Our success and ability to help people in our community depends on the support of enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Our board members play a vital role in our vision, mission and policies, which help set the course for driving positive change within Central Alabama.
2021-22 Board Chair
John M. Turner, Jr.
John Turner is President and Chief Executive Officer of Regions Financial Corporation and leads the company’s executive leadership team. He joined Regions in 2011 as President of the South Region and led banking operations in Alabama, Mississippi, South Louisiana and the Florida panhandle before heading up the Corporate Bank and then being named President & CEO and member of the board of directors.
Prior to joining Regions, Turner served as President of Whitney National Bank and Whitney Holding Corporation and was a member of the bank and holding company boards of directors. Before that, he was responsible for all geographic line banking functions across the bank and served as the company’s Eastern Region President. Turner joined Whitney in 1994 as its Alabama Regional President after nine years at AmSouth Bank, where he held senior consumer, commercial and business positions.
Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia. He serves on the boards of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, United Way of Central Alabama, Business Council of Alabama, Birmingham Business Alliance, A Plus Education Foundation and Infirmary Health System. He previously served on Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama and is a former Chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Area Education Foundation and United Way of Southwest Alabama. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and a former board member of Leadership Mobile.
Turner currently serves as Chairman of the Board of United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA). His involvement with United Way began in 1983 as a Loaned Executive with Trust Company Bank. He is a former Chair of UWCA’s Pacesetter and Tocqueville Society campaigns.
2021 Campaign Chair
Douglas E. Coltharp
Doug Coltharp has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) since May 2010. Prior to joining EHC, he served for three years as a partner at Arlington Capital Investors and Arlington Investment Partners, LLC, a boutique investment banking and private equity firm. Coltharp also spent 11 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Saks, Inc. (NYSE: SKS), a Fortune 1000, multi-divisional national retailer.
Coltharp began his career in 1987 at Bank of America and rose to become Senior Vice President and head of Southeast Corporate Banking. He is a graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and earned his master’s in business administration, with concentrations in finance and strategic planning, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Under Armour, Inc. since 2004 and is currently Chair of the Finance and Capital Planning Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of RFG Advisory, a privately held specialty finance company, and Thomas H. Beckbe & Company, LLC (“Tom Beckbe”), a privately held premium outdoor apparel and accessories company.
Actively involved in a number of civic and philanthropic organizations, Coltharp is a member of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Education Foundation and United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA), where he is also a member of the Executive Committee and will serve as Chair of UWCA’s 2021 Annual Campaign, having previously chaired the organization’s Pacesetter Campaign.
President and CEO
With his degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, at Greensboro, Drew joined the United Way movement in 1988 in Greensboro, NC. In 1991, he moved to Birmingham as VP Resource Development for United Way of Central Alabama and completed his MBA at Samford University. He left Birmingham for Baltimore in 1999 to become the Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Marketing for United Way of Central Maryland and in 2004, became President and Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Delaware.
He returned to Birmingham in 2008 as President and CEO, with a vision to elevate UWCA to a top model for making lasting changes to complex problems. To solve today’s problems, he believes it will take non profit agencies, municipalities, corporations, foundations, academic, and faith communities working together with a common focus.