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Movers & Shapers

People making a difference in Talladega, Calhoun, Clay & Cleburne counties

David Bourne

David Bourne

David Bourne

Bourne arrived in Clay County in 2007 as the new owner of Clay County Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Within a year, Bourne also purchased the Chevrolet dealership and merged the two stores into a single location. He is active with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, rescue services, schools and many charitable organizations.

Betsy Bean

Bean moved to Anniston in April 2007 to become executive director for Spirit of Anniston, the downtown revitalization organization formed in 1993. Most of her professional career has been in media, marketing and public relations. She became interested in downtown revitalization in the early 1990s when she served on the Acworth City Council, and she has written and consulted extensively on downtown redevelopment.

Emily Brown

Brown has been the executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce for two years and believes the county has tremendous possibilities for economic development and tourism. Brown’s professional background is in advertising and fundraising. She has lived in Cleburne County with her family for almost four years. 

Mark Burr

Mark Burr

Burr has served as president of Synaflex Rubber Products since 2006. Since his arrival, sales at Synaflex have increased 51 percent, solidifying it as the nation’s largest custom rubber manufacturer. Burr served as senior vice president of corporate banking at Regions Bank and as vice president of commercial finance at SouthTrust. He currently serves on the University of Alabama’s Scholarship Board and chairs the scholarship selection committee for Jefferson County.  

Louise Clark

Clark serves as associate dean, MBA director and director of the advising center in the College of Commerce and Business Administration at Jacksonville State University. A professor of statistics, Clark received her bachelor’s in marketing, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in statistics from the University of Alabama. She is a member of the national business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, and is active in the university and community. She also serves as a reader for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Jim Edmondson

Edmondson is CEO of Jacksonville Medical Center. He has worked at hospitals in Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee before joining Jacksonville. Since his arrival, medical staff satisfaction has risen from the 22nd to 86th percentile and the facility has consistently scored in the upper 95th percentile in employee satisfaction during his tenure. 

J. Chad Jones

J. Chad Jones

Jones is vice president of the First National Bank of Talladega, with responsibility for commercial lending and other duties. He also has worked at Bank and Trust, Wachovia and BB&T. He has been active with the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Chambers of Commerce and he is president of Kiwanis of Talladega and the Alabama Multifamily Loan Consortium and a member of the Talladega County Education Foundation.

Steven Lines

Lines, a native of Cleburne County, is a graduate of the University of Alabama in health care management and manages WM Grocery’s newest location in Heflin. He is president of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Empty Stocking Gala Board and works with DHR as a member of its QA board. 

Grant Lynch

Lynch is International Speedway Corp. senior vice president of business operations, chairman of Talladega Superspeedway and vice president of special projects with ISC. He serves on the Alabama Wildlife Federation Board, the state Board of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Talladega County Chamber of Commerce Board. He has served on the boards of Regions Bank of Talladega County, Antique Talladega, the local Boy Scouts Council, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and the Blind (AIDB) and served as chairman of the Talladega Economic Development Authority for 15 years. He has been instrumental in the success of Race Fever, an annual fundraiser for the AIDB Foundation, which has raised nearly $3 million over the last 24 years. 

David McCormack

David McCormack

McCormack has been president and chief executive officer of Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center since May 2009. He has been in the healthcare field for 30 years and has served in hospitals in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. He was voted “CEO of the Year” four times while employed by HMA. His fellow employees honored him with the distinction of “Boss of the Year” in 1997. He is on the board of the YMCA of Calhoun County, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and the Sarrell Dental Clinic. He is president of the Northeast Alabama Hospital Council.

William A. Meehan

Meehan’s long-term association with Jacksonville State University began when he enrolled as a first-time freshman in 1968. He completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at JSU and joined the biology faculty in 1977. In 1999, he earned a doctor of education from the University of Alabama. He became JSU’s 11th president in 1999. During Meehan’s presidency, JSU has seen an almost 20 percent enrollment increase and begun offering its first doctoral degree. In addition, Meehan led the university to a new Division I sports conference, and completed its largest capital campaign ever.

