Aaron Perkins is an Army veteran and cybersecurity expert who started the podcast, “Courage to Fight Again”. The goal of Perkins’ podcast is to encourage veterans in their post-military life. His book, “RESOLVE: A Step-By-Step Guide for Veterans Seeking to Rediscover Purpose, Meaning, & …

Dr. Mohamad Eloubeidi is a physician specializing in gastroenterology and hepatology who also serves on the Regional Medical Center Foundation Board. Dr. Eloubeidi attended undergraduate school and medical school at the American University of Beirut. His residency in medicine and gastroenter…

Michele Miller, Ms. Wheelchair Alabama USA 2020, recently competed in Ms. Wheelchair USA 2020, a national pageant organized by the nonprofit Dane Foundation. The foundation addresses the needs of individuals with disabilities. Miller’s platform includes the desire to have a boundless playgro…

Tofunmi Olayinka was born in Nigeria and is now a graduate student at Jacksonville State University. She is the founder of Concert for Charity International, an organization that hosts fundraising concerts for charities that work with children. Concert for Charity International will host a Z…

Angie Persch owns Rockin’ P Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue based in Jacksonville. In addition to her rescue, Persch served as the director of the Calhoun County Humane Society for eight years. To donate, volunteer or see more of the rescue’s adoptable dogs, visit rockinprescue.org. 

Heather Miller owns Matter of a Pinion, a unique gift shop with a gluten-free bakery in downtown Oxford. The shop is located in a historic downtown bank building — a point of pride for Miller, who holds a master’s degree in heritage and historic preservation. Matter of a Pinion is located at…

Valencia Ingram owns B Tweets Cookie Boutique, a local custom cookie business named for her daughter and mother. The idea for the cookie business came to her last Christmas when she saw a decoration that she thought would be a good design for a cookie. Custom cookies are available for sale, …

Donsquirla Thornton is the program coordinator for Anniston Fatherhood Initiative, a nonprofit organization that educates and enriches fathers. He became involved with AFI while completing an internship at the Anniston Housing Authority last autumn and was hired to be the program coordinator…

Patrick Yim owns Yim Creations, an Oxford business originally focused on photography, now specializing in candles. Struggling in the post-graduation job market and contending with the pandemic, Yim channeled his passion for candles into a creative pursuit, launching his candle collection on …

Mallory Shears is a respiratory therapist at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. She says that although there “wasn’t exactly a pandemic chapter in her fundamentals textbook,” she was prepared well by her professors and highly recommends the respiratory therapy program at Jacksonville State Universi…

Lauren Phillips is one of the owners of the Jefferson’s restaurants in Jacksonville and Rainbow City. Recently, in light of the pandemic, the decision was made to remove the iconic dollar bills from the walls in an effort to provide a cleaner environment for employees and customers. The doll…

Lee Bentley is an assistant manager at Dorsey’s Market in Oxford. He has worked in retail for over 40 years — locally for nearly 30 years. Bentley is in his fifth year working at Dorsey’s and is grateful for the support of the community during the pandemic. He was able to take a brief break …

Thomas Bradley is celebrating 40 years of service in law enforcement. He is currently an officer with the Oxford Police Department assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division. He has completed approximately 250 different classes, seminars and training courses during his career, includin…

Maci Barnwell is this year’s valedictorian at Jacksonville Christian Academy. She has earned multiple academic awards, as well as the award for Best Offensive Volleyball Player. Barnwell received a four-year, merit-based scholarship to Jacksonville State University, where she plans to study …

Jeromy and Sheay Hodge are the parents of White Plains High School senior Jacob Hodge. As schools shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Hodges tried to find a way to celebrate their son’s upcoming graduation. They found a Facebook group that allowed users to “adopt” a…

Chris Proper is an equipment operator for the City of Jacksonville. He also works as a member of Alabama Snake Removers, a statewide group whose members safely remove venomous and nonvenomous snakes from properties and release them into nature. 

Nanette Mudiam is the executive director of St. Michael’s Clinic, run by the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels. The clinic is adapting to serving more low-income, uninsured clients by phone as they provide healthcare during the pandemic. St. Michael’s Clinic is located at 1005 W…

Josh Jackson is a registered respiratory therapist who will be marking 15 years in the profession this July. As a respiratory therapist, he works as part of a team at Regional Medical Center to care for patients with respiratory diseases. As a husband and father of three who works in healthc…

Allison Newton is helping spearhead a collaborative effort by JSU and the community to create and distribute masks to those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brenda Smith is overcoming illiteracy. Ashamed for years by her struggle, she worked up the courage to share her secret with a close friend. Smith’s friend helped her find resources, which led her to an adult literacy program. 

Phil Sanguinetti has been a fixture in Anniston for the last several decades. Originally from Norfolk, Va., he came to Anniston for a chemical engineering job. While here, he met Elise Ayers and married her. This marriage led to his next career, newspaperman. Last weekend, Sanguinetti celebr…

Rachel KyeJung Park is an assistant professor of piano at Jacksonville State University and will be performing at Carnegie Hall on March 30. The community is invited to attend a free performance of her full setlist for her Carnegie Hall recital on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall …

Wayne Sisk is president of the Kiwanis Club of Anniston. The annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser is March 7 from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Anniston City Meeting Center. Tickets can be purchased from any Anniston Kiwanian, through annistonkiwanis.com or at the door. Tickets are $5 in advanc…

Meagan Kirby is a calligrapher in Oxford. She planned to work in psychology before realizing that creative work is what “set her soul on fire.” Kirby will be teaching calligraphy classes in the area, and her first is Feb. 28 at the Peerless Saloon & Grille in downtown Anniston. Kirby als…