HudsonAlpha Wiregrass Announces Inaugural Community Engagement Committee

Dothan, AL (August 30, 2023) – HudsonAlpha Wiregrass announced the members of its first Community Engagement Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to strengthen the collaboration, communication and engagement of the local community, businesses, local government entities, the City of Dothan and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

The goals of the Committee are to identity and recommend potential opportunities that advance the goals of HudsonAlpha Wiregrass , provide non-binding recommendations on topics relevant to the work of HudsonAlpha Wiregrass to City of Dothan and HudsonAlpha leadership, and increase overall awareness of HudsonAlpha Wiregrass efforts. 

“We’re excited to spread the word of the incredible work the education, research, and economic development teams are doing at HudsonAlpha Wiregrass for the City of Dothan and surrounding communities,” said Dean Mitchell, HudsonAlpha Wiregrass Director. “These 12 incredible members of the community will play a very important and vital role by utilizing their free time to spread the word and help shape the direction of HudsonAlpha Wiregrass.”

The Committee consists of 12 members, including seven appointed by the City of Dothan, and five appointed by HudsonAlpha Wiregrass. These members will serve four-year terms, and can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The committee is composed of individuals who represent the agricultural, educational and business interests of Dothan and the Wiregrass region.

Below are the members of the inaugural HudsonAlpha Wiregrass Community Engagement Committee:

City of Dothan – appointed members

Josh McCoy – Thompson Farms in Headland

Stephen Holland – Property Champions Real Estate in Dothan

Michael Jackson – Director at Aunt Katie’s Community Garden

Chris Kelly – Kelly Seed in Geneva County

Kimberly Trotter – Mayor of Rehobeth

Paula Dean – Houston Academy Educator

Melanie Hill – Dothan City School Board

HudsonAlpha Wiregrass – appointed members

Dr. Marnix Heersink – Co-Founder of Eye Center South

Jillian Etress – Cottonwood High School teacher 

Chris Parker – Director of Wiregrass Research and Experiment Station

Troy Fountain – President of Wiregrass Foundation

Delvick McKay – HR Director at City of Dothan and Tuskegee University graduate

About HudsonAlpha Wiregrass

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit organization with the mission to use biotechnology and basic biological research to make important discoveries, improve human health, stimulate economic development, inspire young people to seek careers in science and teach members of the public the importance of science in their everyday lives. The Institute launched the HudsonAlpha Wiregrass initiative in 2022.