Movers & Shapers, June 2018
Spotlight on Marengo, Hale, Sumter & Greene Counties
Ashley is president of Shelton State Community College. He formerly served six years at Southwest Mississippi Community College in various administrative positions. He also was president of the Mississippi Community College Student Affairs Association and an Institute for Educational Leadership Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow. He holds a bachelor of business administration and MBA from Delta State University and a Ph.D. from the College of Education at Mississippi State University. He is a Rotarian and member of the Tuscaloosa Business Exchange. Shelton State, based in Tuscaloosa, also has a higher educational center in Demopolis.
Allison Tucker Brantley
Brantley is director of economic development for the University of West Alabama’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach. She was previously executive director for the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and two master’s degrees from the University of West Alabama. She is an adjunct instructor for UWA and a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Rural Committee. Brantley also has several years of administrative experience with the Black Belt Community Foundation and West Alabama Bank. She has been heavily involved in economic and community development activities in the West Alabama region and holds multiple certificates in these areas.
Brooker is customer service and business office manager for Alabama Power in Marengo and Sumter counties. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering. She is chairman of the Demopolis Industrial Development Board, a member of the Marengo County Economic Development Authority and UWA technology advisory boards, past president of the Demopolis Rotary Club, a graduate of Delta Leadership Network, a member of Alabama Power Service Organization and a member of the Demopolis Area Small Business Council. Civic activities include Christmas on the River, Rooster Day, Renew Our River and Renew our City and the Demopolis Beautification Commission.
Campbell, chairman of the Sumter County Commission, is a University of Alabama graduate. A professional basketball player in Europe for eight seasons, he now sponsors the nonprofit Marcus Campbell Future Star Basketball Camp each summer in Livingston. He hosts an annual basketball gala and serves as a board member for the Sumter County Opportunity Program, which promotes the Head Start program. Campbell is a member of the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission and the Whatley Health Services Inc. board. He is also an executive academy fellow with the Delta Leadership Institute Academy Class of 2016-2017. He participates in numerous youth initiatives throughout the Black Belt and serves as a motivational speaker. He is the minority director for the Alabama Association of County Commissions.
Eddie Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway has been Circuit Court Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Livingston since 1995, after serving 15 years as District Court Judge for Sumter County. He practiced law with England, Bivens & Hardaway in York and Tuscaloosa and served as a staff attorney with Legal Services of Alabama in Selma. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the UA School of Law. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Alabama Lawyer’s Association and the Alabama Association of Circuit Judges. He is chairman of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority, a Leadership Alabama graduate and an Alabama State University trustee. He also is owner of Hardaway Funeral Services Inc. in York.
Davis is senior district manager for WM Chemical Waste Management in Emelle, responsible for all operations and environmental compliance for the waste disposal facility. During his career with WM, he has been a Circle of Excellence winner twice, a Mark of Excellence Winner three times and a CWM Sales Person of the Year twice. He is a University of West Alabama graduate. He is chairman of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce board and serves on boards or advisory groups for UWA’s Foundation, its School of Business and Technology, its Division of Economic Development and Outreach and its Athletic Department. He is active with the Black Belt Regional Agri-Center and is a member of the Alabama Region 3 Workforce Council. He and his wife live in Livingston and operate a commercial Black Angus cattle farm.
Tina Naremore Jones
Jones is professor of English and executive director of the Division of Economic Development and Outreach at the University of West Alabama. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Livingston University (now UWA) and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. She worked with the Western Star newspaper in Bessemer. She has written and edited academic works and also Bridging Time: 175 Years at The University of West Alabama. Jones is president of the Sumter County Fine Arts Council, a board member for the Alabama Folklife Association, the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and Black Belt Treasures, and an advisory board member for the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Earlier, she served as president of the board of directors for the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.
Kallhoff is the superintendent of the Demopolis City School System, the largest school system in the four-county area with more than 2,300 students. Before joining the Demopolis system in 2015, he had served in several administrative roles, including a term as the inaugural superintendent of the Chickasaw City School System. He volunteers with youth athletics in Demopolis, is a Rotarian, serves on the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce board, and is a member of the Demopolis Area Business Council. His undergraduate and graduate degrees in education are from the University of South Alabama.
