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Board of Directors2017-08-03T14:25:45+00:00

Board of Directors

Andrea Elrod, CPA, Director of Accounting, AlaTrade & Davis Lee Companies

Andrea Elrod’s experience ranges from large firms like Ernst & Young and BAE Systems focusing on government defense contract accounting to a small-town 11 year (and counting) commitment with the Arab Mothers’ Club where she focuses on giving back to local schools.

I’m committed to sharing the message that “Freedom isn’t Free,” and I love the Liberty Learning Foundation for empowering students to build character and a passion for become outstanding citizens!

Patti Yancey, President and Co-Founder, Liberty Learning Foundation

A CFO by trade, Patti birthed the Liberty Learning Foundation after first volunteering to help Liberty’s Legacy implement a civic program in local schools. She recognized the profound impact cutting-edge programs could have when coupled with passionate teachers, generous donors and a team of people to bring the programs to life. She put together that team in 2010 and wears her accounting hat to assure donated dollars are maximized to teach, inspire and empower our Next Great Americans. Patti runs the roads, personally attending events, day and night, living and breathing the mission of helping teachers raise outstanding citizens.

It is not a simple mission to develop a process that ensures students learn these lessons despite time and budget constraints. But I am driven by the crucial need to make sure our next generation has this knowledge. I’m proud to be part of the team and the communities who band together to make that happen every day.

Sean Kelly, Executive Vice President, North Alabama Commercial Banking Executive, Regions Bank

Sean Kelly serves as Executive Vice President and Commercial Banking Executive for the North Alabama Area of Regions Bank. Sean started his career with Regions 21 years ago in their Management Training Program. He has served in several different capacities for the company including a leadership role in Risk Management in the Birmingham office as well as lead the company’s Middle Tennessee Commercial Banking team out of Nashville comprised of over $2 billion in assets and one of the largest banks in the Regions footprint. Mr. Kelly is a graduate of Auburn University and attended the Georgia State School of Banking. He currently serves on the following boards: Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Broadway Theatre League and Downtown Huntsville Inc.

Regions Bank is committed to helping prepare young people for their financial future. The Financial Literacy portion of the Liberty Legacy Program prepares our future community leaders to not only be more financially aware, but teaches the students the importance of setting financial goals in all life stages, from preparing for college all the way to retirement.

John Kvach, Associate Professor of History, University of Alabama in Huntsville

John Kvach is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where his specialty areas are southern history, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Public History. Kvach serves as the lead scholar for multiple Alabama Humanities Foundations/Smithsonian Institution exhibits and has worked with K-12 students to show them how history is important in their own lives. He donates his time serving on multiple boards in his community, including the Alabama Historical Association, Friends of the Alabama Archives, and also works extensively with private businesses that use history in their marketing and business plans.

On a daily basis I see why students need to understand their civic role in making the world a better place. We need to keep teaching these important skills and other “soft skills” that make for a more complete student and citizen.

TJ Lee, President of Grace Life Development, LLC

TJ brings with him more than 30 years of experience working in non-profit, educational and entrepreneurial arenas. He is a graduate of Auburn University and is the Founder/Board Chairman of Hampton Cove Christian Academy. TJ is regarded for his ongoing leadership and philanthropic involvement in his church, the entrepreneurial community, and with educational and non-profit advocacy organizations in Huntsville and beyond. He donates his time in numerous organizations in our community including Huntsville Rotary Club, The Alabama Child Care Commission, Alabama Education Reform Task Force and also is an Advisory Board Member of Huntsville.

Gen. George Washington, the 1st President of the United States, built a foundation for a young nation that would come to shine the ‘light of liberty’ to an entire world. He firmly believed that the primary object of the education of our youth should be in the science of government; in civic duty, understanding and responsibility! “[W]hat duty [is] more pressing” he says, “than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?

William H. Sullins, O.D., Optometrist, Eyecare Associates

Bill Sullins has had an active role in his profession, where he has served in numerous leadership positions and was president of the Alabama Optometric Association in 2010. He also served on the State Board of Optometry from 1994 until 2004. He was appointed by three separate governors and was president from 1996 until 2004. Bill has always been active in his local community serving on The Board of Control at The City of Huntsville Benton H Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex for twenty years. He has served on the board at The Huntsville Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau for 26 years and The Von Braun Center for the past eight years. He also serves on the board of directors for the Huntsville Committee of 100 as well as his church Administrative Council. Bill is a2012 graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Liberty Learning Foundation has been my realization that we can make a difference in young people’s hearts regarding those things we all find that are pivotal in leadership, relationship building as well as personal behavior. Liberty Learning Foundation has always been a favorite of mine and I love to ask: “What does Freedom mean to you?” I still get excited to see and to be a part of the enthusiasm that come to students involved in learning about the passion for our country and how we are privileged to live here.

Kathi Tew, Development Director, Greengate School for Dyslexia

Kathi Tew has over 30 years experience in various management, marketing, and sales positions. She loves being involved in the community and has chaired many events and projects. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Cub, Board of Directors of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Board of Directors of the Huntsville Symphony, the Foundation Board of the Huntsville Museum of Art, alongside the Liberty Learning Foundation. As an artist herself, she also volunteers her time serving as the President Elect for the Huntsville Museum of Art Guild. She is a graduate of Huntsville/Madison County Leadership and has served as Day Chair of the Flagship Program as well as volunteering with other programs. She also volunteers with the Community Foundation, with NonProfit University, and the track Non Profit 101 which provides training for new and developing non profits, new board members, and those new to the non profit world.

Liberty Learning Foundation is teaching children the values that made this country great in a way they can understand and remember. I tear up each time when I hear them sing about liberty and freedom in the USA and it reminds me of the gift we all have as Americans. This is a program that every child needs to be a part of.

Dana Trulock, Director of Guest Service, Asbury Church, Madison AL

Dana Trulock is the wife of a retired Army Officer and current Mayor of Madison. She is a former employee of the Military Child Education Coalition and is an active community volunteer donating her time on the Women’s Economic Development Council, Jean Wessel Templeton Community Health Initiative Board, Madison County-Alabama Bicentennial Committee, and the Madison Hospital Women’s Council. Dana has a passion for education and is very involved in the Madison City Schools serving on the Madison City Schools Military Appreciation Committee, PTA Nominating Committee, Committee Chair for the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Madison City School District, and serves on multiple PTA boards at the elementary, middle, high school and district levels.

The future of our great country is dependent on the values and character that we teach our children. The Foundation is not only teaching our next generation what it means to be an American they are inspiring them to be great. The love for country and character education that is so often missing in the classrooms is taught in an engaging and dynamic way that leaves true impact on the young hearts and minds of the children they reach. I am incredibly passionate about the mission of the LLF and proud to serve alongside this team.

Amanda Stricklin, Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo

Amanda Stricklin brings 20 years experience in the banking sector to the Liberty Learning Foundation Board. Her focus on meaningful relationship development helps others succeed in finance – and is helping Liberty Learning Foundation accomplish great things! Her caring, personal approach carries over in her role as a Board Member for the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce where community betterment is top priority.

I love the Liberty Learning Foundation’s hands on approach to letting children experience what being a good citizen means. What better way to help children build strong character than by focusing on heroes in their own communities? I believe in Liberty Learning’s message and I’m passionate about passing it along to the next generation!