Mobile Bay’s 2023 Class of 40 Under 40

This year’s class of young, local professionals is raising the bar of success and inspiring optimism for this new year on the Bay.

Ahmed Abdalla

Photos by Chad Riley

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology, USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute 

Ahmed came from Sudan to the United States in order to contribute to cancer research, and since joining USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute in early 2022, he has established a strong reputation throughout the region as a gastrointestinal medical oncology expert. He has been working to establish a portfolio of clinical trials to give local patients access to preliminary studies that test new therapies. Though his primary focus is on local patients, his knowledge reaches far beyond the Gulf Coast region. He has authored studies and conducted extensive research in his area of expertise as well as reviewing several scholarly journals, benefitting a wider audience. 

Alma Mater University of Khartoum, Sudan
Hometown Omdurman, Sudan
Spouse + children Shima Sidahmed; Ayman (6), Mohamed (1)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Dauphin’s. I love the view.
If I were mayor, I would Work hard to ensure that everyone gets a good education, health services and feels safe.
Best advice you’ve ever receivedBe persistent to reach your goal and continue to be humble. 

Lindsey w. Beakley, M.D.

Breast Surgical Oncologist, Southern Cancer Center

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Lindsey was the first fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist in the Mobile area, and patients travel from all over the Gulf Coast to seek her expertise. She is certified as a “SCOUT” wire-free radar localization provider, a state-of-the-art technique that allows her to use radar to precisely mark, locate and remove cancerous tissue, preserving the breast and minimizing scarring. In 2021, she earned the 5-Star PRC Excellence Award for scoring in the top 10% nationally for patient satisfaction. Dedicated to cancer fundraising and education, she speaks at Bra’s across the Causeway and ACS’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 

Alma Mater Trinity University; Louisiana State University
Hometown Mandeville, Louisiana
Hobbies Exercise, scuba diving and skiing
What did you want to be when you grew up? International Spy
Best advice you’ve ever received You can do anything you set your mind to
Guilty pleasure: Homemade chocolate lava cake
If Mobile had a Mount Rushmore, who would you put on it? Jean-Babtiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the French explorer who put Mobile on the map

Justine Herlihy Bixler

Vice President of Resource Development, United Way of Southwest Alabama

After graduating from the University of Alabama, Justine brought her talents back to her hometown. She started her career at Cunningham Bounds and continued to Mobile Baykeeper before joining United Way of Southwest Alabama in 2019. She is now responsible for over $3 million in revenue generation on an annual basis. She also manages partnerships to increase the funding of 46 nonprofit partners, over 100 programs and over 207,000 people across Southwest Alabama annually. She is involved with various organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mobile United, and uses her organization skills as the alumni council chair at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. 

Alma Mater Mary B. Austin Elementary; St. Paul’s Episcopal School; University of Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Ryan; Betsy (1)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Callaghan’s Irish Social Club for
a bacon cheeseburger and Felix’s overlooking the Bay for their fresh-catch almondine.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian, but then I realized I would have to go to Auburn…

Brandon F. Bodie, M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician, Alabama Medical Group

After just a little over a year of private practice in Mobile, Brandon is becoming a standout to his coworkers and clientele in the area. He completed his residency at LSU Health in Baton Rouge, rotating at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. It was at the health system that he made history by being the first resident ever to be selected to receive the Franciscan Service Award, which recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the ordinary for their patients and coworkers. That spirit has accompanied him to Mobile, much to the delight of professionals and patients alike — his nominator writes, “Dr. Bodie’s energy and resilience for life is contagious.”

Alma Mater Auburn University; UAB Heersink School of Medicine
Hometown Mobile
Favorite thing about your job Primary care clinic is such a privilege. I love walking alongside my patients, offering encouragement and recommendations of best practices for healthy living.
Hidden Talents I once learned to tap dance for a fundraising event.
Best advice you’ve ever received: In the Old Testament, the second half of Micah 6:8: “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Thomas Buchanan

Regional Talent Acquisition Manager, Canfor

Thomas has the distinction of previously being the first corporate staffing recruiter at CPSI, creating and implementing the company’s first standardized recruiting process. Now, with the use of that same system, he oversees hiring and recruitment for the new Deridder Sawmill, Canfor’s first greenfield project, in addition to positions at 15 other sawmills and two corporate offices in the United States. He is passionate about forming relationships with high schools throughout the region and building scholarship opportunities with HBCUs as well as increasing veteran hires. He is the chair of the Black Impact Group at Canfor, where he has headed several company-wide initiatives and events. 

Alma Mater McGill-Toolen High School; University of Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Children Everett Buchanan (6)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? One of our local breweries and Bluegill, which has the best atmosphere 
What did you want to be when you grew up? A sports journalist
Best advice you’ve ever received Be present in every moment because the next moment is not guaranteed.

Ashleigh Butts-Wilkerson, M.D.

