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Leading Ladies Awards

June 23, 2022 - 10 AM

Wynlakes Country Club

The Leading Ladies Awards Brunch is an event that celebrates women who are making a positive impact in their professional lives and in their communities.  In addition, raising money to help us continue offering Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama’s (GSSA) leadership programming throughout Southern Alabama.  More than 45% of the girls that we serve, we do so at no cost to their families because of supporters like you.  Investing in girls is a key element in ensuring our future leaders’ success. 

The Leading Lady nominees are selected for their demonstration as a positive influence on girls in our community.  One leading lady will be announced during the event.  

The Leading Workplace for Women award recognizes an organization that supports girls and women's leadership and success. Organizations that support and encourage women leadership are important to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and are paramount to our mission.

The  Leading Ladies Awards Brunch serves as a forum for recognizing outstanding women and organizations in southern Alabama, and is an important fundraising event and promotion for Girl Scouting in the southern Alabama area.

The Leading Ladies Awards Brunch will take place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Give Now to  honor a nominee, purchase a  ticket or  table, or become a sponsor.

2022 Leading Lady Nominees
Linda Andrews, Store Manager, Walmart Ozark Rhianna Arnold, Central Business Office Manager, Baptist Health
Iesha Brooks, Investigator, Office of the Public Defender  Jamie Brown, VP Relationship Development, Max Credit Union
Kristin Byrd, Executive Director, Child Protect Natalie Downs, Community Outreach Coordinator, Home Instead
Caryn Hughes, SVP, Commercial Lending Executive, Valley Bank Madeline Lewis, Assistant Attorney General, Alabama Attorney General’s Office
Ashley Lovell, Co-Director, Alabama Prison Birth Project Diane Thomas, Chief of Police, Talladega Police Department
Denise Vaughn, Director of Academic Labs, Alabama State University Tonda West, Owner & Licensed Professional Counselor, Kairos Counseling Center, LLC
Elizabeth Williams, Community Events Manager, Baptist Health  
2022 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
2022 Leading Ladies Sponsors

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2021 Leading Lady Nominees
Mrs. Beth Antoine, Assistant Principal, Auburn High School     Donna Michelle Beisel, Assistant Director, Rosa Parks Museum

Maggie Brooks, Program Director, Girls on the Run - River Region

    Michelle Browder,  Artist/Entrepreneur, I Am More Than

Cassandra Cavness, Community Engagement, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

    Tiffany Chaney, Chief Diversity Officer, Baptist Health

Krishula Edwards, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Family Sunshine Center


Kathleen Harrison, CFO, Palomar Insurance Corporation

Dr. Cristen Herring,  Superintendent,  Auburn City Schools


Phyllis Ingram, Partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Ashley Jackson,  Retired Military and CEO, Jamm Resources, LLC     Jade Jones, Senior Communications Officer, Montgomery Public Schools

Kate Asbury Larkin, Alumni Programs Coordinator, Auburn University

    Ashley Minor,  Territory Sales Manager, Colonial Life
Stephanie Peavy, Vice President of Treasury Management, River Bank     Leslie Pescia, Principal, Consumer Protection, Business Litigation, Beasley Allen Law Firm
Monica Virgil, Center Director/ Owner, Mathnasium of East Montgomery      
2021 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Palomar Insurance Company
2020 Leading Lady and Workplace

   2020 Leading Ladies


Senitha Barnett is a teacher at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery where she serves as the Work-Based Learning Coordinator and Career and Technical Education Department Chair. She was named the 2018-2019 Lanier Teacher of the Year. Senitha also facilitates a girl’s advisory class, that meets bi-weekly at Lanier, where she mentors young women by teaching them leadership skills and encourages them to be involved in their community.


Amanda Davis is the first female to serve as Chief Financial Officer at Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood (GMC), where is responsible for managing and leading the firm’s financial operations and is a trusted advisor of the firm’s leadership team. Amanda began her career at GMC over 20 years ago, when she a participant in her high school’s co-op program. Under her tenure, the finance department has grown to include seven employees, five of whom are women. Amanda also directs GMC’s charitable endeavors and is an active member of the Pike Road PTA and Pike Road Ladies Auxiliary.

