10 Women Of Spirit

Those groups include St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and New Hope Academy.

In 2007, Davis attained her multi-million dollar producer status, and has been able to maintain the status every year since. In 2009, she assisted in the opening of a new franchise, Exit Realty Preferred. And in 2011, made the decision to go on her own with Realty Connection in Prattville.

In 2014, she opened the door to other agents. And since August, Realty Connection has grown from one agent to seven agents.

"I'm very excited about this," she said. "I never saw the company growing this fast and this far, and it's very important to me because it says that Realty Connection is out there doing exactly what I wanted it to do. I have clients who have followed me through my career ... and that's one of our things that we like, is the connection that we make with other people."

Realty Connection can be found online at www.ahomewithrobin.com

Strong sense of call in the church Ashley Davis, 37, religion Davis was an undergrad student at Auburn who thought she would enter the medical field. Instead today, she is an associate pastor at Woodland United Methodist Church in Pike Road.

"I had an experience one night where I just felt like I was wrapped in the arms of God and the amazing love of God," she said. "And I started having these experiences where words would just come to me like a book being flipped.

"And I had this strong desire to share those words with other people. It was kind of alarming to me. I was kind of introverted at the time, and the idea of getting in front of people and sharing those things was frightening."

Davis, a native of Luverne, and a graduate of Auburn University where she earned a bachelor of science degree, said her call continued as she attended seminary at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, which is part of Emory University.

From there, she continued her calling in other ways, and not just in teaching and preaching words, "but also in being able to share God's love in tangible ways, whether that was through celebrating the sacraments of Holy communion and baptism, or being able to reach out and help those who are in need, to help those who are hungry or thirsty, or those who are in prison.

"To help and heal those who are sick as well."

Davis has served at Woodland for a couple of years, having previously served in smaller churches in northern Elmore County and also in campus ministry for eight years at the Troy University Wesley Foundation.

For the last three years, she served the Trinity-Wallsboro charge, and has also served on the board for the Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity for several years, as well as on the board for the Elmore County Food Pantry. She has served throughout the Alabama-West Florida Conference as an elder in the United Methodist Church.

"My dad is a doctor, and my mom is a nurse," Davis said. "Everyone in my family is in medicine in one way or another. I thought I would do that. I thought I would help people through medicine."

Woodland UMC can be found online at www.woodlandontheweb.org

Changing the heart of the children Porscha Echols, 28, volunteer At Common Ground Montgomery at Washington Park, Echols loves the idea of reaching a community by changing the heart of the children first. Echols, a volunteer with the ministry for three years, believes that will matriculate into their parents, and into their homes.

Common Ground Montgomery is an inner-city/urban youth ministry serving the Washington Park and Gibbs Village communities.

"I really see it as a privilege to be able to volunteer," she said. "There's a ministry here that gives their time away daily, and for me to be able to come alongside and just alleviate for just a moment, or just an hour, the regular stresses they have is just a privilege.

"I volunteer ... because I believe the Lord commands us to do, to give back, to share, to teach. I volunteer because ... it's not burdensome, it's not a hard thing to do. It's an honor."

And since living here and working, and volunteering, Echols says she has grown as a Christian, as a woman, and as a servant.

Having graduated from Tuskegee University in 2008, Echols was born in California, and after a few years, moved to Oklahoma before returning to California where she graduated from high school.

"I went to a college expo for historically black colleges, and they were doing on-the-spot admissions," she said. "I wired it down to one (college) in Louisiana and Tuskegee. My godsister called when there was a hurricane in Louisiana, and I thought ... no."

On Wednesday nights, Echols teaches a Bible study to fourth- and fifth-grade girls. Other times find the Johnnie Carr Middle School sixth-grade teacher spending what time she can with the children.

"I really think it gives them an understanding of what true service is," she said. "Well people are not in need of a doctor. Children who can't do a lot for themselves are in need of as much support as possible. As volunteers, we can provide a level of support." Common Ground Montgomery can be found online at http://cgmlife.org

Healthcare in central Alabama "very fulfilling" Julia Henig, 39, business Henig, vice president of business development at Baptist Health, said her job brought her to Montgomery 11 years ago. She and Baptist Health CEO Russ Tyner were brought to the city as part of a UAB health system management team, she said, to "provide a turnaround for the Baptist Health system here. What was supposed to be six months has turned into 11 years, and it has turned into the best thing that has ever happened to me."

Before joining Baptist Health, Henig served as assistant planning and strategy officer and assistant executive director for strategic ventures at UAB Health System in Birmingham. She also is very civic-minded, serving on numerous boards and committees, including being president of the Montgomery City-County Public Library board; a member of the Healthy Minds Network Leadership Council; on the community needs assessment committee with the River Region United Way; and since 2004, as a board member of the Montgomery Baptist Outreach Services Corporation.

"I just love my career," she said. "To be afforded an opportunity at such a young age to actually make a difference and to come into a community and really turn things around and have success. We're all very proud of the healthcare delivered here in central Alabama, and to have the run that we've had and the successes we've had, and really affecting healthcare in central Alabama is very fulfilling."

Henig is board certified in health care management and holds a master of science in health administration, master of business administration and certificate of gerontology from UAB. She also completed the Global Leadership in Health Care Program at the University of Michigan, and graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of business administration degree.

While at Ole Miss, Henig was the captain of the women's volleyball team, and earned All-SEC athletic and academic honors.

Giving back, reaching the youth Traci Howell, 33, wildcard Howell works as a program acquisitions manager at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. What most of her office doesn't know, is what she does outside of work. That includes her work as a coordinator for the Teen Board at the Shoppes at EastChase, founder of Tie and Doll, a member of the Capital City Club Inner Circle and of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a member of the Montgomery chapter of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and of the EMERGE Montgomery Torchbearers Leadership Program, Class III.

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