Our Staff:

Christy Hayes - Executive Director Leigh Ann Henneke - Counselor Jordan Brooks - History Teacher
Angel Goodwin - Office Manager Darren Popwell - Counselor Gerald Creel - Science Teacher
  Tahuna Rembert - Counselor Lisa Giles - English Teacher
  LaVelle Tyson - Counselor Leslie Gilmore - Computer Lab Teacher
    Janelle Hopkins - ISS Teacher
  Lisa Smaha - Juvenile Probation Officer Brian White - Mathematics Teacher


Christy Hayes Executive Director Ms. Hayes grew up in Homewood, AL. She attended the University of Alabama and majored in English. She returned to Birmingham, received a Masterís in Secondary Education Language Arts from UAB, and began teaching English at the DAY Program in 2010. Ms. Hayes became the Executive Director in July 2018. She loves working with students and families and helping create pathways to success. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to the hunting club and the beach, and reading. She is currently working on her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from UAB. She invites you to visit the DAY Program and learn about the awesome work we do.
Angel Goodwin Secretary Mrs. Goodwin grew up in Shelby County and a graduate of the Shelby County school system. She studied business and accounting at Jefferson State Community College and has over 25 years' experience in office administration and education. Prior to coming to the DAY Program, Mrs. Goodwin worked for the Shelby County Board of Education for 16 years.

Mrs. Goodwin and her husband Keith have two children, Christopher and Cydnee.

Mrs. Goodwin's hobbies are photography, cooking, reading and going to the beach. She is also a big sports fan, Roll Tide! But her favorite thing to do is spending time with her family.
Leigh Ann Henneke Counselor Mrs. Henneke graduated from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with her Masterís in Marriage and Family Counseling. She is a certified school counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with families and students for over 20 years. When she isnít at work, Mrs. Henneke enjoys spending time with family, traveling and reading.
Darren Popwell Counselor Darren Popwell is originally from Clanton, Alabama and now resides in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Popwell is a graduate of the University of Montevallo and possesses a Masterís Degree in Education. Mr. Popwell has been at the D.A.Y. Program for 12 years. He enjoys reading, watching movies and most kinds of sports activities, especially ones that involve the University of Alabama. Roll Tide!
Tahuna Rembert Counselor Tahuna Rembert is a graduate of The Alabama State University, where she received her Masterís in Agency Counseling. She has an intense desire to assist underdeveloped youth in reaching a much deserved higher quality of life by assisting them in limiting their limitations. She enjoys the social scene and has tagged herself a ďFoodieĒ, as going to new restaurants is her favorite past-time. She's also the biggest ASU fan this side of The Mason Dixon! Go Hornets
LaVelle Tyson Counselor Mr. Tyson is an U.S. Navy Veteran who holds a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. He has a passion for empowering children and families to manage the challenges of growing, living, and working in a diverse society. He utilizes trauma informed principles and has experience working with children who experienced child sexual abuse, Impulse/Conduct Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Trauma and Stress Disorders. When he is not working with Teens, he enjoys spending time with his family and photography.
Jordan Brooks History Teacher Mrs. Brooks grew up in Pelham, Alabama, and graduated from PHS in 2007. She graduated from LSU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a concentration in secondary education. Prior to coming to the DAY Program, Mrs. Brooks taught 10th and 11th grade history at Childersburg High School. During her freshman year of college, Mrs. Brooks met her future husband and they married in June, 2012. They welcomed their first child this past October. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, and watching LSU football.
Gerald Creel Science / PE Teacher Mr. Creel earned an ALA from Oakland Community College, a BA in English and History from Oakland University, an MA in Counseling from Oakland University, an MBA from Amberton University, and will complete an MS in Human Resources from Amberton University in 2019. He has done additional educational work to earn teaching certifications in: Agriscience, Business & Marketing Education, Career Technologies, English, English as a Second Language, English Language Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, General Science, General Social Science, Health Education, Mathematics, Physical Education, Theatre, and Visual Arts.
Lisa Giles English Teacher Mrs. Giles grew up in Montgomery, AL, and earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from AUM. She received her master's in counseling from Troy University and worked as a counselor for the Department of Youth Services at Mt. Meigs Youth Facility. After relocating to Birmingham, she attended the University of Montevallo and received her master's in Secondary Education and began teaching high school English.

Mrs. Giles believes no child is a "lost cause" and all are worthy of help and hope. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys reading, cooking, Alabama football, and trips to the mountains with her husband and two children.
Leslie Gilmore Counselor Mrs. Gilmore graduated from the University of Montevallo, and prior to coming to the DAY Program spent 19 years as a counselor with the Jefferson County school system. She has been with the DAY Program for 5 years. Mrs. Gilmore and her husband Joe have a nine year old son. She teaches courses in Healthy Choices and Health. Mrs. Gilmore enjoys hiking, camping, travel and spending time with her family.
Janelle Hopkins ISS Teacher BIO & PHOTO NEEDED
Lisa Smaha Juvenile Probation Officer BIO & PHOTO NEEDED
Brian White Mathematics Teacher Mr. White graduated from Jacksonville State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with teaching fields of mathematics and English. He has taught both math and English for more than 25 years at several public and private schools in the Birmingham area. Even though he is not a Birmingham native, he has been living here for almost 30 years. Away from school, he enjoys music (listening to and making), watching television (especially reality shows and Alabama football), reading, and mind puzzles/games. Mr. White believes everyone is responsible for his/her own lot in life, and he thinks this quote says it best: "If it is to be, it is up to me."

Board Officers:

Name & Position Professional Association
Dr. Lewis Brooks, President Superintendent, SCBOE
Captain Jay Fondren, Vice President Corrections Division Commander
Mrs. Laurie Sharp, Secretary Attorney at Law
Mr. Neil Bailey, Treasurer Neil Bailey Insurance

Board Members:

Name Professional Association
Mr. David Calhoun Student Services Coordinator, SCBOE
Mr. Floyd Collins Pelham City Schools
Mrs. Donna Dickson Retired-Student Services Coordinator
Ms. Desaree Jackson Assistant Principal, Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Sandra Kelley Counter Dimensions, Owner
Ms. Pat Kovalchick Retired-Business Owner
Mrs. Tracy Lambrecht Transition Counselor, SCBOE
Mr. Greg Lancaster Juvenile Probation Officer
Mrs. Mary Muller Patient Services Director, Shelby Baptist Medical Center
Mr. Dick Ritz Retired-U.S. Navy
Mr. Vic Smith Vic Smith, CPA
Mr. Mike Vest Shelby County Commission

Advisory Board Members:

Name Professional Association
Judge Jim Cramer Shelby County Juvenile Court
Judge Patti Smith Retired-Alabama Supreme Court
Mr. Cam Ward Alabama State Senator