Our Board of Directors is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the Foundation and for overseeing its finances, operations, and policies of the foundation. Wiregrass Foundation and its Board of Directors are committed to lawful and ethical behavior in all of its activities. Employees and Directors are required to conduct themselves in a manner that complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Directors are required to review and sign the Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
John Dunn, M.D.
Dr. John Dunn is a Medical Oncologist and has been with Dothan Hematology and Oncology in Dothan, Alabama since 1991. He completed residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine/Hematology/Oncology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He received his M.D. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1986. He is married to Susan Dunn since 1983 and lives vicariously through his kids Kathleen and Griffin Dunn who now live in Nashville, TN. He is an active member of the Nazarene Church and enjoys singing and participating in family activities.
Addie McKinzie moved to Alabama after graduating from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1974. She is currently the Director of Revenue Assurance at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where she has been employed for over 43 years. Addie is dedicated to the local area and works with several Dothan ministries. She also serves on several committees including the Revenue Integrity/RAC Steering Committee for the Alabama Hospital Association.
Bobby Hewes, a Dothan native, graduated from the University of Alabama in 1968 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. He worked for several years as a stockbroker with Thornton, Farish and Gauntt. In 1972, Bobby joined the Coldwell Banker Afred Saliba Realty, a company which encompasses residential and commercial real estate and property management. Bobby is a partner and has served as president since 1972. He has served in many positions in his career field, including board member of the Alabama State Real Estate Commission for 10 years. He is a former board member of the First United Methodist Church, past president of the Dothan Boys Club and served on the Dothan Recreation Board for 40 years. Bobby is married to the former Susan Weatherford and they have three sons and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Barbara Alford
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.
John Edge received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Mobile College in 1970. He attended graduate school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and completed his Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration in 1976. He and his family moved to Dothan, Alabama in 1977, where he served as Administrator of Flowers Hospital. He retired from that position in 1993 and has served as a member of civic and health-related boards since that time. John served as President of the Foundation from 2005 to 2007, and 2011 to 2013.
David Johnston graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1974, obtained his law degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, in 1977, and further obtained a Masters in Tax Law from New York University Law School in 1978. Mr. Johnston has been a tax attorney with the law firm of Johnston, Hinesley, P.C. in Dothan, Alabama since August 1, 1978, specializing in tax matters including corporate mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, and tax litigation with the Internal Revenue Service and the Alabama Department of Revenue. Mr. Johnston is a Life Fellow with the Alabama Law Foundation.
Steve McCarroll, retired City President of BBVA Compass Bank in Dothan, Alabama, has been a resident of Dothan for 38 years. He received his degree in economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and went on to receive his MBA at Georgia State University. Steve is past chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and Dothan By Design. He is currently a board member of Houston Academy and ServisFirst Bank. He has two daughters, Susan, who is the Youth Program Coordinator with the Exceptional Foundation in Homewood, AL and Ginny, a history and psychology teacher at Mountain Brook Senior High in Birmingham, AL.
David W. Parsons is the Managing Partner of ParsonsGroup, LLC, Accountants and Consultants. David has been actively involved in the community and in the past has served as Chairman of the Board of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, was the founding Chairman of Dothan by Design, founding director of the Dothan Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as many other civic organizations. David currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Houston County Industrial Development Authority. David also serves on the Flowers Hospital Board of Trustees and the State Bank Board of Directors. David is active in his church, Calvary Baptist Church where he is a Deacon. He is married to Gayle McLeod Parsons and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Steve Shaw graduated from Auburn University in 1977. After working for Vulcan Materials Company in Birmingham, Alabama he joined Couch Construction Company in 1982 as President of its Construction Materials group. Steve currently holds the position of President of Spann Farm Realty, Vice Chairman of Couch Aggregates, a regional construction materials company in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Steve has been actively involved in the community as Chairman of the Administrative Board at First United Methodist Church and serves on the board of MidSouth Bank in Dothan, Alabama. Steve is married to Julie Torrence Shaw and has three children, Caroline, Julie and Douglas.
Mary Julia Lee – Emeritus Director
Born in Abbeville, Alabama, Mary Julia Lee began her life of community service at a very young age as a working mother, with a husband still in medical school. Her extended history of working with charitable projects began in New Mexico and continued after her return to Alabama. Here in the Wiregrass, Mary Julia has been a board member, founder, and/or president of over a dozen major organizations including, but not limited to, the Dothan Chamber of Commerce Board, Zonta Club, and the Houston County and Alabama Medical Auxiliaries. In 1985, Mary Julia established Chrysalis, a home for abused or neglected girls in Dothan, where she continues to serve as a board member and past president. Mrs. Lee attended Troy State University and the University of Alabama. She and her husband, Dr. Rufus Lee, have four children and seven grandchildren.