Meet Tiffany J. Barnes: An Educator Dedicated to Serving Others

by Javaughnae Malone May 11, 2023 494

Meet Tiffany J. Barnes, a seventh-grade English Language Arts teacher at Palmer Pillans Middle School. She is diligent, transformative, and creative. These qualities are reflected in her teaching style. Tiffany’s favorite quote is from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “The function of Education is to teach one to think intensively and to […]

Meet Dr. Kimberly Mariah Hardin: An Educator Creating An Impact

by Javaughnae Malone May 10, 2023 391

Dr. Kimberly Mariah Hardin is resilient, ambitious, and blessed. She is a trained Speech Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) and founder of Exotic Inflatables, LLC. She takes us into her world as a teacher and entrepreneur. Get ready to be inspired by her journey.   How it all started While growing up, Dr. Hardin was inspired by […]

Mary Parker Goodwin: An Educator Committed to Serving Others

by Javaughnae Malone May 09, 2023 528

Mary Parker Goodwin is a school counselor and Ladybugs Boutique, LLC owner. Her passion for education and love for fashion has allowed her to find a balance between both worlds. In this blog post, we’ll get to know Mary better and learn from her journey as a successful teacher-entrepreneur.      How It All Started […]

T.J. McCord: The Entrepreneur Turned Teacher on a Mission to Impact Kids

by Javaughnae Malone May 08, 2023 470

TJ McCord is a charismatic, responsible, and trustworthy educator on a mission to impact kids’ lives positively. His favorite quote is “Don’t Pray When It Rains…..if you don’t pray when the sun shines….” This quote helps to remind him to keep God in everything he does.   How it all started  As we fondly call […]

Meet Sabrina Howard Making Bold Waves One Paint Stroke At A Time

by Javaughnae Malone March 30, 2023 695

Sabrina Howard is the CEO/founder of Breative LLC, a fine artist and creative; she lives and breathes Visual art/fine art. How it all started   Ever since she was little, she recalls: “I’ve always loved visual arts and wanted to be an artist; very early on, I decided it would be my career choice. So, […]


by Javaughnae Malone February 15, 2023 1,884

For Immediate Release MOBILE, AL, Feb. 15, 2023 – Vivian’s Door, an economic justice 501(c)3 nonprofit, has received a two-year, $80,000 grant from PNC Foundation to support programs focusing on developing entrepreneurs and low-income small businesses in underserved communities in South Alabama. The organization aims to facilitate community development and economic success through local minority […]

Childhood Friends Working Together to Build Generational Wealth

by Javaughnae Malone February 10, 2023 557

Meet Grady Mason, Jr., Demarco Holt, Richard Striverson, and Ernest Battles, our Day 10 Heroes of Gratitude co-owners of Bird Express LLC, headquartered in Mobile, AL. With a burning desire to work together, build generational wealth, and make their communities better, Grady, Demarco, Richard, and Ernest, childhood friends, maritime industry partners, and managers with over 60 years […]

Meet the Koens: A Power Couple Shaping Their Community

by Javaughnae Malone January 30, 2023 542

Today, we applaud Larry Koen, Jr., CEO, and Carita Koen, COO of Green Magic Landscape. Carita and her husband, Larry, founded the company in April 2016. Together, this amazing power couple has built a successful lawn maintenance and landscape business with many awards to their name while raising four wonderful kids. They’ve been pillars, cheering […]

Supplier Diversity Manager Reshaping the Supply Chain

by Javaughnae Malone January 27, 2023 642

Today, we lift our hands and heart to celebrate the phenomenal Dr. Felicia Thomas, a native of Mobile, AL. She is the Supplier Diversity Manager at Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS), a utility company in Mobile, AL. She’s been an immense supporter of Vivian’s Door, and we salute her for her contributions today! […]

Reshaping the Supply Chain and Creating More Seats at the Table

by Javaughnae Malone January 27, 2023 407

The work we do at Vivian’s Door is sometimes daunting, and it’s always delightful to find people working hard to empower our community’s economic growth. Today, we shine the light on a phenomenal woman, Dr. Felicia Thomas, Supplier Diversity Manager, MAWSS. She works tirelessly to reshape the supply chain here in Mobile, AL to create […]