Leadership Hoover has selected 34 community members for its inaugural class.

By Staff

The Leadership Hoover Board of Directors have named 34 people to the inaugural Leadership Hoover 2017-2018 Class.

The purpose of Leadership Hoover is to develop a class of qualified, highly motivated individuals who are interested in expanding their leadership skills, deepening their sense of civic responsibility and becoming more involved in helping their community as a whole while learning first-hand about the issues and needs in the city of Hoover.



Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato had envisioned a leadership development experience for the city. “I’m so excited to see these business and community leaders come together to learn more and to provide ideas to make our wonderful city eve greater,” he says.

The class will meet one day each month for programs including: Opening Retreat, Public Safety Day, Quality of Life/Community Organization Day, Education Day, Economic Development Day, Healthcare Day, Government Day, Business Development Day and Graduation/Projects Presentation Day.

The Leadership Hoover 2017-2018 Board of Directors include Joe Thomas, chairman; Tynette Lynch, vice-chairman; Paul Dangel, secretary/treasurer; Lynn Ray, board member; Honorable Derrick Murphy, board member; Jerome Morgan, board member; Lori Salter-Schommer, board member; Bill Powell, board member; Matthew Allen, board member; Ken King, board member; Terry Shea, board member; Clay Bentley, board member; and Allan Rice, board member.

Members of the inaugural Leadership Hoover 2017-2018 Class are: Tim Aho, president – AHO Architects; Shelley Shaw, civic leader; Van Moody, pastor – The Worship Center Christian Church; Jessica Coates, government affairs director – Birmingham Association of Realtors; Susette Clark-Wallace, realtor – Realty South; Khristi Doss-Driver, director of compliance and concerns – Southern Nuclear; Nathan Hinds, fire captain – City of Hoover; Ashfaq Taufique, president – Birmingham Islamic Society; Kem Bryant, chief legal counsel – Birmingham Airport Authority; April Danielson, attorney – Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt; Michael Staley, principal – Chain Link Solutions, LLC; Toni Herrera-Bast, PR/marketing manager – Birmingham Airport Authority; Nathan Reed, program manager – CB Richard Ellis; Josh Etress, business development – WildSparq; Michael Ray, project manager – Plexamedia; Wayne Reid, senior sales director – ABC 33/40; Sarah Johnson, marketing manager – High Cotton; Melinda James Lopez, chief financial officer and information officer – City of Hoover; Dan Blackman, president – Edmonds Engineering; Jammie Cowden, director of real estate – US Steel Realty; Jennifer Whisenant, president – Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association; Brandon Ward, vice-president Business Services Division-Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama; Tom Chelewski, vice-president – Iberia Bank; Charles Lewis, principle construction manager – FFG Strategic Consulting; Janet Turner, executive director – Hoover Education Foundation; Shannon Maze, news director – WBRC FOX 6; Joe Thomas, partner – Capstone Financial Group; Tynette Lynch, CEO – Aldridge Gardens; Paul Dangel, director of sales and marketing – Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel; Lori Salter-Schommer, public information officer – City of Hoover; Lynn Ray, president – Business Telephones INC.; Honorable Derrick Murphy, Hoover City Councilman; Jerome Morgan, president – Oncort Professional Services; Matthew Allen, sales manager – Starnes Media.