Junior League of Montgomery

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Felicia Long

Felicia Long

President

Felicia Long, a native of Montgomery, is proudly serving as the Junior League of Montgomery’s 92nd President. Felicia 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. She has successfully defended corporations, insurers, small businesses, and individuals in state and federal courts throughout Alabama. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk for Associate Justice Champ Lyons, Jr., of the Supreme Court of Alabama, and was a partner at another civil litigation defense firm. Felicia is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated preeminent attorney and has been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers. She was recently elected Vice-President of the Montgomery County Bar Association.

Felicia has been an active member of the Junior League of Montgomery for 12 years and has served in many leadership positions including President-Elect, 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 addition to her work with the Junior League, 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, and Montgomery Area Council on Aging. In the past, she has served on the Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, Hands on River Region Board of Directors, and River Region United Way Campaign Cabinet. Felicia is a member of the Federal Bar Association and American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Inn.

Felicia is married to her high school sweetheart, Bobby Long, who is an Equity Analyst at Retirement Systems of Alabama. They have a Yorkshire Terrier named Samson and enjoy traveling.

Precident Elect

Mitzi Cole

President-Elect

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 13 year anniversary in May 2017.  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 President-Elect.  She has served the League as Membership Council VP, 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 19 years.  Currently a general member of the sorority, while a member of the Montgomery chapter, she served as the Corresponding Secretary, Protocol Chairman, secretary and Chairman of Ivy Foundation of Montgomery, Alabama, and served as Chairman for the 2016 Alabama Statewide Cluster.   In September 2014, she was appointed to the position of Area Cluster Coordinator by the South Eastern Regional Director.    She served on the River Region United Way board of directors from 2014 – 2016.  

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.

  

Communications CouncilMelissa Warnke

Communications VP

Melissa Warnke is the Manager of Communications and Engagement for the Alabama Retail Association. She is an integral part of the association’s communication team, engaging members, the media, and the public on retail matters across the state. She came to Alabama Retail after almost eight years in various positions at WSFA 12 News in Montgomery, including noon anchor and Today in Alabama reporter. A native of Cullman, Alabama, Melissa graduated in 2009 from Auburn University with a mass communications degree.

She joined the Junior League in 2011, and is currently serving as the Communications VP. Previously, she was the Provisional Chair, Publicity Chair, and a member of the ClefWorks Committee. She also served on the Holiday Market Steering Committee for two years as Publicity Chair and the Rummage Sale Committee as Merchandising Co-Chair.

Melissa has strong connections to the Montgomery community. She was a member of the Leadership Montgomery Torchbearers Class V, is past president of the Clefworks Board of Directors, and is Secretary for the Montgomery chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama. She also serves on the Advisory Board for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.

Melissa is married to her high school sweetheart Adam Warnke, who is a Sales Engineer and Territory Manager for Garratt-Callahan. He also co-owns AIRR at Cottage Hill and Lightning Line, LLC (the group behind Taco Libre and Burger Bash). They have one daughter Ella and another daughter due in September.

 

Allison PrillamanCommunity Council  VP

Community Council VP

Allison grew up in Montgomery and graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor decree in Marketing. She is currently a loan officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. She began her career in the industry 13 years ago and loves helping customers realize their dream of home ownership. Her calm demeanor combined with her impeccable work ethic and extensive industry knowledge are just a few reasons she’s achieved success in her field.

 

Allison has been a member of the Junior League since 2006. She initially served on various community placements before finding her niche on the Holiday Market committee. She served in various positions including Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Co-Chair and eventually the Chair. She has also served as the Fundraising VP and Corresponding Secretary. Most recently, she chaired Impact Alabama.

  

Allison is married to Nick Prillaman who is a Fixed Income Analyst/Portfolio Manager with the Retirement Systems of Alabama. They welcomed their son, Walker, in July 2016. They attend St John’s Episcopal Church and enjoy exploring the world together. 

 

 

Elizabeth Lawlor

Finance Council VP

Elizabeth Kennedy Lawlor is the Resident Vice President of Government Relations for Norfolk Southern Railway.  A native Montgomerian, Elizabeth graduated from Sidney Lanier High School.  She earned a bachelor degree in English from Birmingham-Southern College, and completed a master of public administration degree from Auburn University Montgomery. 

Elizabeth has been an active member of the Junior League of Montgomery since 2001 and served in many leadership positions including Communications Council Vice President, Strategic Planning Chair, Signature Project Communications Coordinator, and Rummage Sale Co-Chair.  She has also chaired and served on several placement committees including Bridge Builders, The Family Sunshine Center and Community Research.


Active in her community, Elizabeth is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and former board member, an Assistant Cub Scout Pack Leader and Troop 15 Committee Member in the Boys Scouts of America, a Lay Eucharistic Minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a Montgomery area coordinator for the BSC Alumni Association.  She also volunteers with the Bear Exploration Center, Floyd Middle Magnet School, and BrewTech Magnet High School PTSAs.  She is a past president of Montgomery’s historical preservation organization, the Landmarks Foundation.  In addition, she is a member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100.  She is married to Jim Lawlor of Waterbury, Connecticut and they have three children, Collin (16), William (14) and Thomas (10).

