Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-10-23

Samford University’s Community Banking School (CBS) graduated 29 bankers from 20 Alabama counties Thursday (OCT. 23). The graduates have completed two years of courses sponsored by the Samford School of Business and the Community Bankers Association of Alabama (CBAA).

Graduates were recognized at a noon luncheon in the Rotunda Club at Samford.

CBS offers management education to Alabama bankers. Classes provide intensive study of all aspects of community banking including customer service and bank operations, loans and regulations, and bank management. Samford business professor John Venable is director.

This fall’s graduates are: Tasha S. Allen, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Anniston; Ashlyn Bagwell, The Bankers Bank, Birmingham; Edwin C. Bertarelli, Community Bank and Trust, Montgomery; Kay Bradford, North Jackson Bank, Stevenson; Nena Brown, Citizens Bank & Savings Co., Russellville; Tina T. Cook, First American Bank, Opelika; Timothy P. Dantz, Bank of Evergreen; Brian F. Davis, First National Bank of Brundidge; Stacey West Dement, Merchants Bank, Thomasville; Kimberly H. Dennis, First American Bank, Auburn.

Troy Dyess, Citizens Bank, Loxley; Wendy Fields, The Bankers Bank, Birmingham; Freida Fowler, Citizens Bank, Phil Campbell; Regina Galloway, First Citizens Bank, Luverne; Melissa O. Gantt, Covington County Bank, Andalusia; Charles D. Harper, Commercial Bank of Ozark; Rhonda Hester, Community Spirit Bank, Red Bay; Cherie Horton, First National Bank of Shelby County, Columbiana; Debra Johnson, Commercial Bank of Ozark; Dinah D. Lee, First Bank, Roanoke; Jeffrey McCord, Headland National Bank.

Kristine A. Miller, First State Bank, Ashland; Meredith S. Nelson, The Bankers Bank, Birmingham; Preston Nichols, Marion Bank & Trust Co.; David Payne, Nexity Bank, Birmingham; Keith Phillips, MidSouth Bank, N.A., Eufaula; Anita Ray, Citizens Bank of Winfield; Jay Kirk Stephens, First National Bank of Talladega, Munford; and Memory Williamson, Frontier National Bank, Childersburg.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.