Board & Staff

People, Partners, Projects, Progress

The Alabama Association of RC&D Councils is a non-profit organization that is made up of volunteers who identify the unmet needs in their communities and create solutions across Alabama.

State Board of Directors

Our state board is made up of volunteers from across the state.
They are committed to helping Alabama grow and prosper.

Nick Williams
Chairman

Ala-Tom RC&D Council

Chris Langley
Vice-Chairman

Coosa Valley RC&D Council

Marianne Leigh
Secretary-Treasurer

Northwest RC&D Council

William A. Hodge
Past Chairman

Mid-South RC&D Council
President, National Association of RC&D Councils

Terry Martin

Coosa Valley RC&D Council

Don Sherrod

Tombigbee RC&D Council

Allen Pickens

AMRV RC&D Council

Randall Hastings

Gulf Coast RC&D Council

Monica Carroll

Wiregrass RC&D Council

Craig Sizemore

President, Southeast Association of RC&D Council

Sheila Baker

Cawaco RC&D Council

JO Norris

Mid-South RC&D Council

Mike Roden

At-Large Board Member
Non-Profit Specialist


State Staff

Our state staff works hard to implement state-wide grant projects, provide support to our statewide Councils and promote the mission of Alabama RC&D.

Katie Conner

Executive Director

Katie Conner is the Executive Director for the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils. She began working for RC&D in 2013 as the Office Manager for the Tombigbee RC&D Council and was hired as the Operations Manager for the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils in 2015. She was hired as the Executive Director in the spring of 2022. 

Katie is from Trussville, Alabama, and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama in 2012. It was there that she completed her degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Production and a minor in General Business. She went on to receive her Undergraduate Certificate in Accountancy in 2017, and her Master’s Degree in Accountancy in 2020 from Auburn University. She has aspirations of one day completing a Doctoral Degree. 

Katie serves as the Secretary-Treasurer and workshop facilitator for Your Town Alabama. She is also involved in the Junior League of Montgomery where she is the Co-Treasurer for Market 1926, a fundraiser within the Junior League. 

Katie and her husband Caleb live in Montgomery with their two sweet dogs, Maggie and Bailey. She loves spending time with friends and family and finding outlets for creativity.

Clara Romine

Operations Manager

Clara Romine is the Operations Manager for AARCDC. Clara started as an assistant with RC&D in the fall of 2016 after her senior season of soccer ended at Huntingdon College. Upon graduating in 2017 from Huntingdon with Bachelor in Communications Studies she was offered a full-time position and grew within the organization from there. While at Huntingdon she met her fiancé, Lake Romine. Clara and Lake live in Wetumpka, Alabama with their son, Porter, and two dogs, Winston and Gemma.

Clara loves working for RC&D and enjoys being able to help so many different people. She is inspired by all the wonderful things happening across the great state of Alabama. 

Mary Kendall Dixon

Communications Specialist

Mary Kendall Dixon is the Communications Specialist of AARCDC. She joined the state team in April 2022 after gaining experience in association management and marketing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and Agribusiness from Auburn University. She is a life-long native of Lee County, Alabama where she lives on her family’s cattle and row crop operation with her dog, Lucy, and cat, Toothless.

Mary Kendall’s favorite thing about RC&D is that it is local people, working together to solve local needs.