About Us

Heart Gallery Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding forever families for children in Alabama’s foster care system by raising awareness and educating the public.

Heart Gallery’s volunteers and staff collaborate with the Alabama Department of Human Resources to create a photographic portrait exhibit of children in foster care, which travels to public venues across the state. Our photographs serve as a compelling and authentic representation of children across Alabama who are searching for loving, permanent families. Heart Gallery Alabama interviews each available child, and these interviews can be found on the child’s web page.

Heart Gallery Alabama recruits professional photographers to capture each child’s individual spirit in a moving photographic, multi-media, and narrative journey – featured online and in public venues.

Heart Gallery Alabama responds to inquiring families with questions regarding foster care adoption.  We partner with local and statewide media resources to inform the public of the need for foster care adoption.

Since its founding in 2005 and with the support of its donors, child advocates, and volunteers, Heart Gallery Alabama has helped find permanent homes for more than 65% of the children photographed.



Co-Founder and Executive Director – Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, LCSW

Communications & Marketing Manager – Joycelyn Haywood

Development & Operations Coordinator – Deanna Deschenes

AmeriCorps Member – Alaynna Pruitt

Book Keeper – Amy Haywood


2018 Board of Directors

Board Chair – Wendy Evesque

Board Vice Chair – David Nomberg

Governance Chair – Ashley Mosko

Development Chair – Bill House

Finance Chair – Chris Glaub

Lili Anderson

Amber Flint

Terri Harvill

Janine Hunt-Hilliard

Nancy Kane

Cathy Miller

Melanie Nichols

Susan Trimm

Chere Wood


2018 Junior Board 

Board Chair – Ashley Kyles

Board Vice Chair – Marlesa Willis

Secretary – Tameria Smith

Kiwania Edwards

Andy Jackson

Kristin Kenney

Alexandria Maddox-Finley

Tamika Pilgrom

Brooke Shands

Kristina Wilburn

If you are interested in learning more about HGA’s Jr. Board, click the link below or call Joycelyn Haywood at 205-445-1293.

HGA Junior Board Application