Junior League of Montgomery

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Kelli Wise

2016-2017 President

Kelli Wise is proudly serving as the Junior League of Montgomery’s 91st President. A 5th generation Alabamian, she spent her “Army Brat” childhood living on numerous military bases throughout the US and Europe before her family finally settled in Prattville. Following her graduation from Auburn University, Kelli began a successful career with Procter & Gamble, Inc. eventually returning to Alabama to attend law school at Jones School of Law. She later received a Masters of Public Administration from Auburn Montgomery. Kelli was elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2000 where she served as Presiding Judge until her election to the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2012.

Kelli has been an active member of the Junior League of Montgomery for 16 years and has served in many leadership positions including President-Elect, Communications Vice-President, Governance Chair, Community Research Chair, Public Affairs Chair, Holiday Market Decorations and Preview Party Chair and Rummage Sale Marking Chair. She has served on the Community, Operations and Membership Councils and volunteered with various placements such as Teen Court, Child Protect, Meals on Wheels, MANE, Decorator’s Show house and Habitat for Humanity. Kelli was selected as an inaugural member of the JLM Women to Watch and is a founding member of the Lillie Lee Minier Society

In addition to her work with the Junior League, Kelli serves on the Hands On River Region Board of Directors, Max Credit Union Board of Directors, Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama (Formerly Junior Miss) Board of Directors, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Board of Directors as well as the American Cancer Society’s Vintage Affair Committee, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Bazaar d’Art and Art Auction committees, Alabama Law Institute Criminal Code committee, the Montgomery Symphony League, and various professional and political organizations.

Kelli is a member of St. James United Methodist Church where she has taught Children’s Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Small Group Bible Study and served on the Parish-Staff Relations Board.

Kelli is married to Arthur Ray, an attorney with the Alabama Department of Labor. They are blessed to the proud parents of Hanah-Mathis, an active and beautiful 10th grader at St. James School. In her free time, Kelli enjoys vacationing with family, hanging out with friends at the lake and cheering on the Auburn Tigers.

Felicia Long

President Elect

Felicia, a native of Montgomery, is a shareholder at Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole, & Black, P.C., where she focuses her law practice on complex civil litigation and insurance defense matters. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner at another civil litigation firm and clerked for Associate Justice Champ Lyons, Jr., of the Supreme Court of Alabama.

Felicia joined the Junior League in 2005. She is currently serving as President Elect and has previously served on the Board as the Community Council Vice President, Membership Council Vice President, Operations Council Vice President, and Governance Chair. She also served on the Holiday Market Steering Committee for several years and volunteered with Bridge Builders and S.T.E.P. Ballet Foundation.

In the community, Felicia serves on the Board of Directors for the Metro YMCA, Britton YMCA (past chairman), Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award (past president), Red Cross of Central Alabama, Montgomery Area Council on Aging, and Hands on River Region. Felicia was recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Montgomery County Bar Association and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Inn.

Felicia is married to Bobby Long, who is an Equity Analyst at Retirement Systems of Alabama. They have a Yorkshire Terrier named Samson, enjoy traveling, and are active members of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.

Suzanna Wasserman

Communications VP

Suzanna Wasserman considers herself a Montgomery native, although she has lived in Georgia, Florida and Connecticut as a child. Suzanna is the Marketing Manager for The Shoppes at EastChase and has more than eight years of experience with marketing and public relations. She graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Business Administration in 2005.

Suzanna has been a member of the Junior League of Montgomery since 2010 and is a recipient of the Tonda West Provisional of the Year award for 2010. Since joining the league, she has served in many capacities including Holiday Market Merchant Chair and Co-Chair, Rummage Sale Boutique Chair and Co-Chair, Fund Development Committee, Community Research Committee and most recently the Publicity Chair for the 90th Anniversary Committee.

Outside of her work with the Junior League of Montgomery, Suzanna is heavily involved in the Montgomery community. She currently holds board positions with the Child Protect, a Child Advocacy Center, and the American Advertising Federation and the American Cancer Society Vintage Affair. She has also served on the Community Council for the River Region United Way, Junior Executive Board for the American Cancer Society, Rebuilding Together Board and founded the World Adult Kickball Association in Montgomery in 2011. She is also a graduate of the Inaugural Emerge Torchbearer’s Leadership Class, a program of Leadership Montgomery.

Suzanna doesn’t have a lot of free time, but when she does she tries to take advantage of it as much as possible. She enjoys to paint, traveling to see live music and spending time with her family and wild pup Frances, a rescue from the Montgomery Humane Society.

