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  • Bill Lewis
    Bill Lewis
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    William (Bill) R. Lewis is an attorney practicing in Birmingham and Columbiana, AL.  He and his Bonnie and family are own and operate Lewis Lakes Vineyard, 1075 Chelsea Road, Columbiana, Alabama .

  • Brandi Kellis
    Brandi Kellis
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    Originally from the Atlanta area, Brandi Kellis moved to Columbiana in 2004.  She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Georgia School of Law.  As the mother of students in the Shelby County Arts Council’s children’s art classes, private guitar lessons, and annual Missoula Chidren’s Theatre, Brandi is especially appreciative of the creative learning opportunities the Arts Council provides to the people of South Shelby County.  She has five children with her husband, Zack Kellis of Kellis Vegetation Management, Inc.

  • Cam Ward
    Cam Ward
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    Cam Ward is the State Senator for District 49 which includes parts of Alabaster, Helena and Pelham.  He and his wife Julie have one daughter named Riley. Cam is an attorney who specializes in economic development for the City of Alabaster.

  • Chris Stricklin
    Chris Stricklin

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    Bestselling Author & Speaker | President at Dunn University | Forbes Contributor | Retired Senior Military Leader.  Chris served in the USAF for 23 years and was a member of the elite “Thunderbird” team of pilots.  He and his wife Terri reside in Chelsea, AL.

  • Constance Specht
    Constance Specht
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    Constance M. Specht, CPA was born and raised in East Central Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University.  She has over 30 years of combined accounting and auditing experience in agriculture, food processing, manufacturing, publishing, and healthcare administration and transporation.   Since  moving to the Birmingham area in 2000, she has held positions as a volunteer at the Birmingham Museum of Art and as a Tutor for Better Basics in Birmingham.  Connie currently lives in Chelsea, Alabama and is Accounts Payable Manager for PS Logistics Solutions in Birmingham, Alabama. 

  • Daniel Holmes
    Daniel Holmes
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    Daniel Holmes is the the Audience & Brand Development Manager at Shelby County Newspapers, Inc.  He is a long time resident of Shelby County and a Graduate of the University of Alabama, Communications and Advertising.  Daniel is married to Kelli Holmes and they have two children. 

  • Dave Farish
    Dave Farish
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    Dave is in the Non-Destructive Examination field and is the Training Director with a Mechanical Integrity software company.  He performs online training and design work as well as marketing for his company.  He is married to Connie who is a Jewelry Designer and has her own line of Artist Designed Handmade Jewelry that is carried by Boutiques and Shops around the country.  Dave has lived in Shelby County for 22 years and his family has been active in the performing arts for that same period.  His kids have been involved in dance, cheering, sports, singing and other community services throughout those years.  Dave is also involved in community projects and speaks at many local events in the Shelby County area.

  • David Nolen
    David Nolen Treasurer
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    David Nolen is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Recently retired from Renasant Bank, David serves on the board of the Shelby County Musuem and Archives and the Shelby County Arts Council. 

  • Dr. Michael Meeks
    Dr. Michael Meeks

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    Dr. Michael Meeks, retired Executive Director of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Doctor of Education, Music Education; Ed. Leadership and Supervision, Michael has spent most of his adult life in some form music education.  He and his wife are avid volunteers for many arts organzations in and around the Birmingham metro area.   

  • Dr. Stancil Handley
    Dr. Stancil Handley
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    Dr. Stancil Handley is a former Mayor of Columbiana, AL where he resides with his wife, Elizabeth Moody Handley.   He’s been a Doctor of Optometry for over 40 years and currently still practices in Columbiana.

    Dr. Handley has always been active in the community. He’s currently active and a past president of the Cattlemen’s Association, past President of the Birmingham Area Optometric Society and for 15 years was Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 560.  Dr. Handley also serves as the Chairman of the Board with Sight Savers America.  He is proud to be a Veteran of the U.S. Army.
    Dr. Handley has always wanted Columbiana to be “the best she can be” and believes “-we’re all in this together “!-

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  • Elaine Ethridge
    Elaine Ethridge
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    Elaine is co-owner and finance office of KEE-PAK, Inc. and owner of KEE Properties, LLC. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Elaine is an active supporter of SafeHouse Shelby (past board member), Aaron’s Staff and Manna Ministries/ Farms.  She is a small group leader with Church of the Highlands and is on their Legacy Team. Elaine grew up in an art based home and enjoys writing, mixed media art and photography. Of particular interest to her is art and equine therapy for those with special needs and that suffer from PTSD.

  • Elizabeth Moody Handley
    Elizabeth Moody Handley
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    Elizabeth Moody Handley was adopted from Seoul, Korea.  She considers her hometown to be Greenville, AL but has lived all over the state.  She began studying dance at the age of 5 with the Alabama Ballet, Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Dance, Montgomery Ballet, Andalusia Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet.  She attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts where she trained extensively in ballet.  She graduated from as Valedictorian of her class and received her BA in Business Administration with a minor in Business Management from the University of West Alabama where she was President of Phi Mu social sorority Kappa Xi Chapter, Miss University of West Alabama and later went on and competed in Miss Alabama where she promoted her platform on Adoption.  In 2003 Elizabeth opened Calera Dance Academy where she was the executive director/owner for 10 years.  She has two children Branson and Berkeley.  She and her husband Dr. Stancil Handley reside in Columbiana.

