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Our Team.

Dedicated Professionals. Years of Experience.

Yolanda Merriweather

PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Yolanda has over 17 years of experience working in the lending industry with both conventional and SBA financing options such as 7A and 504 with SDC as well as other banks in Alabama. She rejoined the SDC team in November of 2021 after working with Choice Hotels International as their dedicated loan consultant and their Executive team's liaison. She is currently our Executive Director, and she is responsible for overseeing day to day operations.

Telephone: 334-294-1453

Email: ymerriweather@sdcinc.org

Beau Strong

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Beau is responsible for business development within Alabama, concentrating on the central and northern areas of the state.   Beau is a graduate of Huntingdon College with a B.A. in Finance.  Prior to joining SDC, Beau spent many years in the banking industry.  With 30 years' experience at SDC, Beau is an expert at structuring your project’s financing requirement.

Telephone: 334-318-1448

Email: strong@sdcinc.org

Sarah Litton Chambliss

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER & MARKETING MANAGER

Sarah is one of our BDOs. She has been with SDC for over 2 years, and prior to joining the team, she has 3 years of commercial banking and lending experience. She is originally from Tallassee, AL and she received her B.S. and MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). Along with Business Development, she also manages our Marketing and Social Media Efforts, and jumps in where she's needed with credit and packaging of the 504 loans.

Telephone: 334-580-7499

Email: sarah@sdcinc.org

Shannon Judge

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Shannon Judge has been with Southern Development Council, Inc. for 12 years. She is currently the Loan Servicing Manager. She’s a motivated, dedicated business professional with a strong background in banking (Commercial and Small Business Administration 504 loan program). She has been in the banking industry for 25 years in various roles. She attended Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery, AL from kindergarten until she graduated in 1997.

Telephone: 334-782-7218

Email: shannon@sdcinc.org

Nettie Elmore

CLOSING SPECIALIST & PACKAGER

Nettie is one of our Closing Specialists who joined SDC in January 2023. She has 20+ years of experience in Residential Mortgage. Nettie began her Mortgage career in 2000 at Regions Bank, once AmSouth. Nettie has experience in Mortgage Review, Mortgage Post Closing, and Mortgage Processing. She recently received the Excellence award in Mortgage for her hard work and dedication.    

Telephone: 205-705-8660

Email: nelmore@sdcinc.org

Tasha Canady

CLOSING SPECIALIST & PACKAGER

Tasha joined us at SDC in January 2023. She has over 25 years of banking experience working in areas such as Loan Operations, Processing and Closing, Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance and Due Diligence. She is from Birmingham, AL and attended Jacksonville State University. Tasha handles our loan closings by working closely with the borrowers, bankers, and closing attorneys once a loan has been approved by SBA. 

Telephone: 334-318-1448

Email: strong@sdcinc.org

Carmen Smith Gunter

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Carmen is a new hire for SDC who has experience handling human resource, accounting, and payroll services which she carries out for SDC. She joined the team in March of 2024 and has been a great addition to our team. She keeps our office running smoothly and is always willing to help our other team members and our customers/banking partners with anything they need. 

Telephone: 205-616-7396

Email: cgunter@sdcinc.org

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Mountain Brook, AL 35223

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Telephone: (334) 244-1801

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