Family Medicine Physician, Diagnostic and Medical Clinics Infirmary Health

Ashleigh earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama in 2012 and completed her education as chief resident in family medicine with the university in 2015. She practices with Diagnostic and Medical Clinics, where she sees the entire spectrum of family members, from young to old. In addition to physical health, she invests in the spiritual health of her community, particularly to young people. She and her husband are the youth pastors for Oak Park Church.

Alma Mater University of South Alabama
Hometown Frankville, AL
Spouse + children Jeremy; Ansleigh (9), Asher (7), Atalie (3)
Guilty Pleasure Anything from Flour Girls Bakery, Yellowhammer Coffee or Piped Dreams Macarons. I love sweets and Mobile has some of the best.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I have always wanted to be a physician. My mom tells of how even at 3 I would say I wanted to be a doctor.
What word would you use to describe Mobile to someone who’d never been here before? Eventful. There’s always something going on.

Ashley Craige, M.A., LPC, ACS, ICADC

Clinical Director of Substance Abuse Programs, Franklin Primary Health Center

Ashley graduated from the University of Mobile in 2010, earning her Master’s in marriage and family counseling in 2012. She has expanded the Franklin Primary Health Center’s outpatient substance abuse department from just five clients and one therapist to more than 100 active patients. She is devoted to working with the uninsured and
underinsured populations suffering with mental health and substance abuse issues, and her compassion doesn’t stop with her patients — she enjoys caring for stray and in-need animals in her free time. 

Alma Mater The University of Mobile
Hometown Eight Mile
Guilty Pleasures Oreo cookies, fruit punch, soft blankets and fuzzy socks.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a doctor from about 4 years old to about 13 years old, but I am a little too squeamish to study the insides of the human anatomy. The inside of the human mind seemed a little less scary.
Best advice you’ve ever received “Stay focused and continue to work hard. Do not let any outside distraction or your own insecurity stop you from achieving your goals.”

Brent Daugherty

Director of Technology / Head Boy’s Golf Coach, UMS Wright Preparatory School

Brent is committed to keeping UMS Wright Preparatory School current on the latest technological advances and
to preparing students for an ever-evolving technological world. Therefore, when COVID-19 struck, the school, students and staff were not flummoxed. Under Brent’s guidance, the entire faculty and student body had already implemented an iPad and laptop instructional process, and students were able to easily transition to online learning and able to stay emotionally connected during a difficult time. Outside the classroom, Brent is the UMS Boy’s Golf Coach and an active member of Christ United Methodist Church. 

Alma Mater Lee University; University of West Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse Bradley Headrick Daughtery
Hobbies Golf, hunting, sound engineer at church 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Anything in the health field because I love math and science; however, I fell in love with coaching and teaching while in college.
Favorite thing about your job The positive relationships you build with the students, parents, teachers and staff last a lifetime. 

Jay Davison, P.E.

Alabama Construction Engineering and Inspection Manager, Thompson Engineering

Jay oversees more than 40 engineers and inspectors across the Southeast and is responsible for more than 6 million dollars in annual revenue in his role managing the Alabama operations for the Transportation Division. He was selected as an honoree in Business Alabama and Alabama AGC’s Top 40 under 40 in Commercial Construction. He is also a recipient of the Thompson Engineering “Ownership” award, which recognizes an employee who “takes initiative to create positive results.” Jay is a member of the Mobile Infirmary Ambassadors Program and supports the American Cancer Society in its “Real Men Wear Pink” awareness and money campaign. 

Alma Mater University of Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Laura Urquhart Davison; Timothy Paul Davison II “T” (13), William Murray Davison “Murray” (12)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? NOJA
What did you want to be when you grew up? Fireman
Favorite thing about your JOB Meeting different people and building relationships.

LaSheryl M. Dotch, Esq. 

Attorney / City Prosecutor / COO, The Esquiress LLC / City of Prichard / Gulf Coast Challenge

LaSheryl is a force to be reckoned with — at just 33 years old, she is an attorney, a city prosecutor and chief operating officer. Under her leadership, the City of Prichard instituted an amnesty program, allowing business owners to obtain a current business license and settle all fines and penalty fees. She was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Black Lawyers in Alabama and is active in the community as a member of various organizations, including the National Association of Women Business Owners, Order of Fuse and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 

Alma Mater Auburn University
Hometown Mobile
What did you want to be when you grew up? I’ve always wanted to be an attorney.
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? It depends on what they have a taste for. For barbeque, it would be Rodgers BBQ. For seafood, I would take them to DIP Seafood. 
If I were mayor, I would Host forums throughout the year on civics to clarify and educate any questions or concerns the constituents may have pertaining to local government and the election process.