 

 

Tison Singleton

Fundraising Council VP

Tison Singleton was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama.  She attended Auburn University and Columbia Southern University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management, cum laud.  Returning to Montgomery, she began her career at the Montgomery Water Works & Sanitary Sewer Board, where for seven years she has been a valued member in the Environmental Services department. She is currently the Pre-Treatment / Watershed Program Specialist in that department, focusing specifically on the wastewater industry in and around the city of Montgomery. 

Tison has been a member of Junior League of Montgomery since 2011. Most recently, she served as Fund Development Chair, where she worked with a fantastic group of women to develop Junior League of Montgomery's brand new fundraiser, Shop, Save, Serve, which was a great success. Tison has also played a role in the success of other fundraisers like Rummage Sale, Taste of the River Region, and as an ‘honorary’ 2016 Holiday Market committee member. Tison has also served on multiple community placement committees, including Brantwood Children's Home and Clefworks, and she also served as a member of the Arrangements Committee within the Junior League. 

Additionally, as a member of the Autism Crawfish Boil Committee for over 3 years, Tison has helped shape and promote a truly fantastic event that supports the local autistic community through Easter Seals of Central Alabama. 

Tison enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her giant pup, Bentley, as well as catching up on all the Bravo reality shows she may have missed with her busy schedule! 


Membership Erin White

Membership VP

Erin White moved to Montgomery as a child but considers Montgomery her hometown.  She graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Accountancy and a Masters in Accountancy.  She joined Warren Averett, LLC (formerly Wilson, Price, Barranco, Blankenship & Billingsley) as an accountant, where she remained until 2016.  She is now employed as a Trust Operations Officer with The Baptist Foundation of Alabama. 

She has served in Junior League of Montgomery since 2006 in a variety of positions, most recently as chair of Community Research committee.  She has served treasurer of Rummage Sale, Holiday Market as well as Finance Council Vice President.  She has been a member of the Nominating committee and Impact Alabama, Group Homes for Children and Back to School Shopping community placements. 

Erin is married to Kenneth White, Jr, owner of Flowers and White Engineering, LLC.  They have two children, Trey (11) and Mary Surhea (7), who attend The Montgomery Academy.  Their children’s sports and school activities keep them busy.  However, in their spare time the family enjoys traveling, especially to sporting events and the beach, and spending time with friends and family.  Football season is always fun, as the Whites are a “house divided” between Auburn University and the University of Alabama.  Erin enjoys reading, antiquing and sewing.  They are active members of First Baptist Church, as well.

 

Operations Council VPCarrie Cauthen

Operations VP

Carrie Cauthen, a native of Prattville, calls Montgomery County home.  She is a graduate of  Auburn Montgomery with a Bachelor’s in Childhood Education.  After enjoying varying careers in teaching and banking, Carrie is loving her current career as a stay at home mom. 

 A member of Junior League of Montgomery since 2010, she is serving as Operations Vice President.  Carrie’s past service to the League includes chairing the Provisional Committee, ClefWorks, and Holiday Market Tickets.  Holiday Market Decorations chair allowed her to spread her creative wings, but led to her husband placing a lifetime ban on glitter in their home.   She is also the recipient of the “Women to Watch” award and was named In-League Volunteer of the Year for 2014-2015.

 

A member of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Carrie is active in the Children’s Ministry where she serves as a Wednesday night teacher and Camp Sunshine counselor.  She is the Vacation Bible School Director for 2017 and on the Board of Stewards. 

An avid outdoors woman, Carrie loves to spend her spare time hiking, swimming, and chasing after her kids as they ride horses and dirt bikes.   She loves sewing, reading, cooking, baking, and therefore has learned to love all forms of exercise. 

Carrie is married to Joey Cauthen and they reside on their family farm in Montgomery County.  They have two beautiful children, Georgia and Mack. 

 

Advisory/Strategic PlanningAshley Penhale

Advisory/Strategic Planning

Ashley Penhale grew up in Alabaster, Alabama and moved to Montgomery to attend Thomas Goode Jones School of Law after graduating from Troy University. Ashley is currently a partner at Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. where she handles a variety of litigation matters including civil, family and white-collar criminal cases.

Ashley is a graduate of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, and served for two years as the co-chairman of the Montgomery County Bar Association’s charity event before serving as chairman in 2015. Ashley was named Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015 after having been a finalist in both 2013 and 2014.

As a member of the Junior League since 2012, Ashley’s League experience includes community placements with Magic Moments, Boys and Girls Club, and Co-Chair of the Brantwood Children’s Home Placement.  In May 2016, Ashley was recognized as one of the League’s ‘Women to Watch’ and her placement, Education and Training Committee, received the in-League Placement of the Year Award.

Outside of the League, Ashley is an advisor for the Huntingdon College Chi Omega Chapter, volunteers with Magic Moments Alabama and serves on the YMCA Jimmy Hitchcock Selection Committee.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys supporting Troy University athletics, discovering new podcasts and spoiling her two nieces.