    The Arts have been such a huge part of Elizabeth’s life and she is thrilled to be a part of the Shelby County Arts Council and serve on the board

  • Hank Fillingim
    Hank Fillingim
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    Hank and his wife, Karen, have lived in Alabaster since 2004. They have 3 sons, two attending the University of South Alabama, and one currently serving in the United States Navy. Hank is a biotech sales manager and Karen is the Executive Assistant to Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon. 

  • Jennifer Maier
    Jennifer Maier
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    Jennifer Maier is the Executive Director of the Shelby County Museum & Archives.  She grew up in Mountain Brook, AL and is a graduate of Auburn University.  She and her husband, Craft, moved to Columbiana in 2013.  Jennifer is a graduate of 2016 Class of Leadership Shelby County and serves as the Columbiana Community Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.  Jennifer serves on the board of both the Shelby County Historical Society and on the Beautification Board for the City of Columbiana.  She is a member of the Vignette Club.  She and her husband attend Columbiana United Methodist Church.  

  • Joshua Arnold
    Joshua Arnold Secretary of the Board
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    Josh is a partner at Ellis, Head, Owens, Justice & Arnold in Columbiana, Alabama, where he represents county and municipal government entities.  Prior to practicing law, Josh taught AP Government & Economics and guitar at Shelby County High School for seven years.  Josh and his family live in unincorporated Shelby County where a lack of noise ordinances allows him the opportunity to practice at all hours and volumes along with his son, Graham, who plays drums.

  • Kyle Mims
    Kyle Mims President
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    Kyle Mims is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, where his office is located in downtown Columbiana, AL. Kyle is from Clanton, AL where he and his wife Kristin and son Kelton still call home today. He is passionate about his family and helping his clients achieve their long-term financial goals by understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions.

  • Lee McCarty
    Lee McCarty
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    Info coming soon.

  • Martina Winston
    Martina Winston
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    Martina Winston is an energetic, passionate Human Resources professional with over 18 years of experience. Martina is a Southside of Chicago native living in Pelham, AL with her husband Corey and two children Jada (18) and Jordan (15) with their dog Barkley Snow and cat Mittens Tide. When Martina isn’t working or serving her community, she enjoys cheering on her Pelham Panthers, The Alabama Crimson Tide and exploring the world with her family and friends.

  • Mary Jean Sanspree
    Mary Jean Sanspree
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    Mary Jean Sanspree, PhD is a retired professor from UAB where she administered grants for education, research and training.  She is the co-founder of the Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama in partnership with the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation where she served a board member for 10 years.  She served on the board as well as 5 years as State Executive Director of Very Special Arts Alabama.  She has served as President of the International Division on Visual Impairments of the Council for Exceptional Children as well as the Iowa Board of Regents for Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and Alabama School for the Blind advisory board.  She has served as Rotary District Governor in 2008-2009 and is currently the District Interact Chair.  She serves on the United Methodist United Counseling board, the Advisory Board for West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, UAB School of Optometry Dean’s Community Advisory Committee and Auburn University School of Education Development Leadership Team.    She has degrees from Auburn University and UAB.  She and her husband, Danny, live in North Shelby County and enjoy their children and grandchildren as often as possible.

  • Phillip Pritchard
    Phillip Pritchard
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    Phillip Pritchard is the President of Video Visions Media Marketing established in 1991. He and his wife Judi are both graduates of the University of Montevallo and have lived in the Alabaster area since 1992.  They have two children, Brennan (son) and Jillian (daughter) both of whom are currently students at the University of Alabama.

    Phillip’s most recent venture is the creation of Alabaster Living, a Facebook-based video magazine focusing on the citizens, businesses and organizations of Alabaster, AL.  Phillip was also an original partner in APH Radio, a non-profit LPFM in the Shelby County Area.

  • Teresa Whiting
    Teresa Whiting
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    Teresa Whiting lives in Columbiana with her husband, Leslie D. Whiting.  She has a B.S. in Communications Studies from the University of Montevallo and is passionate about enriching the lives of others.

  • Terri Connell
    Terri Connell
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    Connell is a native of Alabama with 36 years of experience in health care management and governmental affairs. A graduate of Auburn University, Terri is a member of various state and local boards, including Alabama’s Statewide Health Coordinating Council where she was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey in 2017. Connell has served as the CEO of various healthcare entities and has extensive experience working with Alabama state legislators. She lives in Clanton with her husband John Wade Connell, son John Patrick Connell and daughter-in-law Courtney George Connell.  Currently Terri serves as the State Outreach Coordinator for Senator Tuberville Campaign.

  • Terri Sullivan
    Terri Sullivan SCAC Founder
  • Yvonne Murray
    Yvonne Murray
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    Murray is a member of Southern Power Company’s External Affairs team working with state and local governments across their United States footprint. Prior to joining Southern Power, Murray had a fifteen year tenure in public sector economic development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Raised in the Oak Mountain community, she and her husband have called Helena home for over ten years. Their daughter is a graduate of Helena schools and arts programs and now resides in Oak Mountain.

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