor earned his bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Alabama State University and his EMBA from Auburn University. Minor is a member of Leadership Alabama Class XXVI, serves on the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce board and is captain of a running club that supports health and wellness.
Morgan is president and CEO of First Community Bank of Central Alabama and also serves on the board of directors. He has been involved with the bank since its inception in 2001 when he served as senior lender. The bank currently has seven locations in Elmore and Autauga counties. He has more than 26 years of experience in the banking industry and is a graduate of Troy University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. He is an active member of the Wetumpka Lions Club, a past member of the Millbrook Kiwanis Club, and was active as a part of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce Capital Campaign Committee. Morgan also serves as vice-chairman of the Elmore County Board of Education and serves on the board of directors of the Holtville Water System.
Laura Leigh Peters
Peters works in physician and community relations for Community Home Health and Hospice in Tallassee. Earlier, she held a similar post with New Day Senior Care Community Hospital in Tallassee, and she has also worked for the American Red Cross and Auburn University. She earned a bachelor’s in health administration from Auburn University and an MBA with a concentration in health services administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is a past president of the Greater Tallassee Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tallassee Rotary Club and a current member of the Elmore County DHR Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Elmore County.
Raymond is the president and owner of Imperial Mailbox Systems Inc. in Millbrook. In 2011, she took control of Imperial, a business started by her father, John H. Clark Sr. 30 years ago. In 2014, she began operations in a new business, Imperial Powder Coating LLC, also in Millbrook. Raymond moved to Millbrook when she was in high school and has continued to encourage and support the growth and development of the Millbrook community. She is a member of the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce and the GMHBA.
Shipman is a 29-year veteran of public education and was named superintendent of Tallassee City Schools in July 2015. Before coming to Tallassee, he was superintendent of Fayette County schools in west Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Buena Vista University and holds two master’s degrees in education, from Mississippi State University and the University of West Alabama. Shipman has 19 years of classroom teaching experience, mostly in social studies and technology classes, and 10 years of administrative experience. One of his most memorable educational experiences was the creation of the Northwest Alabama Regional Technology Fair in 1997. This fair began with one student and has expanded to hundreds of participants annually.
Steinhilber is a CPA and a principal with Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm. She brings more than 30 years of experience to her clients. Steinhilber is a Leadership Autauga County alumnus and has served on the board of directors of both the Autauga County United Way, and the River Region United Way as well as the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Auburn University and holds professional membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Public Accountants.
Young is vice president of business and administrative services for Central Alabama Electric Cooperative. She has served as a vice president since 2004 and has managed her current division since 2010. Prior to her joining CAEC, she served in an executive position with the city of Prattville. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and holds certifications in project management and strategy. She is a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Autauga County. She is a member of several professional organizations and works with the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way.