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Movers & Shapers, June 2014

Spotlight on Lee and Russell Counties

Terry Andrus

Terry Andrus

Terry Andrus
Andrus has been president and CEO of East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) since 1984. A native of Eunice, La., he is a graduate of University of New Orleans and earned a master of health administration degree from Georgia State University. Andrus is chairman of the board of directors of the Alabama Hospital Association and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In the past, he has served on the boards of Premier Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. Andrus is past president of the Auburn and Opelika chambers of commerce, the Opelika Kiwanis Club and United Way of Lee County. He is on the board of directors of Auburn National Bank and the United Way of Lee County and is board chairman of Camp Marannook. Under his leadership, EAMC has grown from a 228-bed county hospital to a health system, including 340 beds and more than 2,700 employees at EAMC in Opelika, and more than 400 employees and 115 beds at EAMC-Lanier in Valley.

Rosolyn “Roz” Durden
Durden has served as communications manager at MeadWestvaco’s Mahrt Operations in Cottonton since July 2006. She is primarily responsible for developing and implementing effective communications for internal and external audiences and overseeing the company’s outreach efforts. She has worked for MeadWestvaco since 2003. She is a member of Phenix City Rotary Club and serves as a board member of Chattahoochee Valley Community College Foundation, BRIDGE of Columbus and Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake Eufaula. She also volunteers at Mt. Olive Primary School in the Russell County school district. A Spring Hill College graduate, she is a member of Leadership Phenix-Russell and Leadership Barbour County.

Jay Gogue
Gogue returned to his alma mater in 2007 as Auburn University’s 18th president. He also earned a doctorate from Michigan State University. During his tenure as president, the academic strength of Auburn’s student population has increased, a new research center has been established in Huntsville, a common book program that generates a shared academic experience has been instituted, and outreach partnerships with underserved schools in surrounding communities have been established. Auburn is currently implementing a new five-year strategic plan developed at Gogue’s direction in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni and representatives from business, industry and agriculture. The plan focuses on five priorities with an emphasis on strengthening student success, supporting faculty excellence and enhancing research, scholarship and creative work.

Joree Jones
Jones is dean of institutional advancement and effectiveness at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC), where she has worked since 2011. She has worked in higher education for more than 18 years in a variety of administrative roles in Alabama and Georgia. She completed the Alabama Community College Leadership Academy in 2001. Jones has served on statewide committees in Alabama’s two-year college system and as an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in the area of institutional effectiveness. She has worked with college foundations and nonprofits in fundraising initiatives and planning. Jones earned a certificate in fundraising management from The Fund Raising School at IUPUI. She was an adjunct instructor for six years for Auburn University Montgomery, teaching a graduate course on grant preparation and fundraising.  Jones recently completed the Leadership Phenix City/Russell County program and is involved with her community through civic organizations, schools and church.

Tipi Miller

Tipi Miller
Miller is executive director of Keep Opelika Beautiful Inc. The group’s latest project, Opelika Grows, is a partnership among Keep Opelika Beautiful, Opelika City Schools, Auburn University and Community Market of the Food Bank of East Alabama, which have built gardens to support the challenges of hunger relief and city beautification. Miller also has worked as business development and membership director for the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Opelika Rotary Club, Leadership Lee County, United Way and the city of Opelika Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Martee Moseley
Moseley is vice president of Regions Bank in Auburn. A graduate of Auburn University, she has worked in banking since 1999. She is active in many civic groups and organizations, with leadership roles as vice president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, president of the Foundation for Auburn’s Continuing Enrichment in Schools, past president of Auburn Rotary Club. She is also active with Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County, United Way and the Auburn Downtown Redevelopment Authority. She is a Teague Award recipient as the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year.

Alex Muncie
Muncie is founder and managing shareholder of Muncie & Mattson PC and has practiced law in Auburn since 2004. A graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama School of Law, he has served as an adjunct professor at Auburn, serves with the Alabama Volunteer Lawyer program, serves on the Alabama Agency Advisory Council for Stewart Title, and the CLE Alabama real estate law seminar planning committee. He also served on the board of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chairman in 2013, the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County, and annually donates time and resources to various nonprofit entities and works with College Ministry of First Baptist Church of Opelika.

Kathy Powell
Powell is owner of a State Farm Insurance Agency in Auburn, which she started in 2004. She and her agency team have been voted the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Best Insurance Agent by the readers of the Opelika-Auburn News. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s in public relations and an MBA. She recently served as president of the Junior League of Lee County, president-elect of the Auburn Rotary Club, a board member of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the creative director for the Dancing Stars of East Alabama fundraiser.

Kelli Roberts

Kelli Roberts
Roberts is founder and director of tourism and finance for the Russell County Convention & Visitors Bureau, a division of the Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce. She founded the new organization in 2011 and has been with the chamber nine years. A graduate of Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Troy University, where she earned her MBA, she became a CPA in 2010. Roberts is treasurer for the Exchange Club of Phenix City, serves on the CVCC Foundation Board, is president of the Chattahoochee Valley chapter of the Troy Alumni Association and a founding member of the Phenix City-Russell County Emerging Leaders.

John Staples
Staples is marketing director of Homemaster Builders. He joined the Columbus, Ga. company in 2005. He is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with customers and referral sources. He also is executive associate pastor at Fort Revival Community Church in Fort Mitchell and serves as a chaplain at the Russell County Jail. He serves on the executive committee for the Phenix City/Russell County Chamber of Commerce and is a previous board member of the Exchange Club and the Child Advocacy Center.

Tony Taylor
Taylor is funeral director, manager and embalmer at Taylor Funeral Home Inc. in Phenix City. He attended Alabama State University and served in the U.S. Army as a military police investigator. He attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services in Atlanta. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Alabama and Georgia. He also is a licensed insurance agent for the state of Alabama. He was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley in 2006 to serve on the 3rd Congressional District of the Alabama Board of Funeral Service and was chairman during his second term. He is a member of several professional organizations and is past chairman of the board of directors for the Phenix City/Russell County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Phenix City Lions Club and Red Cross, member of the Phenix City Rotary Club and past vice chairman of the planning commission for the city of Smiths Station.

John Weete
Weete is executive director of the Auburn University Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF) and assistant vice president for technology transfer and commercialization at Auburn University. He is also a member of the board of directors of the ARTF and professor emeritus at Auburn University. Weete also serves on the Industrial Development Board for the city of Auburn and on the board of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for developing and managing the Auburn Research Park and Auburn Business Incubator, developing industry relationships and providing oversight for the commercialization of technologies derived from faculty research. He also has held other leadership positions, including vice president for research and economic development at West Virginia University and president of the WVU Research Corp. 

Jimmy Wright
Wright is owner of Wright’s Market in Opelika. He is a graduate of Southern Union State Community College and Auburn University-Montgomery. Wright is chairman of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce board of directors and serves on the board of Envision Opelika, Greater Peace Community Development Corp., East Alabama Services for the Elderly, the Miracle League and serves on the board of directors for the National Grocers Association. He has received many awards for community and professional service.

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