Meet the Team: Alabama

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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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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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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Amanda Sanderson

Amanda Sanderson, Americorps Member

SpeakFirst Coordinator

Amanda Sanderson, a native of Brandon, VT, graduated with Honors from Saint Michael's College in Vermont, with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Justice: conflict studies as well as a minor in Psychology. Read More >

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Lindsey Thomas

Lindsey Thomas, Program Coordinator

Lindsey Thomas, from Greensboro, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama with a degree in human development and family studies in May 2007. 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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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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Karli Boulware

Karli Boulware, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Training Coordinator

Karli Boulware, a native of Greenville, AL, graduated magna cum laude from The University of Alabama, where she majored in Accounting. Read More >

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Candice Bryant

Candice Bryant, Program Officer

Born and raised in Southfield, MI, Candice received her BA in Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and in 2014 her MSW from the University of South Carolina. Read More >

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Andrew Colson

Andrew Colson, AmeriCorps Member

Community Outreach Coordinator

Andrew Colson, a native of Birmingham, AL, graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he majored in International Studies and was a member of the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program. Read More >

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Rebekah Corkey

Rebekah Corkey, Program Officer

Rebekah is a transplant from rural, western New York State. She moved to Birmingham in 2008 to study graphic design at Samford University, and fell in love with the city. Read More >

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Katelyn Dodd

Katelyn Dodd, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst Middle School Coordinator, CollegeFirst Coordinator

Katelyn Dodd, a native of Panama City, Florida, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and minors in Early American History and Corporate Strategy. Read More >

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Joann Fong

Joann Fong, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Joann Fong, a native of Montgomery, AL, graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and minors in Public Health, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. Read More >

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William Johnston-Carter

William Johnston-Carter, AmeriCorps Member

Media Production Coordinator

Born in Connecticut but raised on the Central Coast of California, William Johnston-Carter graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production and a BS in Physics. Read More >

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Danielle Kerem

Danielle Kerem, Program Officer

Born and raised in South Florida, Danielle Kerem graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in economics and history. Read More >

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Claire McDonald

Claire McDonald, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Volunteer Coordinator

Claire is originally from Evanston, IL --directly north of Chicago-- and graduated in 2015 from Carleton College with a major in Biology. Read More >

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Courtney Oliver

Courtney Oliver, Second-Year AmeriCorps Member

Courtney Oliver, a native of Montgomery, AL, graduated magna cum laude from Alabama State University's W.E. B. Du Bois Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Biology Pre-Health and a minor in Chemistry and Maternal and Child Health Read More >

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Maegan Whiting

Maegan Whiting, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst National Training Coordinator

Maegan Whiting, a native of Asheville, NC, graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (2014) and a Master of Accountancy (2015). Read More >

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Chisolm Allenlundy

Chisolm Allenlundy, AmeriCorps Member

Volunteer Coordinator

A native of Memphis, TN, Chisolm Allenlundy graduated magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of Alabama with a degree in economics and philosophy and a minor in mathematics. Read More >

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Nia Anderson

Nia Anderson, AmeriCorps Member

Nia Anderson, a native of San Antonio, TX, graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology with a minor in social psychology. Read More >

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Maggie Baucom

Maggie Baucom, AmeriCorps Member

Maggie Baucom was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She moved to Birmingham in 2012 to attend Samford University, where she graduated cum laude in 2016. Read More >

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Sarah Black

Sarah Black, AmeriCorps Member

Sarah Black, a native of Winfield, AL, graduated cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and minors in food and nutrition and microbiology. Read More >

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Elizabeth Brim

Elizabeth Brim, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Elizabeth Brim, from Bedford, Indiana, attended the University of Chicago, and graduated with honors with a degree in biological sciences in 2016. Read More >

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Caron Byrd

Caron Byrd, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Ridgeland, MS, Caron graduated cum laude  in 2016 from Birmingham Southern College, where she majored in Philosophy, minoring in  Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies. Read More >

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Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst High School Coach

Born and raised in Linwood, New Jersey, Mary Byrne graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 2015 with a double major in political science as well as sexuality, women's, and gender studies. Read More >

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Nathan Cash

Nathan Cash, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Nathan Cash graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015 with a degree in biology and a minor in computing technology and applications. Read More >

