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.
Melanie Bouyer, Programs Director
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Melanie Bouyer is a community-minded professional who has worked in diverse settings to assist organizations to expand their initiatives to meet the communities’ growing needs.
Melanie has significant experience in educating and guiding nonprofit and government organizations, including service for a term as Mayor of Lipscomb. Melanie previously worked for the Jefferson County School System as a special education teacher at Gardendale and Clay-Chalkville High schools.
An alumna of the University of Montevallo, Melanie has also earned post-graduate degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Juris Doctor degree from Miles Law School.
Jerald Crook, Programs Coordinator
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Alabama History Day and PRIME TIME Family Reading Time
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.
Marcy Miller, Development Director
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Marcy Miller brings to AHF over 20 years of professional experience spanning profit and not for profit industries. With a diverse background in resource development and marketing, Marcy has developed strategy and processes to exceed year-to-year fundraising goals and enhance constituent relationships.
Marcy has been a pioneer in developing advanced technology-based marketing projects and helped develop and taught digital marketing courses for UAB and Birmingham Southern.
She holds an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned a BA with a triple major (Finance, Marketing and General Business) from the University of Mississippi. In her spare time, Marcy enjoys gardening and spending time with her daughters, Chloe and Hannah.
Graydon Rust, Grants Director
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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.