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FOUNDATION Annual Report l 2018-2019


As a public institution, ASMS is largely funded by the State of Alabama. The ASMS Foundation’s generous donors and partners supplement ASMS’s state budget to help current and future students discover and maximize their potential. The ASMS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are fully tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Consider donating today to support quality education in Alabama through ASMS. The ASMS Foundation is a Bronzelevel Guidestar participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparencey. For more information about Guidestar’s participant levels, visit guidestar.org. Copies of the ASMS Foundation’s audited financial statements may be requested from the Director of Development, Dr. Samantha Church, at schurch@asms.net.

Contact Us Dr. Samantha R. Church Director of Development Alabama School of Mathematics and Science Foundation 1255 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL 36604 Office: (251) 441-2120 schurch@asms.net






















From the Director of Development Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends, During my first few year at ASMS, I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome shown to me by everyone in our community. I am deeply grateful for the support each of you has given me, for the enthusiasm I see in our faculty and staff, for the transformational experience our students receive, and for the commitment of our alumni and parents. I look forward to the years ahead as together we make the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science the best it can be. I hope the pages of this Annual Report will help illustrate the meaning behind the phrase “thank you for your gift.” The education and experience provided to our students is the best in Alabama. The academic rigor sets us apart from other educational institutions, and our unique residential environment provides a living-learning setting ripe with leadership opportunities. The programs supported by the Foundation are only part of a greater picture. Countless volunteers also demonstrated their support for ASMS by giving their time and talent. From planning hall dinners, to sitting on committees, to helping with the summer work day, our volunteers never wavered in their support. Without a doubt, our campus is stronger and more vibrant because of our community of donors and volunteers. We are able to educate the next generation of Alabama’s leaders, scholars, and innovators because of YOU – our supporters. THANK YOU for all that you do to make ASMS the incredibly special place that it is today and the extraordinary place it will be tomorrow. With gratitude,


PARENTS GIVE BACK The Parent Association (PA) provides support to ASMS throughout the school year for numerous campus activities, programs, and events that enrich the ASMS community. The active collaboration between the school and the PA ensures student and community needs are met while providing opportunities for parents to stay connected and involved. At the start of the 2019 school year, ASMS PA member Stasia Dunlop shared, “With so much support and enthusiasm, I can’t wait to see what our Parent Association and school administration will accomplish this year. I am thankful to be a part of the PA Executive Committee and excited to be involved. It’s great to be part of the ASMS Dragon family.” The PA and school administration were thrilled to welcome our parents, guardians,

and family members to ASMS for Family Day in fall of 2019. At this event, the PA raised just over $10,000, which goes entirely towards student opportunities. One initiative the money is helping to fund is new audio-visual equipment in our Auditorium. The Parents’ Association also provides enrichment grants to support and enhance the learning experience, improve climate, and build a sense of community at ASMS. Grants have been awarded for new games and furniture for the student game room, campuswide Wi-Fi upgrade, new dormitory furniture, and Euros to be used in language classes. This past fall, the PA awarded over $20,000 in grant money and has opened up the application to award grants this spring as well. The PA has become a vital part of ensuring the continued progress, health, and unity of the ASMS community.





$2,310,918 $2,389,064


$13,788,893 $14,339,111 $14,931,249


$383,202 $313,383


Donations by Fund Total Percentage Academic $105,129 27% Greatest Need $201,846 52% Parent’s Association $15,439 4% Student Life $51,223 13% Other $16,600 4%

Greatest Need

The below items are a sampling of the programs and items supported last year from the Foundation’s Greatest Need Campaign: $33,345 Debakey Auditorium Seating, Painting, Carpet, and Lighting $35,000 Main Auditorium Ceiling Renovation $75,000 Girls Dorm 4th floor Painting, Lighting, and Flooring $19,087 Bedsole Lobby Furniture $6,361 Solar Screen Shades 4th floor Science Building $5,200 Cabinetry in CafÊ $28,798 New Outdoor Recreational Basketball, Badminton, Pickle Ball, and Shuffleboard Courts

