Staff

 

Katy Wrona, Conference Director

Email: katywrona.cot@gmail.com     Phone number: 724-889-6754  

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

Email: janet.cot.adm@gmail.com     Phone number: 334-540-2673  

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 volunteers with the Phenix City site and is a member of their Leadership Team.  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.

  

 

Suzann Tibbs, Program Development

Email: suzann.cot.pd@gmail.com     Phone Number: 334-695-3764 

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. Suzann assists the site coordinators in their work in individual communities. She retired after thirty-two years of work in public schools and finds COT another way of encouraging people. Suzann is a member of First Presbyterian Church where she sings in the choir, teaches Sunday School, and has the children's sermon each Sunday. She loves to read and spend time with her family. She and her husband Jack enjoy serving their community of Eufaula.

   

Heather Allen, Performance Measurement

Email: heather.cot.pm@gmail.com     Phone number: 334-356-8014 

Heather Allen joined COT in March 2015 as the Communications Coordinator but changed positions after the birth of her first son. She now serves as the Performance Measurement VISTA, creating and strengthening tools to help her fellow VISTAs gather vital information for reporting, community presentations, and grant applications. Heather is passionate about COT because she believes in the power of the diverse relationships formed through the ministry and the sustainable transformation in the lives of all involved. Heather enjoys exploring “hole-in-the-wall” local restaurants and outdoor fun with her husband Jack, who is a United Methodist minister, and their two sons.                              

 

 

 

 

Courtney Albrecht, Communications

Email: courtney.cot.comm@gmail.com     Phone number: 334-467-0362          

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, Trainer    

Email: rosaland.cot.dothan@gmail.com     Phone number: 334-791-9346

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Site Coordinators

Brewton

  

Shae Hines, Site Coordinator

Email: shae.cot.brewton@gmail.com     Phone number:   334-467-8801

Find more information about COT in Brewton here.

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.  The Brewton native is married to former American Professional Basketball Player, Chris Hines and they have one daughter, Chloe Grace.  Shae loves helping others, traveling and spending time with her family.

 

 

Dothan

 

Angela Smith

Email: angelasmith.cot@gmail.com     Phone number:        

Find more information about COT in Dothan here.

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 are expecting their first child soon, making Angela a grandmother for the first time!

 

Eufaula

 

Beverly Brown

Email: beverly.cot.eufaula@gmail.com     Phone number:  334-790-1423

Find out more about COT in Eufaula here.

Beverly became the Communities of Transformation (COT) site coordinator for her hometown Eufaula in 2016. Like all COT site coordinators, prior to accepting this position, Beverly was trained as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America). In addition to her training as a VISTA, Beverly relies on over 35 years’ experience as an educator (classroom teacher, regional literacy coach for the Alabama Reading Initiative, and educational consultant) to assist her with the challenging, yet always rewarding, work as a COT site coordinator. Beverly earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her master’s degree from Auburn University.  Having attended both institutions is helpful during football season because her family is one of mixed loyalties.  Her husband Parker and son Bradley support Auburn.  Her very wise daughter-in-law Sarah cheers on Alabama. Currently grandchildren, five-year-old Mason and one-month-old Ava, can remain 
neutral; however, her grandson Mason did just name the rescued kitten Tiger.

 

Evergreen

 

Anita Watson, Site Coordinator

Email: anita.cot.evergreen@gmail.com     Phone number: 251-513-1945

Find more information about COT in Evergreen here.   

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. 

 

Mobile

Rebecca Levins, Site Coordinator

Email: rebecca.cot.mobile@gmail.com     Phone number:  251-635-3198

Find more information about COT in Mobile here.

Rebecca Levins is the Mobile site coordinator. She joined Communities of Transformation in September of 2018, and is excited to be a part of the COT family. She enjoys planning and participating in COT programs every Thursday night and has been blessed by building relationships through serving people from all walks of life. Rebecca has been happily married since August 2016. She and her husband enjoy traveling the world and exploring new cultures. 

 

 

 

Montgomery

Jennifer Lancaster, Site Coordinator

Email: jennifer.cot.montgomery@gmail.com     Phone number: 334-590-5005

Find more information about COT in Montgomery here.

Jennifer Lancaster joined COT in May 2016 as the Montgomery Site Coordinator.  When Jennifer’s pastor told her about COT, there was no site in Montgomery. In order to get a better idea of how the program worked, she visited a Selma COT meeting. She was moved by the loving and encouraging atmosphere and inspired by the diverse group of people who were there. She knew she wanted to be a part of it. Since then, she’s worked with others to start a COT site in Montgomery and continues to coordinate the weekly meetings. Jennifer and her family are members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She also enjoys teaching classes at the YMCA.  

 

Phenix City

Joan Gatewood, Site Coordinator

Email: joan.cot.phenixcity@gmail.com     Phone number: 706-341-7347

Find more information about COT in Phenix City here.

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.

 

Pine Hill                          

Brenda Autry, Site Coordinator  

Email: brenda.cot.pinehill@gmail.com     Phone number:334-357-0034   

Find more information about COT in Pine Hill here.

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

 

Selma

Margaret Bennett, Site Coordinator

Email: margaret.cot.selma@gmail.com     Phone number: 334-327-9967

Find more information about COT in Selma here.

Margaret Bennett joined COT in July of 2017 as the Selma Site Coordinator. She brings the community together in new ways, walks beside families as they set goals for themselves, and brings God to the center of every weekly meeting. Margaret is involved in COT to empower families to find a balanced, happy life.

 

 

 

 

South Walton County

Emily Proctor

Email: emilyproctor.cot@gmail.com     Phone number: 850-783-0237

Find out more about COT in South Walton County here

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.