Advisory Board Officers

Mike House, ChairpersonPhoto of Mike House

Mr. House is director of Hogan & Lovells’ legislative group. He is recognized as one of the top three legislative lawyers in Washington, DC by Chamber USA. Mike concentrates on legislative and regulatory matters before the U.S. Congress, White House, and various departments and independent of the executive branch. He represents national and multinational corporations, trade associations, and coalitions.

From 1973 to 1976, Mike served as Chief of Staff to Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Howell Heflin. He also had a dual role as Director of the Permanent Study Commission on the Alabama State Courts, which included the drafting and passage of the judicial article constitutional amendment in 1973, and the implementation legislation in 1975. Because of his work on court reform, he became the youngest person to ever receive an Award of Merit from the Alabama Bar Association.

From 1976-1979, Mike practiced law in Montgomery, Alabama. During that time, he was President of the Alabama Young Lawyers, and Chairman of the Alabama Citizens Conference on Alabama State Courts and the Alabama Citizens Conference on a New Constitution. He also was involved in numerous other professional and civic associations, including being a member of the board of directors of the American Judicature Society. In 1979, Mike was chosen as one of Alabama’s four Outstanding Young Men.

From 1979-1986, he served as Chief of Staff to Senator Howell Heflin of Alabama, managed his campaigns in the 1978 and 1984 elections.

Currently, Mike is a Member of the Society of International Business Fellows, the Council of Excellence in Government, President’s Cabinet of the University of Alabama, Chairman of the Farrah Law Society, University of Alabama Law School, Board of Directors of Alabama Law School Foundation and Member of the Board of Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

Mike and his wife, Gina, currently reside in McLean, Virginia.

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.

Gordon G. Martin, Member-at-LargeMartin Gordon

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.

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.


  • 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