Meet Our Staff

ACPP staff

Brenda Boman joined the ACPP staff as development director in 2005 after a 27-year teaching career, during which she taught English to students ranging in age from junior high school to seniors at Auburn University. She has a B.A. in secondary education from Auburn University and an M.A. in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Jim Carnes is ACPP's policy director. He grew up in Columbus, Miss., and graduated from the University of North Carolina. He began his editorial career at Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1977. After directing the Teaching Tolerance project at the Southern Poverty Law Center from 1995 to 2003, he joined the ACPP staff to work on the Amendment One tax reform campaign. He worked as ACPP's communications director before becoming policy director in 2013.

M.J. Ellington joined the ACPP staff as a health policy analyst in 2011, bringing a wealth of experience covering state government and health for several Alabama newspapers, including the Montgomery Advertiser and The Decatur Daily. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she also served as program administrator at Montgomery Area Council on Aging and executive director of the Mental Health Association in Montgomery.

Kimble Forrister has been ACPP's executive director since its founding in 1994. A native of Nashville, Tenn., he worked in urban ministry in the Northeast in the 1970s, completed an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary, and served as Southeast regional organizer at Bread for the World for nine years in the 1980s.

Carol Gundlach has been ACPP's policy analyst on tax and budget issues since 2013. She previously worked as executive director of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as state coordinator of the Alabama Coalition Against Hunger. She has an M.S.W. degree and has taught social work policy and community organization at Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

Dollie Hambrick joined the ACPP team as a health reform organizer in 2011 to coordinate outreach on the Affordable Care Act. She has lived in Alabama since 1990 and has a B.A. from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and an M.S.W. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Her broad range of social work experience includes 10 years as social work director at the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Presdelane (Pres) Harris is ACPP's organizing director. She has worked for ACPP since its founding in 1994 and has a B.S. in justice and public safety from Auburn University at Montgomery and an M.S. in management from Troy University. She has lived in Montgomery her entire life and enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her church, watching movies, and singing along with gospel/ inspirational CDs.

Robyn Hyden is an ACPP organizer. She is a Pelham native and a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she edited the Orbis student newspaper. Before joining the ACPP staff in 2013, she worked as an Americorps VISTA volunteer at the Alabama Poverty Project and directed development and communications at Urban Ministry in Birmingham. She works to expand ACPP's outreach and growth in north Alabama.

Rebecca Jackson is an ACPP organizer. She is a Montgomery native who has a B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama and an M.P.A. from Auburn University at Montgomery. She came to ACPP in the spring of 2007 as a policy fellow and later joined the organizing team, with a focus on e-advocacy and voter engagement.

Stan Johnson has been a contract organizer with ACPP since 1995. He has a B.A. from California State University, Fresno, and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Alabama A&M University. Based in Birmingham, he works to expand ACPP's outreach and growth in north Alabama, including the Anniston, Birmingham and Huntsville areas.

Shakita Jones is an ACPP organizer. She is a Montgomery native and a graduate of Troy University with a B.S. in social work. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a nonprofit management certification from Auburn University at Montgomery. Her experience as a social worker serving low-income HIV/AIDS patients and hospice clients led her to join the ACPP staff in 2008 to work for more humane state policies. She covers the central belt of counties across Alabama.

Chris Sanders is ACPP's communications director. He is a lifelong Alabama resident and a two-time graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a B.A. in journalism and political science and a J.D. He is a former editor of The Crimson White and was an articles editor for the Alabama Law Review. He joined the ACPP staff in 2007 as a policy analyst on tax and budget issues and became communications director in 2013.

Stephen Stetson has been ACPP's policy analyst for consumer and human rights issues since 2008. He grew up in Troy and began college at the University of Kentucky before finishing at the University of Texas with a degree in journalism (media studies). He was a policy debater and coach and also served as the senior associate editor at The Daily Texan, the student newspaper at UT. He covered politics for his hometown newspaper before earning a J.D. at the University of Alabama.

David Stout is a special projects organizer with ACPP. He joined the ACPP team in 2013 after spending 15 years editing the Alabama School Journal. Before then, he served as a member of the Alabama Legislature and as mayor of Fort Payne for 13 years. He has a B.A. from Jacksonville State University and an M.A. in American history from the University of Alabama.