Meet Our Leadership
These are our elected officials who guide AMS and make larger decisions. Typically these are administrative roles.
President: Alisha Millican
Vice President: Kelcie Brown
Treasurer: Spencer Lowry
Secretary: Becca Mahoney
Meet Our Board
President, Alisha Millican
Board Member, Foray Leader
Alisha grew up hiking and exploring the woods of NE Ohio before moving south running from the snow. She has always had an interest in wild edibles, gardening and everything outdoors. In 2017 she received her Master Gardener certification which furthered her interest in collecting wild edibles. After discovering the Alabama Mushroom Society, she has delved more specifically into fungi identification and is constantly broadening her knowledge of Alabama mushrooms. She hopes by encouraging interest in and educating people about mushrooms, she can help promote good stewardship of our wild places and our earth. She also sits on the Board of the North American Mycological Association and has the pleasure to serve on NAMA's Vouchering Committee and Nominating Committee.
Alisha lives in Cullman County, Alabama with her husband and two young kids. When she isn't hunting for or studying mushrooms, she enjoys backpacking, practicing primitive skills, and gardening.
Treasurer, Spencer Lowery
Spencer grew up in Central Alabama surrounded by a forest; the woods are his home. He has always had an interest in the natural sciences since a child but started to specialize in mycology in 2017. His goal is to teach the younger generations and get them involved. Mycophobia is indoctrinated, and he would like to end the cycle by educating others. AMS offers a platform to do this type of work. Fungi are useful, whether that be culinary, medically, or environmentally. Spencer just wants to show people this without it being convoluted with pop science, pseudo-medicine or mycophobia. Spencer is currently working on developing taxonomy skills to be able to give individuals proper information.
Secretary, Rebecca Mahoney
Rebecca (Becca) Mahoney is a lifetime Alabama resident. She has the joy of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She grew up hunting, fishing, wild harvesting and growing her own food and medicine. She owns a small cleaning business and a small working farm with her husband Mark.
Foray leaders do exactly that, lead forays, forages, or hikes. Foray leaders may not be experts, but can provide the guidance and enthusiasm to find fungi and get ID nailed down using a variety of resources.
These are the folks that are running forays for Alabama Mushroom Society. Our foray leaders will always conduct themselves in a professional manner, while educating and making every one feel welcome.
Other Notable Individuals
Founder, Anthoni Goodman
Anthoni Goodman founded this organization to foster interest in our diverse fungi and to build an educational and social club for all of us mycophiles! He attended Northern Arizona University where he earned his masters in Clinical Psychology and where he was fortunate enough to become a member of a very active Mushroom Society in Arizona. He moved to Birmingham for his PhD work in Neuroscience, where he missed that very particular type of social club and decided to make one for the great state of Alabama! His interest in fungi is primarily based on a general study of their morphology, distribution, ecological niche, and of course value as an addition to his dinner plate. He hopes this page and society bring, visitors and members alike, the resources and social support they need to dive head first into this fascinating hobby! He has, to our great loss, moved north to Pennsylvania, but continues to support AMS by contributing to projects and offering his advise and guidance.
Founding Member, Tim Pfitzer
Foray leader and guru of all things wild food, Tim Pfitzer played a pivotal role in establishing the Alabama Mushroom Society. He plays a major role in us putting on our annual Morel Foray and our annual Chanterelle Foray. He has a passion for wild foods and loves to share that passion with anyone who has a desire to learn.