Armand DeKeyser, Executive Director
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A native of Mobile and a graduate of Auburn University, Armand returned to Alabama after a number of years working in Washington, DC, most notably as Chief of Staff to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Armand’s experience across Alabama fits with AHF’s commitment to delivering programming to every county in the state. A successful small group manager in the private and public sectors, he is well versed in communicating and interacting with a variety of competing interests. In addition to more than 30 years of leadership experience in government and private business, DeKeyser served 28 years in the Army as an active and reserve officer.
Alma Anthony, Executive Assistant
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Alma Anthony provides the highest quality of administrative assistance to the daily operation and administration of AHF. She did her undergraduate work in business administration at Samford University and has more than 25 years of office management and nonprofit experience. Anthony has been a vital part of AHF staff since 2001, serving in many capacities to assure that AHF operates effectively.
Laura Anderson, Director of Operations
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Laura comes to AHF from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where she served as archivist and director of special projects for over 15 years. An alumna of the University of Montevallo, Laura also earned graduate degrees from the University of West Georgia and The University of Alabama with an emphasis on History and American Studies. Laura is well acquainted with AHF’s mission having presented as an AHF Road Scholar for several years. She has served in a number of leadership positions in various cultural organizations statewide.
Thomas Bryant, Grants Director
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Grants, Museum on Main Street, Literature and Health Care, and other special programs
A native of Daphne, Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in political science with additional emphases in cultural geography and history from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree in art history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Following graduate school, he remained in Birmingham where, for three years, he served as manager and artistic director of the Bradshaw House Gallery, which specialized in fine antiques and works by local and national artists.
T.C. McLemore, Programs Director
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Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship, Prime Time Family Reading Time, Road Scholars Speakers Bureau,
T.C. McLemore is a sixth-generation Alabamian, originally from Fort Payne. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UAB and was the university’s first recipient of honors in Global and Community Leadership. He graduated from UAB in 2013 with a master’s degree in history and was awarded the David Hart White Prize for outstanding graduate work. His scholarly focus has been on race relations, civil rights, and food in Alabama.