Michelle Mowery

Community Council VP

Michelle Mowery came to Alabama from Texas, as a student at The University of Alabama. As a member of Pi Beta Phi, she capped her time at The Capstone by winning the Southeast Regional Competition for Collegiate Ad Teams, and attended The National Competition with The Alabama Ad Team. Michelle graduated with Honors in 1999 with a degree in Public Relations and Communications.

She parlayed her experience into a career in Public Relations in Atlanta with a job at global top five firms Golin-Harris and Ketchum Public Relations. Deemed indispensable to an account, Michelle moved into medical sales.

Her sales experience - and love - brought Michelle to settle in Montgomery in 2006. While attending a wedding Michelle met her future husband David. Michelle and David decided to settle in Montgomery, where she continued her work, and he started a thriving political consulting and public relations firm, The Mowery Consulting Group.

In 2009 Michelle gave birth to their first son Matthew George, who was joined by his little brother Davidson Mays in 2012. She continues her career as a salesperson with two children because of her passion for the job, her clients, and a desire to set a strong example for her children and the children of Montgomery who come in contact with the programs of The Junior League.

She joined The League as a provisional member in 2006, and has served in a variety of roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Fundraising and Vice President of Communication. 

David and Michelle and their children attend First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. Michelle continues her career in the field of sales with Lamar Advertising, and David remains an award-winning Public Relations Executive and Political Consultant with Mowery Consulting Group and FIXR Digital.

Tamaya Roberts

Finance Council VP

Ms. Tamaya Roberts, grew up in Montgomery, AL., attended Sidney Lanier High School and participated in many school and athletic programs. Tamaya graduated from Troy University with Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in  Accounting and from Kaplan University with a Master’s in Human Resources Management. She has received a professional certification as a Certified Public Manager through The State of Alabama. She has also received a professional certification in Tax Preparation and owner of TK Tax Service, LLC (2005). Tamaya is a Staff Accountant for the Alabama Department of Labor in the Budget Section.

 

Before joining the Junior League Tamaya realized that she enjoyed volunteering and serving others. She volunteered for the Cancer Foundation, The Special Olympics and Montgomery Area Council on Aging. Tamaya has been a member of the Junior League of Montgomery since 2011, Tamaya has served in several areas such as Montgomery Aids Outreach for 2 years, Impact Alabama, Rummage Sale Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer of the League.

Outside of the League, Tamaya is an active member of Association of Government Accountants (AGA) were she served as Co-Director of Meetings & Registrations (2013-2014). She is an active member of Big Roxanna Missionary Baptist were she serves as a Trustee, Youth Advisor in the Youth Department, member of the Womens’ Chorus and Mass Choir, and a member of the Missionary Department.  

In her spare time, Tamaya enjoys working out at the gym, shopping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

 

Jennifer Rogers

Fundraising Council VP

Jennifer Bolen Rogers, originally from New Orleans Louisiana, lives here in Montgomery with her husband Brian and their three children Samuel, Harrison and Frances Ann. She works part time with a grant from University of Alabama-Birmingham for college readiness. The Gear Up grant serves middle school students in the Montgomery Public School System. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech and her Masters Degree at Auburn University-Montgomery.

Jennifer has served on various fundraising committees, twice on Holiday Market, five times on Rummage Sale including chairing the event, Decorator Show House, Fund Development Committee and recently the 90th Anniversary Committee. She has also served on the Community Research Committee, Placement Chair/Co-Chair and DHR Foster Teens Room Renovation and Community Council VP.

Jennifer is active in her children's school PTC, chairing several events and recently helping build and renovate two playgrounds. She has also served on the Montgomery Catholic Strategic Planning Committee. Jennifer and her husband Brian enjoy watching their children play sports and participate in school events and ballet programs. Each has special God-given talents and keep them busy!

Jennifer enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends here in Montgomery, in New Orleans and at the beach. She is an avid Saints and Louisiana Tech Bulldog football fan. Each fall she and her family travel to games and try to never miss a game on TV.

Mitzi Cole

Membership VP

Mitzi Cole, originally from Madison, Wisconsin, relocated to Montgomery in 1999.  The Director of Human Resources and Privacy Officer for the United Methodist Children’s Home, she celebrated her 12 year anniversary in May 2016.  Mitzi received her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


A member of the Junior League Montgomery since 2009, Mitzi currently serves as the Membership Council Vice President.  She has served the League as the Operations Council VP, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Impact Alabama Placement Chair.   She has completed Ready. Set. Geaux!, Impact Alabama, and Taste of the River Region placements.  Mitzi was recognized as one of the League’s ‘Women to Watch’ during our May 2014 General Membership meeting. 

