Advisory Boards

At TruFund, we value community input to ensure that we are deeply connected to the communities that we serve.  Our Advisory Boards, comprised of community advocates, bankers, lawyers, and local officials, provide advice and oversight for our programs in Alabama, Louisiana, and New York.


Paul Carruthers, Interim Chair
Senior Vice President
Regions Bank

Donald J. Burback
CRA Community Development

Richard Busby
Vice President – Senior Community Development Officer
Government and Community Relations Group
Wells Fargo – Mid-South Region

Dr. Youssouf Diabate
Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics Business Development Specialist
Tuskegee University

Michelle Gilliam-Jordan
Executive Director 
Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments

Tyson Howard
Executive Director
South Central Regional Planning Commission

Eula Jackson
Vice President
CRA Community Development Officer
Cadence Bank

Felecia Jones
Executive Director
Black Belt Community Foundation

Joseph Lee
Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies
Alabama A&M University

Dr. Carl H. Marbury
Former President, Alabama A&M University

William Pompey

Philip Nigel Roberts
Director, Community Planning & Development
City of Mobile

The Honorable Marvin W. Wiggins
Circuit Judge – Fourth Circuit of Alabama

Dr. Stephanie R. Yates
Associate Professor, Director of Institute of Financial Literacy, University of Alabama-Birmingham



Cheri Morial-Ausberry, Chair
Customer Service Manager

Tyra Banks
Program Manager
Metromorphosis Baton Rouge

Rodney Braxton
Southern Strategy Group – Louisiana

Kimberly Lavon Burbank
Palesa Development

Melissa S. Lee
Senior Advisor
New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Monique Scott-Spaulding
Jani-King Franchise (Baton Rouge)

Samuel Sanders
Executive Director
Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance (Baton Rouge)

LaVerne Saulney – Toombs
Special Assistant
St. John the Baptist Parish President

Chris Tyson
Build Baton Rouge

Stacie Williams
Susan G. Komen Louisiana


New York

Maurice Coleman, Corporate Advisor
Senior Vice President – Community Development Banking
Bank of America 

Gina D. Nisbeth, Corporate Advisor
Director of Structured Lending & Investments