   2020 Leading Workplace for Women

Leadership Montgomery seeks to develop and engage diverse leaders to effect positive community transformation while advancing servant leaders who will contribute to the community through unified influence and continuous service. Leadership Montgomery provides the opportunity for only its female staff to grow and succeed but also equips women throughout Montgomery to lead and impact positive growth and change. This organization connects female leaders with other leaders within the city thus empowering them to gain new insight, expand their network and perspective, and generate genuine change for the betterment of their business, their city, and ultimately themselves

2020 Leading Lady Nominees
Tonya Allen, Administrator, Eastdale Estates     Danielle Allison, Executive Director, Ms. J.D

LaShandra Warren-Barnes, Court Administrator, 15th Judicial Circuit


Senitha Barnett, Teacher, Lanier High School Leading Lady

Kynesha Brown, Director of Public Relations, Alabama Education Association

    Amanda Davis, CFO, Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood, Inc

Susan Gaines, Interim Head of School, Eastwood Christian School


Aigner Kolom, Attorney, Beasley Allen Law Firm

Ashley Jernigan, Owner, JDB Hospitality, LLC


Greta Lambert, Associate Artistic Director, Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Anetta “Lisa” Minney,  Human Resources Officer, Alabama National Guard     Ashley Taylor, Senior Manager, Jackson Thorton


Suzanna Wasserman, Director of Marketing, The Shoppes at Eastchase


Patty Hackett, Marion Helton, Rhonda Thompson

“Smart Girls”: The Nehemiah Center, Chisholm Boys & Girls Club, Highland Gardens

2020 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Alabama State Bar
Leadership Montgomery 
2019 Leading Lady and Workplace for Women

 2019 Leading Lady

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Major General Gordon assumed her duties as the Adjutant General of Alabama, August 1, 2017. As Adjutant General, she advises the Governor on military affairs and commands the Alabama Army and Air National Guard and its more than 12,300 citizen Soldiers and Airmen. During her many years of service, MG Gordon has been decorated with many awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters and other various federal and state awards. MG Gordon made history in 2009 when she became the Alabama National Guard’s first female general officer. She was promoted to Major General in 2011. MG Gordon’s priority is ensuring that soldiers and airmen are prepared with the proper training and equipment to be ready for anything. She is also a proponent of young women entering the National Guard, encouraging them to always behave in a professional manner.

 2019 Leading Workplace for Women

River Region Dermatology was founded by Dr. Porcia Bradford Love in 2016. The practice employs fifteen medical professionals, all of whom are women. Due to a shortage of dermatologists in the area, Dr. Love decided to start her practice here in her hometown. Inspired by a true servant’s heart, Dr. Love infused this leadership component into the practice and encourages all her employees to give back on a regular basis. The practice works with many other non-profits in the community by providing free medical services to those without insurance. In addition, Dr. Love and her staff are serving as mentors and training medical students and resident physicians. When the women of the practice aren’t busy seeing patients, you will see them in the community involved in Junior League, the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and serving on various non-profit boards.

2019 Leading Lady Nominees
Whitney Califf, Development Director, Central Alabama Community Foundation Shawn Cole, Shareholder, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole and Black, P.C.
Christy Crow, Partner, Jinks, Crow, Dickson, P.C. Helena Duncan, Regional President, Liberty Bank & Trust
Allison Garrett, Lead Engineer, Project and Development Controls, SABIC  Major General Sheryl Gordon , Adjutant General, Alabama National Guard

Lora McClendon, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Ann Sikes, President, Montgomery Education Foundation
Julie Wriston, Homeschool Educator, Wiregrass Homeschool Junior Civitan Club  
2019 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
 AmeriFirst Bank         EduWerx
 Inspirien    River Region Dermatology and Laser, P.C. 
2018 Leading Lady and Workplace

   2018 Leading Lady

Jannah is the Executive Director of Child Protect, an organization whose mission is to interview, counsel, and be an advocate for children where there are allegations of abuse. For 17 years, Jannah has left a handprint on thousands of child in our community through Child Protect. In addition, she has worked tirelessly over the past few years to expand Child Protect’s services to ensure even more children are helped. Jannah has overcome great obstacles throughout her life with strength, dignity and grace, setting an example for every girl, young and old. Jannah is a graduate of Leadership Alabama Class 25. She, alongside her staff, was named the River Region’s Citizen of the Year in 2017. Jannah currently serves as the secretary for the Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club. Jannah lives the Rotary motto of “service above self” by most recently accepting the calling to become a candidate for the Montgomery Public School System Board in District 5. As a graduate of Lanier High School, she is passionate about children having equal access to quality public education. Jannah and her husband, Bob, have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four precious grandchildren. Jannah is a Girl Scout alumna.

 2018 Leading Workplace for Women

USAmeriBank was founded in 2007 under the concept of building a bank that succeeds through local decision making, driven by bankers with deep roots in the local community. Earlier this year, a merger was announced with Valley National Bank. Valley believes that success can be measured through their actions in the local community. Valley is committed to supporting women in business, and they achieve that through their Women Entrepreneurs program. Valley’s mission is to become the “bank of choice” for women professionals by enriching both their personal and professional lives through personalized banking solutions, networking and educational opportunities. Valley values their female employees, promoting women throughout the company to executive levels.

