Board of Trustees 2017-2018


Jacob Cunningham, Chairman
Hunter Lyons, Vice Chairman
Ashley Daves, Secretary
Lorie Gaillard '90
Christopher Haley
Brad Hicks
Mark Hoffman
Kate Lavelle
Daniel Matthews, M.D.
Randy Niemeyer '81, President of Alumni Association
Rodney A. Pilot
James Pittman '91
W. Hutch Radcliff
Effie Thompson
W. Scott Thompson
Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D.
Mark Wright '81


Jacob L. Cunningham, Chairman

Jacob has owned and managed Summit Industries, LLC since 2001. Summit specializes in constructing road and utility infrastructure for industrial, governmental, commercial, multi-family residential and single-family residential projects. Jacob graduated from Auburn University with a degree in finance.  He serves on the board of the Mobile section of the Associated General Contractors of Alabama and has served many years on boards of charitable organizations benefiting underprivileged children. He and his wife, Alicia, live in Fairhope with their four children: Laurel (11th grade), Jake (10th grade), Thomas (6th grade) and Sam (3rd grade).  Jacob is the current Chairman of the Board and has served on Bayside’s Board of Trustees since 2012.

Hunter Lyons, Vice-Chairman


Hunter is the President and a Principal of Gulf City Body & Trailer Works, Inc in Mobile, AL, a leader in the transportation equipment and service business since 1945. He has served on the Bayside Board of Trustees since 2015 and most recently served as the Chairman of the Development Committee.  He has also served on the Finance Committee.  He is a UMS Wright graduate and graduate of The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, where he received a B.A.in Economics and Finance. He has been involved in many industry and local associations in various capacities. He is currently a state board member of the ATA and ATA Truck PAC and a current Board member of Point Clear Charities. Hunter is a past board member and current Board of Advisors member of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and past board member of the Thomas Hospital Foundation.  He and his wife Christie live in Fairhope and have three children: Greer Radcliff ’17, Christian Hunter (9th grade) and William Kincaid “Caid” (3rd grade).

Ashley Daves, Secretary

A native of Mississippi, Ashley earned her B.S. in art from Mississippi State University and her associate degree in nursing from Hinds Community College.  After earning her bachelor’s degree, she worked for the Bill O’Leary Advertising Firm in Jackson, Mississippi, and later was employed in marketing and design for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.  She earned her associate degree in nursing from Hinds Community College and worked at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center on the medical/surgical floor.  She was promoted to assistant nurse manager of that unit before establishing and implementing the first oncology-specific pain management program for the hospital.  She retired from nursing in 1998.  Ashley and her husband Mike moved to Fairhope in 2001. They have three children: Michael '13, Meagan '17 and Patrick (8th grade).  At Bayside, Ashley has served as Chair of the Bay Affair, President of Bayside Parents Association and as a member of the Bayside Community of Concern.  She also has served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years in various capacities including the Nomination Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Chair of Policy and Procedure.  She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees (a role she has held for the past six years). She also has served on the Board of the Eastern Shore Art Center, as well as the Foundation Board for Thomas Hospital, where she was Chair of the hospital’s 2014 Grand Summer Ball.  She has served on Bayside’s Board of Trustees since 2008.

Trustees

Lorie Gaillard
 
A 1990 Bayside Graduate, Lorie Gaillard is a principal of Baldwin Transfer Company and Elite Logistics, a regional trucking and warehousing company with offices in Mobile, AL; Bay Minette, AL; Hattiesburg, MS; Bogalusa, LA; and Rock Hill, SC.  Lorie received a B.A. in management from the University of Alabama and an M.B.A. from the University of South Alabama.  She serves on the advisory committee for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, the Bayside Finance Committee, the board of Mobile’s new Gulfquest Museum, and enjoys participating in the Gulf Coast BBBS program.  Lorie and her husband, Peter, have three children at Bayside: Mac (10th grade), Les (8th grade), and Anne Patton (4th grade).

Christopher Haley


Chris is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee after serving as Chair of the Development Committee in 2012-2013. He was elected to Bayside’s Board in 2012 and has extensive professional experience in finance and real estate.  He also has served on numerous boards, including Coastal Conservation Association Alabama, Point Clear Rotary, Eastern Shore Art Center, Thomas Hospital Foundation, Fairhope Library Capital Committee and Mobile Big Game Fishing Club.  Chris received a B.A. in economics from Washington and Lee University and an M.B.A. from University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He is married to local dermatologist Heather Haley.  They have three children at Bayside: Patrick (12th grade), Sam (10th grade) and Ramey (4th grade). Chris has served on Bayside’s Board of Trustees since 2012.

