The List November 2012
Temisha Mitchell Young
Temisha Mitchell Young graduated from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. With that degree, you might think she works in a laboratory somewhere. Temisha did spend most of her career doing just that sort of work for BP Amoco Polymers, and also worked as a sales executive for a similar company. In 2009, she left the corporate world and instead decided to make a business out of her lifelong hobby. After completing the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce NxLEVEL Entrepreneurial University, she established Little Magic Cards and Invitations, an online business that provides custom stationery and graphic design services to both domestic and international clients. As “the owner of a stationery business, you get to share in the joy of the most important moments of a person’s life: weddings, births, graduations, etc.,” explains Temisha. Not just an entrepreneur, Temisha is also the program coordinator for Montgomery’s young professionals organization, EMERGE Montgomery. She is quick to give credit to her parents, who taught her that she could do anything if she sought God’s wisdom and worked hard. Outside of work, Temisha volunteers as a mentor for high school students in the Seth Johnson Neighborhood Association, the same neighborhood she grew up in. She is married to Cedric Young, and says their favorite thing about Montgomery is the city’s unique and diverse history. Temisha is an avid golfer and vice president of Driving Force Women’s Golf Club, and spends much of her free time honing her golf skills.
Jeffrey James Tharp
Jeffrey James Tharp is the corporate manager for the Italian restaurant Sa Za. The thing he loves most about his job is the people he works with, and he describes his staff as “rock stars.” Jeff is a firm believer that you are only as good as your support, and the staff at Sa Za makes him look great. Jeff’s work in the food service industry began at a young age. At 17 he started working at The Capital City Club as a busboy. In a short time, he worked his way through the ranks of server and captain, and at the age of 20 he became the Service Director. Two years later he was asked to interview with International Wines, and after several interviews he became the youngest wine representative the company had ever hired. After working for a brief period in real estate, Jeff realized that the food service industry was his true passion. He opened Garret’s restaurant where he trained and hired all of the employees. He moved on to open Number 16 afterwards, but he says that Sa Za is where he feels at home. Jeff’s mother taught him that “anything earned is never lost.” Jeff credits his success to his holding on to that idea. He and his wife Denise love living and working in Montgomery. Another of Jeff’s passions is working as a DJ, which he has done since the age of 12. Jeff is always finding new ways to give back to the community. He is on the Montgomery Food Policy Council and is very involved with both the Montgomery Humane Society and The Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Samuel King is an anchor and reporter for WSFA 12 News. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He has worked at news stations in several cities around the country including Wilmington, N.C., South Bend, Ind., and New York, N.Y. Samuel joined the WSFA team in September 2010. His career is a surprising one, as Samuel considers himself to be a shy individual. That shyness, however, was part of the reason for his career choice. Broadcast Journalism forces him out of that shy mentality. He has to meet people and talk to them to be successful, and that’s exactly what he does. “My job provides something new every day, and that’s what I love the most about what I do,” explains Samuel. He also loves Montgomery, particularly because he thinks the viewers here are so welcoming. Samuel is also a fan of Montgomery’s climate, preferring its warm summers and mild winters to other places he has lived. Samuel is a sports fan and enjoys watching baseball, basketball, and college football. He is also an avid reader who enjoys nonfiction, and appreciates a wide variety of music.
Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman
With all her titles, you can easily guess that the Rev. Dr. Wendy Coleman wears various hats. Her full time position is Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University. “I enjoy leading a faculty of 10 of the hardest working professionals in the arts I know,” explains the Rev. Dr. Coleman. In addition to her administrative duties and teaching, she also directs plays at ASU, and is very proud of the program’s rich legacy. She also serves as the first female pastor of First Congressional Christian Church, UCC. Although the position keeps her constantly moving, she says that she was happy and humbled when she answered the call to serve. Somehow, the Rev. Dr. Coleman finds the time to wear yet another hat. She is the founding visionary of Sweet, Sweet Spirit Design & Publishing Company. The company specializes in desktop publishing, editing, website creation and maintenance, photography services and consultation. Of course, the Rev. Dr. Coleman is quick to say that none of this would be possible without God’s many blessings. Her parents, Joseph and Ruby Coleman, taught her and her four sisters to put God first in everything you do. She also gives credit to her mentor, Dr. Tommie H. Stewart, for helping drive her success. In addition to her many jobs, the Rev. Dr. Coleman is a published author as well. Her first book, “The Man of God,” is a work of Christian fiction.
Amber Jernigan is determined to breathe new life into the Montgomery real estate market. Amber is the listing specialist with Team Jernigan at Keller Williams Realty in Montgomery. She runs this team with her husband and business partner Taylor, and her results speak for themselves. When she returned from maternity leave in June, Amber hit the ground running and sold her first listing in mere hours. “I am determined to show people that the real estate market is back and that there are Realtors that work for their commission and provide an amazing customer service experience,” explains Amber. She prides herself on going above and beyond what is expected of a Realtor. “Making a real estate purchase is such a huge undertaking and I feel honored each time I am entrusted to help with that moment of change,” she says. Amber believes that the struggling real estate market has kept her motivated to find innovative marketing techniques and new technology to keep her ahead of the curve. She and Taylor are proud representatives of Montgomery with four beautiful children: Ava, Sophia, Camp, and Eli. They love living in Montgomery and enjoying the historic Cloverdale and downtown areas. Amber is excited about the downtown growth and development. Years ago she thought that what Montgomery was missing was a vibrant downtown area, but she certainly does not have those feelings anymore. As leaders in their field, Amber and her husband love to get out and experience Montgomery and the wonderful new things happening here. In her free time she loves to travel with her husband, is an avid sports fan and golfer, and loves to read. The Jernigan family proudly lives in the historic Old Cloverdale Community and attends church at the Church of the Ascension.