Outside of the League, Mitzi has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® for 18 years.  A member of the Montgomery Chapter since 1999, she currently serves as the Corresponding Secretary, Protocol Chairman and recently completed two three year terms on the Ivy Foundation of Montgomery, Alabama, Inc.  Board of Directors where she served as Secretary and Board Chairman.   In September 2014, she was appointed to the position of Area Cluster Coordinator by the South Eastern Regional Director, and was recently asked by the Regional Director to Chair the Alabama Statewide Cluster that will be held in Montgomery, Alabama in 2016.   She began service to the River Region United Way in 2014 as a member of their Board of Directors.

In her spare time Mitzi enjoys going to the gym, reading and shopping.

 

Mitzi is married to Lawrence Cole, and they have a son, Lawrence Timothy ‘Clay’ Cole.



Molly Stone

Operations VP

Molly Stone, a native of North Louisiana, has lived in Alabama since beginning college at Auburn University in 1997. She graduated from Auburn in International Business in 2000 and settled in her husband’s hometown of Montgomery. Molly began her career in non-profits as the Development Officer at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, spent some time as a contract grant writer, and became the Executive Director of the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless in 2010. For the Coalition, she is responsible for coordinating the process to receive over $2 million in federal funding annually for local homeless and housing programs and for working toward the goal of ending homelessness in the River Region. 

Molly joined the Junior League of Montgomery in 2006. She is currently serving as the Operations Vice President, and she was on the board last year as Membership Vice President. She was Holiday Market Chair in 2011, after previously serving as Co-Chair and Merchant Relations Chair. She has also served as League Relations Chair, League Lines Editor and Co-Editor, chaired the BTW Dance Community Placement and volunteered with Clefworks. At various times, Molly has been a member of the Membership, Community, Fundraising, and Communications Councils. She also attended AJLI’s Organizational Development Institute in 2011 as a representative of JLM. 

In the community, Molly sits on the boards of directors of Health Services, Inc.; the Montgomery Area Community Wellness Coalition; and the Alabama Alliance to End Homelessness. She also served on the 2014 River Region Living Citizen of the Year Advisory Committee. Molly is married to Brandon Stone, an attorney with Stone Law Group in Millbrook. She and Brandon have two daughters, Audrey (8), a rising third grader at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet, and Anna (4). They are active members of First Baptist Church where Molly recently completed her seventh year as the Children’s Bible Drill Director. They spend their free time enjoying Montgomery’s cultural activities, supporting their alma mater Auburn University, and traveling to visit family. Molly also enjoys reading biographies, watching British television, and attempting to grow hydrangeas.

Ashley Tarrant

Advisory/Strategic Plan

Ashley Michelle Tarrant, a Birmingham, Alabama native, relocated to Montgomery in 2010.  The Chief Operations Officer for Medical AIDS Outreach of Alabama (MAO) celebrated five years of service in October 2015.  Ashley graduated from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and obtained a Masters of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 2009. 

A member of the Junior League of Montgomery since 2012, she served as Merchant Relations Committee Chair for Holiday Market in 2014 and 2015.  For 2015-2016 Ashley served as Hope Inspired Ministries Placement Co-Chair.  Along with serving on the Junior League Board of Directors for 2016-2017, Ashley will also serve as the 2016 Holiday Market Personnel Co-Chair.  Ashley was recognized as one of the League’s ‘Women to Watch’ during our May 2015 General Membership meeting. 

Outside of the League, Ashley is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Beta Nu Omega chapter of Montgomery Alabama and was named ‘New Member of the Year’ in 2014.  She currently serves as Global Impact Committee Co-Chair, member of Budget and Finance Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, and member of the Beta Nu Omega Pearls Choir.  At the Regional Level of the Sorority, Ashley serves as a Website Evaluator for the Southeastern Region.

 Ashley enjoys reading with a local book club, travel, Alabama football, and volunteering in her spare time.  She is a member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church where she is an active member of the Harvesters Sunday School Class.  Ashley is the only child of parents Michael and Shirley Tarrant.  Her favorite quote is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Wendy Leigh

Wendy Leigh

Governance

Wendy Leigh was born in Birmingham but moved to Montgomery during elementary school. She graduated from Auburn University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Family and Child Development. She received her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Wendy is a fourth grade teacher at Airport Road Intermediate School in Millbrook where she serves on the Building Leadership Team, the School Relations Committee, the Harvest Festival Committee, and is the Newspaper Advisor.

