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Members on the Move, November/December 2013

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MONTGOMERY – Hospice of Montgomery announced that Amy Godsoe is the new director of development. The hospice also announced the addition of Amy Hardigree, Sharon Connell and Candace Fales to its staff.

Godsoe will be responsible for development through the cultivation of individual and corporate gifts, grant research and writing, as well as organizational branding in public relations and marketing efforts to provide public education and awareness. In addition, Godsoe will aid in fundraising efforts in support of the organization’s hospice home project.

Hospice of Montgomery provides care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families throughout the River Region. “Hospice is a special kind of care and I look forward to making a difference in the lives of patients and families during this crucial transition time,” Godsoe said.  

A native of Noblesville, Ind., Godsoe moved to Montgomery in 2004 and previously worked at the Alabama Kidney Foundation as the Montgomery regional director. She is a graduate of Indiana State University, where she majored in communications and public relations.

Hardigree has more than seven years of hospice experience and was hired as the director of business development. She will be working closely with area physicians, facilities and other referral sources to develop and maintain relationships as well as promote awareness of Hospice of Montgomery’s services. Hardigree is responsible for developing and adjusting a sales and marketing plan, which includes a marketing and competitive analysis.

Connell brings her leadership background to the organization with 37 years of nursing experience, including 13 years in hospice care. Connell will serve as the organization’s clinical director. She is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse.

With 10-plus years of experience as a medical social worker for hospice, Fales joins the staff as bereavement coordinator and medical social worker. Fales is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in social work.


MONTGOMERY – Aliant Bank has named veteran Alabama banking executive Caryn Hughes as Montgomery regional president.

Hughes has been a leader in the Montgomery office of Aliant Bank, a division of USAmeriBank, for the past four years, and has 28 years of Alabama banking experience. Prior to joining Aliant, she worked for Colonial Bank.

“With the economy continuing to improve, we are seeing more demand for business loans,” Hughes said. “In particular, we are working with more borrowers on Small Business Administration loans and doing more financing tied to commercial real estate. All in all, I am bullish about where Montgomery is going.”

In her new role in charge of operations in Montgomery, Wetumpka, Millbrook and Auburn, Hughes becomes one of a small but growing number of top-level female executives in the Montgomery business community.

“Diversity is certainly a priority for us, because it helps us broaden our perspective as bankers,” said Aliant Bank CEO Harlan C. Parrish. “We are very excited about Caryn taking the lead for us as we continue our growth in Montgomery, a market that is very important to us.”

Hughes, who will continue to serve as senior vice president of credit administration for the bank, graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in finance and the University of Alabama at Birmingham with an accounting equivalency degree. She is a certified public accountant.

Aliant Bank, which has corporate offices in Birmingham and Alexander City, has branches in Montgomery.


MONTGOMERY – Autauga County native and Faulkner University graduate Will Dismukes has been hired by the Alabama Farmers Federation.

The 23-year-old will work in the governmental affairs department. Dismukes, who graduated in May with a degree in political science and social science, will assist the federation's political consultant and state public policy team with research, member engagement and outreach.

"Will is a talented young man with a bright future," said Governmental Affairs Director Brian Hardin. "We are fortunate to have him on our team and look forward to working with Will as he gains experience and knowledge of the political process and our organization."

Dismukes previously served as an intern for Alabama House of Representatives Majority Leader Micky Hammon (R-Decatur). Dismukes said, "I am very excited to be part of the Alabama Farmers Federation. It's an honor to work alongside Brian Hardin and Beth Chapman. I look forward to working hard to help make a positive difference for our members."


MONTGOMERY – Dr. Porcia Bradford Love has returned to her hometown to work at Jackson Hospital and neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas R. Whisenhunt Jr. has also joined the hospital’s staff.

Love, who will be practicing general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology, is a graduate of the Montgomery Public Schools District’s Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Alabama and her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed two years of general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a post-doctorate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, and her dermatology residency at Duke University Medical Center, where she served as chief resident.

