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Calhoun Foundation chooses Lewis, Walden to lead 2022-24 board

TANNER — The Calhoun College Foundation has named Huntsville’s Kim Lewis president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Decatur’s Anita Walden as its vice president, both serving terms from 2022-2024.

“I am truly grateful,” said Lewis, a Calhoun graduate. “I feel truly honored to have been selected as the new incoming board president for Calhoun’s foundation. This appointment is very near and dear to my heart, as Calhoun provided me with the steppingstones I needed to be where I am today.”

Lewis is a Huntsville native and the first African American to serve as the foundation’s president, succeeding outgoing President Rex Cheatham.

“On behalf of Calhoun Community College and the foundation’s board of directors, we appreciate Rex for his leadership and direction of the foundation while serving during a difficult time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Johnette Davis, Calhoun Foundation director. “We know it was an unordinary time to serve, but we are thankful for his contributions.”

Dr. Jimmy Hodges, Calhoun interim president said he is grateful to have the best of the best serving in leadership roles on the college’s foundation board.

“Our foundation is blessed to provide our students with scholarships and emergency grants due to the gracious donors who hold Calhoun in high regard,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that Kim and Anita will help us to further expand Calhoun’s reach to create even more financial opportunities for our students.”

Lewis is co-founder and CEO of PROJECTXYZ, a Huntsville engineering firm recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.; and she owns North Alabama’s WTZT-TV.

She was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority  Board of Directors, and she has published her first book this year, “The Power of Ten: Opportunities Every Leader should Leverage.”

“As we move forward into our 2022-2024 presidential cycle, we look forward to the great things Kim will do not only for the college but for our students as well,” Davis said. “Her influence and commitment as a board member assisted us in becoming stronger and more thoughtful in our philanthropic approaches, and we know that she has even more great things in mind for our future.”

Walden is chief nursing officer at Decatur Morgan Hospital and a graduate of Calhoun Community College. She has spent 35 years in healthcare at DMH as an ICU staff nurse, a charge nurse, and director of multiple clinical departments.

She earned a bachelor of science in nursing at UAH and a master of management in health care at Vanderbilt University.


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