Otis Redding Foundation Staff

Zelma Redding Maryann Bates.jpg


President & Founder

“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.

Karla Redding-Andrews by Maryann Bates.jpg



“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.

Email: karla@otisreddingfoundation

Screen Shot 2018-09-05 at 2.42.49 PM.png


Administrative Assistant

Leila Regan-Porter has worked as administrative assistant at the Otis Redding Foundation since 2012, and has written for local publications like the Macon Telegraph, Macon Magazine, Field Note Stenographers and more. She currently serves on the board for Bragg Jam, and has previously served as president for Main Street Macon's board. Previously, Leila worked as promotions director for Ticket Alternative, editor Southeast Performer, and manager of Eddie's Attic. As a freelancer, she has written for publications like Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, and Atlanta Magazine. 

Email: foundation@otisreddingfoundation




Director of special projects and outreach

Justin Andrews is the grandson of the legendary Otis Redding Jr. and a graduate of Mount De Sales Academy. Andrews is an event coordinator and board member for Macon Pops, Rock Candy Tour Guide. He has served as the Otis Music Camp Assistant Administrator for the past five years.

Email: justin@otisreddingfoundation



She recently graduated from Mercer University where she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Journalism and Communication Studies. Alaan started as an intern for the foundation and later accepted a long-term position. 


 Center for Creative Arts Director

She recently graduated from Mercer University With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with emphasis on Vocal Studies. She is Mezzo-Soprano who has been a part of many opera and musical theater performances and began singing and songwriting since a young age. Sophie has been instructing lessons for the last 3 years and incorporates her background in music theory, sight reading, songwriting, and improvisation into her lessons. Sophie's studio focuses on strengthening students raw talent as well as teaching them new ways to develop their skills. Sophie will be instructing Piano, Voice, and Music Theory lessons.

Email: sophie@otisreddingfoundation