Hope McCormick, South Walton Community Development
Hope started March 16, 2020, as the Community Development VISTA for Communities of Transformation South Walton. She is working to build capacity for the site, refining curriculum and programming to best suit the needs of the students, recruiting and retaining students and volunteers, and improving marketing and communication within the organization. Hope chose this role with COT for a number of reasons. Poverty alleviation is a passion, partly because she grew up in poverty herself. Her current position allows her to merge her communications and social work skills, drawing from her newspaper expertise and her training as a therapist. Hope is a creative soul who dabbles in songwriting, singing, and scrapbooking. She loves going on road trips to see concerts with her Mama.
Zachary Rusley, Impact Specialist
Zachary Rusley began work as an AmeriCorps VISTA to serve as the Communities of Transformation’s Impact Specialist in August of 2019. Zachary loves helping people whenever the opportunity presents itself. Throughout his years, he has been involved in many leadership development organizations as well as many organizations that are geared to serving the community. Zachary joined COT because he feels as if this will be another avenue he can take to reach out to the community and serve the people! During his spare time, Zachary loves to enjoy music, travel with friends and family, and relaxing by bodies of water.
Lasheena Flemmings, Site Coordinator
Joan Gatewood, Site Coordinator
Amy Armistead, Site Coordinator
Amy was the Montgomery site coordinator. She joined Communities of Transformation in June of 2019.
Courtney Albrecht, Communications
Courtney Albrecht joined COT in July of 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. She sends out digital newsletters and maintains the website and social media pages. Courtney loves sharing stories of people whose live are changed through COT because she believes that knowing another person’s story makes us more likely to treat that person with love, as Jesus would do. Courtney and her husband Patrick love traveling and spending time with their three kids.
Beverly Brown, VISTA Leader
After beginning her Communities of Transformation service as Eufaula's site coordinator in 2016, Beverly became our VISTA Leader in 2019.
Suzann Tibbs, Program Development
Suzann Tibbs joined COT in January, 2015, as the site coordinator in Eufaula. In May 2017, she became the VISTA working with program development and outreach.
Rebecca Levins, Site Coordinator
Rebecca Levins was the Mobile site coordinator. She joined Communities of Transformation in September of 2018.
Margaret Bennett, Site Coordinator
Margaret Bennett joined COT in July of 2017 as the Selma Site Coordinator.
Heather Allen, Performance Measurement
Heather Allen joined COT in March 2015 as the Communications Coordinator. She cam back to serve as the Performance Measurement VISTA.
Tara Sanders, Dothan Site Coordinator
Tara joined COT Dothan as their site coordinator in 2017.
Reba Wiley, Demopolis (now Pine Hill) Site Coordinator
Reba Wiley played a large part in establishing Communities of Transformation in Selma while she was pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church. She later moved to the Demopolis District and worked to start the Pine Hill site.
Laurel and Fred Blackwell, Conference Directors
Fred and Laurel Blackwell were chosen by the Alabama-West Florida Conference to launch Communities of Transformation. In the spring of 2013 they led the first meetings in Dothan. Laurel and Fred faithfully served Communities of Transformation until Laurel's untimely death in 2017. Fred took over as Conference Director, shepherding COT through a time of grief and uncertainty. He stepped down in 2018 as the search for a new director began. Read more here in our History section.
Caroline Pinckard, Dothan Site Coordinator
Alecia Glaize, Fairhope
Alecia Glaize, a United Methodist deacon, served on the leadership team for COT in Brewton with her husband, Ed Glaize, who was then pastor of the host church, First United Methodist Church of Brewton.
Darlene McGaw, Union Springs
Darlene McGaw is a retired educator from New Jersey who moved to be near her mother in Union Springs. She began working to establish a Communities of Transformation site in Union Springs at the Bullock County Job and Community Resource Fair.
Dorothy Fitts, Selma Site Coordinator
Dorothy Fitts, a retired registered nurse, became a part of the Selma COT volunteer team along with her husband Sidney.
Deborah Marriott, Brewton
Ruth Ann Powers, Phenix City
Jamie Stange, Selma
Laurel Akin, Communications
Laurel Akin began volunteering with COT in Dothan before being named communications VISTA for Communities of Transformation.