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Career Notes, November 2012

A month of Alabama career climbs

Jennifer Himburg, Young Farmers director at Alabama Farmers Federation

Jennifer Himburg, Young Farmers director at Alabama Farmers Federation


Robert Lightfoot, acting associate administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington, will assume that role permanently. In doing so, he will become the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant, responsible for oversight and integration of NASA’s broad efforts. Lightfoot had served at Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, during his tenure with the agency. Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center will become director of Marshall Space Flight Center, replacing Robin Henderson, who had filled that position temporarily.


Jennifer Himburg has joined the Alabama Farmers Federation as the Young Farmers director. The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization.


Joe Freeman and R. Kendall Holman have joined the Crews & Associates Inc. Birmingham office. Freeman will serve as director, while Holman has been named senior managing director. Crews & Associates is an investment banking firm.

Mark Spencer and Brian Bauman have joined Aliant Bank. Spencer, who has over 24 years’ experience, is senior vice president and retail banking administrator. Bauman, who has 14 years’ experience, is a mortgage loan originator at the Meadowbrook Corporate Park regional main office.

Community Bank, N.A. has promoted Roy Hudson to market president in Mobile and Poenta Luckie to market president in Baldwin County.

Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the first Athens State University Board of Trustees.

Deborah Conrad has joined Hancock Holding Co., parent of Whitney Bank and Hancock Bank, as the manager of the new export finance group. She has more than 35 years of experience in international banking.


Dwayne Brown, assistant vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University

Dwayne Brown has been named the assistant vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University. Brown is a 1990 graduate of Auburn. In addition, Auburn University College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton was recognized by the White House as a Strengthening Food Security Champion of Change. Henton is founder of Universities Fighting World Hunger, a global alliance of more than 300 higher education institutions that partner with the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

Samford University’s Brock School of Business has announced that Fernando Valentin, president of The Trinity Design Group, will serve as executive-in-residence for 2012-13.

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James Lee III, chairman and CEO of Buffalo Rock, has been named the March of Dimes 2012 Alabama Citizen of the Year. The recognition is given to a citizen whose leadership and service have contributed greatly to the quality of life for Alabama and its people. Lee and his group of mission chairs have set a goal of raising $325,000 for the March of Dimes over the next few months.


Howard Raymond Vaughan, of Montgomery, is serving as a public-at-large representative on the Federal Advisory Committee, the U.S. Forest Service’s new planning rule advisory group.


Sirote & Permutt P.C. announced Howard Neiswender has joined the firm as a shareholder in its Birmingham office. Neiswender will work in the estates, wills and trusts practice group.

Steven McKinney, partner at Balch & Bingham LLP

Balch & Bingham LLP partner Steven McKinney has been elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a professional association of lawyers distinguished by their experience with environmental law.


Glenn Estess Sr., former International Rotary president and former president of Rotary’s Shades Valley Club, was honored in October by the lighting of a Japanese Kanuga lantern near the Japanese belfry at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Estess was installed as president of the international service club in Osaka, Japan, in 2005 and the Osaka club sent the bell to Birmingham in his honor.

Jones Walker has named Ralph Smith II, president of The Ralph Smith Group, as special counsel in the firm’s Birmingham office. Smith has 25 years experience in a private law practice, as well as having served as general counsel of the University of Alabama systems. In addition, the firm’s Birmingham and Mobile offices had 13 attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 issue. They are: James Birchall, Emily Bonds, C. Ellis Brazeal III, Steven Casey, John Gant Jr., Palmer Hamilton, Ben Harris III, George LeMaistre Jr., Katherine Musso, Ronald Snider, Michael Waters, Vernon Wells II and Richard Wright.


Tim Hicks has been named executive director of Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen in Birmingham. Hicks has more than 20 years of experience and most recently served as assistant executive director.

Doctors Hearing Clinic, in Montgomery, has added Katie Slade, Au.D., to its audiology staff. Slade is an Auburn University graduate, receiving her doctorate in 2008.

Eddie Reed, developer of the cancer-fighting drug Taxol, has left his post at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute for a job with the National Institutes of Health, in Maryland. He will serve as clinical director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Ronald Owen, CEO of Southeast Alabama Medical Center, and Wil Baker, executive director of clinical resources for ACOM, have received special citation awards from the Alabama Hospital Association for their efforts to provide a solution to the state’s shortage of primary care physicians.


SuccessEHS has promoted Lori Hines Junkins to vice president of physician services. Junkins has more than 25 years’ experience in health care and has been with SuccessEHS for seven years. SuccessEHS provides electronic health and dental record software.

Magnolia River, an infrastructure and geospatial solutions provider based in Hartselle, has appointed Hayden Strickland as vice president of systems engineering and geographic information systems. In addition, the company has hired Raymond “Butch” Wallace as vice president of engineering.

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