Harold Washington, Chairman
Harold Washington serves on the Utilities Board of Tuskegee and is also a respected business leader in the community. Re-elected to a third term in 2012, Washington owns H & E Enterprises, the parent corporation to Family Foods grocery store located in Tuskegee. He has been in the food retail business for 38 years, starting with a produce stand he operated from 1977 through 1983.
He learned the management side of the industry while working as area supervisor for a convenience store chain. But the taste of being his own boss stayed with him and he seized a golden opportunity in 1995. That year he bought an existing grocery store and renamed it Family Foods. Today, he employs more than 20 workers and though he is the owner, he still works at the store as general manager. He says dedication, a strong work ethic and excellent customer service are the keys to success, a philosophy he applies at his grocery store and at the utility system.
Christopher Lee, Vice Chairman
Frank Christopher Lee II is a Tuskegee City Council member who at age 24 is the youngest person in history elected to the Council. He performs double duty as Vice Chairman of the Utilities Board of Tuskegee. Passionate about his hometown and confident that he had substantive ideas that could be of value, Lee ran for the District 1 City Council seat in 2012 and won. This historically rich neighborhood includes Tuskegee University and two national landmarks — the George Washington Carver Museum and The Oaks, the family home of Booker T. Washington.
A 2010 graduate of Hampton University, Lee has been on the fast track to success. Prior to returning home to Tuskegee, he interned at the White House with the Obama administration. He also worked as a governmental affairs liaison with the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, advocating on behalf of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which put him in position to serve Tuskegee University even before the 2012 election formalized this role.
Jacqueline Ivy Gullette, RN, MSN, Secretary / Treasurer
Jacqueline Ivy Gullette is a living example of servant leadership. She is a highly motivated, self-directed and solution-oriented professional with exceptional communication skills as Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer for the Utilities Board of Tuskegee (UBT), to which she was elected in 2012. She has a long history of service in both the medical profession and the United States Army which consistently earned her respect and promotions to progressive positions as staff nurse, head nurse, associate and chief nurse.
She has worked at Veterans Administration Medical Centers and other hospitals in Alabama, Michigan, Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia. She also has served as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigator and mediator. Her other career involved 34 years of service with the U.S. Army, both active and reserves. She holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was discharged honorably. Her history of service continues through her work at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with Bible Study, Christian Education, the Trustee Ministry and other church programs.
Ala Whitehead, Board Member
Ala Whitehead brings entrepreneurial and grass roots perspectives to the Utilities Board of Tuskegee (UBT). Elected in 2012, Mrs. Whitehead is also a Tuskegee City Council member, community leader and businesswoman who owns a retail store in Tuskegee. Her professional credentials include secretary of the Tuskegee Planning Commission, member of the Macon County Democratic Political Organization, member of the Democrats of the 82nd District Political Organization and NAACP member.
She also has worked in the public school system in Theodore, Alabama and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tuskegee. She attended Troy State University and is currently president of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Lambda Chapter. An active member of Butler Chapel AME Zion Church, where she serves in the choir and on the steward board, Ala is also a member of the Lots of Love Mentoring Program in Tuskegee.
Lawrence Haygood, Board Member
Lawrence F. Haygood, Jr. was elected to the Tuskegee’s City Council (Councilman-At-Large / Mayor Pro-tem) in 2012. Haygood received his undergraduate degree at Rhodes College with a major in Political Science and a minor concentration in Economics. He received a MBA Degree from Auburn University Montgomery with additional studies in Management Science at Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and The Georgia Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2011, Haygood completed the Intensive Economic Development Training Course at Auburn University. Mr. Haygood has also served as Economic/Business Development Specialist at the Tuskegee-Macon County Community Development Corporation (TMCDC) for the past four years.
In that capacity he has been working closely with the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program (TUCEP) and as a member of the Booker T. Washington Economic Summit Planning Committee. He has worked with the TMCDC staff to promote business development in the county, support improvement of entrance corridors, perform housing rehabilitation, conduct entrepreneurial training, and manage a community revolving loan fund. As a grant writer, he worked with TUCEP and TMCDC staff to acquire substantial grant funding for community programs. In addition to being a member of the Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and Community Development Action Coalition (CDAC) national boards, Haygood is also a current member and past president of Alpha Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He previously served as President of Southern Community College, Chairman of the Tuskegee Area Health Education Center, as well as past State Vice-President for Alabama New South Coalition. Haygood was selected as Alabama Tree Farmer of the Year in 1998 and received the Tuskegee University Merit Farm Family award in 2005 at the 113th Annual Farmer's Conference.
Fred Gray, Jr. Esq., Attorney
Fred D. Gray, Jr., is a Partner in the Law Firm of Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray, Gray & Nathanson, P.C. where he has been an attorney for over 25 years, regularly engaged in civil litigation, education law, contract law, municipal law and criminal litigation, among other areas of law. His father, famed civil rights attorney Fred D. Gray, started the firm in 1954 and has represented clients such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Tuskegee Syphilis Study Participants. The firm currently represents The City of Tuskegee, Alabama, among other clients.
Gray's educational background is as follows:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Gray is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Alabama and in Washington, D.C.
He is a member of many professional, political and civic organizations including the International Lions Club and NAACP. An elected member of the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee and the Macon County Democratic Executive Committee, Gray also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tuskegee Federal Credit Union. Gray is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. where he serves as a regional vice president.
Attorney Gray is an Elder at the Tuskegee Church of Christ where he teaches adult bible classes, among other responsibilities. His wife Bridgett, is also an attorney in their law firm. They have two children.
P. O Box 831050
101 Fonville Street
Tuskegee, AL 36083
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
1st Tuesday of each month at the Municipal Complex:
Work Session 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Board of Directors Meeting 5:00pm