Leadership Alabama Announces the 2022 – 23 Alabama Leadership Initiative Class




Leadership Alabama, a statewide program of Alabama leaders engaged in creating a network for positive change, recently announced the 2022 – 23 class of the Alabama Leadership Initiative (ALI).

The program, which was originally introduced in 1995, is for emerging leaders, and it complements Leadership Alabama’s existing leadership networks and programs. ALI class members submitted applications and were chosen through a competitive process conducted by previous members of the initiative.

In order to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills and establish ongoing relationships with other young leaders, ALI was expanded in 2017 to a six-month program comprised of three two-day retreats.

“The initiative exposes young professionals to decision-makers in Alabama who are sensitive to the challenges we face as a state, and it provides the participants with the unique opportunity to step inside the circle of decision-makers and problem-solvers who mold the future of our state,” said Ashley Kaplan, director of operations and engagement.

During the upcoming program year, ALI Class V members will meet in Montgomery, Birmingham and Mobile/Baldwin County. Presentations and group discussions will encourage members to make a critical examination of preconceptions about their state, their communities and themselves.

According to Leadership Alabama Executive Director Kate Cotton, the program has three goals: education, connections and personal development.

“Leadership Alabama is thrilled to bring together emerging leaders from across Alabama,” she said. “With personal and professional training components, alongside exposure to the challenges and opportunities we face as a state, ALI participants are well equipped to contribute to efforts to move Alabama forward.

2022 – 2023 ALI CLASS V 

Janelle Adams:  Outokumpu Stainless USA,  Mobile

Bishop Alexander: University of North Alabama, Florence

Jennifer Amos: The Foundation for Marshall Medical Centers, Guntersville

Emmanuel Bankston:           Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts, Headland

Olivia Bradford: Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Tuscumbia

Susan Carothers: SC Events & Communications, Montgomery

Nicole Carpenter: Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Birmingham

Caitlin Cobb: Capell & Howard, P.C., Montgomery

Betsy Compton: The University of West Alabama, Livingston

Candace Cooksey: City of Mobile, Mobile

Dayne Cutrell: Maynard, Cooper, and Gale PC, Birmingham

Kevin Ferguson: Starlight Haven, Fairfield

Katricia Flowers:     Recidiviz   Birmingham

Adam Fox: Pryor Field Airport Authority, Decatur

Miriam Fry: Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore

 Austin Gaines: The Starke Agency, Montgomery

Lucy Gafford: Mobile Arts Council, Mobile

Danielle Gibson: Decatur Morgan County Tourism, Decatur

Caleb Goodwyn: PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, Montgomery

Julia Gordon: Teach For America Alabama. Birmingham

Jeremy Gray: Alabama House of Representatives, Opelika

Richmond Gunter: Muncie & Mattson, P.C. Auburn

Rachel Hamm: Protective Life Corporation, Birmingham

Courtnie Harris- Anderson: Sheppard Harris & Associates P.C., Birmingham

Meghan Ann Hellenga    Woodlawn United, Birmingham

Randa Hovater: North Alabama Medical Center, Sheffield

Abigail Jackson: The Lollar Group, Homewood

Ashley Johnson: JAMM Resources, Montgomery

Crystal Johnson: Alfa Insurance , Wetumpka

Tevin Jones: City of Birmingham, Birmingham

Haley Kendrick: gener8tor, Birmingham

Abi Kulshreshtha: Southern Research, Birmingham

Jacob Ladner: Thirdmark Capital, Decatur

Silvia Laxson: ¡HICA! Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Birmingham

Mary Meadows: Livingston Abeona Wealth, Homewood

Kelsi Long: Balch & Bingham LLP, Birmingham

Allen Mayer: Regions, Birmingham

Lindsey McAdory: CBG Strategies LLC, Birmingham

Hunter McBrayer: Alabama Farmers Federation, Deatsville

Corinn O’Brien: A+ Education Partnership, Vestavia Hills

Jessica Odom: The Arc of Southwest Alabama, Chatom

Vimal PatelL L&D Hotels Inc., Dothan

Jessica Payne: PNC Bank, Trussville

Jason Perry: University of Montevallo, Alabaster

Trey Pilkington: NobleBank & Trust        Oxford

Andrew Pinyan: Alabama Farm Credit, Holly Pond

Stevi Price: The Decatur City Schools Foundation, Decatur

Mauri Robinson: i3 Academy, Birmingham

Mitchell Thorn: Southeast Gas, Andalusia

Katie Voss: Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham

Samantha Williams: Birmingham Promise, Birmingham

Shakeyta Williams: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Birmingham

Suntrease Williams-Maynard: Adams and Reese, Mobile


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