Meet the 2016 NHTC Board members

The New Hope Telephone Cooperative’s Board of Directors following the annual meeting on May 19. (Front row, from left) Jeffrey Cantrell, secretary; Jim Duncan, president; Garland Elders, vice president; and Mike Whitaker, treasurer. (Back row, from left) Andrew Sieja, NHTC attorney; Jim Cook, general manager; Jeff Cooper; Barry Jones; Greg Glover; Randy Morrison; Calvin Bearden; and Mac Martinson, NHTC attorney.

The New Hope Telephone Cooperative’s Board of Directors following the annual meeting on May 19. (Front row, from left) Jeffrey Cantrell, secretary; Jim Duncan, president; Garland Elders, vice president; and Mike Whitaker, treasurer. (Back row, from left) Andrew Sieja, NHTC attorney; Jim Cook, general manager; Jeff Cooper; Barry Jones; Greg Glover; Randy Morrison; Calvin Bearden; and Mac Martinson, NHTC attorney.

Calvin Bearden has served on the Board since May and is a 49-year resident of Grant. Bearden graduated from Guntersville High School and has worked as a Tech 3 at Huntsville Hospital for six years. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married 28 years and have three daughters: Victoria, Lindsey and Chloe.

Jeffrey Cantrell is in his fifth year on the Board and is a 38-year resident of Grant, where he graduated from DAR High School. He’s the facilities manager at Digium and has been there eight years. He has an associate degree from Snead State Community College, a bachelor’s from Athens State University and a Facility Management Professional credential. He and his wife, Christen, have been married 11 years. They have two children: Collin and Olivia.

Jeff Cooper has been on the Board for 26 years and is a 60-year resident of New Hope. He owns Cooper’s Small Engine, which has been in business for 42 years. He and his wife, Tammy, have been married 24 years, and they have four children: Kelli, Jenni, Morgan and Troup.

Jim Duncan has served on the Board for 15 years. He’s a lifetime resident of New Hope and owns D & D Greenhouse, established in 1977. He graduated from New Hope High School, served four years in the Alabama National Guard and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Alabama. He and his wife, Gina, have been married 15 years. He has four children: Clay, Lisa, Laura and Cole.

Garland Elders is a nine-year Board member, a lifetime resident of Owens Cross Roads and a realtor. He earned his associate degree in business. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married nine years. Garland has two stepdaughters, Sydney and Brooke.

Greg Glover has served on the Board since 1998 and is a lifetime resident of Owens Cross Roads. Glover is a landscaper and turf farmer and raises cattle and quarter horses. He attended New Hope High School, Hiwassee College and Alabama A&M. He and his wife, Harriet, have been married 32 years and have one son, Shane.

Barry Jones has served on the Board for 11 years. He’s a 53-year resident of New Hope, graduating from New Hope High School. Jones served in the Army Reserve for six years, retired from the Madison County Water Department after 30 years and co-owns a lawn service. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married 27 years and have two daughters: Brittney and Megan.

Randy Morrison is in his second year on the Board. He grew up on Merrill Mountain and has resided in the Grassy Mountain community on Gunter Mountain for 28 years. He is an alumnus of KDS DAR and Snead State Community College. Randy serves as an elder for the Church of Christ at Owens Cross Roads. He and his wife, Penny, have two children, Dana and Todd, and three grandchildren, Kate, Madi and Averi.

Mike Whitaker has served 11 years on the Board and is a lifetime resident of New Hope, graduating from New Hope High School. He is a plant manager at NHES, where he’s been for 28 years. He and his wife, Melody, have been married seven months. Whitaker has two sons, Josh and Jeremy, and two step-daughters, Audrey and Sarah.