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Birmingham Leadership Class


May 15, 2014
6:30 PM CST - 8:30 PM CST

2 hours

In Person

The Harbert Center
2019 4th Ave N #100
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Powerful People Promoting High Ideals

The MS Leadership Class fundraising campaign was established by the Alabama - Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to honor senior level professionals for their outstanding contributions to the business, civic, and cultural betterment of local areas. The Alabama - Mississippi Chapter started this event in 1994 by honoring community leaders for promoting high ideals with a definite sense of purpose, for taking pride in a job well done and for making this community a better place.

The members of the MS Leadership Class campaign have demonstrated the ability to make a difference in the quality of the lives of others. Because of their efforts, these leaders were invited to partner with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in its movement to create a world free of MS. Through participation in the campaign, members have an opportunity to build a network with other business professionals who are also committed to a vision of a better community and a better world. Each year, the Class event has grown in dollars raised. A total of more than $2.1 million has been raised since the event’s inception. This money is used to fund vital research in multiple sclerosis and to provide important programs and services to people with MS and their families.

Benefits of Participation

Each member of the Leadership Class will:

  • Receive the prestigious MS Leadership Award

  • Receive a photograph of the Class (taken at the Leadership Class reception)

  • Gain recognition as an outstanding achiever through an advertisement in The Birmingham Business Journal.

  • Generate publicity for his or her business as one that supports community involvement.

  • Gain a feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping in the quest to cure a devastating disease that affects young adults.

For more information on how you can be a part of the Leadership Class, please contact Cheri Shenefelt.

Contact information

Cheri Shenefelt

Congratulations to our 2014 MS Leadership Class and past alumni

to contribute to one of our
2014 Greater Birmingham
MS Leadership Class Honorees


Birmingham Leadership Class of 2013









The Birmingham MS Leadership Class campaign is a fund raising campaign that honors senior level professionals for their outstanding contributions to the business, civic and cultural betterment of the city.  Each honoree in the class was nominated by an Advisory Council member who identified these individuals to be among the best and brightest in their field.  Gina Redmond, CBS 42 Morning News Anchor served as emcee.

Patrick Cummings, Vice President and Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial served as the Honorary Chair of the Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2013 and presented each honoree with the prestigious Leadership Award at a reception on May 2nd at Workplay.

We thank the members of the Class of 2013 for their accomplishments and for partnering with The National MS Society by raising over $109,000 for MS programs, services and research.  They are:

Front row seated (left to right), Sandi Gornati, SGI Delivery Solutions; Jay Greene, The Greene Law Firm; Christy McLean, Alvarez & Marsal, LLC; Jim Andrews, LithoPublishing Company; Stephanie H. Mays, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC; Marshall A. Hollis, Attorney at Law; Emily Naman, HealthSouth; Frances King Quick, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC.

Second row (left to right), David K. Bowsher, Adams and Reese, LLP; Tripp Watson, The Watson Firm; John Christopher Batts, BB&T; Daniel Murray, Murray Building Company, Inc.; Matthew Day, J. H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.; Bill Tomlin, Hoar Program Management; Tony Riley, Altec Capital Services, LLC; Ben Dixon, Reliance Financial Group; Richard Thayer, Christian & Small, LLP; Honorary Chair, Patrick Cummings, Ameriprise Financial.

Third row (left to right), Ron Sparkman, Federalgraphics, LLC; Robert Dawson Jr., Southern Company; Hurston Raley, EGS Commercial Real Estate; Bert Steindorff, Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC; Ben Coulter, Burr & Forman, LLP; David Ashford, Southpace Properties, Inc.; Geoff Moeck, DataPerk, LLC; George Gould, United Healthcare; Jared Bussey, Birchfield Penual & Associates; Trey Moreland, Birmingham Nursing & Rehabilitation Center East; T.K. Wood, Cadence Bank.

