Meet Our

Board of Trustees

jeremy farber

Jeremy Farber, Chairman

Jeremy Farber is an alum from the class of 1995. During his time on campus, he served in many roles within the Corps of Cadets, including Battalion Commander his senior year.  He took the lessons he learned to The Citadel, where graduated in 1999. His experience at the academy paved a path so he can be successful, both personally and professionally.  After graduating college, Jeremy became a successful entrepreneur, and currently serves as the CEO of Securis in Washington D.C. Jeremy enjoys serving his community by coaching high school basketball and spending time with his wife and three children.

Amy Reese

Amy Reese grew up in Gulf Breeze, FL. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in Secondary Education. Amy and her husband, Joseph, have lived in Birmingham since 1998. They have 2 sons, Joseph III and Davis. Joseph III graduated from Southern Prep in 2019.  Amy enjoys being involved with community projects, teaching adults pursuing their GED, and playing tennis.

Col. Al Hovey

COL Hovey, a native of Lee County, AL, earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Auburn University. He joined the Academy’s faculty as a young science instructor in 1966. He was appointed Academic Dean by former President COL Wesley P. Smith in 1972, vice president in 1984, and then president in 1989. A respected educator throughout the state of Alabama, COL Hovey was instrumental in the Academy’s securing its initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 197. He has since served on SACS evaluation teams throughout the region. COL Hovey worked tirelessly to improve academic standards at the Academy, putting together a highly qualified faculty and staff and achieving the highest ACT scores in the school’s history under his watch. COL Hovey and his wife Ann, who live in Camp Hill, are the parents of a son and a daughter, as well as grandparents to six grandchildren. COL Hovey’s son, Paul, graduated from LWMA in the Class of ’85. COL Hovey has been very popular with faculty, staff, parents, and cadets, and is pleased to remain on as a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Harold Grant

Harold Grant grew up in Waverly, Alabama.  He graduated with the class of 1990. He is an active member of the Alumni Association and has served as Vice-President and President in the past years. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. He and his wife, Maggie, have a daughter, Madelyn, and live in Hoover, AL. He is a transportation software professional at McLeod Software where he has been employed since 1999.

Douglas Peebles

Mr. Peebles’ youngest son, Garrett, is a 2022 graduate of Southern Prep. As a former parent joining the Board of Trustees, Mr. Peebles brings a unique and valuable perspective to the leadership team. Mr. Peebles has built a successful career as a lawyer. His practice, Peebles Law Firm, is well respected. His legal expertise will greatly benefit Southern Prep, especially in regard to matters related to contracts, compliance, and policy development. 

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Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney is a graduate of the class of 1983, and resides in McLean, Virginia. He earned a B.A. from the Univ. of Kentucky and M.S. from Penn State Univ. He retired from the US Army as a LTC and currently works as a Director of a Consulting Firm specializing in International Affairs and Foreign Policy.

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Mario Camara

Mario A. Camara is a graduate of the class of 1993, where he was the Battalion Commander. He currently resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He earned a J.D. from the Iberoamerican University of Sta. Fe, México, a L.L.M. from the Panamerican University, Mexico City and an M.B.A. from London University. Mario currently works as the global head of legal and compliance at an electronic trading brokerage corporate group.

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Jose M. Leon

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Attended the academy for five consecutive years and graduated with the Class of 1982 as Salutatorian and Battalion Commander. He attended Inter American University in San Juan with a concentration in Marketing. Jose has been a Herff Jones sales rep since 1991 and has been with BSN Sports since 2014. Jose has owned Graduation Supplies Inc. since 2000.

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