Tanya “T.K.” Turner
If you have ever had a stuffy nose or a broken bone, you have probably landed in one of the River Region’s five convenient Pri Med locations. In 2011, T.K. Turner assisted in the rebranding of this physician group, which is now called All Med Physicians – The Doctors of Pri Med. While she currently pursues a Bachelor of Science degree in business at AUM, T.K. is the marketing manager for All Med. Over the last 12 years, working in the medical field has afforded her experience in administrative, clinical, and operational functions. She attributes her success to the wisdom and advice handed down by those who have performed their jobs with great charisma and accomplishment. T.K. uses her skills to support the goal of providing optimal healthcare and customer service to patients. When asked about her favorite part of the job, T.K. says “I truly value the opportunity to be a part of the All Med team that works together to achieve a common goal. I am blessed to work with a group of co-workers who offer constructive and supportive feedback when I seek advice on projects. It is professionally rewarding to work with individuals who are willing to put in the time to make the final product the best it can be.” A native of Montgomery, T.K. has had the privilege of watching the River Region grow. She especially enjoys the great dining and family entertainment the area offers to its residents.
Evan G. Cooper
“The best part of what I do is making every event a dream-filled and memorable occasion. Whether it is a wedding, a party, or some other event, I love helping shape these memories,” explains Evan Cooper, the owner of Evan & Co. Evan is a stylist and event planner. He offers wedding and event planning as well as expertise in floral design. His career suits him well since he loves to meet new people. Evan also works as the studio manager for Kim Box Photography, and he has been an invaluable asset to RSVP Magazine in that capacity. At 22 years old, Evan keeps very busy, but he says the most important thing in his life is his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is an active member of the church First Assembly of God, and enjoys volunteering at all local fundraising events, such as Joy To Life. Evan’s parents have always been encouraging and supportive, and are his biggest fans. He considers the support he receives from his parents, as well as the rest of his family and friends, to be the biggest influence on his success. When not busy with his career, Evan enjoys skiing, traveling and photography. He also has a bucket list, which includes, among other things, to be an FBI agent and to have lunch with Oprah. Another fun fact? Evan is obsessed with wrinkle releaser. He says he hasn’t ironed clothes in over 2 years!
Amy Bierly is on the cutting edge when it comes to skin care. A graduate of the Aveda Institute in San Antonio, Texas, Amy returned to Montgomery three years ago to work as a medical aesthetician alongside Drs. Mark and Kathy Lindsey at Laser Wellness Med Spa. Amy holds advanced certifications in Laser, IPL, and Body Contouring devices. She also has expertise in the art of Dermaplaning, which is a procedure that consists of exfoliating the epidermis and using a scalpel to rid the skin of fine hair. Often the fine hair on a patient’s face will cause a buildup of dirt and oil in the skin follicles; the use of dermaplaning helps to give the patient clearer, healthier looking skin. “The most gratifying part of my job is playing a role in the improvement of skin or body concerns that someone may have struggled with for years,” says Amy. She credits her daughters Alexis and Ava for her success, as she believes that they keep her driven and motivate her to set and achieve goals. Amy’s mother, Dr. Ruth Miller-Frost, has served Montgomery as a physician for many years, and has always placed great importance on the care of her patients. Amy believes that growing up in that type of environment has played a crucial role in her own career. Amy loves the close knit atmosphere of the Montgomery community, and hopes to meet and work with as many people in it as possible.
Wilbur Sensing Hill
“I love seeing a building rise out of the ground,” says Wilbur Hill, the project manager for Brown Studio Architecture. “After working on paper for months, or even years, seeing it develop as a real object is a thrill.” Wilbur graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture. After graduating, he took a position with a Birmingham firm. He believes the biggest obstacle he had to overcome as a young architect was doubt. Initially, Wilbur wasn’t sure he should voice his opinions, but eventually realized that his thoughts were just as important as those of his more seasoned colleagues. Wilbur spent three years in Birmingham before returning to his native Montgomery. Now, 10 years later, he is still happy to be here. He is an active member of the community, and serves on the Montgomery Symphony Association Board of Directors, the Junior Executive Board of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Montgomery Humane Society Board, Landmarks Foundation Board, and the Historic Preservation Commission. He is also a founding member of the Montgomery Fencing Club. Wilbur believes in Montgomery’s ability to define itself for the future, and says the positive support of Montgomery’s leadership deserves the credit. When he is not busy working, Wilbur enjoys his two dogs Holstein and Luna.