Roar Executive Board of Directors
Martha Thompson is a native of Greensboro, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Resource Management and a M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology, and from UAB with a Ph.D. in Health Promotion/Exercise Physiology. When she retired from teaching at UAB and Faulkner University, she began volunteering. She is active as a sustainer with The Junior League, Women’s Ballet, Heart Guild, Mending Hearts, Spain Park High School PTSO, and the NorthLake Ladies Club. Martha is married to Richard Thompson. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Together, they want to see a cure for cancer found right here in Birmingham, Alabama. \“Let’s ROAR for the cause!\”"
Donna Conklin has lived in the Birmingham area for 25 years. She has a degree in Fashion Merchandising, has two children Colby and Paige and one grandchild. She has been married to her husband Kelly for 36 years. Together she and Kelly own several businesses, including: East West Kitchen, located downtown Birmingham on 2nd Avenue North, Conversion Technologies, a 20-year-old Manufacturing Company and Elite Concepts, a 12-year Rental Management Co. Her passion to find a cure to cancer stems from losing both her mother and father in law to this horrible disease.
Julie Kim is one of the highest producing residential real estate agents in the state for over thirty years. At Realty South, she is a member of the national, state, and Birmingham associations of realtors. Julie’s husband, Dr. Robert Kim, is a radiation oncologist at UAB. They have two children who are also in the medical field and reside in California. Active in the community with many non-profit organizations, Julie is a member of the American Cancer Society, Jefferson Medical Auxiliary Society, American Heart Association, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, and board member of the Birmingham Opera Guild and Greystone Ladies Club. As fundraising chairman of ROAR, she knows first-hand the need for funding life-saving cancer research."
Bridgett A. Ogburn was born on November 24, 1955 in Grand Forks, ND - Thanksgiving Day and it was 40 degrees below Zero. Growing up she lived in North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Indiana, Arizona and Arkansas. As an adult she lived in Florida, South Carolina and moved to Birmingham in 1993. She has worked in the Real Estate Closing and Title Insurance Industry for 44 years, and is currently employed with Reli Settlement Services as a Marketing Rep. Her husband Van, has been the Business Manager at Benchmark Chrysler Jeep for the past 26 years. They have one son, Michael, who is a Registered Nurse/Certified Emergency Flight Nurse and is the Clinical Manager at AirMed International. Their daughter-in-law, Kim, works for a Hematology/Oncology office in Gadsden, Alabama. They have two grandchildren, Mitchell Blaine 9, and Macy Caroline 5.
Kim Bunn was born and raised right outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Her husband, Stan, lost his battle with brain cancer in 2009. She is eager to find a cure for cancer and is proud to be an active member of ROAR. Kim enjoys spending time with her daughter Chloe, and also with family and friends. She has owned Bunn Court Reporting since 1992 and currently works for CHB Mechanical in Homewood, Alabama.
Yvonne Albaugh has been in the mortgage industry for over 30 years. She is now Senior Mortgage Banker with Renasant Bank. Her husband, Randy, is owner of Southern Blinds. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Yvonne is a member of the Birmingham Association of Realtors, a board member of the Women's Council of Realtors and the Sales Council of Birmingham Association of Home Builders, and a volunteer with the Leukemia Society and the American Heart Association. Yvonne and her family moved to Birmingham in late summer of 1975. In February of 1976 her daughter Nan was diagnosed with Acute leukemia and passed away a few short weeks later. Since that time, cancer research has been her passion. ROAR is giving her that pathway to help raise money for cancer research and to find a cure."
Martha Deane Giles, (Deane), a native of Birmingham, is a successful business woman, starting her first retail discount store in 1979. This family business has grown into an international chain. Deane has also enjoyed many years of being involved in the tennis community. Her love for helping others is evident in the many charities she supports and in her active efforts in organizing fundraisers for diverse causes. Some of the charities that are close to her heart are Lovelady Center, Children’s Village, Showhope, and InSpero. Deane is a past board member of Opera Birmingham and a Director of Dixie Girl Animal Rescue. ROAR has a place in her heart, too: “My Mother and Brother had cancer early in their life. My hope is that someday through our hard work with ROAR other families will not have their lives cut short.”
Sonja Lother is an experienced public relations/special events, media relations, and marketing communications executive with experience across the United States. In additional to supporting ROAR she is mother to a rising Duke University freshman and wife of 29 years to Barry Lother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and is active in Magic City Art Connection, PRSA, Public Relations Society of America. Her passion to help aid in finding a cure from cancer stems from family members and friends who have been struck by the disease.