The Randolph Connect Effect is what happens when people share their passion and expertise through the Randolph Connect platform.
The Connect Effect expands and strengthens a network of resources, building connections between individuals, businesses, and civic organizations. This has a profound effect on the student experience and creates opportunities for students to connect their learning to their interests.
This Randolph grandparent was one of the first members of our community to join the Connect platform and become a Connector. Rusty Stephenson had a 40-year banking career with AMSouth Bank. AMSouth encouraged its employees to contribute to community life, and Rusty quickly found himself involved in economic development, as well as promoting the arts with activities at the Museum, Panoply events, and work with symphonies. Rusty didn't stop there! United Way became a focal point for his servant leadership, as well as hospital boards, church, and educational activities.
With everything that Rusty has done for our community, he is still NEVER too busy to mentor our youth.
He says, "When you live and work in a community it is important to take part in the life of a community. There are so many opportunities, no matter your age, to help make a difference to others who live and work there. With each step and different city of my career, getting involved and volunteering as soon as I moved there, helped me see the city and appreciate the people. Be proud to be a part of Huntsville and lend a helping hand. Volunteer! Giving will become a way of life."
Rusty is the proud parent of Todd Dodgen and father-in-law of Melissa Dodgen, a member of Randolph's Board of Trustees and former RCN Chair, and the grandfather of Van '18 and Drew '24. We are so proud of Rusty Stephenson and his wife, Connie, for all of the amazing work they do for our school and our community.