The Class of 2019

Amherst University Auburn University Auburn University of Montgomery Berklee College of Music Costal Alabama Community College Dillard University Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology Howard University James Madison University Columbia University Massachusetts Institute of Technology University of Montevallo Oberlin College Oglethorpe University Parsons School of Design Rice University Santa Fe Community College University of South Florida Southern Union Community College Southern University and A & M College Tougaloo College The University of Alabama University of Alabama at Birmingham The University of Alabama in Huntsville United States Naval Academy University of Central Florida University of California San Diego University of Florida University of Miami University of Mississippi University of North Carolina Chapel Hill University of Rochester University of South Alabama Vanderbilt University Wellesley College Williams College Yale University

Pia Gorme Atmore Yale University

Chidimma Alilonlu Tuscaloosa Rice University

Riley Cushing Huntsville United States Naval Academy

Outstanding Alumna: ANNA WORD ‘14 Cancer Immunology Researcher Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) alumna, Anna Word is moving to New Haven, CT to help her research mentor found a new lab at Yale University. In the last year, Anna has been working with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a technician studying and researching cancer immunology. Anna graduated from Vanderbilt University (VU) with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Her original goal was to pursue a career in medicine as a doctor; however, due to her research experiences during her time as a student at VU, Anna realized she would enjoy pursuing a career in medicine as a researcher. “I finished all the classes for the pre-medical track at Vanderbilt, but I liked the work I was doing with research, and as I progressed with shadowing and gaining experience, I realized I enjoyed it more.” In the long term, Word is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and becoming an expert in her field, but her focus right now is working with her mentor to establish the research lab at Yale. Word connected with a post-doc member of her research team, Jeffrey Ishizuka, at Dana-Farber who was offered a faculty position at Yale. Word and Ishizuka will continue their research on cancer immunology with a focus on how to utilize the processes of the immune system to treat and perhaps one day cure cancer. When thinking about her upcoming next step, Word shared how ASMS had a positive impact on her life. As an ASMS student, Word had the opportunity to work in a mycology research lab at the University of South Alabama. She described how she was able to get a sense of what working in a lab was like day-to-day and how she was able to witness the joy and excitement that comes from a life of pursuing scientific knowledge. Furthermore, Word discussed her experiences at ASMS inside and outside the classroom. She

mentioned faculty member, Dr. Mitch Frye, who is now the ASMS Academic Dean. Word described Dr. Frye’s instructional techniques as being enjoyable while also truly teaching students what they needed to know to excel. “ASMS gave me the chance to do more academically which was helpful for college. Even in subjects I did not have AP credit in, I was more prepared for those courses at Vanderbilt,” says Word. She also shared how ASMS shaped her as a young adult. “ASMS gave me the opportunity to be independent and was instrumental in my learning to balance my ambition and school work with taking care of myself, which was also a great foundation for college,” says Word. Finally, as an ASMS alumna, Word encourages all current ASMS students to pursue the things they are most passionate about and not to just fill up their time for the sake of building their resume. “There’s a bigger picture out there than just the demands of high school, so students should try their absolute best while choosing to do things because they truly enjoy them,” says Word.

Outstanding Alumna: DR. SARA NAYEEM ‘95 A Combined Career in Medicine and Business Sara Nayeem, a 1995 graduate of the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS), has taken an interdisciplinary approach to her academic and professional career. Nayeem graduated from Harvard University in 1999 with an A.B. in Biology and from Yale University with M.D. and M.B.A. degrees in 2006. She is now working as a partner at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates in Maryland, where she invests in biopharma companies. What led Nayeem to pursue a career combining medicine and business? As an ASMS student, Nayeem enjoyed the myriad of academic courses available as well as the rigor of her classes. At the same time, she was involved in many extracurricular activities – SGA, youth legislature, yearbook, volunteering, residential council, and more. She shared, “ASMS made an extraordinary impact on my life. I was in class with smart and committed students taking high level courses that sometimes used the same textbooks as courses I later took in college. Outside of class, I had the chance to explore other interests, and it was vital to my development into a well-rounded person.” Nayeem described how her time at ASMS was also essential to her admission and ability to succeed at Harvard University. As an undergraduate student at Harvard, Nayeem began to more directly combine her background in science with her talents in business. Coming from a family of doctors and drawn to the biological sciences, Nayeem was considering medical school. At the same time, she was enjoying her economics classes and was learning about the business world through a part-time job at a local consulting firm.

