August 7th, 2014

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What drew you back to the Magic City?

After graduating form Auburn, I moved to Mississippi. What an adventure that turned out to be! But I was struggling with homesickness and missing the excitement of Birmingham’s revitalization! This is where I grew up. My family is here along with all those It’s A Wonderful Life showings at the Alabama Theater. I wanted to experience Birmingham as it is now and be a part of what it is going to be. Alabama is a wonderful state. We have a bright future.

You just started at Alabama Possible. What excites you about this work? 

Alabama Possible is a credit to its name! Making things possible! Excuse the corniness, but we are getting our hands dirty, having dialogue, and supporting communities that need as many cheerleaders as they does movers and shakers. I will be coordinating Blueprints in Birmingham’s Woodlawn, Wenonah, and Ramsay schools along with Central High School in Tuscaloosa. I am ready to be in the classroom and to see the faces of the future of Alabama!

What is you favorite place in Birmingham?

Do I have to pick just one?! If I did have to choose, it would span Morris Avenue to 2nd Ave North. There is also something wonderfully nostalgic watching the trains move along the highline.

AND, you can’t beat Pepper Place—especially Red Cat and Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery.

Do you have any hobbies?

Photography! Love taking snapshots. I also collect vinyl records thanks to my dad. It’s our special dad-daughter pastime.

Are you reading any books right now? Or have a favorite?

When I was in England, the place I was staying had a quaint library. I grabbed Joanne Harris’ Chocolatand Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends to read on the tube. I finished Chocolat! It was wonderful. But I had to leave behind a partly read Circle of Friends. It may have taken me three years but I bought it just the other night; I’m excited to finish it!