Who We Are
Individuals with disabilities and their families often feel isolated and struggle to navigate the services and support they need.
Through in-depth live interviews, Alabama Care (AC) connects these people with each other and the experts and organizations that serve them. Through these connections, individuals and families become empowered community members, armed with the right tools to overcome their challenges together.
Since its inception in 2018, AC – which is partially funded by a grant from the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACCD) – has conducted more than 250 interviews spotlighting a variety of people, organizations, businesses, and services.
Meet the Alabama Care Team
Founder | Executive Director | Anchor
Alex is a family advocate and guardian for his aunt. He moved to Alabama in 2016 to take on the responsibility of advocacy and guardianship for his aunt when her father passed.
During his training and education, Alex met other individuals and families who had similar questions about navigating the disability community, thus the idea behind Alabama Care.
Alex enjoys meeting new people and building communities as well as playing hockey and riding his bike.
Video and Equipment Specialist
Clifton has always been a strong advocate for mental health due to his own personal struggles. An empath by heart, Clifton was drawn to Alabama Care because of the work it does to spread the word about the services and resources available to those with disabilities. He strives to create the best video content possible for the community.
A native of Troy, Alabama, Clifton will always call Alabama home. He has been fascinated by video editing and technology since he was a kid. He graduated from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and uses his knowledge of technology to create impactful media for the disability community.
You will also find it rare to not see him fidgeting with a Rubik’s Cube or two from time to time. Ask me if I’ve got an extra one, I might give it to you.
Outreach and Communications Director
As the sister of an individual with intellectual and mental health disabilities, Kathleen McGehee has been touched by disability in a profoundly personal way. Those experiences have led to a strong commitment to ensuring individuals with disabilities and their families can access the appropriate services and resources.
Her 35-year career in communication includes more than two decades of experience in the disability community – with time at the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) as well as Alabama Care. During her tenure at ADRS, Kathleen earned her master’s in rehabilitation counseling through a Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) fellowship at Auburn University.
A book worm by nature, Kathleen has a deep love for words, music, baseball, quality television, and good bourbon.
Social Media Director
Noel is passionate about using the power of our communication platforms to connect people with meaningful information that enhances lives. She has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alabama, which included coursework in marketing and social media. She is honored to have the opportunity to serve the disability community in this way and is excited to help grow the Alabama Care community of support.
Noel is a busy mom to three children ages 16, 12, and 6, and is no stranger to the joys and challenges of raising a neurodiverse child. She is interested in all things fitness related, as well as the arts. (She is pretty much a theater nerd.)
When she is not working, you can find her at the gym, playing hockey, or at the sports fields with her kids.
Lorenzo is a loving husband, devoted father, and proud grandfather. He is the founder of Is-Able Ministries, executive director of The Is-Able Center, and author of three books. Stepping out on faith, he founded Is-Able Ministries in 1998 and opened The Is-Able Center in 2017.
Shot in the neck at the age of 17, Lorenzo is a C5 quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down. Experiencing the struggles, issues, and pain of living with a disability, he developed a passion to help others who are disabled. This passion led to the opening of The Is-Able Center, with a mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their loved ones and caregivers. He is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring others to reach their full potential despite their circumstances.
Lorenzo finds joy in spending time with his wife and kids, watching his sons play sports, and seeing his grandkids. He also enjoys reading his Bible, taking long drives, and a good chocolate chip cookie.
A medical sociology major at the University of Alabama Birmingham, McCartney Hagar enjoys learning about how to help her community. As a wheelchair user with arthrogryposis and multiple mental health conditions, she loves bringing together disabled people of all backgrounds and diagnoses – especially those in rural communities.
By working with Alabama Care, McCartney hopes to empower other disabled people by connecting them with resources and services in their communities.
Residing in central Alabama, Hannah Wilson is a wife and proud mother to her growing family. She delights in her role as a stay-at-home mom and fully embraces life as a special needs parent. Her oldest daughter, Charlie Mae, was born with a rare genetic mutation that causes severe developmental delays and intractable epilepsy.
As an anchor for Alabama Care, Hannah thrives in meeting individuals on similar life journeys. Founding Special in a Small Town, an organization that supports fun-filled gatherings for families touched by special needs, Hannah’s main goal is to bring awareness and joy to families like her own. She likewise achieves this through her ongoing series of children’s books inspired by her oldest daughter’s different abilities.