Martha Lavender, MSN, DSN joins the Foundation as a representative of Etowah County. Dr. Lavender is a visiting professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing. She recently retired from Gadsden State Community College and has worked for the Department of Homeland Security. An active community member, Dr. Lavender has served on the following boards: James A. Barrie Center for Children, Cherokee County American Red Cross, Cherokee County Museum Board of Directors, Gadsden State Community College Cardinal Foundation and the Alabama Board of Nursing. Dr. Lavender brings to the Foundation her knowledge of the needs of Etowah County, along with her professional experience in nursing, strategic planning and leadership. Lavender says, “I am deeply committed to the mission and values of the Community Foundation and the betterment of the communities we serve. I am honored to join the Board of Trustees as we create partnerships and targeted initiatives to address existing and future needs in our nine-county region."
Rod Nowlin represents Talladega County and is employed by Alabama Power Company as a Division Customer Service Manager. Mr. Nowlin is involved in the community through his service with: Kiwanis Club of Anniston, Family Services of Calhoun County, Berman Museum of History Alliance Board, Camp Lee Board and Leadership Calhoun County. Nowlin says, “The Community Foundation truly makes the Northeast Alabama region a better place to live, providing grants and services for education, healthcare and human service needs that are so critical to our area. The opportunity to serve as a trustee is an honor. I am looking forward to working hard to make strategic contributions to this team to move the organization to the next level.”
Anniston native, Tom Potts, Jr., is president and founder of Potts Marketing Group, LLC. Mr. Pott's sense of community is deeply rooted in his work with: CAST, Grace Episcopal Church Vestry, Longleaf Arts Council, The Donoho School, Community Enabler, Family Links, Music at McClellan, YMCA of Calhoun County, Foothills Community Partnership, Visual Arts Society of Jacksonville State University, Local Chapter of the American Red Cross and Anniston Noon Rotary. Potts says, "I am honored to have been asked to join the Board of Trustees for the Foundation. We are fortunate to have an organization like this in our community, accomplishing so much in so many ways… I am thrilled and humbled to have been asked to participate and I am very excited about this opportunity."
“We are honored to have these three talented and dedicated trustees join the Community Foundation. All have made significant impact on their respective communities and we plan to leverage their experience and knowledge to further the mission of the Foundation throughout northeast Alabama," says Anne Carruth, Board Chair.
The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama is a qualified 501(c) (3) public charity recognized by the Attorney General of Alabama and the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation is one of more than 750 community foundations in the United States organized to promote and build permanent endowments on behalf of their regional area. Our mission is to wisely assess needs and channel donor resources to maximize community well-being. We assist donors in arranging immediate or deferred charitable gifts.