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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
Mobile: (256) 417-8831
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Amber Turner, Project Manager of Limestone County Economic Development Association has more than 20 years of experience in workforce development and human resource management. She works 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 Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Council in 2019. She and her husband, Johnny, live in Athens with 4-year-old Charlotte. During her limited spare time, Amber loves to organize, spend time with family, and read.

Blake Williams, TMP

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

Tommy Coblentz

Bryant Bank

Kim Whitworth

Vice Chairman
Express Employment Professionals

Jason Hennessee

Limestone Building Group

Randy Moore

Past Chairman

Erin Tidwell

City of Athens

Board Members

Chris Anderson

Mauldin and Jenkins

David Brackeen

InTech Medical

Robbie Day


Justin Haddock


Jason Hennessee

Limestone Building Group

Bryan Johnstone

Pepper, Johnstone, & Company

François Lefebvre

Electricfil Corporation

Tony McCormack

Progressive Realty

William Ming

Ming Enterprises

Russ Mitchell

First National Bank

Jim Morgan


Brian Nelson

Martin & Cobey Construction, Inc.

James Newby

Newby Farms

David Norvell

PNC Bank

Harris Parker

Bank Independent

Jason Pickering

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA

Jordan Ralph

Carpenter Technology

Teresa Smith

Merit Bank

Joseph Southers

First Metro Bank

Randy Thomason

Grayson Carter Son & Contracting

Scott Weaver

Regions Bank

Trey Winn

Legacy Premier Homes, Inc.

Ex-Officio Board Members

Daryl Williamson

Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority

Randy Comer

Athens Limestone Hospital

Dr. Randy Shearouse

Limestone County Schools (Ex-Officio)

Mayor Tracy Compton

Town of Elkmont (Ex-Officio)

Beth Patton

Athens City Schools

Dr. Catherine Wehlburg

Interim President
Athens State University


Dr. Jimmy Hodges

Calhoun Community College (Ex-Officio)

Barbie Peek

Huntsville International Airport


Adam Fox

Pryor Field Airport Authority


Pammie Jimmar

Athens- Limestone County Chamber of Commerce


Collin Daly

Chairman, Limestone County

Mayor Ronnie Marks

Mayor, City of Athens


Lifetime Board Members

  • Steve Carter
  • Dick Chittam
  • Mike Cole
  • Lakin Collins
  • Charles Durham
  • Tom Hill

  • Barbara Hodges
  • Steve Meagher
  • Stanley Menefee
  • Bill Ming
  • Nancy Stevenson
  • Kay Widner