Image-11-300x225Lisa Abbott
Ms. Abbott, Cadence Bank Senior Vice President in Private Banking, is a graduate of Athens State College with a degree in Business Administration. She has 25 years of banking experience and customer service. Lisa was the 2013 Chairperson for the American Cancer Society Summer Lights Gala. She has served on several local boards including Habitat for Humanity and Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville.

Elton Atkins
Mr.Atkins, Vice President, AMCOM/AMRDEC Programs, has been with SAIC for 9+ years, and is currently the Vice President of the Programs in AMCOM/AMRDEC/AMC Operation. In his previous position as Area Lead/Section Manager he interfaced with the Software Engineering Directorate’s

Terry Bynum
Mr. Bynum is a native Huntsvillian, attending Huntsville public schools before graduating from the University of Alabama. He then received a law degree from Vanderbilt University prior to practicing law in Huntsville for the past 15 years. Mr. Bynum recently co-founded Doradus Partners, a hotel development company. He has served on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy for the past eight years, where he is the immediate past president. Terry enjoys cooking for family and friends and traveling with his wife and two children.

Bobby Bradley
Ms. Bradley, a Huntsville native, was President and CEO of Computer Systems Technology, Inc. This high technology research and development company was acquired by SAIC in April 2003. She retired in 2004 and is currently a partner in Lewis Properties and Genesis II, Inc. Ms. Bradley is a co-founder of Village of Promise and has been a hands-on volunteer CEO for the organization.  Genesis II, Inc., has provided office space, equipment and administrative staff needed to incubate Village of Promise.

Dr. Ana Byrne
Dr. Byrne is a native of Miami, Florida and has made Huntsville her home since 1989. Dr. Byrne is a graduate of the University of Miami. She is a clinical psychologist at Monte Sano Assessment and Enrichment Center. She assesses and treats family discord, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral difficulties. Ana is currently on the board of the Arts Council and is a past Randolph School board member. She enjoys gardening, travel and spending time with her family.

Mike Clark
Mr. Clark is the manager of quality control at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. in Huntsville. With a keen eye for detail, he has been responsible for quality control in Kentucky and Japan prior to his current Huntsville position. Mike earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University.

Matt Fowler
A native Huntsvillian, Mr. Fowler is co-founder, President and CEO of Solid Earth, a real estate technology company, and managing partner of Old Town Beer Exchange, a craft beer store in Downtown Huntsville.  Mr. Fowler is Chairman of the board at Lincoln Village Ministry and Lincoln Academy, and co-founder of Village Marketplace, a thrift store benefiting Lincoln Ministry.

Kandy Gardner
Ms. Gardner is a Huntsville native, a CPA, and a partner at Anglin · Reichmann · Snellgrove & Armstrong PC. She has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and directs the ARSA Solutions Group. Prior to joining ARSA in 2008, she was the sole owner of Gardner & Associates LLC for 13 years. She provides strategic, proactive government contractor accounting and consulting services. She is often a seminar instructor and speaks on a wide variety of topics relating to government contracting. Kandy is an active member of the Women’s Economic Development Council.

Dr. James Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert is a pediatric surgeon in Huntsville. Dr. Gilbert attended medical school at Harvard University. In addition to his board duties, Dr. Gilbert has supported Village of Promise’s Infant University by presenting to the parents and students and providing inspiring comments at the graduation ceremonies.

Dr. Barbara Jones
Dr. Jones is currently interim Dean at Alabama A&M University. Prior to A&M, she spent eight and a half years as Dean at the College of Business at  Prairie View A&M University. She also spent 16 years on the faculty of Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, serving 9 years as the Chair of the Department of Business and Economics. Dr. Jones has been active in the National Economic Association since its inception in 1969. She has served as a leader in WEDC Foundation, Huntsville Madison County United Way and the Better Business Bureau.

Kelli Pollock
Mrs. Pollock has volunteered with Village of Promise since 2011, both as a tutor for students at University Place Elementary and Montview Elementary, and as a co-chair for the Speakers Series Luncheons in 2013 and 2015.  Having worked previously at Research Genetics and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in marketing and event planning roles, Kelli now enjoys staying home to raise her children and being active in the community.  Transitioning from the Village of Promise Advisory Council to the Governing Board in 2016, Kelli is excited at the bright future of the organization.

Jay Rainey
Jay Rainey, Jr. is the Head of School at Randolph School. He holds degrees from both Princeton and the College of William and Mary. Jay joined Randolph from Norfolk Academy, where he had served as Assistant Head for Academic Affairs. Prior to Norfolk Academy, Mr. Rainey spent years in Chicago and Richmond where he founded and directed businesses providing educational software and services for educators and students. He enjoys forging meaningful relationships with students, faculty and parents. Jay and his wife Ruth have 2 children.

Peggy Sammon, Chair
Ms. Sammon is CEO of GeneCapture, Inc., a resident associate at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.   Ms. Sammon has served on several non-profit boards and was instrumental in the growth at Catholic High School (now John Paul II) during its start up years when enrollment grew from 42 to 330 students.  Ms. Sammon  and her husband, Ralph Petroff, raised their children in Huntsville and Sydney, Australia.  The Village of Promise mission is important to Ms. Sammon because she is lucky to have had excellent role models and mentors along her path, and finds that the young parents in the Village of Promise neighborhood are grateful and willing to learn how to make better, more sustainable lives for themselves and their children.

Sasha Sealy
Ms. Sealy is a residential developer currently managing the Belk Hudson Lofts project in downtown Huntsville. Ms. Sealy is a graduate of Vanderbilt and holds a JD/MBA from Cumberland School of Law. Ms. Sealy is active in several local community projects and has been a long time supporter of Village of Promise.

David Shrum
Mr. Shrum retired in 2014 after a 43 year career in Aerospace.    He retired as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Vencore here in Huntsville.   In prior years he was a Corporate Officer at Northrop Grumman and led Electro-Optic development and production at Lockheed Martin.   Since retiring, Mr. Shrum has been pursuing a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, has formed  a benevolent 501.c.3 corporation, with his wife Shari runs the Winchester Road Farmers Market, and participated in multiple in both local and International missions.   Mr. Shrum joined the Village of Promise team in 2012 and currently serves as the VOP Advisory Council Chair.    He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (BA) and the University of New Haven (MBA) and live with his wife Shari in New Market, Alabama.  He has three children and 2 grandchildren.

Delois Smith, Vice Chair

Ms. Smith is the Vice President for Diversity at the University of Alabama Huntsville. She is chair of the Racial Harmony Coalition.  Ms. Smith serves as the UAH liaison to Village of Promise, and has provided the organization with access to UAHuntsville facilities and personnel.  UAHuntsville is a collaborative partner with Village of Promise and is geographically located in our target neighborhood. Ms. Smith was an early adopter of Village of Promise since its inception.

Wendy Yang
Ms. Yang has a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College and a Masters degree in Education from University of California Berkeley. She worked as a school psychologist in California and has logged many volunteer hours in a variety of educational settings. She helped develop the Village of Promise’s Infant University program and served as its director for its inaugural year. Her professional interests include child development and parent education.

Ernie Wu

Dr. Wu is CEO of ERC, Inc., an engineering and technology services company. Dr. Wu's family has been keenly interested in opportunities to succeed through education because his parents came to this country to pursue higher degrees.  As a friend of Geoffrey Canada, former CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, Dr. Wu was instrumental in bringing Mr. Canada to Huntsville as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Village of Promise fundraiser in 2011.  Ernie and his wife, Magali Riveria, raise their two children in Reno, Nevada.