Movers & Shapers, October 2013
People making a difference in Shelby County
Lindsey J. Allison
Allison is president of the Shelby County Commission. An attorney and partner in the law firm Allison, May & Kimbrough, she has served as a commission member for 20 years, seven of those as chair. A graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Shelby and Leadership Birmingham, she also is a founding member and secretary of the Shelby County Indigent Defense Council. She has served on many professional, community and civic boards and organizations, and currently serves on the board of directors of Leadership Shelby and the Shelby County Arts Council.
Copeland is a policy and legislative consultant with experience in conflict resolution, facilitation, negotiation and problem solving. She is director of governmental and public relations for White Rock Quarries in Vincent. She also served as associate director for natural resources for the Council on Environmental Quality and director of policy and legislation, along with several other positions for the South Florida Water Management District, that state’s largest water management district. She has been involved in several national initiatives, including coordinating federal involvement in the rebuilding of New Orleans post-Katrina. She is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and serves on the board of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce. She is active at Vincent middle and high school and volunteers to teach interview techniques and etiquette at the middle school.
Cost was elected mayor of Montevallo in 2012 after serving two terms as a council member. She is a professor of special education and the service learning coordinator at the University of Montevallo, where she has worked for 13 years. She has been instrumental in linking the university more closely with the community through initiatives such as the Montevallo Connection, gifted student field trips, after-school tutoring programs, college access initiatives, Montevallo Sister City Commission, neighborhood revitalization and community arts experiences.
Dedes, a certified economic developer, has served as executive director of the Shelby County Economic & Industrial Development Authority (SCEIDA) since August 1996. SCEIDA is responsible for industry recruitment, countywide marketing of industrial sites, demographic research and existing industry retention/expansion efforts. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby and has served as president of the Leadership Shelby Board of Directors, as county campaign chairperson for the United Way of Central Alabama, and on the board of directors of the Southern Economic Development Council. He also is an active member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
Dudchock has served as Shelby County manager for more than 20 years and worked for the county more than 23 years. He is responsible for managing development services, finance, juvenile detention, airport, water services, environmental services, facilities/general services and public facilities construction. He has worked in several capital projects, including Shelby West Corporate Park, 20 park projects and the sheriff’s training center and firing range, and airport projects. He is on the board of directors for Leadership Shelby and Shelby County Community Corrections Corp.
Fuller is Shelby County schools superintendent. He has been an educator in the state of Alabama for more than 30 years, as teacher, coach, administrative assistant, assistant principal and principal in Jefferson and Shelby counties. He is in his second term as superintendent of the system that has been honored as a “model school district” by the AdvancEd Quality Assurance Review Team, the group that led the district’s first accreditation process. He is active in Leadership Shelby, on the board of the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and has been honored in the education community for his work as an outstanding superintendent and technology innovation.
Mark R. Hall
Hall was elected mayor of Helena in November 2012. He has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, municipal operations and corporate security management. He has served as commander of investigations for the city of Pelham, and served as Helena’s chief of police. His experience also includes participation in design and system implementation on multimillion-dollar construction projects related to security and access control. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy 183rd Session in Quantico, Va.
Handlon was elected mayor of Alabaster in November 2012. She is a CPA and has been active in the community for many years. She is overseeing the opening of a new city hall, bringing many departments under one roof, along with other projects. She also will be in office as the new Alabaster School System debuts, formerly part of the Shelby County school system.
Holmes is director of development for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. She has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, consumer branding, public relations, corporate communications and fund development. Prior to joining the GBHS, she served as the director of development and marketing for Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area, where in 2010 she founded the Opportunity League in Pelham, a baseball league for children with special needs ages 4-19. She is a graduate of Leadership Shelby and currently serves on the Leadership Shelby Alumni Board of Directors. She also is chair for the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and is a member of the Shelby County Women’s League.
Kirk R. Mancer
Mancer was chosen as president and CEO of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in 2012, after working as president of the Chamber in Cullman and vice president in Birmingham. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute of Organizational Management and earned his Certified Chamber Executive designation.
Rogers is regional president of Aliant Bank, a division of USAmeriBank in Birmingham, after an extensive career in banking in Birmingham. He also worked in vocational ministry. He is chairman of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chairman of the ShelbyOne five-year capital campaign and co-chair of the workforce development and education initiative. He also is a board member of the Shelby County Economic & Industrial Development Authority, a board member of Lifeline Children’s Services and is an active community volunteer.
John Stewart III
Stewart began his term as the 15th president of the University of Montevallo in 2010. Working toward the objectives outlined in the 2009–2014 strategic plan for UM, Stewart has endeavored to raise awareness of the school through a variety of speaking engagements and a new branding and marketing campaign that saw its official launch in September 2011. He established a division of enrollment management to oversee recruitment and retention efforts. Recruitment visits by admissions counselors have doubled, and media outreach has increased by more than 250 percent since the initial campaign launch. These initiatives have contributed to a significant increase in freshmen enrollment, as well as in housing registrations. He has held leadership roles in a number of community and arts organizations.
Stone is executive director of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of the University of Montevallo, she has more than 10 years of experience working with chambers. She joined the South Shelby Chamber in early 2013. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Shelby and served on its board of directors for three years.
Sullivan is majority owner of Sullivan Communications Inc. in Pelham, a company she started in 1994 with husband, Joe Sullivan. The company is a wireless communications sales and service organization that works with commercial, industrial and government accounts. She is founder and executive director of the non-profit Shelby County Arts Council. The council’s goal is to build a 26,000-square-foot performing arts and education center in Columbiana. At present, the council has served more than 21,000 children, youth and adults in a variety of arts education programs.
Vickers is superintendent of the newly-formed Alabaster City School System. An educator and school administrator for more than 23 years, he has a record of increasing student achievement and stakeholder involvement in all areas. Prior to coming to Alabaster, he served as superintendent of Saraland City Schools, where he was instrumental in the design and construction of the Saraland elementary and high school complex and renovations to the middle school. He also has served as superintendent of Demopolis City Schools.