Movers & Shapers, February 2019

Lewis Brooks

Lewis Brooks
Brooks is superintendent of Shelby County schools. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and educational specialist degrees from the University of Montevallo and a doctor of education degree from Samford University. Brooks has been an Alabama educator for 28 years. Brooks serves on the board of the DAY Program for at-risk youth and the UM Educational Leadership Advisory Committee. He has been honored by the University of Montevallo and Samford University. Brooks is on the UM National Alumni Board and is an adjunct professor for Samford University.

Scott Coefield
Coefield has served as superintendent of Pelham City Schools since the system was established in 2014. With nearly three decades of educational experience, Coefield has served as superintendent in Cleburne County and Oneonta. He has mentored new superintendents throughout Alabama and worked with principals and board members. Coefield also worked at the State Department of Education as a principal coach, where he provided focused assistance in 40-plus schools helping improve school efficiency, school culture and student achievement.

Kathy Copeland
Copeland is president of KCopeland Inc. and has represented White Rock Quarries as director of public and governmental relations since 2007. The majority of her professional career was spent at South Florida Water Management District, the largest water resource agency in Florida. She is involved with career readiness activities at middle and high schools, serves on the chamber boards and works to end the opioid epidemic. She is a columnist for the Shelby County Reporter. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama. 

Alex Dudchock
Dudchock is county manager in Shelby County. In 2019, he will have served Shelby County for 30 years, with more than 26 as county manager. He has lived in Shelby County since 1988. Four of the boards he currently serves on are Chilton Shelby Mental Health, as board president; the Shelby County Chamber; United Way of Central Alabama, and the Birmingham Business Alliance, which is the regional economic development entity for Central Alabama. 

Greg Knighton

Greg Knighton
Knighton is the economic development manager for the city of Hoover, after serving as vice president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Knighton is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery. He is past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and on the board of the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. Knighton is a member of the International Economic Development Council, NAIOP and ICSC.

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Daniel Listi
Listi is CEO of Shelby Baptist Medical Center, after serving as COO at two facilities in Texas. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. Listi is on the board of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, soon to be the Shelby Chamber.

Kirk Mancer
Mancer is president and CEO of the Shelby County Chamber. He leads a staff that works with hundreds of volunteers from more than 1,200 investor organizations to grow existing businesses and attract new ones in partnership with 58 Inc., the new county-wide economic development organization, and with local schools.

Tom McLeod
McLeod is president and CEO of McLeod Software, which he founded in 1985. The company has grown to more than 430 employees and is Birmingham’s largest software development company. Active in the American Trucking Association, the Truckload Carriers Association and the Alabama Trucking Association, he specializes in software to support trucking and freight brokerage operations. He is past president of the Birmingham Boys Choir and incoming chairman of the Alabama Trucking Association. He recently relocated the company headquarters to the Highway 280 corridor of Hoover in Shelby County. He is a graduate of Samford University.

Yvonne Murray

Yvonne Murray
Murray is managing director of 58 Inc., Shelby County’s new economic development organization. She comes to 58 Inc. after a decade at the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, operating its community development fund, VentureSouth. She earned bachelor’s and MPA degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with additional credentials from the Brookings Institution. She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional.

Stuart Raburn
Raburn, a serial entrepreneur in Birmingham, spent 26 years in the IT field before his current position as founder and CEO of Southern Organics in Shelby County, which combines natural and pesticide-free farming techniques with technology. Raburn’s IT career includes founder and CEO of TekLinks Inc., which was recently purchased by C Spire, and of AA MicroSystems Inc. He also worked as a tax accountant for a local accounting firm. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama.

Keith Richards
Richards is owner of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, which opened its first location in 1998 and was named one of America’s fastest-growing leaders by Inc. 5000 in the fresh-casual industry in 2018. The company now has 88 restaurant locations spanning across 17 states, with plans to expand in existing and new areas by 2023. Prior to Taziki’s, he was café manager at Birmingham’s award-winning Bottega Café. Richards serves on the Shelby County Chamber board. His company’s signature charity, the HOPE Program (Herbs Offering Personal Enrichment), partners with schools teaching students to grow herbs and build restaurant careers. He currently employs more special needs individuals than any other Alabama company. Richards received the Down Syndrome of Alabama’s Champion Award in 2014. He also received the Large Employer Award presented by the National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) in 2015. 

John Stewart
Stewart is president of the University of Montevallo. Stewart combines a background teaching English, working in private industry and working in university administration to lead UM. He also served as vice president for institutional advancement at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Stewart earned his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, his master’s from Washington College and his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi. As UM president, he has raised the school’s national profile in academics, sports and enrollment and guided the school’s $20 million campaign to 85 percent of its goal.

Wayne Vickers
Vickers is superintendent of Alabaster City Schools. He has more than 28 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public school districts throughout Alabama. In Alabaster, he has directed a strategic plan, gained AdvancED District Accreditation and led a $100 million construction project. Vickers is an adjunct professor of school law at the University of West Alabama.

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