Alabama Humanities Foundation Board of Directors selected Lynne Berry Vallely, former AHF chair and longtime member of the board, as the 2019 recipient of the Wayne Greenhaw Service to the Humanities Award.
Vallely will be honored with the Greenhaw award at The Colloquium Oct. 7 at Birmingham’s The Club. The award, named in memory of the author and former board member, is given to a past or current AHF board member who has contributed significantly to serving Alabama Humanities.
“My long association with the Alabama Humanities Foundation has been one of the great joys of my life,” she said. “It was a privilege to work with talented staff and board members to share Alabama’s rich heritage, particularly its fascinating literature and history. I am especially delighted to have been chosen for the award named for Wayne Greenhaw, who was a dear friend and mentor.”
“Lynne was an outstanding board member and chair, and she served our organization with great energy and enthusiasm,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “Her leadership set the standard that will serve us well in years to come.”
A native of Huntsville, Vallely is a graduate of Lee High School and Vanderbilt University. She retired after serving as executive director of the HudsonAlpha Foundation.
She was the founding executive director of the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County. She has served in the offices of former Congressman Bud Cramer and Senator Jeff Sessions.
Her diverse career also has included serving as a high school teacher and a NASA department head.
Playing leadership roles in service to the community, Vallely has worked in positions that promoted Huntsville’s tourist attractions, preserved its historic sites and protected the area’s natural environment.
She serves on the following boards and committees:
- Leadership Alabama Board (Class 3, Board Chair 2004-2005)
- Alabama State Council on the Arts Board (Governor’s appointee)
- Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Board
- Alabama Department of Archives and History Foundation Board
- Blackburn Institute Board (University of Alabama)
- Huntsville Committee of 100 Board
- Village of Promise Advisory Board
- Huntsville Housing Authority Advisory Board
- Church of the Nativity Legacy Society Board and Accessibility Committee
She was a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation Board for 20 years and served as board chair in 2016. She was a member of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy, Alabama chapter, and served as board chair 2009-2010.
She was in Class 1 of Leadership Huntsville and is a past board chair,1992-1993. She proposed and established Huntsville Hospital’s Community Health Initiative in 1996. She received the 2018 Women’s Economic Development Council’s Women Honoring Women Award.
Vallely works with former Congressman Bud Cramer’s firm, manages her family’s businesses, Berry Millsaps Properties and J. T. Berry, Inc, and volunteers at the Greene Street Market Store. She and her husband, Joe, enjoy three children, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.
To be honored as Humanities Fellows at The Colloquium are four individuals with Alabama ties who have made significant contributions in the humanities in their lives and careers: Marquita Davis, Ph.D., deputy director, Early Learning, Pacific Northwest for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Fred Gray, attorney and nationally recognized civil rights activist; Howell Raines, retired executive editor of the New York Times; and Jody Singer, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
They will be featured in a lively conversation moderated by NPR’s Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered.
For tickets and table information for The Colloquium, go to: https://www.alabamahumanities.org/alabama-colloquium/