Board of Directors

2009-10 ACPP Board of Directors

Tom Duley is an ordained Elder of the North Alabama Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves as the Executive Director of Urban Ministry Inc.  Rev. Duley has a long history of working in the area of missions and social justice both within congregational settings and outside them. He serves as President of the ACPP Board.

As the Membership Services Director for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Alice Paris of Tuskegee assists cooperatives and other rural development groups to develop resources and provide services. She serves as Vice-President of the ACPP Board.

Tori Bray is originally from Huntsville and recently graduated with a B.S. in agricultural economics, with a minor in political science, from Auburn University. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in agricultural economics. Tori hopes to work with low-income, rural communities on economic and development issues. 

Nancy Brennan has been involved with Alabama Arise for 19 years. As a member of the board, she has represented Church Women United, Alabama and the United Presbyterians of Wilcox County. Currently, she serves as a member-at-large.

Sr. Janet Connorton taught for thirty years in the diocese of Rochester, NY. Before coming to Alabama, Sr. Janet spent seven years as a pastoral agent in Brazil. Her current ministry is in Pine Apple at the Adult Day Care and Nutrition Center, where she helps with the Edmundite Outreach, to serve the many needs of the people of Wilcox County and beyond.

Callie Greer lives in Montgomery and is married to Alfonza Greer, her first and only true love. She is the mother of five: Venus, Mercury, Tiffany, Lawrence and Niaya. It was after the death of her son Mercury that Callie started her volunteer work to reach out and help others in her community. Her heart is in the future of our youth, and whenever she can she is a visible support for them and an advocate on their behalf.  Callie is employed by Greater Birmingham Ministries and is a constant when it comes to the issue of Constitutional Reform for the State of Alabama.

Carol Gundlach is a founding member of Alabama Arise and serves as Treasurer. Since 1990, Carol has been the Executive Director of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Carol lives in Shorter and serves on the session of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

Mary Jones represents Women As Strength Program (WASP) on the Arise Board. Mary has a long resume of working for social justice in a variety of ways. Besides working to form and support many non-profit groups that help the people in her local community, she has run for public office. Mary is tireless in her efforts to change her community and change Alabama. She works for Greater Birmingham Ministries as the Special Projects Organizer.

R. G. Lyons is the pastor of Community Church Without Walls, a United Methodist congregation that started and continues to be a church with and among the poor in the West End community of Birmingham. He is a native of Centre and enjoys biking, hiking, camping, tennis, and a good book.

Leewood Morgan is a native of Washington, D.C., and came to Birmingham in 2003. In 2006, he completed the Alabama Organizing Project’s Grassroots Leadership Development Program. Lee serves as Community Services Director at the Church of the Reconciler in Birmingham.

Paul Nelson is a lifelong resident of Coden, Alabama on Mobile County’s Gulf Coast Like his father and grandfather before him, Paul has been active in his community. Paul, his father, and his brother helped organize the oyster-catchers union in south Mobile County and have always been staunch defenders of the marine environment. Paul is a board member of the South Bay Communities Alliance. As a Hurricane Katrina victim who lost his home to that storm, Paul lobbies for fair and adequate distribution of Katrina funds.

Sarah Price represents BEAT (Bethel Ensley Action Tasks) on the Arise Board. She has worked for Greater Birmingham Ministries since the early 80’s and was among the founding groups of Arise. She worked closely with the Utilities Coalition in the mid-to-late 80’s, the coalition that became Alabama Arise in 1988. She has spent most of her life working for social justice at the community and statewide level. She brings a rich history to the Arise Board.

Helen Rivas is an interpreter/translator in Birmingham who advocates on immigration and justice issues. She serves on the Coordinating Committee for Latinos Unidos de Alabama (LUDA).

Judy Roy is Lead Advocate and Program Coordinator for Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham.  She is the national chair of the Personal Assistance Service Subcommittee of the National Council on Independent Living.  Judy is an advocate for disability rights and led the effort to pass Money Follows the Person legislation that resulted in 505 new Medicaid waiver slots in Alabama. Judy serves on a number of local and state boards.

Isabel Rubio is the Executive Director and founder of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. Originally from McComb, Mississippi, Isabel has lived in Birmingham since 1991.

Donald Stone is a social and political activist. He is the author of Fallen Prince: William James Edwards, Black Education and the Quest for Afro American Nationality, a biography of his grandfather, who founded the Snow Hill Institute in Wilcox County. Donald represents Partners in Progress on the Arise board.

Jackie Tipper is a retired teacher from Town Creek, whose children attended a small rural school in Hazelwood. Having grown up on the Tennessee River, Jackie is an environmentalist whose opposition to nuclear power stems from her concern for our children’s future.

Carole Zugazaga is an Associate Professor at Auburn University, where she has been a faculty member of the Social Work Program within the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work since 2002. She is currently working on a grant awarded by the State of Alabama Women’s Commission to better understand barriers and issues that affect women of Alabama with children age one and below.