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Miriam Fry

Director of Government Relations, Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Prior to her role of representing the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe, Miriam served the state for over eight years as Congressman Bradley Byrne’s Senior Legislative Assistant, providing guidance on Native American issues and all business before the Committee on Education and Labor. She drafted the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, which passed the House of Representatives unanimously. Miriam is an active member of Springhill Avenue Temple, a member of Coastal 150, serves on the board of the Mobile Area Jewish Federation, and completed Leadership Mobile’s Class of 2022 program.

Alma Mater University of Alabama
Hometown Daphne
Hobbies Golfing, baking, cooking
First job Target cashier
What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Bluegill
If I were mayor I would Develop a portion of our beautiful waterfront with restaurants and shops
Favorite thing about your job: Meeting leaders and lawmakers across the state.

James Gallé, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist, Ascension Providence

James is a board-certified radiation oncologist who introduced new technologies to Ascension Providence that make radiation therapy safer, more effective and easier on cancer patients. His research has been published in multiple cancer journals, and he was a three-time finalist for the Nappie award, “Best Doctor to Kick Cancer’s Ass.” James has also led a partnership with Urology Associates to provide radiation injections to treat advanced prostate cancer. In his spare time, James is an assistant coach of his son’s T-ball team and serves as a volunteer lecturer for Alabama Cancer Registrars.

Alma Mater UMS Wright; Louisiana State University, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Cameron; James (6), Anne Maddox (5), Owen (3), Baby Girl Gallé (coming soon)
If I were mayor, I would Add a recreational boat dock on the river Downtown. I would love to be able to take a boat from Dog River or across the Bay, tie up and walk down Dauphin Street to lunch
Hidden talents I am a pretty good cook. One of my specialties is chili, and my team won first place in the wild game division at ACS Chili Cookoff this year.

Coby N. Harrison, M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician, Diagnostic and Medical Clinic / Mobile Infirmary Medical Center

Coby is a 2004 graduate of Baker High School and completed a Bachelor of Science with Spring Hill College in 2008. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. Following the completion of medical school, she returned home to Mobile for her residency with the University of South Alabama. A board-certified internal medicine physician with Diagnostic and Medical Clinic, she led the development of testing procedures and safety protocols during the pandemic and established DMC’s respiratory evaluation centers in Mobile and Baldwin counties. For this, she received the outstanding citizenship award in 2021. 

Alma Mater Baker High School; Spring Hill College; UAB School of Medicine
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Dr. Jason Harrison; James (23), Matthew (21), Madison (8), Abigail (5), Caroline (3)
What did you want to be when you grew up? A veterinarian or a doctor 
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? The Royal Scam 
High school superlative Best Hair 

Phillip Henderson, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Surgery / Medical Director of Liver Transplantation,
University of South Alabama College of Medicine 

Phillip always knew he wanted to be a physician, and he is now making life easier for his patients on the Gulf Coast. He was the first person to undergo a seven-year combined Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine between Troy University and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has since organized the first partnership between the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham to establish a joint clinic for transplant hepatology in Mobile. The clinic also delivers pre- and postoperative care for transplant patients with surgeries in Birmingham. 

Alma Mater Charles Henderson High School; Troy University; Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Hometown Troy
Spouse + children April Hawthorne Henderson; Alaina Kate (11), Landon (7)
Hobbies Coaching youth soccer, cooking
If I were mayor, I would Have a televised battle on the USS Alabama with the mayor of New Orleans to establish dominance, finally, as the rightful titleholder of “The Birthplace of Mardi Gras.”

Antwan J. Hogue, M.D.

Physician / Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of South Alabama 

A Class of 2008 and 2012 alum of the University of South Alabama, Antwan returned as a full-time faculty member in 2016 after completing his residency at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Born and raised in Mobile, he serves alongside his wife as cofounder of Project INSPIRE, USA Health’s hospital-based injury prevention program which was specifically designed to curb youth gun violence. He has been the recipient of several honors, including the Red Sash Award, which is awarded by the graduating USA College of Medicine class to select faculty members for their outstanding teaching efforts. 

Alma Mater John L. LeFlore High School; University of South Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Ashley Williams, MD; Amarii (10), Ava (5), Atlas (2)
Hobbies Rehabbing homes, playing piano/keyboard, drums, traveling
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Chuck’s Fish
What word would you use to describe Mobile to someone who’d never been here before? Welcoming.

Joe Jernigan

Senior Vice President, Dortch Figures & Sons 

“Every project Mr. Jernigan has been a part of over his 13-year career has been completed safe, on time and under budget in design and construction,” writes Joe’s nominator. This, coupled with his high school superlative of “Most Dependable,” paints a clear picture of how Joe approaches his work. He began his career with Kiewit on the $600 million ICC/MD200 Design-Build project in Silver Springs, Maryland, one of the state’s biggest design-build projects. He has won multiple awards. Since joining Dortch Figures & Sons last February, he is working to develop two new divisions.

