2024 Board of Directors

Most of them know personally the pain of loss and have experienced the healing power of one of our support groups. That is why they believe so strongly in our Mission and want to give of their time and energies to ensure that healing is available to others.


Martha S. Barber, EdD
New Hope Christian School

Vice Chair

Steve A. Brickman
Dentons Sirote


Micki Glass
CGS Volunteer/Friendship Group Leader


Robert M. House (Bob)
Retired Executive
House Consultants

Jerry C. Boles, CPA
Retired Executive

Robert Butler
Retired Project Manager
Jeffcoat & Associates, LP

Richard E. “Dick” Coffee, III
Dick Coffee Enterprises

Monica Crews
CGS Volunteer

Peggy R. Hicks
Finance Manager 1-20 Truck Sales, LLC

Carla McEwen
SouthPoint Bank

Nina Steele Poythress
Financial Associate, Financial Officer I / Financial Officer II – Retired UAB

Janice Rogers
FOX 6 News Anchor/Good Day Alabama

Susan Tieszen, M Ed
Community Volunteer

Nancy K. Watson
Retired Executive – VP Wealth Designs LLC

Claudia Williams, Ed. D
Adjunct Professor

Dale Wisely, PhD
Clinical Psychologist/Community Educator

Advisory Council

Members of the Advisory Council are individuals who hold or have held positions of responsibility in the community. They serve as a resource to communicate the work of CGS and provide advice and support resources to our Board and staff. Many are former CGS Board members.

Charles E. Alexander, DDiv

Linda Bachus
Civic Leader

Carlton Baker

Peggy G. Balliet
Civic Leader

Dr. Neal Berte Birmingham-Southern College

Judge Sharon Blackburn
US District Court

Lois A. Caldwell
Canterbury United Methodist Church

Charles Chamblee

Tom Claussen

Kevin E. Collins, JD

John P. Darnall, III

C. Fred Daniels
Cabaniss Johnston

Trudie F. Gruman, RN
St. Vincent’s Hospital

Anne Hightower
Civic Leader

Dr. Ed Hurley
South Highland Presbyterian Church

Susan Jackson
Ingram & Associates

Frank Jones

Maureen F. Jordan

Charles “Chuck” King

Scott McBrayer
City of Homewood

Rev. Peggy A. McClure

Thomas Mahoney
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz

Sadis Matalon, PhD
UAB Dept. of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medical

Rabbi Jonathan Miller
Temple Emanu-El

Barbara Moore

Thomas Michael “Mickey” Morgan, EdD

Thomas I. Nelson

Robby E. Owens

Lee Ann Riesenberg, PhD
UAB Dept. of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medical

Ben Schillaci
Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

Terry Slaughter
Devote Studio

Rev. R. Craig Smalley
Cathedral Church of the Advent

J. Terrell Spencer, MD

Dr. Bob S. Terry, DMin
Alabama Baptist

Judge Scott Vowell
Vowell & Godsmith, LLC

Andrew Westmoreland, EdD
Samford University

Odessa Woolfolk
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute