"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 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 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.
Sarah serves as Giving strategies Officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Through this role, she works with Community Foundation donors to engage them in the Foundation's work and facilitate strategic philanthropy. Prior to the Community Foundation, Sarah lived in Dallas, TX, where she was a part of the Development team at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Sarah also worked in Federal and State politics for three years before transitioning to nonprofits. She is excited to help strengthen Birmingham's robust nonprofit community and grow professionally through serving on the YNPN Board.
Sarah is from Jackson, MS, and is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.A. in Communication. She and her husband enjoy cooking, exploring Birmingham's beautiful parks and hiking trails, and being involved in their church.
Emily is a Loaned Executive for United Way of Central Alabama. She received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Religion from Boston University, Masters in Public Health from UAB, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Medical Anthropology from the University of Kentucky.
While her current academic research focuses on access to reproductive healthcare in Bangalore, India, Emily has worked in the nonprofit women's health sector across the Southeast, most recently serving as a Policy Fellow for the National Women's Health Network in Washington, D.C. Her passion for women's healthcare advocacy and love of her hometown have brought Emily back to Birmingham to continue her nonprofit work.
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.