Alma Mater Florida State 
Hometown Milton, FL
Spouse + children Ashley; Christian (4), Cayden (3), Carter (1.5), Riley (coming soon)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? The Hope Farm
What did you want to be when you grew up? A football player or pilot, then an engineer 
If Mobile had its own Mt. Rushmore, who would you put on it? Hank Aaron, Lonnie Johnson (inventor of the Super Soaker), Joseph Stillwell Cain, Jr., Winston Groom.

Taylor B. Johnson

Partner, Burr & Forman, LLP

Since graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a senior editor of the “Alabama Law Review,” Taylor has made quite
a splash. A partner at Burr & Forman, she has been named to Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and as a Mid-South Super Lawyers
Rising Star in Commercial Litigation. She is an active member of the Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers and is partner liaison to her firm’s younger associate attorneys in Mobile. She was a member of Leadership Mobile, Class of 2020, and is the president of the Mobile Vanderbilt Alumni Chapter. 

Alma Mater Vanderbilt University; University of Alabama School of Law
Hometown Birmingham
Spouse + children Russ; Rex (6), Margot (4)
Guilty Pleasure Buying a paperback novel at the airport every time I fly somewhere
Favorite thing about your job Getting to research and become an “expert” about the most random things.
Best advice you’ve ever received If you want your home state to be a vibrant, fun place to live, choose to invest your talents here to make it happen.

Joshua Jones, M.A. HSCO

Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator, City of Mobile

At just 34 years old, Joshua has had a career that many only dream of. Before stepping into his current position in 2022, he served as a criminal investigator and special agent in the United States Secret Service. Before that, he was a Mobile police officer and served in the Alabama Army National Guard. He founded the Santa with a Badge program designed to provide Christmas gifts and positive encounters with law enforcement for youth in high-risk areas. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, he is a board member with the USA Black Alumni Association and a USA Lifetime Alumni.

Alma Mater Alcorn State University; University of South Alabama; Liberty University
Hometown San Antonio, TX
Spouse + children Alicia Evans; Ava (8), Eva (8), Mia (6)
Favorite thing about your job Every day there’s an opportunity to effect change.
Guilty Pleasure I am a crazy Tootsie Roll lover. It’s bad…real bad!
High School Superlative Class clown and most likely to star in a movie.
Best advice you’ve ever received Keep going!

Emily Killion

Senior Legal Counsel, Employee Relations, Airbus Americas, Inc. 

Emily is in the unique position of being the only internal employment lawyer for Airbus, and, according to her nominator, is making a significant impact. During her six years at Burr Forman, she litigated many cases and, since joining Airbus in 2021, she has built relationships and credibility within the company. She has developed and delivered training to over 20 HR colleagues and played a big role in the development and execution of Airbus’ hybrid remote working policy in the U.S. Outside of work, she is on the Board of Directors of the History Museum of Mobile and is the president of the Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers. 

Alma Mater University of Alabama; University of Alabama School of Law 
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Ryan; Annie (3), Ellis (1)
What word would you use to describe Mobile to someone who’d never been here before? Jubilee. Mobile is a place that knows how to celebrate and Mobile Bay is one of only two places in the world that experiences the maritime jubilee phenomenon.

Denise King

Project Manager / Professional Civil Engineer, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, LLC

Denise leads her organization’s infrastructure team, serving public sector clients throughout the Gulf Coast and managing more than $20 million of design and construction projects each year. She served as the project manager for the Riveria Utilities Wastewater upgrade, which received multiple international awards for sustainability and reduced energy expenditure. She was the project manager for the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System’s sewer improvements along Three Mile Creek, helping impaired and threatened waters. Denise also promotes women
in engineering, conducting speaking engagements at Davidson High School’s STEM program and the University of South Alabama’s Society of Women Engineers. 

Alma Mater Florida State
Hometown Crestview, FL
Children Franklin (8), Hayes (5)
Hobbies Traveling, reading, being outdoors with my boys, learning to make new cocktails, cooking and enjoying time with my friends and family.
Hidden Talents People reading: For better or worse, my first impression is usually correct.
Guilty pleasure A hot bath and a new true crime podcast

William R. Kleinschrodt, Jr.

President / M&A Advisor, Transworld Business Advisors of the Gulf Coast

In 2018, William purchased and founded Transworld Business Advisors of Mobile. The business started small and was based out of his home office. By 2019, it was the fastest-growing office in the history of the Transworld system, and in 2020, he bought a brick-and-mortar location. Now his office is the fourth highest-producing office out of the 330 within the company. William is known for going the extra mile for clients, his technical skillset and his attention to detail. He mentors new office startups within the Transworld system, and when not in the office, he coaches youth baseball, flag football and basketball.