2018 Leading Lady Nominees
Jannah Bailey, Executive Director, Child Protect Tiffany Bell, Owner & Manager, Pure Barre Montgomery & East Montgomery
Amanda Curran, Meteorologist, WSFA-TV Joyce Loyd-Davis, Nurse Practioner, Alabama State University
Ali Hawthorne, Principal, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. Felicia A. Long, Shareholder, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C.

Katie Lowder, Owner, Pure Barre Montgomery

Jennifer Nichols, Founder & President, Hand Up Enterprise
Pamela Schisler, Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Charisse Stokes, President, Tidal IT Solutions
Ronda Walker, Vice-Chairman, Montgomery County Commision Christina Steiner-Wilcoxson, Head Softball Coach, Alabama State University
2018 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, P.C. Jackson Thornton
Nona Maria, Inc. DBA Tomatinos and Café Louisa Valley National Bank (formerly USAmeriBank)
2017 Leading Lady and Workplace

2017 Leading Lady 

Leading Lady and Girl Scout Alumna Danielle Ward Mason was named Principal at Beasley Allen Law Firm in 2015. She is the first African American woman to achieve this status with the firm. She joined Beasley Allen as an Associate in 2009.   Continue >


2017 Leading Workplace

2017 Leading Lady Nominees
Twyanna P. Frazier, Senior Research Analyst, Southern Poverty Law Center Leslie Sanders, Vice President Southern Division, Alabama Power Company
Angela James, Senior Manager, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC Danielle Ward Mason, Principal, Beasley Allen Law Firm
Rosalind R. James, Agent, AL Cooperative Extension System Carrie G. Shaw, Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Nancy Karrick, Beta State President, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Claire Well, Owner, UPS Stores
Cami Lawson, Director, GovDeals Kelli Wise, Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
Linda Lund, Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court Temisha M. Young, Director, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce
2017 Leading Workplace for Women Nominees
Baptist Health Beasley Allen Law Firm
Family Sunshine Center Junior League of Montgomery


   2021 Leading Ladies



Michelle Browder owns and operates More Than Tours;  which is a social enterprise that provides educational and interactive tours to students and tourists exposing the rich and sometimes haunting history of Montgomery, Alabama.  More Than Tours has bridged the racial divide by reaching nearly 10,000 students and tourists via tourism. Through her social enterprise and bodacious personality, Michelle has helped to amplify Montgomery, Alabama, and its evolving persona; making it a sought-after tourist destination for many. She has been featured on  PBS NewsHour, in  Boston Globe,  Preservation Magazine, National Geographic Traveler’s Edition, New York Times, and Washington Post for the experiential and interactive way she brings Montgomery, Alabama’s history to life.

The Montgomery Advertiser honored Michelle with the Community Hero Award; presented to her by the Mayor of Montgomery Alabama, Todd Strange. She was recognized for her years of dedication, devotion, and her consistent efforts as a bridge-builder; connecting the community using art, history, and conversation. Governor Kay Ivey presented Michelle with the Rising Star in Tourism Award from the State of Alabama; recognizing the impact Michelle and her company has made in the industry.

Michelle lives in Montgomery, Alabama. In her free time, she spends quality time with her siblings, shops vintage, and paints her feelings on canvas.



Stephanie Peavy was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated from Huntingdon College where she earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management.

Stephanie started her banking career while in college. She has over 25 years of banking experience. Currently, Stephanie is the Vice President of Treasury Management at River Bank and Trust. She also holds a Certified Treasury Professional designation.

Stephanie has been involved in numerous civic organizations benefitting children over her expansive banking career. At present Stephanie is slated to become the first woman President of the 102-year-old Montgomery Kiwanis Club. Stephanie is the Secretary/Treasurer of Dream Court Tennis program which is an adaptive tennis program for children and adolescence with special needs. Stephanie also serves on the boards of the Samaritan Counseling Center and Child Protect. She has had the opportunity to mentor young ladies interested in or entering into a banking career. Stephanie and her husband Ken have taken numerous mission trips to serve orphaned children in Haiti through Children’s Hope. Ken and Stephanie have three children, two pets, and are members of First Baptist Church.

 2021 Leading Workplace for Women


For more information on the Leading Ladies Brunch, how to sponsor, or how to nominate a Leading Lady, contact Chief Development Officer, Alicia Schneider.