“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 
Travae Griffith

Travae Griffith, BSW, MA

Board Secretary

  • Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from UAB
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work from UAB
  • Formerly employed at UAB as a Case Manager for Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes (TASC) Jefferson County Drug Court Program
  • Owner of El Sagrario Comprehensive Marriage Service Center, LLC
  • Author of “Fanning the Flames: A Guide to Building and Sustaining a Godly, Rewarding Marriage
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ashley M. Stringer, LICSW, PIP

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
Tangie Martin Macon

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

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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    • 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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  • 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