Alma Mater University of South Alabama; Vanderbilt University
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Sarah Kleinschrodt; Rileigh Toifel (17), Milly (8) and Liam (6) Kleinschrodt
Hobbies Hunting, fishing, crabbing, shrimping, golfing
What did you want to be when you grew up? Well, most would agree that men don’t grow up so I still want to be a professional basketball player.
Favorite thing about your job It’s an incredibly fast-paced and challenging profession, but that’s what keeps it fun and exciting for me.

Jason Kudulis

Restoration Program Lead, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

As a child, Jason wanted to be fictional TV-show criminal defense attorney Perry Mason when he grew up. However, he embarked on a different career path, choosing to defend something else — our shorelines. As the restoration program lead for Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Jason spearheads more than $40 million in watershed restoration projects in coastal Alabama. He received the
Alabama Water Watch Confluence Award in 2019 on behalf of the MBNEP. His community involvement stretches far beyond his role, and he serves on several committees, including formerly serving as Chair of the Gulf Coast Exploreum Junior Advisory Board. 

Alma Mater University of South Alabama; University of Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse Lindsay
Hobbies Hunting, fishing, and watching live music and sporting events.
Favorite thing about your job Working with super talented people to plan and implement complex environmental projects that preserve and restore our coastal way of life.
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat?: My go-to is crawfish at DIP Seafood and Murder Point oysters enjoyed on the boat or outside.

Nate McMullin

President, Limitless Homes, LLC

For Nate, building camaraderie within his team and a never-quit attitude have grown Limitless Homes to a projected 100 percent year-over-year growth in 2022. He started at the company in 2020 and became president in 2021, expanding the team from a staff of five to 12 full-time employees, who work to build a combination of upscale inventory homes and custom or semi-custom homes along the Eastern Shore and Alabama Gulf Coast. Nate is also the Executive Officer of his unit in the United States Army Reserves and is responsible for 134 officers. In his spare time, he is active in his church, Church of the Highlands, and runs in races to raise money for charitable causes. 

Alma Mater University of Alabama.; Troy University
Hometown Montgomery
Spouse + children Courtney McMullin; Mary Lauren (5), Whit (2), Riggins (1)
Hidden Talents Juggling, amatuer artist, above-average wedding dancer
What did you want to be when you grew up? Army Ranger/Army Green Beret /Navy Seal (at the same time)
If I were mayor, I would Create more recreation opportunities such as a white-water rafting course located near Downtown.

Chandra T. Motley

Community Outreach Specialist, The First Bank

Chandra has been in the banking industry for almost a decade. Since starting at The First Bank in 2015, she has worked her way up and currently serves as the community outreach specialist where she is responsible for implementing financial education, managing programs for bank markets, creating and dispersing community outreach programs and working with nonprofit, government and philanthropic leaders. She is active in the community and has held several leadership roles in the Junior League of Mobile. Chandra was the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Chair during the 2021-2022 year and facilitated a panel discussion on DEI for members. She won Active of the Year in 2022 and is currently the community coordinating manager for the 2022-2023 year for the organization. 

Alma Mater McGill-Toolen Catholic High School; University of South Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Favorite thing about your job Working on a team of highly motivated people that are passionate about our company, our customers and the communities we serve. I love the impact I am able to make in the community in which I live and serve. I am passionate about being the change you want to see.
Guilty pleasure Instagram and YouTube

Virginia O’Brien

Vice President, Mobile Bay Financial Solutions

Virginia, representing the fourth generation in her family to join the firm, boasts over 10 years of experience providing financial strategies for her clients, from group health plans to life insurance to retirement planning. She also shares her financial expertise with the masses via her weekly appearance on “The Uncle Henry Show.” She is a vestry of St. Paul’s Church, Chairwoman of the SPC Early Education Center Sponsorship Committee and a board member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Mobile. She was a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2014 Man and Woman of the Year for her fundraising efforts. 

Alma Mater University of Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Grey; Nellie (4), Charlie (3)
What did you want to be when you grew up? Veterinarian
Best advice you’ve ever received Treat every person who walks through the door as if they are the most important client; it doesn’t matter i f they have $5 or $5 million. They have all worked hard for it and deserve the same amount of attention.
Guilty pleasure Italian Cream Cake from Bake My Day
Hidden talent I’m good at doing hair up-do’s. It comes in handy during Mardi Gras season.

Maggie E. Oliver

Vice President, Communications and Federal Affairs, Alabama Port Authority 

Maggie was the senior director of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce when the Alabama State Port Authority recruited her to the position of Director of Internal/External Affairs. Maggie brought her advocacy for the local community and Port of Mobile to the organization, and she was quickly promoted to Vice President of Communications and Federal Affairs where she works with both local and statewide elected officials. Maggie is the president of the National Board of Directors for Distinguished Young Women and is a member of Fuse Factory, which benefits underserved communities. 

