The List - November/December 2016
Ann Burgwin Faulkner
You may say she’s a dreamer, and you’d be right. Ann Burgwin Faulkner is a Montgomery local whose dreams and creative spirit led her to create jewelry in her spare time. A graduate from Auburn University with a degree in Apparel Merchandising, Ann Burgwin interned at an internationally known modeling and talent agency in Nashville before moving back to Montgomery. Her handmadejewelry hobby turned into a full-time passion and Burgwin Studios was born, with 70 stores picking up her designs in her first year. Most recently, she opened her studio on Mulberry Street for retail to reach even more customers. Her success is due, in part, to her husband’s encouragement, her father’s business advice, her mother’s selfless help and her customer’s appreciation for unique items. It was hard for Ann Burgwin to leave a steady paycheck for an unknown income, but opening her own business has allowed her to find her purpose. She says, DzI love getting to know my customers and creating custom pieces for them out of family heirlooms or special things such as antlers from a son’s first deer. I love getting to create for a living.dz When she’s not designing jewelry, Ann Burgwin enjoys riding horses and being outdoors with her husband, Ike, and their three dogs, Copper, Dolly and Delta.
While Joshua Hembree is not originally from Montgomery, he’s planting his own roots here and will thrive in the capital city. A Mobile native, Joshua graduated from the University of Mobile in 2012 and from Jones School of Law in Montgomery in 2015 with a Juris Doctorate. He now serves an associate attorney at Sasser & O’Rear, LLC where he desires to serve his clients as their friend just as much as a good attorney. He says one of the most rewarding and challenging parts of his job is when he represents abused and neglected children as their guardian ad litem. He also serves the community through the Reach and Rise program at the YMCA, as a member of Church of the Highlands, and as a board member of Women of Refined Gold. He says, “I love the energy and vibe of Montgomery. Montgomery is growing and it feels as if everyone knows it.” When he was 16 years old, Joshua started his own business, Hembree’s School of Music, where he taught guitar and employed instructors of other instruments. He thanks his parents for their encouragement and unconditional love and his wife, Kala, for supporting his crazy ideas. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, playing guitar, traveling, and spending time with his wife and their German shepherd, Nala.
Owner and physical therapist of Body Logic PT & Wellness, Tiffany Higginbothamhas worked as an outpatient, orthopedic, physical therapist for 19 years specializing in treatment of the spine and women’s health issues. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from AUM and a Master of Science in physical therapy from UAB. She opened her own business in 2014 and has been helping her patients achieve a higher level of wellness ever since. She also treats preschool and school age children with learning and coordination disorders and regularly speaks at education conferences and schools on the effects of moving and the brain. She is theco-founder of Brain Pump™, a children’s group exercise class designed to promote coordination, balance, attention and learning. Tiffany loves the personal relationships she shares with her patients. She says, DzWhen you are allowed to walk along someone in pain and play a apart in redeeming brokenness and infusing hope, it is truly an honor.dz She loves Montgomery and feels blessed to be able to open her clinic here. In her spare time, she enjoys ministering to women and young moms through her church and spending time her husband of almost 20 years, Keith, and their three kids, 15-year-old McKenzie, 13-year-old Gantt, and 9-year-old Nate.
If you haven’t yet visited the On A Roll food truck downtown across from the Renaissance or Super Suppers in the Peppertree Shopping Center, then you’re missing out. Owner and Operator Nick Jernigan, hailing from the tiny town of Smuteye, Alabama, attended high school at the Alabama School of Math and Science before obtaining an accounting degree from Troy University. After graduation, Nick worked as a forensic accountant before he and his wife purchased Super Suppers in the spring of 2011. They started On A Roll food truck in December of 2012 and have been serving up deliciousness downtown for the past two years. "As a capital city with military bases, colleges and universities, and a rich civil rights history, Montgomery attracts an influx of folks with varied palates and an appreciation for all types of food. Our food is a little bit West Coast, a little bit Southern and a whole lot of deliciousness." But it's the people he serves that really fuel his passion for providing stellar customer service. When he's not making people smile with his cool wit and charm, Nick proudly serves on the board of the Family Guidance Center, and loves running, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Garrett Kever
Dr. Garrett Kever was born and raised in Springdale, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and moved to New Orleans to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the LSU School of Dentistry. The blend of health care and artistry that dentistry provides attracted him to the profession. At LSU, he met his wife Brenna, and the couple married in June and moved to Alabama in July. The community has been very warm and welcoming and he truly appreciates all his wonderful patients at Stonecreek Dental Care for entrusting him with their oral health and smiles. Dr. Kever says the ability to not only relieve pain, but to also increase overall health and even boost patient confidence and self-esteem provides him with incredible job satisfaction. He would like to thank his wife Brenna for always being so supportive and loving, as well as Dr. Dean McNeel who has been the biggest influence and mentor on his decision to become a dentist. Outside of the clinic setting, Dr. Kever enjoys playing sports, kayaking, hiking, cooking, going to the movies, and working on his car or motorcycle.
