MAGIC CITY ACCEPTANCE ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Larry Contri is a life-long educator having spent fifty-one years with the Birmingham School System as a teacher, principal, central office administrator and Interim Superintendent. He also held adjunct professor status at UAB and Samford University. Providing a quality education for all students has always been his primary focus. He holds a B.S. degree from The University of Alabama, Masters from Samford University and a Doctor of Education from The University of Alabama. 

            Dr. Contri currently serves on the Youth Leadership Forum and Birmingham Children's Theatre Board of Trustees. He is an active member of Avondale United Methodist Church where he works with their Homeless Feeding Program and Community Food Coop.

            Dr. Contri serves as V.P. of the Magic City Acceptance Academy Board of Directors and volunteers for various BAO committees. His experiences will be an asset to the development of the Magic City Acceptance Academy.

Jennifer Sumner is the parent of a youth who has been involved with the Magic City Acceptance Center since not long after its inception. Her background is in nonprofit administration and she currently works at an organization in Birmingham that serves adults and children with disabilities

Luis Fernandez originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico came from Miami, Florida to Birmingham Alabama in 1993 to pursue studies at Samford University. After his years at Samford, Mr. Fernandez made Alabama his permanent state residence and lives in the city of Irondale. He is a Management Support Specialist for the National 800 Number Network of Social Security Administration at the Birmingham Mega Teleservice Center in downtown, and the owner of the Props and Event Design Company, “One Step Above”. He has served as Board Member to several organizations in town like the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Rites Of Spring, Fiesta Hispanic Heritage Festival and Steel City Men’s Choir. In his spare time, he enjoys working on different art projects, traveling and hiking.  

Dr. Tommy Bice: Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation. Former Alabama Superintendent of Education

Dr. Tracee Synco: Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success, UAB. Parent

Ezra Shine: (retired). Coordinator of Prevention, Recovery, & alt. Programs - Birmingham City Schools

Tandy Hayes: Regions. Vice President Sales, Service & Performance Management

Dr. Karen Musgrove: 20 years employed at BAO, Adjunct Professor, UAB

Dr. Mike Wilson: Founding Principal