Board of Directors

Advisory Board
Dr. Claude J. Bennett Biocryst, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. William A. Bowron Red Diamond Coffee, President & CEO
Ms. Kate H. Cotton Leadership Alabama, Executive Director
Mr. Robert P. Dickinson McGriff, Siebels & Williams, Inc., Retired Sr. Vice President
Ms. Jeanette Hancock Founder of PreSchool Partners
Ms. Carey Hinds Community Volunteer
Dr. Kathryn Hoar Pediatric Dentist
Mr. James F. Hughey Balch & Bingham, Counsel
Mr. John D. Johns Protective Life Corporation, Chairman, President, & CEO
Mr. Charles W. Mayer Iberia Bank, Market Chairman
Mr. C. Phillip McWane McWane, Inc., Chairman
Mr. Michael A. Mouron Capstone Real Estate Investments, Chairman
Mr. J. Bentley Owens, III Ellis, Head, Owens & Justice, Partner
Mr. L. C. "Foots" Parnell III InterFirst Capital, President
Rev. Richmond R. Webster Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Rector
Mr. George E. Wilbanks Drummond Coal Sales, Inc., President

 

Melanie Bridgeforth

Melanie Bridgeforth

"Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. PreSchool Partners lives and breathes this philosophy every day by providing young children with the highest quality early learning experience. It is both an honor and privilege to serve alongside community leaders shaping the future of this great organization through board service. I can’t think of a better way to give back than to be a part of this ripple effect of change impacting generations to come by getting children off to a strong start."

Ms. Melinda Aldag                              Former Teacher, Community Volunteer

Ms. Melanie Bridgeforth                    The Women’s Fund, Executive Director

Mr. Jack Bryant                                  Harbert Management Corporation, Director of Investments

Ms. Jenny Burton                               Community Volunteers                                  

Ms. Renee Clements                           Starnes Davis FlorieDir. of Recruiting, Marketing & Business Dev. 

Mr. Will Davis                                     Starnes Davis Florie LLP, Attorney

Ms. Lori A. Dixon                               Protective Life Foundation, Assistant Vice President

Ms. Kirk Forrester                             Flower Magazine, Editor

Ms. Anne M. Jones                             Vulcan Value Partners, Principal, Director of Trading and Operations

Ms. Sumetri Martin                           Sumetri Hair Studios, Owner

Ms. Jane Menendez                            Community Volunteer

Mr. Bart McBride                               Servis First Bank, Senior Vice President

Ms. Allyson Mouron                           Former Program Director of PreSchool Partners

Ms. Tyler Novak                                 EBSCO Industries, Inc., General Counsel

Mr. Bill Pitts                                      Oakworth Capital Bank, Associate Managing Director

Ms. Ashley Robinett                          Alabama Power, Vice President of Real Estate

Mr. Jim Screws                                  Regions Bank, Sr. Vice President

Mr. Dan Starnes                                Starnes Media, Founder

Ms. Sherry Sumners                         St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Catechist                     

Ms. Beth Wilder                                Former Non-Profit Executive Director, Community Volunteer 

Mr. Bill Wyatt                                    Southeast Materials, President 

John Gardner

John Gardner

"Why do I serve on the board of PreSchool Partners? Very simple, the children.  Seeing the children's hearts and minds changed one child at a time is all the motivation I need.  It is a privilege to serve on this board seeing the hard work and dedication of Lella and her staff while helping children succeed in life!"