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1.    a person who blazes a trail for others to follow through unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder.

2.    a pioneer in any field of endeavor.

2020 has brought unprecedented challenges across every aspect of life and work worldwide. Incredible people have risen to the challenge—pivoting, reinventing, reimagining and working harder than ever before. Birmingham’s non-profit leaders transformed annual galas into virtual gatherings, transitioned runs into races for runners to complete on their own time, and innovated new ways to raise funds and provide services to those in need throughout the Magic City. We asked our nonprofit partners to nominate the volunteers who helped them get through this year. We are proud to spotlight some of the individuals who played integral roles as Birmingham’s 2020 Trailblazers.

Click a featured Trailblazer's name below to learn more about what motivates them to serve:

Tripp Alexander |Colliers International | Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama

Cindy Bryan | Dent Moses, LLP | Junior League of Birmingham

Trip Cobb | Tito's Handmade Vodka | Hand in Paw of Alabama

Doug Corey | Crutchfield & Graves Insurance Agency | Mitchell's Place

Brian Edwards | Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama | The American Cancer Society

Layne Held | ServisFirst Bank | Magic Moments

Julie Howard | CBS 42 | Easterseals of the Birmingham Area

Franny Jones | Speed Spa | Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

Amy Kerper | The Lollar Group | Laura Crandall Brown Foundation

Grant Morgan | Oakworth Capital Bank | Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

Jack Prewitt | The Prewitt Group | Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

Jennifer Shaw | Oakworth Capital Bank | Easterseals of the Birmingham Area

Jeremy Tuggle | Bryant Bank | Will Bright Foundation

Taleisha Ming White | Regions Bank | Junior League of Birmingham

Lauren Yarnish | Medical Properties Trust | Magic Moments

Lee Ann Petty | Regions Bank | Junior League of Birmingham

Rachel Abel | Altec Worldwide | Smile-A-Mile

Destiny Askew | AmeriCorps Member BuildUp | Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

Rick Bannister | Neighborhood Bridges

Brass Bralley | Pack Health | Rotaract Club of Birmingham

Karen Brannan | Cornerstone Schools of Alabama

Jack Bryant | Harbert Management Corp. | TumTum Tree Foundation

Caitlin Callaghan | UAB Athletics Department | Smile-A-Mile

Jeannie Colquett | The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs

Onna Cunningham | Luna Agency | Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Sam Donnell | Prepaid Technologies | Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

Ashley Dyer | Robins & Morton | Baptist Health Foundation

Heather Feathers | Browning Trail Cameras | Make-A-Wish Alabama

Matt Hinshaw |Bradley Arant Boult Cummings | Magic City Woodworks

Julie Ingram | Regions Financial Corporation | Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

Brittany Jennings | Hand in Paw

Madelaine Julbert | BBV| The Arc of Central Alabama

Bryan Kitchens | LeaderOne Financial Corporation | Easterseals of the Birmingham Area

Paula Lynch | The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs

Emily Littleton Markstein | Easterseals of the Birmingham Area

Barbara McCray | Forge Survivorship Center

Taylor McGuire | AmWins | Magic Moments

Michael Moore | Cornerstone Schools of Alabama

Cody Nall | Mitchell’s Place

Rachael Pintaric | ProEquities | Easterseals of the Birmingham Area

Randall Porter | Self-employed | Birmingham Museum of Art

John Reagan | MBUSI | Kid One Transport

Theresa Ryals | BBVA | Junior League of Birmingham

JP Sloan | Founders Advisors | Ronald McDonald House

Leisa Smith | Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama

Antoinette Vines | Mercy Deliverance Ministries | American Heart Association – Heart Ball

Philip White | Preventric AI | American Heart Association – Go Red for Women

Danielle Yancey | KultureCity

Mountain Brook Chamber Junior Board:
Cary Beck | Maynard Cooper & Gale
Will Bromberg | Regions Financial Corporation
Katie Clifton | BCBS
Lindsay Crocker | Brookwood Baptist Health
Harper DeWine | KPMG
Drew Dickson | Alabama Power Company
Wirth Doss | Cushman & Wakefield
Robert Fritze | Fritze Financial
Caroline Fuerniss | Morgan Keegan
Emily Gardner | West AL Bank - Private Banker
Virginia Grisham | Ruby Ansley
Will Howell | Millhouse Landscape Services
Wayne Ingram | EY
Alex Jackson | Morgan Keegan
Lillian Jones | Snoozy's Kids
Sidney Knight | Engel Realty
Amanda Lanier | Village Dermatology
Lucy Lavette | Prepaid Technologies
Patrick Lavette | Renasant Bank
Lee Mallette | Fairway Management Group
Peyton McDougal | Business Interiors
Matthew McGough | Tynes Development
Kim McGuire | Chester's International
Reed McMullen | Regions Bank
Adam Millhouse | Millhouse Landscape Services
Liz Moore | Burr & Forman LLP
Will Reis | Crawford Square
Ryan Sims | Brasfield & Gorrie
Kirby Whitehead | A’mano