Full Life Ahead Staff

Mike Bell

Executive Director

MikeBell@FullLifeAhead.org

I am excited to join the Full Life Ahead team as of October 1, 2019. A 1974 graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, I began my career as an actuary, working for several life insurance companies. In more recent years I have been in administrative and leadership roles. My hope is that the managerial and organizational skills, along with the business knowledge, I have acquired can be put to good use to help Full Life Ahead grow and thrive into the future.

My wife (Donna) and I have two grown children (Stacy and Sam) and a granddaughter (Lydia), who has me wrapped around her little finger. We live in Gardendale, AL. We are active members at Church of the Highlands in Fultondale and on the Dream Team. Our passion for helping others developed from volunteering with King’s Home at one of their girls homes in Warrior, AL. I feel blessed to be able to work full time now at an organization making such a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

I look forward to getting up and coming to the office each morning where I enjoy working with the staff, the Board members whom I have met, and the volunteers. I love the networking I have already begun with others in the non-profit world. Most of all, I am thankful the Lord opened up such a rewarding and gratifying opportunity for me at Full Life Ahead.

Brittany Bailes

Discovery/Employment Specialist

Brittany Bailes started with FLAF in March 2020. Brittany is married to Nick Bailes and has three daughters. Brittany graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Masters in Social Work in 2019, as well as acquired a Bachelor of Science in Social Work in 2008.
Brittany’s professional experience includes 11 years as a case manager serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and being outside.

Suzanne Stewart

Executive Assistant

Volunteering for a Full Life Ahead family weekend, gave me a front row seat to the impact our foundation has on the families we serve. After being involved in a weekend of laughter, learning, encouragement, and new insight, when given the opportunity to officially join the team, I didn’t hesitate.

I grew up in Birmingham, inheriting from my mom, a passion for community outreach. Her example has led over the years, to my involvement with many organizations and ministries, including Habitat for Humanity, Restoration Academy, The Lovelady Center and Grace House Village.

I have three grown children and enjoy spending time with them, photography, gardening and most anything outdoors.

Michelle Barclay

Executive Assistant

I have enjoyed volunteering for the Full Life Ahead Foundation for many years and am so excited to officially join the staff! Life keeps me busy – my husband and I have 5 kiddos, one of whom has cerebral palsy. I wear many hats in a day but am looking forward to contributing to everything in the works for this wonderful organization! My passion and heart are home here and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing individuals and their families.

Carolyn Greene

Discovery/Employment Specialist

Carolyn Greene who lives in Mobile, Alabama is an advocate for people with disabilities and a professional artist. She is a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society of Mobile and PleinAirSouth. Her paintings have won many awards and are in public and private collections. She particularly enjoys painting en plein air on our beautiful Gulf Coast.

Carolyn attended The Prew School in Sarasota, Florida; she graduated from Stuart Hall, an Episcopal preparatory school in Staunton, Virginia; she attended Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C. and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in art and education. She has also studied music and dance; and mime at the New York Academy of Dramatic Art. She attended the Katherine Gibbs School in New York City.

As mother of two adult sons, one of whom had a near drowning accident at age two and 1/2 years, Carolyn has been dedicated to studying and implementing rehabilitative therapies; studying also with MOVE (Movement Opportunities Via Education) International in Bakersfield, California This background and the desire to enhance the lives of those with significant disabilities led to teaching art to people of differing abilities.

As an advocate Carolyn served as a member of the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities for 18 years; was a member of the Consumer Advisory Council at UAB Civitan International Research Center, The Alabama Respite Coalition and has been on many other state advocacy committees. She is continually involved in advocating for the enhancement of lives of people with disabilities.

Carolyn led the VSA Alabama visual arts programs at the Independent Living Center of Mobile, the Mobile ARC and the Clarke County ARC. She was awarded through VSA Alabama, The Deane Corliss Exemplary Teaching Artist Award for 2011.

She was employed 2001-2019 by the Mobile ARC as a teaching artist for their adult day programs and was awarded in 2011 for her work on the GM&O Art Project.

Carolyn was awarded as Mobile’s Art Educator of the Year for 2012 by the Mobile Arts Council.

Carolyn was employed by the Mobile Arc and AltaPointe Health Services DD Division in Community Outreach and as an Employment Specialist before joining Full Life Ahead Foundation in January 2020 as Discovery/Employment Specialist/Artist serving the South Alabama region. She is currently on the boards of The Arc of Mobile County, The Independent Living Center of Mobile, and is a member of The Mobile Advisory Commission for the Disabled. She is also an Ambassador for Charting the LifeCourse Community of Practice. Carolyn is thrilled now to be a part of the Full Life Ahead Foundation.