Jones is general manager of Black Warrior Electric Membership Corp., the rural electric cooperative that serves more than 18,000 members in west central Alabama. He attended Livingston University and the University of Alabama. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Alabama Rural Electric Credit Union and the University of West Alabama Advisory Council. He is vice chair of the Alabama Rural Electric Association’s Board of Directors and a director of the Electric Cooperative Health Insurance Plan. Having lived in west central Alabama all his life, he was a volunteer youth baseball and football coach for more than 20 years in several different programs.
Laney is mayor of Demopolis. Prior to being elected mayor in 2016, he worked in the construction materials industry, primarily in the cement industry, for some 37 years before his retirement. Laney and his family moved to Demopolis in 2001 as plant manager of Cemex’s cement plant there. Laney helped form the Marengo County Economic Development Authority when he was chairperson of the Demopolis Industrial Development Board in 2008. His overall goal is to help the Demopolis area and Black Belt achieve the economic vitality that is present in other parts of Alabama.
Peter M. Reynolds Jr.
Reynolds is executive vice president and CFO of Robertson Banking Co., one of the oldest banks in Alabama. He has been a banker in west Alabama more than 25 years. Reynolds is a graduate of Cornell University with additional banking credentials. He is the secretary and treasurer of the board of trustees of Black Warrior Electric and is a founding member and active board member of the Demopolis Area Business Council. Reynolds serves as the endowment chairman for the Demopolis City School Foundation and also serves on the John C Webb III and Marie Suttle Webb Charitable Foundation.
Tucker is president of the University of West Alabama. A native of Linden and long-time resident of Demopolis, he holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Alabama and an MBA degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to his college teaching and leadership, Tucker has experience at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, the Alabama Technology Network and with Weyerhaeuser Corp. Tucker is vice chair of the Alabama Council of College and University Presidents, as well as the Alabama College Counts and PACT Board. He also serves on the boards of the NCAA Gulf South Conference, Higher Education Partnership, Alabama Small Business Development Consortium, Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy and AGS/STARS. Tucker also serves as a SACSCOC reaffirmation site evaluator. He is active on the Alabama Regional Workforce Development Council, Black Belt Commission, and Board of Directors for the Alabama Council on Economic Education and Alabama Communities of Excellence, where he also served as president. He has received several awards for his teaching and professional contributions, is a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and was named Citizen of the Year by the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce. He also has served as chair of the Marengo County Commission and has received the Excellence in County Government Award from the Alabama Association of County Commissioners twice. He has served as president of the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce and Demopolis Rotary Club, chair of the Demopolis Board of Education, member of Leadership Marengo County and Class X of Leadership Alabama, the Alabama Quality Award Board of Examiners, and the Board of Directors of the Demopolis City Schools Foundation, Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame, and Marengo County Economic Development Authority.
Wedgworth, a Livingston native, serves as head of school and CEO of University Charter School, a public charter school in Livingston, after working as an administrator at the University of West Alabama. Wedgworth is active with the downtown revitalization project, Livingston Alive, and Literacy Council of West Alabama board. She is a graduate of Leadership Sumter. In 2017, Wedgworth received the National Alumni Association Faculty/Staff Loyalty Award. Wedgworth holds a B.S. degree from Auburn University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Alabama.
Ann Scott Yelverton
Yelverton is chairman, president and CEO of the First Bank of Linden. She also is a member of the bank’s board of directors. She is a graduate of the Community Bankers Association of Alabama’s Banking School program at Samford University. She is a former registered nurse and instructor of nursing with Alabama Southern Community College. Yelverton earned her nursing degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s from the University of West Alabama. She is a member of the state of Alabama Banking Board, a board member of Heart of Marengo Chamber of Commerce and the Marengo County Sports Hall of Fame, a graduate of Leadership Marengo and past member of the Marengo Academy Board of Directors and the Leadership Marengo Advisory board.