To schedule an appointment, call (334) 834-3094.

Whisenhunt will be seeing patients at Montgomery Neurosurgical Associates along with Dr. Patrick Ryan and Dr. Thomas Rigsby. Whisenhunt’s areas of expertise focus on minimally invasive spine techniques, intracranial surgery including aneurysms and tumors, peripheral nerve surgery, and complex spinal surgery as well as all aspects of neurosurgery.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology. He then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), receiving a doctorate degree in cell biology as well as his medical degree in 2007.

Whisenhunt completed his residency in neurosurgery at UAB and was the neurosurgery chief resident from July 2012 to June 2013.

For an appointment, call Montgomery Neurological Associates at (334) 834-6422.


MONTGOMERY – Palomar Insurance Corp. has hired Toni D. Jones as vice president of transportation marketing. She will be based in the Troy office.

Jones is a 2006 graduate of Troy University and received a master’s degree in business administration from the same institution in 2007. She began her insurance career in 2006.

Montgomery-based Palomar Insurance Corp. is an insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm specializing in commercial and personal insurance.


AmeriFirst Bank promoted Jack P. Golson to executive vice president, chief information officer and bank security officer. The bank also recently hired Michael Waldrop as the vice president and city executive in the Lee County branch.  

Golson, who has been with AmeriFirst since 2006, has served in various positions with the bank. He is a graduate of Troy University and the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU.

Waldrop brings 17 years of experience to AmeriFirst Bank. He graduated from Auburn University and Alabama Banking School. He is working at the AmeriFirst loan production office in Lee County.


MONTGOMERY – Extra Help Inc. has named Bonita Heartsill the regional director of Alabama operations.

Heartsill will leverage her extensive experience in the region, maintaining her existing client relationships and accounts, longtime staff and standing commitments to several business organizations in the Montgomery area. She was president of Heartsill Payroll Professionals and has 27 years of experience in the human resources field.

She will direct a four-person staff for Extra Help, an Illinois-based employment, payroll, and work force services company.

“I am thrilled to step into this role – I see it as a unique and exciting opportunity to bolster my abilities to serve the needs of my clients,” Heartsill said. “Under the banner of Extra Help, I can truly answer the call for expanded workplace management offerings while maintaining the same level of personal service and attention that my team and I have been committed to offering
my customers.”

Extra Help CEO Teresa Katubig said, “Bonita has built a successful payroll services company based on the same commitment to client service that we uphold. I’m very much looking forward to what she can accomplish as part of our team, leveraging her success, network and respectability in the Alabama region through this new venture and position with Extra Help.”

Extra Help’s Montgomery office is located at 4131 Carmichael Road, Suite 9. The phone number is (334) 277-0380.


BIRMINGHAM – Regions Financial has named Jeff Rabren to manage economic development initiatives for the company.

Rabren's initial focus will be on programs that encourage capital investment and job creation in Alabama. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Birmingham.

Rabren joined Regions in 2010 to manage state government affairs. In his expanded role as senior vice president, state government affairs and economic development, he will coordinate the company's economic development initiatives as the liaison to public, private and non-profit economic development agencies.

"Jeff's experience working with state and local governments and the non-profit sector make him ideally suited to forge stronger connections between our bankers and the economic development community," said John Turner, South Region president for Regions Bank.

Earlier this year, Regions established a $1 billion loan pool to provide economic development capital and spur business growth in Alabama.

"As the state's largest private-sector employer headquartered in Alabama, and the only Fortune 500 company here, we have a unique opportunity to serve our state and our communities," Rabren said. "We look forward to deepening our partnerships with the state Department of Commerce, economic developers, chambers of commerce and others to attract new business and industry to Alabama while also helping existing industries grow and thrive."

Prior to joining Regions, Rabren served as director of legislative affairs for former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and legislative counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.). Rabren received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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