One on One: Rosilyn Houston and Ginger Pegues

Talk of women at work and the importance of being a part of efforts to build a better community highlight this month’s one on one conversation.

One on One AugustPhotos by Beau Gustafson

Rosilyn Houston is the retail banking executive for BBVA Compass’s East Region. She is responsible for the bank’s 133 branches and more than 1,000 retail employees in the Alabama and Florida markets. Houston is a member of the BBVA Compass Executive Management Team.

A 20-plus-year veteran banker of the financial services industry, Houston has worked her way up the ranks holding branch and district leadership positions with BBVA Compass, Home Savings of America, and Great Western Bank.

Houston is an active member of the Birmingham community and serves on the executive boards of Girls, Inc. of Central Alabama, The American Heart Association, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Camp Smile-A-Mile, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is also an active volunteer with Junior Achievement and Children’s Hospital of Alabama Committee for the Future, and she is a 2014 Leadership Birmingham Graduate.

Houston’s community involvement has been acknowledged by several local organizations, including Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama and the Christian Women Leadership Development Program.

Houston earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, and a master’s in management at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Houston has also earned executive leadership certification from Babson and Wharton colleges in Madrid, Spain.

Ginger Pegues is the development manager for Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama. Pegues is responsible for organizing, planning, and leading fundraising activities for the Affiliate. This includes annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, third party events, foundation support, national programs, and special events, including Race for the Cure®.

Pegues has been volunteering with Komen for 15 years and served on the board of directors as communications chair. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she received a BA in public relations. Upon graduation, she worked for HealthSouth in their in-house creative services group.  Before joining the Komen team, Pegues worked with Luckie & Company as a senior account executive.

Locally, Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama has been a leader in the local fight against breast cancer for the past 20 years putting the promise Nancy made to Suzy—to save lives and end breast cancer forever—into action each day in Alabama. Through events like the Race for the Cure, held every October in Birmingham, the local affiliate has provided more than $5 million for local community breast cancer programs and services throughout north central Alabama. Funds raised by Komen North Central Alabama and its supporters benefit Alabamians today and tomorrow, with 75 percent of net proceeds dedicated to supporting screening and diagnostic services, education, and patient support services in our local community and 25 percent supporting breast cancer research to find the cures (helping to bring Susan G. Komen’s investment in breast cancer research in Alabama to more than $15 million to date). The dynamic Community Grants program provides vital funding for screening, education, and survivorship programs throughout north central Alabama. Community health grants and research funding for 2014–2015 totaled $420,002.

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