Spotlight on Houston & Henry: Movers & Shapers

The individuals who help shape the communities in Houston and Henry counties

Lindsay RANE Carter is the director of external affairs for Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc. She is a graduate of Auburn University and the Jones School of Law. She has served on the Business Council of Alabama’s directors and has been active with Innovate Alabama. 




Dennis Coe is superintendent of Dothan City Schools. He is a graduate of Wallace Community College, Troy State University and holds a doctorate from Alabama State University. His 35 years in education include teaching, coaching and administration at several Wiregrass school districts, and he worked as director of the Office of Supporting Programs for the Alabama State Department of Education. 

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Mackroyce Corbitt Jr. is the owner of Computer Printing Etc. in Dothan. He is a graduate of Talladega College. He also is president and chairman of the Entrepreneurship Council in Dothan, which fosters startups throughout the Wiregrass region.



Kevin Cowper is city manager for the city of Dothan. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a master’s from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is also a graduate of the International City/County Management Association, its Emerging Leaders Development Program and an ICMA credentialed manager.


Colton Cureton is vice president of economic development for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Troy University and holds a doctorate from Liberty University. He joined the Chamber as director of retail and redevelopment in 2021 before his promotion to vice president in 2022. Cureton is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and the Dothan Rotary Club.



Walt Ellis is city president at Troy Bank & Trust in Dothan. He is a graduate of Auburn University. He also is a board member for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Health Foundation and the Wiregrass United Way.




Mark Fellows is vice president of Eastern Technologies Inc. in Ashford. He also is one of ETI’s founding partners, its radiation safety officer, and sits on the board of Global Resources International (GRI), the company ETI merged with in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.


Allison Hall is director of leisure services for the city of Dothan. She has a bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College and a master’s from Auburn University. She is past president of United Way of Lee County and is active with the Public Relations Council of Alabama-East Alabama.

Marnix Heersink M.D. is an eye surgeon and founder of Eye Center South in Dothan. His support for philanthropic, educational and charitable causes includes the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine, Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Troy University, Wallace Community College, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan Boys and Girls Club and the Wiregrass Humane Society.


Robert Hayne Hollis III is chairman of the board of Hollis & Spann Inc., a general contractor in Dothan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in building science from Auburn University. He is chairman of the city of Dothan’s Industrial Development Board, a member of the Dothan/Houston County Airport Authority and the Flowers Hospital board of directors.



Michael Jackson is co-founder and executive director of the DuBois Institute, a social enterprise operating a community garden called Katie’s Garden, which promotes wellness and teaches underserved residents how to grow healthy produce. Jackson is a Morehouse College graduate and serves on the Dothan Housing Authority, the Dothan Historic Preservation Commission and the Dothan Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Board of Directors.


Ray Marler is serving his fourth term as mayor of Headland. He is a graduate of Troy State University and is employed with the Alabama Department of Agriculture. He serves on the boards of the Henry County United Way, Southeast Gas and the Southeast Alabama Rural Health Association.



Dean Mitchell is director of HudsonAlpha Wiregrass, a public-private partnership between the city of Dothan and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. Mitchell is a University of Georgia alumnus and a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management, Dothan 101, Leadership Dothan and Leadership Alabama. He is past executive director of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and was Alabama’s 2022 Chamber Professional of the Year.


Jimmy Money is the mayor of Abbeville. In addition, he serves on the Southeast Gas board and the Henry County Economic Development Authority board.





David Parsons CPA is the managing partner of ParsonsGroup LLC, an accounting firm based in Dothan. Parsons holds an accounting degree from the University of Alabama. He is past chairman and current board member of the Wiregrass Foundation; chairman of the Houston, Henry, Geneva and Dale Counties Industrial Development Authority; past chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Flowers Hospital and the Wiregrass Pet Rescue and Adoption Center.


Derek Ratchford is CEO of SmartLam North America, headquartered in Dothan. He holds degrees from Clemson University and the University of Idaho.

Izell Reese is CEO of RCX Sports. The Dothan native attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham before playing in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills.




Brandon Shoupe is chairman of the Houston County Commission and an executive committee member of the Alabama School of Cybertechnology and Engineering in Huntsville. Shoupe, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, owns Kaiser Capital Investments LLC, investing in ecommerce companies.



Brandy White is superintendent of Houston County Schools. White earned his AA and master’s degrees from Troy University’s Dothan campus. He is a former teacher and coach, and worked as assistant principal at Webb Elementary School in Houston County for nine years. He is also a former co-owner of Southern Home Builders.



Jeff Williams is SmartBank’s regional president for South Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he also holds credentials from the Executive Education Program at the University of Texas and Samford University’s Community Banking School. He is vice chairman of the Dothan Housing Authority, executive board member of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Dothan.

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