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 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

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.

Jerald Crook, Programs Coordinator

Contact: jcrook@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3996
National History Day and other special programs

Jerald hails from Bay Minette, the county seat of Baldwin County, Alabama. He
attended Auburn University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Sustainability. He began his professional career working in public and academic libraries before joining the Alabama Bicentennial Commission staff as community relations specialist. There he served as liaison between the commission and local organizations and bicentennial committees. Jerald is an avid arts and humanities enthusiast and community development advocate who enjoys finding ways to leverage his skills and experiences to help realize AHF’s goals.

Graydon Rust, Grants Director

Contact: grust@alabamahumanities.org |
(205) 558-3997

A longtime resident of Prattville, Graydon previously worked as operations specialist for the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, where he oversaw the commission’s grant program, managed the Alabama Bicentennial PastPort project, and served as webmaster. He is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery with a bachelor’s degree in history and is completing a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of Alabama.