Special to the
Opelika Observer

The Opelika Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 class of 20 Under 40. The 20 Under 40 program, under the direction of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, is a class comprising 20 outstanding people under the age of 40 who live in Opelika, love Opelika and have a vested interest in shaping the direction of this city’s future. 

With the extension of the application deadline due to COVID-19, the 20 Under 40 Board had numerous applications submitted, making it a competitive application process. The goal of the 20 Under 40 Board of Directors is to bring together a diverse group of individuals who, through their knowledge, experience and talents will both compliment and challenge one another. The 20 Under 40 Board of Directors and Opelika Chamber are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 class members:

• Alycia Baggett – Auburn University

• Will Black – CMG Mortgage

• Richard Bright – Zazu Gastropub

• Kristyn Bush – Opelika City Schools

• Kristen Cotter – Opelika Utilities

• Allison Duke – The Hotel @ Auburn University

• Alyssa Foreman – The Knee High Foundation, Inc

• Kim Golden – Vizion Driven Communities

• Marlana Inman – East Alabama Medical Center

• Adam Johnson – VCOM Auburn

• Anita Jolley – Chicken Salad Chick

• Russell Jones – City of Opelika

• Natasha Kelly-Humphrey – Providence Baptist Church

• Patrice Lipscomb – City of Opelika

• Lee McInnis – City of Opelika

• Micah Melnick – BigHouse Foundation

• Carter Pitts – Economy Air Heating

• Alyson Skinner – Southern Union State Community College

• Caitlyn Traffanstedt – East Alabama Medical Center

• Ken Ward – Opelika Main Street

The 2020-2021 20 Under 40 class members will have the opportunity to meet each other at a social hosted at Resting Pulse Brewing Company at the end of July. They will then begin their program with a Kick-off Retreat set for Aug. 8. For more details on the 20 Under 40 program, please contact Mackenzie Kayler at mkayler@opelikachamber.com.