A proven community leader
I am a teacher, administrator, public speaker, and community servant, and I am running for Alabama State House District 7. I believe the experience I will bring to the Alabama House of Representatives will help our community grow, develop, and sustain itself. The State of Alabama needs legislators who care about developing strategic policies that advances our School Systems, Mental and Physical Healthcare and Economic Development.
I am running for the Alabama State House of Representatives to provide leadership and a voice with a positive vision of hope, optimism and prosperity in addressing the needs of our communities. I believe our goals for improving our Educational Systems, Affordable and Mental Healthcare and Economic Development, along with good job opportunities are the keys to sustaining and improving the quality of life for all Alabamians.
I intend to foster a culture of cooperation and proactivity, so 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. Being raised on a farm, taught me the importance of community and hard work. I was taught to be thankful, to respect others and to give back to the community. I am a lifelong member of Oakville Missionary Baptist Church in Oakville, Alabama. I continue to enjoy outdoor activities, gardening, basketball and sporting events.
I graduated from Speake High School in 1976. I began my college education at Northwest Alabama State Junior College and completed an Associate Degree in Science. In 1981, I completed a Bachelors' 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 2008.
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 accept Policies and Procedures of the two-year college system, that ensures students of our state have 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.
- Co-Chairman of the Alabama Housing Authority Board for the City of Moulton and member for the past 6 years.
- Affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (PT@CC), Society for the Teaching of Psychology
- Member of the Alabama Counseling Association.
- Lifelong member of Oakville Missionary Baptist Church, including Sunday School Teacher for more than 40 years and Trustee Board President for the past 15 years.