a career in clinical medicine and matriculated to Yale. She later decided to pursue an M.B.A. degree as well after learning how other Yale Med alums with the dual degree were combining entrepreneurism, health policy work, and clinical practice. When asked about advice for students interested in such a program, Nayeem advised, “Only pursue it if you have at least a 50% chance of practicing medicine. Medical school is very intense and expensive, and there are other ways to combine business and healthcare academically and professionally if you do not intend to practice.” She explained how joint degree programs are more common now, so it is likely students will have broad career options to choose from based on their interests.

While at Yale, Nayeem still found she was drawn to the business industry, engaging in biotech consulting and working on a health policy journal at Yale Law School. She also worked as a summer intern at Merrill Lynch in the healthcare investment banking group, which she found combined finance, business After graduating from Harvard, Nayeem deferred her strategy, and a proximity to new innovations in admission to Yale School of Medicine and worked as biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. an investment banker for two years. At the close of her She graduated with the ability to practice medicine two years, Nayeem decided that she might still want but chose to accept a full-time offer at Merrill Lynch

instead of pursuing a medical residency. Nayeem’s career eventually led her from the investment banking industry back toward a role with a deep connection to medical innovation. She now works as a venture capitalist who finds new biopharma investments and helps build these companies as a board member. Nayeem is in regular conversation with entrepreneurs, researchers and other investors, evaluating emerging science, reviewing scientific studies and clinical trial data, considering regulatory approaches for portfolio companies, and analyzing opportunities for their risk and return potential. She talked about the relationships she has built with entrepreneurs and how she has felt honored to work with such visionary and committed scientists and drug developers. When asked to share her own advice with ASMS students, Nayeem said,

“You don’t have to know your ultimate destination. There are so many interesting things to do in the world, and it can be hard to know the ideal career for you until you have tried a few things. Being open to different academic and career opportunities can help move students toward their next job and ultimately toward the most fulfilling career for them.” Nayeem looks back fondly on her own time at ASMS, remembering off campus walks to Krispy Kreme and laughing about when she pulled her first all-night study session. From academic opportunities, to social and emotional development, to instilling discipline, motivation, and perseverance, Nayeem says, “It all started at ASMS.”

Outstanding Alumnus: DR. RYAN SHELBY ‘02 Outstanding Civil Servant

ASMS Alumnus Dr. Ryan Shelby (class of 2002) is a celebrated engineer, diplomat, and community developer. Dr. Shelby was working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) when Hurricane Matthew struck and devastated the island of Haiti. For his leadership in rebuilding and revitalizing the island, Dr. Shelby was recently honored by the Partnerships for Public Service nonprofit with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for National Security and International Affairs.

California, Berkeley, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. During his doctoral program at UC Berkeley, Shelby conducted research on sustainable energy for underserved communities, which sparked in him a passion for the developmental side of engineering as well as public service.

