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Meet The Staff
American Legion Alabama Boys State staff are selected from all over the state and even the country. They spend a week of their vacation time volunteering during the intense week of Boys State. They do this because they know what the program means and the lasting impact it has had for so many young men and our great state over the past 74 years. Many of them are former Alabama Boys State delegates themselves.

Judge Pete Johnson, Director
-Retired District Judge for Jefferson County
-Has been at every Boys State since he was Lt. Governor of Boys State, except while he was serving in Vietnam

Judge Joel Laird, Assistant Director
-Circuit Court Judge for Calhoun and Cleburne Counties
-28 years on ALBS staff

John Godwin, Assistant Director
-Former Boys State Governor
-Owns T&G Professional Computing in Tuscaloosa
-22 years on ALBS staff

Ted Copland, Assistant Director
-Retired high school teacher and football coach
-Resident of Pickens County
-Former elected official
-35 years on ALBS staff

Dr. Tim Hebson, Assistant Director
-University of Alabama Dean of Students
-Official UA-ALBS Liaison
-26 years on ALBS staff

Jason M. Jones, Assistant Director
-Civil servant with U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal
-Former Lt. Governor of Boys State
-Member of the Sons of American Legion
-16 years on ALBS staff

Yancy Mitchell, Academic Counselor
-U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal
-Lives in Ardmore, TN
-21 years on ALBS staff

T.K. Scott, City Counselor
-West Point Cadet
-Alabama Boys State Governor 2009
-Originally from Headland, AL
-3 years on ALBS staff

Josh Averette, City Counselor
-High school teacher and coach at St. Clair High School
-11 years on ALBS staff

Quinton Brasfield, Assistant City Counselor
-Electrical Engineering student at Alabama A&M University
-5 years on ALBS staff

Will Breland, City Counselor
-SGA President at Birmingham Southern College
-Graduate of Decatur High School
-4 years on the ALBS staff

Scott Atkinson, Academic Counselor
-Graduate student in UAB Masters of Public Administration program
-11 years on ALBS staff

Robert Jones, City Counselor
-Aerospace Engineering student at The University of Alabama
-Former Boys State Lt. Governor
-4 years on ALBS staff

Chief James Sullen, City Counselor
-Retired from US Navy
-Pastor of Nebraska Church in Hardaway, AL
-14 years on ALBS staff

Cline Thompson, Assistant Counselor
-Student at The University of Alabama
-5 years on ALBS staff

Tommy McFarland, Academic Counselor
-Attorney in Birmingham
-10 years on ALBS staff

Alan Dunkling, City Counselor
-Teacher and Head Football Coach at Good Hope High School (Cullman County)
-14 years on ALBS staff

John Holcolmb, Jr., Assistant Counselor
-Student at Spring Hill College in Mobile
-6 years on ALBS staff

Michael Stansberry, City Counselor
-Assistant Principal in Cullman County
-6 years on ALBS staff

Prince Cleveland, Academic Counselor
-Fundraiser for Morehouse Medical College, Atlanta, GA
-6 years on ALBS staff

Brett Pouncey, Academic Counselor
-Attorney with offices in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa
-4 years on ALBS staff

Arthur Cohen, City Counselor
-Lead Computer Operator at Regional Healthcare System of Spartenburg, S.C.
-Resident of Mooresboro, N.C. and former N.C.Boys State staff member
-US Marine Corp veteran
-12 years on Boys State staff

Kirk Walker, Academic Counselor
-Attorney in Bessemer
-7 years on ALBS staff

Chase Long, City Counselor
-Student at The University of Alabama School of Law
-6 years on ALBS staff

Robert Harris, Assistant Counselor
-Student at The University of Alabama
-6 years on ALBS staff

Daniel Honeycutt, Assistant Counselor
-Student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi
-5 years on ALBS staff

Bo Wingo, Academic Counselor
-Attorney with the Jefferson County Drug Court
-5 years on ALBS staff

Zach Mitchell, Assistant Counselor
-Junior at Auburn University
-2 years on ALBS staff

Colonel Mark Valentine, Academic Counselor
-Commander of a fighter jet squadron at Andrews Air Force Base
-Lives in Washington, D.C.
-Former Boys State Governor
-Graduate of US Air Force Academy
-9 years on ALBS staff

Clint Usher, Academic Counselor
-Leadership Team of Merrill Lynch in Fort Lauderdale, FL
-21 years on ALBS staff

Bryan Rosenstiel, Academic Counselor
-An attorney, engineer, and high school teacher in Hoover, AL
-8 years on ALBS staff

James Kendrick, Academic Counselor
-An attorney in Birmingham
-28 years on ALBS staff

Shawn Bates, Academic Counselor
-Professor of International Law at American University in Washington, D.C.
-17 years on ALBS staff

Teddy Copland, Academic Staff
-Attorney in Anniston
-17 years on ALBS staff

Tim Huddleston, Academic Staff
-Chairman of the Board, NADC
-11 years on ALBS staff

Josh Payne, Academic Staff
-Recent graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law
-8 years on ALBS staff

Jessie Bates, Academic Staff
-Director of Theater Department at Alabama School of Fine Arts
-1 year on ALBS staff

Coach Jack Cook, Headquarters Staff
-Recently retired for fourth time as a Head Football Coach
-39 years on ALBS staff

Coach Johnny Averette, Headquarters Staff
-Recently retired as a coach at Brookwood High School
-17 years on ALBS staff

Andy Carpenter, Headquarters Staff
-Assistant Principal at Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills
-11 years on ALBS staff

Coach Malcolm Prewitt, Headquarters Staff
-Coach and teacher at Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills
-13 years on ALBS staff

Millie Whitaker, Headquarters Staff
-Teacher in Vestavia Hills
-12 years on ALBS staff
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