March 22, 2012 – Mobile, Alabama – The Community Foundation of South Alabama, a nonprofit charity that plays a key role in addressing the needs of the community through leadership and grants, announced today its Board of Directors and Officers for 2012.
More than $63 million in grants have been distributed since the Foundation was incorporated in 1976 for the single purpose of improving the quality of life in South Alabama. The Community Foundation of South Alabama currently holds 427 charitable funds and $54 million in assets that were established by our friends and neighbors to benefit the community.
The 36th Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for the Board, charitable fund holders, and guests to view the accomplishments of The Community Foundation of South Alabama and to thank outgoing and incoming members of the Board. The Board includes five newly elected directors and thirteen members continuing their current terms.
“The installation of officers and directors is one of the most important events that occur each year. We are placing in their hands the leadership and direction of the Foundation. With their leadership we are prepared to meet future challenges,” said Alvertha Penny, president and chief executive office of The Community Foundation of South Alabama.
Officers for 2012 include: Chairman Bernard H. Eichold II, M.D., Dr. P.H., F.A.C.P., health officer, Mobile County Health Department; Vice Chairman Norman D. Pitman III, president, N.D. Pitman & Co.; Secretary Kelvin J. Hill, vice-president, Georgia-Pacific Naheola Operations; Treasurer Mary Kathleen Miller, managing partner, Armbrecht Jackson L.L.P.; Immediate Past Chair Raymond R. Wingard, president, Wingard Enterprises, Inc.
Newly elected members of the Board include: Robert John Higgins, senior vice president, Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance; Cynthia Hoehnf Zipperly, owner, Designer Imports L.L.C.; Henry Francis O’Connor III, executive vice president and corporate strategy director, Bank Trust; Samford Turner Myers, chief executive officer, ASF Logistics, Inc.; Mary Louise Marshall Tucker, teacher, Monroe County Public Schools (Ret.).
Continuing their terms on the Board are: George V. Davis, shareholder, Lawrence & Lawrence, PC; Dora F. Finley, community volunteer; Neil M. Kennedy, senior vice president, Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc.; Mitchell G. Lattof Jr., partner, Lattof & Lattof, P.C.; Douglas M. Littles, Ph.D., president, Reid State Technical College; Michael S. Marshall, editor and vice president, Mobile Press-Register; Edward B. Meyercord Jr., senior advisor, Bienville Capital Management L.L.C. (Ret.); and Edna H. Rivers, community volunteer.
Directors moving to Honorary Director status include: Murray E. Cape, founder and consultant, Springdale Travel; Herbert A. Meisler, partner, The Rime Companies; and Mary P. Powell, community volunteer.
Honorary Directors include: Walter A. Bell, chairman, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation; G. Porter Brock Jr., partner, Hand Arendall L.L.C.; Yuell B. Busey, partner, Busey & Busey CPA L.L.P.; David J. Cooper, president, Cooper/T. Smith; Major General J. Gary Cooper, USMC (Ret.), chairman, Commonwealth National Bank; Patsy Dow, community and resource development director, Mobile Housing Board; Dr. Vivian G. Johnston Jr., partner, Hand Arendall L.L.C.; Ronald B. Melton, director of operations, Cytec, Inc. (Ret.); Arlene F. Mitchell, community volunteer; W. Davis Pilot Jr., president and chief executive officer, Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc.; John B. Saint, president, The Mitchell Company, Inc.; Irving Silver, partner, Silver, Voit & Thompson Attorney at Law P.C.; Melvin Stein, president, Stein Investments, Inc.; Blacksher White-Spunner, chairman, White-Spunner & Associates, Inc.; Robert J. Williams, chairman, Allied Williams Companies, Inc.
The Foundation would like to express its gratitude for the services provided by outgoing Board member, Barbara A. Drummond, administrative and community services executive director, City of Mobile.
Since 1976, The Community Foundation of South Alabama has worked to provide the tools that make giving to our community easier and more effective. It has served as the vessel for donors, volunteers, and community members to share ideas, identify issues, and build the financial resources necessary to make improvements and positively impact our community. The Foundation administers a collection of charitable funds established by members of our community. Charitable gifts are pooled together and invested, thus earning returns that are used for grants and scholarships. This approach allows the fund balance to grow and eventually the amount awarded in grants will exceed the original gift. We work with our patrons to strengthen South Alabama by building permanent endowments and providing the leadership necessary to address community issues.
About The Community Foundation of South Alabama
The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a public charity that plays a key role in meeting the needs of South Alabama through leadership and grants. More than $63 million in grants have been awarded since 1976 by the Foundation to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the region. The Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.
For more information visit www.CommunityEndowment.com
Contact: Stephanie Ryan