MEET THE TEAM

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Martina Dailey, LMSW

FoundeR/Board President

  • Licensed Social Worker in the State of Alabama
  • Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama
  • Bachelor of Social Work from UAB; Associates in Applied Sciences degree from Lawson State Community College Birmingham
  • Graduate of the Operation Hope Entrepreneurial Training Program
  • Generalist social worker with professional experience in various sectors of the social work profession, including Therapeutic Foster Care, Adolescence substance use, Nephrology and women substance use
  • Martina’s desire to open and operate New Awakening is birthed out of seeing a need in the community, her family’s generational history of addiction and personal trauma that she has experienced
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CIara mitchell, RD

Board Vice President/Treasurer

  • Registered BioNutrition Research Dietitian 
  • Master of Arts degree in health studies at University of Alabama; Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Alabama
  • Currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy degree in health education and promotion with a concentration in nutrition 
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ashley M. Stringer, LICSW, PIP

BOARD assistant secretary

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama; Bachelor of Social Work degree  from UAB
  • Over 9 years experience in the social service field, specializing in mental & behavioral health, foster families and trauma informed care
  • Has served as a field instructor throughout her social work career and is passionate about shaping the next generation of social workers
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Toi thornton

Board Member

  • Co-host of Good Day Alabama; Extra and Traffic Anchor for Good Day Alabama
  • Graduate from Dillard University with a  Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism
  • Master of Arts Degree in News Media Journalism
  • Currently a Ph.D. student at Liberty University
  • Previously taught journalism as an Adjunct Professor at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.
  • Currently serves as the Public Relations Director for the International AIM Convention of the Church of God in Christ
  • Creator and Host of a web show and Podcast within the WBRC Network called, Undisclosed Trauma with Toi Thornton
  • Member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham
  • Board Member for  youth organization, Ignite Foundation
  • Affiliated with the Restoration Academy Advisory Council
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tangie m. macon, LICSW, PIP

Business Partner

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • Master of Social Work from Alabama A&M University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (minor in Psychology) from UAB
  • Clinical Therapist experience with Work in Progress Counseling Services, LLC
  • Previously worked as a Clinical Social Worker at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital for 14 years
  • Currently employed at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital as a Clinical Social Worker for the past 10 years 
  • Currently work as a Clinical Therapist at Willow Grace Wellness in Birmingham, AL
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Judge Maria fortune

Court liaison

  • Received her B.S. from the University of Northern Colorado and Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of law
  • Serves as a District Judge in the criminal division
  • Prior to taking the bench, she had her own law practice, specializing in a variety of areas of law
  • Previously served the citizens of Jefferson County as a Special Circuit Court Judge in Family and Criminal Court
  • Member of the Alabama State Bar, Colorado State Bar, Washington DC State Bar, the Women’s Lawyers Section, and the Criminal Justice Section of the Birmingham Bar Association
  • Currently the presiding Judge for the Drug Court program in Jefferson County, Birmingham Division
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Feleciana Williams

Program Assistant

  • Graduated from x-ray school at Carraway Hospital in Birmingham, AL
  • Certified and registered as a Radiologic Technologist at the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • She is an advocate for community and organizational initiatives that promotes quality health care for disadvantaged groups
  • Currently employed at The Kirkland Clinic, specializing in conducting mammograms and other x-rays
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Evangelist Barbara Ross

Peer mentor

  • Is the founder of a ministry: Faith, Fashion, and Finance; the Owner of Unique Boutique 
  • Is a licensed and ordained minister and a teacher and preacher of the Gospel
  • Has over 20 years of recovery
  • Has volunteer experience of with speaking at various women’s shelters, offering hope, encouragement and motivation to members of the community
  • Author of “The Presence of Peace”
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Danielle Square, RN

Health Educator 

  • Over 10 years of nursing experience
  • Graduated from Wallace Community College Selma with her Licensed Practical of Nursing in 2010 and Associate Degree in Nursing from Wallace Community College Selma in 2015
  • She has worked in the nursing homes and hospitals in the Black Belt area caring for the community
  • Now she serves as the Director of Nursing at Montgomery Women’s Facility in Montgomery, AL
Cynthia Ward

Cynthia Ward

spiritual life coach

  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Tuskegee University
  • Master of Education from The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • She has a calling to inspire, uplift, encourage and serve others
  • She has inspired others through teaching, volunteering, acting and playwriting
  • Author of a children’s book, titled “God Hears Me”
  • She has a parenting program called “Parenting on Purpose” 
  • Currently a Parent and Childbirth Educator with Birmingham Healthy Start Plus, Inc.
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brenda Bush

peer mentor

  • Over 5 years of recovery
  • Graduate of WorkFaith Birmingham Job Readiness Program
  • Previous work experience includes providing personal mentoring, coaching and advocacy for members of the recovering community
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Melissa Powe

Community connections advisor

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Faulkner University
  • Master of Biblical Counseling from Andersonville Theological Seminary on Albany, GA
  •  Has extensive experience volunteering with local community organizations helping others, building relationships, being a resource for those in need and networking  
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mARIA hATCH

COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST

  • Business of  Administrative Management Degree from Virginia College
  • Founder of Maria’s Women Health and Wellness
  • Member of the Order of Eastern Star
  • President/Head chaperone for Fairfield band
  • Active member in the community, with volunteer experience in feeding the homeless, community clean up, back to school, and with senior citizens
  • Currently a Certified Community Health Resource Worker
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samantha houston

Peer mentor

  • 4 years of recovery
  • Recovery advocate, peer mentor and peer innovator
  • Internship Supervisor, training individuals to be a Certified Recovery Support Specialist
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gwarmekia sturdivant

Teens & young women’s mentor

  • The author of 10 inspirational and motivational books, including I’m not Kissing the Frogs, Alter Call, Colors, Shapes and Sizes  
  • She is driven by her passion to be a vessel for God’s use as she mentors and motivates the youth and young women
  • She has previous volunteer experience as a Bible school teacher and reading to children at the Boys & Girls Club
  • Her goals are to reach teen girls and young adults by giving them honest feedback from life challenges and helping them learn from those experiences and challenges
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AMBER UNDERWOOD, msw

RECOVERY EDUCATOR

  • Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Alabama
  • Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Alabama
  • Professional experience includes mentoring young girls and counseling women with substance use disorders
  • A trailblazer for individuals to be empowered to embrace their God-given identity so they can fulfill life’s purpose and become their best whole self
  • An author, businesswoman, and social servant involved in a variety of community initiatives
  • She enjoys drinking coffee, reading books, camping out in local coffee shops, growing through life lessons, and traveling globally