Office of Institutional Advancement

  • The Office of Institutional Advancement supports AIDB's mission and strategic priorities by telling the AIDB story through branding, stories, and design; building partnerships with community stakeholders; and pursuing funding through a broad spectrum of public and private resources to support AIDB's strategic plan and mission. The Office of Institutional Advancement also manages the AIDB Foundation which was created in 1980 to encourage private support for charitable, educational, and training programs at AIDB.

About the AIDB Foundation

  • A camper sits at a desk with a pencil and paper. She smiles to something off screen.The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Foundation was created in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to encourage private support for AIDB’s charitable, educational, research and training programs. The Foundation provides funding for a vast array of programs and projects at AIDB, including major construction and renovation of facilities, development of new and expanding programs, and experiences in professional development, academics, student life, outreach, and the arts.

AIDB Foundation Board of Directors

  • Mike Royer (President), Retired/Consultant, The University of Alabama WVUA, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Antonio Calloway (Vice President), State of Alabama Department of Labor, Montgomery, AL
    Allen D. Cope (Immediate Past President), Honda North America, Inc., Lincoln, AL
    Laura D. Grill (Secretary), East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, AL
    Charles A. Collat, Jr. (Treasurer), Birmingham, AL
    Mary Cummings, AlaCOMP, Montgomery, AL
    Jerry W. Dozier
    , Retired, Merrill Lynch, Shelby, AL
    Jeffrey B. Gaskin, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Charlotte, NC
    Dr. Terry Graham, Retired, Past President of AIDB, Talladega, AL
    M.P. "Pat" Greene, Jr., Retired, Bellsouth Services, Talladega, AL
    James I. Harrison, III, Harrison Galleries LLC, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Chad Jones, First Bank of Alabama, Lincoln, AL 
    Michael Kulovitz, DMD, Talladega, AL 
    Steve Rice, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Birmingham, AL
    Thomas A. Ritchie, Attorney, Birmingham, AL
    Terry Smiley, Alabama Power, Anniston, AL

Contact Us

  • Becky Watson
    Executive Director, Office of Institutional Advancement
    Executive Director, AIDB Foundation
    watson.becky@aidb.org  / (256) 761-3468

    Jacque Cordle 
    Director, Marketing and Community Relations
    cordle.jacque@aidb.org / (256) 761-3467 

    Shelia Wynn
    wynn.shelia@aidb.org / Senior Accountant
    (256) 761-3369

    Vacant
    Coordinator, Annual Giving and Events
    (256) 761-3470    

    Jessica Atkinson
    Coordinator, Marketing and Community Relations
    atkinson.jessica@aidb.org / (256) 761-3206

    Brianne Smith
    smith.brianne@aidb.org / Database and Prospect Relations Specialist 
    (256) 761-3203

    Julie Brooks
    Administrative Assistant III
    brooks.julie@aidb.org / (256) 761-3318