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Auburn University Real Estate Foundation

Board of Directors

Board Members

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Edward N. Milton '74
Chair

Dottie Kenady Blair '81
Vice Chair and Treasurer

John A. Jernigan '75, M.D.

Steven R. Spencer '78

Walter S. Woltosz '69

Jane DiFolco Parker
President

Angie Stephens '87
Vice President

Wanda Sperow
Secretary

Robin Stirling
Assistant Secretary

Mark R. Thomson
Assistant Treasurer

Regena Isbell '84, CPA
Assistant Treasurer

Nancy J. Davis '75
Advisor


Dottie Blair

Dottie Kenady Blair '81
Montgomery, Ala
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Board Vice Chair and Treasurer

Blair graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a business degree in 1981, and a master's in business administration in 1988. She has spent more than 25 years in the eldercare business and is the retired owner and president of Central Alabama Nursing Services, which she sold in 2008. The company provided in-home care to more than 300 clients in a 13-county area. Blair also founded and built Montgomery's Belmont Assisted Living Facilities, which consist of two 16-bed facilities, and sold it after seven years. She currently owns Blair Properties, LLC, which purchases, refurbishes and rents single-family dwellings in Montgomery. Blair served as director of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (now the Alabama Department of Labor) during Gov. Fob James' second term. She currently serves on the boards of the Montgomery Area Council on Aging where she serves as secretary/treasurer, Leadership Montgomery and Soroptimist International of Montgomery. She is a member of the Auburn Women's Philanthropy Board, Auburn's Petrie Society, and AUM's 1967 Society and Chancellor's Society. She serves on the AUM Chancellor's Advisory Board and is a life member of the AUM Alumni Association. She is also a member of the National Cabinet for AUM's capital campaign. Blair is married to Glen Zorn.

Edward Milton

Edward N. Milton '74
Atlanta, Ga.

Board Chair

Milton graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in pre-law/history in 1974. He currently serves as senior managing director and executive account leader of the Global Corporate Services Group with CB Richard Ellis, an international full-service real estate services company. As executive account leader for AT&T, he leads and supports efforts by CBRE globally with AT&T’s Corporate Real Estate Portfolio in Transaction and Facility Services, for AT&T Mobility in Retail Transaction and Project Management, and for Facility and Call Center Services for AT&T Network Services. Prior to his 16-year tenure with CBRE, Milton worked for Koll Real Estate Services, where he served as president of Koll Southeast; and Rubloff, a Chicago-based real estate services firm that was purchased by Koll in 1993. At Rubloff, Milton was president of the firm’s Southeast Region. Milton has served as president of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors and the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). He is also a current member of CoreNet Global and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a member of Auburn’s Samford Society as well as a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association. Milton also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Liberal Arts. He is married to Jamie and they have three children: Andrew Edward Milton ’11; Marina Grace, a student at Auburn; and Audrey, who is a student at George Washington University.

John Jernigan

John A. Jernigan '75, M.D.
Montgomery, Ala.

Jernigan graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1975 and went on to earn a doctorate in medicine from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1979. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has practiced internal medicine for more than 31 years. His medical career has included serving as a clinical assistant professor of medicine in UAB’s Montgomery Internal Medicine Residency Program. For more than 15 years, he has trained countless other internal medicine physicians who now practice throughout the country, as well as more than 30 nurse practitioners through programs at Troy University, Samford University and UAB. He has also mentored several students attending Auburn University. He has conducted clinical trials on new drugs in the center that he organized, the Mulberry Clinical Research Center. Throughout his career, Jernigan has been an active member of the Medical Association of Alabama and the American Society of Internal Medicine, and he has served as vice president of the Alabama State Medical Association. He has been a past president and vice president of the Montgomery County Medical Association. He volunteers with the Auburn University Cooperative Extension Service by giving lectures on prostate cancer and health screenings across the state. He has two sons: John Arbry, who earned a bachelor’s in software engineering in 2004; and Jacob, who is pursuing a degree in physical activity and health within the College of Education.

Steve Spencer

Steven R. Spencer
Birmingham, Ala.

