Alabama Women's Commission

  • Suze Butts - Vice Chair

    At-Large

    Suzanne Crowley Carroll Butts was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 7, 1950. She was adopted by Andrew Young Crowley and Dorothy Lyle Crowley and grew up in Griffin, GA, Eufaula, AL, Atlanta, GA and Ozark, AL. She graduated from Carroll High School in Ozark in 1968.

    Suze Butts earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1972.

    Upon graduation from college, she married the late Kells Chilton Carroll, Jr. from Ozark. She later married Justice Terry Lucas Butts from Elba. They have two married children, Kells Chilton Carroll III and Casey Lyle Carroll. Kells is married to the former Elizabeth Smith from Vinings, GA and Casey is married to the former Mary Jacque Carmichael from Montgomery, AL. She is the proud grandmother of three grandsons and two granddaughters.

    Suze is very active in her community and church, having served on The Women’s Committee for the Children’s Theatre in Birmingham, as President of the Dale County Friends of the Library, Boy Scout leader, as well as serving on the Boy Scouts of America Alabama-West Florida Council. She has served on the State Health Planning Commission. Suze is a member of the Luverne United Methodist Church. She has served her church by teaching Sunday School, by being a Methodist Youth Fellowship Leader, by directing youth plays, and as an active member of her church women groups.

    Suze presently serves as Chair of the Crenshaw County Housing Authority Board and is on the Board for the Luverne Library. She also serves as a member of the Alabama Women’s Commission.

    Suze Butts was elected and served as a Delegate Alabama State-At-Large to the 2008 National Republican Convention in Minnesota, where she also served as Alabama’s woman representative on the Convention Rules Committee.

  • Jeneene Suttle - Recording Secretary

    District 5

    Ms Suttle is a graduate from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and has a Masters’ degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. Ms. Suttle’s career spans over 30 years of governmental experience from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL., NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, and General Services Administration, Region Office in Atlanta GA.

    In her current role, Ms. Suttle is a subject matter expert in the field of Risk Management and works for NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center’s Safety and Mission Assurance in Huntsville, AL. Her responsibilities include Programmatic and Institutional Risk Management leadership, Facilitator and Trainer.

    Ms. Suttle has worn many hats in her career including Commercial Space Center Manager and Advisor, Aerospace and Environmental Engineer, Export control Directorate lead, Systems Manager and Computer Specialist. As a result she has developed excellent interpersonal skills and has the unique ability to manage the challenges associated with multi-discipline projects.

    Ms. Suttle serves her community, in various roles as member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Greater Huntsville Chapter of the Links Inc., and a life member of the NAACP just to list a few. Furthermore, Ms Suttle has answered the call for collective action to improve lives both locally and globally through service programs ranging from tutoring children “at-risk” locally to donating to international programs and initiatives.

    Additionally, Ms Suttle is passionate about developing and supporting programs that empower people to sustain themselves as a holistic approach which leads to a better future for all mankind. She is not alone in her observations and conclusions; likewise, the Alabama Women’s Commission is engaged in leading the state with the research on issues affecting woman in Alabama.

    Finally, Ms. Suttle is the member of First Missionary Baptist Church and is the proud mother of two.

  • Debbie Long

    At-Large

    Ms. Long is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Protective Life Corporation whose principal subsidiaries include Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company. Prior to becoming General Counsel of Protective Life in 1992, Ms. Long was a member of the Maynard, Cooper & Gale law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law.

    Ms. Long is a 1975 graduate of Auburn University, where she graduated with high honor and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Prior to entering law practice, she clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Judge on the United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit).

    Ms. Long has been active in legal issues impacting the business community and the insurance industry, serving in various capacities in the American Counsel of Life Insurers, the Business Counsel of Alabama, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association and the Texas Life, Accident, Health & Hospital Service Insurance Guaranty Association. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, a ninety-three year old international bar association for life insurance lawyers and the Alabama Association of Life Insurance Companies and has served as President of these associations. She also serves on the Board of the Alabama Women’s Commission, and the Board of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, and she is a member of the The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

    Ms. Long has served on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, the YWCA of Birmingham, Oasis Women’s Counseling Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc.

    Ms. Long is a 1975 graduate of Auburn University, where she graduated with high honor and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Prior to entering law practice, she clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Judge on the United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit).

    Ms. Long has been active in legal issues impacting the business and legal community and the insurance industry, serving in various capacities in the American Council of Life Insurers, the Business Counsel of Alabama, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association, the Texas Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association, and the National Organization of Life and Health Guaranty Associations. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, a century old international bar association for life insurance lawyers and the Alabama Association of Life Insurance Companies and has served as President of these associations. She also serves on the Boards of the Alabama Women’s Commission, the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama and A+ Education Partnership, and she is a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation since 2008.

