Board of Directors

2015-16 ACPP board of directors

Cindy Lowry serves as president of ACPP's board. She is executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, where she has worked since 2005. She is an Oneonta native and holds a B.S. in wildlife science from Auburn University and an M.P.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Nancy Francisco Stewart serves as vice president of ACPP's board. She is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Jacksonville State University. She holds a B.A. from Hollins College, an MSW from Florida State University, an M.A. from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She is an at-large member of ACPP's board.

Sara Wood serves as secretary of ACPP's board. She is an at-large board member from Auburn who works as an economic justice advocate for the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she works on reforming systems that punish and criminalize people for being in poverty. She received a B.S. in social work and a B.A. in psychology from Auburn University in 2014. She serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of East Alabama and is a member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Women in Public Office and the Tuskegee-Auburn Women's Leadership Alliance. She worked for several years as an HIV/AIDS prevention educator, taught algebra in state prisons and interned with the Capital Habeas Unit at the Federal Defenders in the Middle District of Alabama. She also worked as a community organizer with Welcoming Alabama and as a health care navigator helping people get coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Cynthia Brown serves as treasurer of ACPP's board. She is the administrative coordinator for the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama (FOCAL) in Montgomery. She holds a B.S. in accounting from Troy State University and did her M.B.A. work at Troy State University at Montgomery.

Carmen Austin represents Mary's House on ACPP's board. She has been actively involved in organizations advocating for seniors, homeless people, and people with disabilities for three decades. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana and earned an M.A. in secondary education from UAB. She retired from the engineering, operations and IT areas of BellSouth and is also a retired educator who taught at Pelham High School. She is the proud mom of Elliot, Maria Therese and Lorraine and is Granny Carm to Julien and Aubrey.

Norman Baldwin is a political science professor at the University of Alabama who represents University Presbyterian Church on ACPP's board. He teaches coursework on how to lead, manage and organize employees for public service and publishes on diversifying male-dominant and race-dominant organizations, whistle-blowing, state economic development, differences between public and private organizations, and followership. He is a former President of UA's Faculty Senate and recently was called on to lead UA’s Task Force for Excellence in Equity, Inclusion and Citizenship. In his spare time, he fronts a rock 'n' roll band called Flashback.

William Blackerby is youth ministry coordinator at Church of the Nativity, Episcopal, in Huntsville. For three and a half years, William was the faith in community organizer at Greater Birmingham Ministries, where he learned not only the value of working together with people across race, class, gender, economic status, language, sexual orientation and religious belief, but also how real grassroots change is accomplished.

Yazmin Contreras represents Adelante Alabama Worker Center on ACPP's board.

Sister Marilyn Graf, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy of the South Central Community. She has been an ACPP member since 2001. She volunteers at Mercy Medical's Mercy Life of Alabama Program, the only PACE program in Alabama. (PACE is a Program for the All inclusive Care of the Elderly.) She is a convener for her community and volunteers on the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy Board and Convent of Mercy. She has a M.Ed. from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., and an M.S. from Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

Andrea Hudson represents Bay Area Women Coalition of Mobile on ACPP's board. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and a master's degree in elementary education from Grand Canyon University. She was a social service caseworker for seven years and a teacher for more than 10 years. She now works at the University of South Alabama, where she researches health disparities. She is devoted to her son, Marcellus.

Susan McAlister represents St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Birmingham on ACPP's board. She holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. She practiced law for several years with Legal Services and started the Family Promise program at St. Stephen's. She has been on the boards of Legal Services of Metro Birmingham and the Family Promise program and now serves on the boards of Greater Birmingham Ministries and the Altamont Alumni Association.

Vera Moore represents Women As Strength Program (WASP) on ACPP's board.

Alice Paris worked as membership services director for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampton University and a master's degree in rural economic development from Antioch University McGregor. She is at-large member of ACPP's board.

Isabel Rubio is executive director and founder of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization that facilitates the social, civic and economic integration of Hispanic individuals and families through its educational, leadership-development programs. She is originally from McComb, Miss., and has lived in Birmingham since 1991. She earned degrees in history and social work and worked in social services for eight years in the Birmingham area before founding HICA in 1999. She is on several nonprofit boards and is an avid equestrian and gardener. She is married to Freddy Rubio, and they have two daughters, five cats and a horse.

Jim Trumpower represents the Church of the Reconciler of Birmingham on ACPP's board.

Zarius Walker represents Disability Rights and Resources in Birmingham on ACPP's board.

Chris Wooten of Huntsville represents Monte Sano United Methodist Church on ACPP's board.

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