Committed to the Cause
Bridgette Hester, Ph.D.
Hubble Foundation President
Dr. Hester enjoyed a successful career as a Social Worker in Guntersville, AL before moving on to teaching at Several Colleges and universites. The impact of the loss of her husband, resulting from a completely avoidable workplace accident, motivated her to found Hubble Foundation to honor God and her late husband, Jonce Hubble. Dr. Hester strives abide by Isaiah 1:17 by seeking justice for climbers who have perished through changing the safety regulations in the industry, assisting their children to achieve their educational goals, and caring for the widows left behind after the loss of their loved ones.
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Hubble Foundation Secretary
Our newest board member, voted in on Feb 12, 2019 is Rod Julian. Mr. Julian brings a unique perspective, as he has climbed for a living, and is now a highly sought after safety professional. We couldn't be more pleased to have him on the team!
Rod Julian is a United State Air Force Veteran and third-generation Tower Climber. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in the Tower and Telecommunications Industry. His knowledge is literally from the ground up having been involved with tower site planning to construction and maintenance; from equipment installations to test and maintenance; and most recently regulatory rule-making. Mr. Julian is author on the newly Revised Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-32, Safety & Health Standard for Telecommunications (January 1, 2018). His personal knowledge of the industry offers profound insight, allowing for a melding between real world function and existing regulatory safety and health rules, creating a very useful and well respected “Little Red Book” for the Telecommunications Scope of Work.
Rod Julian currently works for the State of Washington Labor and Industries as the State's Telecommunications Safety & Health Compliance Officer and Expert. In this capacity, he serves as an expert witness, completes complex accident and fatality investigations, performs compliance inspections, provides review and direction of training, and has engaged in speaking events to include the Washington State Governors Safety Conference.
Nationally, Mr. Julian has influenced and affected change in the Tower Industry. He has brought much needed attention to Communication Tower Safety regarding structures and safety climb systems. He has been involved with and provided input for National Consensus Standards. On a daily basis, Mr. Julian is in touch with the Tower Industry and its most valuable asset: the workers.
Laura Givens, Esq.
Hubble Foundation VP
Laura brings a great deal of experience in non-profits and law to Hubble Foundation, and we are blessed to have her.
Laura is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1999. She attended Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in Birmingham, AL where she obtained her Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree, cum laude, in 2002. Laura received various awards in law school including the Scholar of Merit Award in Professional Responsibility and was the Managing Editor of the Cumberland Law Review during the 2001 - 2002 school year.
Laura is currently licensed to practice law in Alabama and California. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Elder Law Section and Real Estate Section of the Bar. Laura is currently the Secretary of the Elder Law Section of the Alabama State Bar. Laura is also an active member and former board member of the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce, formerly Treasurer of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Guntersville, previously President of the Marshall County Guardianship Program, Inc., and formally Chair of the Marshall County Economic Development Board.
Additional Board Members
Non-Voting Advisory Members
In addition to the voting members, we also have three advisory board member. Those members (pictured left to right are: Ronald Hester, Executive Director, John Newquist, Professional Safety Consultant, Retired OSHA investigator,
and Jimmy Hamilton, Tower Company Owner.