Fourth row (left to right), Michael Hansen, Mud Pie Creative Lab; Bobby Watson, Birmingham Printing and Publishing, Inc.; Jeff Vreeland, Geographic Information Services, Inc.; Stephen Allen, Williams Blackstock Architects; Austin Boyd, Sterne Agee; Jeff Traywick, Birmingham Business Alliance; Bill Clements, Retail Specialists; John Pat Weinacker, Northwestern Mutual of Alabama.

Not pictured, Kammie Avant, Big Communications; Jeff Decker, Gray Construction; Eric Getty, Balch & Bingham, LLP; Christine Green, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Brett Hollett, Lakeman, Peagler, Hollett & Alsobrook; Brent Irby, McCallum Hoaglund Cook & Irby, LLP; Marvis Jenkins, Anderson Weidner, LLC; Jonathan Lindsey, The Shopping Center Group; Blake Nelson, CMH Architects; T. Dylan Reeves, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC; Trey Schaefer, EBSCO Creative Concepts; Marc Scholl, ARC Realty; Anne Marie Seibel, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Finis St. John, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC; Christina Wall, Environmental Litigation Group, PC; Angela Webb-Weinberg, Universal Health Services; Deborah Williams, M.J. Harris, Inc.; Bayless Ydel, Enrollment Advisors.

High achievers within the Birmingham MS Leadership Class are the Golden Circle Members. They include:

Austin Boyd, Manager Packaged Products & Strategic Partners, Sterne Agee

Robert Dawson, Jr., Engineer/Asset Manager, Southern Company

Jeff Decker, Senior Project Manager, Gray Construction

Anne Marie Seibel, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP

Sponsors of the Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2013 are:

BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, EMD Serono/Pfizer, and HealthSouth.


Birmingham Leadership Class of 2012

Meredith Ray Calhoun, Vice President of Corporate Oversight at Corporate Realty Associates, served as the Honorary Chair of the Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2012 and presented each honoree with the prestigious Leadership Award at a reception on May 3rd at Workplay.

We thank the members of the Class of 2012 for their accomplishments and for partnering with The National MS Society by raising over $125,000 for MS programs, services and research. They are:

Front row seated (left to right), Laura Elizabeth Montgomery, The Crittenden Firm, PC; Leslie Anne Allen, Christian & Small, LLP; Peggy Striplin, UAB School of Optometry; Kassady Gibson, Southern Company; Kem Marks, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Caitlin Glass, Forensic/Strategic Solutions, PC; Nicole Hedrick, Alabama Power Company; Michelle Crunk, Ferguson Frost & Dodson; Renita Rigney, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama; Roberta Cahill, Burr & Forman, LLP; Amy Steindorff, Balch & Bingham, LLP; Coleman Upchurch, Intermark Group, Inc.
Second row (left to right), Nathan Terrell, Hoar Program Management; Wes Hokanson, Hoar Program Management; Michael Murphy, Sirote & Permutt, P.C.; David Oakley, Hendricks & Partners; Matt Wilson, Southlake Financial Group, LLC; Staci Pierce, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Amy Bailey, My Scoop Media, Inc.; Patricia Wallwork, Milo’s Tea Company, Inc.; Kelly Rushin, Liles & Rushin, LLC; Honorary Chair, Meredith Ray Calhoun, Corporate Realty Associates; Jay Turner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Jeremy Retherford, Balch & Bingham, LLP; Trey Wells, Starnes Davis Florie; David Green, Robins & Morton; Reed Avant, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; Brice Johnston, Red Mountain Law Group.
Third row (left to right), Sloan Walker, Hoar Construction; Beau Green, Right at Home; Andrew Boyd, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Joel Gilbert, Balch & Bingham, LLP; Matt Miller, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Brandon Rooks, Nation View, LLC; Andrew Smith, Cadence Bank; Brian Hoffman, Hoffman Media, LLC; Christopher Thames, J.H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.; Dale Bailey, A.G. Gaston Engineering; Adam Greenhalgh, Greenhalgh Insurance Agency; Hawkins Tatum, S.S. Nesbitt & Company.
Fourth row (left to right), Frank Anderson, Brasfield & Gorrie; Jim Dixon, Arlington Properties; Drew Smith, Altec; Stephen Pudner, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Harrison Bishop, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Rich Vanchina, Southpace Properties, Inc.; Andrew Nix, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Tom Lamkin, Marvin’s Building Materials & Home Centers.
Not pictured, Denny Ard, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP; Austin Davis, Wells Fargo; Steve Hewett, Sanders Trust; Josh Holden, Fish Nelson, LLC; Whit Macknally, Macknally Land Design; William McKenzie, Norman Wood Kendrick & Turner; Jeff Moore, Nation View, LLC; Eric Mosley, Gerdau Ameristeel; Gil Murdock, Enrollment Advisors, Inc.; Andy Prewitt, J.R. Prewitt & Associates; Colin Smith, PNC Bank; Bill Steed, Brasfield & Gorrie; Casey Taylor, Mayer Electric Supply; Brian Thompson, Hoar Construction; Roddie Thurman, Aptalis Pharma; Grady Trammell, Altec Capital Services.
Golden Leadership Circle Members ($4,100+ level)
These individuals raised $1 or more for each of the 4,100 persons in Alabama living with MS:
Leslie Allen, Attorney, Christian & Small, LLP
Denny Ard, Senior Manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Andrew Boyd, Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Jim Dixon, President, Arlington Properties
Joel Gilbert, Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP
Steve Hewett, Senior Vice President, Sanders Trust
Andy Prewitt, Partner, J. R. Prewitt & Associates
Renita Rigney, Quality Enhancement Analyst, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama
Drew Smith, Director of Internet Services, Altec
Peggy Striplin, Sr. Director of Development & Director of Alumni Affairs, UAB School of Optometry

