Leadership

State VOAD leadership is comprised of Members from across the State. For information on how to get in contact with our team, please visit our Contact Us page, or click on the team member that you wish to contact.

Rush Watson
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President

B.S. Livingston University (now University of West Alabama)

 

Retired University of Alabama, Facilities Management 25 years

 

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Alabama Army National Guard 28 year

 

President, AL VOAD (Volunteers Organizations Active in Disasters) 2021

 

Vice President Alabama VOAD (Volunteers Organizations Active in Disasters) 2019 & 2020

 

Member, National Response Team (NRT) Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

Church Damage team

Initial Response Team

Long Term Recovery Team

Hosting Team

PDA NRT deployments:

Tornado Hattiesburg, MS 2016

Floods Southeast Louisiana 2016

Embedded with American Red Cross Shelters Houston, TX Hurricane Harvey 2017

Hurricane Michael 2018 SE Georgia Oct & Florida panhandle Nov

 

2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado, Coordinated rebuild Covenant Presbyterian Church $1.2M project

 

Lifelong Alabama fan enjoys all Alabama sports

Married, between he and wife Mary Jane have 4 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Favorite pastime is following grandchildren’s activities; baseball, basketball, volleyball, musicals and theatre productions.

Lisa Pierce
Vice-President

Lisa is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida. She attended Auburn University for college and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1995. In 1998, with the help of Auburn students, she  started Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM), a volunteer home repair ministry. In 2001, she moved back to the Auburn/Opelika area to base ARM from Lee County. She has been in the Alabama National Guard for 30 years and is currently a Colonel serving as the Operations Director with the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Birmingham, Alabama. She has a Masters in Counseling and Psychology, a Masters of Christian Leadership through Asbury Theological Seminary, and is a recent graduate of the Army War College with a Masters in Military Strategic Studies. Lisa is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and a licensed home builder in Alabama. She loves to read, to be outdoors and enjoy good coffee with friends. Recently, Lisa served for 2 months with Alabama’s Covid-19 response in Montgomery.

Becky Booker
Treasurer

Becky was born in Montgomery, Alabama and raised in Prattville, Alabama for most of her life.  She was fortunate enough to travel and live in several other states as a young girl.  She returned to Prattville and graduated from Prattville High school with an advanced diploma in 1992.

While in high school, Becky worked at Kmart in Prattville.  She was quickly promoted to various positions before becoming the Defectives Manager in 1992, after graduation.  She was appointed as Project Coordinator for the “Good News Committee,” Kmart’s community service awareness project.  She developed and headed several projects, including the Wednesday morning Senior Citizen Bingo, for which she coordinated fundraisers within Kmart to fund prizes the seniors needed and could use.  She also worked on projects that would boost employee morale and promote their involvement in community service.

Becky joined the Montgomery Area United Way in 1994.  She started with the organization as the Assistant to the Director of Public Sector Campaigns before being promoted to Associate Director of Agency Relations.  After earning her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1998 from Troy University, she accepted the position of Statewide Director of the State Combined Campaign that same year. She earned her MBA in 2001 with a concentration in Accounting from Troy University.

In late 2001, Becky was given the task of incorporating the United Ways of Alabama and serving as its first Executive Director.  This position combined her previous State Campaign duties with other activities that benefit the United Way system statewide, such as 211 Connects Alabama.  Becky has served on several State Commissions and Committees representing United Way and the nonprofit sector in Alabama.  She has served on the Board of many other nonprofit organizations.

With Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Becky’s job expanded greatly into crisis response and preparedness.  Ever since, Becky has been involved in recovery efforts including hurricanes and tornadoes across the State.  Crisis preparedness and response has become a large part of United Ways of Alabama’s mission.  She is on the Steering Committee of the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.  Becky has served two terms as Alabama VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) President, Vice President, and is the current Treasurer.

She is currently the Secretary for the Capital City Kiwanis Club.  She served as Vice President for the Montgomery East Kiwanis Club before transferring her membership in 2002.  She participates in fundraisers and other activities to benefit the community. She has given much of her personal time outside of her position to many organizations.

Becky and her husband, Tracy, currently reside in Prattville.  They have twin daughters, both Registered Nurses at UAB.  The Bookers have two furry children: Sugar and Roy.  Her hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time outdoors.

Tasha Cooper
Secretary

Tasha Cooper, a native of Gainesville, Florida, has spent the past 19 years volunteering for and serving in various capacities at nonprofit organizations including management, marketing & public relations, fundraising, disaster volunteer management, and program development.

Tasha holds a B.A. in Communication & Public Relations from the University of West Florida and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

Tasha moved to Alabama in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and served as the communication intern for the Lee County Red Cross.  For seven years after, Tasha worked for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in the Daphne and Auburn branches.  In 2013, she moved to Louisiana and served as the Director of Member Services for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO). At LANO, Tasha managed membership recruitment and retention, coordinated marketing efforts, and provided consulting services to nonprofits across the state. She worked closely with Volunteer Louisiana and other major response organizations during the Great Flood of 2016 in Baton Rouge.

Tasha has lived throughout the Southeast but moved to Montgomery from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July 2017. She serves as the Executive Director of HandsOn River Region and resides in Montgomery with her husband Brennan, daughter Nora, and multiple fur babies.

Larry Stone
Member-at-Large
David Hartin
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Member-at-Large
Lana Mummah
Immediate Past President

Lana Mummah is the Finance and Program Director of United Way of Baldwin County, serving the organization for more than 12 years. Lana is responsible for organizing the in-house programs of the nonprofit, maintaining the financial records and the organization’s policies and procedures. Prior to her tenure with United Way of Baldwin County, Lana worked in medical billing for over 20 years.

Lana is involved in several service organizations including the Baldwin County Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Alabama VOAD Past Chair, Baldwin County VOAD Treasurer, Livable Communities Advisory Council, Baldwin County LEPC, Underage Drinking Taskforce, Baldwin County Long-Term Recovery and the Homeless Coallition.

Lana has an AAS Degree from Coastal Alabama Community College and is a member of the 2018-2019 Leadership Baldwin class. She has been married to her husband, Ken, for 30 years, has one daughter Lauryn, son-in-law Dreshon and two grandchildren Camila and Calihan. They reside in Foley.

Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services
Ex Officio Partner

The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services (GOVS) serves as Alabama’s Voluntary Agency Liaison (VAL). They also serve as the lead for Volunteer and Donations Management during emergencies. They assist ALVOAD in coordination of all disaster efforts, as well as any funding efforts that might be available.

GOVS is the Alabama State Service Commission. With that responsibility they maintain and administer the AmeriCorps grants. GOVS currently has 6 programs in it’s portfolio. The programs serve areas including Birmingham, Mobile, Selma, and others. If you have any questions regarding GOVS responsibilities or programs feel free to check out their website.

Alabama EMA
Ex Officio Partner

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (the “Alabama EMA”) is responsible by statute and several specific Governors’ executive orders for coordinating the emergency activities of all state departments and agencies with local governments, private agencies, organizations, federal agencies and other state governments. This mission of Alabama EMA is to support our citizens, strengthen our communities, and build a culture of preparedness through a comprehensive Emergency Management (EM) program.

Alabama EMA’s Human Services Branch and Individual Assistance program works closely with ALVOAD during all phases of disasters.