Governor appoints 4 to AIDB Board
by AZIZA JACKSON
TALLADEGA — Gov. Robert Bentley has made four appointments to the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind’s Board of Trustees.

Pat Greene of Talladega has been appointed to represent the 3rd Congressional District.

Greene will replace Jake Montgomery, whose term expires Nov. 30. Montgomery was first appointed to the board in 2002.

James H. Boyce of Talladega will represent the state at-large, replacing John Granger, whose term also expires on Nov. 30. Granger was first appointed to the board in 2000.

Two trustees have been reappointed by Bentley to another six-year term, including Terry Dunn of Southside, who represents the 4th Congressional District, and Melissa Williamson of Trussville, representing the 6th Congressional District.

All appointments are effective Dec. 1 and expire Nov.30, 2018, pending confirmation by the state Senate.

Greene is a retired senior officer of the BellSouth Corporation and active in Talladega civic affairs, including serving as chairman of the Talladega Good Government Committee.

He served as AIDB interim president, is a member of the AIDB Foundation Board of Directors and together with his family founded the Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrians program.

Boyce is a native of Maryland, and after serving in the U.S. Navy made Alabama his home.

He attended the University of Tennessee and has a background in electrical engineering. While working for Georgia Pacific Corporation, he was injured in a 2003 accident that left him totally blind.

Boyce received training at AIDB’s E.H. Gentry Technical Facility in personal living skills and assistive technology and is a licensed amateur radio operator.

As president and owner of Dunn Development Corporation and Dunn Investment Group in Southside, Dunn managed licensed contract work for numerous municipalities, schools and the University of Alabama at Birmingham for more than 25 years before his retirement.

In 2010 he was elected to Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission.

Williamson is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a B.S. in elementary education and has done additional graduate studies in visual impairment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She has worked as a teacher and a consultant in Braille, low vision, educational testing and advocacy.

Williamson is active in the National Federation of the Blind.

Contact Aziza Jackson at ajackson@dailyhome.com.

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