New members elected to humanities board

Three new members joined the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s board of directors Oct. 1, bringing a blend of experience and new ideas to the organization. Michon D. Trent of Mobile and Faye Dial of Lineville were elected to their first term on the board. Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Reggie Hamner of Montgomery, who had previously served on the board.

MichonTrentTrent is president of Contessa Group, LLC in Mobile, a special events consulting firm, and Dial is a recruiter and advisor for Southern Union State Community College at its three campuses. Hamner, a retired Montgomery attorney, is former executive director of the Alabama Bar Association.

Trent has been an active community volunteer with the Junior League for more than 18 years as well as volunteering in the community with nonprofit organizations. She developed a bilingual volunteer program (French and English) to serve victims of domestic violence while living in Canada. She was the chairperson for Survivors of Suicide weekend in Wichita, Kansas, part of a national campaign to reduce suicide in the United States.

She served as chairperson of Special Events for three years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama, including the grand opening of the Hank Aaron Museum Home, and served on the United Way Capital Campaign in 2011. She is on the Board of Historic Mobile Preservation Society as second vice president of membership and development, executive committee of The Providence Foundation Board of Directors and Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama and secretary/trustee for the Maschmeyer Trust.

She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in social work and went on to obtain her Master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Los Angeles. She worked in the mental health field treating chronically mentally ill adults and adolescents.

“It is an honor for me to be a part of strengthening the humanities across our state, knowing how much it will help adults and children alike,” she said. “I especially feel privileged to help our children whose humanities programs have been cut in their schools and being able to provide them opportunities to get involved in the humanities through AHF.”

FayeDial_resizedDial comes to AHF with a strong background in education. She works as an advisor and recruiter for Southern Union State Community College in Opelika, Wadley and Valley. She worked in secondary education as a guidance counselor for many years assisting students in planning careers as well as assisting with financial aid and scholarships. She was guidance counselor at Lineville High School and served as a teacher in Sylcauga City and Choctaw County school systems.

Dial is married to State Sen. Gerald Dial. They have two children, Jason Dial and Melanie Dial Lamb. Dial earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Alabama and her
master’s from Jacksonville State University. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Professional Society, board of directors for Cleburne, Clay, Randolph Counties Mental Health Workforce Committee, was inducted into the UWA Golden Key Society and is vice president of Clay County Retired Teachers Association. She serves as chairperson of the Quality Assurance Committee with Clay County Department of Human Resources, which monitors foster children, State Women’s Leadership Committee of Alabama Farmers Federation and Clay County Women’s Leadership with Farmers Federation.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Alabama Humanities Foundation Board,” Dial said. “I look forward to being a part of an organization that focuses on enriching the lives of citizens in Alabama.”

Reggie_resizedHamner, a native of Northport, attended The University of Alabama and the The University of Alabama School of Law. He became president of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association, served as executive director of the Alabama Bar Association, past president of the National Association of Bar Executives and NABE delegate to the Alabama Bar Association House of Delegates.

“My prior service on the AHF board was one of the most personally rewarding opportunities I have had in public service,” Hamner said. “Working with other members whose only goal was enhancing the quality of life of fellow Alabamians through the humanities was simply fun. I was excited when Governor Bentley gave me the opportunity to work with another group of committed Alabamians and our fine foundation staff to open new vistas through AHF outreach and programming.”

“We are extremely pleased to have members of such high caliber join our board,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “Their backgrounds and expertise will help greatly in furthering our mission of promoting the humanities in Alabama.”