Past Speakers

May 6, 21–Janet Cobb / Executive Director, USS Alabama Battleship Commission & Battleship Memorial Park

BIO – JANET L. COBB, MG (USA Retired) Executive Director, USS Alabama Battleship Commission and Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, Alabama Janet Cobb became the eighth executive director of the USS ALABAMA Battleship Commission and Battleship Memorial Park on December 14, 2015. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in May 1974 and served until August 1976. She was commissioned a

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Apr. 29, 2021–Olivia McCarter / Sophomore, Univ. of South Alabama “Student Solves Cold Cases Using DNA, Forensic Genealogy

“Olivia McCarter is a nineteen-year old sophomore at the University of South Alabama who is majoring in anthropology. She is also a forensic genetic genealogist for Redgrave Research Forensic Services and has helped close three cold cases from all over North America, including one in our own backyard–the case of “Delta Dawn Baby Jane Doe” found in Pascagoula, Mississippi in

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Apr. 22, 21–Jimmy Shumock / Chair, University of South Alabama Board of Trustees

James H. “Jimmy” Shumock Chair pro tempore State at Large Business Administration Appointed 2010 James H. Shumock earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama in 1980. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to stepping down from a leadership role at Thompson Holdings Inc., a Mobile firm that includes Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design Group and

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Apr. 15, 21–Sheriff Sam Cochran / Mobile County Sheriff

Sheriff Sam Cochran Sam Cochran is a native Mobilian who graduated from the McGill Institute and went on to attend the University of South Alabama where he holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice and public administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He began his law enforcement career with the Mobile Police

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Apr. 1, 21–Owen Bailey / CEO & Senior Associate VP, USA Health

Owen Bailey serves as chief executive officer and senior associate vice president of USA Health. His leadership responsibilities include the University’s two hospitals, USA Physicians Group and the Mitchell Cancer Institute. A fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, Bailey currently chairs the board of directors for the Alabama Hospital Association. He also serves on several other boards including

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March 18, 21 – Cade Kistler / Program Director, Mobile Baykeeper, Coastal Alabama Environmental Challenges & Solutions

Program Coordinator Cade grew up on beautiful Guntersville Lake in North Alabama. After earning his B.S. from Auburn University he took a position with the U.S. Forest Service as a backcountry wilderness restoration intern in Washington; however, sweet home Alabama called and Cade returned to get his M.S. from Auburn University. Soon afterwards he followed his wife to her home

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March 11, 21 – Katie Boyd Britt, President/CEO of the Business Council of Alabama

A native of Enterprise, Katie Boyd Britt is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Political Science and Blount Liberal Arts. Katie’s career began in Washington, D.C., as Senator Richard Shelby’s Deputy Press Secretary and later Press Secretary, serving as head of the department at only 23. Katie then served as Special Assistant to then-University of

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March 4, 21 – Shayla Jones Beaco / Executive Director, Build Mobile, City of Mobile

SHAYLA JONES BEACOShayla Beaco is Mobile’s Executive Director of Build Mobile, a new City department that laysthe initial foundation for the City to serve everyone who wants to do business, create jobs andgrow Mobile. As executive director of Build Mobile, she oversees planning and zoning,historical development, long-range planning, urban design, inspecting and permitting. As the cochair of the Map for