Alabama Women's Commission

  • Anita Archie - Chair

    District 2

    Anita Archie serves a Chief of Staff to Mayor Todd Strange, City of Montgomery. She has direct supervision of Risk Management and Community Development. Anita also handles city council relations and personnel matters on behalf of the Office of the Mayor. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff in 2013, Anita served as General Counsel, Senior Vice President of the Business Council of Alabama. She handle all governmental relations matters for the Business of Council of Alabama at the state and federal level.

    In addition to serving on the Women’s Commission, Anita serves as member and Chair of the Alabama Child Abuse Neglect and Prevention Board. She also serves on many volunteer local boards in the City of Montgomery.

    She is married to Eric Archie and they have two kids, Erica and Amari.

  • Anita Hamlet

    At-Large

    Anita Kimbrell Hamlett was recently named Director of Campus Services for Bevill State in Fayette, Alabama.

    Ms. Hamlett brings over sixteen years of experience in higher education administrative roles to Bevill.

    After earning her J.D. in 1992, Ms. Hamlett began her legal career as an associate with Lanier, Ford, Shaver & Payne P.C. She moved into higher education in 1996 and served as Associate Director of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Alabama School of Law for several years.

    In April 2010, Ms. Hamlett became the Associate Dean of Student Services at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law. She served in that role until January 2014, when she moved back to Fayette to help care for family members in the area. Anita most recently worked as Director of Employer Relations at The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, where her leadership led to the creation of the Oakley Society which pairs students with working professionals and Mentoring Matters, a series of focused programming to help guide students towards a more strategic approach to career planning.

    Ms. Hamlett is a native of Alabama and committed to serving her community. She worked with the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Commission and formerly was the Director of Regulatory Programs with the Alabama State Bar. She was responsible for developing the Century of Progress program over a decade ago to highlight the accomplishments of African-American attorneys in Alabama. She has planned public service projects for students and played an active role in the Alabama State Bar's Celebrate Pro Bono Committee.

    Ms. Hamlett attended Brewer State Junior College as a high school student and taught a business course there after earning her law degree. Her parents are Cecil and Kathleen Kimbrell of Fayette, Alabama. Her father ran a successful electrical and plumbing business in Fayette until his retirement. She has been married for over twenty years to Casey Glenn Hamlett of Hartselle, Alabama. Their fifteen-year-old, Landon, is a student at FCHS, where he plays on the golf and basketball teams and serves as an officer with the Future Business Leaders of America.

    When asked about her new role, Ms. Hamlett noted, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return home in this role. The more I learn about the good work at Bevill, its partnerships with the community, and the commitment of each employee here to the success of our students, the prouder I am to be an ambassador for our Fayette campus. With the help of our internal leadership and external partners, I am convinced that we will achieve great things together.”

    She moved into higher education in 1996 and served as Associate Director of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Alabama School of Law for several years. Ms. Hamlett is a native of Alabama and committed to serving Alabama's legal community. She serves of the Chief Justice Professionalism Commission and formerly was the Director of Regulatory Programs with the Alabama State Bar. She was responsible for developing the Century of Progress program over a decade ago to highlight the accomplishments of African-American attorneys in Alabama. She has planned public service projects for students of the law school and played and active role in the Alabama State Bar's Celebrate Pro Bono Committee. Dean Hamlett recently accepted an invitation by Cumberland School of Law to address young lawyers at the Mandatory Professionalism Training. She has a deep commitment to her students.

  • Suze Butts

    At-Large

  • 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.

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    District 1

  • Patty Hobbs

    District 3

  • Brenda Stedham

    District 4

     Brenda S. Stedham is an Anniston attorney with a wide variety of clients and is a general practitioner. She has more than 35 years of experience as a lawyer and as a former Circuit Judge for Calhoun and Cleburne Counties. Mrs. Stedham graduated cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College, where she was Student Government President. She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1980, after which she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard L. Holmes on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.

    For twenty years, Mrs. Stedham practiced law at the firm of Dillon, Field, Monk & Stedham; hers was a general practice with an emphasis on litigation.  She handled civil defense litigation as well as hospital law, municipal law, probate law, real estate law and family law matters.  In 2015, Mrs. Stedham returned to her solo law practice.

    Mrs. Stedham served for five years as a part-time Assistant District Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, for over twenty years as an Assistant Attorney General representing the State Department of Human Resources, and for several years as a substitute Anniston City Prosecutor.   For ten years she served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Anniston and served as counsel at the City Council meetings.  Mrs. Stedham served as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Business Law at Jacksonville State University for five years. She has been a member of the University of Alabama Law School Continuing Legal Education subcommittee for mediation training and has served as a speaker in many CLE seminars. She was responsible for the monthly CLE programs for the Calhoun-Cleburne Bar Association for over seven years.

    She is a past President and former Executive Committee member of the Calhoun-Cleburne Bar Association Board of Directors.  She is a past President of the Pelham Merrill Inn of Court and was a founding member of that Inn.  She remains a member of the Alabama Bar Association.

