The List - January/February 2016
From fashion to medicine, April Majors Berrey can manage it all. April graduated from Troy University in 2002, with a degree in psychology and business administration. After college, she worked in the fashion industry in Birmingham for the Wish Collection specializing in marketing, sales and management. In 2004, she moved to Montgomery and began working for Health Star Clinic where she currently serves as the director of patient affairs as well as at the Pain Management Center of Montgomery, the newly added clinic. April explains, “It was certainly a change going from the fashion industry to the medical field, but I absolutely love my job. It is such a rewarding position.” The clinic has been voted #1 in Montgomery since 2005. She says,“We take pride in helping the people in our community through health and wellness.” April is married to Brandon Berrey. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with their son, Braxton. She loves fitness and fashion and will be launching a blog titled “Champagne & Cowboy Boots” in the next few weeks. Some of her favorite workouts include Pilates, Pure Barre and shopping, of course. In the community, April is a member of the Montgomery Claims Association and a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. She says, “My favorite thing about Montgomery is the small-town feel. Even though it's a 'big city,' there is still such a sense of community.”
After studying in Baltimore and working in Chicago, Cara Hathcock felt the need to return home to Montgomery. Cara says, “I love Montgomery. It is a great place to live and work. Although it is the state capital, Montgomery still has a small-town feel.” This small-town feeling is what brought Cara back. “I lived away for 10 years and once I got back, I knew this was where I was supposed to be.” Currently, Cara serves as the River Region division manager at Bell Media, LLC. Montgomery has been a great place for her to grow as a professional. She says, “I love being able to meet new people and help them and their business.” Her relationships with people are what mean the most to Cara. With much determination, Cara has achieved many things since earning her degree from the University of Maryland. The value of hard work, introduced by her parents, is what has led to Cara’s success. “I'm very thankful for wonderful parents who have shown me this value and instilled it in me from a very young age.” Cara has had many rising opportunities in her career. She says, “I love to learn and I think that being able to take on different opportunities in my career has helped me to continue to develop professionally.”Not only does Cara love working in Montgomery, she also enjoys life in the city. In her spare time, Cara volunteers at her church and, as a former college dancer, finds time to choreograph and teach dance. One of Cara's favorite places in Montgomery is downtown, where she can have dinner, attend an event or even catch a baseball game. Cara loves spending time with family and friends, especially her pets Marshall, Lily and Ginger.
Danna S. Patterson, or Super Woman as her friends call her, works as a financial support supervisor and as a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant. In both roles she is able to help people, which is what she loves most about her career. Working with the Department of Human Resources is most rewarding for Danna. “I am more aware of my blessings and things that I ordinarily take for granted. I am so fortunate to be a blessing to those who are in need and a positive inspiration for young women.” She is also a positive inspiration to her husband, Terris, and especially her daughters, Averie Danielle and Malarie Ruth. She says, “As a woman and mother, I have to show them that they can do anything with opportunity and determination.” Perhaps she learned this lesson from the community in which she was raised. Danna says, “The community taught me persistence and toughness. If the front door closes, run really fast to the back door or sometimes you may have to find a window!” No closing door has stopped Danna from continuing her success. A graduate of Troy University, Danna received her Bachelor of Science in psychology and went on to obtain her Master of Science in human resource management. Today, Danna is an active member of the community, serving as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for Autauga County DHR. She is the assistant director and teacher of Elizabeth Baptist Church’s 3G Ministry, promoting Bible study for children. As a Mary Kay consultant, Danna is able to live out her life motto, “When you look good, you feel good.” In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, reading, and giving complimentary facials.
Fredrick Re'nard Turner was born and raised in Montgomery. Overcoming many obstacles in his childhood, Fredrick graduated from Carver High School in 2004 and from Troy University in 2009. Becoming the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college, Fredrick says his mother had a large impact on his life. He explains, “She instilled in me respect for others, taught me to love everyone and to help anyone if I could. Without her support and love, I would not be the man, husband and father I am today.” He certainly took his mother's words to heart. Today, Fredrick is the lead trainer at Iron Tribe Fitness in Montgomery. Before his current position, Fredrick coached football at Carver High School and served as the head football coach at Eastwood Christian School. Fredrick says, “What I love the most about my job is that I have an opportunity to help someone change their lives for the good. I participate in families being rebuilt, relationships being strengthened and the longevity of life being increased!” In his free time, Fredrick loves going to the park, fishing and hunting. On Sundays, Fredrick can be found leading worship at Strong Tower at Washington Park Church. Fredrick also volunteers at Common Ground Montgomery ministry where he leads a purity study for the youth. Montgomery is a special place to Fredrick. He says, “What I love about Montgomery is it's home.”
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. After attending Rhodes College and later receiving his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mobile, Robert Kohn returned to his hometown of Montgomery. He says, “It is nice to live in a place where you can surround yourself with family and friends.”Robert serves as the area vice president of Rehab Associates and has served the River Region for sixteen years. Rehab Associates is closely linked to the community. Being highly involved in sports medicine, they are able to provide outreach coverage for over forty schools in the area. The behind the scenes crew at Rehab Associates is the group Robert gives the most credit to regarding his success. “I enjoy going to work every day because I get to work with a team that is top notch.” Robert loves the interaction he gets to have with the patients. “I can come in contact with over 100 people each day and get to communicate and talk to them.” To Robert, the people of the community are what make his job worth it. “I have met some really amazing patients over the past sixteen years that have made an impact on me as a person.” In his free time, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife, Rochelle, and their three children, Sydney, Britton and Morgan. His favorite pastimes include hunting and watching all sports, especially Alabama football.
