Walter Lawson is known in local nursing homes and jail ministries as "the singing chaplain." Lawson says he may not be the best singer, but he takes his direction from the Psalm that tells every living thing to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord."

Derrell Calloway is the board president for Cheaha Creative Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to providing fine arts education to the community. Calloway worked in human resource management before becoming an elementary school teacher, and he is now working as assistant principal at Weaver High Sc…

Scott Whitney is an assistant physical therapist and director of CAST Kidz, a local community theater group for children. Although he grew up a "sports guy," he became involved with theater because of his children’s passion for acting. Whitney is directing the CAST Kidz spring performance of…

Laura Weinkauf’s job is out of this world! She is an assistant professor of physics and the director of the planetarium at Jacksonville State University. JSU’s planetarium hosts monthly "Second Saturday Space Safari" shows through April.

Lagina Fillingim is the director of the RMC Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps support Regional Medical Center. The RMC Foundation is hosting its second annual Martha Vandervoort Garden Jubilee in May. The gala raises money for a scholarship fund for local high school seniors.

Tena King worked in education and with nonprofits for nearly 17 years before opening King’s Olive Oil Company in Gadsden. King’s Olive Oil Company was recently awarded “Alabama’s Small Business of the Year” by the Business Council of Alabama and Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Ki…

Let’s get ready to rumble! Shane Noles is a professional wrestler and local trivia host. His promotion, Peachstate Wrestling Alliance, has a show on Saturday at the VFW Fairgrounds in Carrollton, Ga. Noles hosts trivia at Loco Mex in Jacksonville on Tuesdays and Locos Cantina in Piedmont on …

Yvonne Alt is the coordinator of the Anniston First United Methodist Church ministry P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Wholesome Servants). Members of P.A.W.S. take their pets to visit patients in a local nursing home once a month.

Mary Mullen is president of Dixie Weavers Basketry Guild. She discovered her talent for basket weaving after taking an introductory class in 2010. Mullen estimates that she has woven about 200 baskets in the last seven years.

Staten Island native Donna Coffey owns the new PaintOlogy art studio in Jacksonville. Coffey was encouraged by her late father to pursue her passions, including creating art. PaintOlogy hosts its grand opening this weekend with three painting classes.

Haley Proctor enjoys the study of movement. She studied dance in college for one year before enrolling in massage therapy school with her sister. Proctor worked in that field for 13 years before discovering a passion for yoga and reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction. Proctor owns…

Susan Shipman is the executive director of 2nd Chance, a local nonprofit organization that supports victims of domestic and sexual violence in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega counties. Shipman is currently in her 10th year as executive director.

David Grise is the coordinator in charge of the Toys for Tots toy drive for Calhoun, St. Clair and Talladega counties. Toys for Tots is important to Grise because he remembers what it was like as a child waking up without a present under the Christmas tree.

Jean Ellison grew up in a musically gifted household; both of her parents are reggae artists. Ellison enjoyed playing music and performing as a child, and she marched with the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners, where she met her husband, Steven. Ellison and her husband own T…

Hayley H. Long is an actress who has appeared in several television shows and films. She has also worked as the dramatics instructor at Camp Mac. She is making her directorial debut this weekend with "A Tuna Christmas" presented by the Community Actors Studio Theatre (CAST).

Ellen Bass, "probably the biggest Auburn fan that Tuscaloosa ever had," has lived in Anniston for 43 years. She worked in education for many years before retiring 2 ½ years ago. Bass is organizing the Anniston/Calhoun County Christmas parade this year. The parade is Saturday at 11 a.m.

Eddie Phillips has been driving a school bus route in Alexandria for the past 45 years. Driving a school bus is a bit of a family tradition. Phillips’ mother drove a school bus for 25 ½ years, and his father drove one for 10 years.

David Hall is a U.S. Army veteran and the chairman of Calhoun County Honor Flight. Honor Flight is a nonprofit that transports veterans who have never visited their war memorials to Washington, D.C., at no cost to the veterans.

Jackie Morgan is an artist and emergency room nurse who owns JC Morgan Art Gallery in Oxford. Morgan’s gallery will be hosting a Dia de los Muertos event today from 2-8 p.m. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates loved ones who have passed away.

Trey Hudson has always been adventurous. In his youth, he became an Eagle Scout. As an adult, he has served in Afghanistan and hunted big game in Africa. He has a degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia. And he also investigates the supernatural as director of the Oxford Par…

Lindsay Tyson is the vice president of fund development for Anniston’s Junior League chapter. The Junior League is organizing a local fundraiser-screening of the movie "Sold," a film about human trafficking based on the novel by Patricia McCormick, as well as a variety of fundraising events …

Amanda Henry, owner of the new store Bellies, Birth & Beyond, is a registered nurse and a certified lactation consultant who helps nursing mothers avoid situations she calls "booby traps." She worked in an emergency room for two years and for the Health Department for two years before be…