    Ms. Long has served on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, the YWCA of Birmingham, Oasis Women’s Counseling Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc.

  • Former Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin

    At-Large

    Mary Sue Barnette McClurkin grew up in Abbeville, Alabama and is a graduate of Huntingdon College where she majored in home economics. She completed a master’s degree in education from Auburn University and became a leader in business, owning the Alabama Butane Company and serving as president of the Alabama Propane Gas Association and later as executive director of the Pelham Chamber of Commerce. She participated in Leadership Birmingham in 1987, was named to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Top 40 Under 40, and received the Chairman’s Award from the Shelby County Red Cross in 1989.  In 1998, McClurkin was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, representing Shelby and Jefferson counties.

    She served as chair of the House Education Policy Committee, vice chair of the House Ways and Means Education Committee, chair of the Shelby County delegation, and as a member of the Women’s Commission, the Housing Finance Authority Oversight Committee, the State Health Policy Leadership Forum of the National Conference of State Legislators, the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council, and the Legislative Oversight Committee for Women & Girls in Incarceration.  She is the state chairman for the American Legislative Exchange and serves on the Alabama Republican Executive Committee and the Executive Committee for the Shelby County Republican Party and is the past vice chairman for women’s affairs for the Alabama Republican Party, the national chairman of Women in Government, and a member of the leadership team of the National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus. McClurkin owns McClurkin Enterprises, a property and land management company. Her community involvement includes service as a member of the Board of the Mid-Alabama Cancer Society, the Board of Directors of Alabama Green Industry Training, and the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Alabama, and as vice chairman of the State Health Coordinating Council. She and her husband, Van, have three sons and three grandsons.

  • Cathy McGowin

    District 1

    Cathy Waller McGowin grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and attended Huffman High School. In 1984 she moved to Mobile, Alabama with her husband, Jeff, who was starting his career in orthopaedic surgery.

     Mrs. McGowin graduated from the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama in 1980.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.  She has worked in many different areas of medical care in both Jefferson and Mobile Counties.  Her experience includes Emergency, Critical Care, Post-Surgical, and Cardiac Rehabilitation.

    Mrs. McGowin has been actively involved in service and charitable organizations in Mobile including the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Mobile.  She also has served on the board of the Medical Alliance for Mobile County.  She has volunteered with Camp Rap-A-Hope, an organization that provides year-round programming as well as a summer camp for children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have or have ever had cancer. Mrs. McGowin has also volunteered with Partners in Education tutoring 4th grade students in mathematics. In addition, she served as the president of the PTA at her children’s school.

    As an active community volunteer, she has also chaired fundraisers for numerous non-profits in Mobile County. Together with her husband Jeff, they have served as Club Leader for the University of Virginia Club of Mobile where she instituted an annual service project for local club members to aid local charities.

    Mrs. McGowin is a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church where she has taught religious education classes for elementary age children.

    Cathy is married to Dr. Jeff McGowin, a Mobile native.  They have two wonderful sons and daughters-in-law, and one precious granddaughter.

  • Patty Hobbs

    District 3

    Patty Hobbs was born in Anniston, Alabama and educated in the public
    schools in Anniston and Weaver, graduating from Weaver High School (’72).
    Ms. Hobbs received a B. S. in Education (’76) and a M. S. in Education
    (’78), both from Jacksonville State University (JSU), where she was Alumna
    of the Year in 2002. Ms. Hobbs taught fifth grade at Weaver Elementary
    School before relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1980. Her first job there
    was on the staff of then-Congressman Dick Cheney (R-WY). She moved on
    to Congressional campaign work during the election cycle of 1982 before
    joining the White House Staff during the first term of President Ronald
    Reagan. Ms. Hobbs went to work on Education Secretary Bill Bennett’s staff
    at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in 1985, where she worked for the
    next 21 years in a variety of positions. In addition to Bennett, she worked on
    the personal staff of Education Secretaries Lauro Cavazos, Lamar Alexander
    and Rod Paige, whom she served as ED’s Director of Internal
    Communications. She returned home to JSU in August 2006 as the Director
    of the Child Development Center at McClellan until May, 2008 when she
    was named JSU’s Director of Public Relations. Ms. Hobbs retired from JSU
    in 2014, and remains active in Calhoun County political and philanthropic
    organizations.