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Jessica Chriesman

Jessica Chriesman, Media Production Fellow

Jessica Chriesman hails from Birmingham, Alabama, the Magic City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read More >

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Mary Parrish Cobb

Mary Parrish Cobb, AmeriCorps Member

Mary Parrish Cobb, a native of Montgomery, AL, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with degrees in English Literature and Political Science. Read More >

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Deanna Creps

Deanna Creps, AmeriCorps Member

Deanna Creps, from Guntersville, Alabama, graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Read More >

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Isabel Hagood

Isabel Hagood, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, but most recently hailing from sunny San Diego, CA, Isabel graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Read More >

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Caleb Hilyer

Caleb Hilyer, AmeriCorps Member

Caleb graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he majored in Chemistry and completed a minor in Biology. Read More >

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Vegas Longlois

Vegas Longlois, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst High School Coach

Vegas Longlois, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in folklore and mythology, and a minor in Spanish and global health and health policy. Read More >

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Ellen Marcus

Ellen Marcus, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Norwich, Vermont, Ellen graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 where she majored in behavioral biology with a minor in psychology. Read More >

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Briana McDade

Briana McDade, AmeriCorps Member

Briana McDade, originally from Alabaster, AL, graduated from the University of Montevallo in August 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts. She majored in English and had a minor in writing. Read More >

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Viny Memula

Viny Memula, AmeriCorps Member

Viny Memula has lived in Birmingham, AL for the past nine years; he graduated cum laude from UAB with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Read More >

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Chris Murphree

Chris Murphree, AmeriCorps Member

Christopher Murphree, a native of Birmingham, AL, graduated from the Sewanee: The University of the South in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and minors in education and history. Read More >

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Nichelle Norris

Nichelle Norris, AmeriCorps Member

Nichelle Norris is an alumni of Troy University (Montgomery Campus) where she majored in accounting. Read More >

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Catherine Prater

Catherine Prater, AmeriCorps Member

Community Outreach Coordinator

A native of Birmingham, AL, Catherine graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2014, where she pursued an English & History major and a Spanish minor. Read More >

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Adam Quinn

Adam Quinn, AmeriCorps Member

Returning from a year abroad in Ireland, Adam graduated summa cum laude from University College Dublin with a Masters in English. An Alabama native, Adam previously graduated from Samford University. Read More >

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Brooke Richardson

Brooke Richardson, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Cedar Bluff, Alabama, Brooke Richardson graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University in 2016, where she majored in public administration and also completed a minor in general business. Read More >

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Sarah Rohrschneider

Sarah Rohrschneider, AmeriCorps Member

Sarah, a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, was born and raised in the Midwest. Sarah graduated cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she majored in English and completed a minor in European History. Read More >

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Lucas Slevin

Lucas Slevin, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lucas graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 2016 where he majored in Government and minored in Philosophy. Read More >

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Lucy Smart

Lucy Smart, AmeriCorps Member

Lucy Smart, born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a double major in Spanish and global and comparative studies. Read More >

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Hannah Spivey

Hannah Spivey, AmeriCorps Member

Hannah, raised in Murfreesboro, TN, graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a major in biology and a minor in psychology. Read More >

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Alex Symeonides-Tsatsos

Alex Symeonides-Tsatsos, AmeriCorps Member

Alex Symeonides-Tsatsos is a native of Reno, Nevada. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in history, specializing in East Asian and Medieval European History Read More >

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Sami Thurber

Sami Thurber, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Sami Thurber was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a major in Global Public Health and a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality. Read More >

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Adrianne Williams

Adrianne Williams, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Montgomery, AL, Adrianne Williams received her Bachelor of Science in professional health sciences, with a concentration in health management, at the University of South Alabama in May 2016. Read More >

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Katie Williams

Katie Williams, AmeriCorps Member

Born and raised in Albany, GA, Katie Williams graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Read More >

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Lauren Zapko

Lauren Zapko, AmeriCorps Member

Recruitment Coordinator

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Lauren Zapko graduated cum laude with University Honors from the University of Alabama in 2016, receiving a Bachelor of Science in management and a minor in public policy studies. Read More >

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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.