Katy Wrona became the COT Director in September of 2018. She joined COT in September 2014 as the Mobile Site Coordinator where she launched and developed the Mobile Site. Katy is excited to vision the future of COT while strengthening the foundation built upon holistic personal development and authentic relationships. Katy learned about being part of a community from her mother, a local pastor in the United Methodist Church, and feels she is living into her calling walking with others as they become part of a new community. Katy loves to swim, cook, and hike in the Smoky Mountains.
Janet Wooten, Administrative Coordinator
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Janet Wooten is the Administrative Coordinator for COT Conference wide. She began working with COT in March 2016 when the position was first created. Janet handles anything and everything administrative from finances, to meeting planning, to managing the details of our VISTA grant. She not only works with COT, but also volunteers with the Phenix City site. Janet and her husband Ralph, a UMC Pastor, love spending time with friends and family and have a son and daughter who are both married. They also enjoy spending time with their four-legged third child, a 75 lb. Golden Retriever named Duke.
Rosaland Harrison, Training Coordinator
Rosaland Harrison joined COT in September 2014 as a volunteer. She is currently the Training Coordinator providing personalized training to all COT site trainers. She served as the Dothan site Awaken facilitator. Rosaland enjoys coaching and encouraging others to pursue their dreams. She is married and has one daughter.
Jennifer Lancaster, Manual Development
Jennifer Lancaster joined COT in May 2016 as the Montgomery Site Coordinator, serving in that capacity for two years. Her passion for Communities of Transformation lead to her continued involvement. Jennifer is tasked with developing a COT Manual to be used by new sites as they are formed.
Jeff Keener, Resource Development Officer
Jeff joined COT in November of 2019 as the Resource Development Officer. His role is to help develop a fundraising program for the organization that deepens the impact of the COT. Helping those in need has been a life-time calling. Jeff believes that each person has a “My Story” that when told can help change lives. He and his wife Kathy have three adult married children: son Chris, wife Anne; son Joshua, wife Amber; and daughter Jessica and husband Dylan. They have four grandchildren: Emma, Mason, Gordie and Finn.
Ashleigh Hicks, Graphic Designer
Ashleigh Hicks joined COT in August of 2019 as the first Graphic Designer. She is developing COT’s visual concepts and messages, branding images that identifies COT to the community, enhancing the visual representation of COT’s mission, and collaborating with project leaders to brand COT at its core. Ashleigh’s love for God and people motivates her to design with purpose and meaning. To Ashleigh, there is nothing more important than these relationships. Ashleigh and her husband Andrew enjoy traveling, trying new things, meeting new people, and learning from different cultures.
Shae Hines, Site Coordinator
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Shae Hines joined Communities of Transformation in July of 2017 as Site Coordinator. Shae is a 2011 graduate of The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. Shae currently serves on DHR job Task Board, Escambia County Habitat for Humanity Board, and Escambia County DHR Quality Assurance Committee. The Brewton native is married to former American Professional Basketball Player, Chris Hines and they have two daughters. Shae loves helping others, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Angela Smith, Site Coordinator
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Angela Smith began working as Dothan's site coordinator in February 2019. Angela is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Marketing and Birmingham Theological Seminary with a M.A. in Biblical Studies. Angela has taught many women's Bible classes as well as served in the women's leadership and on children and Christian Education committees in her church which she has attended for the past 34 years. She is active in her community, presently serving as Vice-President of the Henry-Houston County Association of Service Agencies. She is a published author in "West Dothan Neighbors Magazine" and Undivided Women Christian Blog. Angela has 15 years experience in the Non-Profit setting; 10 years as a development Director including management of a 1.2 million dollar capital campaign. She has also served 3 years teaching, and 2 years as executive director in the non-profit industry. Additionally, She has worked in banking industry and the public school system. Angela has a passion to see people live more abundantly. She utilizes six guiding principles for leadership; 1- Seeing value in others 2- investing in them relationally 3-recognizing and encouraging God-given potential, 4-guiding with wisdom and discernment, 5- Collaborating so mutual participation is possible 6-serving to transform. These six provide a platform to encourage one another to reach goals and live more abundantly. Angela says “Walking with others, responding to them in wisdom helps the individual master abundant living on their own. It is a recipe for serving others in a way that transforms lives and moves community members from striving to THRIVING! Angela has been married to the love of her life for 34 years. They have two married children and one grandchild (with prayers for many more grandchildren)
