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Huntsville City Speak Up Leadership Team

Speak Up Leadership Teams

The Speak Up Leadership Teams are guiding coalitions of 18-24 individuals whose main task is to lead the work of community engagement in Huntsville, Madison City, and Madison County. Each member is regarded as an indiviudal of influence in the community and considered a leader. Team members believe that quality public education is the key to a competent, quality, sound workforce and a healthy, prosperous community. The teams are diversified and representative of the community. Each team member has been recommended for this leadership role and has made a commitment to lead the Speak Up initiative for a twelve month period.

Leadership Team member responsibilities include:

  • Set the vision, inspire, motivate
  • Work to identify Leadership Team members representative of the community
  • Participate in the design, development and implementation of Speak Up
  • Participate in the communication of the initiative with communtiy members, organizations, and businesses
  • Support the initiative with energy and resources
  • Meet regularlly with other Leadership Team members to review recent activities and to approve planned events
  • Participate in Leadership Team learning seminars
  • Occasionally attend community conversations, Schools Foundation board meetings and public school board meetings
  • Identify and recruit individuals for Facilitators and the Community Action Team (CAT Team)
  • Work to ensure that supporting organizations, school boards, elected officials, and civic leaders are kept well-informed

Visit or contact the co-chairs for each district for more information or to volunteer to support this work.

Speak Up Chairs:

Note: Speak Up is an initiative of The Schools Foundation. Leadership Team members who also serve on the Foundation Board of Directors are indicated with *.

*Dawn Stanley-NASA

*Scott McLain- Coldwell Commercial McLain Real Estate


Joe Still- co-chair

*Susan Still- co-chair

*Dave Hargrove- AT&T

*Steve Mann- UBS Financial Group

*John Olshefski- BFA Systems

*Woody Sanderson- Lanier, Ford attorneys

Lyle Taylor- retired

Brenda Martin, City of Huntsville

Paula Steigerwald- Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Dr. Oscar Montgomery- Pastor, Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church

*Tim Singleton- Worthington Federal Bank

*Ali Propst- RBC Bank

Dr. Wayne Snodgrass- Pastor, Progressive Union Baptist Church

Melissa Thompson- President, Huntsville Council of PTA

Becky Vansant- community volunteer

Pam Hill- Huntsville Education Association

*Mark Brazeal- Toyota

Liz Brannum- community volunteer

Dr. Liz Hall- Skills for Success

Melanie Kettle- community volunteer

Eula Battle- community volunteer

Angela Whaley- community volunteer

Jeff Kemp- BRAC office

Bryan Dodson--Phoenix

Dewayne High--Eagle's Nest Ministries

Trent Clark--First Commercial Bank

Kreslyn Kelley--Leadership Huntsville

Avis Williams--Williams Middle School

Walker McGinnis--Keller Williams

Susan Anderson--Community Volunteer

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