    Mrs. Stedham is a founding member and Past President of the Cheaha Republican Women’s Club, a former member of the Greater Birmingham Republican Women’s Club, and a former member of the Calhoun County Republican Executive Committee.

    Mrs. Stedham has served on the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church Council for Finance and Administration.  She also served as a member of the United Methodist Church’s Cheaha District Board of Trustees for ten years. Mrs. Stedham served as attorney for the Cheaha District for many years.  At First United Methodist Church of Anniston Alabama she has served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, as a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Staff-Parish Committee and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee.

    She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, a member of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Alabama Law Institute, and was appointed by Governor Bentley to serve on the Alabama Women’s Commission. She is a former member of the Alabama Veterans’ Treatment Court Task Force.

    Mrs. Stedham and her husband of thirty-three years have two adult daughters.

     

    For twenty years, Judge Stedham practiced law at the firm of Dillon, Field, Monk & Stedham; hers was a general practice with an emphasis on litigation.  She handled civil defense litigation as well as hospital law, municipal law, probate law, real estate law and family law matters.  In 2001, Judge Stedham opened a solo practice, which she operated until she was elected to the bench.

    Judge Stedham served for five years as a part-time Assistant District Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, for over twenty years as an Assistant Attorney General representing the State Department of Human Resources, and for several years as a substitute Anniston City Prosecutor.   For ten years she served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Anniston and served as counsel at the City Council meetings.  Judge Stedham served as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Business Law at Jacksonville State University for five years. She has been a member of the University of Alabama Law School Continuing Legal Education subcommittee for mediation training and has served as a speaker in many CLE seminars. She has been responsible for the monthly CLE programs for the Calhoun-Cleburne Bar Association for over seven years.

    Judge Stedham is a member of the Alabama Circuit Judges’ Education Committee, which plans and executes two educational conferences each year for all the state judges and plans and executes the educational programs for new judges each year.  She serves on the Calhoun County technology committee, which includes representatives of the Calhoun County judiciary and local education and law enforcement leaders.

    She is a past President and former Executive Committee member of the Calhoun-Cleburne Bar Association Board of Directors.  She is a past President of the Pelham Merrill Inn of Court and was a founding member of that Inn.  She remains a member of the Alabama Bar Association.

    Judge Stedham is a founding member and Past President of the Cheaha Republican Women’s Club, a former member of the Greater Birmingham Republican Women’s Club, and a member of the Calhoun County Republican Executive Committee.

    Judge Stedham has served on the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church Council for Finance and Administration.  She also served as a member of the United Methodist Church’s Cheaha District Board of Trustees for ten years. Judge Stedham served as attorney for the Cheaha District for many years.  At First United Methodist Church of Anniston Alabama she has served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, as a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Staff-Parish Committee and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee.

    She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, a member of the Collaborative Law Committee of the Alabama Law Institute, was appointed by Governor Bentley to serve on the Alabama Women’s Commission, and is a member of the Alabama Veterans’ Treatment Court Task Force.

    Judge Stedham and her husband of thirty years have two adult daughters.

  • Deborah Debbie Long

    District 5

    Ms. Long is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel 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.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Lori Owens

    District 7

    Dr. Lori J. Owens serves as Professor of Political Science at Jacksonville State University where she is also Director of the Honors Program and the Director of Academic Services for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a 1993 cum laude graduate of Jacksonville State University and earned her M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2001) in Political Science, with an outside minor in U.S. Constitutional History, from The University of Alabama. Dr. Owens teaches courses on Southern Politics, the Middle East, and American Foreign Policy. She also serves as the campus coordinator for the American Democracy Project. Dr. Owens served as chair of the Alabama Higher Education Partnership from 2007-2012 and continues to serve on their board. She has served on the Alabama Women's Commission since 2003 and served as chair from 2011-2013. Dr. Owens is past program chair and president of the Alabama Political Science Association. She is a founding board member of the Cherokee Family Resource Center. In her free time, Dr. Owens enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening.

     

    Dr. Owens served two terms on the Faculty Senate and is currently a member of the Political Relations Committee at Jacksonville State University. She also serves on the Alabama Women’s Commission and is an Academic Associate for The Atlantic Council. In 2007, Lori was elected as the Chair of the Alabama Higher Education Partnership. She has served on the Cherokee County Commission since 2004.

    Dr. Owens is the faculty advisor for pre-law students and the Pre-Law Society, the Political Science Model Arab League Debate Team, and the College Republicans. She also supervises all undergraduate internships.

    Dr. Owens’ book, Original Intent and the Struggle for the Supreme Court: The Politics of Judicial Appointments, was published by The Edwin Mellen Press in December 2005. This study examines the judicial philosophy of original intent and how the 1987 Robert Bork hearings impacted the judicial nomination and confirmation process.

