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Cultivate Change Series

The Junior Board presented the second panel discussion/webinar in the Cultivate Change Series focused on making a change in your community on July 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. (Central).

Alumni Panelists:

  • Kristen Dechert, Strategic and Technical Communications Professional
    Kristen Dechert has more than 10 years of experience in public and nonprofit sectors, leading outreach and communications for organizations and advocating for public policy and initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. An active member of her community in Starkville, Mississippi, she has served on municipal boards, political steering committees, and community task forces.
  • Matt Fridy, Judge, Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
    Matt Fridy was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in 2020. Prior to serving as a judge, he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the citizens of District 73, which comprised parts of Montevallo, Alabaster, Pelham, and Helena. He was reelected in 2018, and resigned from the House upon his election to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
  • Andrew Heaton, Outreach Director, U.S. Senate
    Andrew Heaton serves as the Outreach Director for United States Sen. Raphael Warnock. He is responsible for constituent outreach and contact in Northwest Georgia (including Fulton and Cobb Counties). Prior to this, he worked in business development and has an extensive history with client and customer relations.
  • Lynsey Weatherspoon, Photojournalist
    Lynsey Weatherspoon is a photojournalist and portraitist based in Atlanta and Birmingham. Using both photography and filmmaking as tools to tell stories, Weatherspoon’s work has been featured in print and online in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, ESPN and ESPN-owned The Undefeated. As a member of a modern vanguard of photographers, she is often called on to capture heritage and history in real time.

View the 2020 Cultivate Change Panel Discussion