Our Staff

Meet Our Director


Susan Rhodes became Director of The Ayers Foundation Scholars Program in 2012.  She served as the College Access Counselor at Perry County High School from 2009-2015.   As Director of The Ayers Foundation Scholars Program, Susan oversees operations serving 10 high schools across Tennessee and Missouri, serving over 10,000 high school and post secondary students.  As director, Susan also oversees the awarding of The Ayers Foundation Scholarship.  Susan’s main focus is to increase college access and success for rural, low-income, first generation college students across Tennessee and Missouri.  Susan graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and earned her Masters of Science with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Alabama in 2009.

Meet Our Director of Post-Secondary Success


Michael "Mike" Meadows is the Director of Post-Secondary Success and the Ayers TN Promise Coordinator. Mike has been working with the Ayers Foundation since 2011. He was first hired with the Ayers as the College Access Challenge Grant Coordinator then moved into the counselor position at Lexington High School until 2014.

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2008 and his Masters of Arts in Community Counseling in 2011, both from the University of North Alabama.

Meet Our Executive Assistant

Jacob Tucker joined The Ayers Foundation in December of 2019 after leaving his previous role as a college football coach. Jacob serves as the Executive Assistant at the foundation's Headquarters. A 2012 Perry County High graduate and Ayers Scholar, Jacob graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Biology with a minor in Exercise Science. Jacob furthered his education at Lipscomb University in Leadership and Public Service.