AHF Staff

Armand DeKeyser, Executive Director


Contact: adekeyser@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3990

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

alma anthony

Contact: aanthony@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3989

Alma Anthony is the voice you hear when you call the AHF offices in Birmingham. She did her undergraduate work in business administration at Samford University and has more than 17 years of office management experience. Anthony has been a vital part of the AHF staff since September 2001.



Laura Anderson, Director of Operations

laura-anderson Contact: landerson@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3992

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

thomas-bryant Contact: tbryant@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3997
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.

Kendall Chew, Development and Communications Coordinator

Contact: kchew@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3996
Development and Communications Coordinator

Kendall Chew has nearly ten years of nonprofit experience throughout the city of Birmingham. A graduate of UAB’s University Honors Program, Kendall holds her bachelor’s degree in Art History. She also received her master’s degree in history from UAB where her research focus was on the South in film, and media in the Civil Rights Movement. Kendall is a member of the 2016 class of the Jekyll Island Management Institute (SEMC) and is currently Secretary of the Alabama Museums Association.

T.C. McLemore, Programs Director

tc-mclemore Contact: tcmclemore@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3999
Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship, Prime Time Family Reading Time, Road Scholars Speakers Bureau,
SUPER Teacher

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.