Ken was born in Union Springs, Alabama. He received a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1982 and a J.D. (law) degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1985. Ken was hired as the League's staff attorney in June 1986. Prior to being selected as the League's fourth executive director in June 2011, he served for several years as the League's Deputy Director/General Counsel. He completed a one-year clerkship to Justice Hugh Maddox of the Alabama Supreme Court prior to joining the League's staff.
During his years with the League of Municipalities, Ken has been responsible for advising municipal officials and employees from over 440 member cities and towns. He has written numerous articles and manuals on municipal government; has helped write the handbook and guides used by all elected municipal officials in Alabama; and has addressed numerous gatherings of municipal officials, employees and attorneys on municipal matters. He has also assisted League lobbyists in their efforts through which many laws benefiting municipalities have been enacted by the State legislature. In addition, he serves as liaison between the League and other interest groups on matters affecting municipal government. In 2003, he was presented the Award for Teaching Excellence by the College of Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama.
Ken is the former President of the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation, also known as AMFund, and presently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of that organization. He is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC). He is currently serving a two-year term on the board of directors for the National League of Cities. He is active in the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), an international organization that works to improve the practice of municipal law throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He has served on the IMLA Board of Directors, the IMLA Restructuring Committee, the IMLA Technology Committee, also on the IMLA Model Licensing Agreement Committee. He presently serves on the IMLA Conference Planning Committee and the IMLA Policy Action Committee. He has also chaired the IMLA Personnel Section and the IMLA State League Attorneys Department. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, the Montgomery County Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Committee on Municipal Courts, the County and Municipal Liaison Committee and has been a member of the Statewide Task Force for Domestic Violence Training.
Ken is married to the former Brenda Flowers of Elba, Alabama. They are active members of the First Methodist Church in Montgomery.
Lori joined the League's legal department in 2001, bringing with her a solid background in local government issues after practicing law in Montgomery, Alabama, where her primary clients were county officials. In addition, she gained in-depth experience working with the state legislature while serving as a legislative analyst for the Alabama Legislative Reference Service for two years. Lori presently serves as the League's General Counsel and is responsible for advising municipal officials and employees from over 400 member cities and towns. She also works closely with the League's state and federal legislative agenda and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to municipal law in Alabama.
Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Lori received a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University's College of Engineering in Textile Management and Technology in 1992 and then returned to New Mexico and earned her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1996. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama, New Mexico and Colorado. Additionally, she is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys (AAMA) and the American Bar Association.
Lori and her husband, Greg, Director of Alabama State Parks, are the proud parents of Brennan Lein. They reside in Montgomery but spend as much time as possible hiking, camping, canoeing and enjoying the outdoors.
Rob joined the League staff in 2012 as Assistant General Counsel and is responsible for advising municipal officials and employees from over 440 member cities and towns, writing legal articles, addressing municipal officials, employees and attorneys on municipal matters and assisting with the League’s lobbying efforts. Rob came to the League with a strong background in election law after serving as the Elections Attorney with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office for nearly five years where he provided legal information to public officials regarding election law and procedures as well as written and verbal communication to the general public and media. In addition, he assisted in writing and editing elections material published by the Secretary of State’s office and in conducting workshops and seminars throughout the state. Rob also spent several years in private practice, specializing in civil litigation and appeals, and served as a law clerk with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court.
Born in Georgetown, South Carolina, Rob grew up in Prattville, Alabama. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Alabama in 1996 and his J.D. degree from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2001. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum and the Alabama State Bar Elections, Ethics and Government Relations Law Section.
Outside the office Rob is involved in church activities and is a member of a local civic club. He enjoys running and reading and is an adjunct instructor at South University in Montgomery where he teaches legal studies. Rob and his wife, Sarah, an attorney, have three young children, Joseph, Caleb and Sophia.
Tracy L. Roberts presently serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Alabama League of Municipalities where he advises municipal officials and employees from over 440 Alabama cities and towns on all aspects of municipal law. He has spoken at many training seminars for municipal officials and has helped write the handbook and guides used by all elected municipal officials in Alabama. Tracy also serves as an Advisory Member of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC) Commission and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama Municipal Judges Association. In 2009 he was appointed by Governor Riley to the Advisory Committee for the Alabama Geographic Information Executive Council.
