Board Members

  • Barbara Cornelius

    Barbara Cornelius

    Board Member

    Mrs. Cornelius graduated from Lauderdale County High School, Rogersville, and holds BS and MA degrees in secondary Business Education from the University of North Alabama. She obtained AA certification at Auburn University in Vocational and Adult Education. She is a member of several professional and civic organizations.

    Mrs. Cornelius was a classroom teacher for twenty-nine years. She also taught business education classes at the junior college level and did technology training for classroom teachers and community education.

    She is married to Thomas Cornelius and has three sons and eight grandchildren. She and her family are active in their church and community and own a business and a farm in Rogersville.

    Her love of learning and her desire to continue her involvement in public education led to her seeking a position on the Lauderdale County Board of Education.

  • Picture of Jerry Fulmer

    Jerry Fulmer

    Board Member, Vice-Chairman

    Mr. Fulmer is a graduate of Central High School and earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of North Alabama. He also obtained an Ed. S. degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama.

    Mr. Fulmer is a currently Treasurer at his church and a member of the Central Heights Civitan club. He also is a member of several professional organizations.

    Mr. Fulmer is a retired educator who worked for over thirty-two years for the Lauderdale County Board of Education. During his tenure in education he was employed as bus driver, teacher, coach and school administrator. He also served as Superintendent of Education for the Lauderdale County School System.

    He is married to the former Jan Lovelace who is an elementary teacher in Lauderdale County and their son Matt is also an elementary classroom teacher. Mr. Fulmer’s hobbies include playing golf and traveling.

  • Picture of Ronnie Owens

    Ronnie Owens

    Board Member, Chairman

    Mr. Owens graduated from Lauderdale County High School in Rogersville. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Education and History from Troy University, and his M.A. degree in School Administration and Supervision from the University of North Alabama. Additionally, he has completed 60 hours in Doctoral Studies at Mississippi State University.

    Mr. Owens experience includes seven years as a classroom teacher, seven years as an assistant principal, and thirteen years as a principal. After retiring as an educator he served eight years as a Training Manager and Senior Manager with the West Corporation and DirecTV in Huntsville.

    Mr. Owens is married to the former Joan Hamilton who taught 35 years at Anderson School. They have three sons, Brock (Leslie), Whitney (Melia), Ryan Owens, and six grandchildren.

    Mr. Owens was elected to the Lauderdale County Board of Education November 4, 2014 and is currently serving a six year term.

  • Picture of Daniel Patterson

    Daniel Patterson

    Board Member

    Daniel Patterson is a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. He has served on the Board of Education since 2010. He graduated from Lauderdale County High School in 1976 and went on to attend the University of North Alabama, earning a bachelor's degree in Business and Public Relations. He earned a graduate degree in Auction Marketing from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School, the University of Alabama School of Real Estate Appraisers, the Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI), and the Accredited Auctioneers Real Estate (AARE). He is also a certified Equine Appraiser. He has worked since 1989 for United Country North Alabama Realty & Auctions as a real estate broker, auctioneer, and appraiser. He is a past board member and president of the Alabama Auctioneers Association and is a past president of the Muscle Shoals Board of Realtors MLS Board. He is a Certified City of Florence Ambassador. Mr. Patterson has two children. His son Cutter is a graduate of Brooks High School and attends Mississippi State University where he is studying Chemical Engineering. His daughter Rachael is also a graduate of Brooks High School and is currently attending Northwest-Shoals Community College in hopes of becoming a teacher.

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