Leadership Shelby County kicks off class of 2018

Published 3:40 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2017


By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

HOOVER – Forty local business, school and nonprofit leaders will learn more about their county while working to meet needs in the community over the next several months after the Leadership Shelby County program kicked off its class of 2018 on Aug. 29.

LSC leaders introduced the class during a kickoff breakfast at Jefferson State Community College’s Hoover-Shelby campus off Valleydale Road, and issued a charge to those embarking on the yearlong program.

“You’ve made a yearlong commitment. You’re going to get an in-depth look at the people and processes that make this county tick,” America’s First Federal Credit Union President and CEO Bill Connor told the class members. “You’re going to form some very valuable relationships with your classmates, and this experience is going to give you a much deeper appreciation for Shelby County.”

After completing an opening retreat in September, the class members will attend one class day per month focused on aspects of Shelby County such as health care, quality of life, schools and government.

The class also will be divided into groups, and will complete projects aimed at making Shelby County a better place to live before graduating from the program in May 2018.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Leadership Shelby County, and I hope you will too,” Connor said. “I look forward to seeing you back in May as graduates of Leadership Shelby County.”

The following individuals are in the LSC class of 2018:

-Bruce Andrews, Shelby County Arts Council

-Dr. Jeff Atkins, Alabaster City Schools

-Virtie Ford Bell, town of Harpersville

-Brian Binzer, city of Alabaster

-Jason Bookout, Southern Company Services

-Fran Butterworth, Dixie Decorations Inc.

-Clay Carr, Boardman, Carr, Petelos, Watkins and Ogle, P.C.

-Pat Cheatwood, Pelham Police Department

-Julius Cook, Shelby County Community Corrections Corporation

-Jan Corbett, Shelby County Drug Free Coalition

-Kirk Cuevas, Dollar Associates, LLC

-Stephen Dawkins, Shelby County Reporter

-Daniel Dempsey, Bryant Bank

-Cindy Edmunds, ARC Realty

-Jennifer Ellison, The Arc of Shelby County

-Trey Gauntt, Shelby County Commission

-Julie Godfrey, Shelby County Board of Education

-Grace Graham, Ellis, Head, Owens and Justice

-Allison Howell, Alabama Power

-Laura Joseph, city of Helena

-Brandi Kellis, Kellis Vegetation Management Inc.

-Phyllis Kelley, Central Alabama Community College

-Matthew Kilpatrick, Southern Craft Consulting

-Kristy Lee, University of Montevallo

-Bill Lewis, Lewis Lake Vineyards

-Dawn Makofski, University of Montevallo

-Krissie Masters, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

-Ryan Matson, A.C. Legg Inc.

-Dana Meginniss, St. Vincent’s Health System

-Ryan Miller, Leeds City Schools

-Alicia Mooney, Cutstone Company Inc.

-Jane Ann Mueller, city of Chelsea

-Michael O’Kelley, CMH Architects

-Karen Pendleton, Shelby Emergency Assistance

-Joe Prokop, Regions Investment Solutions

-Julie Smitherman, Bradford Real Estate Group LLC

-Jill Tomassetti, Shelby Baptist Medical Center

-Matt Walker, city of Montevallo

-Audra Weber, America’s First Federal Credit Union

-Cole Williams, Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc.