Advisory Council

The Liberty Learning Foundation Advisory Council consists of thoughtful and concerned community leaders who advise the Board of Directors and staff. The organization and the children we serve benefit from their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local and national resources, colleagues or peers; their philanthropic support or other forms of assistance. The Advisory Council has no governing function within Liberty Learning Foundation.

Kate H. Cotton, Retired, Protective Life Corporation

Kate Cotton joined Leadership Alabama as the executive director in January 2018 following a long career at Protective Life Corporation, having served in her last role as the vice president of community relations and executive director of the Protective Life Foundation. She has been involved with numerous organizations and has served, or is currently serving, on various boards of directors, including PARCA, the Woodlawn Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Birmingham Education Foundation, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, UAB’s School of Nursing, the YWCA Central Alabama, the Junior League of Birmingham, Liberty Learning Foundation, the Women’s Committee of 100, the Advent Episcopal School, McCallie School in Chattanooga and Furman University’s Parent Network. She is a member of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Birmingham, UAB’s Educational Foundation Board and PreSchool Partners’ Advisory Council. Kate was named one of the BBJ’s “Top Birmingham Women for 2020,” in addition to being named one of Birmingham’s “Women Who Make a Difference” in 2014 and being honored as a “Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Price College of Business.

Ralph Bellamy, Retired, Alabama Power Company

Ralph Bellamy has worked for almost 39 years serving in communities both large and small across the state of Alabama as an employee of Alabama Power Company. This frontline experience in many of the same communities that we are seeking to reach through the Liberty Learning Foundation is an invaluable asset to our board. Ralph has served on numerous boards throughout his career including: Boys and Girls Club; Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America; United Way; Leadership Mobile; Leadership Montgomery; Barbour County Children’s Policy Council; Voices for Alabama’s Children; American Red Cross; American Cancer Society. Ralph has also served as Director of Community and Volunteer Services for Alabama Power Foundation.

I believe in the three F’s: “Faith, Family and Flag.” My love of God, my love of my family and my love for my country are at the very core of who I am. I am very excited to be a part of this movement, which inspires both children and adults with a new or renewed love of country.

Tami Culver, Deputy Commissioner, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

Tami Culver currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. Ms. Culver has held leadership roles for a variety of statewide boards and committees. She was recently appointed to the Operations Committee for the Southern U.S. Trade Association, which covers 16 states.

Ms. Culver has significant experience in developing relationships in government and public sectors. She was the District Director of Field Operations for the U.S. House of Representatives (AL 02) and worked tirelessly for public education in her role as Dothan Education Foundation President. Weaving politics into her career has been seamless. She has served in a leadership capacity for several campaigns across the state, one being the gubernatorial campaign for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, where she served as State Director of Field Operations. Ms. Culver has received numerous awards and honors, including being listed as a “Mover and Shaper” by Business Alabama Magazine and named an Alabama Power “Alabama Bright Light.” She earned a Master of Science degree from Troy University and has graduated from many leadership programs across the state.

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Jaclyn Brown Wright, Principal, Brewbaker Primary School

Principal Jaclyn Brown Wright is a passionate educator who currently serves as the 1st Year Principal of Brewbaker Primary School: “Where AMAZING Happens for Kids!” in Montgomery, AL.   Evidence of the journey which led her to her trademark leadership and training style can be easily synthesized from 19 years of her career and supported by almost two decades of demonstrable achievement found in longitudinal data from district’s she’s taught or led which include Montgomery County, El Paso County, CO, Selma, AL, Dallas County, and Conecuh County. 

Principal Wright is a graduate of Alabama State University, Troy University, and Grand Canyon University with education and leadership certifications in AZ, CO, AL, GA, and SC.  Her professional studies span three areas of leadership including education administration, PK-12 instructional leadership, and organizational leadership which help frame the transformation process she’s currently leading at Brewbaker Primary School with the collaboration of a diverse team of educators, support staff, parents, and kids.  

The scope of Principal Wright’s two-decade career in education encompasses teaching or leading at every grade level PreK-12, district administration, and post-secondary adjunct instructor positions at Alabama State University and Concordia College.  Principal Wright’s practice in education and transformational leadership has afforded her the opportunities to work and lead in a diverse array of roles in military, rural, and urban school systems throughout AL, central CO, and the southeastern US.  

Of all the awards, recognition, and titles Principal Wright has earned throughout her career, she earned the most precious title this year from her BPS students who lovingly call her their “Friend Principal.”  It is the belief and trust that her students place in her as their friend, not just as their principal, that drives her to ensure that every aspect of our school community only does what is best and right for our kids every day.  Through her innovative organizational structures, intentional collaboration with all stakeholders, and a relentless focus on data-driven instructional solutions, Principal Wright has begun a trail-blazing journey of school transformation to make amazing happen for kids where her work continues to inspire an entire community.