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, Leadership Alabama

Kate H. Cotton is responsible for all aspects related to Protective Life Foundation’s philanthropy and community involvement. In addition to overseeing the Foundation’s financial commitments and funding considerations, she also selects all community service projects and spearheads the Company’s participation in each. Kate personally volunteers with many community organizations. She currently serves on the boards of Birmingham Education Foundation, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and Leadership Alabama, is the co-chairman of The Campaign for Woodlawn – Woodlawn Foundation and serves on the advisory board of PreSchool Partners. She is a member of UAB’s Leadership Cabinet, the Linly Heflin Unit, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham.

I am honored to be associated with the Liberty Learning Foundation and its mission of teaching Alabama’s students about patriotism, civics and character development.

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.

Larry Blakeney, Retired, Troy State University

Larry Blakeney retired as a football coach in 2015 following 45 years on the sideline with stops at Troy University, Auburn University and several high schools across the state of Alabama. He was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame with the inaugural induction class in 2012 and was enshrined in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Blakeney ran a program at Troy that was based on integrity and was regularly recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for high graduation rates. All told, he has been named to four different Halls of Fame and received numerous Coach of the Year awards.

During the summer of 2000, he was honored with the Johnny Vaught Lifetime Achievement Award by the All-American Football Foundation. Auburn had a 110-50-3 record during his time with the program, including four SEC championships and nine bowl appearances (6-2-1). In 1990, he was honored by the Chilton County Auburn Club with its “Unsung Hero Award.”

The Liberty Learning Foundation is teaching things like character and civics that aren’t being emphasized today. Kids today need this message now more than ever. I’m glad to be apart of this organization.

Reeivice Girtman, Phenix City Schools

John Olshefski, Huntsville Utilities