Spencer graduated from Auburn in 1978 with a degree in psychology. Currently executive vice president of Alabama Power Company, his more than 35 years of experience with Southern Company, Southern Nuclear, and Alabama Power have helped to grow one of the most respected utilities in the world. Spencer began his career in real estate and human resources, which led to a middle career serving directly for five CEOs at three companies before settling into mostly external affairs roles at Southern Company and then Alabama Power. In 2007, he took on responsibility for Alabama Power’s Customer Service Organization providing leadership for the six geographic divisions across the state, transmission and distribution operations, marketing and economic development, customer service and all support functions. Spencer “works on behalf of” 4,900 employees to provide satisfaction and safe, affordable and reliable electric service to 1.4 million customers. He leads the company’s Target Zero safety effort, as well as its relationship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who at 3,000 members strong are nationally recognized for the positive working relationship that is enjoyed between the IBEW and company management. Spencer is a member of Auburn’s 1856 Society, a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, and serves on Auburn’s Research Advisory Council. In his community, Spencer serves as a board member of several organizations including Woodlawn Foundation, Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham Zoo, and Central Alabama Advisory Board for Regions Bank. He completed the Executive Finance and Accounting Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Miles College (Fairfield, Ala.) in 2009. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children: Dylan, a 2014 graduate of Auburn’s Harbert College of Business; and Emily, currently at Auburn majoring in communication disorders.

Walter Woltosz

Walter Woltosz '69
Palmdale, California

Woltosz graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1969. He earned his master’s in administrative science from the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 1976 and his master’s in aerospace engineering from Auburn in 1977. Early in his career in the aerospace industry, Woltosz managed the development of innovative simulation and modeling software for key space and military systems. In 1980, when his wife’s mother became ill, he turned his attention to developing augmentative communication systems for persons with severe disabilities. Since 1981, Words+, Inc., — a firm he and his wife Virginia (“Ginger”) founded — has been a leader in creating state-of-the-art products that “unlock the person” by providing the highest quality communication and computer access tools available – products that have been recognized by the Smithsonian Institute. When world-renowned astrophysicist Sir Stephen Hawking’s ability to communicate was compromised by ALS, it was Woltosz’s Equalizer and EZ Keys programs that allowed Hawking to continue his groundbreaking work. In 1996, Woltosz founded Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLP) and turned his inventor’s eye to developing simulation and modeling software for drug discovery and development. Today, Simulations Plus products are used by more than 200 pharmaceutical firms, including the world’s Top 25, helping to analyze new products and saving millions of dollars in research and development costs. Woltosz is a member of Auburn’s 1856 Society as well as the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Keystone Society, Ginn Society, and Engineering Eagles Society. He has served on the Ginn College of Engineering’s Alumni Engineering Council and the Auburn University Research Advisory Board, and is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association. Woltosz is married to Ginger Woltosz, who is a co-founder, member of the board of directors, and current secretary/treasurer of Simulations Plus, Inc.

Jane DiFolco Parker

Jane DiFolco Parker
Auburn, Alabama

Auburn University Real Estate Foundation President
Auburn University Vice President for Development

Jane DiFolco Parker, appointed as vice president for development and named president of the Auburn University Real Estate Foundation in 2012, has during her 40-plus-year higher education career contributed to institutional success from various levels of service, and from both the academic and advancement perspectives. Prior to her appointment at Auburn, Parker served as the executive vice president and managing director of development for the Arizona State University Foundation. As executive vice president, she led development, operations and services teams of more than 80 people in all facets of major-gift and annual-giving fundraising. During her tenure with the ASU Foundation, her leadership duties also included service as acting president, and senior vice president and chief operating officer. She spent the majority of her higher education career at Emory University, serving 37 years in positions leading up to vice president for operations of its Office of Development and Alumni Relations, where she managed the infrastructure of the university's central administrative unit of 220 employees. She previously served in positions in the Emory School of Law, which included senior assistant dean for administration, director of admissions and director of academic services. Originally from Ohio, Parker received her bachelor's in English from Georgia State University. She has attended Harvard University's Graduate School of Education Management Development Program, and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Development and Strategic Planning in the Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business.

Angie Stephens '87
Auburn, Alabama

Auburn University Real Estate Foundation Vice President
Auburn University Associate Vice President for Constituent Development

Angie Stephens currently serves as associate vice president for constituent development at Auburn University, where she oversees and provides leadership support to the university’s 30+ constituency-based development officers. Prior to her appointment as an associate vice president in 2011, Stephens served as director of development for Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, where she worked with school leadership to establish its fundraising goals and program; develop and implement a comprehensive annual campaign; solicit major gifts; build strong internal and external relationships; and direct committee and volunteer activities. Most notably, she successfully led a capital campaign to raise the private funding component for the school’s new $24.8million, state-of-the-art building. Stephens graduated from Auburn in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.