  • District 4 Vacancy

  • Carol Sue Nelson

    District 6

    Carol Sue Nelson is an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. She served as the County Attorney for Jefferson County from 2013 though 2016. Prior to that time, Ms. Nelson was a shareholder in the firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC, from 2004-2013, concentrating her practice in representing management in labor, EEO and other employment matters. She graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 1974 and received her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1977, graduating magna cum laude. At Cumberland she was on Law Review and selected into the Order of the Coif. Following law school Ms. Nelson clerked for the Honorable United States District Judge James H. Hancock. Thereafter, she worked as In-House Counsel for Protective Life Insurance Company from 19781980. From 1980-2004, Ms. Nelson was a partner in the firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, specializing in labor and employment law. Ms. Nelson, an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business. She has been selected as one of the 25 top women attorneys in Alabama. She is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has been appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on the Standing Committee on Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics. She recently served as Chair of the Federal Practice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, served as a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Alabama, and served on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. She is also a member of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Ms. Nelson is admitted to the Alabama State Bar, all U.S. District Courts in Alabama, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has argued cases before the 4th, 6th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. Nelson is involved in a number of civic activities in leadership roles, serving on the Governor's Alabama Women's Commission and Auburn University Women's Leadership Institute. She is also Past President of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

    Ms. Nelson is a shareholder in the firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC. Ms. Nelson concentrates her practice in representing management in labor, EEO and other employment matters. She is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (Labor Law and Litigation Sections). Ms. Nelson has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyer in America and one of Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business. She was recently inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. She is a member of the Alabama Law Institute and was recently appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on the Standing Committee on Rules of Conduct and Canons of Judicial Ethics. She has served as the ABA’s Management Liaison for the Birmingham District of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, she formerly chaired the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Northern District of Alabama and was a member of the Civil Justice Reform Advisory Group for the Northern District of Alabama. She has also served as a member of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Lawyers Advisory Committee. She has served on the Birmingham Bar Association's Executive Committee and was an original Board member of the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

    Ms. Nelson is involved in a number of civic activities in leadership roles. Ms. Nelson serves on the Alabama Women’s Commission and was the immediate past Chair. In 2007, she was selected as one of the Top Birmingham Women by the Birmingham Business Journal. Ms. Nelson serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Cumberland Law School and Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts. She is a member of The Women’s Network and the Women’s Leadership Initiative for the United Way of Central Alabama. She is also active in the Comprehensive Cancer’s Drive Out Breast Cancer program and The Women’s Fund Voices Against Violence campaign.

  • Tracy Plummer

    District 7

    Tracy Plummer currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Mrs. Plummer resides in Selma and has lived in the Black Belt region for over thirty-five years. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education. During her time as a teacher she was awarded the Golden Apple Award by WAKA News and named teacher of the year for Meadowview Elementary School. After devoting twenty-one years in the classroom, Mrs. Plummer was selected to become an instructional coach for the Blackbelt Region with the Alabama Department of Education’s Reading Initiative.

    Throughout Mrs. Plummer’s career she has always enjoyed grant writing to secure funding for schools in Selma. Through her love of writing she has been awarded over $800,000 for schools in her community. As an active member of her community she has served as the President of the Selma Charity League, and board member of Leika’s Pre-School. She is a member of Church Street United Methodist Church.

    In 2015, Mrs. Plummer worked to pass Erin’s Law in Alabama by educating lawmakers on the importance of preventing child abuse before it begins.  Mrs. Plummer was later appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and recently was selected as the chair.

    Mrs. Plummer has worked over 26 years as an educator, grant writer and advocate for Alabama’s children and families. She resides in Selma with her husband and 17- year-old twins.  She is a national champion equestrian rider and has enjoyed showing horses since she was a child. Her hobbies include attending sporting events and spending time with her family.

  • Rep. Terri Collins

    Legislative Appointment

    Representative Terri Collins was raised in Birmingham and earned a Marketing degree from The University of Alabama. She and her husband, Tom Collins, moved to Decatur in 1982 and raised their three children. She was active in church, schools and Bible studies. Terri enjoyed 16 years in banking as Vice President of Marketing and Sales before election to the House of Representatives in 2010.

    Terri serves on Education Ways and Means Committee, and serves as Chair of Education Policy Committee. She also serves as Chair of the Tennessee Valley Caucus. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Morgan County, the United Way Board, Community Board of Princess Theatre, Quality Education Committee with The Decatur Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation, and Friends of Alabama Archives. She was appointed to the Women’s Commission and the Commission on Girls and Women in the Criminal Justice System, the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and to the Every Student Succeeds Act Taskforce by the Speaker of the House. She was also appointed to serve on the Trails Commission, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Alabama Workforce Development Board, Alabama Office of Education and Workforce Statistic Advisory Board and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board by the Governor. She is State Chairman for American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). She is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council with United Way. Terri is a mentor and active Bible teacher.

