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.


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.