Tag Archives: Meet Montgomery

Jacqueline Allen

The difference maker this week is Jacqueline Allen! She currently manages the communications department at AIDT, Alabama’s workforce training agency, and serves as the key agency spokesperson. Learn how she is making a difference in the workforce in Montgomery! There are so many opportunities available for employers and employees in our area! She is going to tell us how we can all be involved in making economic growth! Jacqueline is a former Troy native as well as alumni of Troy University, Go Trojans! She currently resides in Montgomery, Al and has 2 sons

Dillon Nettles

This is a topic that is on everyone’s agenda, Education! Listen to the podcast to learn about Dillon Nettles and what he is doing for our children in the Montgomery Public School System.

Dillon Nettles is Montgomery-based organizer, Community Programs Director at the Montgomery Education Foundation, and Cofounder of Foreword South. He is a native of Daphne, Alabama and a 2015 graduate of Auburn University.

While studying at Auburn, Dillon’s passion for social change was sparked. His range of experiences working with national organizations such as Teach for America, Students for Education Reform, and the Clinton Foundation cultivated both his knowledge and his interest in fighting for education equity and reform. In 2015, he joined the Montgomery Education Foundation to lead the local nonprofit’s community engagement initiatives, including the We C.A.N. Network.

Earlier this year he cofounded and launched his media company, Foreword South, as a digital and physical storytelling platform highlighting the work of Southern visionaries, activists, designers, artists, and change-makers. Dillon is passionate about using his creative organizing and communication skills to build bold campaigns and programs focused on effectively leading coalitions toward expanding educational and economic opportunities for marginalized communities and he is proud to now call Montgomery home.

Kristina Turner and Michelle Leland of AAF-Montgomery

Kristina Turner and Michelle Leland of The American Advertising Federation -Montgomery chapter talk about the lunch and learn next week and why this organization is important not just for advertising but for businesses in the community.

AAF Montgomery serves as an advocate to better the business community as a whole, creating an environment that is thriving and fair. We connect you to the entire advertising community and provide you with great opportunities for networking, education, public service, and both local and national discounts. Our goal is to educate our members on the latest trends in advertising, marketing, and public relations with a variety of annual programs.

AAF provides many services, some of these are: professional development Lunch & Learns, networking opportunities, educational workshops, a chance to give back with public service, and the opportunity to compete in the American Advertising Awards, and more.

Ashley Jernigan

Before becoming the Montgomery rockstar we know today, Ashley Jernigan was moving and shaking things up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Listen to the podcast to learn more about her adventure to the Montgomery area. Ashley graduated with a degree in Communications from Alabama State University (Go Hornets!) and started working on her career before graduating! Can you say, “Massive, Work Ethic!”. You go girl! Leading her to become one of the youngest Private Events Directors ever in the company. Whilst working full time, Ashley received a MBA from Georgia State University; which propelled her career to direct all the marketing efforts for one of the largest restaurants and property management companies in the River Region.

Ashley has a passion for helping young professionals advance in their career because her own professional journey was not easy. She explains that journey – gives tips, tricks and tools to navigate and excel in corporate world on her blog www.top5careertips.com.  Her motto: “Network for net worth, volunteer to advance your career and know when it’s time to go!”

After nearly a decade of service in the hospitality industry, Ashley decided to start her own Hospitality Consulting Business JDB Hospitality, LLC where she helps businesses utilize both PR tactics and marketing techniques to find the best possible solution to get in front of the eyes, ears and mouths of their target market.

Kalonji Gilchrist of 21 Dreams Arts & Culture Collective

Learn about Kalonji and how he started this amazing collective. The Flight of Arts is this weekend! The four-day event will feature several workshops and exhibitions for visual, performing, literary, culinary and cultural arts. All events and activities will be hosted at different venues in and around downtown Montgomery to raise public awareness and community engagement.

