Wiregrass Foundation has motivated, professional staff who work diligently to achieve the most impact through our strategic grant making and maintain a commitment to integrity in everything we do.

  • Barbara Alford

    Barbara Alford


    — President


    Barbara is a native New Yorker who has lived in the Wiregrass since 1978.  Her professional background includes secondary school, community college, and university experience, as well as positions in business and industry.

    Since 2004, Barbara has consulted with colleges and universities, schools, and community organizations to acquire additional financial resources, gain matching support for initiatives, design new programs, identify and develop strategies to meet challenges, and acquire and/or maintain accreditation.

    Barbara has degrees from Brooklyn College (NY) and Troy State (AL), and a doctorate from Auburn University.  Barbara’s son, Charles, and granddaughter, Katherine Grace, live in Cumming, Ga.


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    Cindy Bedsole


    — VP Administration & Grant Management


    Originally from Detroit Michigan, Cindy, has called Alabama home since her early teens. Her professional background includes office management, human resources, accounting, and facility/lease management.

    Since 2005, Cindy has established her career in philanthropy, focusing in grantee relations and grant evaluation. Among her Professional Development achievements are Leadership Dothan, and The Southeastern Council on Foundations’ Hull Fellows program for emerging leaders in philanthropy.

    She has an Associates/Psychology Degree and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology/Sociology at Troy University. Cindy is a member at Wiregrass Church and has two children, Clay and Christy, and three grandchildren, Grey, Marlee, and Hank.