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Better Basics
211 Summit Parkway, Suite 108
Birmingham, AL 35209

Phone: (205) 944-2928

Fax: (205) 945-8159

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Dr. Ammie Akin, Executive Director
Ext. 305

Bill Harris, Director of Operations
Ext. 311

Debbie Dziedzic, Finance Director
Ext. 304

Sylvia Sheffield, Grants Coordinator
Ext. 330

Candace Caldwell, Executive Assistant
Ext. 300


Kathleen Drake, Volunteer Coordinator
Ext. 307

Melissa Niven, Director of Program Impact
Ext. 316


Carole Bonner, Summer Learning Director
Ext. 308

HOPE Community Learning Centers

Jake Paul, Program Director
Ext. 306

Saundra Taylor, Program Coordinator
Ext. 312

Dee Shorter, Program Coordinator
Ext. 329


Kristen Leonard, Intervention Director
Ext. 314

Queen Martin, Intervention Coordinator
Ext. 315

Kathy Phillips, Intervention Coordinator
Ext. 313


Darlene Gray, Enrichment Director
Ext. 323

Kamenka Belton, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 309

Shannon Brown, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 310

Susan Kennemer, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 328

Dee Shorter, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 329

Gina Waldrop, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 318

Melissa Baty, Schoolwide Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 322

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Jake Paul, Program Director
Ext. 306