My name is Jena Anderson. I was born and raised in Houston County, AL. I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators) with a BS in Business and went on to work in healthcare. My husband, Dan Anderson, and I have 2 sons, Will and Drew. We moved to Andalusia in 2018.
My first introduction to Meredith’s Miracles was through the Valentines Store. I was impressed with the mission behind the fundraiser and loved the community involvement. I have continued to co-chair this event and have made a “few” candy sundaes.
I joined the board in 2019 and was honored to be voted President in 2022. I continue to be amazed by the community’s generosity and the impact Meredith’s Miracles has on so many families. It is humbling to be a part of God’s work serving others!
My name is Gail Grimes, and I am the Vice President on the Board of Directors for Meredith's Miracles. I am a graduate of Andalusia High School and LBWCC. I am retired from the Admissions Office of LBWCC. I have enjoyed being a volunteer and board member of this foundation for years. I am married to Ted Grimes, and we have two children and three granddaughters.
My favorite fundraisers are Cookies with Characters and the Valentine's Store. I love working
at Cookies with Characters and seeing all the characters interact with the children. This has been truly special through the years because we had granddaughters that were characters. Our oldest granddaughter was the first recipient of the Meredith's Miracles Miracle Maker Award. I also love the Valentine's Store. Some of my first volunteer hours were spent making sundaes at several of the first stores on the Square. I love seeing some of the customers that come every year to shop.
My husband and I do what we call "Meredith's Miracles Monday." We take items to the Thrift Store every Monday, and of course, we like to shop!
Our hearts are truly with Meredith's Miracles!!!
My name is Sonja Hines, and I am from Andalusia, AL. I moved to Andalusia from Orlando, Florida, when I was in the fourth grade (Umm...a few years ago) and I have lived here ever since. I am married to Keith Hines, have three children and five grandchildren. Amy Williamson is my daughter, and my sons are Tom Hines and Jason Hines. I am a proud Gigi to Lincoln, Rush, Remington, Saylor, and Presley Hines. I retired from a 31-year educational career in January 2020 as a District Administrator from Andalusia City Schools. It was an honor to work and serve in public education with Andalusia City Schools as this is my Alma Mater (graduated from AHS in 1981.)
My favorite fundraiser is Cookies with Characters. It is a lot of work but when you see the fun that children are having while watching their favorite characters on stage or visiting with them in person, it makes it all worthwhile. There is absolutely nothing more heartwarming than to see a child’s precious smile.
History of Board Service
I have been on the Meredith’s Miracle Board since 2015. When asked why is this important to me, I find myself answering with a two-fold answer. First, it is a wonderful organization that supports families with non-medical expenses related to childhood medical emergencies. Secondly, I think about Meredith and how her mom and I were pregnant with girls at the same time. My daughter, Amy, was born five days after Meredith and they would have been classmates. Her memory and what her family went through pull at this momma’s heartstrings and reminds me that you never
know when something like this will impact
your family. Therefore, I have chosen to support this organization with time
and service to honor Meredith’s memory while helping others who are
having to deal with medical struggles their child and families are experiencing.
Hi, my name is Hope Weaver I was born and raised in Opp, AL. I married to Andrew Weaver also from Opp. We are the proud parents of two of the most precious boys. John Woodrow also known as JW he is 5 years old and a Kindergarten student at Straughn Elementary and our youngest Tatum he is our sweet angel in heaven. I'm very honored to be a board member of Meredith's Miracle Organization. I've been a member since November 2020. Back in 2019, I was introduced to Meredith's Miracles firsthand. We were in the hospital due to pregnancy complications which resulted to Tatum's premature birth at 22 weeks gestion and once he was born and in the NICU we were told we would have an extended stay. In fact, we ended up in the NICU 2 1/2 hours away from home for a total of 207 days. Meredith's Miracles helped my family in I with non-medical financial support along the way. They paid for the going rate of $12 a day at the Ronald McDonald house where we stayed, and on several occasions, they deposited money to our personal account for things like gas, food, etc. So, needless to say, this organization is very special to my heart and I proud to a part of this nonprofit organization that does such great things right here in the same county where my family I are from. I want to encourage you to come to a fund-raising event or donate if you can so you can also be a part of Meredith's Miracles.