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Anita Watson, Site Coordinator
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Initially, Anita was the site director for Brewton. She was also given the task of establishing the Evergreen Site. She is the only Site Director to have directed two sites simultaneously. She recruits, coordinates , educates volunteers and participants. She directs and sings in the Evergreen COT Community Choir, and also established and is the Director of the COT Community Garden. She was recruited by Laurel Blackwell and was inspired by Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity after hearing him speak. Having many years experience with working with diverse groups and having retired from a career in administration, leadership, and supervision, Laurel thought Anita would be a good fit and asset to COT. Anita also has an educational background with children as well as adults, as well as in music. In addition to her service to COT, Anita is the music, worship, and choir director for the Evergreen First United Methodist Church in Evergreen, Alabama. She serves on the DHR Board of Directors, Community Action advisor, and is active in her church, family, and community.
Cliff Daugette, Site Coordinator
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Cliff Daugette I joined COT in August 2019. He joined because of the community. Cliff believe life happens in our shared experiences. He wants to bring community to everyone. He wants to bring conciliation to all cultures.Cliff is a member of Trinity Family Church in Trinity Gardens. Him and His wife Whitney are passionate about foster care and have had 43 kids to date.
Ja’Cori Smith, Site Coordinator
Ja’Cori Smith joined COT in August 2020 as the Montgomery Site Coordinator. Ja’Cori is involved with COT because he has a passion for helping children and families and guiding them towards resources to help them succeed in life. Ja’Cori is a Doctorate of Ministry student at Payne Theological Seminary and serves as the Associate Pastor at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Brenda Autry, Site Coordinator
Brenda Autry joined COT in January 2016 as a volunteer for the Pine Hill Site. She had already worked in the educational arena for 37 years in a variety of positions, including secretary/bookkeeper, classroom teacher, adult education teacher, assistant principal, and site principal. After retiring in 2017, she had no idea that she would step back into a leadership role as COT site coordinator in 2018. She often boosts of her personal COT group, individuals who supported her throughout her life. COT came natural to her because she loves giving back to her community, whether its finding resources to help individuals improve themselves or resources to improve her community. Brenda is married and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and new great-grandson, LaMarcus. She is an active member of St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church where she serves as a Primary Sunday School teacher, mission secretary, and a deaconess. Always look inwards before you look outwards, but first look up. (Hebrews 12:2) Keep looking up, look unto Jesus and I will see you at our next COT meeting.
Liz Huynh, Site Coordinator
Liz Huynh joined COT in August of 2019. In her role as coordinator for our Selma site, she helps develop relationships and networks in the community to strengthen the site and its people and encourages opportunities for change. She is striving to finish her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Leadership Development from Troy University. Liz has been active in volunteering and tourism since she was a child and is delighted that she can give to the community and pay forward the opportunities she has been given. Liz lives in Selma with her husband, Jeremiah, and will be growing in home and faith with him and their cats, Mochi and Taco. She enjoys cooking, hosting, drinking tea, teaching children, and exploring the arts, all to enrich her life and those around her.
Emily Proctor, Director of Outreach
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Emily Rose Proctor began working with COT in November 2018 to launch a new site in the Florida Panhandle, specifically in south Walton County. She had already been working in the community as the SoWal Community Chaplain, building relationships with churches, nonprofits, and those in the midst of transition or facing personal challenges. She was looking for a more long term, relational way to help those in need thrive in South Walton, and discovered Communities of Transformation, whose pilot site was meeting at her home church in Dothan, AL. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a poet, Emily lives in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, with her husband (an Episcopal priest) and two young children.
Hope McCormick, South Walton Community Development
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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.