2015 Conference Presentations

April Boone, President/CEO, Global Marketing Solutions
1916 S Bay St., Foley, AL 36535
800-634-8104 ext. 801 april@GMStheBest.biz www.GMStheBest.biz
In 2005, with one giant leap of faith, April Boone sprang from the doldrums of in-the-box thinking with a clear mind and vision, and Global Marketing Solutions was born on the sandy shores of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Early on, April decided to offer marketing solutions that were exploratory, exciting and educational…and all within budgets that even the Mom and Pop shops could afford. She practiced with the belief that the process and collaboration should be just as exciting as the end result. Ten years later, April’s one-woman shop has grown to include 17 team members. Thanks to a team with diverse talents who each wear different hats, Global Marketing Solutions offers clients a boutique feel while providing big-company results. What you’ll find here are people who love to create and collaborate. From marketing plans to web design to content creation, the goal is to consistently reach for the next rung on the ladder, taking clients to new levels of success. GMS combines innovation and creativity with strategic thinking for smart solutions to fit clients’ needs.

Deborah Boykin, Community Arts Program Manager, State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110, Montgomery, AL 36130-1800
334-242-4076, ext. 243  Deb.Boykin@arts.alabama.gov
Deborah Boykin is Community Arts program manager and folklorist at the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In addition to her research interests, which include bluegrass in Alabama and Muscle Shoals music, she contributes to the Alabama Arts Radio series. Before joining the ASCA staff, she worked in the education and cultural programs of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, serving as Archivist and Cultural Planner for more than a decade.

Joey Brackner, Director Alabama Center for Traditional Culture,
State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110, Montgomery, AL  36104
334-242-4076, x-225   joey.brackner@arts.alabama.gov
Joey Brackner is director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (ACTC), a division of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). As director of the ACTC, Brackner oversees folklife grants programs and research for various documentary projects. He is Folklife Editor for the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, author of Alabama Folk Pottery (2006), and co-producer/host for the Alabama Public Television series Journey Proud.

Thomas Bryant, Alabama Humanities Foundation
Grants Director. (205) 558-3997.
tbryant@alabamahumanities.org. www.alabamahumanities.org
A native of Daphne, Bryant received a B.A. in Political Science with additional emphases in Cultural Geography and History from The University of Alabama, and a M.A. in Art History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Following graduate school, he remained in Birmingham where for three years he served as Manager and Artistic Director of the Bradshaw House Gallery, which specialized in fine antiques and works by local and national artists.

Steve Grauberger
Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110, Montgomery, AL  36104
stevegrauberger@gmail.com  334-242-4076, x-222
Steve Grauberger has a BA and an MA in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He received a student Fulbright Scholarship in 1990 to do thesis research in the Philippines on the Visayan Diatonic Harp (filipinoharp.com).  Since 1998, Steve has been a Folklorist/Ethnomusicologist with a specialty in music documentation for the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He has conducted fieldwork, produced a series of documentary CDs and have produced a weekly radio program aired on WTSU, Troy University Radio, for the Arts Council since 2003.

Mary Allison Haynie
Executive Director, Alabama Folklife Association
5709 Belle Ridge Trail, Birmingham, AL  35210
alabamafolklife@att.net  www.alabamafolklife.org P:205.956.9888
A native of Alabama, Ms. Haynie holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology, an M.A. in Historical Administration and Museum Studies, Anthropology Track, and she is A.B.D. in Public History. During 20 years of museum work, historic preservation, and cultural management, she has gained much experience in public programming, heritage tourism, and community development.  In Tennessee, Haynie contributed to the preservation of historic dry-laid stone walls, advocated for a rural roads corridor management plan, and had the Harpeth River Valley declared a Scenic America Last Chance Landscape.

Keith S. Hebert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History, Public History Program Officer
Auburn University, Thach Hall 329
heberks@auburn.edu  www.keithhebertauburn.wordpress.com
Keith Hebert is assistant professor of history at Auburn University where he directs the public history program.  Hebert received his Ph.D. in history from Auburn University in 2007.  Previously, he worked as a historian in the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office where he prepared numerous National Register of Historic Places nominations. Currently, he is developing a crowd-sourced cultural resource survey for Alabama as part of the state’s bicentennial commemorations.

Anne Kimzey
Alabama Center for Traditional Culture
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110, Montgomery, AL  36104
anne.kimzey@arts.alabama.gov  334-242-4076, x-236
Anne Kimzey manages ASCA’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. In this role, she has produced traveling exhibits on the traditional culture of the state’s rivers and Alabama’s traditional customs. Kimzey has written numerous articles and produced radio programs on a variety of folklife traditions and traditional artists. She is co-editor of the Alabama Folklife Association’s journal Tributaries and edited ALABAMA AL DIA: a Report on Hispanic Cultures in Alabama. Recent work includes the exhibition and book Carry On: Celebrating Twenty Years of the Alabama Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Christopher Maloney, Content Editor &
Claire Wilson, Senior Content Editor

Encyclopedia of Alabama
Ralph Brown Draughon Library
231 Mell Street, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-6639, 334-844-4006 (fax), www.encyclopediaofalabama.org cpm0003@auburn.edu
Christopher Maloney has been a content editor for EOA since 2007. A native of Washington, D.C., Chris taught professional and technical writing at the University of Maryland, was the principal editor for the Employment and Training Reporter, the preeminent journal for workforce development professionals, for seven years, and was a research fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Chris earned a B.A. in International Politics from the George Washington University and did graduate work in Comparative and Regional Studies at the American University before earning a Master of Science in International Relations from Auburn University Montgomery in 2011.

Kevin Nutt
Folklife Archivist and A/V Specialist
Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama 36130
334-353-4725 Kevin.Nutt@archives.alabama.gov
Beginning in October 2009, Kevin Nutt has been the Archivist for the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture in Montgomery, Alabama located at the Alabama Department of Archive and History. Since June 2001 Kevin has produced and hosted the vintage gospel radio program, Sinner’s Crossroads, on Jersey City’s WFMU-FM. In 2003 he founded the CaseQuarter record label and has released collections documenting the music of the Reverend Charlie Jackson and the Elder Utah Smith. Every Saturday night 9-12 PM you can find him at Leroy Lounge in Montgomery playing classic and rare 1960’s soul, funk and gospel 45s.

Mike Roden, Executive Director, Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Councils, AMRV-RC&D
Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers and Valley’s RC&D
5514 US Highway 31 S
Hartselle, AL 35640
phone 256.773.8495
fax 256.773.8510

Maureen Neighbors, ADECA Recreational Trails
Maureen is the Community Services Unit Chief. Housed in the Community and Economic Development Programs Division, she is responsible for overseeing the Emergency Solutions Grant program, the Housing for Persons With AIDS program, the Community Services Block Grant program, the Recreational Trails program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, the Enterprise Zone program, the Targeted Employment Area program, and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise. There are currently 11 people in the Community Services Unit. Prior to taking this position as Unit Chief, Maureen was a Planning and Economic Development Specialist with experience serving both rural and urban communities, states, small businesses, and non-profits for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). In this position she was responsible for compliance review, funding recommendations, funding procurement, technical assistance and training, and developing implementation policies and procedures. Before working with the state, Maureen provided planning services, training services, grant writing services, project administration services, and compliance review services for local governments, non-profits, and small businesses as a private consultant. Maureen has extensive supervisory and management experience and specializes in federal grant programs, research and policy development.