Sarah Thornton



Sarah Thornton joined the Cloverdale Playhouse at the start of the 2016 Season. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts at Wright State University in Ohio and her MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/ University of Alabama. After moving to NYC, Sarah helped found and run the BAMA Theater Company, an Equity Shakespeare company, while continuing her career as a professional actor both regionally and in NYC. She moved back to Montgomery after nearly a decade to join the Playhouse team. Sarah is passionate about the role a sturdy artistic presence can play in the strength of a community, and she is thrilled to have this opportunity to return home and play a part.

For more information about the Cloverdale play house contact Sarah at sarah.thornton@cloverdaleplayhouse.org


Kadra Parkman



Kadra Parkman of Wallace and Moody Realty, originally began her career in real estate by building a portfolio in single family cash flow properties as well as re-developing residential properties for profit. She is enthusiastic about sharing her wealth of knowledge with others in regards to real estate investments. She has seen the tremendous change and growth that has transformed in the last several decades in this area. From the bustling entertainment district of downtown, the Midtown revitalization, to the residential expansion and commercialization of the East side.

Kadra along with her husband, Brendon, reside with their two younger children on their family cattle ranch in South Montgomery County. They are also active members of Eastmont Baptist Church.


Jacob Eubanks



Jacob Eubanks is founder and Executive Director of Choose Water. He grew up in Florence, Alabama and later studied at the University of South Alabama. He spent five years as Creative Director of local tv station in Montgomery, Alabama before founding Choose Water and moving to Zambia. He lived in Zambia for five years and during that time he met his wife, Libby, in Montgomery after giving a presentation for Choose Water. They now reside in Montgomery, Alabama. They have one child, Webb, and are expecting a little girl in February, 2019.

Started in 2011, Choose Water (formerly Water 282) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that exists to connect organizations, such as churches, civic clubs, schools, or even individuals, with villages in Africa in need of clean water. They have seen first-hand how bad the water crisis really is in these villages, and how desperately the villagers need clean, safe water near their village.


Madeline Burkhardt



Madeline Burkhardt received her Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. She is currently employed as the Adult Education Coordinator at the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University – Montgomery. Madeline has an interest in engaging the public with their local art community as well as historic preservation.

Join us as we discuss upcoming events, art exhibitions and fun stuff to do in Montgomery. This is a great episode!


Lance Brown



Lance Brown, immediate past president of the Montgomery Rotary Club, discusses how the Rotary Club helped him connect and grow in Montgomery, Alabama. The Rotary organization provides service to others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

 


Andrew Szymanski



With every great person, there’s a great story. Learn more about Andrew Szymanski and the Montgomery Dragonboat Races here! Andrew grew up in the small Northeastern town of Topsfield, Massachusetts. After high school, he moved south to Athens, GA to attend the University of Georgia, where he received a degree in Communications. Upon graduation, he decided to pursue his interest in nonprofits by serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA program, placing him in Montgomery, AL. Andrew served as program director for Bridge Builders Alabama, an organization that develops leadership skills and civic engagement practices in high school students. During his year of service, he quickly realized that the biggest impediment to nonprofits doing great work was access to funding and the development of strategic partnerships with local businesses and government entities.

Andrew’s introduction to dragon boating came early in 2010, through a conversation with non-profit acquaintances who had heard of an event in Chattanooga. It was new and exciting, and he determined it would be a unique fundraising tool for local Montgomery nonprofit agencies. The Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival was incorporated in 2010 and since then Andrew has served as its Executive Director. From its inaugural year, it has grown to be one of Montgomery’s largest events with an annual attendance of over 10,000 people and participation of 60-70 teams. Over the past 8 years he has overseen the distribution of over $250,000 in grant money to his organization’s beneficiaries.

In 2012 Andrew joined the Southeast Regional Dragon Boat Association as a state representative for Alabama. Two years later he was elected President and began to expand the reach of the sport in the Southern US. He also had the opportunity to serve on the United States Dragon Boat Federation Board of Directors for 3 years and in 2017 was elected President of the USDBF. The USDBF is the governing body for competitive dragon boating in the United States and in October of 2017 he took 240 Team USA athletes to the Dragon Boat World Championships in Kunming, China. The United States finished 3rd in the Nations Cup in 2017 and they are excited about bringing an even stronger team to the next World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand in 2019.

Andrew is the owner of two amazing dogs, Mr. Smudge and Miss Maple. He loves visiting his parent’s vacation home on Mount Desert Island off the Northern Coast of Maine and eating as much seafood he possibly can each fall. In 2017 Andrew bought his first home in the historic Cloverdale Idlewild neighborhood and looks forward too many more years in Alabama’s capital city.

To register for the Dragon Boat race, follow this link: https://montgomerydragonboat.org/


Jordan Kirkland



Jordan Kirkland is a 31-year-old Montgomery native who returned to his hometown in 2015. After graduating from St. James School in 2005, Jordan went on to obtain a BA in Public Administration from Auburn University in 2009. While pursuing a full-time sales role with Capitol Container, Jordan also hopes to make a lasting impact on the local music scene through his passion project, Live & Listen.


Clay McInnis



What a great way to kick off the Spring Podcast series! Join us as Clay McInnis talks about our beloved Montgomery; past, present and future! We are on the cusp of greatness.

Clay was born and raised in Montgomery and was the first at Auburn to graduate in Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Today he owns Commerce Consulting, a company that manages small political and trade associations. He also is a commercial real estate agent and real estate investor and developer. He is married to Melissa, a former WSFA reporter and they have one son, Anderson.


Elizabeth Williams



Elizabeth was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. She has a total of 14 years of experience in communications, marketing and public relations. As a young professional, she is a member of Emerge Montgomery, Torchbearers Class III and serves on the Girls on the Run Executive Board. She also has an active role on several planning committees for numerous programs and events. Elizabeth devotes time outside of work to numerous nonprofit organizations including Boy Scouts of America (Exploring), March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Arthritis Foundation, American Heart Association and Alabama Kidney Foundation. Elizabeth is a member of True Divine Baptist Church where she serves with the greeting ministry, girls ministry and health ministry. She is currently the Community Events Manager for Baptist Health where she has worked since July 2006.