A proven community leader
I am a teacher, administrator, public speaker, and community servant, and I am running for Alabama State House in District 7.
I believe the experiences that I will bring to the Alabama House of Representatives will help our community grow, develop, and sustain itself. Our school systems, mental and physical healthcare facilities, and correctional institutions are in urgent need of help, and the quality of life for all people needs to be enhanced. My purpose will be to stay abreast of challenges and to bring creative ways to address community needs and economic development. I intend to foster a culture of cooperation and proactivity so that our government can stay focused on the needs and issues that face the citizens of Alabama.
I was born, raised, and have lived the majority of my life in the District 7 community. I have a large, supportive, close-knit family who are lifetime residents of Lawrence County. I attended Speake High School and received an excellent education. I played basketball, which afforded me the opportunity to attend college. And I know the importance of community and hard work, having attended my local church and worked after school and on weekends on a farm—cutting grass, hauling hay, gardening, harvesting produce, and more.
I graduated from Speake High School in 1976. I began my college education at Northwest Junior College and completed an associated degree in science there. In 1981, I completed a bachelor degree at the University of North Alabama, with a double major in psychology and social work, and in 1984, I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Alabama A & M University. I participated in and completed the Alabama Community College Leadership Academy in 2005 and Leadership Alabama, Class XVIII in 2007.
For the past 30 years, I have been a professor of psychology at Northwest Shoals Community College, a position I continue to hold today. Along with instructional duties, I counsel and advise the student body, and help ensure that athletics, the arts, and student activities are an integral part of the learning process. I encourage students to take advantage of these activities (and even play basketball with them from time to time). As an Alabama State House Representative, I will support our college system by developing policy and procedures that ensure the young people of our state have access to new opportunities for the future by having access to higher education.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & LEADERSHIP
I have held many leadership positions in the county, serving both its economic and community interests:
- Member of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board for 18 years, serving as Chairman of the Board for the past 13 years.
- Co-chair of the Lawrence County 20/20 “A Vision for the Future” in 2003.
- Lifelong member of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, serving three terms as Chamber President.
- Member of the North Central Alabama Mental Retardation Authority 310 Board for 20 years—chairman for the past 16 years.
- President of Alabama Education Association at Northwest Shoals Community College, Phil Campbell Campus for 25 years.
- Chairman of the Jesse Owens Park & Museum Board for the past 15 years.
- Member of the City of Moulton, Alabama Housing Authority Board for the past 6 years.
- Affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (PT@CC), Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Alabama Counseling Association.
- Lifelong member of Oakville Missionary Baptist Church, including Sunday school teacher for over 40 years and Trustee Board President for the past 15.