Kalonji is a pivotal mover and shaker in the Montgomery Community. Listen as Kalonji talked about the things he loves about Montgomery and how he is making a difference. Currently focusing on the founder role of the 21 Dreams Arts & Culture Collective (happening this weekend btw); and a long list of community organizations such as: Pure Artistry Literary Café (Advisory Board Member); Mayoral Young Professionals Council; Emerge Montgomery Young Professional Organization of Leadership Montgomery;Emerge Montgomery’s Torchbearers Program: Class 5 Representative, Programs & Outreach Chair (2014 – 2015); Just Keep Giving Community Outreach Group (Founding Member); Just Keep Giving: Tornado Relief Donation Drive; Just Keep Giving & Pure Artistry: Beyond Dreams School Supply Drive; Just Keep Giving & 97.9 Jamz: Toyz N Da Hood Toy Drive; SpeakOUT Against HIV & AIDS – Annual World AIDS Day Community Event- and the list goes on…

You can make a difference, right here and right now.


Katie Perkowski

Difference Maker Katie Perkowski is an arts marketing expert and theatre artist currently working with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as their Director of Marketing and Communications. Previously Katie worked overseas as the Community Program Director for the USAF/RAF Mildenhall in England and as Business Manager of the Roadside Theatre in Germany. As an arts marketing consultant she has worked with The Atlanta Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Community Foundation of Lorain County, Opera Cleveland, Lorain Palace Theater, Arcanum Productions, Arbor Opera Theater, and a number of professional artists and musicians. She served on faculty at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music as the Opera Program Assistant Director/Stage Manager and on Kent State University’s faculty as an opera director. In Ohio she worked as an assistant director at Opera Cleveland, Solon Center for the Arts and Actors’ Summit in Akron. Katie was a founding member and first president of Arbor Opera Theatre, a thriving opera company in Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Christi Rose of Beltone Hearing Center

Hearing connects us to the world in a way no other sense can. The Beltone Hearing Care Foundation is committed to helping the world hear better. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to assist those in need of hearing help who may otherwise be unable to access it. Dr. Christi Rose has worked with patients as young as newborns in the NICU, up to the adult population through 100 years of age. When she isn’t working as an audiology rockstar, she enjoys time with her husband, exercising, and planting flowers.

Join us on Friday as Dr. Christi Rose discusses the foundation and the recent recipient from Montgomery.

Kimberly Sabel

This week on the Meet Montgomery podcast we are featuring difference-maker Kimberly Sabel, owner and instructor of Fly Aerial Yoga. After receiving her certification in Aerial Yoga in Charleston, South Carolina, Kimberly came back to Montgomery to open her dream studio. ͞Tune in to our podcast to learn more about Kimberly.

Chase Brown of Vintage Year and VY Cafe

Chase Brown, the general manager of Vintage Year, has some great plans for the community.

Before Chase became the Vintage Year Rockstar we know him as today.  He was the General Manager of the Olive Room in downtown Montgomery as well as the Assistant General Manager at the very successful Fisher’s Restaurant in Orange Beach Marina. This is where Chase encountered his mentor, Johnny Fisher, and really began to develop his eye for details and understanding the overall picture of hospitality. Growing up in Alabama, Chase “never met a stranger” according to his mom and was always ready to help her with any hospitality events she might be involved in.

Chase’s vision for the new Vintage Year is to change the landscape of the food and beverage culture in Montgomery by offering a “best in class” dining experience akin to some of the surrounding cities like Birmingham, Atlanta and New Orleans. Chase also wants the new Vintage Year to be the “go to place” for young professionals and plans to introduce several new annual events that will appeal to this group and many others.

Chase says “you must have a lot of passion for what you do in this industry” and it’s very obvious when you meet him, he loves serving the community.

  • Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association Board of Directors
  • Montgomery Riverfront Board of Directors
  • ARHA Pro-Start Competition Judge
  • Montgomery County Bar Association Special Event Coordinator
  • ARHA Government Relations Committee, ARHA Education Committee
  • “The List”, RSVP Magazine, 2016


But all we really want to know is; where do we find mimosas and coffee to go in Cloverdale? Find out more about the VY Cafe and other projects.

Griffith Waller

Griffith is a Public Relations Manager with the Department of Public & External Affairs.He serves as a point of contact for any events and activities in the city. He and many others are making a difference in our community. Find out more about Griffith in the podcast.