Kenya Bledsoe,
Interim Executive Director

"Kenya is an Alabama-licensed professional counselor and supervisor and certified school counselor with over 15 years of experience in secondary public education. Kenya is presently pursuing her terminal degree in counselor education and supervision"

Alexandria Croom,
Program Director

"Alexandria was born in Birmingham, AL. She is a 2012 graduate of Howard University. She has taught middle school math and science in Brooklyn, New York and is a current 2016 TEDxBirmingham fellow."

Amber Barnes,
Director of Curriculum and Development

"Amber is a Tuscaloosa native. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Alabama with a master's degree in Secondary Education, ELA. She started her teaching career at Hillcrest High School where she launched a robust ACT program for juniors and seniors. As a result, students saw an average 3-point increase on their ACT scores in addition to exceeding the national ACT average. After 12 years of service, Amber transferred to a smaller school in her community and, again, implemented an ACT program with similar results. In May 2015, she left the classroom after 14 years of service to work for College Admissions Made Possible."

Jazmund Walker,
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

"Jazmund is a youth mentor, motivational speaker, and writer from Birmingham, AL. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her background in academia developed when she served as an academic advisor to at-risk students at Virginia College Online from 2010-2013. She then went on to recruit students to UAB from 2013-2015 as a senior admissions counselor."

Susan Taylor Larson,
Grants Manager

"Susan has a bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's degree from Clemson University -both in English. She has an extensive background in education as a previous adjunct professor for Anderson University in Anderson, SC. She also spent six months as an EFL Instructor in Kanazawa, Japan. Later, she served as an English teacher at McCants Middle School in Anderson, SC and a tutor for at-risk students in the Educational Talent Search. In addition, Susan was a Volunteer Guardian ad Litem in Anderson County, SC."

Dr. Thomasyne Hill,
Program Assistant/Program Coordinator for GEAR UP Birmingham

"Dr. Hill received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Montevallo in Speech-Language Pathology. She also received a doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in Special Education from The University of Alabama with a concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. She later served as an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo. Dr. Hill retired after 25 years of public education in the State of Alabama. She currently owns a Private Practice in Speech-Language Pathology."

Mel Robinson,
Program Assistant

"Mel Robinson is originally from Syracuse New York, and made the transition to Alabama during his high school years. Mel then went on to complete his bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M University and also followed up with a master's degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Public Administration. Mel has years of experience in both the educational and non-profit sectors."

Chavada Davis, MS
Program Analyst for Research, Evaluation, and Development

Sarah Chavada is a fourth year doctoral student in Educational Psychology at The University of Alabama. She holds a bachelor�s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University. She graduated in 2012 with her MS in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University. Her primary research interests relate to the study of Hope theory, motivation, and learning for young adult populations. She is also interested in student engagement and racial identity and how that impacts student academic outcomes. In addition to research, she is also passionate about teaching and has taught Adolescent Psychology, Intro to Educational Psychology, and Intro to Learning Strategies and Skills. She currently serves as a graduate assistant and instructor teaching Intro to Learning Strategies and Educational Psychology.

Taylor Eads,
Coordinator of Curriculum and Development

"Taylor is a recent alumni at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While an undergraduate, he started and managed two student organizations aiming to empower the community through educational programs and a campaign to fight hunger. Taylor spent two summers teaching with Breakthrough Birmingham - a national collaborative that recruits college students to teach a rigorous all-day summer program to underprivileged middle school students. Taylor has spent time in classrooms teaching students in elementary, middle, and high school as well as training college students to be para-professional teachers."

Joshua B. Bowman,
Digital Operations Manager

"Joshua B. Bowman is a UAB student double-majoring in business and minoring in economics. Before his college matriculation, at the age of 14, Josh co-founded what would become a Digital Marketing Agency. After graduating from Hewitt-Trussville High School at 17, he launched the company into the Birmingham market. During that time, the agency grew from two best friends to an eight-person team working out of a small office in Homewood, AL. At the age of 20, he decided to go to college and further his education and plans to pursue a master's degree in business. "

Emily Sims,
Program Assistant

"Emily is a Birmingham native who earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Alabama. She then started her Master's degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Teaching English as a Second Language, which she will complete in April 2017. She has worked for CAMP in a few capacities; for one year she was an ACT Teaching Fellow and for six months she worked as a (CM)2 Scholar program instructor."

Lindsey Williams,
Assessment Coordinator

"Lindsey was born into an Air Force family and moved often during her childhood. She attended high school near Montgomery, AL and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's in Mathematics. She then moved to Birmingham, AL to live near her now husband. Lindsey immediately begin teaching after graduating and was then able to complete a Master's in Secondary Mathematics Education. After spending five years in the secondary mathematics classroom, teaching everything from Algebra to AP Calculus AB, Lindsey decided to step out of the classroom but into a job where she could still impact student lives, as she currently assists with many aspects of standardized testing."

Michael Crear,
Program Assistant

"Michael was born in Birmingham, AL. He is a graduate of Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry. Michael is currently seeking his Doctorate."

Victoria Truss
Finance Coordinator

Martin Nalls,
Chairman and Found

"Dr. Nalls is Director of Support Services for Homewood City Schools, Homewood, Alabama. Through his personal experiences as a first generation college student, Dr. Nalls recognized the need for college admissions assistance for high school students who might otherwise find college acceptance to be an unattainable dream. Through his visionary efforts the CAMP program was founded."

Kermit Kendrick,
Vice Chairman

"Mr. Kendrick serves as an attorney and partner at Burr Forman (law firm). In addition to his role with CAMP, his current professional and civic affiliations include Alabama State Bar Association, Mississippi State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club."

Kimberly White,
Secretary

"Dr. White is principal at Gwin Elementary School in Hoover. In addition to her role with CAMP, her current affiliations include Council of Leaders of Alabama Schools and the Junior League."

Chris Combs,
Treasurer

"Mr. Combs is an accountant at Regions Bank. In addition to his role with CAMP, he is a United Way Volunteer."

CAMP's ACT Teaching Fellowship (ATF) trains near-peer college mentors to support and motivate high school students on their journey to college. Our committed fellows provide ACT tutoring, college knowledge, and motivation. Our fellows pride themselves on being an honest resource for high school students.In order to be eligible, applicants for the ACT Teaching Fellowship must be currently enrolled in a postsecondary program, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have scored a minimum of 25 on their ACT.

Fellows participate in professional learning communities and brainstorm ways to increase student interest in college. We provide our college fellows with initial and ongoing training. All fellows undergo background checks and are well prepared to work with students.

Mission

We empower students at underserved schools by equipping them with the essential tools to gain access to the college or university of their choice.


Vision

Paving a Path to College for All Students.

History

Founded officially as a 501(c)(3) in 2011, College Admissions Made Possible began with the desire to empower students at underserved schools by equipping them with the essential tools to gain access to the college/university of their choice. We started with one school and 25 students. Since then, we have grown to serve over 600 students in 16 schools and 7 school systems by providing ACT preparation, professional development, college counseling, curriculum support, mentorship, enrichment, and other college preparedness services.