Born in Birmingham and raised in Hueytown, Alabama, Tracy was educated in the Jefferson County public school system graduating from Hueytown High School in 1982. He received a B.S. degree in Social and Behavioral sciences from the University of Alabama /Birmingham and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Birmingham School of Law. Tracy served in the United States Marine Corps (4th Division) and then served as a law enforcement officer for ten years before beginning his legal career by establishing a private practice in Bessemer in 1995. He served as Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County, the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, from 2001 to 2005 and as Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Alabama, which includes Bibb, Dallas, Hale, Perry and Wilcox counties, until April 2006. He began his service with the League of Municipalities on May 1, 2006. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys (AAMA), the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Tracy and his wife Vicki have six children – Nick, Cody, Tiffini, Delaney, Theda and Destin.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Twanna received a B.S. in Political Geography from the University of Iowa and took graduate courses in Urban Planning there as well. She began working for the Alabama League of Municipalities in 1991 as an intern assigned to modify the general informational file system. She has since filtered throughout the office wearing several hats: she worked with the Legal Department as an assistant to the general counsel; she assisted with implementing what is now the CMO program; and she currently works with innovative survey software, creating surveys for the League as well as serving as the League's researcher.
Busy with an energetic preteen daughter, Twanna also teaches Metaphysical principles in early Saturday morning classes.
Sharon joined the League's staff in 2002 and currently serves as the Legal Services Administrator where she is responsible for assisting the legal staff, maintaining the AAMA/AMJA membership and dues database, coordinating legal conferences and workshops and maintaining the League's online member forums. Sharon grew up in Montgomery and lives in Wetumpka. She has two grown children, Andy and Emily, and one grandchild, Liam. While she loves to read, she spends most of her free time with her grandson.
Born in Waxahachie, Texas, Steve grew up in Montgomery, received his BS degree in Business Administration from Auburn University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Since 1991, Steve has served as the League's Finance Director and is responsible for all accounting and investment operations as well as the day-to-day operations of the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund, Inc. Prior to joining the League's staff in 1991, he was a partner in a Montgomery accounting firm. Steve is a United Way volunteer, has served as a Foster Parent with AGAPE and is a former board member for the Family Sunshine Center. His professional affiliations include the Montgomery Chapter of the Society of Certified Public Accounts, where he has served as Vice President; and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he has served as Treasurer, Vice President and Chair of Council. Steve and his wife, Loretta, live in Montgomery and attend Vaughn Park Church of Christ where he is a Deacon and church treasurer.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee and a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee, Faith Ann has been the Accounting Manager for the Alabama League of Municipalities, the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund and the Municipal Revenue Service since 1999. In addition,
she manages employee benefits for all League employees and accounting functions for the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund). She and her husband, Allen, are parents of four adult children and have 11 grandchildren. They are active members of Landmark Church of Christ in Montgomery and are avid boaters.
Born and raised in Montgomery, Rachel received a B.S. degree in Elementary and Special Education from Auburn University in Montgomery in 1995. She joined the League staff in 1993 where she presently serves as the League's Finance Department Assistant and Librarian. She assists the Accounting Manager and manages the MWCF/AMIC safety video library. Rachel and her husband, Torrey, live in Millbrook and are active members of Vaughn Park Church of Christ. They enjoy going to football and basketball games to watch their two teenage daughters, Avery and Abbey, cheer.
Greg attended the University of North Alabama from 1978 until 1981 where he majored in Political Science and Psychology. During the mid 1980s, he began working on political campaigns as a volunteer, including Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmer's re-elections in 1984 and 1988. In 1990 Greg joined the staff of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama representing Alabama physicians as the Director of Legislative Affairs for three years. From 1993 until 1994 he served as Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Greg returned to Montgomery in 1994, serving as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Business Council of Alabama until 1996. He was hired as the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Alabama League of Municipalities in 1996 where he is responsible for federal and state legislation.
In 2006, Greg became the Executive Vice President of the Alabama Municipal Funding Corporation (AMFund), which was developed by the League to assist municipal members with refinancing existing debt and funding local projects and purchases through low-interest, cost-effective loans. He was elected President of AMFund in 2008.