Shelby talked about the value of public service in this way, “Working in public service is my chance to give back to the American people and to have a meaningful, positive impact on people’s daily lives Dr. Shelby’s career in public service began long through massive scale before his work with USAID. Shelby grew up in projects. I chose to Lowndes County in Letohatchee, Alabama on a join the federal farm. There he learned the value of hard work and government education from his parents who took special note of professionally how Shelby was not being properly because challenged in school. Shelby’s mother, an educator the federal herself, encouraged him to participate in programs and state with the Alabama School of Mathematics and governments Science (ASMS) in Mobile, Alabama including the essentially Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) Project and the paid for my Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) summer camp education which is still ongoing to this day. from 2000 until 2013. After his summer experiences with ASMS, Shelby ASMS is applied and was accepted to the school. When funded by asked about the impact ASMS had on his life, Shelby the taxpayers described, “Throughout my career I have continually in Alabama, used the study skills I learned as a student at and much of my ASMS – gathering, breaking down, and processing funding for college and information in order to apply it to political, technical, graduate school came from or social arenas. ASMS also gave me a firm foundation scholarships and federal grants.” in goal setting. It is all about being willing to try, and I can always go back to In his years of giving back through public service, the drawing board and recalibrate as needed.” Shelby held science and technical fellowships in Washington, D.C. and then began his career with Shelby went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in USAID, working as an engineer in D.C., Haiti, and now Mechanical Engineering from Alabama Agricultural South Africa. His role with USAID involves working and Mechanical University, a Master of Science as both an engineer in the country and a diplomatic in Mechanical Engineering from the University of attaché for the U.S. Embassy. He engages in

everything from infrastructure reconstruction, market development, international relations, and simply sharing about the goodness of the American people. It is for his work with USAID in and around Port-auPrince, Haiti that Dr. Shelby was specifically awarded the National Security and International Affairs Medal at the Sammies award ceremony in October 2019. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti as a Category 4 storm, affecting more than 2 million residents, killing 546 people and causing an estimated $2 billion in damage. Shelby worked with his team to support reconstruction efforts, securing buy-in from local leaders; managing material shortages and preventing theft; investing in local contractors; and training locals to perform hurricaneresistant repairs. His work led to the rebuilding of nearly 5,000 homes and roofs in southern Haiti since July 2018, making structures safer and stronger to withstand future disasters. The Sammies have earned a reputation as the premier awards program recognizing innovation and leadership in the federal government. “Our nation’s health and safety depend in significant measure on the work of career civil servants, who are largely unknown to the American people,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “We are working to change that with our Service to America Medals, which are designed to showcase the remarkable work taking place every day on behalf of all of us.” Dr. Shelby received his award on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 in Washington, D.C. He is an outstanding civil servant who has made significant contributions to the health, safety, and prosperity of our country and will continue to do so well into the future.

Future Directions As we look ahead to the school’s future, it is bright. Here are just a few examples of how we plan to secure the school’s success and to consistently develop Alabama’s next generation of leaders, scholars, and citizens.


The school and foundation boards recently approved a four-part plan which will guide and strengthen the ASMS community across the next five years.


ASMS juniors will apply and be selected for this program in which they conduct scholarly research and complete a research portfolio through the guidance of ASMS faculty members.


ASMS Ambassadors and Peer Advisors will participate in leadership development and experiential learning that maximizes their potential to do the extraordinary and lead with purpose.


ASMS is committed to staying on the vanguard of educational change, so we are introducing new classes. Examples include Microbial Ecology, Ethics and Government, Finite Mathematics, and Computational Material Science.


ASMS students will participate in an orientation class their first term which strengthens their resilience, health, and ability to thrive in a residential community with high academic expectations.


Our alumni are leading the way and transforming the communities, states, nations, and world around them. ASMS will celebrate the excellence of our alumni and industry leaders who are daily living the ASMS mission statement.



This list recognizes donors who made a gift during fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019).

