Jan. 26, 2023–Bud McCrory, Mobile Area Water and Sewer Service

Bud McCrory has nearly three decades of water and wastewater experience and is currently the Director for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.  He began his career with MAWSS 29 years ago as a summer worker before returning as a full-time employee in 1994.  “Growing up in this organization has taught me many things and I am thankful to all those individuals who I have had the pleasure of working with,” McCrory says.

 

He worked his way up through the system holding positions of Unskilled Laborer, Public Service Worker I and II, Crew Chief, Public Service Supervisor I, and Maintenance Management System Coordinator.  Mr. McCrory served as Water and Sewer Director for the City of Satsuma from 2005 to 2015.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama.

 

He is a native and active member of the Semmes community where he enjoys coaching youth sports and is married to his wife Danielle of 25 years, and they share three children.  He is a faithful member of the Orchard Assembly of God.

Feb. 2, 2023–Meg McCrummen Fowler / Director, History Museum of Mobile “Clotilda: The Exhibition at the Africatown Heritage House”

Dr. Meg McCrummen Fowler is the director of the History Museum of Mobile. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History & Society from Tulane University, where she also earned an M.A. in History of Art. She is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama and holds a B.A. in history and French.  Before joining the History Museum of Mobile, Meg served as a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of War and Memory at the University of South Alabama and taught in the Art & Art History department.  In 2018, she completed a curatorial fellowship at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Rotary Club and as district vice president for the UA National Alumni Association. She is a member of the 2022 class of Mobile Bay’s 40 Under 40. 

Jan. 26, 2023–Bud McCrory / Mobile Area Water & Sewer Service

Bud McCrory has nearly three decades of water and wastewater experience and is currently the Director for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.  He began his career with MAWSS 29 years ago as a summer worker before returning as a full-time employee in 1994.  “Growing up in this organization has taught me many things and I am thankful to all those individuals who I have had the pleasure of working with,” McCrory says.

 

He worked his way up through the system holding positions of Unskilled Laborer, Public Service Worker I and II, Crew Chief, Public Service Supervisor I, and Maintenance Management System Coordinator.  Mr. McCrory served as Water and Sewer Director for the City of Satsuma from 2005 to 2015.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama.

 

He is a native and active member of the Semmes community where he enjoys coaching youth sports and is married to his wife Danielle of 25 years, and they share three children.  He is a faithful member of the Orchard Assembly of God.

Jan. 19, 2023–John Hoyle / Alabama School of Math & Science

Dr. John Hoyle is the President of the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS), Alabama’s only fully residential and public high school for highly motivated students seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities. ASMS was founded in 1989 to train Alabama’s future leaders. Hoyle began working at ASMS in 2005 after moving to Mobile from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He has worked in public schools for over 23 years and believes education can unlock a student’s potential. Hoyle is married with two children, Jack and Lily.

 

Jan. 12, 2023–Cart Blackwell / Mobile Carnival Museum

Cartledge Weeden Blackwell, III

 

Cartledge Weeden Blackwell, III, is an architectural historian and the curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum. Blackwell is a six-generation native of Selma, Alabama. He obtained undergraduate degrees in art history and historic preservation from the College of Charleston in 2005. In 2008, Cart received his Masters of Art in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. His scholarly focus is the history and culture of the American South. In 2020, Blackwell’s first book, Of People And Of Place: Portraiture In Alabama (1870-1945), Reconstruction To Modernism was published. That work, a commission of the Alabama Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, is followed by Of Color and Light: The Life and Art of Artist-Designer Clara Weaver Parrish. The manuscript of the aforementioned book is in the hands of the University of Alabama Press and soon to be sent to academic readers. A third book on George B. Rogers is being coauthored with Thomas C. McGehee, curator of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Blackwell’s writings have appeared in Alabama, Alabama Heritage, ARRIS, Mobile Bay Monthly, Access, and many museum catalogues. In addition to curatorship of the Mobile Carnival Museum and writing, Blackwell serves as the president of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cahawba Foundation, a board member of the Friends of Alabama Heritage, board member of the Friends of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and a member of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) of the City of Mobile.

Jan. 5, 2023–Derek Boulware / Executive Director, Housing First, Inc.

Derek Boulware-Bio
Derek Boulware is the Chief Executive Officer for Housing First, Inc., Established in Mobile in
1993, Housing First is the designated HUD-Continuum of Care (COC), “Collaborative Applicant”
for Mobile and Baldwin Co., responsible for completing the government’s main homeless
funding application and program submission requirements, as well as manage all administrative
and other government reporting mandates. Housing First serves as the homeless data
collection/Federal reporting lead and homeless coordinated entry services provider for our area,
responsible for HUD’s annual Point In time count and our community’s Project Homeless
Connect event.
Additionally, Housing First, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit, tasked by its Board of Directors, with
providing housing, case management, and street outreach services to those experiencing
homelessness in our area. It’s the Mission of Housing First to end homelessness in Southwest
Alabama, with an agency Vision, that everyone has a safe, affordable home, as well as the
resources to maintain it.
Prior to accepting his position with Housing First in 2019, Derek spent 6 years with the American
Red Cross, serving in several leadership roles including, interim Chief Executive Officer of the
Alabama Red Cross, Executive Director of the East Alabama Chapter, and the Alabama Regional
Director for Services to Armed Forces. Prior to his nonprofit work, Derek’s professional
experience included banking, finance and business. Originally from Enterprise, AL, with an
undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, Derek and his family have lived in
Baldwin Co. for the past 22 years, are members of Fairhope United Methodist church, and he is a
former City Councilman for the City of Daphne.