ANDALUSIA, ALA – LBW Community College will welcome Opp native, Rosemary Elebash as the keynote speaker for the 2022 graduation ceremonies on May 13.

“Mrs. Elebash currently serves as the state director for the NFIB,” said LBW President Dr. Brock Kelley. “She has served the state of Alabama in various roles, and it will be an honor to host her for graduation.”

Elebash is a graduate of Troy University and was appointed to the Troy University National Alumni Board of Directors in 2010.

She was appointed as state director of NFIB/Alabama in January 2003 and represents NFIB’s Alabama members as the public policy advocate. Prior to the NFIB appointment, she was state director of law and government affairs for AT&T overseeing legislative and regulatory affairs in Alabama and Mississippi.

She has experience serving as the Alabama private sector chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council, past chairman and current board member of the Baptist Hospital South Advisory Board, Alabama Council of Association Executives Board, and Treasurer of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee.

“Mrs. Elebash has been instrumental in developing pathways for Alabama Community Colleges to train individuals around the state for occupations and careers where training is difficult to obtain,” Kelley said.

“With her help and guidance, LBW and our sister colleges will soon be able to meet statewide workforce needs at an accelerated pace.”

Elebash was selected by Governor Bob Riley in 2004 to serve as a member of the Unemployment Compensation Reform Committee, and in 2010, he appointed her to serve on the Coastal Recovery Commission to create a roadmap to resilience related to the oil spill on the coast.

In 2011, she was appointed to serve on the Alabama Workforce Training Council by the Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

Governor Robert Bentley appointed her to the Governor’s College and Career Ready Task Force in 2013 where she served as the Chair of the Alabama Small Business Commission and the Small Business Advisory Committee.

During the COVID 19 pandemic, she served on the Reopen Alabama Responsibly Committee.

She was previously nominated by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions and appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women.

LBW’s Career Technical Ceremony will be held on May 13 at 10:00 a.m., and the Academic Transfer Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Community Center located in Andalusia.