$50,000+ Hearin - Chandler Foundation State of Alabama $25,000+ AIMS Nilesh Patel, ‘93 $10,000+ Ann Bedsole Community Foundation of South Alabama Crampton Trust (The) Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding Stephen McMillan $5,000+ Anonymous Best Buy Foundation Exxon Mobil Corporation $2,500+ Scott Goodfriend, ‘06 Greek Orthodox Church Mississippi State University Olin Corporation Salesforce.org YourCause Corporate Giving $1,000+ Geoffrey and Mariahelen Alilonu Forrest and Susan Beeco Walter Bell Benevity Charities Mark and Dianne Bernasconi Clark Oil Company Steve Commander John DeWitt Keith Foster, ‘99 Terra Engineering, LLC John and Glenna Hoyle Tinsley Hutson-Wiley, ‘93 Paul Klotz Jonathan Lahti, ‘09 Northrop Grumman Foundation Richard Riley, ‘04 Jack and Leslie Schall, Jr. Daniel and Frances Svyantek

Thompson Engineering Larry and Susan Turner Edzard and Vicky van Santen Bradley and Gina Warren Carl ‘95 and Julia `96 Williams Ryan Williams, ‘97 Michael Windom Charles Yarbrough ‘95 $500+ Adam Belsches, ‘00 Seesaw Learning, Inc William Ashurst, ‘94 Jo and Janee Bonner Christina Cooley Rachel Dabrowski, ‘94 Glenton Davis Eichold Family Foudation Brian Hard ‘96 and Heather Forehand ‘96 Stephen and Shannon Gandy Taedong Gong Karin Hardiman, ‘94 Charlie and Penny Huffman Katharine Morrill, ‘98 Christopher Nichols, ‘94 Robert Renden, ‘93 Spherion Staffing Services Truist Johnny and Keiko Tyler United Way of Acadiana, Inc University of Alabama Mr. John Warren Elizabeth Weinacker, ‘93 Cheryl Williams $250+ Paul Annan and Renee McMurry Powell and Rita Brewton Claude and Paula Burger Health Foundation Inc Daniel Commander Anthony and Brenda Crear Sally FitzMaurice, ‘96 Elizabeth Hall Richard and Janice Harper Brian Harrison, ‘99 IBM Employee Services Center Ian Lai, ‘98 Don and Debbie Langham

Eliska Morgan Lucian and Jane Newman Robert and Judith O’Connor Karen Palazzini John Petty Amanda Phillips John Charles Prince and Lakur Yu Emily Proctor, ‘99 Elizabeth Richardson, ‘95 Michael and Deborah Robson Misun Shin and Youngwa Lee William and Linda Steele Mark Suto $100+ Bradley Thomas, ‘94 Bilikisu Alabi Loi Truong and Trang Tran Ruth McMullin, ‘93 United Way Metro Chicago Eileen Beardsley, ‘00 Lena Walton Jim and Linda Barnes Dale and Martha White BBVA Compass Bank Employee Giving Program Timothy and Toronto Wilder Mark and Ann Bolding Chris ‘00 and Samantha ‘01 Boles $1 - $99 Clinton and Christine Boyd Michael and Meg Alarie Sarah Brewer, ‘00 Mark and Tamera Barkey Justin Brooks, ‘94 Elmer and Lorna Barnett Milton and Marget Brown Derek Barry Kim Brunson Amy Bischoff-Smith, ‘93 Carole Campbell Joshua and Melissa Blevins Matching Employee Funds Keith and Heather Bowen Christopher Cornelius, ‘97 Brian and Jennifer Braden Jeffrey Cotten, ‘99 Daniel and Kristi Bramblett Stanley and Gladys Daniels Darrin and Melissa ‘95 Burnett Jennifer Deavers, ‘93 Lisa Burroughs Ronald and Vivian Dorsey Steven and Tara Bustos Fred and Adele Endom Elizabeth Caldwell Charles and Ramona Flynn Humankind Employee Funds Chris Fulmer Russell and Samantha Church John Garrett, ‘96 Kerry and Teressa Clark Monica Gray, ‘95 David and Amy Cockrell Dona Haas Dean and Tiziana Cornelius Nelson and Kathy Hanks Milinda Crenshaw Home Depot Cumulus Media New Holdings Inc. James Horton Ron and Terrye Dachelet Steve and Peggy Hulcher Michael and Vickie Davis Jessica Hunter, ‘94 Rodney and Lauren Decker Island Orthodontics David and Peggy Delmas Vivian Jackson Amanda DelPonte Calvin and Christa Jones Kevin and Kristine Dolbeare Robert and Meg Jones Jay and Jennifer Dorris Trieu Li and May Hoang Robert and Melisa Dotson Stephen Martin, ‘95 Nicole Dubose Audrey McKee, ‘03 Danny and Anastasia Dunlop Kevin McKenzie ‘95 Jason and Renee Dyken Diego Echeverri Carla Eckenrod


