Board of Directors


Alexa Hayes



"Nonprofits are life" is a phrase you'll hear Alexa Hayes say time and time again. Since college, she's been committed to working in the nonprofit field and has bounced around from organizations that focus on the arts to educational statistics and now to medical research in her current position as Operations Specialist at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Alabama Chapter. By day, she provides logistical support for events and processes financials for CFF and by night she is the Vice President of Public Relations for the Alabama Hiking Trail Society, a foster mom for the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, and a general volunteer for various events throughout Birmingham including Brewfest and Sidewalk Film Festival. 

When not working or volunteering, Alexa enjoys making art, hiking and kayaking, loving on her two rescue dogs, reading nonfiction, and of course, binging on Netflix. 

Shiney Isaac

Board Member


Shiney works in data management at UAB. She received her Bachelors in Biology and Religious Studies from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She discovered Birmingham and all it has to offer when she came to the city to attend graduate school at the UAB School of Public Health in 2014. Since then, she has been involved in various activities that connected her to multiple nonprofits in the area.

Shiney has found that she really loves being involved in the community and seeing all of the thriving nonprofit work that goes on in the area. 

Mark Linn

Board Member


Mark is a Field Navigator for the Enroll Alabama program at AIDS Alabama. Previously he served at United Way of Central Alabama as a Public Relations Specialist, and prior to that as a Loaned Executive and a Site Coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 

Mark received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 and is currently pursing a Master's degree in Public Administration, also at UAB. He also serves as Treasurer of the MPA Student Association.

Bethany Reeves

Board Member

Bethany is the Development and Volunteer Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, where she first started as an AmeriCorps member. Bethany served two AmeriCorps terms within the YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps Program – her first year at the YWCA in the Afterschool Enrichment Program and her second at Girls Inc. as the Volunteer Coordinator.  During her second term she was named AmeriCorps Member of the Year for the “Building Communities Bettering Lives” Program.

Bethany received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama, and is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with her Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Amy Thomas

Board Member

Amy works in Development for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, where she gets to encourage leadership development in young women every day. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Mississippi State University and a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham and the Alabama Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Amy fell in love with Birmingham when she moved here five years ago for grad school. Her free time is devoted to practicing yoga, exploring Birmingham, and meeting new people.

Vanessa Stevens

Founding Member & Past President


Vanessa is passionate about strengthening organizations' and networks' capacity for social change. She is the former Capacity Development Fellow with CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and the former Programs Director at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!). She has also served as ¡HICA!'s Community Engagement & Education Program Coordinator, Resource Development & Communications Director, and AmeriCorps VISTA.  She earned both her graduate and undergraduate degrees from American University in Washington, DC where she focused on international development.

Vanessa is originally from Massachusetts and enjoys exploring the South and traveling the world. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Argentina and Peru.  She is excited to further strengthen the extraordinary work of Birmingham’s nonprofit sector through YNPN.


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