Leadership Shoals Class 33

CONTACT: Olivia Bradford, Shoals Chamber, obradford@shoalschamber.com, 256-764-4661
April 22, 2022
Leadership Shoals Class Set for 2022-2023 Year
THE SHOALS, ALA. – The Shoals Chamber is thrilled to announce the 33rd class of Leadership Shoals.
Leadership Shoals was created to engage established leaders across The Shoals in conversation that promotes pro-business decision-making, collaboration across industry, and mutual understanding of problems and priorities facing our community. This mission is accomplished through programming that increases exposure of the comprehensive culture of The Shoals and demonstrates the region’s commitment to diversity, quality of life, economic development, entrepreneurship, and growth.

Current Leadership Shoals participant Cain Yarbrough said this about this his experience in the program: “Leadership Shoals provided me the opportunity to learn, grow, lead, and network in every aspect of the program. I will better serve the Shoals Symphony and our patrons moving forward due to completing this program and leaving with a greater knowledge of the Shoals and state of Alabama.”
“We are proud to welcome a new class of established leaders from across The Shoals to further conversations regarding the growth and potential of our area. Each of these leaders, from manufacturing to banking to real estate, are decision-makers for our community and we cannot wait to witness the discussions and critical-thinking that will benefit these leaders and The Shoals. This is the first year in Leadership Shoals we will partner with the UNA Center for Learning and Development to offer a 12-hour Leadership Certificate during the program that will challenge these leaders to problem-solve, diversify strategy, and assess strengths.” – Olivia Bradford, Director of Communications & Events, Shoals Chamber
Read more about the incoming class:
JEFF BREWTON – Patterson & Prince: Jeff Brewton is a CPA at Patterson, Prince & Associates. He completed an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy at the University of North Alabama.
SHEENA BURGREEN – University of North Alabama: Sheena Burgreen is the Executive Director for Health and Well-Being at the University of North Alabama. She is a Registered Nurse and is certified as a College Health and Wellness Professional. Sheena is a Shoals native and is a two-time graduate from UNA with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Professional Studies with specialization in Higher Education Administration.
DONNA ELLISON – City of Tuscumbia / Tuscumbia Utilities: I graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration. I am the Office Manager and Chief Financial Officer for Tuscumbia Utilities.
CLARENCE FOSTER JR. – North American Lighting: My name is Clarence Foster Jr., and I am a Quality Engineer at North American Lighting where I have worked for ten years. I grew up in the Shoals, and I am very excited for the opportunity to be part of a great organization.
CHASE GALLIMORE – In The Shoals Realty: Chase Gallimore is the broker and owner of In the Shoals Realty. He married his wife Julie and three boys in 2020, and added his baby girl, Willa in 2021.
LISA GUZMAN – Florence City Schools: I have worked for Florence City Schools for 14 years and am currently the Chief School Finance Officer. My husband, Joe, is a Pre-K Teacher, and we have 2 children a 16 year old daughter and a 18 year old son both in high school.
BURT HELTON – Shoals Scholar Dollars: Burt Helton was born and raised in the Shoals Area. He has worked for the past 26 years in education - 21 of those years as a school administrator. Currently he works in the Education Department at Athens State University and for Alabama Health Guidance in Healthmart Pharmacies across north Alabama. He is the president of the Tennessee Valley Art Association, Secretary of Shoals Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and works with the Miss Alabama Scholarship Organization.
JEN MANNING – Alzheimer’s Association: Jen Manning currently serves as a Development Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association in North Alabama, focusing on community development and fundraising events including the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Florence. Using skills developed in previous positions in education and youth ministry, she enjoys working in collaborative environments to provide the most engaging opportunities possible for our community.
JENNIFER MCNULTY – United Way of Northwest Alabama: Jennifer McNulty is the CEO of United Way of Northwest Alabama and has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jennifer is happily married with two beautiful children.
ANN COLLINS MOCKBEE – Bank Independent: Ann Collins is an attorney at Bank Independent. She is active in the Shoals community through her involvement in Junior League of the Shoals and Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS).
MICHELLE NELSON – University of North Alabama: Dr. Michelle Nelson is the Associate Dean of the Delores and Weldon Cole Honors College and a Professor in the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions (ACONHP) at the University of North Alabama (UNA).
JOSHUA PETTUS – Southern Tire Mart: Joshua Pettus is currently the manager over the Tuscumbia location of Southern Tire Mart, and recently completed ten years with the company. He grew up in Greenhill, Alabama and graduated from UAH with a business degree in 2007. He and his wife, Rachel, have four sons, and Joshua enjoys singing and music, audiobooks, teaching the youth Sunday School class at church, and spending time with his family.
EDDIE PIRANI – TASUS: Eddie Pirani is an EHS and HR Specialist for TASUS Corporation, an automotive manufacturer in Florence, AL. For the past two years, he has led the plant's Environmental, Health & Safety programs, and training and manages the day-to-day Human Resources administration. Eddie is inspired by his wife, Bailey, and their two-year-old daughter, Wenny. He enjoys spending time with family in his spare time.
ANDREW ROBBINS – Northwest-Shoals Community College: Andrew is proud to call Sheffield, AL home with his beautiful wife Mallory and two children, Harry and Hazel. He has had a diverse career in education teaching and guiding students ranging from Pre-K to senior citizen ages in the non-profit sector, then to Secondary K-12 Music Education, on to positions in Higher Education, and now as the Manager of Business and Industry Training at Northwest-Shoals Community College.
BRENTON ROHLER – American Wholesale Book Company: Brenton Rohler is the Vice President of Operations at American Wholesale Book Company here in Florence, AL. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a MBA from Auburn University. In addition to AWBC he also serves as a Supply Corps Officer in the Navy Reserves.
JONATHAN SHERRILL – CB&S Bank: Jonathan is Vice President / Retail Manager at CB&S Bank. He is very active in his local church and loves to travel with his family.
CRIS STEPHENSON – Gemstone Foods, LLC: Cris Stephenson has been in the Shoals area for over 25 years. She has been the Human Resources field for much of her time in the Shoals with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and telecommunications. She graduated from UNA in 1997. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors and finding new places to explore in and around the Shoals area.
CLIFF STOUT – North American Lighting: My name is Cliff Stout, and I am the Safety Supervisor at North American Lighting. I enjoy golfing, reading, traveling, and buying toys.
JEREMY THILMAN – DURA Automotive: Jeremy Thilman is the HR Regional Lead for Dura Automotive Systems based out of their new facility in Muscle Shoals, AL. Originally from Michigan, he completed an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from Walsh College of Business and Accountancy.
BRAD WILLIAMS – Civil Group: Brad Williams is the co-owner of Civil Group engineering and surveying, and CG Jones construction companies. He has worked in the Shoals communities providing professional engineering services since 2001. He has three children and lives in Muscle Shoals with his wife Laura.
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About The Shoals Chamber of Commerce
The Shoals Chamber of Commerce is member-driven, united, and committed to providing leadership and vision to promote positive economic growth and to enhance the quality of life for all Shoals citizens. Serving two counties, four cities, and nine townships, the Shoals Chamber of Commerce observes all local, state and federal laws which apply to a non-profit organization as defined in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the economic vitality of the Shoals through advocacy, connectivity, and education by acting as a bridge to an educated, productive workforce; an innovative, pro-business climate; and a connected diverse community. For more information, visit www.shoalschamber.com.