Our team works together to support business & industry in the community.

Meet Our Staff

Bethany Shockney


Office: (256)-232-2386
Mobile: (334) 590-0423
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Bethany T. Shockney has been with LCEDA since March 2019, bringing 32 years of experience in various roles in workforce and economic development in both Alabama and Tennessee.  Bethany received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Education in Vocational Education from Alabama A&M University.

Amber Turner

Project Manager

Phone: (256) 232-2386
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Amber Turner, who has more than 25 years of experience in workforce development and human resource management, comes to LCEDA from the North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance. In her new role, Turner will work to attract and assist in the recruitment of domestic and international businesses in Limestone County and expand LCEDA’s existing industry visitation and retention support initiatives. Turner was appointed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to the Office of Apprenticeship Council in 2020. She and her husband, Johnny, live in Athens with 4-year-old Charlotte. During her spare time, Amber loves to travel, listen to audiobooks, and camp at the river.

Blake Williams

Communication & Research Specialist

Office: (256) 232-2386
Mobile: (256) 529-8201
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Limestone County native, Blake Williams has been with LCEDA since November 2022. Blake brings several years’ worth of experience in the communications industry to LCEDA. He attended Mississippi State University where he studied Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.
He serves on various community boards and committees including the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association Limestone County Board Representative, Athens Rotary Club Board of Directors, CASA of North Alabama Board of Directors, and Athens Main Street Promotions Committee.
Blake was named the 2022 Young Professional of the Year by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and has won several awards through the Public Relations Council of Alabama and the Southern Public Relations Federation.
During his free time, Blake likes to travel, play pickleball, and spend time with his family and friends.

Meet Our Board

The Board of Directors consists of up to thirty members elected by the membership for one-year terms. These individuals are representatives of government, industry, businesses, and professional organizations throughout Limestone County.

Executive Committee

Daryl Williamson, Chairman

Limestone County Water Authority

Randy Moore, Vice Chairman


Tommy Coblentz, Treasurer

Bryant Bank

Steve Carter, Appointed

City of Athens Utilities

Taz Morell, Past Chairman

Morell Engineering

Board Members

Chris Allen

Regions Bank

Chris Anderson

Mauldin and Jenkins

Brian Bold

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA

Kyle Bridgeforth

Bridgeforth Farms

Dick Chittam

Dick Chittam Realty

Weston Coleman

T&C Stamping

Randy Comer

Athens Limestone Hospital

Tracy Compton

Town of Elkmont (Ex-Officio)

Collin Daly

Chairman, Limestone County

Adam Fox

Pryor Field Airport Authority

Jason Hennessee

Limestone Building Group

Dr. Jimmy Hodges

Calhoun Community College (Ex-Officio)

McKinley James


Pammie Jimmar

Athens- Limestone County Chamber of Commerce

Bryan Johnstone

Pepper, Johnstone, & Company

Ronnie Marks

Mayor, City of Athens

Tony McCormack

Progressive Realty

William Ming

Ming Enterprises

Russ Mitchell

First National Bank

Jim Morgan


Beth Patton

Athens City Schools

Barbie Peek

Huntsville International Airport

Jordan Ralph

Carpenter Technology

Nick Scott

Rogers Group

Dr. Randy Shearouse

Limestone County Schools (Ex-Officio)

Teresa Smith

Alabama Farm Credit

Joseph Southers

First Metro Bank

Bob Thompson

Bank Independent

Dr. Catherine Wehlberg

Interim President
Athens State University

Kim Whitworth

Express Employment

Lifetime Board Members

  • Mike Cole
  • Lakin Collins
  • Charles Durham
  • Tom Hill

  • Barbara Hodges
  • C.H. McDaniel
  • Steve Meagher
  • Stanley Menefee
  • Nancy Stevenson
  • Kay Widner

Get in Touch

Limestone County Economic Development Association
101 South Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611

Call us at (256) 232-2386
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