Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Washington County Students First foundation are well respected community and civic leaders. The Board combines deep professional expertise with personal understanding of the challenges and possibilities of creating an outstanding school. All of the team members reside in surrounding communities.  More importantly, their work in education, industry (such as forestry, Chemical, and tele-communication), finance, legal, and non-profit service organizations often require them to confront the realities facing children in Washington County.

Thad L. Becton

Thad L. Becton grew up in rural Washington County, Alabama, and attended Louisiana State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in forest management with a minor in business and agriculture. In 2006 he received a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Alabama. Currently, Thad is employed as general manager of two saw mills owned by Lassiter Lumber (a subsidiary of Farley Forestry Products based in Tuscaloosa, AL) where he manages 86 employees and has overseen the design, engineering, and management of a tow $1 million dollar expansions. Thad is a parent of three students enrolled at the Millry campus in Washington County, one in 3rd grade and twins in 5th grade.

Gene Brown

Paul E. Brown, Jr. is another product of rural Washington County, Alabama. He attended South Choctaw Academy where he graduated in 1990. He attended Patrick Henry Junior College (now Coastal Alabama Community College) and transferred to the University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999. Paul has working experience in multiple networking environments and software packages. He has skills in numerous computer applications and is proficient in computer programmings such as TCL, PHP, and Python. Paul has an extensive work history with Millry Communications where he currently serves as the general manager and vice president; he is also a member of the founding family that brought telephone service to rural southwest Alabama. Mr. Brown has three children, one attends to University of Alabam and two are in high school.

Jacob L. Snow

Jacob L. Snow was educated in the Washington County School System where he received his high school diploma in 2002. Jacob enrolled in the University of South Alabama, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 2006.  Jacob, a 100% Native American, has been involved in various civic organizations with the MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians as well as participating in mission trips to Antigua and India, and his ethnicity represents 9% of the county’s population. He is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Law where he is a Juris Doctorate Candidate and plans to graduate in May 2019.  Jacob is a parent of one son, age 3, who would be enrolled in an approved charter school within the county.

Nancy Alston

Nancy Alston received her BBA degree in business management from Monroe College in 1980. She completed her college education by earning a certificate of completion with an emphasis in business management from Cornell University. Nancy recently moved to McIntosh, Alabama, after a 30 year very successful career with J. P. Morgan Bank in New York. During her career with J. P. Morgan, she worked in many different aspects of the banking business from teller to operations manager winning many awards and accolades along the way. Following retirement, she relocated to McIntosh, Alabama with her husband to be closer to his family. Nancy currently services on the Town Council for the Town of McIntosh where she has also assisted with the daily administration of the McIntosh Public Library. Nancy coordinates the summer reading program, and also reconciles and manages the branch’s financial records. She has served in this capacity since October 2015. Nancy is bilingual in English and Spanish in the areas of speaking, reading, and writing. Nancy is a highly respected African-American professional woman, and the African-American race represents 25% of the county’s population. Nancy’s adult daughter is the funding and operations manager at a charter school in New York.

Leo L Leddon

Leo Levy Leddon, Jr. grew up in a military family. He began his educational journey at a Department of Defense school in Great Britain and completed high school in Selma, Alabama. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama) where he completed his bachelor of science in 1980. He began his teaching career in the fall of 1980 and completed his master’s degree in 1982. Leo has a tenure of 36 years in the field of education, serving in private and public schools. While teaching full-time, he was also enrolled as a student at the University of Alabama where he completed his Educational Specialist (2001) and Doctorate of Education (2010). During his career, he served as a high school band director, elementary music teacher, music appreciation teacher, ACCESS facilitator, high school assistant principal, and principal. He also taught Music Appreciation at Patrick Henry State Junior College (now Coastal Alabama Community College) for two quarters in 1986.