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Movers & Shapers, July 2015

Spotlight on Houston County

Barbara Alford

Alford is president of the Wiregrass Foundation, a health-legacy foundation committed to improving education, health, and quality of life in Southeast Alabama. She is responsible for developing partnerships with area nonprofits, schools, colleges and governments to invest more than $4 million annually in programs targeting some of the region’s most critical challenges. Retiring from her post as president of Troy University Dothan in 2002, capping a 40-year career in education, she started a resource development consulting company securing more than $30 million in private, federal and state grants for colleges and universities across the country. Alford holds advanced degrees from Troy and Auburn University, and is a 1989 graduate of Leadership Dothan.

Skip Ames

Ames is vice chancellor of Troy University’s Dothan Campus, assuming the role in December 2014. He joined the university’s faculty in 2011 after a 42-year legal career that included six years with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, five years as a law professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, a stint as in-house counsel for South Central Bell and 27 years with the Mobile law firm Hand Arendall. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and a master of law degree from Harvard Law School. He has also taught at the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College in Mobile and Samford University. His teaching now focuses on business ethics, ethics leadership, compliance and law-related courses.

Susan Anderson 

Anderson is co-owner and CFO of Eagle Eye Outfitters, an independent outdoor specialty store in Dothan, founded in 1999. Eagle Eye recently completed a major expansion project to 45,000 square feet and moving operations to the former Northside Cinema One movie complex, a Dothan landmark. She is a graduate of Troy University in accounting and worked in corporate accounting with Farley Nuclear Plant and Georgia-Pacific. Last fall, Dothan’s mayor appointed Anderson to an interim post on the Dothan City Commission. She is also on the board of Wiregrass Hope Group and WIRED Ministries.

Beau Benton


Beau Benton

Benton is president of Larry Blumberg and Associates (LBA Hospitality) in Dothan. Prior to joining LBA in 2005, he was a principal at Jackson Thornton, a regional accounting and consulting firm, in the Montgomery and Dothan offices. He has used his business background to help grow LBA to one of the largest and most awarded hotel development companies in the United States. LBA Hospitality currently manages Marriott and Hilton hotels in 10 Southeastern states. He holds an accounting degree from Auburn University and is licensed as a CPA in Alabama. Active in the community, Benton serves on the executive committee for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also vice chairman of the Wallace Community College Foundation and active in Covenant United Methodist Church.

Mark Culver 

Culver is chairman of the Houston County Commission. He has served 29 years on the commission, the last 18 as chairman. He received the 2013 Outstanding Contribution to County Government by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama for lifetime service. A graduate of Auburn University, he chairs several county government-related boards and commissions and has been active in Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Dothan Botanical Gardens, Angel House, Southeast Alabama Youth Services and others. He is a past president of Dothan Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Dothan. 

Tami Culver 

Culver is president of the Dothan Education Foundation. She has professional experience in both the private sector and the federal government, working as a neuro-psychometrist for patients who suffered traumatic brain injuries, and has worked in health care, education and social service. She also was director of field services for former Congressman Bobby Bright, where she was instrumental in researching and ultimately opening a federally qualified health center in Dothan. She is active in the education and health care community, serves on the board of directors for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Houston County Republican Women’s Club.  

Hope Johnson


Hope Johnson

Johnson is CEO and chairman of Friend Bank, a third-generation family business and one of Alabama’s oldest community banks. Johnson is a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama, with additional business and banking credentials from the LSU Graduate School of Banking, the Harvard Owner President Management Program and the Harvard Families in Business Program. She currently serves on the Alabama Bankers Association board, the Independent Community Bankers of America Lending Committee, the First United Methodist Church Dothan Board of Stewards, the Culverhouse School of Commerce Board of Visitors and as chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Craig Lenz, D.O.