Full time resident of Covington County since 1980
Graduated from Andalusia High School in 1993
Is Married to Jeremie Shaffer of Andalusia and
has two children Lorren and Riley
Frank has been involved with MM by way of Cookies
with Characters for several years .
He is a very active member of our community. Always coming out to support whatever group is doing whatever thing.
Frank and Jeremie are also Family Pastors at Andalusia Bible Church in Andalusia.
My name is June Simpson. My husband Curtis and
I live in Andalusia. I have lived in Andalusia all my life and
can’t think of a better place to live.
I have four children: Janna, Jonathan, Jaime and
Jeffery. I am blessed to be Gran to 8 wonderful
grandchildren, one of whom was Janna’s daughter
Meredith. When Meredith was only three years old, she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, and she unfortunately passed away at the age of five. During this time our community surrounded our family with prayer along with financial and emotional support.
As a way to honor Meredith’s memory and to keep her legacy alive, we formed Meredith’s Miracles, Inc., as a way to pay forward the tremendous love and support we received in our time of need because we understand all too well the many stressful financial and emotional struggles families face during these difficult times. We have grown Meredith's Miracles, Inc., from serving not just families in our local community but to 27 counties across Alabama, and we are working toward growing our services to encompass the entire state. One of the greatest accomplishments of my life has been founding Meredith's Miracles and keeping my granddaughter’s legacy alive for generations to come. It’s hard for me to believe one sweet little
girl and the love surrounding her has touched so many lives in the past
and will continue to do so in the future.
Matt McQuay is a Covington County native, born at Andalusia Regional Hospital in 1993. With the exception of weekdays while at Troy, and one year away teaching in Phenix City, I have lived in Covington County all of my life, and recently built a house in Andalusia.
Graduating from Straughn High School in 2011, I enrolled at LBWCC where I was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (International Honor Society of the 2 year college systems) under the direction of Heather Owen. While in the PTK, I had the opportunity to go to the PTK international convention in San Jose, California and meet with other delegates from around the world. I was also involved with, and President of the LBW chapter of the Civitan Club. After graduating with my Associates Degree, I transferred to Troy University to pursue a degree in Social Sciences Secondary Education, graduating in the Spring of 2016.
April 2011-October 2012 - Little Caesars of Andalusia
November 2011-July 2013 - Radio Shack of Andalusia
August 2011-Present - WAAO Radio
2016-2017 - South Girard School in Phenix City
2017-2022 - 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Andalusia Elementary School
2022-Present - Technology Coordinator & Safety Director at Andalusia City Schools
My heart is in community service. Though I have participated with various groups over the years, I have been most active in Andalusia Community Christmas. I've served with them since 2011 with the exception of one year.
Favorite Fundraiser: Christmas Toy Shop at Candyland
Mrs. SalLee S. Sasser-Williams is Director of Operations for Sasser Enterprises, Inc. Sasser Enterprises, Inc. is a family-owned health care managing company based in Andalusia. Sasser Enterprises, Inc. manages Savannah Terrace Assisted Living and Andalusia Manor Health Care & Rehab in Andalusia and Southland Nursing Home located in Marion, Alabama. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 2004, a Licensed Assisted Living Administrator since 2008, a Certified Risk Manager since 2005, and a Certified Nursing Assistant since 1995. SalLee is currently the Administrator at Savannah Terrace Assisted Living.