Alma Mater The University of Mississippi; Georgetown University
Hometown Jackson, Mississippi
Spouse + children Major Todd A Oliver, USMC; Golden Retrievers: Winnie (2), Wheezy (1)
What did you want to be when you grew up? The Pink Power Ranger
Best advice you’ve ever received Never leave the house without your lipstick on (mom, obviously) 
High school superlative Most likely to have an opinion. 
If mobile had its own mt. rushmore, who would you put on it? Everyone who works behind the scenes to make the Mardi Gras magic happen.

Councilman Cory Penn

Councilman, City of Mobile

Cory is dedicated to serving the youth of Mobile through ministry and advocacy. The ordained minister serves as Director of the Kiwanis Branch of the Boys and Girls Club, where he was named Youth Development Professional of the Year. During his time as leader of the Right Way Christian Center’s youth, outreach expanded, and membership grew from 20 to over 300 members. Cory is a graduate of Leadership Mobile (2021) and a board member of the Mobile Community Action organization. As a city councilman, Penn continues to implement uplifting, positive youth programming for the people of District 1. 

Alma Mater Stillman College
Hometown Prichard
Spouse + Children Ivonza; Kori (8), Caleb (5)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? SOCU
Guilty Pleasure Pizza
Favorite thing about your job I love serving my community and building relationships with people in it.
Hidden talent I can work on my phone, listen to my wife, watch a football game and play with my kids at the same time.
If Mobile had a Mount Rushmore, who would you put on it? Hank Aaron, Senator Michael Figures, General Gary Cooper, Lonnie Johnson

Ben Percival, CPO/L

Clinical Director/Market Leader, AALOS Prosthetics and Orthotics

Starting in his college days as a fabrication technician, Ben worked his way up through every position in his field from technician to clinician. Today, Ben manages the care of patients with amputations and other orthopedic, vascular and neurologic issues. With clinics located on both sides of the Bay, Ben focuses on using the latest technology to improve mobility and quality of life for patients and supports his staff in always putting patients first. When not at work, Ben coaches youth soccer and baseball.

Alma Mater Northwestern University
Hometown Dallas, TX
Spouse + Children Nicole; Connor (8), Wyatt (2)
Hobbies Watching football, brewing beer, finding new obscure places to eat
Guilty Pleasure Pizza
What did you want to be when you grew up? A garbage man so I could ride on the back of the truck.
Favorite thing about your job Having patients roll in in a wheelchair and then walk out with a prosthesis. There is nothing better than that.
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Jesse’s in Magnolia Springs 
High school superlative  Most likely to eat an entire pizza. 

Jennifer Moore Perry, CAP, OP, PM

EPC Project Coordinator, Hargrove Engineers PC Project, Hargrove Engineers and Constructors 

Jennifer facilitates Project Coordination for Hargrove’s EPC team, including engineering, procurement and construction, and serves as the
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of EPC Services. She is known for her ability to strengthen project execution consistency throughout the country and promote a smooth transition from the engineering to the construction phase of the company’s projects. She is the first to pioneer and implement innovative organizational practices and is dedicated to continuously improving team procedures. Jennifer also volunteers with Junior Achievement and teaches dance classes children ages four and five.

Alma Mater Spring Hill College
Hometown Theodore (Fowl River)
Spouse Chris
Hobbies Raising chickens, gardening, tap dancing and watching Alabama football
What did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut (I thought freeze-dried ice cream sounded cool).
Where would you take an out-of-town guest out to eat? Start at Haberdasher, then grab some crawfish at R&R Seafood and finish the night with Las Floriditas.

Zachary D. Reardon, M.D.

Urologist, Urology Associates of Mobile

In addition to a busy surgery practice where Zach uses minimally invasive techniques to treat benign and cancer-related urologic conditions, he also serves as the Director of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Clinic at Urology Associates. In this role, he helps men navigate the more complex phases of metastatic and hormone-refractory prostate cancer treatment. The practice is one of the largest, most advanced in the region. Zach also runs a clinic in Grove Hill once a month so rural patients have access to urologic care. He coaches youth baseball at Mobile Municipal Park and helps fundraise  for his kids’ schools.

Alma Mater Birmingham-Southern College; University of Alabama School of Medicine; Vanderbilt University
Hometown Fort Meyers, Florida
Spouse + children Erin; Jack (9), Manning (7), Molly (5), Graham (3)
Guilty pleasure Bourbon, hunting, college football Saturdays 
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, or if weather permits, pack a cooler and boat to Sand Island
Best advice you’ve ever received Character is who you are when no one is looking.

Catherine Wilkins Reynolds

Security Administration Manager/ DFSO, Austal USA

Catherine joined the Austal USA security team in 2014, and her determination, drive for self-improvement and inspiring leadership approach has made an impact. She has helped the company win new contracts by incorporating security requirements in the proposal phase of new business opportunities. A graduate of Bayside Academy, she was inducted in the Bayside Academy Athletic Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a Bayside High School Swimmer and Cross Country Runner in 2012. Catherine is going on her fourth year as the coach for the
Bayshore High School Swim Team, which has won several titles under
her leadership. 

