The List October 2008
Returning to the river region this year, Blue spent the last ten years on the west coast, working as an entertainment writer, where he interviewed stars, such as Johnny Depp, Jerry Seinfeld, and Barbara Streisand. While there, he also attained his Master's Degree in Professional Writing from USC, and even managed to sell his thesis movie screenplay, "Saturday 2am."
However, after several years working in Hollywood for NBC and Paramount Studios, Blue still found the gentille call of Southern life pulling him back to Montgomery, his hometown. Now serving as the Director of Marketing for Sullivan & Wills Real Estate, Blue also provides administrative and marketing guidance for the Public Safety Insurance Fund (PSIF), a local charity created by his father Grant and his partner, Jerry Wills. The PSIF was created to provide much-needed supplemental life insurance for every firefighter, police officer, sheriff's deputy, and highway patrol officer on active duty in Montgomery.
There is not enough room on this entire page to do justice to all of Elie Lazar’s experiences and accolades. A critically acclaimed professional dancer, teacher and choreography, Elie is known for his ability to unite classical ballet tradition with innovative dance expression.
Currently the Artistic Director for the Montgomery Ballet, Elie has traveled all over the world, touring as a principal dancer with Stars of New York City, teaching for the Joffrey Ballet School, Tokyo City Ballet, Kumamoto Ballet (Japan), and many others, and directing The Joffrey Ensemble Dancers and Lazar Ballet NYC. He has been greatly inspired by his dance instructors, Adam and Ilana Pasternak in Israel and Finis Jung here in the United States and carries on their legacy to young dancers in his intense ballet workshops held all over the North and Southeast. Elie brings immense energy and commitment to Montgomery and is working hard to create in the community a sense of pride in the Ballet Company by promoting education.
With an uplifting mix of conversation, news, event happenings and music, this morning radio host gives new meaning to “breath of fresh air.” “JT” and wife Leanne, weekday hosts of Mix 103’s Married in the Morning show, help thousands of dedicated listeners rise and shine every day. Growing up with a father who has 35 years experience in broadcasting, Jamie knew early on that he, too, would pursue a career in the same field.
Graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a major in Mass Communications, he has been a morning drive radio host for the past 15 years. JT and Leanne’s community involvement includes the Rewards for Reading Program, the Humane Society, March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network, and much more. Jamie’s high energy and strong drive keep him pursuing other interests, including selling real estate in the tri-county area with Lucretia Cauthen Realty, LLC, writing for a national news service called the BitXChange, and providing DJ and light show services for special events.
You don’t usually hear people say that they “love” going to the dentist. That is why Pediatric Dentist, Julia Isherwood, is dedicated to creating a fun and positive dental experience for children so they will keep a positive outlook on dental care throughout their life. Originally from Daphne, Alabama, Julia graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences.
After obtaining her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Dental School in 2006, she completed 2 years specialty for certificate for Pediatric Dentistry at UAB Pediatric Residency Program and The Children's Hospital of Alabama. She attributes her success to her family where she learned independence from her grandmother, integrity from her grandfather, sensitivity and compassion from her mother, and a creative spirit that came straight from dad. During those grueling times in college, Julia leaned on her godmother who always had a way of helping her keep her eye on the prize.
If you pass a Lexus sporting a personalized tag titled "CAL GAL", give this California native your best Southern smile. Growing up in the Napa Valley area, Julie graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a major in pharmacology. A series of personal events brought her to the River Region where she inadvertently found her love of photography.
In 2005, while taking pictures for a co-worker's Christmas card, she snapped the "money shot" that changed her career focus forever. Just a few months later, Julie opened Chanterelle Photography. Determined to build the business without incurring debt, she had to commit to working long hours on a daily basis. She credits her favorite sidekick, a lab/border collie mix named Missy, for keeping her sane during those long hours, which have certainly paid off. Just recently, Julie submitted a photograph in the Nikon/Rangefinder Magazine Cover Contest with over 1700 participants, where she placed in the top 13!
