BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Melody P. Crane, Executive Director and Founder of The Riley Center
Bachelor’s degrees in Special Education/Emotional Conflict, Finance Administration Master’s degree in Special Education
Parent of Individual with Autism

Taron Thorpe, President
Vice President of BancorpSouth
Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics
Master’s degree in Business Administration

Dave Johnson, Vice President
President/CEO of Banner Defense, Inc.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture
Master’s degree of Business Administration

Dr. Heather French, Secretary
Advisor for The Riley Center
Bachelor’s degree in English
Master’s degree in English
Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership

Harry Lioce, Treasurer
President of Interconnect Systems Corporation
Bachelor’s degree in Management, minor in Marketing

Melanie Baker, Director
Director, Army and Missile Defense Programs Lockheed Martin
Deputy to the Vice President, Lockheed Martin Huntsville Operations
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Dr. Brian Beitel, Director
Pediatric Dentist in private practice
D.D.S and M.S. in Pediatric Dentistry

Terry Palek, Director
Origin Technologies Corporation
Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Management
Master of Science degree in Systems Management

Justin Burney, Director
Attorney, Huntsville office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
Bachelor and Master degree in Chemical Engineering
Law degree from University of Alabama School of Law

D. Richard Moss, Director
Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of Dealnews.com
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Parent of Individual with Autism

Paul Ray, Director
Licensed General Contractor and owns a residential construction company
Veteran, United States Navy
Bachelor of Science in Education

Mark Bradshaw, Director
Co-owner of ProFab Machine
Creator and organizer of the annual “Angling for Autism” bass tournament
Parent of Individual with Autism

Rob Tucker, Director
Controller at Dealnews.com
Master of Science in Management
Bachelor of Business Administration
Associate of Science in Education
Associate of Arts in Law