SalLee is currently serving as the Past Chair of the Alabama Nursing Home Association Board of Directors. Prior, SalLee served the Alabama Nursing Home Association Board for over 15 years as Region 8 Director as well as Secretary. Region 8 includes ANHA member nursing home facilities located in Barbour,
Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties. She also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the ANHA Louis Cottrell, Jr. Education Foundation. She is also involved on the Membership/Ethics/Charter & Bylaws (Past Chairperson), Associate Membership (Board Representative), Legislative, Public Relations, Convention/Education, Facility Standards/Quality Assurance,
Human Resource, Life Safety & Physical Plant, Best Practices, Rural Rehab, and the ALF Task Force Committees. She is an Individual Member of the Assisted Living Association of Alabama. She is a member of the Task Force for the National Administrator Board of Examiners as well as a member of the RCAL
Examination subcommittee. She is a 2009 American Health Care Association Future Leader. SalLee also serves as Secretary and Board Trustee for the Alabama Nursing Home Association Worker’s Compensation
Program, CareComp. She is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for SeniorSelect Partners, LLC which is an Integrated Care Network organization for home and community-based programs. She is also the Secretary for
SIMPRA Advantage, a statewide, Alabama managed health care plan. SalLee is a member of Associated Care Ventures and the Alabama Select Network – ICN Board of Directors that provides Medicaid members support through case management, education, and outreach services. SalLee is a past Chair for the State of Alabama Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators and is a board member for the State of Alabama Board of Examiners of Assisted Living Administrators. She is a past ANHA representative for the State of Alabama
Department of Public Health Licensure Advisory Board. She serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Pharmacy Care Associates. She is also a representative for Crenshaw County and Secretary for the South-
Central Alabama Mental Health Board that serves Butler, Coffee, Covington, and Crenshaw Counties. She is a board member for Meredith’s Miracles. SalLee also is the Vice-President of Hammer Industrial, LLC which is an
industrial construction company that she owns with her husband. She was awarded the Andalusia Office Professionals Association Boss of the Year for 2019-2020.
SalLee is a 1994 College Preparatory Honors graduate of Crenshaw Christian Academy in Luverne and a 2001 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Troy State University with emphasis in management, finance, marketing, and administration. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for
Crenshaw Christian Academy, a board member and Past President of the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce, a Past President of the LBWCC Foundation, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Crenshaw County Relay for Life committee from 1999-2009 and Chair for 5 of those years.
SalLee resides in Brantley with her husband Tony and together they have four children, twin daughters, MyLee and MalLee (12) and sons, Chase (20) and Blake (18). She is the daughter of Ms. Sheila H. Sasser of Luverne and the late G. Dale Sasser.
Bill Dillman's life has been a testament to unwavering commitment, both to his professional endeavors, his personal life, and his deep faith. With a remarkable career spanning 26 years, he has left an indelible mark on the world of non-profit organizations, and his journey continues to inspire those around him.
As Vice President of Marketing and Development for a prominent National Non-Profit, Bill dedicated over two decades to a cause he held close to his heart. His tenure was marked by transformative leadership, visionary strategies, and an unyielding determination to make a difference. Under his astute guidance, the organization's budget experienced an astonishing growth, surging from 11 million to over 25 million dollars. Bill's ability to inspire philanthropic support and rally stakeholders around a shared vision was nothing short of remarkable.
However, Bill's dedication to making a positive impact extends beyond the boardroom. A year ago, he embarked on a new chapter of his life in the picturesque town of Andalusia. In this charming Southern enclave, Bill took on the monumental task of restoring a historical home, breathing new life into a piece of local heritage. His commitment to preserving the past while embracing the present is a reflection of his character – a blend of tradition and innovation that defines him.
But perhaps the most enduring testament to Bill Dillman's character is his enduring marriage to June, a union that has spanned an incredible 46 years. Their partnership is a source of strength, love, and inspiration, and their journey together is a testament to the values of commitment, trust, and mutual support that they hold dear. Together, they have one beloved son and are the proud grandparents of two cherished grandchildren.
Bill's dedication doesn't stop at his family and career; it extends to his faith and community. He serves in leadership roles at Southside Baptist Church, where his commitment to faith-based values and community service shines brightly. His involvement in the church exemplifies his desire to give back and be a positive force for change in the lives of those around him.
Bill Dillman's life is a compelling narrative of leadership, growth, faith, family, and enduring love. He has made a profound impact on the non-profit sector, his local community, and the hearts of those fortunate enough to know him. As he continues to explore new horizons and create a lasting legacy, Bill remains an exemplar of dedication, integrity, and the enduring power of love, faith, and family.