    Dr. Owens teaches courses in American Government and Foreign Policy with a special emphasis on the federal judiciary, Southern Politics, state and local government, and the Middle East.

  • Delores Johnson Price, PhD

    District 8

    Dr. Delores Johnson Price is employed with Alabama A&M University as Chairman of the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Leadership in the School of Education. She is a Parental Involvement and Educational Consultant; and former teacher, counselor and principal, widely recognized for her ability to improve struggling schools. Dr. Price is active in local, state and national, civic and professional organizations. She is a graduate of University of Evansville, Loyola University Chicago and the Harvard Principals Academy. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the distinguished “United Way Hero”. Dr. Price is the proud mother of two children and one granddaughter.

  • Rep. Terry 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.

  • Sen. Vivian Davis Figures

    Legislative Appointment

     

    Service is the driving force behind Senator Vivian Davis Figures. The native Mobilian and the widow of the late Senator Michael A. Figures has spent her adult life helping others. "Service is an attribute I value in my private and public life," says Senator Figures, a graduate of Williamson High School and the University of New Haven in Connecticut. She attended Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, a goal she placed on hold to meet the challenges of single motherhood. Senator Figures is a businesswoman and serves as President/CEO of the Figures Legacy Education Foundation.

    As a humanitarian and public servant, Senator Figures helped to organize and implement the Mobile County Foster Grandparents Program; the Homeless Coalition of Mobile; the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program of Metropolitan Mobile; the Helping Schools Tag License Plate Campaign; and the Figures Legacy Education Foundation. She either serves or has served on many civic and charitable boards such as Habitat for Humanity, Prichard Boys and Girls Clubs, the Salvation Army, the Mobile Area Education Foundation and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.

    She has been recognized for dedicated community and legislative service by numerous organizations, agencies and professional groups. Senator Figures was chosen as a recipient of the Elected Women of Excellence by the National Foundation for Women Legislators.

    Senator Figures began her political career in 1984 when she ran as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in which capacity she has served in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2012. In 1993, Ms. Figures was elected to a four-year term on the Mobile City Council, attaining the status of the "only council member in Mobile's history to hold a perfect attendance record."

    Due to the untimely death of her husband, Michael A. Figures, she was later elected in the 1997 special general election by an 87% victory to the Alabama State Senate to serve the remainder of his term. The victory made her the first African-American woman to be elected to the Senate from Mobile County and the second one in the state of Alabama. She was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

    In 2008, she became the first African-American woman to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. During the 2011 Regular Session, Senator Figures orchestrated and led the effort to have women represented on five additional key committees when there were no women appointed. This was done in a 35 member Senate where the Republicans have supermajority with five women consisting of four Democrats and one independent. Senator Figures was confirmed by the Senate in the 2012 Regular Session to serve on the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees, making her the first African-American woman to serve on the Board. Senator Figures was elected by her Democratic Senate colleagues to serve as Minority Leader for 2013 and 2014 making her the first woman to serve in a top leadership position in the history of the Alabama State Legislature.

    Senator Figures now serves as Chairwoman of the Children First Trust Fund Board Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, and on the following Senate Standing Committees: Finance and Taxation, Education; Rules; Judiciary; Education; Governmental Affairs; Children, Youth Affairs and Human Resources; and Local Legislation #3. She was elected by the Senate to serve on the Sunset Committee and the Legislative Council. Senator Figures has been appointed to serve on the Permanent Legislative Committee on Reapportionment, Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Mental Health Capital Outlay Oversight Committee, the Children's Policy Council, the Alzheimer's Task Force (co-chair), Energy Council, the Alabama Women's Commission, and the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force.

    Senator Figures is very passionate about protecting, caring for, and protecting our children. She led the effort in helping to author legislation and securing funding for the school personnel background checks for both public and private schools to make children safer. She also, authored, and sponsored the Amiyah White Act and the Hiawayi Robinson Emergency Missing Child Alert System Act.

    She has been recognized for dedicated community and legislative service by numerous organizations, agencies and professional groups. Because of her sponsorship and passage of the Alabama Clean Indoor Air Act, she was awarded the National Tobacco Award from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Outstanding Advocate Award from the American Heart Association.

    Senator Figures values her family deeply. She is one of nine siblings and is the proud mother of three sons, a stepson, and a granddaughter: Jelani, Shomari, Akil, Derrick and A'Kayle.

     

  • Mary Jacque Carroll

    Junior Commission

    Mary Jacque Carroll is the Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. She started at the agency in June of 2015. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mary Jacque was the Field Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Miles College for ten years. She continues her commitment to education by serving as a Field Instructor for the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham 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 Certified Social Worker (LCSW). Mary Jacque is the co-chair of the Jefferson County DHR Quality Assurance Committee and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has extensive experience working with children and families and her professional interests include child welfare, mental health and 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 Commission

     

    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 Commission

    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.

  • Madelyn Suttle

    Junior Commission

    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.

  • Sarah Skipper

    Executive Director