Movers & Shapers, May 2013
Spotlight on Madison County
Rober Altenkirch, president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Altenkirch was appointed president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2011. He had served nine years as president of New Jersey Institute of Technology, while research expenditures doubled and enrollment hit a record high. Earlier, he helped Mississippi State University create a foundation that supported unparalleled growth in MSU’s research program.
Bailey is president of Cabinet, a provider of electronic document management and workflow management software based in Madison. Cabinet’s core solution, SAFE, combines document management with workflows, scheduling, file-sharing and advanced integration capabilities. Bailey has served on the boards of BizTech, a business incubator based in Huntsville, and AITA.
Battle was elected mayor of Huntsville in 2008. Under his leadership, the city tightened its belt, balanced the budget, kept workers employed and maintained an AAA bond rating from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, one of only six communities in the U.S. with that designation. He has overseen many projects, including the Redstone Gateway development, and hired an urban planner to guide a comprehensive master plan.
Beck is the fourth president and first woman president of Calhoun Community College. Prior to her 2003 appointment, she served for 15 years as president of Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia. A long-time educator, she also has worked at Lurleen B. Wallace State Community College, Troy State University and Auburn University at Montgomery.
Burkett is the director of planning and economic development for the Madison County Commission, responsible, among other programs, for the internationally recognized International Trade Development Center for Madison County. She also serves as executive director and secretary of the North Alabama International Trade Association and is active in Leadership Huntsville/Madison County.
Cape is vice president of workforce and industry relations at the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, joining the Chamber to help the county prepare for the 4,700 new jobs that came to Redstone Arsenal due to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure. She is responsible for the Chamber’s work in public education, retention of young professionals and commercial technology. She is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County.
Donald “Chip” Cherry
Cherry is president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. Active with the Chamber since a college internship, Cherry led chambers in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia before moving to Huntsville. He was selected as 2011 Executive of the Year by the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Col. John Hamilton
Hamilton is the Garrison commander at Redstone Arsenal. Commissioned in 1990 through the Florida State University Reserve Officer Training Corps, he comes to Redstone having recently graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. His operational deployments include Joint Endeavor, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hill is co-founder and president/CEO of The AEgis Technologies Group Inc. He provides executive direction for the company’s 275 employees and its subsidiary organizations, business units and operations in 10 states. He has spent most of his professional career in modeling, simulation and nanotechnology. The company has received many accolades over the years; recently, Hill received the 2012 Russell Downs Executive Leadership Award from the Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Pam Hudson
Hudson is CEO of Crestwood Medical Center. She is a board-certified family practitioner and the first physician named as CEO of a hospital in the area. In her 26 years at Crestwood, she has served in many other capacities including COO, chief medical officer and chief of emergency medicine. She has extensive experience in healthcare accreditation, physician credentialing, peer review and performance improvement, and is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County and Leadership Alabama.
Michelle Gilliam Jordan
Jordan is the city of Huntsville’s director of economic development and legislative affairs. She is Huntsville’s chief federal strategist in Montgomery and Washington, DC. She served earlier as the city’s director of community development, as director of planning and development in Decatur and in planning roles in Madison. She has managed several multi-million dollar grants and urban development projects.
McAlpine is president of J.F. Drake State Technical College. During her tenure, she secured federal and state funds to build a $6.2 million library and technology center, and college enrollment has grown. The college received Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation in 2012. She has more than 40 years of experience in education, including work in public schools in Huntsville and Gadsden and at Jacksonville State University. In 2010, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Scheurmann is director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, a complex of some 6,000 employees, including those at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, with an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. Scheuermann manages a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation’s space program. He was formerly director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., as well as deputy director there.
David S. Spillers
Spillers is CEO of Huntsville Hospital. He joined the hospital in 2006. He began his health care career in 1981 with UNISYS Corp., designing and implementing software for the health care industry. In 1986, he joined Health Care Data Systems, where he served as vice president of external operations and part owner. He also worked with Mission Hospitals in Asheville, N.C., where he was serving as COO before coming to Huntsville. He is a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club and the Huntsville Committee of 100 and serves on the board of the Alabama Hospital Association.
Strong was elected Madison County Commission chairman in November 2012. Before taking his commission seat, he worked for First Alabama Bank in public relations and Solvay Pharmaceuticals as a sales representative. He also has worked as a 911 dispatcher and with Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Inc. and Huntsville Med-Flight. An EMT, he serves as county liaison to the 911 Dispatch Center and Emergency Planning, and is an active member of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department.
Trulock was elected mayor of Madison in August 2012. A Gulf War veteran, Trulock was assigned to Redstone Arsenal in 2000, where he managed an Army missile program. In 2006, he retired from the Army to raise a family and volunteer in the community. Trulock and his family were recently honored as 2011 Madison Family of the Year. The Rotary Club of Madison named him the 2011 Madison Outstanding Veteran of the Year.
Tucker is executive director of the Port of Huntsville. He is responsible for overall management of the inland port facility, including Huntsville International Airport, the International Intermodal Center, and the Jetplex Industrial Park, which are owned and operated by the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority. The North Alabama International Trade Association recently named him the 2013 International Trade Advocate.
Wardynski was appointed superintendent for Huntsville City Schools in 2011. He was CFO for Aurora, Colo. public schools and director of the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he also was an associate professor of economics. He pioneered the innovative use of game technology and new media to support Army marketing. His innovations, in use by more than 30 agencies, are credited with $200 million per year in savings and have earned him national awards. Since his arrival in Huntsville, the schools have moved to a 100 percent digital curriculum. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel.
Mary Lynne Wright
Wright is president of the new Madison Hospital, an affiliate of Huntsville Hospital. Previous work experience includes vice president of surgical services with responsibility for 1,100 employees and multiple departments. She was named Madison Hospital president in 2010 and had oversight responsibility for the construction of the hospital.