Born and raised in Montgomery, K. Roger Teel, Jr. has seen first hand the growth of the city. Roger says, “ Because relationships mean so much to me, both personally and professionally, living and working in my hometown has really been a blessing to me and has been a big factor in contributing to my success.” After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in business administration, he began his banking career with Regions Bank in 1996. He now serves as the area vice president of Trustmark National Bank. In addition to banking, he also serves as the managing member of R&W Developers, LLC. His career has taken him all over the city of Montgomery, but in each position he says, “ The thing I love most about my job is building relationships with potential banking clients and expanding upon relationships with existing banking clients.” The people who’ve had the biggest influence on his life are his parents. “ My father (my best friend) taught me all about hard work at a very young age and has provided me with much wisdom and encouragement throughout the years.” Of his mother, Roger says, “ She always reminds me of the scripture verse Luke 12:48— 'To those whom much has been given, much is required.'” Roger serves as an active member and past board member of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and of the Montgomery Auburn Club. He also served as the vice chairman of the River Region United Way Campaign and was an ambassador for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years. Outside of work, Roger enjoys attending social events in the city and spending time with family and friends.
After taking three years of cosmetology in high school, Steven James Archuleta discovered his passion for hairstyling. Following his heart, Steven attended Virginia College in Montgomery for cosmetology and now is a hairstylist at Olivia A Salon. Steven says, “I'd have to say that what I love the most about doing hair would be the look on my clients' faces when I finish their hair. As a hairstylist, I have the power to literally change someone's perception of themselves.” These clients from the community are the reason why Steven says he has been so successful. “The Montgomery community has greatly contributed to my success in the form of opportunities to expand my business and promote my name.” Another very influential person in his life and contributor to his success is his mother. “I wouldn't be where I am today without her. She encouraged me to follow the career path that came naturally to me and that I enjoyed the most.” In the community, Steven stays involved by volunteering in retirement homes around Montgomery offering no-cost haircuts to the elderly inhabitants and volunteering at the Montgomery Humane Society. He also does promotional work for various places around the city including RSVP. Steven loves the community in Montgomery. “It's a wonderful community made of great people.” In his spare time, Steven loves to clean and surprise... style hair! “I can do hair any day of the week, at any time of the day.” He also enjoys spending time with his family and making new connections within the community.
Over the years, the role of a nurse has evolved in the medical field. In the River Region, there have been many nurses who have advanced their careers by becoming nurse practitioners, and Tracey Mendelsohn is one of them. She says, “This community as a whole has embraced the nurse practitioner role in health care and has played a vital part in the growth of this role.” Tracey graduated from Auburn University in 1984 with a degree in nursing. Returning to Montgomery, she worked as a registered nurse in various institutions. In 2004, she graduated with a master’s degree in nursing and was certified as a family nurse practitioner. Upon graduation, she immediately began working for OBGYN and Associates of Montgomery. Tracey says, “During this time, I had the honor of caring for thousands of women of all ages for the various health issues that affect women throughout their reproductive lifespan.” Recently, Tracey accepted a position as the nurse practitioner in the Montgomery Office of ART Fertility Program of Alabama. She says, “My favorite part of my job is being able to help people and to build relationships with women from all walks of life that otherwise I wouldn't have had the privilege to meet.” As a nurse practitioner, she has worked with Child Protect of Montgomery as an examiner in child abuse cases. She has also taken part in various health fairs in the River Region, as well as a few medical mission trips. Outside of work, Tracey's life generally revolves around her family. Tracey is married to Kenny Mendelsohn and together they have three children, Daniel Wohlford, KJ and Keely. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, hanging with her pups and investing time in the lives of her children.
“Quality education for our children is not possible without the support of community.”Victoria Miller Campbell is certainly the support our children need to provide them with a quality education. A native of North Carolina, Victoria attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a degree in childhood development and family studies. After college, she married her husband Colin and moved to Lynchburg, Virginia. For two years, Victoria taught at a local school until she and her husband moved to Montgomery. In Montgomery, Victoria first was a long-term substitute teacher at the Montgomery Academy and now is the extended learning director for the Montgomery Education Foundation. She says, “What I love most about being the extended learning director for MEF is working with Montgomery Public School children and the families we serve.” For Victoria, teaching is not just a job- it’s a calling. This past summer she directed the Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy. “I especially love seeing our Montgomery students gain confidence in their own abilities and see that reflected in their academic progress.” Victoria and her husband are certified foster parents through DHR and are members of the Montgomery Foster Parent Association. They attend Frazer United Methodist Church. In the community, Victoria serves on Montgomery's City Youth Initiative Committee and EAT South's Education Committee. As a member of Capitol Heights Neighborhood Association, she volunteers at Capitol Heights Middle School and Southlawn Elementary. Victoria loves her Capitol Heights neighborhood; in fact it is her favorite thing about the city. Some of her favorite activities include painting, traveling, cooking and going on hikes with her husband and their lab mix, Roosevelt.