|Kelley Parris, Executive Director
Kelley Parris has been working in the field of prevention for 25 years. Parris served as Director of Safe House of Shelby County, a shelter for abused women and their children; founded Harriet’s House, a domestic violence shelter serving five counties in west Alabama; served as Executive Director of West Alabama Mental Health, a regional mental health center for chronically mentally ill adults and children, substance abuse and intellectual disabilities; Director of Children First Foundation; and most recently, Director of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse Prevention.Parris served as Chair of the child welfare Citizens Review Panel and sat on numerous boards dedicated to the well-being of children and families. Parris has presented at the National Women in Government Conference and regularly speaks on issues related to children’s services.
While serving as Executive Director for West Alabama Mental Health she received the 2008 Community Partners Award from the University of Alabama for her role in the development of the Coalition for a Healthier Black Belt and is a past recipient of the Sister Thea Bowman Award for African American outreach, a member of the Leadership Alabama Class XXI and most recently received recognition from the Auburn University’s Center for Government for Innovative Programs in Government.