Alma Mater Samford University
Hometown Daphne
Spouse + children Jonathan; Beau (9), Tucker (7)
What word would you use to describe Mobile to someone who’d never been here before? Azaleas. In March, Mobile comes to life when thousands of Azaleas start blooming which means warm weather and sunshine.
Best advice you’ve ever received The two things in life you are in total control over are your attitude and your effort.

Kristen Roberts, CPA

Assistant Vice President, Finance and Administration, University of South Alabama

At 39, Kristen is the youngest person to hold the position of controller at the University of South Alabama throughout its almost 60-year history. In her role, she manages the financial statements of USA and USA Health, which has a combined total of 9,000 employees and an annual payroll over $680 million. She also has direct oversight of an annual budget of $1.25 billion. Unsurprisingly, she was selected to be a part of USA’s Leadership South program. She represents the university on several internal and external committees, including being a member of the Human Resources Task Force. 

Alma Mater University of Alabama
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Mark; Mary McRaney (10), Camilla (7), Porter (5)
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Red or White
If I were mayor, I would Continue to invest in parks, green space, walking trails and bike paths. I’d love to see the Downtown waterfront developed.
Best advice you’ve ever received Act like you’ve been there before and always look someone in the eyes when you’re talking to them. 

Rachel Romash-Reese

Owner, Elite Real Estate Solutions

Rachel was just 20 years old when she began her career in real estate. In 2013, she opened Elite Real Estate Solutions with only one employee. Now, with over 100 agents and offices in Daphne, Loxley and Orange Beach, her business is in the top 1% of Baldwin County real estate brokerages for units sold. Rachel earned the “Good Neighbor Award” from the Baldwin Realtor Association in 2018 and will serve as president of the association in 2023. Rachel volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Prodisee Pantry, and Impact 100. She also founded Elite Gives Back in 2019, which donated $75,000 to charitable organizations since its inception.

Alma Mater Stony Brook University
Hometown Mahopac, NY
Spouse + children John Mark; Brycen (11), Jayden (8), Bentley (5)
Where would you take an out-of town guest to eat? Sunset Pointe
Hidden talents My passion has always been helping others, especially single mothers. I have an unparalleled ability to find solutions to unique situations with tools I’ve gained through my life experiences
High school superlative Most likely to succeed, most honest and the most athletic.
Guilty pleasure Reality TV and eating ice cream

Eddie Rowe

Attorney, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

 Eddie represents and advises clients on transactional and business matters with a focus on real estate deals involving land use planning. He uses his litigation experience to advise clients on legal risks and practical outcomes of contractual agreements. Each year from 2016 to 2021, he has been selected a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers and has been awarded one of Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch, Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation” three times. He served as a board member of Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation and was a member of the Bayshore Christian School Board. 

Alma Mater The University of Georgia; Cumberland School of Law
at Samford University
Hometown Roswell, GA
Spouse + children Laura; Veda (11) and Ruby (9)
First job I worked as a Ham Sales Associate at Heavenly Ham. It was a successful day if I sold more than I ate.
If i were mayor i would Create a task force to investigate how to remove the Bankhead Tunnel from iMaps, Waze and Google Maps. 
Favorite thing about your job I enjoy getting to work with an amazing group of people who share my passion helping our clients in whatever need arises to provide advice that helps facilitate the success of their business.

Adam Stephens

Executive Chef, The Hope Farm

Taking over as executive chef at a popular Fairhope restaurant can be daunting, but Adam has shown he is more than up to the task. Working at The Hope Farm for the past year, he has brought over 20 years of culinary experience to the table. Following his childhood dream of becoming a chef, and prior to moving to Alabama for his current position, he worked in various restaurants, a majority of which were fine dining establishments. It is with that training, expertise and attention to detail that he approaches the menu and service at The Hope Farm, with wonderful results. 

Hometown Clearwater, FL
Spouse Emily
Favorite thing about your job The opportunity to connect with people through food and cooking. It’s a unique experience when you put so much love into something only to have it consumed.
What word would you use to describe Mobile to someone who’d never been here before? Unexpected
Best advice you’ve ever received You’re not here to get out of anyone’s way, and the only one that can stand in your way is you.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a chef since I was 8 years old. I’m fulfilling my childhood dream. 

B. Carter Thomas, DMD

Orthodontist / Owner, Harvey and Thomas Orthodontics

Harvey & Thomas Orthodontics has won the Nappie Award for “Best Orthodontic Practice” every year since 2018. Carter plays a large role in this level of patient satisfaction, as he is has a rare double specialty in both pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Since he joined the practice in 2015, it has grown from one location to a fourth that will open this summer. He also provides community outreach as an orthodontist for the Southwest Alabama Cleft Palate Team. In his spare time, he is a member of
the Alabama Policy Institute and the Fuse Project.  

