Montgomery Business Journal

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April 2016


MONTGOMERY –   Ashton Tumblin was recently hired as an interior designer for Chambless King Architects.

Responsible for residential and commercial interior design projects, Tumblin will be formulating designs that are practical, aesthetic and innovative while helping to raise productivity and improving lifestyles.

“Ashton’s fresh approach and enthusiasm for each project makes her a welcome addition to the Chambless King team,” John Chambless said in a statement.

Ashton received a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Auburn University. She spent a semester abroad in Arricia, Italy, where she studied humanities, philosophy, language, culture, design and architecture. A native of Montgomery, Tumblin has completed internships here with experience in both residential and commercial projects. 

Chambless King Architects is a multifaceted architectural firm that offers a variety of services related to architecture, interior design, project management, master planning/urban planning, programming and cost management.


MONTGOMERY – Thomas Roddy has been named chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery.

Roddy will take over CEO duties following Linda Wade, who recently retired after serving 18 years as CEO of HealthSouth Montgomery.

He comes to HealthSouth Montgomery from Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, where he served as CEO and was responsible for overseeing the transition from Community Health Systems to Prime Healthcare; reconstitution of hospital governing board; and reconstructing the administrative and leadership teams of the hospital.

Roddy brings almost a decade of administrative leadership expertise to his role and previously served as chief operating officer at Riverview Regional Medical Center from 2013-2015; associate administrator at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston; associate administrator at Riverview Regional Medical Center; assistant administrator at Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, N.C.; and administrative resident at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn.

He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in human resource management from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in health infomatics and in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Thomas is an exceptional hospital leader,” Terry Brown, vice president of the Southeast region for HealthSouth, said in a statement. “He shares the commitment to high-quality outcomes and patient care that are not only important to us, but most important to the caregivers and patients we treat. His past experience and leadership made him an excellent candidate and proven leader for this role.”

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery is a 70-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for patients recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, complex orthopedic conditions and amputations.


ANDALUSIA – PowerSouth announced the promotion of Taylor Williams to governmental affairs and economic development manager.

In his new position, Williams is responsible for overseeing PowerSouth’s governmental and public affairs in Alabama, Florida and Washington, D.C., as well as PowerSouth’s interests in recruiting businesses to its service territory while retaining existing industry.

Williams previously served as governmental and public affairs representative, a title he held since 2012. Prior to that role, he served as economic development representative since joining PowerSouth in 2009.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is also a 2012 graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

“Taylor has been proven to be a dynamic, productive leader in our company and this promotion is well deserved,” Horace Horn, vice president of external affairs for PowerSouth, said in a statement. “He is very well respected, both personally and professionally, by his peers and the community. His previous experience in economic development coupled with his work in governmental affairs is very beneficial to PowerSouth.”

PowerSouth serves the wholesale energy needs of 16 electric cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and northwest Florida, with more than a million consumers in 39 Alabama and 10 Florida counties.


BIRMINGHAM – Alabama Power announced several changes in the company’s leadership. The changes follow the announcement that Alabama Power Executive Vice President Steve Spencer is stepping down to become president of the nonprofit Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

Greg Barker, Alabama Power senior vice president for marketing and economic development, has been elected executive vice president responsible for customer services.

John O. Hudson III, vice president of public relations and charitable giving, has been elected senior vice president for marketing and business development.

Gordon G. Martin, senior vice president and general counsel, has been named senior vice president responsible for corporate and administrative services.

Matthew Bowden, vice president for environmental affairs, has been elected senior vice president and general counsel.

Susan Comensky has been elected vice president with responsibility for environmental affairs. She most recently served as vice president of external and regulatory affairs at Southern Power Co.

Stephanie K. Cooper has been elected vice president of public relations. A former director of corporate communications for Southern Co., she most recently served as a senior attorney at Georgia Power Co.

“These individuals are strong leaders,” Mark Crosswhite, chairman and CEO of Alabama Power, said in a statement. “They bring tremendous experience and knowledge to their new roles. The changes put us in a strong position to move forward – to meet the growing challenges to our business and the evolving needs and desires of our customers.”

Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co., provides electricity to more than 1.4 million customers.


MONTGOMERY – Amy Waters of Montgomery has joined the staff of Troy University’s Montgomery campus as director of community outreach.

A public relations, marketing and fundraising professional with more than 14 years of experience, Waters most recently served as senior market manager for community engagement with the American Cancer Society. A Troy University alumna, Waters received a bachelor’s degree in marketing, management and research from the university’s Montgomery campus.

In her new position, Waters will cultivate and sustain relationships within the Montgomery community; oversee volunteer and community outreach efforts of the Montgomery campus; identify and cultivate corporate and community partnerships; and work in conjunction with the university’s media relations.

“We are extremely excited about Amy joining our Montgomery staff,” Montgomery campus Vice Chancellor Lance Tatum said in a statement. “A strong focus in the last year was to give greater attention to programming on the Montgomery campus. Amy’s experiences in the nonprofit sector, along with her network of area professionals and organizations will provide an additional voice to the River Region on the outstanding programs and activities available through Troy-Montgomery.”

In addition to her work with the American Cancer Society, Waters has previously served as development director for the Brantwood Children’s Home; director of public relations for the Association of County Commissions of Alabama; south central regional coordinator for Children’s Hospital of Alabama; and media buyer for LWT Communications (Stamp Idea Group).

“I am thrilled to be working for my alma mater, Troy University,” Waters said in a statement. “Troy University’s Montgomery campus has so much to offer students in the River Region. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to share with the community about Troy as a destination for students of all ages and backgrounds who share the common goal of creating opportunity and improving their lives through education. I look forward to working with Dr. Tatum on expanding our growth in the River Region.”


MONTGOMERY – Annice Yarber-Allen has been appointed chair of Auburn University at Montgomery’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Geography in the university’s College of Public Policy and Justice.

Yarber-Allen, a distinguished teaching professor in her 12th year at AUM, is excited about the potential for increased learning within the new role and also to further professional development.

“I look forward to working together with my colleagues to continue to develop a top-quality sociology, anthropology and geography program that serves the needs of our students and the larger community, as well as to learning more about academia through another lens,” she said in a statement.

In 2014, Yarber-Allen was nominated for the U.S. Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She also has served twice as principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-funded effort to mentor underrepresented minorities and women through a five-week residential college preparation program designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the engineering profession.

In addition, Yarber-Allen was a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Award to implement the Summer Institute on the Welfare of Women of Belize project. She and her co-project director accompanied a group of 12 K-12 teachers and university faculty from across the United States to Belize to examine the sociocultural and economic history and current status of women in Belize.

After serving 20 years as a social worker in the areas of substance abuse counseling and administration, she received her doctorate degree in medical sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a focus on sexuality.

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