Two new additions to AHA board

The Alabama Humanities Alliance welcomes two new members to its board of directors: Diane Clouse and Dr. Anne M. Schmidt, M.D.

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Gov. Ivey appoints two new members to AHA board

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. / Sept. 30, 2021 — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed Diane Clouse and Dr. Anne M. Schmidt to the Alabama Humanities Alliance Board of Directors. The Alabama Humanities Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making Alabama a better place to live through the humanities. Its board includes six governor-appointed members.

“The Alabama Humanities Alliance is guided by energetic leaders from across the state who serve on our board and share the organization’s mission to make Alabama better,” says Chuck Holmes, AHA’s executive director. “In selecting our newest board members, Governor Ivey continues the tradition. Diane and Anne have deep and diverse experiences, and a passion for the humanities and public service. I look forward to our work together.”

Diane Clouse

Diane Clouse, of Ozark, Alabama, is retired from a successful career in the performing arts as a teacher and choreographer. She enjoyed a second career as a family and consumer science teacher at the Carroll High School Career Tech Center, having earned a secondary teaching certification through Athens State University.

Clouse was owner of a performing arts center in Ozark. She served as teacher and choreographer for the Flowers Center for the Performing Arts, Carroll High School Musical Theatre, and Dale County Young Woman of the Year. She has served on numerous boards, including the Wallace College Foundation Board, the Dale County Library Board and the Flowers Center.

Dr. Anne M. Schmidt

Anne M. Schmidt, M.D., of Birmingham, is board-certified in family medicine and currently serves as senior medical director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. In this role, Dr. Schmidt coordinates and implements clinical programs that improve the overall health and wellness of Blue Cross members and all Alabamians. She also serves as a liaison facilitating a strong collaboration between Blue Cross and other leading health organizations statewide.

Dr. Schmidt has practiced primary care in both rural and urban settings in her career. She previously served as medical director at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, developing a medical home model of care for people with disabilities. She also has a master’s degree in English Language and Literature.

Clouse and Schmidt join five other new AHA board members this year:


About the Alabama Humanities Alliance
The Alabama Humanities Alliance is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and we’re passionate about using the humanities to make Alabama a better place to live. AHA supports programs statewide that encourage impactful storytelling, lifelong learning and civic engagement. We provide Alabamians with opportunities to learn, to connect with our communities and to see each other as fully human. Learn more at

Meet the full board

AHA’s Board of Directors meets quarterly and is comprised of up to 26 members. Six members are appointed by the governor of Alabama; the remaining members are elected by the board.

AHA's Board of Directors