Meet the Team: Alabama

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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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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Maggie Baucom

Maggie Baucom, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Volunteer Coordinator

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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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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Chris Murphree

Chris Murphree, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Training Coordinator

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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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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Lallie Bennett

Lallie Bennett, AmeriCorps Member

Senior FocusFirst Coordinator

Lallie Bennett, a native of Meridian, MS, graduated magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in psychology. Read More >

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Sheila Blair

Sheila Blair, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Community Outreach Coordinator

Sheila Blair graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where she majored in anthropology. Read More >

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Jimika Colvin

Jimika Colvin, Senior Program Officer

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jimika Colvin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in human development and family studies from Auburn University. Read More >

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Alyx Hawkins

Alyx Hawkins, AmeriCorps Member

SaveFirst Training Coordinator

Alyx Hawkins, a native of Birmingham, graduated in 2017 magna cum laude from Auburn University with a degree in health services administration and minors in business and history. Read More >

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Declan McBride

Declan McBride, Senior AmeriCorps Member

Declan McBride returned from Surrey, England to study Sociology at Wittenberg University, where his senior thesis focused on institutional racism surrounding Ohio Election Law. Read More >

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Jamie McClintock

Jamie McClintock, AmeriCorps Member

SpeakFirst Middle School Coordinator, CollegeFirst Coordinator

Jamie McClintock, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2017, with a BA in English: Public and Professional Writing and a minor in French. Read More >

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Catherine McIntyre

Catherine McIntyre, AmeriCorps Member

FocusFirst Coordinator

Catherine McIntyre, raised in Anderson, South Carolina, graduate Clemson University in 2017 with a major in psychology and a minor in legal studies. Read More >

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Kaitlyn Roberts

Kaitlyn Roberts, AmeriCorps Member

Recruitment Director

Born and raised in Hoover Alabama, Kaitlyn Roberts, graduated magna cum laude with University Honors from the University of South Alabama with a major in chemistry in 2017 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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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.