The Southern Research Advisory Board was established in 2015 to engage emerging business leaders in the Birmingham community who are committed to enhancing Southern Research’s mission of scientific and engineering advancement. Based on our rich history of achievement, since 1941, the activities of this board ensure the next generation of community leaders is familiar with Southern Research’s role in the city and its ongoing efforts to make the world a better place in which to live.

As an organization that is dedicated to solving the world’s hardest problems, we are proud to solicit the input and feedback from this group of men and women who are already contributing a great deal in their respective professions. Through quarterly meetings, the advisory board hears from leading scientists and engineers regarding the latest updates on the work that is ongoing at Southern Research and the recent trends and issues associated with the our multi-disciplinary portfolio.

Alexia Borden
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Alabama Power

Jay Brandrup
Kinetic Communications

Key Foster
Senior Vice President
McWane Inc.

Deon Gordon

Danny Markstein
Managing Director

Angele Monconduit
Assistant to the EVP of External Affairs
Alabama Power



Beeland Nielsen
Corporate Senior Director of Commercial Leadership
Coca Cola Bottling Company United

David Perry
Vice President, Corporate Strategy Development
Protective Life Insurance Company

Liz Pharo
Managing Partner
Featheringill Capital

Shannon Riley
President and CEO
One Stop Environmental

Mitesh Shah
Vice President
Vulcan Materials Company

Elizabeth Scribner
Analyst, Model Risk Management & Validation
Regions Financial Corporation