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Speakers


August 30th

Whitney Jamison and Danielle McInerney - Big Brothers Big Sisters

September 6th

Gary Andrew - Rotary District Governor

September 13TH

Dr. Mike Daria - Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nerve


August 30th

Whitney Jamison and Danielle McInerney - Big Brothers Big Sisters

September 6th

Gary Andrew - Rotary District Governor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News

Danielle McInerney & Whitney Jamison – Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama – August 30th, 2016

13887094_10154402423869583_7285531580448430546_nDanielle McInerney is the CEO/Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama. A graduate of the University of Alabama – College of Communications. Danielle lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Mike, and their two sons, Declan and Fitz. In 2004, Danielle created the Finn and Quinley Memorial Foundation, a 501(c )(3) corporation organized to provide support to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at DCH. Through her leadership and dedication to the infants of West Alabama, the Finn and Quinley Memorial Foundation merged with The DCH Foundation to become The Finn & Quinley Children and Infants Fund at The DCH Foundation.

In 2012 Danielle began to focus her skills on older children facing adversity in West Alabama by serving as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama. The organization has thrived and expanded under her leadership. The organization is growing and serving more children in our community each year due to her introduction of the Krispy Kreme Challenge fundraiser which has quickly become one of the largest races in West Alabama, drawing crowds from all over the state! Danielle’s goal is to help Big Brothers Big Sisters grow its mission— to help children realize their potential and build their futures by nurturing these children and strengthening the community in which they live.

 

11140396_10102663552641173_8606527845281391215_nWhitney Jamison grew up in Birmingham and attended Mountain Brook High School before completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama in Early Childhood Education. She previously worked for the University at the Child Development Research Center and at Tuscaloosa Academy before coming on at Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama as the School Based Coordinator and Director of Recruitment in January of 2016. She is married to Almon Jamison and they have a 2 year old little girl Mary Ellis and expecting a baby boy in early October.

Colby D. Grelle – Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

imgresColby is a native of Jasper, Alabama. He is a 2006 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture.

After completing U.S. Navy Flight School while stationed at NAS Pensacola, FL, Vance Air Force Base, Enid, OK, NAS Meridian, MS. Colby earned his wings of gold in October 2008, receiving the GOLDEN STICK AWARD for graduating at the top of his flight school class as well as the prestigious CNATRA Distinguished Graduate Award for graduating in the top 5% of all Naval Aviators. 

In 2010 Colby began his career in Strike-Fighter Squadron THREE ONE stationed at NAS Oceana, VA. The Fighting 31 Tomcatters, more affectionately known as the Felix the Cat squadron, currently fly the Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet. Between November 2010 & December 2013, Colby flew 650 hours, 154 arrestments (“traps”) in the Super Hornet as well as 20 combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn from aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). He was selected as one of 10 Naval Aviators to represent the United States Navy during Exercise Nautical Artist 2011 in Tabouk, Saudi Arabia. Colby is a Strike Fighter Weapons and Tactics qualified (SFWT) Level IV Combat Division Lead, SFWT Level III Section Lead Instructor, Training Qualified Landing Signal Officer, and served as the Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) Subject Matter Expert.

Since Jan 2014, Colby has been a Boeing T-45C Instructor Pilot at Training Squadron NINE (VT-9), NAS Meridian, MS where he trains future Naval Aviators in multiple stages of Intermediate and Advanced Strike Training. He is a NATOPS Check Pilot, Standardization Pilot, Head Landing Signal Officer, Carrier Qualification Stage Manager and Lead Safe Pilot, as well as an Out-of-Controlled Flight Instructor. During his 10 years of service in the United States Navy Colby has flown more than 1,800 flight hours, and amassed more than 225 arrested landings at all hours of the day and night in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

Colby’s Awards and Achievements include the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Golden Stick Award, and CNATRA (Chief of Naval Air Training) Distinguished Graduate Award.

His service to organizations and the community include being ordained as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Meridian (Meridian, MS), Assistant Coach at Meridian Youth Soccer Organization (Meridian, MS), Assistant Coach at Northeast Recreation Baseball (Meridian, MS), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Member, as well as United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Member.

Colby’s interests in his spare time are coaching youth sports, building / fabricating / repairing projects with his son, boating, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. Colby is married to Dr. Katherine (Katie) Grelle, M.D., who completed her undergraduate studies and Family Medicine Residency at the University of Alabama. They have 2 children Coleman (7) & Connelly (2). Colby and his family are in the process of relocating to Tuscaloosa, where Katie practices family medicine at Med Center South, Tuscaloosa, as well as joining Dr. Caroline Day-Teasdale in a practice in Northport.

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