Lenz is dean and senior vice president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, capping a 30-year career in clinical medicine and medical education. Lenz earned an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University and studied counseling psychology before earning his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1989, he was honored as a Fellow in the Collegium of the Academy of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (FAODME). Prior to joining ACOM in September 2010, Lenz served in leadership roles at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was one of two founding deans of the college. He also has served at other osteopathic medicine colleges around the country, and holds membership and board certification in several professional organizations. Lenz is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. This year, Gov. Robert Bentley appointed him to the new Health Care Improvement Task Force.

Davis Malone

Malone is CEO and chairman of Dothan-based MidSouth Bank and of MidSouth Bancorporation. While he has been CEO and chairman of the bank holding company since 1987, he started his full-time position in 2014 as CEO and chairman of MidSouth Bank, a $380 million community bank. Prior to moving into full-time banking last year, Malone was a partner of the law firm of Farmer & Malone P.A. for 28 years, practicing law in Alabama and Florida. He is active in many civic and community organizations, including the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama, chairman of the Dothan Campus Advisory Council of Troy University, board of directors of the Alabama-Florida Council — Boy Scouts of America, board of directors of the Friends of Fort Rucker, Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and Wiregrass Inn of Court. Malone is a fourth generation banker, a native of Dothan, but also grew up in Birmingham. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. 

Delvick McKay


Delvick McKay

McKay is the personnel director for the city of Dothan and an executive board member of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. He directs and manages the Civil Service System of the city with more than 1,000 employees and $60 million in payroll and benefits. His articles have appeared in the International Public Management Association for Human Resources entitled “Training and Development: Transforming Potential into Practicality,” “The Importance of Developing the Next Generation of Leaders” and “The Pipeline for Our Future.” He earned his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University and an MBA from Amberton University.  He is a graduate of Leadership Dothan and serves on the board of the Wiregrass Area United Way, Living Waters Counseling Inc. and Wiregrass Youth Choral Society.  He also serves as the senior pastor at Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Headland and is co-founder of Christian Brothers Network Inc. and Capital Investors LLC.

Art Morris 

Morris is director of the Dothan Regional Airport and a partner in Morris Realty Co., a commercial real estate management company. He is a member of several aviation-related boards and organizations, and is active in industrial recruitment. He is a member of the Dothan Rotary Club, as well as other civic and community groups. He currently serves on the board of Aviation Council of Alabama, on the Aviation Management Advisory Board for Auburn University and the industry advisory council for Ozark-Enterprise Sate Community College Aviation Campus, and is on the board of WIZB 94.3, The Joy FM Radio. He also is a representative to many aviation trade shows across the world. 

Ronald Owen 

Owen has served as CEO of Southeast Alabama Medical Center since 1997. Owen began his career in hospital administration in 1973 as an administrative resident with the Huntsville Hospital System. He helped developed the family practice residency program at Huntsville Hospital in 1974 and coordinate clinical rotations for medical students there. By the time he left Huntsville, he was COO and senior vice president. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he earned a master’s in hospital and health administration from UAB. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1972 and retired in 2001 from the Alabama National Guard Medical Service Corps as a colonel. He recently received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award for significant contributions toward the advancement of health care management excellence. 

Matt Parker


Matt Parker 

Parker is president of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as the chief economic developer for recruiting new business investment and supporting existing industry growth in the Dothan area. He has been professionally involved in community and economic development since 1989. He is a graduate of Auburn University and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He also is a Paul Harris Fellow. Civic endeavors include the Education Foundation for Dothan’s Future Inc., “Yes We Can Dothan” education initiative, Friends of Fort Rucker and the Wiregrass Soldier’s Memorial Foundation. He also is involved with local and state planning and workforce development boards. He is active with youth athletic programs and does radio play-by-play for high school sports.  

Mark Saliba 

Saliba is president of Alfred Saliba Corp., a Dothan construction company started by his father in 1955. He is chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and its economic development arm, Grow Dothan. He is involved in several nonprofit organizations and works with workforce development at all levels. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama. He has served as local chapter president of the Home Builders Association of Alabama, as state president, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. 