Calvin Miller

Miller is executive director of the Talladega County Economic Development Authority. He is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and a member of the board of the Japan America Society of Alabama. 

Chip Moore

Chip Moore

Moore is technology officer and marketing director for The First National Bank of Talladega. He is treasurer of the Greater Talladega Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of Callie’s Kids Arts Enrichment program, secretary of the City of Talladega Civil Service Board and is on the boards of Palmer Place Child Advocacy Center, Antique Talladega, the Historic Ritz Theatre and several school system advisory committees. He also helped create the bank’s “Cash for the Classroom” program, spotlighting 10 area schools each year, which has helped raise more than $90,000.

Mary Patchunka-Smith

Patchunka-Smith is executive director of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the Chamber since May 2007 and active with its Clay County Music & Arts Festival, Business after Hours and more. She works with Clay County Children’s Policy Council, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, Alfa Farmer’s Federation and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

Fran Pope

Pope is associate administrator for corporate affairs and communications for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC. She is 2012 president of the Greater Talladega and Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, and chair of the Talladega-St. Clair chapter of the American Red Cross Heroes Program. She is a director of the Talladega County Education Foundation Inc. and the Talladega City Schools Foundation Inc., and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Talladega. 

Julia Harwell Segars

Julia Harwell Segars

Segars is vice president of Alabama Power’s Eastern Division, responsible for customer service operations and external affairs for a 12-county area of east
Alabama. She serves on the boards of the McClellan Development Authority, the Calhoun County Economic Development Council, Knox Concert Series, The Donoho School, Anniston Museum of Natural History Endowment Board and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind Foundation. She is president of the Jacksonville State University Foundation and chair-elect of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. She is a founding director and current chairman of G.E.T.T. Moving East Alabama.

Glenn C. Sisk

Sisk is president and CEO of Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga. Sisk began his healthcare career with the Baptist Health System and was recognized as the System’s Excellence in Leadership Award recipient in 1998.  He also received the American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Executives Regents Award in 2003. He has overseen the recent opening of the hospital’s West Wing, which is the acute care hospital, a new imaging center, women’s center and ICU. He is a member of the board of directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. 

Peter B. Storey

Storey is president and CEO of the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce. He is a former chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. He began his career with Alabama Power and then Vulcan Binder. He is an active member and past president of the local Kiwanis Club and has helped with the building of a local downtown playground, as well as helping the Key Club at the high school. He mentors the Chamber Ambassadors and Diplomats, a group of teens in the Childersburg area. He is a board member with South Talladega County United Way, chairman of the Childersburg Industrial Development Board and officiates high school football and baseball. He is chair of the Talladega County Schools Career Tech Advisory Council. 

Becky Turner

Becky Turner

Turner is provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Jacksonville State University, where she has served in several roles during her 30-year tenure. She joined the JSU faculty in 1981 as instructor of social work, and four years later became the program’s first director. She has served as head of the Department of Sociology and Social Work and associate vice president for academic affairs. In 2002, she became vice president for academic and student affairs, the first woman to hold that office at JSU. In 2010, Turner was designated provost, the university’s ranking academic officer.

Irving Thompson

A former two-term mayor of Ashland in Clay County, Thompson, a longtime educator, spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and was named principal of Ashland Elementary School, serving there for 20 years. In 2001, he became general manager of East-Central Alabama Gas District and also is executive director of the Ashland-Goodwater-Lineville Solid Waste Disposal Authority. Thompson also has served two terms on the Ashland City Council and several years on the Ashland Water and Sewer Board. He has nearly 20 years’ service with the Ashland Fire Department and more than 20 years as a director of one of Ashland’s banks. He serves on the Clay County Industrial Development Commission.

Wendell Wood

Wood has served as chairman of the City of Heflin Industrial Development Board since its inception in June of 2008. During this time there have been several infrastructure projects completed at the I-20 industrial site. He was a graduate of the first Leadership Cleburne County and a member of the Leadership Alumni group. He has been employed by Alabama Power Co. for 32 years and is currently the business office manager at the Heflin office. He served on the United Way Board of Directors for Cleburne County and serves on the HEARTS Board of Directors.

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