Meet the Board of Directors

Dion Aviki

Dion M. Aviki ʼ04
Durham, North Carolina

Chair, Auburn Club Committee
Member, Communications & Marketing and Executive Committees

Dion Aviki graduated from Auburn University in 2004 with a bachelor of chemical engineering degree and from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2017 with an MBA. She is currently in a General Management Leadership Development Program with Thermo Fisher Scientific. She previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at Taxman & Associates, a commercial HVAC firm in Houston, Texas. Her professional experience includes leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development, technical marketing and product development. Aviki also served as a former president of the Greater Houston Auburn Club. At AU, Aviki is an inaugural member of the Auburn Engineering Young Alumni Council, a member of the Circle of Excellence Society, 100 Women Strong in Engineering, and the Engineering Eagles Society. She currently resides in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Susan Black

Susan K. Black ʼ77
LaGrange, Georgia

Vice Chair, Membership Committee
Member, Finance & Operations and Nominating Committees

Susan Black graduated from Auburn University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and from Georgia State University in 1984 with a master’s of professional accountancy. She is currently president of J. K. Boatwright & Co., P.C., a public accounting firm with offices in LaGrange and Newnan, Ga. She is a member of the West Georgia Auburn Club, where she has served as president. At AU, Black is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, the 1856 Society and The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business Shareholders’ Club. Black has two children, one of whom graduated from AU, and three grandchildren. She is married to Bill Black, and they are both life members of the Auburn Alumni Association.

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Shirley F. Boulware ʼ91
Tyrone, Georgia

Member, Auburn Club and Special Events & Programs Committees

Shirley Boulware graduated from Auburn University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a pulp and paper option. She received her MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1995. Boulware has held several engineering, operations, management, leadership and human resources roles in her career. She currently is a manufacturing recruiting manager for Georgia Pacific Corp. in Atlanta. At AU, Boulware serves on various other organizations/boards, including the Auburn Pulp and Paper Foundation, the Engineering Alumni Council, Chemical Engineering Alumni Advisory Council, 100 Women Strong, Eagles Society, War Eagle Society, Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. She is married to Brian Boulware, and they reside in Tyrone, Ga., with their two children.

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I. Ripon “Rip” Britton ’82
Birmingham, Alabama

Chair, Communications & Marketing Committee
Member, Special Events & Programs, & Executive Committees

Rip Britton obtained a bachelor’s degree in business from Auburn University in 1982 followed by a degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1985. He is a partner at Hand, Arendall, LLC, in Birmingham, and has served as past president of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club. He is a member of the Foy Society, the Samford Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is married to Vera Britton ’82 and they have three children.

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William C. “Beau” Byrd, II ʼ89
Birmingham, Alabama

President
Chair, Executive Committee
Member, Nominating Committee

Beau Byrd graduated from Auburn University in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and then earned a juris doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1992. He has extensive experience representing lenders, developers and owners in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions throughout the country, including NMTC, HTC, senior housing, retail, office and multi-family. Byrd is a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys; past chairperson of the Real Property, Probate, and Estate Section of the Alabama State Bar; and an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law. He is a past president of NAIOP-Alabama Chapter (an international commercial real estate development group), and serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Board of Auburn University’s Master’s of Real Estate Development program. Byrd currently serves as president of the Auburn Alumni Association. At Auburn University, he is a member of the Foy Society, Circle of Excellence Society, the Samford Society and the George Petrie Society. Byrd and his wife, Kathy ’89, are the parents of two sons, Walker and Carter. Walker graduated from Auburn in May 2016 and is a former Auburn SGA president. Cater is a freshman at Auburn.

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Deborah H. Carter ’72
St. Simons Island, Georgia

Vice Chair, Auburn Club Committee
Member, Membership Committee

Deborah Carter graduated from Auburn University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She serves as vice president of Toledo Manufacturing Co. in Folkston, Ga. She is a member of the Golden Isles Auburn Club, where she has served as president. At AU, she is a member of the 1856 Society, the George Petrie Society, the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art 1072 Society and the School of Forestry and

Wildlife Sciences’ Woodlands and Wildlife Society. Carter also serves as a board member of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia and board member emeritus of the Waycross College Foundation, where she served as president for three years. She is married to Chuck Carter, and they have one daughter, who is an Auburn graduate.

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Robert “Rob” M. Crabtree ʼ86
Birmingham, Alabama

Chair, Membership Committee
Member, Auburn Club, Executive and Nominating Committees

Rob Crabtree graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in health services administration. His professional career experience includes healthcare leadership roles at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Birmingham. He currently serves as the administrative director of orthopedics for the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation at UAB. Rob has served on advisory boards or on committees for UAB, BlueCross BlueShield, the Alabama Arthritis Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Medical Group Management Association (Alabama Chapter), and BONES Orthopedic Administrators Society. He served as president of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club in 2012. At AU, Crabtree is a member of the Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is married to Andi Crabtree, and they have one child.