Greg has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Council of Association Executives since 2002 and was elected to serve as Treasurer (2007-08), Vice President (2008-09) and President (2009-10). He has also served on the Character Council of Alabama Board of Directors since 2008 and was elected to serve as Vice Chairman for 2010-11. He is the Vice Chair of the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee for Energy Policy and has served on the National League of Cities' Public Finance Consortium since 2006 where he was elected as Vice Chair for 2010-2011. Greg served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Chapter, International Association of Expo Managers from 2003-2005.
He, his wife, Kelly, and two children, William and Sanders, live in Montgomery.
Originally from North Carolina, Carrie received her BA in Journalism from East Carolina University in 1991 and her MA in Public Relations and Advertising from The University of Alabama
As Communications Director for the Alabama League of Municipalities, she oversees marketing and public relations efforts for the League and its affiliate organizations and is responsible for strategic planning as well as managing the content and design of the League's website and all published materials. Prior to joining the League's staff in 1997, she worked for the Alabama Education Retirees Association in Montgomery. In addition, Carrie has taught communications classes as an adjunct instructor for Troy University, Montgomery and is a founding board member and past president for ClefWorks, Inc., a nonprofit chamber music festival held in Montgomery. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Montgomery Habitat for Humanity and has helped develop fundraising campaigns for Montgomery AIDS Outreach. She is a member of the Alabama Council of Association Executives (ACAE) and a member and past officer of the Montgomery Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA).
Carrie and her husband, Craig, are master-level scuba divers and outdoor enthusiasts who have been known to spend most of their vacation – and a ridiculously large portion of their income – traveling to dive sites around the globe.
A Montgomery native, Karl Franklin joined the Alabama League of Municipalities in the summer of 2010 as the Graphic Designer for the League's Communications Department. In that role, he is responsible for designing print publications, multi-media products and promotional materials for the League. He is also responsible for the daily maintenance and content updates to ALM's website as well as assisting with all communications-related activities including public relations, marketing and publication development. Karl received his BFA in Visual Communications from Auburn University in1994 and has worked as a graphic designer, product designer and illustrator. He has designed and illustrated a variety of items including book covers, t-shirts, coloring books, posters, bookends, figurines, and even tattoos (none for himself!).
Karl and his family have a dog and 2 very hardy fish.
Theresa was born in Montgomery, educated in the Autauga County school system and received a Business Administration diploma from Patterson College. She joined the Alabama League of Municipalities in 1992 as an administrative assistant and became the administrator of the League's Certified Municipal Official (CMO) training program in 2000. In January 2010, Theresa became the League's Member Services Director and is responsible for planning all League meetings, NLC meeting registrations and coordinating the League's Annual Convention. In addition, her department plans CMO training sessions; maintains credit hours for participates in the CMO Program; and maintains the League's databases. Prior to joining the League's staff, Theresa worked with the State of Alabama's Treasurer Office.
Born and raised in Selma, Melissa received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery in 1998. She worked in the banking industry for 15 years before staying home with her son a couple of years while working part-time for the League. In September 2012, Melissa joined the League full-time as the Accounting/Member Services Assistant where she provides support for the Member Services and Finance departments. She and her husband, Aaron, have one son, Tolan. They live in Millbrook and are active members of Coosada Baptist Church. As a family, they enjoy watching Alabama football, spending time with family, and of course, watching Tolan play sports.
Jennifer joined the Member Services Department in January 2013 where she works three days a week answering the phones and assisting members. She works for the League's Loss Control Division two days a week, where she has been on staff since October 2007 as a Loss Control Clerk. Prior to working for the League, she chose to be at home with her daughter, Jordynn. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of their two horses, which includes traveling with Jordynn to barrel racing events for the NBHA. She also enjoys running, weightlifting and being outdoors.
Cynthia (Cindy) joined the League staff in January 2007 as an administrative assistant and became Advertising/Expo and CMO Administrator for the Member Services Department in 2010. Cindy is responsible for coordinating the Certified Municipal Official (CMO) training program, vendor advertising for League publications and managing the Expo at the annual convention. Prior to joining the League's staff, Cindy worked part-time for 1.5 years with the League's Loss Control Department and 16 years as secretary/guidance counselor at Saint James School.
