Otis Redding Foundation Board of Directors
The Otis Redding Foundation Board of Directors were carefully selected. Each member is an active member of the community and are advocates of empowerment.
“Otis was providing young people with scholarships in 1963 with the emergence of his success,” says Otis Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding. “And through the Otis Redding Foundation, we continue his dream to empower all young people with an education.” As head of the estate of Otis Redding, Mrs. Redding works each day to promote the image, likeness and catalog of music her husband left. And she also works each day to continue his philanthropic efforts as president of the Otis Redding Foundation.
Vice President & Executive director
“I eat, sleep and breathe the Otis Redding Foundation,” says Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis Redding. She is in charge of the day-to-day functions of the foundation as well as programming, fundraising, collaborations and exclusive merchandising in the Otis Redding Mini-Museum located in Macon, Ga.
AIM Sports Reputation Management
Battcher Communications, LLC
Jeff is an international communications expert who previously ran the global corporate communications departments for BellSouth, Delta Air Lines, and Level 3 Communications. He is the founder and administrator of the Macon chapter of the Major League Baseball initiative RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inter Cities). Jeff has spent the substantial portion of his adult life helping Georgia’s less fortunate citizens. He is also a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.” Otis Redding loved Macon. Helping and inspiring the youth of Macon was very important to him. To be part of continuing that legacy with the Redding Family is a privilege and an honor.”
Chief Executive Officer, Coliseum Healthcare Systems
While only living in Macon GA for three years, Steve has already immersed himself in the culture of Macon – in the arts, history and music. Hospital Chief Executive Officer (for Coliseum Northside Hospital) by day, he is an epicurean, avid sports car enthusiast, and a doting new grandparent in his spare time. Originally from Oklahoma, Steve has over 18 years of administrative experience with HCA Corporation, much of it spent in Florida hospitals. “I love the rich cultural heritage of Macon and I am inspired by all the Redding Family has done for the youth of this community through music and education; it is an honor to serve on this board and allows me to honor my father’s lifelong commitment to helping children and promote Otis Redding’s legacy.” Steve serves on several boards in Macon including United Way, American Heart Association, and Chamber of Commerce.
Co-Owner Jessica Lanier Walden & Rock Candy Tours
Jessica Walden is a communications executive and co-owner of Rock Candy Tours, a Macon music history tour company that proudly shares the stories and history of Otis Redding and the global impact he made on the world. For Jessica, Redding is a personal part of her own family heritage. Her father Alan and her late uncle Phil co-managed Redding’s career and operated RedWal Music Company (a nod to Redding + Walden) out of Macon. Her late grandfather, C.B. Walden, traveled with Otis during the Stax/Volt tour. “Otis changed the course of my family’s history. It’s an honor to carry on that special legacy through the good works and community outreach of the Foundation.”