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Jack Fite

William Jackson “Jack” Fite ʼ85
Decatur, Alabama

Past President
Chair, Nominating Committee
Ex-Officio Member, Executive Committee

Jack Fite graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in building science, and is president and CEO of Fite Building Co. Inc. Fite Building Co. is a diverse general contracting and construction management firm building medical, institutional, church, financial, retail and industrial projects as well as handling maintenance for large industrial clients. Fite served as president of the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors, as well as president of the Morgan County Auburn Club. He served on the board of directors of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation and First American Bank. At AU, Fite is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, the 1856 Society and the George Petrie Society. He is married to Laura Fite ᾽86, and they have three children, two of whom are Auburn graduates.

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Michelle M. Granberry ʼ92
Auburn, Alabama

Treasurer
Chair, Finance & Operations Committee
Member, Membership and Executive Committees

Michelle Granberry graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration—accounting. Granberry is currently managing partner of Lovoy, Summerville & Shelton, LLC, in Auburn, where she concentrates on the affordable housing industry and provides service to more than 500 clients in a wide range of industries, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals throughout the Southeastern U.S. Granberry is a member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Certified Public Accountants and the AICPA Government Audit Quality Center. Granberry currently serves as treasurer of the Auburn Alumni Association. At Auburn, she is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a member of the Auburn University School of Accountancy Advisory Board and the Foy Society. She is married to Glen Granberry ʼ94 and lives in Auburn.

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Charles D. Hart D.V.M ʼ85
Clay, Alabama

Vice Chair, Finance & Operations Committee
Member, Membership Committee

Charles Hart graduated from Auburn University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and, in 1985, his doctorate in veterinary medicine. Hart is president and veterinarian at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic in Clay, a suburb northwest of Birmingham. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn in 1982. At Auburn, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a member of the Circle of Excellence Society, the Foy Society, the George Petrie Society, the Samford Society, the Vet Med Centennial Club and the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Advisory Council. He also is a former president of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club. He is married to Lori Hart, and they have four children.

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LuAnne L. Hart ʼ80
Eufaula, Alabama

Member, Auburn Club and Membership Committees

LuAnne Hart graduated from Auburn University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She currently serves as senior vice president, human resources and marketing director for MidSouth Bank, a community bank headquartered in Dothan. Hart is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and has been involved with the Barbour County Auburn Club for more than 15 years, serving as a director, secretary-treasurer and treasurer. She was recognized by the Auburn Alumni Association as the 2013 Club Officer of the Year. At AU, Hart is a member of the Circle of Excellence Society and the Foy Society. She is married to Charlie Hart ʼ78, and they have two children, both of whom are Auburn graduates.

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Les Hayes

Armstead L. “Les” Hayes ’80
Prattville, Alabama

Member, Special Events & Programs and Communications & Marketing Committees

Les Hayes graduated from Auburn University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and later graduated with a juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1983. Hayes has served Montgomery as the presiding judge of the Municipal Court System. He is the former general counsel for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. At AU, Hayes is a member of the Foy Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. He is also a former president of the Montgomery Auburn Club. Hayes has three children, two of whom are Auburn graduates and one who is a current AU student. Hayes is married to Jennifer.

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Van Henley

M. Van Henley ᾽80
Colleyville, Texas

Vice President
Member, Finance & Operations, Executive and Membership Committees

Van Henley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University in 1980. He is a tax partner with Ernst & Young, LLP, and serves his clients as tax account leader, coordinating all aspects of their tax compliance and tax planning needs. As part of the federal tax practice, Henley has more than 36 years of experience. He is a certified public accountant, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is licensed to practice in Texas. He currently serves as vice president of the Auburn Alumni Association. He served on the AU School of Accountancy Advisory Council for more than 20 years. At AU, Henley is a member of the Foy Society, the Circle of Excellence Society, Shareholders Club and the 1856 Society. He and his wife, Suzanne, have three children.

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Laura C. Kezar ʼ08
Houston, Texas

Member, Communications & Marketing and Special Events & Programs Committees

Laura Kezar graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a bachelor of chemical engineering. In her current role as a process engineer for Chevron, she leads the development of process deliverables for an early concept deepwater Gulf of Mexico Major Capital Project. She also supports diversity and inclusion in Chevron through roles on both the Global and Houston Women’s Network leadership teams. Laura serves as the current president of the Greater Houston Auburn Club. At AU, Laura is chair of the Engineering Young Alumni Council and member of 100 Women Strong in Engineering, the Foy Society, the Samford Society, the Engineering Eagles Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. She is married to Zach Kezar.