  

Governance ChairAnna Wilson

Governance Chair

Anna Wilson, a native of Montgomery, is a manager in the tax department of Warren Averett in Montgomery.  She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2000 with a degree in accounting.  She also holds a Masters of Tax Accountancy from the University of Alabama.

Anna has been a member of the Junior League since 2007.  She is currently serving as the Governance Chair and has previously served on the Board as Finance Council Vice President.  She has also served on the Nominating Committee, as assistant treasurer of the finance council, chaired the Montgomery Education Foundation placement, and has volunteered for Clefworks, Montgomery Cancer Wellness Committee, American Humanics Committee, and Back to School Committee.

Anna is married to Nathan Wilson, who is the Legal Director of the Administrative Office of Courts.  She and Nathan have two sons, Philip (10), a rising fifth grader at Trinity Presbyterian School, and Ben (6), a rising first grader at Trinity.  They are members of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, where they teach children’s Sunday school.  Anna enjoys watching her boys play various sports, reading, and Auburn football.

 

Nominating Chair Carina Tolliver

Nominating Chair

Carina Tolliver grew up in Iuka, MS and moved to Montgomery in 1994.  Carina graduated from Faulkner University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from Troy University with a Master’s of Science in Management.  Currently, Carina is a Program Manager with the United States Air Force.

Since joining the League in 2008, Carina has served in several areas such as Bridge Builders, League Logs Business Manager, Taste of the River Region Secretary, Clefworks, Rummage Sale Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer of the League, VP of Finance of the League, and Nominating Co-Chair. 

Carina is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Carina is married to Jerimondus, who is a Montgomery Police Officer.  They have three children, Michael, Jahsul, Sayunna, and a four legged child Ace.

 

Member at Large

Nichole Pinkham

Member At Large

Nicole, a native of Meridian, Mississippi, is passionate about pursuing her purpose of inspiring and equipping leaders in each role she plays in her family, work, community and church. She serves as a Lead Senior Training Consultant for Auburn University at Montgomery.  She is a renowned keynote motivational speaker who energizes, challenges, and positively impacts people and organizations across the country to embrace the positive changes needed to drive personal and organizational results. Nicole is a graduate of Mississippi State and Auburn University at Montgomery with degrees in Education with a focus on Educational Leadership.  Nicole has facilitated and led projects for financial institutions, insurance companies, large healthcare organizations, K12 schools systems, universities, and federal and state agencies. She also serves as a leadership expert for the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College.

Nicole has served in various roles in the Junior League of Montgomery since she joined in 2012. She served the Montgomery Christian School, served on the College and Career Committee, and the Provisional Committee. Most recently Nicole served as the Education and Training Chair where she and the committee offered trainings that strengthened the leadership capacity of the members.

In the community, she serves as a mentor and coach to young professionals and enjoys serving at First Baptist Church Montgomery.  She has served as a small group leader for teenage girls, a Sunday School teacher, and as a retreat speaker for many events.

Nicole is married to her childhood sweetheart, Greg Pinkham, and they have three amazing, talented children, Josh (22), Logan, (19), and Lindsey (16).

 

Sustaining Advisor

Dawn Stephens

Sustaining Advisor

Dawn Stephens will serve as the 2017 – 2018 Sustaining Advisor to the Board.  She was born and raised in Montgomery and graduated from Auburn University.  During her time in the League some of her positions included President, President-Elect, Community Council VP, Advisory/Strategic Planning, Nominating, Holiday Market and Decorator Show House Steering Committees, and Community Research Chair.

Since her time as President of the League she has been volunteering at Forest Avenue Academic Magnet School as room mother and volunteer and at Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet as PTSA President and volunteer.  She is a member of First United Methodist Church where she has served on the Administrative Board, Fall Bazaar Chair, and Family Ministries Chair. Dawn and her husband currently teaching third grade Sunday school.

She is married to Gary Stephens, who is originally from Huntsville.  They have two children Oliver, who is fourteen, and Maggie, who is nine. 

 

Recording Secretary

Blake Ioimo

Recording Secretary

Blake Ioimo considers herself a Montgomery native, although she was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and lived in Kingwood, Texas as a child. Blake is the Coordinator for the Marketing Resource Center for Alfa Insurance and has been with the company since 2006. She graduated from Judson College in Marion, AL with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2005 and graduated from Auburn Montgomery in Montgomery, AL with a Master of Public Administration in 2008.

Blake has been a member of the Junior League of Montgomery since 2012 and since joining the league, she has served in many capacities including Ticket Chair for the Rummage Sale, Co-Chair for the Hope Inspired Ministries community placement, Fund Development Committee, and most recently Chair of the Brantwood community placement.

Outside of her work with the Junior League of Montgomery Blake currently holds board positions with the Britton YMCA and the Ambassador Council at the Capital City Club. She volunteers with Dream Court and the Fleet Feet No Boundaries Program. She is also a graduate of the Emerge Torchbearer’s Leadership Class III, a program of Leadership Montgomery.

Blake is married to Jeffrey Ioimo and in her spare time enjoys running, shopping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.