Birmingham Leadership Class of 2011

Front row seated (left to right), Colleen McCullough, Sirote & Permutt, PC; Melanie Eckroate, Southern Company; Niki Harris, Southern Company; Maridi Thompson, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC; Julie Ward, Big Communications, Inc.; Marleen Metcalf, Southern Company Generation; Ashley Ferguson, Energen Corporation; Gaines Grelier, Merrill Lynch; Misty Chandler, Horizons School; Harriet Ivy, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Kelly Borden, Hoar Program Management; Lorrie Maples Parker, The Parker Law Firm, PC; Casey Lassiter, HealthSouth.

Second row (left to right), Honorary Chairman, Jay Stewart, Carr Allison Law Firm; Justin Barkley, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP; Andrew Case, Harbert Management Corporation/Private Equity Group; Lyle Larson, Balch & Bingham, LLP; Bob Fowlkes, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC; Dylan Black, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Edwin Moss, J.H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.; James Goree, Hoar Program Management; Brian Sapone, Hoar Construction, LLC.

Third row (left to right), David Nomberg, Law Offices of Bernard D. Nomberg, PC; John Hennessy, Sandner Commercial Real Estate; Greg Cherry, Fairway Investments, LLC; Carter Bryars, Daniel Corporation; Jim Marron, RBC Bank; Andrew Rains, Hoar Construction, LLC; Jeff Windham, Forensic/Strategic Solutions, PC; Ashley Tabb, Wells Fargo; Ben Martin, Wells Fargo.

Fourth row (left to right), Lucas Gambino, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, PC; Chris Smith, Cobbs, Allen & Hall; Ben Byrd, Wells Fargo; Brian Jones, Gray Construction; Roddie Thurman, Axcan Pharma, Inc.; Matt Geller, Sirote & Permutt, PC; John Johnson, Hand Arendall, L.L.C.; Hiliary Henderson IV, Stonewood Development, LLC.

