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, PIP

Communications & Marketing Manager – Joycelyn Haywood

Administrative Assistant

Book Keeper – Amy Haywood


2017 Board of Directors

Board Chair - Elizabeth Dunn

Board Vice Chair – Wendy Evesque

Governance Chair - David Nomberg

Development Chair - Linda Sewell

Finance Chair - Chris Glaub

Lili Anderson

Jamie Golden

Tracy Hacker

Earl Hilliard, Jr.

Bill House

Nancy Kane

Ashley Mosko

Melanie Nichols

Susan Trimm

Chere Wood


2017 Junior Board 

Board Chair - Brannette Marshall

Social Chair – Agee Baldwin, III

Secretary – Renee Thagard

Jonathan Davis

Sarah Beth Hudson

Andy Jackson

Ashley Kyles

Marlesa Willis

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