Officers (2018-19)

Gordon G. Martin, Chairperson

Gordon G. Martin is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Alabama Power Company. A native of Birmingham, Gordon graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama, where he was elected President of the Student Government Association. He also earned a law degree from the University of Alabama; a Masters degree from the George Washington University; and is a French test shy of a Masters degree from Georgetown University. He has completed executive coursework at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University in England. In the area of economic development, Gordon served as Chairman of the Board of the Montgomery Riverfront Development Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. In the area of education, Gordon serves on the Board of Directors of the A+ Education Partnership and the McWane Science Center. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet at The University of Alabama, and previously served on the Board of Trustees of Huntingdon College. Gordon has also served on advisory boards at Auburn University, Auburn Montgomery, and Birmingham-Southern College. Gordon plays a leadership role at numerous charitable and civic organizations, including board service at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The American Village in Montevallo, the United Way of Central Alabama, the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, the Alabama Archives and History Foundation, and the Alabama Heritage Foundation. Gordon is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Shelby County. He was named Montgomery Advertiser’s Citizen of the Year in 2006. He and his wife, Margret, have five children, two of whom attend the University of Alabama.

Current Term: 2017-19

Martin Gordon

Holly Piper, Vice-Chairperson

Former Hotel Executive; Vanderbilt University development officer, and small business owner; Civic and community leader. Daughter of Dr. John L. Blackburn.

Current Term: 2016-18

Holly Piper

Michelle Roth, Member-at-Large

As Executive Director of the Alabama Cable Telecommunications Association, Michelle Roth is responsible for Legislative Affairs, Public and Community Relations and Statewide Advocacy efforts supporting Alabama’s cable industry. Prior to this, Michelle was Leadership Alabama’s Program Manager, where she had the opportunity to coordinate 7 outstanding classes of Alabama leaders from 2008-2015. Her responsibilities included program management and leadership as well as coordination of the statewide nomination, selection and recruitment process. From 2003-2008, Michelle led MSR Consulting, and assisted small businesses and non-profit organizations in all phases of Human Resources, including recruiting, selection, personnel development and evaluations, team building and conflict resolution. Beginning in 1990, she served as HR Manager and other related positions with a regional bank. A native of Lakeland, Florida, Michelle is a graduate of the University of Alabama, with a B.S. in Marketing. She has served on the board and executive committee of several charitable and community organizations, including the Blackburn Institute, The Governor’s Broad Band Initiative Advisory Committee, First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, The Montgomery Education Foundation, VOICES for Alabama’s Children, the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Alabama Dance Theatre and various community and social organizations. Michelle and her husband, Toby, reside in Montgomery with their three daughters, Lillian (20) and identical twins Madeline and Annabel (17). They are active members of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery.

Current Term: 2016-18

Michelle Roth

Marion McIntosh, Secretary (2005 Fellow)

Marion S. McIntosh is originally from Monroeville, AL, and currently works as a Process Engineer at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering, May 2003 and August 2006, respectively. While at the Capstone, Marion served as a Regional Executive Board member, and President of the UA Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He also served as an SGA Senator, and a 2005 Student Fellow in the Blackburn Institute. Marion gained experience working with students as a Residential Assistant and Hall Director in Housing and Residential Communities, and a Teaching Assistant in the Dept. of Industrial Engineering. In his spare time, he volunteers as a motivational speaker and addresses youth groups, minority engineering students, and professional organizations on topics ranging from collegiate success to community activism. He aspires to get more actively involved in public service and volunteers on various political campaigns. Marion currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition (AMSTEC) and is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Current Term: 2018-20

Marion McIntosh


  • Executive Committee

    • Gordon Martin, Chairperson
    • Mike House, Past Chairperson
    • Holly Piper, Vice-Chairperson
    • Michelle Roth, At-Large Member
    • Adam Sterritt, Student Life Designee (Ex-Officio)
  • Student Selection Committee

    Works with the institute staff in the nomination and selection of outstanding applicants seeking to become Blackburn Students. Also assists with the selection on award (Daniel Community Scholars) and scholarship (Siegal Scholarship) recipients, as necessary

    • Bradley Davidson, Chairperson
    • Prince Cleveland
    • Milton Davis
    • Wendy Evesque
    • Marion McIntosh
    • Louise Thibodaux
    • Bobbie Siegal
  • Leadership Development Committee

    Identifies and nominates new members for the Advisory Board and recommends ways for strengthening the ties among Blackburn Students and members to increase the effectiveness of the Blackburn Institute.

    • Michelle Roth, Co-Chairperson
    • Judson Wells, Co-Chairperson
    • Sue Bell Cobb
    • John Covington
  • Policy and Finance Committee

    Insures the viability of the institute by securing adequate funding and support to carry out its mission and purpose throughout the state of Alabama and the nation.

    • David Donaldson, Co-Chairperson
    • Gordon Martin, Co-Chairperson
    • Larry O’Neal
    • Tom Patterson
    • Alejandro Perez
    • Joe Ritch
    • John Saxon
  • Legacy Committee

    Formed as ad hoc committee to oversee the research and creation of a documentary video on the Blackburn Institute.

    • Cheree Causey
    • Kathleen Cramer
    • Carol Patterson
    • Holly Piper
    • Bobbie Siegal