She and her husband, Eugene, have two grown children. Enjoying the relaxing RV lifestyle as "weekenders", they are currently on the quest to visit each of Alabama's State Parks. Eugene and Cindy are members of First Baptist Church Montgomery. Cindy serves on the Board of Directors for Teddy Bears & Hugs, Inc., an outreach to families with premature infants and children with extended illnesses.
Born and raised in Roanoke, Alabama, Krystle is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Spanish/Business and Technical Writing. She is also a 2011 graduate of Auburn University Montgomery with a Master of Public Administration. She joined the League's staff in October 2007 and currently serves as the Member Services Assistant Director responsible for assisting with the planning and preparation of the annual convention and policy committee meetings; updating the annual directory and vendor pages; and maintaining the mailing list. She also provides assistance to the League's Finance Department.
Krystle resides in Montgomery where she is very active in the community. Along with being a member of Faith Full Gospel Baptist Church, Krystle is a member of the JSU Alumni Association, AUM Alumni Association, Endometriosis Association, Black Outreach Council and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Originally from Biloxi, MS, Monty graduated with honors from Bellevue University in 2000 with a BS in Information Systems. He also holds the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certification from Microsoft. Since 2005, Monty has served as the League's Director of Information Systems and is responsible for all computer operations, technical support, systems analysis and programming. Prior to joining the League's staff, he worked for four years as the Information Systems Supervisor for the Southern Central division of Winn-Dixie and then spent four years as an Independent Systems Engineering Consultant serving clients in Alabama and western Georgia.
A native of Eureka, California, Ken served in the Air Force for 10 years before joining the civilian world. He attended the College of the Redwoods and Community College of the Air Force. Since 2006, he's served as the League's Information Systems Technician and Video Production Specialist where he is responsible for a variety of technical support duties related to the League's technology/telecommunication systems, including supporting and maintaining in-house computer systems, desktops and peripherals as well as developing and editing text and video programming/applications and operating video cameras and audio equipment.
Chuck earned his BS in Business Administration from Faulkner University and is a VMware Certified Professional. He joined the League staff in March 2010 as the Information Systems Specialist and is responsible for a variety of technical support duties related to the League's technology/telecommunication systems including installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and upgrades. He also assists with network administration activities and system security; assesses user training needs; provides necessary user training; and performs database management.
Richard Buttenshaw, ASP, ARM-P, CIC is the loss control representative for the League's South Alabama members. Originally from England, Richard earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Kingston University in England and was employed by Logica UK, Ltd in London as an Analyst Programmer where he worked with various governmental agencies. He also spent eight years working throughout the United States and the Caribbean in the scuba diving industry. After joining the Loss Control staff in December 2003, he earned his Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) in 2005 and was subsequently honored with an ARM-P Award for Academic Excellence in 2007, which is presented by the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) and the Insurance Institute of America (IIA) to the graduate with outstanding cumulative grade averages on the examinations in this program. He also received his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation through The National Alliance in 2007. In 2010, Richard achieved the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and is currently completing the requirements for his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation. Also in 2010, he graduated 2nd in the Basic Claims Adjuster course offered through the Southern Farm Bureau Tech in
Richard and his wife, Amanda, are avid scuba divers and have traveled to dive sites around the globe. They currently reside in Montgomery.
Myra S. Forrest, CSP, ARM, ALCM, earned a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentrated elective field of Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University. After graduating in 1988, she was employed by Aetna Life and Casualty as an Engineering Consultant. Myra joined Meadowbrook Insurance Group in 1995 to work as a Safety Consultant for the AMIC program. She joined the League's Loss Control division in 2001 where she provides a variety of loss control services for both AMIC and MWCF members.
