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Sarah Louise Smith

Sarah Louise Smith, President

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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Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark, South Carolina State Director

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Rachel Clark graduated magna cum laude from Samford University in 2017 with a degree in human development and family life education. Read More >

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Katie Martin Lightfoot

Katie Martin Lightfoot, Tennessee State Director

Katie Martin Lightfoot, a native of Dallas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a B.A. in International Relations and a certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice.  She received a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) and Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. 

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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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Karli Boulware

Karli Boulware, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Senior 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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Rebekah McMahen

Rebekah McMahen, Fiscal Officer

Rebekah migrated to the sunny south to attend Samford University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In 2015 Rebekah joined the Impact America team as an AmeriCorps Member, and now serves as Fiscal Officer. Read More >

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Jessica Chriesman

Jessica Chriesman, Media Production Coordinator

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 Kate Thomas

Mary Kate Thomas, SaveFirst Director

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Mary Kate graduated cum laude from Samford University in 2016. Read More >

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Meredith Smith

Meredith Smith, FocusFirst Director

Meredith Smith, from Homewood, AL, graduated cum laude from Auburn University with a major in Political Science and minor in Community and Civic Engagement. Read More >

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National Advisory Board

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