Louis and Phyllis Lombardy Danny and Debbie Manning Dwight and Emily McGough David and Melinda Mercer Stephen and Alexandra Naylor Sara Neale, ‘03 Network for Good Virginia Spencer, ‘98 John and Virginia Stimpson T. Bragg Van Antwerp Jessica Wade, ‘99 Elizabeth Weaver


Kristy Elderkin Jesse and Esther Ellard Richard Ellenburg Tyrone Fenderson Jurgen and Anne Forschler Tarrasch frontstream Chris and Michelle French Terry and Judy Fry Sriramprasad Mupparaju and Manjula Garapati Robert and Sandra Gellings Allyson Glenn Juan and Maria Gutierrez Walter ‘95 and Sandi Handley Ann Hearin Stephen and Susan Henderson Ginger Hicks Cristi Hitt Richard Kim and Karri Holley Xiaoyan Hong Duncan and Jessica Hope Glen Hutson, ‘96 Mark and Christy Inabinett Steven James and Sarah Duncan Amanda Johnson Ron and April Johnson Connie Johnson Sebastien and Vanessa Joly Amanda Junkin George and Nissa Kennedy Cassandra King Diana King Brendan Kirby Royce and Carrie Knight Aaron Kuntz Jordan Latham James Laugelli and Heather Delker Joseph and Theresa Ladnier Kaija Lazda, ‘01 Dayna and Dana Lee Hye K Lee and Sang Roh Rebecca Lentjes, ‘08 Christopher and Jennifer Lott John and Pamela K MacDonald Kumuthmallar Maniam and Kumaresan Subramaniam Catherine Mayhugh Ashley McCaleb Alan McCrispin Susan McCrispin James and Aimee McDonough Lee and Lydia McMichael Judy McRee

Kathy Moates Jason and Beatrice Moffitt Heather Morgan Derya Mueller Stephen and Alexandra Naylor Nicole Neese Holly Nelson William and Sheree R Nelson James and Patricia Neno Hang ‘93 and Duy Nguyen Milton and Joy Nichols Rudder and Quionna Norris Parthenia Oliver Bryan Op’t Holt, ‘97 Sameka Parks Praful and Jaishree Patel Bruce and Sarah Perdue Rhonda and Michael Plumlee Marni Presnall Randall and Marilyn Price John and Mrs Brandy E Queen Scott and Nicole Reid Harry and Lisa Roddy Jose and Zayra Sanchez Joshua and Angela Sheffield Tejaswini and Nagendra Shetty Matthew and Rachelle Shoemake Debbie Shore Jesse Simpson Agnes E. Smith Daniel Stanford, ‘98 Timothy and Mallie Steele Robert Stewart Mark and Marilyn Taylor Tom and Stefanie Templeton Ernest and Susan Thomas Marcelus and Terry Todd L. E. Tran Chris and Melinda Tyler Carolyn Vaccaro Erik and Carrie Varnum Pieter and Helda Visscher Heather Waldrop Candice Walker-Little Lara Watson Dale and Cindy Watts Jamie and Philip Willett Daniel and Sussan Winn Charles and Heather Womble Calvin Yamin Qiu and Chang Yang David and Amy Zislin

The ASMS Foundation has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the above list. Please contact the Foundation Office at 251-441-2120 if your name is not properly represented so that our records can be corrected.


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