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Andy Wallace is retired from UAB after 33 years where he most recently served as Director of Operations of the UAB Alumni House. Throughout his career at UAB, he served in a variety of capacities. He began his career as the Coordinator of Hospital Communications, Community Relations and Special Events and transitioned after 19 years to working with Alumni Relations as Scholarship and Alumni Relations Coordinator at the School of Nursing and Coordinator of Chapter Development.
Andy is currently the Lay Leader at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.
Andy lives in Forest Park with his husband, Martin and their three rescue dogs, Coal, Roscoe, and Frankie and their cat, Kudsue, originally named Kudzu and then realized she was a girl! They have lived in the Forest Park neighborhood for over 25 years.
Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I have decided to be a torchbearer for the JLB primarily because I support the mission and philosophy of the JLB organization. I think they themselves have been a torchbearer for the Birmingham area for the past 100 years and it’s the least I can do to thank them for the work they’ve accomplished. In addition, the goal of this campaign is to bring an incredible change to the way we’ve looked at family violence in our community and hopefully much good can come from this new facility.
What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
There are a number of organizations in our community that inspire me. In my opinion, the Junior League has delivered much of which is good to our community and they truly inspire me as they’ve done many people in the Birmingham area. Their commitment to helping others is what a service organization should truly be about. I’m also inspired by the mission and philosophy of my home church, First Church. They too, are about social justice and bringing positive change in helping others in our community. And finally, while at UAB, I was able to coordinate activities with Hand in Paw and saw the positive effects of animal therapy at the bedside. They and their animal companions have been my inspiration for many years.
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