10 Women Of Spirit

By Kym Klass
Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

The women stand out for what they believe in. For their work and its meaning. For their life — and from it, how they give back to their community.

They are 10 Women of Spirit, and they encapsulate dedication, a desire to do good. They feed the hungry, mentor our future military leaders, they have found their place in the church and they provide outreach to the poorest and most underprivileged in our own backyard.

And they all believe that what they do is their calling.

In honor of Women’s History Month, theMontgomery Advertiser recognizes 10 women in the River Region who demonstrate passion, leadership, creativity, and who are bold and confident in their approach to life and work. They are age 45 and younger, and cover all sectors in the community: business, nonprofit, government, education (K-12), education (collegiate), volunteerism, military, entrepreneur, religion, and a “wildcard” category.

They are Holly Caraway, Khristen Carlson, Catrina Cole, Robin Davies, Ashley Davis, Porscha Echols, Julia Henig, Traci Howell, Rhea Ingram and Angela Kornegay James.

Fighting for all Alabamians
Holly Caraway, 33, government

As the chief counsel in the office of the Senate minority leader in the Alabama Legislature, Caraway is passionate about her job for numerous reasons.

“I worked at a nonprofit that worked with children,” she said of work she previously did in Birmingham. “I was an attorney working with domestic violence victims, so being able to transition into the government sector … I get to work on policy that affects all Alabamians.”

She has worked as the chief counsel since February 2012. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the YMCA of Central Alabama in Birmingham, and a staff representative with the Jefferson County American Federation of Teachers.

“I work with eight state senators that really hold the same belief system that I do,” Caraway said. “And so it’s wonderful to be able to go to work every day and work for people that fight for all Alabamians, whether it’s access for quality public education, or quality healthcare, or access to mental health services. I get to work on a wide variety of issues.”

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