2024 Board of Directors

Most of the leaders on our board know personally the pain of loss and have experienced the healing power of our counseling and support group services. That is why they believe so strongly in enhancing the quality of life of bereaved adults.

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

Robert Butler
Retired Project Manager
Jeffcoat & Associates, LP

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

Monica Crews

HR/ Retirement Specialist, Retired, American Cancer Society

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

Carla McEwen

Treasury Services,
SouthPoint Bank

Nina Steele Poythress

Financial Associate, Financial Officer I / Financial Officer II – Retired UAB Sergeant Major, Army, Retired

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, Retired

Dale Wisely, PhD
Clinical Psychologist/Community Educator, Prince of Peace Catholic Parrish/Mt. Brook All-In

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 providing advice, support, networking, and resources to our board and staff.

Charles E. Alexander, DDiv

Linda Bachus

Civic Leader

Peggy G. Balliet

Civic Leader

Lois A. Caldwell

Canterbury United Methodist Church

Charles Chamblee

Former Partner Ernst & Young, Retired

Melanie Waugh Claussen

Civic Leader

Kevin E. Collins, JD

SVP, Regional Trust Exec. First Horizon Bank

C. Fred Daniels

Attorney, Cabaniss Johnston

John P. Darnall, III

Retired Exec. VP, Brasfield & Gorrie

Trudie F. Gruman, RN

Retired Pain & Palliative Resource Nurse, St. Vincent’s Hospital

Anne Hightower

Civic Leader

Dr. Ed Hurley

Retired Senior Pastor
South Highland Presbyterian Church

Susan Jackson

Ingram & Associates

Maureen F. Jordan

Charles “Chuck” King

Retired Exec., Vulcan Materials Co.

Thomas Mahoney

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz

Scott McBrayer

Ridout’s Brown Service-Valley Chapel

Rev. Peggy A. McClure

Thomas Michael “Mickey” Morgan, EdD

Retired District Superintendent United Methodist Church

Thomas I. Nelson

Retired Executive Vulcan Materials Company

Robby E. Owens

Retired District Attorney, Shelby County

Rev. R. Craig Smalley

Cathedral Church of the Advent

J. Terrell Spencer, MD

Retired, Bham Pulmonary Group Medical Director, Southern Company, West Region

Dr. Bob S. Terry, DMin

The Alabama Baptist

Judge Scott Vowell

Vowell & Associates

Junior Board

This group of young professionals are dedicated to informing the community about the vital work that CGS does and preserving our legacy in order to continue our work for years to come.

Caity Buford Sustainability Specialist, Motion Industries

Tashara CaldwellCounselor, Jimmie Hale Mission

Kayla Gladney Founder/CEO, Dawn & Co./Launch Point Creative

Lakedra RodgersAssociate Licensed Counselor, Jimmie Hale Mission/Shepura Men’s Center

Mary Jane RodriguezProgram Coordinator II, University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine

Allison ShawUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

Andrea Wheless Martin Advertising

Community Grief Support is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.