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Movers & Shapers, October 2015

Spotlight on Shelby County

Keith Brown

Keith Brown

Bruce Andrews

Andrews is executive director of the Shelby County Arts Council, a nonprofit headquartered in Columbiana. Along with art programs for schoolchildren, the council maintains a gallery and a 99-seat black box theater. Andrews’ duties include grant writing, fundraising, event planning, venue management and teaching. An award-winning singer-songwriter, Andrews is front man for the band 2BLU and the Lucky Stiffs. He also is host of the “Roots Music 101” radio show on 99.9 FM via app. He teaches art at the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center and is a freelance artist and illustrator. 

Keith Brown 

Brown was named interim president of Jefferson State Community College in July 2014, after serving as dean of campus development and legal services. He began his college career at Jefferson State, where he was the school’s only USA Today First Team, AACJC Academic All-American. He graduated with honors and received the junior college honors transfer scholarship at the University of Alabama. He earned a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and practiced law at Johnston, Barton, Proctor & Powell LLP. 

Scott Coefield

Coefield is in his second year as superintendent of Pelham City Schools. Coefield and the Pelham Board of Education have developed a strategic plan for the young school system, and he is leading the construction of two new schools, multiple renovation projects and creation of college and career academies. The School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) named Coefield as a mentor to new superintendents. Earlier he was superintendent in Oneonta City Schools, leading them to achieve the state’s highest graduation rate, and also in the Cleburne County Schools.

James Dedes


James Dedes 

Dedes has served as executive director of the Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority since August 1996. The agency recruits new industry and encourages existing industry to stay and grow. He was awarded the designation of Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council and is certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby and has served as president of its board. He has chaired the county campaign for the United Way of Central Alabama and served on the board of the Southern Economic Development Council. He is an active member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

Alex Dudchock 

Dudchock has worked for Shelby County for 26 years, the last 22 as county manager. He is responsible for development services, finance, juvenile detention, airport, water services, community services, environmental services, facilities and general services, IT service and public facilities construction. Capital projects completed during his tenure include a new Sheriff’s Operating Center, adult and juvenile jails, Shelby West Corporate Park, a county building in Pelham and projects at Oak Mountain State Park and the University of Montevallo. He is a graduate of Auburn University and serves on the board of the Shelby County Community Corrections Corp. and the Association of County Administrators of Alabama. 

Randy Fuller 

Fuller, who began his third term as superintendent of Shelby County Schools this year, has been an Alabama educator for 38 years from early days as a teacher and coach to his current system leadership position. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has post-graduate education degrees from the University of Montevallo. He was hired by Shelby County in 1998 to oversee construction of Oak Mountain High School, which opened in 1999. Elected superintendent in 2006, he helped Shelby County schools through its first district-wide accreditation process, receiving a “model school district” designation from the AdvancEd Quality Assurance Review Team. He also implemented a five-point safe school plan. He oversees about 20,000 students in the school system. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby and serves on the board of the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Keith Granger


Keith Granger

Granger is president and CEO of Trinity Medical Center, a 534-bed facility in Birmingham. He came to Trinity in October 2009, having served as CEO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan since 1992. As he did at Flowers, Granger has led Trinity to achieve top quality scores in several areas. He has served as chairman of the Alabama Hospital Association Board of Trustees and received its highest honor for hospital leadership. He has chaired the association’s Quality Task Force since its inception in 2004. Granger is overseeing Trinity’s relocation to its new facility, Grandview Medical Center, off of U.S. 280 in north Shelby County, which is scheduled to open this month. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Suzanne Hurst

Hurst and her husband opened Blue Phrog Gallery in 2009 in Montevallo. A graduate of the University of Montevallo, she completed interior design classes at Southern Institute in Birmingham, before joining Thompson Tractor Co. Inc., where she worked for 32 years. She belongs to the Montevallo Main Street Players and is president of the Montevallo Arts Council. She is a member of AAUW and manager of the Arts Fest in Orr Park. She also is involved in renovating local space to open Spark: Montevallo Arts Center for the community.

Bill Keller

Keller recently joined Renasant Bank as senior vice president, manager of commercial lending for Shelby County, after 18 years in the banking industry. Keller attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, graduating with a degree in economics and management. He is immediate past chair of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority and the Shelby County Community Health Foundation.  

