Chris Blankenship was appointed as the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by Governor Kay Ivey on August 11, 2017, after serving as acting Conservation Commissioner since June 1, 2017.
James G. Brazil, Jr., CPA, PFS, CFP, is a shareholder at JMF JamisonMoneyFarmer PC in Tuscaloosa. He has more than 25 years experience in finance and accounting and is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Accounting and Finance.
Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin received her doctorate in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in May 2017. Her research focused on the historical, cultural, and spiritual relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and the horse.
James W. Emison is Managing Partner of MR Birmingham Group, Inc., an executive and senior-level talent search for the banking industry. He retired as Executive Vice President at AmSouth Bank and was Senior Vice President – Corporate Banking Manager at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Houston and Chicago.
Tim Haney is North Region Operations and Maintenance Supervisor for the Alabama State Parks Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He began his career at DeSoto State Park in 1977 while still in high school. Tim attended Northeast State Junior College and Auburn University.
Dan L. Hendricks holds a Ph.D. from Duke University. He has served as Vice President or Vice Chancellor at the LSU Foundation, Western Illinois University, Purdue University and the University of North Alabama. At North Alabama and Western Illinois, he was Executive Director of their University Foundations.
Steve Jones, PhD, is CEO of Great Blue Heron, LLC, and former CEO of Fairmont State University, Antioch University New England, Urbana University and University of Alaska Fairbanks and former board chair at the University of the Arctic.
Natalie Kelly leads Corporate Responsibility at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately held construction firms in the nation. Her responsibilities focus on advancing sustainability and diversity initiatives within the company. A graduate of Auburn University, she has spent her career working in construction, the corporate sector, and as an entrepreneur.
Greg Lein has been Director of the Alabama State Parks Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since 2012. The Huntsville native attended Auburn University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science in 1991 and a master’s degree in Fisheries Science in 1995.
Alex McCrary is the Director of Federal Governmental and Corporate Affairs at Alabama Power Company. In his current role, Alex manages relationships with elected officials and external stakeholders throughout the state to assist the company in meeting its strategic goals.
Geoffrey A. McGovern was born March 23, 1948, in Boston, Mass. He was educated in Cleveland, Ohio, through elementary school, in Pittsburgh, through high school and Greencastle, Ind., through college.
Renee Rice is president and owner of R&R Travel in Oxford. She and her twin sister, Robbie Ginn – the company’s vice president and owner – celebrated 30 years in business in 2017. Renee is a lifetime Certified Travel Counselor, the youngest person in the nation to earn that designation.
Hilary Ross, Active in many charitable and non-profit organizations, Hilary served as a docent for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens which sparked her interest in nature. Returning to college when her children were in school, she earned a landscape design/horticulture degree through the Jefferson State Community College certificate program.