  • Rep. Becky Nordgren

    Legislative Appointment

     Representative Becky Nordgren was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives on November 2, 2010. She majored in marketing at Auburn University and continued her education at the University of Alabama. Representative Nordgren is the marketing director for Fuller Medical Co. Prior to that, she owned Clear Images Advertising Agency for a decade.

    She is a member of the Etowah County Republican Executive Committee and Etowah County Republican Women’s Association. Additionally, she is a member of the board for Neuromyelitis Optica and serves on the Autism Council of Alabama.

    During her first term, Representative Nordgren served on the House Health Committee, State Government Committee, and Children and Senior Advocacy Committee.

    She is married to Eric Nordgren and they have threechildren; Eric, Miles and Millie. She is a member of Central Church of Christ in Gadsden.

  • Rep. Barbara Drummond

    Legislative Appointment

    Rep. Barbara Drummond, owner of B-Inspired Marketing and Consulting, Inc., was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in November 2014, representing District 103.
    Rep. Drummond was recently named 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Alabama Democratic Caucus. Since being elected, Rep. Drummond has served on the House of Representatives Education Policy, Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure, Senior and Children’s Policy committees.
    She has completed the Center For The Advancement Of Leadership Skills with the Southern Legislative Conference.
    She is the former Executive Director of Administrative Services and Community Affairs under former Mobile Mayor Sam Jones’ administration, a position she has held for eight years. Prior to the mayor’s office, Drummond was the Public Affairs and Community Services Director for the Mobile County Commission, a job she held for 14 years.

    Drummond is a former reporter with the Mobile Register, where she covered many political, judicial and general reporting assignments. She was employed with the Mobile Register for 21 years. While at the Register, Drummond authored a weekly opinion column entitled “My Turn.”

    A graduate of Murphy High School with honors and went on to and obtained a Bachelor’s of Communication degree from the University of South Alabama.

    She is a former board member of the Community Foundation of Southwest Alabama, U. J. Robinson Adult Daycare Center, BayFest Musical Festival and the Alabama Association of Constitutional Reform. Drummond is a former graduate of Leadership Mobile and Leadership Alabama. Drummond has received numerous awards, most notable, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers, a Superior Award from the National Association of Counties, and Citizen of the Year from the Omega Psi Pi. She is the past president for the National Association for County Information Officers.
    She is a member of Delaware Missionary Baptist Church; and the mother of one daughter, Roshunda Drummond-Dye and two grandchildren, Ashton and Avery.

  • Sen. Priscilla Dunn

    Legislative Appointment

    Senator Priscilla Dunn was born on October 8, 1943, and is serving her second term in the Senate. She received her B.S. from Alabama State University and M.A. from the University of Montevallo. Senator Dunn and her husband, Grover, are the parents of a daughter, Karen. Senator Dunn works as the Homeless Education Coordinator for the Bessemer City Schools. She is a Trustee and Sunday School teacher for the Shady Grove Baptist Church. Senator Dunn also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bessemer Civic Center, as President of the Humanistic Challengers Federated Club, Secretary of Girls, Inc. of Central Alabama and as an instructor for the Jefferson County Congress of Christian Education. Additionally, she is President of the Concerned Citizens of Bessemer Cut-Off and is the coordinator for the Jefferson County Democratic Conference. Senator Dunn is also a member of the Jefferson/Shelby Counties American Cancer Society Advisory Board and serves on the Board for the State Democratic Executive Committee.

  • Mary Jacque Carroll

    Junior Board Member

    Mary Jacque Carroll is an Alabama native and was raised in Montgomery. She serves as Assistant Professor of Field Education in the Social Work Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to joining UAB, she was the Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham and spent ten years as Field Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Miles College. She is committed to education by having served as a Field Instructor for the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University social work programs. She earned her MSW from the University of South Carolina and a BS in Psychology from Wofford College. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Alabama. Mary Jacque is the co-chair of the Jefferson County DHR Quality Assurance  committee and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. She has extensive experience working with children and families and her professional interests include child welfare, mental health and social work education. Mary Jacque is a member of Highlands United Methodist Church. She resides in Birmingham with her husband Casey Carroll and daughter Annie.

