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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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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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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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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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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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Lowery McNeal

Lowery McNeal, Recruitment Director, Member Development Director

Lowery McNeal, a native of Trussville, AL, graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a degree in history. Read More >

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Amanda Sanderson

Amanda Sanderson, Americorps Member

SpeakFirst Program Manager

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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Elizabeth Brim

Elizabeth Brim

FocusFirst Director

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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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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John Gilmer

John Gilmer, Tennessee State Co-Director

A native of Mobile, Alabama, John graduated summa cum laude from The University of the South: Sewanee in 2012 with a double major in French studies and English literature. Read More >

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Kyra Hanlon

Kyra Hanlon, Tennessee State Co-Director

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Kyra Hanlon graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2016 with a degree in culture & politics. Read More >

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Stephanie Strickland

Stephanie Strickland, Florida State Director

Born in Jacksonville, FL, Stephanie Strickland received her bachelor's degree in Italian & Spanish from Florida State University where she had minors in environmental science & policy management and Portuguese. 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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Sami Thurber

Sami Thurber, FocusFirst Director

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. Read More >

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Sarah Jane Umsted

Sarah Jane Umsted, South Carolina State Director

In 2016, Sarah Jane Umsted graduated from The University of North Carolina Asheville with a major in political science and double minors in economics and Africana studies. 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.