Janice Charlesworth
Executive Director

janice charlesworthAs the Executive Director I serve as chief operating and administrative officer. My duties include administering and implementing policies and programs approved by the Board of Directors.  I work to constructively and effectively plan and provide leadership in all matters of the Association.  I have been with the association since 1997, and I am very proud of the advancements made under my watch. However, it is the future that I work to protect especially in the area of pensions and health care benefits. As the principal lobbyist for AERA, I make every effort to follow legislative bills of importance to all education retirees and to share this information with our members.

It is my great privilege and honor to serve as Executive Director of the Alabama Education Retirees Association. I understand the importance of what this organization is working to accomplish and that the efforts of our staff, Board of Directors and members do make a difference for state education retirees. Remember, our door and phone lines are always open at AERA!

E-mail: jcharlesworth@aerainc.org

Keron Forte
Assistant to the Executive Director

keron forteAs Assistant to the Executive Director, I assist in the daily tasks associated with running the state association on a daily basis, including: attending state meetings, serving as an advocate with the state legislature, performing public relations duties, attending board meetings, and visiting with local units as needed. My main responsibility is serving as editor of our bimonthly newspaper, The AERA Voice! I handle layout, design, and edit the publication, which is mailed to all members. During the annual legislative session, I also serve as a lobbyist working to protect all education retirees’ benefits. I have been with AERA since 2001 and I am honored to work with the Board of Directors and members.

E:mail: kforte@aerainc.org

Vicki Rohan
Director of Membership/Bookkeeper

vicki rohanI have been with AERA since 1989, so I truly am the “senior staffer”. My duties include maintaining AERA’s extensive database of education retirees and producing and mailing state and local membership invitations several times a year as well as receipts to our members. My office becomes a noisy place when I am printing membership statements! I also handle all of the accounts payable and receivable duties. This includes producing a monthly financial statement and the AERA budget each year. Another of my many duties is maintaining and updating the AERA website and all of the social media outlets that AERA communicates with, so if you like what you see, let me know!

I began working for the association – then called Alabama Retired Teachers Association – in 1989 when our retired membership numbered approximately 15,000 and the staff consisted of two people.  I have seen a number of changes through the years including the need for additional staff and the creation of very successful programs to inform and advocate for our members.  My own duties have grown and transitioned through the years as I have taken on the duties of membership director, bookkeeper, maintaining the AERA social media outlets and the state elections process.  Today the state office employs four women who service over 24,000 members, and we all work well together and often share duties as needed.  We believe in this association and the work we do for our members and we enjoy working together!

E-mail: vrohan@aerainc.org

Veronica Dewees
Office Secretary

Veronica DeweesAs Secretary, I am the phone voice of the association.  Sometimes I feel like a participant in the television commercial where the caller can’t believe they are talking to a ‘real’ person.  AERA recognizes your importance and assists members promptly.   The only time a member is put on hold is to transfer your call to the appropriate person or while getting the information you requested.  Other secretarial duties involve Annual Meeting registration and delegate certification.  Also, June to October I spend a lot of time preparing the local unit letters – approximately 64,000 of them.  Other duties of this position involve preparations for Board or Committee Meeting and most correspondence sent from the Association. Never a dull moment at AERA! I am honored to work with AERA members, the Board of Directors, and terrific staff.

E-mail: vdewees@aerainc.org

Charlotte Wilson
Area Coordinator

charlotte-wilsonCharlotte Wilson is the Area Coordinator for the western half of the northern one-third of the state.  She is from Jefferson County and in her spare time trains therapy dogs.  She also has several dogs certified for therapy.  Her duties include visiting local units in her area and recruiting state members.  She also visits schools and Teachers Retirement System Retirement Prep Seminars in her area to introduce AERA to teachers planning to retire and helping them to transfer their active AEA membership to retired status.  The counties in her area include:

Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion, Morgan, Shelby, Walker and Winston.

Charlotte’s email address is charlottewilsonaera@gmail.com

Marian Wood
Area Coordinator – Area I

mwoodMarian Wood is the Area Coordinator for the eastern northern one-third of the state.  She is the liaison between local units and the AERA state office.  Her duties include visiting local units in her area and recruiting state members.  She also visits schools in her area to introduce AERA to teachers planning to retire and helping them to transfer their active AEA membership to retired status.  The counties in her area include:

Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison, Marshall, St. Clair, and Talladega

Marian’s email address is woodmb@otelco.net

Pauline George
Area Coordinator – Area II East

pauline-georgeThe new Area II East Coordinator is Pauline George from Montgomery County. Mrs. George served as a local unit president while active and has also experience recruiting for AEA. She will bring a wealth of experience to all of Districts 5 and 7.  The counties Mrs. George will service include the following:

Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Clay, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, and Tallapoosa Counties.

Mrs. George, who was elected as AERA District 7 Director, resigned her position at the April 2013 AERA Board of Directors meeting as she cannot be employed by AERA and hold a position on the board.

Email: pwgeorge71@gmail.com

James Shannon
Area Coordinator – Area II West

jim-shannonThe new Area 2 West Coordinator is James Shannon from Chilton County. Mr. Shannon has been involved with AERA long before his retirement as his mother, Nancy Shannon, serves as president of Chilton County REA. He has a wide range of experience in public education and has done recruiting for AEA. Mr. Shannon will service the following counties in Districts 3 and 5:

Autauga, Bibb, Butler, Chilton, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Lowndes, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties.

Email: jimshannonaera@gmail.com

Peggy Mobley
Area Coordinator – Area III East

peggy-mobleyPeggy Mobley is the new Area III East Coordinator from Covington County and serves counties in the southeast part of the state. Peggy has been an active member while working and now in retirement. She currently serves as vice president of the Covington County Retired Teachers.  Peggy was a two term president of AEA and served over twenty years on the AEA Board of Directors.  Peggy understands the importance of joining and working together to protect current and future retirees’ benefits. In her spare time, Peggy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.  Ms. Mobley will service the following counties in Districts 8 and 9:

Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike Counties.

John Paul Jones
Area Coordinator – Area III West

john-paul-2011John Paul Jones serves as Area III West Coordinator from Mobile County and serves counties in the southwest part of Alabama.  Before joining the staff, John Paul served as President of AERA. He brings that experience along with many years of active service with AEA along with membership and leadership roles in this local unit. John Paul enjoys performing local theatre productions and Mardi Gras celebrations.  Mr. Jones will service the following counties in Districts 6 and 8:

Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington, and Wilcox Counties.