The Alabama Family Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by the governor of Alabama, the presiding officer of the Alabama Senate and the speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. All appointments are then confirmed by the Alabama Senate.
The Board represents the interests of persons with mental and physical impairments and developmental disabilities who depend on special needs disability trusts. All board members serve without compensation and are appointed to three-year terms. They serve because they genuinely care about all of the children and adults whose family members and friends entrust the Alabama Family Trust with managing their special trust accounts.
The Board meets monthly and is actively involved in the management of the individual special needs disability trusts. Learn more about our Board members and their dedication to the care of your families.
Clayton Davis – PRESIDENT
Clayton Davis is a partner in Davis & Neal, Attorneys at Law, and has focused his practice on seniors and disabled persons since 1979. His firm provides legal assistance under Title III of the Older Americans Act in 38 Alabama counties, and is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provider for Medicare beneficiaries of all ages in 23 counties.
He received his B.S. in mathematics, piano, and German from the University of Alabama in 1975 and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School Of Law 1978.
Lynn Campisi – VICE PRESIDENT
Lynn Campisi was raised in Metairie, Louisiana and is a graduate of Loyola University and the Birmingham School of Law. As a dedicated advocate for quality of life for elderly and special needs beneficiaries, Lynn is an elder law attorney certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. She is a member of the American Bar, Alabama State Bar and Birmingham Bar Associations along with NAELA and ASNP.
She serves on the boards of ACA, ACCC, and Alabama Family Trust. In 2006 she was given The Powley Award sponsored by NAELA for her service and as President of the Alabama Family Trust. Just recently she was honored with the McCallum Award given by University of Alabama-Birmingham Center for Aging for her service in the elderly community.
She celebrates the end of each day with the evening meal she prepares at home with her husband of 28 years, Mark McGarvey. Most weekends include cherished visits with her parents back in Louisiana.
Jennifer Griffin – SECRETARY
Jennifer Q. Griffin is an associate at the law firm of Kendall Maddox and Associates, Attorneys and Financial Planners. Her law practice is focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning including special needs planning, trust administration, probate, Medicaid for nursing home care, Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance, guardianship and conservatorship.
Jennifer is a current member and a former chairperson of the Elder Law Section of the Alabama State Bar Association which is devoted solely to addressing elder law and special needs issues of Alabama’s older adults. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham, an associate member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, and a member of the Probate Section of the Birmingham Bar Association.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Alabama State University in 1993. She obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1997. While in law school, she served as Student Articles Editor of the Law & Psychology Review and was a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society.
Jimmy Walsh – TREASURER
Jimmy Walsh is an litigation attorney and partner at Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell in Birmingham. He has been a long-time adult scouter for 27 years, and former Scoutmaster for 14 years.
He is an active member of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and immediate past state president.
Kim Davis is president of KIMANDCOMPANY Communications, a Public Relations, Governmental Relations and Online Multimedia Channel company based in Montgomery, Alabama.
She is a former news anchor/reporter/producer and program host for an NBC affiliate station in Montgomery, WSFA. KIMANDCOMPANY handles several PR initiatives for clients in the aviation, wellness, economic development and agriculture arenas. Ms. Davis joined the Alabama Family Trust because of key personal experiences: a dear friend who committed suicide and two friends who have special needs children with Downs Syndrome and CHARGE Syndrome. Ms. Davis enjoys golf and was recently elected president of Driving Force Women’s Golf League in Montgomery.
Wallace Davis is President and Chief Executive Officer of Volunteers of America Southeast Inc., a position he has held for 38 years, since its beginning in 1980. Through his leadership, Volunteers of America Southeast has expanded to serve Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
VOA Southeast serves over 2,000 people each day with a staff of over 850. VOA Southeast is an affiliate of Volunteers of America, Inc.
Wallace shares “An Uplifting Moment” each morning on four Mobile radio stations as well as on WKRG TV each Sunday morning.
Wallace is an ordained minister, licensed professional counselor, and has served as pastor, teacher, counselor, administrator, and visionary leader. He graduated from Samford University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology, a Doctorate of Education in Psychology and Counseling, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology and Counseling.
Wallace and his wife Barbara have four children and nine grandchildren.
Vance is the Community Relations Coordinator for Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, a local non-profit serving patients and caregivers.
His prior experience includes 23 years in marketing and managing senior housing. He has served on the board of directors of the Assisted Living Association of Alabama and is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing.
J. David Salter, Jr.
David Salter currently serves as Senior Vice President/Manager of BancorpSouth’s Premier Banking Group, a position he has held since April, 2005. He has 26 years of banking experience in the Birmingham market, 22 of those in the Private Banking/Wealth Management field.
David graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Finance and from the University of Alabama-Birmingham with an MBA. He has also completed the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management program at the University of Virginia and holds a Series 7 securities license.
David is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. He currently serves on the Board of Alabama Asset Building Coalition.
Judy B. Shepura
Judy is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Cumberland School of Law. Since graduating from law school, she has been with Dominick, Fletcher, Wood and Lloyd (now Dominick Feld Hyde) in Birmingham. She has concentrated her law practice in the areas of probate, estate planning and administration, and trust planning and trust administration, with particular emphasis on special needs trusts.
Shirley D. Thames
Shirley D. Thames is President of Alabama Aegis, Inc. She obtained her Masters of Social Work from the University of Alabama. She studied health care management at Johns Hopkins University.
Shirley is licensed by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Certified Social Worker and a Private Independent Practitioner. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Alabama Society for Health Care Social Workers.
Shirley resides in Birmingham and enjoys spending time with her two grandsons in Atlanta, Georgia.
Advisory Board Members
Michelle Urban established a consulting company in Alabama after valued experience working with individuals, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, elder law attorneys and social workers to facilitate the Medicaid eligibility process and make her clients aware of community services available to them.
During her career, Ms. Urban supervised the Child Protective Services Unit in Montgomery and worked for the Alabama Medicaid Agency for 21 years. She has extensive experience writing policy for elderly and disabled programs in Alabama, a genuine love for helping this community.
She is the proud grandmother of a 5-year-old and cherishes every birthday sharing and making special lasting and great memories with him.
David F. Tankersley
David Tankersley’s social service career with the State of Alabama spanned 23+ years and included Adult Services and Family Certification with the Department of Human Resources, as well as Family Certification, Non-Emergency Transportation, and Elderly & Disabled Certification with the Alabama Medicaid Agency. Prior to his retirement in 2012, he was Medicaid Eligibility Manager of the Birmingham District Office for seven years, supervising all aspects of eligibility for Medicare Savings programs, Home and Community Based Waiver programs and Institutional programs.
He opened his private consulting office shortly after retirement and continues to assist individuals, families, attorneys, nursing home corporations and staffs, and other social service agencies as a subject-matter expert in the Medicaid eligibility process.