Jack Sasser

Sasser is the administrator of Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center Inc., where he has nurtured WRC as a business with a social purpose, growing a budget of $1.6 million into $10.5 million. Sasser has worked more than half a century in education and rehabilitation. He served for 36 years as a teacher, principal, system administrator, interim Dothan city schools superintendent and adjunct college professor. WRC and the Dothan Rotary Children’s Foundation have worked together to raise more than $2 million for projects benefitting people with disabilities. He is a member and past president of the Dothan Rotary Club, a member of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and a former board member for the Community Intensive Treatment Program, Family Guidance Center and Covenant Hospice.  

Jansen Tidmore


Jansen Tidmore 

Tidmore is executive director for the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority and active in his family construction businesses — Dothan Steel Fabricators and Steamboat Custom Homes. He is also a licensed real estate agent for Alabama and Georgia with Register Realty. He graduated from Auburn University with a master’s in public administration, with concentrations in city management and economic development. He is a graduate of Leadership Dothan and Alabama Leadership Initiative, and is active with many community organizations, including Dothan Area Young Professionals, Dothan Business Hall of Fame, Dothan Rotary Club, Dothan Recreation Board, Murals of the Wiregrass and Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Lori Wilcoxon

Wilcoxon is the general manager of Wiregrass Commons Mall in Dothan. Her career spans three decades in the shopping center industry. She manages the daily operations for a mall with more than 70 tenants and an NOI of $4 million. She is on the board of the Dothan Convention and Visitors Bureau, the executive committee of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and in the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. She is a graduate of Leadership Dothan. She is a graduate of Valdosta State with an MBA from Berry College. Wilcoxon is a licensed real estate agent in Alabama and Tennessee.

Bob Woodall 

Woodall is president of Bob Woodall Air Care Systems Inc. in Dothan. He and his partner, Cal Turner, own and operate one of the leading residential and commercial HVAC businesses in the Wiregrass area and recently purchased a downtown landmark building as the site to expand their business. A lifelong resident of the Dothan area, Woodall has served as past chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of United Way, Ambassador Family to the March of Dimes and is a member of the Homebuilders Association of Dothan, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Club of Dothan, Spirit of Service and Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club. 

Ashli Wilkins


Ashli Wilkins

Wilkins is dean of institutional services and community development at Wallace Community College, where she supervises the adult education, advancement, effectiveness, human resources, planning and quality, PR and workforce development departments. She works closely with regional businesses and industries to form partnerships that help create a highly qualified workforce. Under her leadership, the college has received almost $20 million in grants over the last four years. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Troy University and her doctorate from Auburn University. She is a former high school and college instructor. She is active in several professional, civic and community organizations. 

Suzanne Woods

President and CEO of Flowers Hospital since 2009, Woods joined the hospital in 1995 and has held numerous leadership positions during her 20-year tenure. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in health administration from UAB. Woods is active in professional organizations including serving as a board member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the Alabama Hospital Association, Alabama Hospital Services and Reimbursement Panel and locally as a board member of the Wallace Community College Foundation. She is also a member of the Dothan Rotary Club. She is a 1999 graduate of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and served as a member of the Chamber Board from 1999-2002. She has also served on the Wiregrass United Way Board.

Linda Young

Young has served as president of Wallace Community College since 1999. She previously served as president of Sparks State Technical College from 1988 to 1999. She earned an A.A. degree from Enterprise State Junior College and then went on for undergraduate and master’s degrees at Troy University and a doctorate in education at Auburn University. She served on the board of Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Barbour County United Way, Dothan Rotary Club and Leadership Alabama. She was honored at the 2013 American Association of Community Colleges convention for 25 years of service as a two-year college president. She is a member of ENVISION, an area strategic planning program, State Workforce Planning Council, Fort Rucker-Wiregrass Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, Accelerate Alabama Steering Committee, Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. and Wiregrass Forum.

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