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Elon W. Maddox, Jr. ʼ73
Cropwell, Alabama

Member Finance & Operations and Auburn Club Committees

Elon Maddox graduated from Auburn University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and in 1974 with a master’s degree in industrial engineering. He is currently supporting bill media operations in finance with AT&T in Birmingham. His work experiences in telecommunications have included positions in engineering, building construction, real estate planning, personnel, operations research, customer call-center operations and finance. Maddox currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club (GBAC) as 2016 past president. He also served as president of the GBAC in 2015 and held the offices of treasurer for two terms and donor society chair for two terms. He has chaired multiple GBAC events over the last 10 years and has been instrumental in helping the GBAC establish its endowed scholarships at Auburn. At AU, Maddox is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a member of the Circle of Excellence Society and has recently served four years on the Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Council in the College of Engineering. Maddox is married to Pam ʼ74, and they have two children, Elon III and Meredith. A permanent endowment for the purpose of providing scholarships for students at Auburn was established by Maddox and the Greater Birmingham Auburn Club to support academic gifted students from the Birmingham area in Meredith’s memory.

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Angela Mitchell

Angela S. Mitchell ʼ85
Guntersville, Alabama

Vice Chair, Special Events & Programs Committee
Member, Membership and Nominating Committees

Angela Mitchell graduated from Auburn University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She is an active community volunteer and civic leader in her hometown of Guntersville. At AU, Mitchell is a member of the Foy Society, the 1856 Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. She is married to David Mitchell, and they have three children, two of whom are Auburn graduates.

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Jeffrey B. Moore ʼ88
Poolesville, Maryland

Member, Finance & Operations and Communications & Marketing Committees

Jeffrey Moore graduated from Auburn University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s in business administration with a concentration in corporate finance from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1997. Moore served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Operation Desert Storm veteran. He has served in senior executive roles in Fortune 1000 multinational companies including Teleflex Inc., The Home Depot Supply and Sodexo. His contributions have included corporate strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and operational improvement. He currently serves as the vice president of strategic planning for the corporate services segment in North America. At AU, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and a member of the Samford Society. Moore serves on the board of directors for the Metro Washington Auburn Alumni Club and is a founding member of the War Eagle Society. He and his wife, Catherine, reside in Poolesville with their two children.

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Kelley P. Mossburg ʼ77
Auburn, Alabama

Vice Chair, Communications & Marketing Committee
Member, Finance & Operations and Nominating Committees

Kelley Mossburg graduated from Auburn University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He has had a successful career in several large Fortune 100 companies such as PepsiCo; privately held, founder-led organizations such as CNL Financial Group and Pilot Travel Centers; and, most recently, owning and/or assisting founders in building successful startups. At AU, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, the Samford Society and the Circle of Excellence Society. Kelley is married to Debbie Mossburg ʼ78, and they have two children.

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Regenia Sanders ’95
Atlanta, Georgia

Chair, Special Events & Programs
Member, Communications & Marketing and Executive Committees

Regenia Sanders holds both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University’s College of Engineering. Sanders is a Partner at Ernst & Young based in Atlanta with 20 years of experience delivering supply chain assessment and transformation projects spanning sourcing & procurement and planning to fulfillment for Fortune 500 and Private Equity portfolio companies.  The majority of her experience is in the Industrial Manufacturing industry where she has both advised and helped clients to innovate their supply chains and find efficiencies through process improvement while leveraging analytics and advanced technology point supply chain solutions and ERP. She has also contributed her thought leadership to a number of supply chain publications and articles. At AU, Regenia is actively involved in the Alumni Engineering Council, the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, the Circle of Excellence Society, the Petrie Society, the Foy Society and the Ginn Society.

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Dewayne T. Scott ʼ95
Decatur, Georgia

Member, Communications & Marketing, Special Events & Programs and Nominating Committees

Dewayne Scott graduated from Auburn University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. He has spent 20 years in information technology, with 14 years at his current employer, Accenture, a Big 5 information technology consulting firm. He is an associate manager working on several federal and state technology efforts. At AU, he is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, a member of the Petrie Society, the Samford Society and the Circle of Excellence Society, as well as a member of the leadership council for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. He also is a founder of the War Eagle Society, where he serves as president. Scott and his wife, Tamara, have one child.

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Gretchen VanValkenburg

Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Auburn, Alabama

Vice President for Alumni Affairs & Executive Director and Secretary, Auburn Alumni Association

Gretchen VanValkenburg serves as vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association for Auburn University. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and support of the mission of the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn University. VanValkenburg, a 1986 Auburn business graduate, has a distinguished career as a university advancement professional. Prior to returning to Auburn, she served as executive director of development and alumni engagement at the University of West Florida, where she provided direction for all development and alumni-related activities and operations. Over a 17-year period, she held various leadership positions with increasing areas of responsibility, including alumni event planning, alumni board management, donor relations, fiscal management, volunteer recruitment and public speaking. She also served as a major gifts officer and led capital campaign planning efforts. VanValkenburg is a native of Montevallo and attended the University of Montevallo from 1982-1984. She is married to Craig VanValkenburg ’82, and they have one daughter, Heidi. She and her husband are life members of the Auburn Alumni Association.

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