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Better Basics
1231 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Phone: (205) 944-2928

Fax: (205) 945-8159

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Dr. Ammie Akin, Executive Director
Ext. 4305

Bill Harris, Director of Operations
Ext. 4311

Jake Paul, Director of Development and Public Relations
Ext. 4306

Debbie Dziedzic, Finance Director
Ext. 4304

Sylvia Sheffield, Grants Coordinator
Ext. 4330

Candace Caldwell, Executive Assistant
Ext. 4300


Kathleen Drake, Volunteer Coordinator
Ext. 4307

Kristen Leonard, Director of Program Services
Ext. 4314

Summer Learning

Carole Bonner, Program Director
Ext. 4308

HOPE Community Learning Centers

Carole Bonner, Program Director
Ext. 4308

Dee Shorter, Program Coordinator
Ext. 4329

Risper Mwangi, Program Coordinator
Ext. 4329


Queen Martin, Intervention Coordinator
Ext. 4315

Kathy Phillips, Intervention Coordinator
Ext. 4301


Darlene Gray, Director of Literacy and Math Programs
Ext. 4323

Kameka Belton, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 4309

Susan Kennemer, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 4328

Gina Waldrop, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 4318

Amy Howe, Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 4318

Melissa Baty, Schoolwide Enrichment Coordinator
Ext. 4322

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Jake Paul, Director of Development and Public Relations
Ext. 4306