     

  • Lakiesha Hawkins

    Junior Board Member

     Lakiesha Vessel Hawkins is a Propulsion Engineer with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She has enjoyed a rewarding career over the past 20 years in both the commercial field and in her current role as a NASA Team Lead.

    Ms. Hawkins is a graduate of the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering (BS), and the University of South Florida (MS). Her career achievements have been highlighted by the opportunity to lead the development of multi-million dollar propulsion components that powered the Space Shuttle and will power the Space Launch System.

    Ms. Hawkins is active in local, state and national, civic and professional organizations. She relishes opportunities to mentor students and young professionals, particularly those engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. She has been a big sister with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and has served as a business consultant with Junior Achievement. She has provided hundreds of documented hours of community service through organizations such as Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Additionally, she has written community grants that fostered partnerships with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama, University of Alabama in Huntsville, the Madison County Sheriff’s department, and Alabama A&M University.

    Ms. Hawkins’ first love is for her family, and she believes strongly in the alignment of her professional and personal life. She is married to John L. Hawkins Jr., and has two children, Shayla and John.

  • Jesalyn McCurry

    Junior Board Member

    Jesalyn McCurry has over 15 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Currently, she works for Alabama Power in regulatory policy. In this role she is a liaison for the utility company with its state regulator, the Alabama Public Service Commission. Since beginning her career at Georgia Power in 2002, McCurry has developed broad skills, many in the public relations arena. Her communications experience includes managing communication strategy, content development, crisis communication, executive communication, media strategy and serving as a media spokesperson. Through McCurry’s communication leadership, Southern Company won national awards for many large-scale research projects. She also assisted in writing the utility industry book, “Innovative Solutions.” Serving the community is important to McCurry. A passionate advocate for literacy, she teaches adults to read with one-on-one tutoring through M-Power Ministries. McCurry has served the YWCA of Central Alabama, Childcare Resources and the Southern Environmental Center on Boards or Junior Boards of Directors. She is also very active in her church. McCurry graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She and her husband, Matt, have three children.

  • Genesis Player

    Junior Board Member

    Mrs. Genesis Wyne Player is a native of Birmingham, AL.  Genesis graduated from Miles College with a Bachelor of Social Work and from The University of Alabama with a Master of Social Work.  She is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Abilene Christian University.  Genesis has a zeal to serve and empower the community.  Her love for empowering women is shown daily in her position as Chief Operating Officer of YWCA Central Alabama.  Her professional work experience includes Director of Social Services for Interfaith Hospitality House, Social Worker for Birmingham City Schools, Executive Director of the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, and Director of the Miles College Social Work Program.  Genesis also serves as President of Talladega County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Genesis is married to Rev. Duane Player and they are the proud parents of Lamar and Makyla Grace Player. 

  • Samantha Bagwell

    Junior Board Member

    Samantha Petrey Bagwell was born and raised in a small town in south Alabama called Luverne which is known as the “Friendliest City in the South.” She attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and graduated in December 2009 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Financial Planning. She lived in Birmingham, AL and worked for an insurance brokerage firm for 4 ½ years. In 2014, she moved to Dothan, AL to work as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. In July of 2016, she had the opportunity to move back home to Luverne, AL and work for her father at First Citizens Bank which is the community bank in Luverne. She currently is VP of the Mortgage Lending department. She enjoys helping people with financing options to achieve the American Dream of owning a home. She has been happily married to her husband Logan for over 2 years. They live in the small community right outside of Luverne called Petrey where she and her husband attend the Petrey United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching Alabama football, traveling to the beach, and singing at church and community events.

  • Emily Herring

    Junior Board Member

    Emily Herring was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Social Work and from The University of Alabama with a Master of Social Work. She currently works for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham under the GEAR UP Birmingham grant. Specifically, Emily works with high school students in Birmingham City Schools to increase graduation rates and assist with college and career readiness programs. Emily is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Alabama. She also assists undergraduate and graduate students in preparing for social work careers through serving as a Field Instructor for university social work programs. In the past, she has worked with the criminal justice system with inmates in the county jail, and she has worked with children and teens in the foster care system who have mental health diagnoses. Emily has served on Junior Boards for The WellHouse and Urban Purpose, and she currently volunteers weekly serving those struggling with homelessness. She also engages in local and state advocacy efforts through Jefferson County Children’s Policy Council and Alabama Youth Justice Coalition. Emily is also an active member at Christ Fellowship Church.

  • Laura Leigh Latta

    Junior Board Member

  • Christine McClurkin

    Junior Board Member

  • Sarah Skipper

    Executive Director