Jill E. Jackson
Executive Director

Mrs. Jill Jackson was hired in January 2018 as the new Executive Director of Alabama Education Retirees Association. She brings with her a varied background of education, business, and law. Having been a teacher at Wetumpka High School in Elmore County, Mrs. Jackson conveys her education experience in her advocating efforts on behalf of retired public education employees.  In addition to her years of teaching service, Mrs. Jackson has also co-owned successful construction businesses in the residential home building trade in which she has mastered the skill of “growth” in a given industry.  To conclude, Mrs. Jackson is completing her Master of Law degree in the Spring of 2019 that will be beneficial as the official advocate and “Voice” of the Alabama Education Retirees Association. Mrs. Jill Jackson has stated that her goals as the Executive Director of AERA are, “to grow our association membership numbers and to increase the presence, voice, and power of all public education retirees at the Alabama State House Legislature.”

E-mail: jjackson@aerainc.org

Keron Forte
Assistant Executive Director

As Assistant Executive Director, I assist in the tasks associated with running the state association on a daily basis, including: assisting members, performing public relations duties, attending board meetings, attending state meetings, serving as an advocate with the state legislature, and visiting local units as needed. My main responsibility is serving as editor of our magazine, The AERA Voice! I layout, design, and edit the publication, which is mailed to all members. I have been with AERA since 2001. I am honored to work with the Board of Directors, our members, and be a part of an awesome staff!

E:mail: kforte@aerainc.org

Teresa Wingard
Membership Coordinator/Bookkeeper

As Membership Coordinator/Bookkeeper, I assist in the daily tasks associated with running the state association on a daily basis. This includes preparing and mailing letters for membership, maintaining accurate records of the receipts and disbursements of the Association, assisting with AERA meetings, and answering members’ questions pertaining to membership. I enjoy working with the Board of Directors, the staff, and the members at AERA!

E:mail: twingard@aerainc.org

Veronica Dewees
Administrative Assistant/Local Unit Liason

I’m the official greeter of AERA. Although my job description includes a variety of tasks, I believe in making each caller feel special and providing the best service possible. It makes me smile when someone asks for our voice mailbox, I tell them that is something we probably will never have as we believe every member deserves our full attention.

As local unit liaison, I disseminate information from the state office to 70+ local units. Our core system and mission are the same for all members, even though each unit is autonomous. I’m responsible for the “free” local unit letters that are sent to over 64,000 education retirees.

As administrative assistant, I’m also the ‘behind the scene’ support staff member. As such, meeting preparations keep me busy. There is the Annual Meeting, ten District Meetings, Board and Committee meetings, staff meetings, Advocacy Training, Leadership Workshop, etc.

I am honored to work with AERA members, the Board of Directors, and terrific staff. I am blessed to have a job that I love!

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 mbwaera@gmail.com

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.

Email: phmobley46@gmail.com

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.

Email: johnpaul.aera@gmail.com