Josh Moon never had a master plan or big dream of becoming a successful investigative reporter and political columnist. In fact, he chose communications as his major in college because it had the least amount of math requirements needed to graduate. He did enjoy writing and the media, finding inspiration from columnists such as Tony Kornheiser. He became a reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser after graduating from AUM over 14 years ago, and realized he was actually good at it. He even has the awards to prove it. On many occasions, his more popular columns can be found in publications as prominent as the USA Today and Sports Illustrated. He spent nine years working in sports for the Advertiser then shifted to investigative reporting and started a column that ran biweekly for six years. Josh recently left the Advertiser for the Alabama Political Reporter, a move that allows him ownership of his work and more flexibility. His column, now syndicated, will appear in a number of the state's newspapers in the coming months. Josh's opinions lean far left and either breed support or hatred with little in between, as his social media existence proves daily. However, he uses his writing to find the voices that need to be heard and uncover information that otherwise would never be released. When he's not spending his time digging up juice, he can be found at his family cabin in North Alabama fishing and enjoying the lake with his girlfriend Stefanie and his dogs.
Eddieca Robertson is a native of Prichard, Alabama. In 2001, she began her career as a classroom teacher in fifth and sixth grades, and now she is a curriculum instructional assistant with the Montgomery Public School System and is a recent graduate of the Aspiring Leadership Academy, a partnership with SummaSource at Auburn Montgomery and Montgomery Public Schools, which offers leadership and development training for constituents in various business sectors throughout the state of Alabama. She was drawn to education from an early age thanks to her mom, who instilled in her and her brother the value of education to transcend challenging economic circumstances. Eddieca says, “The thing I love most is empowering and supporting youth, parents and educators. I believe that the educational success of our children is directly related to the alchemy of teachers, administration and parents working in unison.” Her mother also inspired in her a love of community outreach by watching her give generously of her time to help seniors, high school graduates and civic workers. When not at school, Eddieca enjoys volunteering, photography, cooking and spending time with her husband, Marvis Robertson, and two kids, Carrington and Marvis II.
Julia Steier stays mighty busy as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Huntingdon College, a fitness instructor at Metro Fitness and Montgomery Country Club, and as a lacrosse coach at camps and clinics from Maine to Florida and all throughout the East Coast. She discovered coaching as her passion and loves serving at the collegiate level. Coming from a creative family, Julia’s parents dared her to dream big and the challenges she’s faced has only made her stronger. Julia’s husband passed away from a rare liver cancer in 2013, and his strength, kindness and innate drive to persevere inspires her every day. Uprooting her life in the Northeast, she took a risk moving to Alabama but has been met with friendliness everywhere she turns. She says, DzThe Huntingdon community was very receptive of me and helped me grow into the Southern lifestyle [...] It’s a very close knit community, and in my opinion is very unique to have within a college setting. It’s amazing and feels like family.dz Julia jumped headfirst in getting involved with the community. She assistswith lacrosse at the YMCA and has participated in multiple charity fitness events. She loves playing in the WAKA kickball league and enjoys spending time with her dog and writing historical ghost stories.
Bonnie Sullivan has a passion for student learning and making schools the best place to learn. She serves as the principal at Wetumpka Elementary School and boasts numerous degrees and certificates. Bonnie got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from AUM and is currently working on her Ph.D in elementary and secondary supervision at Auburn University. Before moving into the principal’s office, Bonnie worked as the assistant principal, an instructional partner, a fourth grade teacher and a second grade teacher. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at Auburn University Montgomery. She says, “As a principal, I get to work with and lead an amazing faculty and staff that continues to make me proud everyday because of all the wonderful things our students are learning! I actually attended this school when I was a child, and it is an honor to be the principal.” That positive attitude is part of what awarded her the title of “Best of the Best Principal” in the Reader’s Choice Awards for Autauga and Elmore County 2016. When she’s not serving children through her profession or the community through her volunteerism, she loves shopping at EastChase and going to Lake Martin with her husband, Gary.
As a senior manager at Jackson Thornton, Ashley Taylor fights crime with numbers. Specializing in litigation services related to commercial fraud, lost profits and loss of business value, Ashley may not wear a cape or have a badge, but she is a hero to all she helps as a certified public accountant who calculates damages for attorneys and clients. After receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from AUM, she started her career at Jackson Thornton in 2008 and has since earned several professional designations. Ashley knows the value of helping the community and currently serves as the president of Emerge Montgomery, is a member of Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, and is active in Jackson Thornton Young Professionals. She’s a graduate of the Torchbearers Leadership Class IV. She attributes her eager involvement in the community to her success, as well as the influence she received from partners and senior staff at Jackson Thornton. She says, “I never knew what I learned about the community and the people I met through my involvement would generate a passion in me to see Montgomery be the best it can be.” In her free time, she loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen, much to the delight of her husband, Rick. She also enjoys exercising and taking their dogs, Duke and Lucy, anywhere they are welcome.
A man influenced by passion, Terrance Woods is working to change the transportation industry in the River Region. As an Uber ambassador and professional Uber transporter, Terrance loves making his clients feel comfortable. Terrance was selected as an Uber Ambassador because he puts his heart into making Uber a huge success in our area. He gives great care and respect to everyone who rides with him, creating many regulars who know they can count on and trust him, including the RSVP team. He goes above and beyond by researching area events and making sure drivers will be on hand in the area to provide a safe ride home. Terrance also mentors other drivers who are trying to get involved but don’t quite know how to get started, in a humble and encouraging way. When asked about his favorite thing in Montgomery, Terrance says it’s the ability to tell others about the rich history and historical sites in our area. He says, “I love to give tourists information about our city, such as great places to visit and amazing sites to see like the sunset at Shakespeare Park, thecrisp view of the Alabama river from the Harriott II, or the upscale dining spots in Old Cloverdale, EastChase and downtown Montgomery.”