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Leadership & Board of Directors

Amy Templeton 

McWane Science Center President and CEO

Amy Templeton has served as the President and CEO of McWane Science Center since November of 2012.  She came to McWane from the Birmingham Museum of Art, where she served as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 until 2012, and as Director of Development and Planned Giving from 1999 until 2005.  She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee.  She then served as Director of Planned Giving for Vanderbilt University for fourteen years before moving to Birmingham to join the Birmingham Museum of Art staff. Amy is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, The Women’s Network, and the Norton Advisory Board at Birmingham-Southern College.  Following a devastating tornado that hit Birmingham in April, 2011, Amy played a leadership role in the recovery process in Birmingham’s Pratt City neighborhood, chairing the History and Culture committee, which focused on rebuilding the sense of community and quality of life in this hard-hit area.

2017 Board of Trustees


  • Chairman: Gordon Martin, Alabama Power Company
  • Vice Chairman: J. Bowen Thagard, Jr., EBSCO Information Services
  • Secretary:  Leigh Davis, Alabama Power Company
  • Treasurer:  Nicholas Willis, PNC Bank


  • Tracy Morant Adams, Renasant Bank
  • Dr. J. Iwan Alexander, UAB School of Engineering
  • Stephanie Hill Alexander, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Lisa Jernigan Bruhn, The Jernigan Foundation/Marathon Corporation
  • Taylor P. Davis, Architect
  • John P. Dulin, Jr., Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
  • Collin Gaston, WBRC
  • Shannon Holt, Hugo Black United States Courthouse
  • Alesia M. Jones, UAB
  • Dr. Geeta Lakhanpal, Inverness Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Daniel Markstein, IV, Markstein
  • Travis Prichett, Harbert Management
  • Evan Ray, St. Vincent’s Birmingham/Chilton
  • Atisthan Roach, Vulcan Materials
  • Jennifer Skjellum, TechBirmingham
  • Cedric Sparks, Sr., City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office
  • George Trible IV, Wells Fargo
  • Kavita Vasil, Highlands School
  • Chad Webb, Regions Financial Corporation
  • Dr. Gary York, Help Lightning


  • William W. Brooke, McWane Science Center Endowment Board President

2017 Endowment Board Roster


  • President: William W. Brooke, Harbert Management Corporation
  • Secretary: Sheri Cook, Altec Inc.
  • Treasurer: Charles Miller, Harbert Management
  • Past President: Lynn LaRussa



  • Nina J. Botsford
  • Sherri Cook
  • Gillian Goodrich
  • Norman Jetmundsen, Vulcan Materials
  • Margaret M. Porter
  • Chuck Redden, AutoTec LLC
  • Elissa Tyson
  • Forest Whatley, Jr., Oakworth Capital Bank



Gordon Martin – Chair, McWane Science Center Board of Trustees
J. Bowen Thagard – Treasurer, McWane Science Center Board of Trustees