Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature

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Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature


Pam McDaniel, director of the Area Agency on Aging at West Alabama Regional Commission, has announced the representatives to the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature for the districts in the West Alabama region.

The Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature is a nonpartisan, model legislature of citizen volunteers age 60 and older elected or appointed by their peers to represent the interests of older Alabamians. The Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature works in cooperation with the Alabama Aging Network, including the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the 13 Area Agencies on Aging.

District 16: Carol Abernathy of Fayette is a retired educator. She taught for 36 years in the Jackson County, Winfield City and Fayette County school systems.

Abernathy is a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. She is also a member of the Walnut Volunteer Fire Department and Newtonville Senior/Community Center.

Abernathy has served as District 3 director of the Alabama Education Retirees Association and as vice president and president of the Fayette County Education Retirees Association.

She is also a member of the Kennedy Order of Eastern Star. She is married to Monroe Abernathy.

District 61: Dora Johnson is a Pickens County native. Johnson worked in the Pickens County school system but spent most of her career as director of the Carrollton Housing Authority.

Johnson is a member at Carrollton First United Methodist Church. She is also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 4767. Johnson also serves as chairwoman of the Pickens County Human Resources Board and is on the Pickens County Hospital Foundation Board.

As president of the Pickens County Courthouse Foundation, Johnson has worked for restoration of the historic Pickens County Courthouse. Members of the Pickens County Judicial System recently named the courtroom the Dora Johnson Courtroom in her honor.

This will be Johnson's third term in the Alabama Silver-Haired Legislature. She has two daughters, one son, two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

District 62: Jackie Williams, a Washington, D.C., native, has lived in Tuscaloosa for more than 30 years. She has more than 40 years of nursing experience and has worked in D.C., Maryland, Georgia and Alabama.

Williams is a retired nurse educator from Shelton State Community College.

Williams is serving her second term as vice president to the Alabama State Nurses Association and also serves on the board of the Murphy

African-American Museum. …

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