2017-18 ACPP board of directors

Cindy Lowry serves as president of Arise's board. She is executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, a statewide network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama's water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement. She has worked at the alliance since 2005 and has served as executive director since 2007. Cindy 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. She received a "Wonderful Outstanding Woman" award from the Metro Birmingham Branch of the NAACP in 2012. AL.com named her one of the "Women Shaping the State" in 2016, and she received an Auburn University Alumni Spirit of Sustainability Award in 2017. Cindy has more than 15 years of work experience in the conservation nonprofit sector and was a long-time board member of Friends of the Locust Fork River.

William Blackerby serves as vice president of Arise's board. He is a teacher at Indian Springs School and formerly worked as 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.

Sara Wood serves as secretary of Arise's board. She is an at-large board member and an outreach paralegal on the Economic Justice Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she works on reforming systems that punish and exploit people living in poverty. Sara is a Mobile native who graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in social work and a B.A. in psychology. She previously worked as an HIV/AIDS prevention educator in east Alabama. While in college, Sara taught algebra in Alabama state prisons, worked as a health care counselor helping people get coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and interned with Alabama Appleseed and the Federal Defenders in the Middle District of Alabama.

Carmen Austin serves as treasurer of Arise's board. She represents Mary's House and 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. Carmen 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 retired professor of political science at the University of Alabama who represents Grace Presbyterian Church on Arise's board. He taught courses on how to lead, manage and organize employees for public service and publishes on followership, diversifying organizations, whistle-blowing, economic development, and differences between government and business. Norman is the author of Winning at Following: Secrets to Success in Supporting Roles. He is a former president of UA's Faculty Senate and the only faculty member in UA history to win its three leading awards for leadership and service: the Algernon Sydney Sullivan, Morris L. Mayer and Buford Peace awards.

Carolyn Foster is an at-large Arise board member from Birmingham. 

Sister Marilyn Graf, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy of the South Central Community. She has been an Arise 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.

Dollie Hambrick is an at-large Arise board member from Montgomery.

Roger McCullough is an at-large Arise board member from Birmingham.

Gary Moore is an at-large Arise board member from Fairhope.

Vera Moore represents the Women As Strength Program (WASP) of Birmingham on Arise'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 Arise's board.

Dianne Steele represents Bay Area Women Coalition of Mobile on Arise's board.

Nancy Francisco Stewart 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.

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

Ana Valeriano represents the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA) on Arise's board.

Kathy Vincent is at an-large Arise board member from Montgomery.

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

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