Board of Commissioners

Dr. John F. Knight, Jr.Dr. John F. Knight, Jr. (Chairman) – Serves as State Representative for Alabama’s 77th house district, since 1993 and continues to serve on the Ways and Means General Fund, Health (Ranking Minority Member) and Montgomery County Legislation committees. A decorated Vietnam War veteran and champion of quality-of-life issues such as decent wages, adequate health care, affordable housing and quality public education, Knight served as a member of the Montgomery County Commission from 1980-1992. He also serves on a number of boards, including the Montgomery Housing Authority, Montgomery Improvement Association, Southern Development Council and Kershaw YMCA. He is Chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Conference and a member of Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Alabama. Currently employed as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Alabama State University, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from ASU in 1974 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Alabama A&M University. Chairman Knight enjoys family life and is an avid golfer.


General Paul M. HankinsGeneral Paul M. Hankins – is currently the President of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Prior to assuming that position, he served 29 years in the U.S. Air Force in various high level leadership and management positions, culminating in his assignment as the Commander of the Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools where he served as University President of three separate educational arms: Air Force ROTC, Air Force Junior ROTC and a post-graduate officers training program. General Hankins also worked over seven years as a direct liaison for the Department of Defense and the Air Force with the United States Congress. He currently serves as Chairman of the Montgomery Education Foundation, as Chairman of Alabama’s Military Stability Foundation and on several national and local boards to include the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives (NAICUSE) Board and the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America Tukabatchee Area Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master’s Degree from Troy. He completed a national fellowship with the Broad Foundation’s Urban School Superintendents Academy and is a graduate from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program.

HoodAlfred Hood – Retired from the U.S. Army. Currently works with the Alabama Department of Corrections. Mr. Hood has been a Commissioner on the Montgomery Housing Authority Board since 2006. He chairs the Administrative/Personnel Committee and is a member of the Safety and Modernization Committees. Mr. Hood is a graduate of the University of Maryland. In his spare time he enjoys giving back to the community serving as President and Neighborhood Watch Coordinator of the Monterey Park and Hunter’s Point Neighborhood Association.


Betty BarnettBettie Barnett – is a community advocate and proud mother of three girls and three boys. Barnett resides at The Terrace, where she serves as the Resident Council President for her community. She is well-known and respected as a community organizer. She has coordinated dozens of special events through the years to improve the quality of life of her fellow Montgomery residents. As a Commissioner on the Montgomery Housing Authority Board, she serves a member of the Administrative/Personnel, Finance, Safety, and Public Relations Committees. Ms. Barnett is a member of St. John AME Church. In 2012, the Barnett family was awarded Family Guidance Center’s Family of the Year Award.



Raymond L. Roton, Sr.Raymond L. Roton, Sr. – is the managing member of Roton & Bear, LLC and Cypress Development, LLC. Mr. Roton entered the securities industry in 1970 and completed projects in more than 30 states before retiring from the profession in 2011. His expertise lies in housing- and development-oriented financing. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Alabama. Roton is on the Administrative/Personnel and Modernization Committees of the MHA and is vice chairman of the Montgomery Water Works and Sanitary Sewer Board. He has also served as chairman of Methodist Homes for the Aging and served as an active member of The Haven, Our Lady of Peace, as well as numerous other nonprofit organizations in Alabama and Florida.

Willie DurhamWillie Durham – a lifelong resident of Montgomery served proudly in the US Marine Corps for over 20 years. In 2005, he established his State Farm Insurance Agency office where he quickly built a name as an industry leader in the field. A man of faith, Mr. Durham is a member of the New Home Missionary Baptist Church where he serves on the Board of Deacons. Also active in the community, Mr. Durham serves on several boards to include the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. He is a Rotarian and president of his neighborhood homeowners’ association. Mr. Durham has been married for 29 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Terrie Fleming and they have a 14 year old son, Kolby. In his spare time he enjoys giving back to his community and supporting his alma mater, Jeff Davis High School.

Richard E. Hanan – is a founding member of Aliant Bank (then First Montgomery Bank). He recently retired as Secretary-Treasurer of Loeb & Hanan, Inc., one of Montgomery’s most renowned homebuilding companies. Mr. Hanan chairs the Modernization Committee of the Montgomery Housing Authority Board and serves on several other boards to include Chairman of the Water Works & Sewer Board for the City of Montgomery, President of the Alabama Water & Sewer Institute, Chairman of the Board for MARC, Inc. (McInnis School), President of H.E.L.P. (Handicapped Environmental Living Program), President of the Special Olympics of Alabama and member of The Hope Project, AUM Advisory Board, and Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hanan has received such awards as the Mankind Award, the Lotus Award, Humanitarian of the Year, and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Community Service in Education.

Frank Brown – Currently serves as the Government Relations Manager for the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Mr. Brown was appointed as a Commissioner of the Montgomery Housing Board, in February 2016. He is a member of the Montgomery Housing Authority’s Modernization Committee and the Community Resource Committee. Mr. Brown is the Chairman of the Montgomery County Community Corrections and Punishment Authority and of Life Time Resolutions. He serves on the following Boards: Landmark Foundation, Cleveland Avenue YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Alabama. Ms. Brown received his Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State University and his Masters in Public Administration from Ashford University. His community involvement includes Maggie Street Missionary Baptist Church, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Lambda Alpha Upsilon and Leadership Montgomery.