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 Assistant
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.
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.
Rosaland Harrison, VISTA Leader
Rosaland Harrison joined COT in September 2014 as a volunteer. She is currently the Conference Trainer providing personalized training to all COT site trainers. She also serves as the Dothan site trainer. 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.
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.
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.
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Angela Smith began working as Dothan's site coordinator in February 2019. She has an undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Alabama which she utilized for 10 years as a development Director for a non-profit. She has also worked in banking and the public school system. Angela has a passion to see people live more abundantly. Seeing value in others and investing in them gives us all a platform to encourage one another to realize God-given potential. Angela says “Walking with others, responding to them with wisdom and discernment, and helping them master abundant living on their own is a recipe for serving others in a way that transforms lives.” Angela has been married to the love of her life for 33 years. They have two children: a son, Banks, and a daughter, Alexandria. Alexandria and her husband Jorda have a son, Angela's first granchild!
Lasheena became the site coordinator for Eufaula in 2019. She is excited to be part of the Communities of Transformation team, and she is eager to help bring transformation to Eufaula. Lasheena finds great joy in giving of herself and her time to help cultivate others. She loves spending time with her family and friends and traveling the world. Lasheena is a woman of faith and believes all things are possible with Christ.
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
Amy Armistead, Site Coordinator
Amy Armistead joined COT in June 2019 as the Montgomery Site Coordinator. She is passionate about equipping and empowering folks in her community to break down barriers and cultivate meaningful relationships. Amy is also a United Methodist pastor, which has fueled her love of community building. She is very recently married to a UMC deacon, and they enjoy spending time with their dog Nora, cooking, and traveling! Amy is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but is excited to call Montgomery her new home.
Joan Gatewood, Site Coordinator
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When Ruth Ann Powers came to Joan’s church to tell the congregation about COT, Joan knew that she wanted to be a part of it, believing that living in poverty is an injustice no one should have to endure, and became a Volunteer in the summer of 2015 at the start of the Phenix City site. When Ruth Ann retired in May of 2017, Joan took over the position of site coordinator and has worked to grow the group and its mark in the community. Joan is an active member of First Presbyterian Church, holding the office of Clerk of Session and creating their Morning Worship bulletins. She has two grown children and a granddaughter.
Brenda Autry, Site Coordinator
During the time when sickness and death was knocking on her door, when she least expected it, Brenda Autry found her COT family. Taking an early retirement she did not know she would jump right back into a community project…...passing out love. The Bible tells us that we are all born with distinct talents and gifts that set us apart from each other. When you discover that talents that God has given you and you use them to glorify Him, you will experience a full life. Our loving God wants us to feel whole and complete, and it is through talents that we can find our unique calling in life. ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards if God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Liz Brown, Site Coordinator
Liz Brown 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 encourage 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 returned to Selma to marry her best friend, Jeremiah, and will be growing in home and faith with him and their cat Mochi. She enjoys cooking, hosting, drinking tea, teaching children, and exploring the arts, all to enrich her life and those around her.
Emily Proctor, Site Coordinator
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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.