Meet The Team

"We have found that the harder the work, the more responsibility we provide, and the greater ownership we allow our team to have in shaping our initiatives, the more talented applicants we get. I continue to have a great hope in the future of our country if our current Corps is any indication of the level of commitment and thoughtfulness of our future leaders."

-Sarah Louise Smith, Executive Director

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Stephen Black

Stephen Black, President and Founder

Stephen Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950's and 60's following his grandfather's role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Read More >

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Sarah Louise Smith

Sarah Louise Smith, Executive Director

Sarah Louise Smith, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in June 2006 with a B.A. in political economy. She received an MBA from The University of Alabama in May 2012. Read More >

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Channing Kennedy Bethke

Channing Kennedy Bethke, National Program Director

Channing Kennedy Bethke, a native of Athens, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2009 with a B.A. in history and political Science and a Distinction in Leadership Studies. Read More >

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Kaitlin Nobles

Kaitlin Nobles, Development Director

Kaitlin Nobles, a native of Pinson, AL, graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. Read More >

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Cameron Shevlin

Cameron Shevlin, Alabama State Director

Cameron Shevlin, a native of Atlanta, GA, graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama International Honors Program with a degree in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies through New College, a degree in Spanish, and a minor in Liberal Arts through the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. Read More >

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Rachel Puckett

Rachel Puckett, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst Program Manager

Rachel Puckett, a native of Hartselle, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama Honors Program in May 2013 where she earned a BA in communication studies with minors in civic engagement & leadership and Italian. Read More >

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Stirling Hutchins

Stirling Hutchins, FocusFirst Expansion Director, Communication Director

Stirling Hutchins, a native of Birmingham, AL, graduated from Judson College in 2013 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in business with a minor in political science. Read More >

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Dina Kostrow

Dina Kostrow, SaveFirst National Director

Dina Kostrow, a native of Overland Park, KS, graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a minor in English literature Read More >

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Cat Monaco

Cat Monaco, Tennessee State Director

Cat Monaco, a native of Darien, IL, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Read More >

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Ashley Ownbey

Ashley Ownbey, Fiscal Director

Ashley Ownbey, a native of Rutherfordton, NC, graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in geography and a second major in public policy. Read More >

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Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos, FocusFirst National Director

Maria Ramos, a native of Brewton, AL, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Read More >

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Heath Beauchamp

Heath Beauchamp, SaveFirst National Director

Heath, a native of Birmingham, AL, graduated cum laude from Auburn University in 2014, where she studied Social Science Education and History. Read More >

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Pauleatha Diggs

Pauleatha Diggs, South Carolina State Director

Pauleatha Diggs, hailing from Cartersville, GA, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a B.S. in Neuroscience. This year, she also obtained a M.S. in Biotechnology from UAB. Read More >

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Kim Harris

Kim Harris, Florida State Director

As a recent transplant to Tallahassee, Kim now coordinates Impact's FocusFirst and SaveFirst operations in Florida. A proud alumna of The University of Alabama, Kim graduated summa cum laude with a degree in anthropology and French.………….. Read More >

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Lowery McNeal

Lowery McNeal, FocusFirst National Director

Lowery McNeal, a native of Trussville, AL, graduated cum laude from Auburn University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in History as well as a minor in Community and Civic Engagement. Read More >

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National Advisory Board

Impact America, an AmeriCorps Program, is housed and supported by the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama.  Additional office space is provided by UAB and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.