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 11-18-2014

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TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Judge delays Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial.

ANNISTON STAR - Human trafficking rampant along I-20, says nonprofit founder.

ANNISTON STAR - Senate officials ponder definition of journalist for pressroom access.

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OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS - Alabama launching economic development program.

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WASHINGTON POST - Why the South lags behind when it comes to home broadband use.

WASHINGTON POST - Federal insurance fund for millions of pensions is deteriorating, report says.

WASHINGTON POST - America’s bank bailouts worked.

WASHINGTON POST - Obamacare’s premiums are going up — at the same rate as everyone else’s.

WASHINGTON POST - Voter ID laws: A microcosm of a divided America.

WASHINGTON POST - New report: Child homelessness on the rise in US.

NEW YORK TIMES – Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies