Alabama Mushroom Society

Meet Our Leadership

Board Members

These are our elected officials who guide AMS and make larger decisions. Typically these are administrative roles.  

President: Alisha Millican

Treasurer: Spencer Lowry

Secretary: Becca Mahoney

Chapter Leaders

These are the folks who help to organize events nearest you. They may also help with our online presence and are great to contact if you would like to lead a foray or become more involved.

North-Central region: Alisha Millican

South region: Becca Mahoney

Foray Leaders

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.

Jimmy Killian

Tim Pfitzer

Spencer Lowery

Alisha Millican
Becca Mahoney

Meet Our Board

President, Alisha Millican

Board Member, Chapter Leader, 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 became a certified Master Gardener 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.

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

Board Member, Foray Leader

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

Board Member, Chapter Leader, Foray Leader

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.

Other Notable Individuals

Founder, Anthoni Goodman

My name is Anthoni Goodman and I founded this organization to foster interest in our diverse fungi and to build an educational and social club for all of us mycophiles! I attended Northern Arizona University for my masters in Clinical Psychology where I was fortunate enough to become a member of the very active Mushroom Society in Arizona. When I moved to Birmingham for my PhD work in Neuroscience I missed that very particular type of social club and decided to make one for the Great State of Alabama! My interest in fungi are primarily based on a general study of their morphology, distribution, ecological niche, and of course value as an addition to my dinner plate. I hope this page and society bring visitors and members alike the resources and social support they need to dive head first into this fascinating hobby!

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.

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