Brad Hicks

Brad is a partner at the law firm of Stone Crosby, P.C., with offices in Daphne, Foley and Bay Minette. Brad’s practice focuses on civil and probate litigation, advising small businesses, and advising clients on various issues from estate planning to real property. Brad graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Political Science and served as a legislative aide in the United States House of Representatives for Congressmen Sonny Callahan and Jo Bonner. After leaving Capitol Hill, Brad graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law. Brad is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section. Brad is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently serves on the board of Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly known as the Bay Area Food Bank). His wife, Ida Ross Swift Hicks, is President of Swift Supply, Inc., a local building materials supplier. Brad and Ida Ross live in Daphne with their three children: Jack (6th grade), Amelia (3rd grade) and Janie (PK). The Hicks are members of St. James Episcopal Church in Fairhope. Brad has served on the Board since 2017 and is Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Mark Hoffman

Mark has served on the Bayside Strategic Planning Committee for the past two years.  His involvement with Bayside began three years ago through his grandson, who is currently in the first grade.  He received a BS in Finance from the University of South Alabama in 1974 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1976.  Throughout his career, he served in senior management capacities with several firms, both domestically and overseas, including leading the strategic planning function for three multi-billion dollar companies.  From 2001 until his retirement from the corporate world in 2007, he served as President and CEO of Corporate Express North America.  Upon returning to the Eastern Shore, he established several family companies, including real estate development and property management, aircraft charter, and oil and gas exploration and development.  He is a member of the University of South Alabama National Alumni Association Board of Directors and led the development of the Alumni Association strategic plan.  He also served on the committee that developed a new strategic plan for the university in 2013.  His wife, Alane, is a graduate of Fairhope High School and the University of South Alabama, and they are both members of Fairhope United Methodist Church.  They have three children and four grandchildren.

Kate Lavelle

Since January 2012, Kate has served on the Board of Directors, and is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee, of Sonic Corp., the largest operator of drive-in restaurants in the United States. From 2004-2010, she served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial officer of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., one of the world’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants.  Prior to that Kate served as Global Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of LSG Sky Chefs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Airlines providing airline catering on a global basis.  Kate previously served on the Board of Directors of Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc, a global professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate and on the Board of Directors of  Impact 100 Baldwin County.  She began her career at Arthur Andersen LLP. She has a B. S. in management from Tulane University.  Kate and her husband, Joe, have a son at Bayside: Finlay (5th grade).  Kate has served on Bayside’s Board of Trustees since 2013.

Dr. Daniel Matthews, M.D.

Admiral Team Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Dan has been caring for Bayside athletic teams since 1998 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012.  Dr. Matthews was born in Evansville, Indiana, and received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel.  He continued his academic career at The University of South Florida, School of Medicine and then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  He serves as one of the team physicians for the annual Senior Bowl.  In addition to Bayside athletes, Dr. Dan also cares for Spanish Fort High School athletes and has served as Head Team Physician at Faulkner State Community College since 1998. ( Now Coastal Alabama Community College)  He is a member of many professional organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, The Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, where he has served as committee Chair for the National STOP Campaign. He has served on the South Alabama Board of Directors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 2000, and currently serves on The Presidential Advisory Board for Coastal Alabama Community College. He is a past President and Board Member of the Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama.  He founded and sees patients at AOSM, Alabama Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Daphne.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Cathy, and they have two children: Jordan ’12 and Seth ’16.

Randy Niemeyer


A 1981 Bayside graduate, Randy attended Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia, where he played Division II tennis and soccer.  Randy was a member of Bayside’s first second-grade class when the school opened in 1970.  He has 31 years of experience in Baldwin County as a real estate broker and property manager and worked as a licensed contractor for 13 years.  He works as an Associate Broker/Property Manager at Ashurst & Niemeyer Real Estate, which specializes in residential sales along the Eastern Shore, and additionally provides property management services and commercial real estate sales.  Randy is currently the president of the Bayside Alumni Association and the announcer for the Boys Varsity Soccer team.  Randy has served on Bayside’s Board of Trustees since 2013.

Rodney A. Pilot


Rodney is a principal and serves on the Board of Directors of Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc., a nationwide catastrophe insurance adjusting firm headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.  Pilot is a family-owned, family-run business with regional offices throughout the United States.  Along with its corporate clients, Pilot provides state-of-the art technology and staffing solutions to meet the demands of the industry.  Pilot is the national leader in the catastrophe claims-adjusting business.  Rodney serves on numerous national industry boards. He resides in Fairhope with his wife of 30 years, Jeanna Downey Pilot.  The Pilots have two sons who are Bayside graduates:  Jerod ’05 and Brandon ’08.  Rodney has served on Bayside’s Board since 1995.