Not pictured, Turner Burton, Hoar Construction; Meredith Calhoun, Corporate Realty Associates; David Chandler, B.L. Harbert International, LLC; Shaun Decoudres, Carr Allison Law Firm; Bill Dobbins, The Dobbins Group, LLC; Helen Kathryn Downs, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP; Liz Harris, Wagnon Communications; Kelvin Howard, Thomas, Means, Gillis & Seay, PC; Tommy McCain, RBC Bank; Andrew Patterson, Shannon Waltchack; Oscar Price, Christian & Small, LLP; Grahame Read, Capital Strategies Group, Inc.; Tony Renta, Civil Consultants, Inc.; Katie Richardson, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama; Vincent Schilleci, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Laurie Lou Smith, Sparks Clinics at UAB; Jonice Vanterpool, Hand Arendall, L.L.C.

Golden Leadership Circle Members ($4,100+ level)

These individuals raised $1 or more for each of the 4,100 persons in Alabama living with MS:

Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2010

Front row seated (left to right): Jessica Kirk Drennan, The Crittenden Firm, P.C.; Betsy McAtee, Dreamland Holding Co., LLC; Christy Roddy, EGS Commercial Real Estate, Inc.; Rukiya McClain, Alabama Department of Human Resources; Denise Savage, Commercial Printing Company; Dawn Helms Sharff, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Teresa Lumpkin, Newbanks, Inc.; Amanda Pate, Hoar Construction, LLC; Jennifer Rhodes, Alabama Power Company; Stacey Davis, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC; Craig Stephens, Sirote & Permutt; Tim Linderman, EHS; Matt Condra, Superior Bank.

Second row (left to right): Frank D. McPhillips, Honorary Chairman, MS Leadership Class of 2010 and Shareholder with Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Jonathan Macklem, Christian & Small LLP; Bains Fleming, Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner; Mayo Woodward, Ameriprise Financial; J. Brooks Emory, IV, Red Mountain Bank; Jason Bryant, RBC Bank; John Coleman, Graham & Company, Inc.; Jim McCormick, Pryor McCormick, Investments; Jay Stewart, Carr Allison Law Firm; Chris Eckroate, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood; R.J. Murray, Wachovia Bank.

Third row (left to right): John Wood, CMH Architects; Kevin Conway, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; Hal Holland, Red Mountain Bank; Philip Currie, J.H. Berry & Gilbert, Inc.; Michael Jones, Event Operations Group; Ethan Tidmore, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; Heath Phillips, HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital; Mike Turner, Freedom Court Reporting; Alan Ryals, Reliance Financial Group, LLC; Slade Blackwell, Inkana Properties; Benjamin Goldman, Hand Arendall, L.L.C.

Fourth row (left to right): Parker Evans, B.L. Harbert International, LLP; Richard Davis, Burr & Forman; Brian Barksdale, Carr Riggs & Ingram; Bill Segrest, HKW Associates; Joe Miller, Starnes & Atchison, LLP; Randall Morrow, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Roddie Thurman, Axcan Pharma, Inc.; Don Harrison, Lehr, Middlebrooks & Vreeland.

Not pictured: Beau Bevis, RealtySouth; Brad Cain, Naphcare, Inc.; Angie Cameron, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP; Shayana Boyd Davis, Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP; Rebecca DePalma, White Arnold & Dowd, P.C.; Khristi Doss Driver, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC; Scott Evans, Hoar Program Management; Patrick Finley, Art Promotional Services; Kira Fonteneau, The Fonteneau Firm, LLC; Stephen Franklin, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; Brad Gannon, Hydinger & Stewart Commercial Properties, LLC; Lindsay Gill, Forensic/Strategic Solutions, PC; Tim Gregg, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Natalie Kelly, Kelly Construction Company; Scott Kelly, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart; Melanie McNary, Protective Life Corporation; Donald Nettles, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Grace Norville, Gateway; Chuck Price, Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC; Sam Scalici, Jr., Oakworth Capital Bank; Bert Spence, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.C.; Tyrus Sturgis, The Art of Words; Jamie Warren, Forte Marketing Group; Josh Watkins, Feld Hyde Wertheimer Bryant & Stone; Martin Weinberg, Law Office of Martin Weinberg.




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