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Ms. Gina Glaze Clifford

Ms. Gina Glaze CliffordExecutive Director
gina@designalabama.org

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As executive director of DesignAlabama, Gina handles fundraising, PR and administrative duties. She has an undergraduate degree and MA in public administration from Auburn University.

Mr. Christopher Arnold

Mr. Christopher Arnold

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Chris’s professional experience comes from healthcare and corporate architecture, and product design industries. In addition, he is principle of DesignForesight, a consulting firm that he established in 2002.

Mr. Jeremy Arthur

Mr. Jeremy Arthur

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Jeremy serves as the director of the Government & Economic Development Institute at Auburn University. He serves as the chief administrative executive responsible for the total operations of the organization that provides guidance, training, professional development, leadership, community development, research, and civic engagement endeavors across the State of Alabama.

Ms. Carrie Banks

Ms. Carrie Banks

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For 25 years, Carrie served as the Communications Director for the Alabama League of Municipalities where she oversaw the communications, marketing and strategic planning efforts for ALM and its affiliated organizations and worked closely with ALM’s community partners. As a consultant, she continues to engage with people and organizations to connect resources, craft narratives, educate audiences, and offer guidance in branding, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Mr. Brandon Bias

Mr. Brandon Bias

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Brandon serves as a certified Community and Regional Planner for GMC. His background includes a wide range of experience with proven expertise in master planning that has an emphasis on place-based design, ecological processes, regional dynamics and smart growth principles. He is grounded by his passion for the unique assets of the communities in which he serves.

Mr. Jim Byard

Mr. Jim Byard

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Jim Byard, Jr. is the founder of Byard Associates, LLC a firm specializing in business development, community development as well as local government strategy.

Ms. Callan Childs

Ms. Callan Childs

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Callan Childs is the Director of Design and Development for Sloss Real Estate Company. Callan is also an urban planner and licensed architect.

Ms. Tammy Cohen

Ms. Tammy CohenChairperson

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Tammy is an architect and designer with Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds focusing on urban development in City Centers across the southeast.

Mr. Steve Cox

Mr. Steve Cox

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Founder & Chairman, Alabama Civil Rights Tourism Association and the Center for Conservation and Community. Steve is the visionary and co-founder of International Expeditions, one of the first ecotourism companies in the world at its inception in 1980. In 2010, Steve began initiatives to apply the same concepts practiced in ecotourism and sustainable travel to benefit his home state of Alabama, home to some of our nation’s richest Civil Rights history.

Ms. Sulynn Creswell

Ms. Sulynn Creswell

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Sulynn Creswell is the Executive Director at Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center, serving since April, 2007, having previously served as the Assistant Director/Gallery Manager.

Mr. Jeremy Cutts

Mr. Jeremy Cutts

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Jeremy Cutts is an Associate with Williams Blackstock Architects in Birmingham, Alabama. There he lends his thoughtful design approach to a variety of project types.

Mr. Chris Hoyt

Mr. Chris Hoyt

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Chris is President of Dunn Real Estate and is a director and member of the fifth-generation family ownership group of Dunn Investment Company.

Ms. Michelle Gilliam Jordan, AICP

Ms. Michelle Gilliam Jordan, AICP

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With a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Alabama A&M University, Michelle serves as Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) Executive Director.

Taylor Pruett

Taylor PruettAdministrative Assistant
taylor@designalabama.org

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Mr. Jeffrey Pruitt

Mr. Jeffrey Pruitt

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With 40 years of work and study in city and regional planning, Jeffrey formed Cedar Mountain Associates to provide community planning and research services leading to better human/environmental health.

Brian Puckett

Brian PuckettMayor, City of Helena

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Brian Puckett became Mayor of Helena in 2020. He is a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official and is on the Board of Directors for the Alabama League of Municipalities, Regional Planning Commission of Great Birmingham, and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Brian previously managed a multimillion-dollar program for one of the nation’s top banks, a program he is able to leverage as a leader for Helena.

Mr. Merrill Stewart

Mr. Merrill Stewart

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Merrill Stewart co-founded the general contracting firm Stewart/Perry in 1984 and has watched the company grow into a regional firm built on relationships. These days, Merrill goes beyond his duties as CEO, taking a hands-on approach to operations and personally heading the company’s customer relations and new business efforts. He is a regular speaker at multiple industry conferences, including the ICSC.

Ms. Angela Stiff

Ms. Angela StiffCommunications Chair

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Managing Principal and Creative Director of the creative consultancy/brand management firm, Copperwing Design, Angela earned a BFA in visual communications from Auburn University.

Mr. Ben Wieseman

Mr. Ben Wieseman

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Ben Wieseman is the founder of Place Associates, a multi-disciplinary firm with expertise in Planning, Landscape Architecture and Real Estate Development.

Ms. Cathy C. Gerachis

Ms. Cathy C. GerachisEmeritus

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Former Director of Landscape Architecture for Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Cathy taught landscape architecture at Auburn University and worked in Charleston, SC’s revitalization office.

Ms. Nancy Mims Hartsfield

Ms. Nancy Mims HartsfieldEmeritus

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Nancy taught art at Auburn University for 35 years, including four as interim department head. Her work has won numerous awards in regional and national juried shows.

Mr. Darrell Meyer

Mr. Darrell MeyerFAICP Emeritus

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Darrell Meyer, professor/chairman emeritus of the Graduate Program in Planning in Auburn’s School of Architecture, was director of planning at Birmingham’s KPS Group, 1996 -2013.

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