The Team

It Take More than One Person to Educate a Child.

In 1995 a group of twenty area families and businesses came together to establish a fund to support Dothan City Schools. The Education Foundation for Dothan’s Future was born. The Foundation’s primary purpose was to strengthen student achievement and motivation, improve classroom instruction and teacher morale, and build community support and confidence in public schools through funds raised from private, corporate and governmental sources for such purposes. In October of 2012, the Education Foundation for Dothan’s Future, Inc., combined with two successful community initiatives, Yes We Can! Dothan and Adopt-A-School! Dothan, to form the Dothan Education Foundation (DEF).

The same work that began in 1995 continues today through the Dothan Education Foundation.  Governed by a 13-member voluntary Board of Directors, the DEF exists to support our students, teachers and parents by creating an environment of community involvement and engagement with our schools through various activities and programs. While the Foundation’s goal is to meet the educational needs of Dothan, it does not duplicate the work of education-related groups. The Foundation works closely with the school board, parent-teacher associations and other school groups, but remains strictly independent.

Board of Directors

Critt Snellgrove, Chairman – Retired

Trip Whatley, Chairman-Elect – Holman-Whatley & Associates

Mark Freeman, Secretary – Farley Nuclear Plant

David Crutchfield – Real Time, LLC & Commissioner – District 6, City of Dothan

Kandy Groover, Immediate Past Chair – Slingluff Insurance

Robert Hewes – Coldwell Banker Realty

Delvick McKay – Personnel Director, City of Dothan

Michelle Morgan – Michelin North America

Warren Reeves – Wholesale Wood

Terry Stansell – Express Employment Professionals

Emily Stewart – Alfred Saliba Realty

Ben Wallace – Jackson Thornton

Tom Ziegenfelder, Past Chair – Slingluff Insurance

Ex Officio:

Barbara Alford – Wiregrass Foundation

Matt Parker – Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce

Emeritus:

Rose Gordon – Municipal Judge, City of Dothan

Auxiliary Board:

Courtney Redahan, Chair – Wireless Advantage

Chris Cody – Barlovento, LLC

Jennie Lee – Community Volunteer

Kendall Shows – Whittaker Marketing

Margaret Hawker – Community Volunteer

Brandon Dyer – Community Volunteer

Keith Adkinson – Smiths, Inc.

Shea Tiner – Educator, Montana Magnet School

Gindi Prutzman

Gindi Prutzman

President

Prutzman brings more than two decades of valuable experience to the DEF, including a successful track record in grant-writing and development campaigns.

After obtaining her Masters degree from the University of New Orleans, Prutzman began her career as a middle school music teacher in Greenville, South Carolina. This experience led her to find her love for teaching and helping others. Although she moved from the public school classroom, she has continued teaching in other ways throughout her adult life. Prior to her move to Dothan, Prutzman served as the Development Director for several well-respected non-profit organizations in Greenville, South Carolina. Serving as the Director of Children’s Music and Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Dothan for the past 12 years, Prutzman is no stranger in the community.

A familiar face to many Dothan City Schools’ families, Prutzman not only brings valuable skills, but also a personal connection to the DEF’s mission. As a parent of both a Northview High School (NHS) graduate and a current NHS student, Prutzman has been a long-time advocate of Dothan City Schools. This new role will allow her more opportunities to further her support for the school system and contribute to the positive influence that DEF has made on Dothan City Schools.

Meagan Dorsey

Meagan Dorsey

Communications Director

Dorsey brings in years of experience from her communications, marketing and graphic design background.

After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism from Troy University, Dorsey began her career working in the public relations and entertainment industry in Atlanta. After returning to Dothan, Dorsey pursued her Masters degree in Strategic Communication at Troy University, where she also worked in admissions and as an adjunct instructor. Prior to her new role with the DEF, Dorsey served as the Director of Communications and Donor Relations with the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation.

Dorsey is a proud graduate of Dothan High School (DHS) and brings in a very enthusiastic and dedicated passion towards the opportunities to support and contribute to Dothan City School system.