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Movers & Shapers

People making a difference in Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence counties

Dean Griffin, president and CEO of Decatur General Hospital

Dean Griffin, president and CEO of Decatur General Hospital

Dean Griffin

Griffin has served as president and CEO of Decatur General Hospital since 2008. He joined the hospital in 2004 as vice president of human resources and moved to senior vice president and COO until being appointed to his current position. He also has served as CEO of Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus, Miss., COO of Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Ga., as well as other healthcare management positions in Alabama. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

Marilyn Clark Beck

Beck became the fourth president and first woman president of Calhoun Community College in 2003. Prior to her appointment at Calhoun, she served 15 years as the first female president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia, and while there became the first female member of the Strasburg Rotary Club and later served as its president. A long-time educator, she has held several administrative positions at Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College, as well as adjunct professor at Troy State University and Auburn University at Montgomery. She has served in several leadership positions in educational and professional organizations and has received several professional awards.

Robert Glenn

Glenn became president of Athens State University in 2008. Previously he served for nine years as vice president for student affairs at Middle Tennessee State University, attaining the rank of vice provost for enrollment and academic services. He also served in administrative positions at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of North Alabama and Missouri State University. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern and the University of Alabama. His great-grandfather served as president of what is now Birmingham-Southern, as well as president of the school that is now Athens State.

Heath Grimes

Grimes is the superintendent of Lawrence County schools. Elected in 2008 at the age of 32, he is the youngest school superintendent in the state. He led the school system through the worst four consecutive financial years ever without borrowing money and consolidated the system’s high schools from seven to four within his first year. Prior to his election, he served as a special education teacher at Austin High School in Decatur and a special education teacher/coach at Lawrence County schools. He also was head football coach/assistant principal at Lawrence County’s Speake High School. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Council of Leaders for Alabama Schools, a graduate of Leadership Alabama, is a board member of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, a volunteer with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival and recipient of Alabama Mountain Lakes “Good Neighbor-Friend of Tourism” award.

Tom Hill

Hill is president of the Limestone County Economic Development Association, and in 2011 he was awarded the North Alabama Industrial Development Association President’s Award for excellence in local economic development. Hill spent 16 years in agribusiness management with the Alabama Farmers Cooperative, 16 years in economic development, which includes four years with the Morgan County Economic Development Association, 12 years with LCEDA, and three years in commercial banking. He is a board member of Athens Limestone County United Way.

Kim Hood

Hood is executive director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. She established and oversees the Lawrence County Disaster Relief Fund, set up in May 2011 after an F5 tornado struck the county. She also assisted the Lawrence County EMA and other volunteer organizations to help meet the needs of families affected by the storm. She has served as president of the Moulton Civitan Club, an executive board member of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and is current board member of the Community Action Partnership of Alabama and member of the Moulton Lions Club. She also is active as a volunteer in community events and fundraisers.

Vicki Morese

Morese created the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival to promote tourism and agriculture in Lawrence County and provide funding for art programs in the community and schools. She was formerly executive director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, where several initiatives were created under her leadership, including Youth Leadership Lawrence and the Bankhead Educational Foundation. Former owner of an event management company, she also worked for the Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Clear Channel. A community leader, she is involved with several civic groups and organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Jeremy Nails

Nails is president and CEO of the Morgan County Economic Development Association. He also is the executive director of the Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority. A graduate of the University of Alabama and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, he is second vice president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, is a director of the Rotary Club of Decatur and a graduate of Leadership Morgan County and Leadership Alabama.

Rick Paler

Paler is executive director for the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority. He is responsible for implementing an economic development plan for that area of the city. He has lived in Decatur for the past 30 years and has been involved in a number of business partnerships in corporate and commercial real estate development and the food industry in Decatur and Huntsville. Paler, a Rotarian, has served on several civic and charitable organizations. He is a member of the Library Leadership Board for the University of Alabama and past chair of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation board and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

Kelli Powers

Powers is CEO of Athens Limestone Hospital. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and previously was the CEO at Lanier Health Services in Valley, Ala. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and also Vanderbilt University, with a master’s degree in management in health care. She has worked at several hospitals across the state of Alabama, including Baptist of Montgomery, East Alabama Medical Center and the DCH Health System, based in Tuscaloosa.

Nathaniel Richardson

Richardson was appointed interim president of Parkway Medical Center in January 2012. A native of Houston, he has 25 years of healthcare experience, including the past seven at Huntsville Hospital, where he was most recently vice president of cardiovascular services, as well as the hospital’s administrative point person in the region as Huntsville Hospital developed affiliations with other hospitals in Athens and Sheffield. He also worked for St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System
and Methodist Health System, both in Houston.

John Seymour

Seymour has served as president and CEO of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce since 1991. He manages seven staff members, nearly 1,000 members and an annual budget of more than $1.3 million. The Chamber was invited by former Secretary of Labor Elaine Choa to participate in The Summit of 21st Century Workforce. He helped create Youth Leadership Morgan County. He has been involved in several initiatives, including lobbying Congress to raise $250 million for the proposed Atlanta to Memphis highway. He also is the author of studies and articles and participated in national think tanks. Prior to coming to Decatur he led the Natchez, Miss. Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Association.

Tony Stockton

Stockton is executive director of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, named to this position in January 2011. He worked for Lockheed Martin in Huntsville for 26 years in the fields of finance, logistics, facility management, project management and strategic planning. Projects he managed nationwide ranged from a few thousand dollars to more than $30 million. He also secured and closed out lease facilities for the company.

Jennifer Williamson

Williamson joined the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce in January 2011 as director of membership development, and in September of that same year was promoted to chamber president, following the retirement of the chamber’s former president. Prior to working with the chamber, she served as community development director for a local non-profit in the Athens-Limestone County area. As chamber president, she oversees the day-to-day operations and coordinates the Chamber’s community projects and programs. Community involvement includes serving on the Limestone County Economic Development Board, the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association Board and as a volunteer with other agencies.

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