Some people come and go in our lives, and others leave everlasting footprints. Kim Wilson is one of those who is leaving her print on many. A graduate of Auburn Montgomery, Kim received her B.S. in Justice and Public Safety and currently works as a paralegal at Sasser, Sefton, Connally, Tipton & Davis. Little did Kim know, God had even bigger plans for her life.
In 2006, she gave birth to a precious son, John Parker. Born with a collapsed lung, he spent ten days in the neonatal intensive care unit. It was through that difficult time that Kim felt led to begin a ministry that would provide support to parents with babies in neonatal intensive care units. In August 2007, Kim founded Footprints Ministry with the support of husband, Glenn, and several friends. The volunteers behind this ministry distribute gift bags and provide encouragement and prayer for the parents. Over 800 babies come through the Neonatal units at Baptist South & Baptist East every year that they are so excited to be serving!
An emphatic “Yes!” to Mary Me owner and operator, Mary Tomberlin Sanders, to planning your dream wedding - A Montgomery native and enthusiast, Mary graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Communications and stepped out of her comfort zone to start her own business as a wedding consultant.
With 8 years of experience in the wedding industry and knowledge of the Montgomery area, Mary has dispatched many young and happily ever afters down the aisle to say “I do.” She loves the challenge of helping each bride design a unique wedding. She attributes her success to her faith in God and support of her husband, Adam, and two children, Ross (3) and Mary Townsend (1). Mary enjoys spending time with her friends, shopping and is an active member of St. James United Methodist Church and the Junior League of Montgomery.
Some like it HOT! If that’s true for you, this is a girl you need to know. Hatha Hot Yoga Instructor, Marjorie Jean Anderson (“MJ”), has traveled the world training under many well known yoga instructors to perfect her practice and has come back to her home town to bring health and wellness to a new level. With the room temperature rising to 105 degrees, things get steamy in MJ’s studio.
Exclusive in Montgomery, her heated yoga studio aids in detoxing the body and provides full muscle relaxation which decreases the likelihood of muscle injuries. MJ works with over 26 asanas (postures) and her students are seeing incredible results. The daughter of attorney James Anderson and belated Susan Anderson, this girl has drive and talent like you wouldn’t believe. MJ credits her success to the support of both of her parents, her grandmother Opal, Yoga Instructor Bethany Vaughn and Healthwise Foods owner, Steve Thompson. She is determined to make a positive impact on her students’ lives.
It is easy to love your job when you see the positive impact it makes on a community. Ronnie Brown, Chief Financial Officer of Jim Wilson & Associates, is more than qualified to serve in this position. After graduating high school from Montgomery Academy, he received his B.S. in Management and Accounting from Washington & Lee University.
He then went on to receive his MBA in Finance from Goizueta Business School of Emory University. His experience includes working as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as Vice President for an Internet consulting firm, and overseeing Strategy and Corporate Development for the Weather Channel Companies. He is what he is today because of the many mentors in his life who have provided guidance to him. New Park, Johnnie Carr Middle School and James W. Wilson, Jr. Elementary School are current projects Jim Wilson & Associates are behind, which show their commitment to our city. Ronnie also serves on many boards and/or committees including in the area.
Terrence Baldwin is well known throughout the Southeast for his musical affiliations. This singer-pianist-producer has traveled the world with the 2003 American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard and has appeared on TV broadcastings such as Jay Leno, David Letterman and The View. Terrence is a graduate of Alabama State University, with a degree in music education.
During his matriculation at ASU, Terrence was involved with the Dramatic Guild, under the direction of Dr. Tonea Stewart, and the University Choir where he served as section leader. Terrence is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, mentors at local high schools and hosts a webcast called cultureshock where he hopes to uplift and enlighten the world on urban culture. Terrence and his wife, Ronya, have three sons, Rodney, Terrence, Jr., and Terron. He loves bringing happiness to people through the power of music and is grateful for the many opportunities that come his way.