In 2015, Wendy served on the Steering Committee for Holiday Market and held the role of Decorations Chair. She will function in the same capacity for the 2016 Market. She also participated in the Boys and Girls Club placement during 2015-16. Wendy was named as one of the Montgomery Junior League’s 2016 “Women to Watch”.

As a very active member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Wendy has been the Director of Vacation Bible School for numerous years. She is also currently on the Board of Stewards and has chaired multiple special projects such as the Easter Eggstravaganza and the church photo directory.

When she has spare time, Wendy enjoys Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Zumba, and Kickboxing. She also likes reading and gardening. Wendy is an avid Auburn fan and enjoys traveling with her husband.

Wendy is married to Anthony Leigh, who is Huntingdon College’s Senior Vice President (which means she is also a supporter of all HC Hawks athletics). They have two fur children, Lolly and Punkin.

Lindsey Jinright

Nominating Chair

Lindsey Jinright, a Marine Corps brat, lived all around the country before moving to Montgomery in 2001.  She is the Development Manager at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she has worked since 2005.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Agnes Scott College and her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware.

 A member of the Junior League since 2006, she has served most recently at the Nominating Committee Co-Chair.  She served on the Holiday Market committee for three years before chairing the event in 2014.  She has also served as League Lines Editor along with various other out-of-league placements. 

 Lindsey and her husband, Bo, recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.  They have one son, Charlie.  She is a member of First United Methodist Church and a founding member of S.U.M., a cultural enrichment group.  During her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. 

Marie Wise-Styles

Member At Large

Marie Wise Styles, from Geneva County and Kinston, Alabama, is serving as the Member At Large.  She first moved to Montgomery to attend Huntingdon College, lived in Mobile attending The University of South Alabama, moving back to Montgomery in 1996.  Marie has worked in the IT field for over 18 years and currently works for Vectrus as a C.T. Specialist.   She is married to Thomas Styles, from Enterprise Alabama.  

Marie has been a member of the Junior League of Montgomery since 2008 and has fulfilled many different roles since she joined. She was Chair of The Rummage Sale after being on the committee for four years. Marie has also served on the Make A Wish and Provisional Committee, Fund Development, Community Research, Membership and Community Council and was the 2015-2016 Placement Chair.  

 Marie is a member of other local organizations, enjoys going to city and state events and is always proud to be part of this women’s volunteer institution that is constantly helping to strengthen and enhance the community.

 

Ashley White

Sustaining Advisor

Ashley Killian White grew up in Birmingham. After graduating from Auburn University and Cumberland School of Law, Ashley moved to Montgomery. Ashley is a Senior Staff Attorney on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, Class XXVI, serves on the Leadership Montgomery Board of Directors, serves on the Advisory Council of the Family Sunshine Center, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the Landmarks Foundation.

Ashley's past Junior League experience includes placements with Rebuilding Together and MACOA. She has also served on the Holiday Market steering committee, as chair and co-chair of both the Community-Research committee and the Placement Committee, as well as Operations Council VP, Community Council VP, President Elect and President.

Ashley has previously served as President of the Family Sunshine Center Board of Directors, as Chair of the 2013 Bazaar D'Art fundraiser for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and as a member of the Live Auction committee for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. She has also served on the Board of HandsOn River Region.

Ashley is married to Nowell White. They have two children, Killian (9) and Cooper (5). Ashley enjoys volunteering in the community, family walks, traveling and collecting art.

Victoria Belton

Recording Secretary

Victoria hails from Montgomery and is a 2004 graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she received her degree in Marketing and Advertising.

Currently, Victoria L. Belton is an Account Executive with STAMP Idea Group, which is a full service advertising, interactive and media agency.

Victoria joined the league in 2010 and since then she has been of service in various positions for the league. Most recently she served as the 90th Anniversary Gala Co-Chairman. Prior to the 90th Anniversary Gala she worked with Communications Council. During her time with the Communications Council, she served as Communications VP (2014-205) and she was Publicity Chairman for the league from 2013-2014. Victoria also worked with publicity for Taste of the River (2012 and 2013) and Shamrock Shuffle (2013 and 2014). Before working with the Communications Councils she worked with the Montgomery Area Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Brantwood Children’s Home Placements.

In addition to her work with the Junior League, Victoria is actively involved with several community organizations in Montgomery. Presently, she serves as the President for the Public Relations Council of Alabama and she is a member of the River Region United Way Board. Victoria is a graduate of the 2009 inaugural Torchbearers Leadership Class.

Victoria is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® - Beta Nu Omega Chapter. She serves as a Chapter Officer in the position of Ivy Leaf Reporter and she is the chairman of the Publicity Committee. During her spare time, she likes to shop, read and dabble with photography!