Board of Directors

2013-14 ACPP board of directors

Judy Roy serves as president of ACPP's board. She is the program coordinator for Disability Rights and Resources in Birmingham and led an effort to pass "money follows the person" legislation that resulted in more than 500 new Medicaid waiver slots in Alabama.

Alice Paris serves as vice president of ACPP's board. She 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.

Cynthia Brown serves as treasurer of ACPP's board. She is the financial 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.

Helen Rivas serves as secretary of ACPP's board. She is an interpreter and translator in Birmingham who advocates on immigration and justice issues. She also is a strong advocate for mass transit and for educational policy focused on learners. She represents Latinos Unidos de Alabama (LUDA) on ACPP's board.

John Alexander of Birmingham is a member of ACPP's board. He is retired and is heavily involved with the Alabama Kairos Prison Ministry, serving as fundraising/sponsor coordinator for the Elmore Correctional Facility Advisory Council and formerly having served as chairman of the Draper Correctional Facility Advisory Council. He has been married for 38 years and has two sons and two grandchildren.

Dale Clem is the pastor of Monte Sano United Methodist Church of Huntsville and a founding member of ACPP's sister organization Alabama Arise.

Brandon Fountain is a co-founder of Micah's House and works as the civic engagement and communications organizer for Greater Birmingham Ministries. He is the development officer for Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty and graduated from Columbia International University. He represents Micah's House on ACPP's board.

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.

Mary Jones represents Women As Strength Program (WASP) on ACPP's board. She works as the direct services coordinator for Greater Birmingham Ministries.

Eileen Knott represents the Jubilee Community Center of Montgomery on ACPP's board. She is a graduate of Montgomery public schools who holds a B.A. in art history and English from Emory University and an M.A. in American studies from Florida State University. She directed the Jubilee Community Center for seven years and also worked as a program coordinator for Rebuilding Together Central Alabama and as a GED instructor for Montgomery's YouthBuild program. She enjoys spending time with her son, who will graduate from high school soon.

Cindy Lowry 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.

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.

Isabel Rubio is executive director and founder of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA). She is originally from McComb, Miss., and has lived in Birmingham since 1991.

Ruthie Sherrill represents University Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa on ACPP's board.

Kenneth Sutton represents Community Church Without Walls of Birmingham on ACPP's board.

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

Carole Zugazaga is an associate professor at Auburn University, where she has been a faculty member of the Social Work Program within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work since 2002. She holds a B.S.W. from Florida State University and an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. She is an at-large member of ACPP's board.

Arise Daily News Digest 5-25-2014

AL.COM - Rep. Martha Roby calls for president to fire embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

AL.COM - No trial date set for Rep. Barry Moore.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: A letter from Birmingham to Mobile: 'Don't be me.'

AL.COM - Selma waits for word on Kuwaiti pilot training program that could transform Craig Field.

DECATUR DAILY - Barry, Holtzclaw vie for Senate District 2.

DECATUR DAILY - Mary Sell’s Capital Notebook: Thousands who qualify are not getting food aid.

(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Domestic violence laws will get boost.

TUSCALOOSA NEWSThe Tuscaloosa News: Usury bill would lend a hand to many in Alabama.

ANNISTON STAR - How Common Core became this year's chief campaign issue.

ANNISTON STAR - Publisher H. Brandt Ayers: He has lost his voice.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Alabama's rural schools: An education out of reach?

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - ASU officials ponder contentious week.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: Who speaks for Alabama State University?

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon’s Just saying: Time for country to fulfill deal with vets.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Contributor Michael William Mullen: Alabamians deserve more pollution protection.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Study shows internships help avoid underemployment.

DOTHAN EAGLE - Some businesses say it's hard to find employees.

WASHINGTON POST - The other side of deportation: An American struggles to prepare for life without husband.

WASHINGTON POST - A bogus claim that electricity prices will ‘nearly double’ because of clean coal technology.

WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: Tough emissions cuts would prove the U.S. is serious about climate change.

NEW YORK TIMES - Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor

NEW YORK TIMESThe New York Times: End Mass Incarceration Now

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Thomas Friedman: Memorial Day 2050

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Homeland Security may reduce deportations of nonviolent immigrants.

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Upcoming executions face scrutiny.

Arise Daily News Digest 6-4-2014

AL.COM - Live updates from the Alabama primaries: Bentley cruises to victory on Election Day dominated by gun-toting voters and new ID law.

AL.COM - Gov. Robert Bentley says he won't use negative ads in general election campaign.

AL.COM - Now a look at your potential GOP field for the 2018 primary for governor. That's right! 2018.

AL.COM - Gary Palmer edges into runoff with Paul DeMarco in 6th District GOP primary after multiple lead changes.

AL.COM - Alabama secretary of state, auditor's races headed to runoffs.

AL.COM - In state school board races, Common Core opponents had the ferocity but not the votes.

AL.COM - Louise Alexander defeats incumbent Lawrence McAdory in House District 56 Democratic primary.

AL.COM - David Faulkner, Steve French in Republican runoff for Alabama House District 46.

AL.COM - Oden wins in Public Service Commission Place 1; runoff established for Place 2.

AL.COM - Incumbent Shiver wins House District 64 GOP primary, vows vengeance against tea party.

AL.COM - Holtzclaw wins second term as District 2 senator, invites Common Core critics to hold him accountable.

AL.COM - Patricia Todd reelected as State House District 54 Representative.

AL.COM - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard wins after vicious primary fight.

AL.COM - Kay Ivey wins GOP nod for lieutenant governor.

AL.COM - Parker Griffith captures Democratic nomination for Alabama governor's race.

AL.COM - Mike Rogers wins GOP nod in Alabama's 3rd District.

AL.COM - State Board of Education member Tracy Roberts announces resignation.

AL.COM - EPA plan would require 27 percent cut in carbon emissions in Alabama.

AL.COM - Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council named among top 2 'collaborative' programs in the nation.

AL.COM - United Auto Workers union's likely new chief vows: 'We're not leaving the South.'

AL.COM - Payment of individual insurance premiums by employers results in penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

AL.COM - Voter fraud? 92-year-old great-grandmother's expired driver's license unacceptable for voter ID.

AL.COM - Bentley casts primary ballot in Tuscaloosa, weighs in on attack ads and Alabama Accountability Act.

AL.COM - More than 18,000 inmates apply for reduced sentences under new program.

SENATE SKETCHES – “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Rich Wingo easily defeats Jamey Clements.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS - HOUSE DISTRICT 71: A.J. McCampbell defeats Wesley Hodges in Democratic primary.

ANNISTON STAR - Marsh beats Tea Party primary challenger.

ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Haunted by an election.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - McClammy beats Larkin in Montgomery House race.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Sells leads Newton in tight District 90 House race.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Chambliss leads in state Senate 30 race.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Officials: Alabama's photo ID law working smoothly.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Dana Milbank: EPA administrator standing up for clean air rules.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Voters disapprove of campaign mudslinging.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Rep. Bandy moves closer to another term.

OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Sen. Dial holds slight lead over Sprayberry in District 13.


OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - HOUSE DISTRICT 38: Chambers Co. carries Whorton to win.

DOTHAN EAGLE - Barry Moore wins House District 91.

DOTHAN EAGLE - Incumbent Holley wins Senate 31 nomination.

WASHINGTON POST - Runoff elections a relic of the Democratic South.

WASHINGTON POST - Income inequality is not the biggest economic threat to women.

WASHINGTON POST - The decreasing value of the minimum wage in every state, visualized.

WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: The billion-dollar risk hidden in the federal budget.

NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Thomas Edsall: The Republican Case Against Republican Economics