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Doug Marshall, PHFC CEO

Doug Marshall is the President and CEO of Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, Alabama. The Home was founded in 1868 to serve at-risk and homeless children from across Alabama. Since joining the Home in 2017, Doug has dedicated his life and heart to leading the Home’s efforts to put homeless children and their mothers as well as young female adults on a path of hope. A residential therapeutic treatment program serves teenage girls who have experienced extreme trauma and/or neglect. The Home also provides a Cognia fully-accredited K-12 school, Ascension Leadership Academy, focusing on academics and leadership for its residential students and children from surrounding communities. 

Through its Family Bridges Program, Doug is expanding the Home’s impact in seven east central Alabama to families in crisis by offering family preservation and reunification services. He is also directing the Home’s mission outreach of love and mentoring to children and youth living in extreme poverty in Wilcox and Marengo counties. 

He is responsible for developing Union Village, a permanent supportive housing community for blind, deaf, deafblind and multi-disabled adults in partnership with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB). Unique in the country, Union Village provides this vulnerable population safe, secure and affordable housing with full wraparound support services from AIDB. The rental income helps offset operating costs to care for children at the Home.  

The PHFC Thrift Store in Talladega has expanded under Doug’s leadership. The Thrift Store offers unique merchandise at great prices now in a 20,000 square-foot store to help support the mission of the Home. 

Under Doug’s leadership, the Home secured a 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator in 2023 and a Gold Seal of Transparency from Candid (formerly Guidestar) in 2022. 

Doug is a popular guest speaker in churches and other venues throughout the state. He is pleased to talk about the mission of the Home, and he refers to himself as a mirror which reflects the love, compassion and professionalism of his leadership and staff in the ongoing care of individuals at this special place healing and hope.

His skillsets over his career in the corporate sector and nonprofit community include finance, accounting, tax, operations management, marketing, communications, government affairs, human resources and resource development. In 2017, he was recognized as one of the Top 50 Over 50 in central Alabama by Positive Maturity. 

Doug was elected to the Board of Directors of United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA) in 2022 and as its Executive Treasurer in 2023. The only faith-based accrediting body in the country for ministry to children and older adults, UMA’s mission is to promote, inspire, recognize and empower excellence in human service ministries. UMA is a national network of more than 450 health and human service organizations serving children, families, seniors and persons with disabilities, which together touch the lives of 4.4 million individuals each year.

Since 2019, Doug has served on the national EAGLE Accreditation Commission under UMA. As a peer reviewer for EAGLE (Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence), Doug visits children’s homes and senior living facilities/communities across the country. 

Doug was previously the CFO of United Ability, serving children and adults with disabilities in central Alabama and one of the larger agencies supported by United Way of Central Alabama. He then joined the statewide nonprofit Alabama Family Trust as its CFO and Director of Community Relations in their mission of administering special needs trusts.  

He enjoyed 25 years with Energen Corporation, where he served as VP/Controller of Alagasco (now Spire) and had direct responsibility for one third of operations with the state’s largest natural gas utility. He was Director of Tax for Energen Corporation, previously a diversified holding company for Alagasco and Energen Resources, previously one of the country’s largest independent oil and gas producers. While at Energen, Doug served as Chair of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee for the Business Council of Alabama and Chair of the Tax Committee for the American Gas Association. A CPA, he started his career at Ernst & Young, LLP.  

Doug also serves as a career and life coach with Grace Ministries and co-founded two community newspapers, the Selma Sun and the Leeds Tribune. He graduated cum laude from the University of West Florida with his Bachelor’s in Accounting and a minor in Finance and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus in 2012. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, and a graduate of Meridian High School with highest honors, Doug and his wife Christy have three adult children, two grandchildren and four dogs of which three are rescues.  

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