Cliff Long

Long is CEO of the Birmingham Association of Realtors and CEO of the Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service (GALMLS). The two groups provide services to more than 3,400 real estate professionals in 200 central Alabama cities. Before he began his career in association management, he was the Florida Panhandle manager for the Florida Department of Financial Services, The Florida Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation and acted as spokesperson for the State of Florida’s CFO.

Lisa McMahon


Lisa McMahon

McMahon, a CPA, joined Warren Averett LLC in 1991 and works in the firm’s health care consulting division. She is member in charge of the firm’s payroll service, BenefitMall, and a leader in the payroll client service team. Her experience includes tax compliance, year-end planning consultation and personal income tax planning for closely held entities and their ownership. She also works with many physician practices. She serves on the boards of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the UAB Accounting Alumni and is active in the Shelby Women’s League. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Kathy Murphy 

Murphy was named superintendent of Hoover City Schools in April. She earned her doctorate, master’s and education specialist degrees from Auburn University and her bachelor’s degree from Troy University. Her career has spanned almost the full spectrum of K-12 and higher education, having worked as a classroom teacher in Auburn, a principal in the Butler County and Troy City schools, an assistant professor in Georgia and Alabama, and most recently, superintendent of Monroe County schools in south Alabama. 

Bob Phillips 

Phillips became president of Shelby Baptist Medical Center in April 2015. Prior to coming to Shelby, he was president of Walker Baptist Medical Center for six years. He also served as executive director of operations, senior director of patient financial services and operations director for Baptist Health Centers. Phillips is also a member of the Alabama Hospital Association and the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree of arts from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Paul Rogers


Paul Rogers

Rogers, senior executive vice president of NobleBank & Trust, joined the Anniston-based bank to lead its expansion into the Birmingham market. Rogers started his career in the commercial management training program at SouthTrust Bank, then moved to Highland Bank in Birmingham. He later served as president and chief lending officer of Red Mountain Bank, a de novo bank in Birmingham, before becoming regional president of Aliant Bank, a division of USAmeriBank. Rogers is chairman of the board of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance and a board member of Lifeline Children’s Services and the Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority. He is the past president of the Birmingham Tip-Off Club. Rogers holds a B.B.A. in finance from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.

Rick Shepherd

Shepherd is chairman of the Shelby County Commission. He serves on the boards of Shelby 911, the Alabama State Super Computer Authority and the Birmingham Business Alliance. He is also on the executive committee of the Shelby County Republican Party. He earned his MBA from Auburn University, has his Six Sigma green belt and is certified by Auburn as an Alabama County Commissioner. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County. He served in the military for 25 years, obtaining the rank of sergeant major. While serving in the Alabama Army National Guard, he received awards and commendations for hurricane and tornado relief efforts. 

John Stewart

Stewart is the 15th president of the University of Montevallo, where he has helped increase enrollment and attract alumni support. Prior to coming to UM, Stewart served as vice president for institutional advancement at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He has published scholarly articles and book reviews, and has received a number of awards and honors. Activities include Small Business Development Committee, United Way, the Florida Ballet and the BankTrust Advisory Board. Stewart is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a master’s from Washington College in Maryland and Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Wayne Vickers


Wayne Vickers 

Vickers is superintendent of Alabaster City Schools, with more than 6,000 students across six campuses. Formed in 2013, the district has completed a five-year strategic plan and Vickers is leading a $100 million construction project with plans for a new high school, an athletic complex and other renovations and improvements. He was superintendent of Saraland city schools in south Alabama and has served in administrative and teaching positions in other districts. He holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, master’s degrees from UAB and bachelor’s from the University of Alabama. 

Tom Walker

Walker is founder and CEO of the American Village Citizenship Trust. He created the trust as a place to educate and inspire a new generation of young people to be good citizens by building on America’s founding principles of liberty and self-government. Since the American Village opened 15 years ago, about a half million students from all parts of Alabama and the Southeast have visited. He is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and serves as vice chair of the school’s board of trustees. He received his master’s degree from Mississippi State University. He is a writer and speaker, and has received many awards for his efforts. He also has served as a leader in several state and local organizations. 

Kendall Williams 

Williams is development and community relations director for the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to expand the possibilities for education excellence for the students and teachers of the Shelby County Schools District. Williams and the board of directors strengthen interactive partnerships among parents, communities, businesses and educators. She serves on the board of directors for Leadership Shelby County and the Leadership Shelby County Alumni Board, serves as the 2015 chair of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Workgroup and is an active member of the Education and Workforce Development Workgroup. She also is an ambassador of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.  

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