Alma Mater Auburn
Hometown Mobile
Spouse + children Amelia; Leah Grace (6), Carter (3), Richard (1)
First job Dental office janitor
Guilty pleasure? Haagen-Daz, nightly!
Best advice you’ve ever received Be nice to people and do the right thing. The rest will take care of itself.
Hidden talents: 3-point shot
Favorite thing about your job Cutting up with teenagers and changing lives through transforming smiles. 
High school superlative Most likely to run for office
If I were mayor I would Continue Mayor Stimpson’s mission of truly “One Mobile.”

David Trice Jr.

Associate Attorney, Armbrecht Jackson LLP

David enjoys taking on new challenges whether it is defending a high-stakes malpractice case or volunteering in an estate case. Regardless of the endeavor, David has built a reputation for being client-focused and results-driven in state and federal courts. He serves as co-chair of the Mobile Bar Association’s Mentoring Committee and provides pro bono legal assistance through the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. As the son and husband of physicians, he supports an interest in all things medical; he is an active member of the Mobile Medical Museum.  

Alma Mater University of Georgia; Cumberland School of Law
Hometown Fairhope
Spouse + children Celeste Sullivan Trice; David Trice III (4)
First job Construction at Kelley Builders
Favorite thing about your job? Working with clients to understand and appreciate our justice system. 
Best advice you’ve ever received To thine own self be true.
Where would you take an out-of-town guest out to eat? Noja. 
Hidden talents I love music and I’m always putting together playlists to enjoy with friends. I’m also very good at finding my wife a new favorite TV series to watch. Some of our favorites are Homeland, Bosch and Billions.

Jenna Jayjohn York

Attorney, Cunningham Bounds, LLC

After graduating in the top 8% of her class, Jenna joined the firm Cunningham Bounds. In just three years, she has taken scores of depositions, tried five cases that resulted in cumulative awards of over $2 million and served as the lead trial attorney for the first all-female trial team in the history of the firm. Outside of the courthouse, Jenna is a member of the MBA Association of Young Lawyers and the MBA Women Lawyers. She is also an active member of the Fuse
Project, benefitting children along
Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 

Alma Mater Troy University; Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
Hometown Daphne
Spouse + children Andrew; Dansby (3-year-old Golden Retriever), Arya (2-year-old German Shepherd)
First job Hostess at the Original Oyster House on the Causeway
What did you want to be when you grew up? I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I was competitive and always wanted to win.
Guilty pleasure Binge-watching a new TV show
If I were mayor I would Keep investing in the downtown area and focus on supporting restaurants and other small businesses 
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Vandal’s Street Kitchen

Dr. Antonio Williams

Principal, John L. LeFlore Magnet High School

Since arriving at John L. LeFlore Magnet High School in 2021, Antonio has made academic excellence and creative learning his focus, utilizing prior experience as a high school and middle school principal, assistant principal and history teacher to propel him. At the conclusion of his first year as principal at LeFlore, he was tasked with leading the “Rediscovering Excellence” campaign, the goal of which is creating a magnet high school with a focus on the arts. His nominator says Antonio handled the transition with grace, compassion and integrity. During his career, he has been recognized with several awards, including Alabama PTA Administrator of the Year and the Gentleman Quarterly Humanitarian Achievement Award. 

Alma Mater Sidney Lanier High School; University of Montevallo; Alabama State University
Hometown Montgomery
Spouse + children Latoya; Aryn (17), Alana (12)
Favorite thing about your job Inspiring youth 
What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher. I began my profession in the the Montgomery public schools in 2005. 
Best advice you’ve ever received Be where your feet are and focus on what is in front of you.

Melody Zeidan, JD, M.D.

Resident Physician in General Surgery, USA Health 

After graduating from Vanderbilt and practicing law from 2007 to 2016, Melody decided to pursue an ambitious career change and attended medical school at the University of South Alabama. She was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and earned the USA College of Medicine Dean’s Achievement Scholarship for all four years of medical school. She graduated in 2022 and is currently completing her residency at USA. She is a member of Junior League and the Mobile Arts Council. She also serves as a mentor with Big Brother Big Sisters 

Alma Mater The University of Alabama; Vanderbilt University Law School; University of South Alabama’s Whiddon College of Medicine
Hometown Camden, AL
Spouse + children Ali; Bear (14), Elle (12), Lex (11)
Favorite thing about your job Getting to make an immediate and definitive impact on people’s lives when they’re going through really heavy and stressful medical situations.
What did you want to be when you grew up? A mermaid
Where would you take an out-of-town guest to eat? Dauphin’s — I love the views
What word would you use to describe mobile to someone who’d ever been here before? Eclectic

Photos by Chad Riley // Shot on location at Fuse Factory
Interviews by Marissa Deal and Amelia Rose Zimlich
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