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Community Development Institute Southeast Speakers

The following topics will presented at the Institute on November 12-15, 2018.

Speakers and Topics:

Team-Building and Group Decision Making

Sharon Davis-Brewer retired from UPS in August 2018 after 32 years. She worked as a Sales and Account Manager with expert qualifications in identifying and capturing market opportunities to accelerate expansion and increase revenues in highly competitive industries. She participated in a 14-month assignment which entailed deployment of a new state-of-the-art customer service center in Tampa, Florida. Her professional development resume includes training in Valuing Diversity, Time Management, People Workshop, Train-the-Trainer and Advanced Leadership Training. Sharon has served as the Fundraising Chairperson for several nonprofit entities including Holy Family Catholic Academy, where she currently serves as President of the Advisory School Board for Holy Family Academy. Sharon is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a BS in Education.

Self-Inflicted Overload

Joyce E. Brooks is owner and managing member of Brooks Consulting, LLC whose mission is to assist businesses and organizations gain a competitive advantage by focusing on leadership development, organizational strategy, and individual well-being. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Joyce is the author of several books written to help individuals live their best life. Book titles include: Self-Inflicted Overload, Stress Less and Live More, It Ain’t Over!, The Power of Two Words, and her first illustrated children’s book, Mr. Brown, Will You Please Open The Door? Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical engineering from the University of South Alabama and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For 21 years, she worked for Alabama Power Company where she gained experience in power delivery, marketing, governmental relations, community and economic development.

Strategic Visioning and Planning; and Asset-Based vs. Needs-based Community Assessment

E. E. (Skip) Campbell, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of CDI Southeast and the Director of the University of Alabama’s Gadsden Center. Skip retired from UPS in early 2012 after 38 years as a senior operations and engineering manager, working in numerous assignments across the United States and abroad. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development with concentrations in Organizational Theory and Macroergonomics. He also received post-graduate training in Strategic Planning and Formulation from Georgia State University – Center for Executive Education. In addition to his duties at UA Gadsden, Skip serves as an Adjunct Professor in the UA New College LifeTrack program and teaches for OLLI.

Economic Development Incentives

Shane Ellison is the Executive Assistant to Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton, and has been employed by the City of Gadsden for over 15 years, serving in Parks & Recreation, and Planning & Engineering. Shane is a lifelong resident of Gadsden and graduated from Auburn University, then completed both his MPA and MBA from Jacksonville State University. He also serves on the boards of Downtown Gadsden, Inc., the United Way of Etowah County, the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts and the Gadsden Planning Commission.

Identifying and Developing Stakeholders/Volunteers

Beverly Hilderbrand holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a BS in Business Management from Jacksonville State University. She has 24 years of experience in Community College education and industry partnerships. Beverly currently serves as a contractor for select National Science Foundation (NSF) grants relevant to technical employee competence. She is also the Southeast Region Coordinator for the MakerTEC grant. For nine years, she served as Director of the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM), an NSF Regional Center of Excellence grant, which focused on networking with educators at all levels with vital industry partners to recruit students into technical career pathways, produce standardized curriculum, and provide educators with shared resources and professional development.

Social Media Tools and Resources

Suzy Jouben joined The Chamber, Gadsden and Etowah County in December 2016. During her tenure at The Chamber she has implemented new social media tools and strategies to help grow The Chamber’s reach into the community. Previously, Suzy spent four years at Cameron University in Oklahoma coordinating several master’s programs for the School of Business. Suzy has also spent time working in marketing and events in the nonprofit fundraising industry and in banking. Suzy has a BBA in International Marketing and a BA in French from Mississippi State University. She also has a graduate certificate in Marketing Analytics from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and SAS®.

Real Estate in Community Development

Renee Kemp-Rotan is the Urban Designer/Master Planner and CEO of studiorotan in Birmingham, AL. She formerly served as Director of Capital Projects, Grants and Special Projects in the Birmingham Mayor's office (2004-2017); Urban Design Group/NY; Chief, Urban Design/Development, Director Economic Development, Atlanta, GA; Sr. Project Manager, Corporation for Olympic Development Atlanta, GA ; Director, National Endowment Arts/ Design Arts: National Design Competitions. Program + Design Demonstrations; Director, Practice Design Education, AIA HQ; Master Planned Birmingham Civil Rights Trail & RR Park. Works archived: African American Natl Biography/Oxford & Harvard University. Renee is a member of AIA/NOMA. Her education includes Syracuse B. Architecture.; Columbia University, MS urban and Regional Planning; Architectural Association London.

Community Revitalization

Arturo Menefee, Ph.D. is the Director of Leadership Development for The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development. He has more than fifteen years of professional and academic experience in leadership and community development. As a successful community development practitioner, Dr. Menefee has led several teams of professionals that have provided leadership, community engagement, resource development, organizational wellness and disability services to the citizens of Alabama. He is the author of Engaged Leaders, Better Communities, a leadership development curriculum. Arturo received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Auburn University. Dr. Menefee is passionate about empowering people and building communities.

Community Partnering

Heather Brothers New, IOM, is President of Gadsden/ Etowah County Chamber of Commerce. She attended Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University where she majored in English. Heather is the 2018 chair of the board of directors of Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, and a member of the board of directors of the Business Council of Alabama. She also serves on the Alabama Department of Public Health's Office of Women's Health Advisory Council. Heather also serves on a number of important local boards. She earned an IOM certification from the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organizational Management in 2016. She is an Alabama Accredited Chamber Executive. She completed Southeast Tourism Society's Marketing College in 2017 and was awarded the designation of Travel Marketing Professional (TMP) in 2018. Heather was awarded the Boy Scouts of America Heart of an Eagle and Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology Engineering Coalition for Education awards in 2016. She is also an Alabama Accredited Chamber Executive (AACE). 

Economic Development Incentives

Hugh Stump is the Executive Director for Greater Gadsden Area Tourism. He serves on a number of Tourism and Event boards, including: Chairman of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, President of the Alabama Bass Trail, Treasurer for the Alabama Association of Destination Management Organizations, Board of Directors of the Southeast Festival and Events Association, Board of Directors of the Neely Henry Lake Association, Alabama Representative for the Lookout Mountain Scenic Parkway Association. Hugh has been certified as a Conference Center Manager by the Cornell University School of Hotel Management, as a Mississippi Tourism Professional by the Mississippi Tourism Association, as a Special Events and Festival Planner and a Travel Marketing Professional by the Southeast Tourism Society. Prior to joining the Etowah County Tourism Board, Hugh was the Executive Director for Visit Oxford (Oxford, MS) and executive director of the Oxford Conference Center.

Community and Economic Development Practice

Joe A. Sumners, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Government & Economic Development Institute at Auburn University.  He has over 30 years of outreach experience working with Alabama local governments and communities and has authored numerous publications on rural community and economic development and civic engagement.  Dr. Sumners has served as a technical advisor for statewide commissions /task forces under four Alabama governors, is a founding Board member of the Alabama Communities of Excellence Program, and is on the Board of Directors for the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and Main Street Alabama. He is a native of Harpersville, Alabama and earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.