Todd McCarley has been a Loss Control Representative for AMIC and MWCF members since December 2003. Prior to joining the League's Loss Control division, he worked with the Prattville Fire Department for 17 years where he earned the rank of Lt. Supervisor. His numerous certifications include: fire inspector, arson investigator, hazardous material technician, confined space rescue, rapid deployment search and rescue and personal watercraft rescue. He also served as an instructor for the Alabama State Fire College. Todd and his wife Sonya, who is a Clerk for the Loss Control Division, have two grown children, Abby and Clint. As a family, they enjoy camping, boating and spending time together. They are active members at Shoal Creek Baptist Church.
Terry Sanders joined the Loss Control Division in December 2012 as a Police Safety Consultant and is responsible for traveling to member police departments throughout the state in an effort to reduce municipal liability and employee injuries. Terry has a BS Degree in Criminal Justice and Police Administration from Columbia Southern University. He graduated from the Alabama State Police Academy in Selma, Alabama, in 1981 and from the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 1990. Terry was certified through Auburn University Center for Governmental Studies as a Public Personnel Administrator in 1993 and has also been certified through the Alabama Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program as a Chief of Police. He served as Chief of Police for Valley and then Bay Minette, Alabama, and as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Fairhope Alabama Police Department. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Criminal Justice Instructor at Remington College at the Mobile campus. Terry is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and has served on a number of Boards including Goodwill, Greater Valley Boy Scouts of America, the North Baldwin Literacy Council and North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of Bay Minette First Baptist Church.
Will joined the League's Loss Control team in 2008 and is responsible for providing loss control services to a 19-county territory in the central and western regions of the state. Prior to joining the Loss Control Department, Will served 11 years with the Prattville Fire Department where he earned the rank of Sergeant, several citation awards and numerous certifications. In addition, Will is a state certified Paramedic. Since joining the League's staff, he has earned an Associate in Risk Management designation with an emphasis on Public Entities. Will and his wife, Dawn, are members of Hunter Hills Church of Christ and live in Prattville. They have three precious children - Cody, Abby and Ben.
Roger Owens, Police Safety Consultant, retired as Deputy Chief of Police from the Montgomery Police Department after more than 24 years of service. After serving one year as the Alabama State Capitol Police Administrator, he joined the Loss Control Division in August 1993. As a Public Safety Consultant, Roger is responsible for traveling to 333 member police departments with liability or workers compensation insurance in an effort to reduce municipal liability and employee injuries. He has also served on the Education Committee for the Alabama Chiefs of Police Association since 2000.
Stanley Fant is the Loss Control team's SkidCar Coordinator. In 1999, Stan retired from the Alabama State Troopers after more than 30 years in law enforcement, including more than 20 years as a highway patrol officer and supervisor. In December 2000, Stan joined the Loss Control staff as the coordinator for the department's popular Proactive Driver Training program. He travels throughout the state training police officers and other municipal employees through the SkidCar training system.
Donna was born in Eufaula, Alabama, and received her degree in Business Administration at James H. Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette. She joined the League's Loss Control division in 2001 as a Loss Control Assistant and became the Loss Control Coordinator in 2008. Prior to working with the League, she worked at the Alabama State Trooper Association for six years. Donna and her husband, Scott, have three children and one grandchild. They are members of Coosa Baptist Church. Donna enjoys reading and relaxing at the beach.
Sonya joined the League Staff in June 2003 as a Loss Control Clerk. Prior to joining the League Staff, she worked as a secretary at Victory Baptist School and scoped for a court reporter at home. Sonya and her husband Todd, who also works for the League as a Loss Control Representative and Fire Safety Consultant, have two grown children, Abby and Clint. As a family, they enjoy camping, boating and spending time together. They are active members at Shoal Creek Baptist Church.
Jennifer joined the Loss Control staff in October 2007 as a Loss Control Clerk. Prior to working for the Loss Control Division, she chose to be at home with her daughter, Jordynn. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of their two horses, which includes traveling with Jordynn to barrel racing events for the NBHA. She also enjoys running, weightlifting and being outdoors.
Chuck Burns, FATS Coordinator for the Loss Control Department, retired from the AL Department of Public Safety in 2004 with 28 years of service. Upon retirement, he held the rank of Trooper Captain, serving as Chief Examiner for the Driver License Division. Chuck also spent several years with the Highway Patrol Division and in commercial vehicle enforcement with the Motor Carrier Safety Unit.