James Pittman - Photo coming soon

James attended Bayside K-12 and graduated in 1991. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1995, obtaining degrees in Business Management and Political Science. He received his law degree from Alabama in 1998 and has practiced law in Baldwin and Mobile Counties since that time.  James opened his own firm in 2004 and has a general practice specializing in the representation of local, regional and national businesses.  His firm handles the full range of real estate, litigation and estate planning matters. James also holds real estate and title insurance brokerage licenses with the State of Alabama. He and his wife Caroline have three children at Bayside: Susan (6th grade), Parker (4th grade) and Jim (2nd grade). James has been a Bayside Board Member since 2015 and serves on the Nomination, Development and Finance Committees.

W. Hutch Radcliff

Hutch has served as Vice President of The Radcliff-Schatzman Group in the Mobile, Alabama, office of Morgan Stanley since 1994.  As a Corporate Retirement Director, Hutch focuses on corporate retirement plan analysis, design and implementation.  As a Senior Investment Management Consultant, Hutch advises municipalities, foundations and endowments.  In addition to serving on Bayside’s Board, Hutch also is a board member and Chairman of the USA Mitchell Cancer Research Institute Development Board.  Hutch graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in marketing.  He lives in Fairhope with his wife, Elizabeth, and three daughters:  Downie '17, Lily (11th grade) and Gigi (9th grade).  Hutch also chairs the Investment Committee.  He has served on Bayside’s Board of Trustees since 2007.

Effie Thompson

Effie graduated from the University of Alabama in 2002 with a degree in Communication Studies and a double minor in Human Development and Family Studies and Business Management. In 2004, Effie and Ty were married and moved to Fairhope, AL, where she has been involved in various Community projects. She served on the Thomas Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2014, served on the Executive Committee for Thomas Hospital Foundation from 2011 to 2013 and chaired the 27th Grand Summer Ball in Point Clear, AL, in 2013 which raised $264,000 for local charities. Effie also served as the Thomas Hospital Foundation liaison for Polo At The Point. She co-created a group of young professionals known as Future Founders. Effie has been a member of St. James Episcopal Church and is currently serving on the Vestry. She and Ty have two children who attend Bayside Academy: Gracie (3rd grade) and Wright (Kindergarten). Effie has served and is currently on the Bayside Advisory Board and assisted with the Bay Affair silent auction.

W. Scott Thompson

Scott has been in the investment business for 25 years. He began his career with Smith Barney in Montgomery before moving his family to the Eastern Shore in 2008. At that time he transitioned his business to Merrill Lynch in Fairhope. He graduated from the University of Alabama. Scott has served on numerous nonprofit and school boards. He and his family are very involved in their church, St. James Episcopal. He resides in Point Clear with his wife of 23 years, Amy. They have one son: Wesley '17. Scott currently serves on the Building & Grounds and Development Committees. His service to the Board of Trustees began in the fall of 2014.

Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D.


Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D., President of Education Research & Consulting, Inc. in Fairhope, has directed and evaluated numerous school-wide intervention and reform efforts and her work has been featured on “Education News Parents Can Use” on PBS and The Learning Channel. Dr. VanDerHeyden has held faculty positions at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and University of California at Santa Barbara. Amanda regularly serves on numerous national education boards, policy panels, and as scientific advisor or consultant to national academic centers. She has published more than 80 scholarly articles and chapters, authored and edited 7 books, and has given keynote addresses to state school psychology associations and state departments of education in 28 states. She actively conducts research focused on improving learning outcomes for students and her scholarly work has been recognized in the form of article of the year awards in 2016 and 2007, the Lightner Witmer Early Career Contributions Award from Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association in 2006, and her 2012 induction into the 100-member Society for the Study of School Psychology. She is the developer and founder of a comprehensive mathematics learning software tool called SpringMath, which is now being implemented in 11 states (www.springmath.com). Amanda is married to Dr. Chad VanDerHeyden (a local emergency physician partner at Springhill Hospital and co-owner of Urgent Care by the Bay). They have two children: Ben (grade 8) and Kate (grade 5). When they are not working, they can generally be found at a soccer field, on a hiking trail or on an airplane headed for an adventure somewhere in the world. Amanda has served on the Bayside board of trustees since 2013 and chaired strategic planning in 2017.

Mark H. Wright
A 1981 Bayside graduate, Mark is the owner of J.H. Wright & Associates and serves as its President. The company sells and distributes pumps and related equipment and provides repair services to industry and municipalities across the Southeast.  Mark is a founding member and past President of Partners For Environmental Progress, where he currently serves as a board member.  Mark also serves on the Young Life Eastern Shore Board.  Mark earned a B.S. in finance from The University of Florida.  He resides in Daphne with his wife of 25 years, Leslie.  He and Leslie have three children: Morgan '10, Emily '15 and Will (12th grade).  Mark has served on the Bayside Board of Trustees since 2012.



 



 
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