Our Board of Directors are local individuals who have a vested interest in seeing Bessemer Academy achieve excellence. Board members are nominated and voted on at our annual founder’s meeting which is a business meeting held to conduct school business. Board members meet monthly at the school to discuss the operation of the school and stay in close contact via phone and email throughout the month as needed to provide oversight. The Board revises and updates policies and procedures to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and facilities, so parents are encouraged to get involved as well as read and review the handbook periodically. Because there is not a cover church for Bessemer Academy, we operate under the ownership of its foundation which are you, the families who send their children to Bessemer Academy.

Attending this meeting is more than just an obligatory “PTSO” duty. It is a time we can all come together and make important decisions about the future of our school. Please contact the school office at 205-428-6288 to inquire about how you can be nominated as a board member and when our annual foundation meeting is.


Board of Directors 2017-18

Tim Hamrick, President

Tim Hamrick is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI). APCI is a member-owned group purchasing organization comprised of over 1,600 pharmacies in 23 states. Tim has been with the company for 25 years, serving in his current role for 24 of those years.

Tim attended Samford University where he was a member of the Bulldog football team and graduated with a BS in Business Administration/Management. Following graduation, Tim worked with his brother in a startup business for a year before becoming a pharmaceutical sales rep. Tim joined APCI in 1992 and within six months of employment was promoted to his current position.

Tim and his wife Tammy live in Hueytown, AL, and have two children, Ashlyn (Senior) and Hailey (Freshman), both of whom attend Bessemer Academy. Tim is an active member in the community, in church leadership roles, and has been involved in coaching of some sort for most of his adult life. Tim is in his third year as a member of the Bessemer Academy Board of Directors and his second year as Board President.

Brooke Nixon, Vice President

Brooke Nixon is a partner at Rosen Harwood in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she practices law in the general business and labor employment areas. Brooke attended Bessemer Academy from the sixth grade until her senior year, when she graduated as salutatorian of her 2002 class. She attended Auburn University and then graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with degrees in political science and philosophy. In 2008, Brooke graduated from Cumberland School of Law second in her class.

Brooke has been on the Board of Directors of Bessemer Academy since 2014. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Tuscaloosa YMCA for a number of years, and in 2016 she was named the first female President of the Tuscaloosa YMCA Board of Directors. During her tenure as Board President, the YMCA constructed and opened a multi-million dollar new building. Brooke was also a founding member of the Young Professionals of Tuscaloosa where she served as Director of the Board for five years.

Brooke is married to Michael Nixon, also a member of the Bessemer Academy 2002 graduating class. Brooke and Michael live in McCalla with their two daughters, Tyler and Harper, who also attend Bessemer Academy.

Brad Tinsley, Secretary

Brad Tinsley is an area manager for Red River Specialties Inc. Brad manages all operations in Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. Since 1993, Brad has sold aerial application services to both corporate and private entities in the forestry, right of way, and aquatic markets.

Before joining the Red River organization, Brad attended the University of Montevallo and then joined the United States Marine Corps. Brad was selected to attend the U.S. Army Chemical School where he was the honor graduate. Shortly after graduation, he was sent to operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he trained over 5,000 Marines and British military personnel in the art of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense. 

Brad lives in Bessemer with his wife, Sunanta, and their son Zach.

Joe Brister

Joe Brister is a Sales Executive at Dell Technologies, with responsibility for leading a sales team, increasing market share, and accelerating profitable growth within his region. Since 2000, he has enjoyed a successful career in delivering value to education, government, and corporate customers with Dell Technologies. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Joe started his sales career in the fitness industry patterning with both individuals and organizations to promote healthier lifestyles. Notable is his five years of board membership with the McCalla Youth Athletic Association (MYAA), where he leveraged his experience in IT to promote MYAA and helped drive partnering initiatives with the community.

Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science form the University of Mississippi. He lives in Bessemer, AL, with his wife, Kelly; their three children, Grace, Emma, and Jacob; a dog; two cats; and a goldfish. In his free time, Joe likes to coach youth softball and baseball.

Rusty Jones

Originally from Tuscaloosa, AL, Rusty currently works as Senior Manager of Operations Body Shop at Mercedes US International, where he is responsible for Production, Process Engineering, and Dimensional Engineering and indirectly responsible for Maintenance and Maintenance Engineering. 

A graduate of Central High School, Rusty attended Shelton State Community College, the University of North Alabama, and Livingston University on baseball scholarships. He holds an Associates Degree in Industrial Electronics. 

Rusty is married to Becky Kelly Jones, and they have tow daughters, Baleigh and Ella. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, most any outdoor activity, and coaching girls fast pitch softball.

Tim Mergenthal

Tim Mergenthal is the new vehicle sales director at Serra Toyota in Birmingham, AL. During his four years in that position, Serra Toyota has grown to be the largest volume automobile dealer in the state of Alabama. The dealership has also won the prestigious Presidents Award each of those four years.

Tim was born in Chicago, IL, and spent most of his teen and young adult years in Galva, IL. He attended Black Hawk Community College and Norther Illinois University. He moved to Hueytown in 1996 where he met his wife Kim.

Tim and Kim have had four children to attend Bessemer Academy. Their oldest son Brady graduated in 2014. Attending currently are their son Mason (7th grade), daughter Madison (5th), and daughter Mallorie (3rd).

Wes Russell

Wes Russell is an owner of Russell & Company, LLC, a public accounting firm located in Bessemer, AL. The firm works with small businesses in areas of tax and accounting. Wes has been with Russell & Company, LLC since July 2006. Prior to joining Russell & Company, LLC, he worked for KPMG, LLP from 2000 to 2006 and was a tax manager.

Wes has a broad and varied community service background. In addition to the Bessemer Academy board, he has served as president and treasurer of the Bessemer Kiwanis Club. He also assist other local non-profits including churches and foundations in various advisory roles.

Wes graduated from McAdory High School in 1995 and received his Bachelor of Science in Accountiy (1999) and a Masters of Taxation (2000) from the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Susanne, live in Hoover with their three children where their family is actively involved in the Hoover city Schools System and Riverchase United Methodist Church.

Robert Jones

Robert Jones is the owner of Reno Rite LLC, a company that specializes in home renovations and real estate investing. Robert Jones has worked in the construction field since 1993. He also served as a private school administrator from 2004 to 2006, and he has been a pastor for twelve years.

Robert graduated from seminary with a bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2002. Since earning his degree, he has served on numerous church boards and committees. 

Robert is married with four children. He and his wife Penny have been married for twenty-three years. His children have all attended or currently attend BA. Jillayne graduated in 2017, Branden is a senior, Alissa a sophomore, and Ashlynn is in third grade.