Leadership

Jeff Underwood

President & CEO

Jeff Underwood is President of Lakeshore Foundation, a position he has held since 1991. Prior to his current position Underwood worked for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and served as a Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Congressman Ben Erdreich. Underwood has served elected office as a city councilman in his hometown of Homewood, Alabama and as a state Senator in Alabama. He has served on the Board of several community and civic organizations including the Homewood City School Board, the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program, and the national Board of Disabled Sports USA. Underwood is a member of the USOC Paralympic Advisory Council. He serves on the Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and is a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2021 Birmingham World Games.  He was a member of Leadership Birmingham Class of 1998 and Leadership Alabama Class of 2011. In 2008 Underwood was named by the United States Olympic Committee as the Chef de Mission for the U.S. Paralympic Team for the Beijing Paralympic Games. In August 2013 Underwood was selected by Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander to serve as one of the expert advisors for Verlander’s initiative Wins for Warriors supporting our nation’s veterans and their families.

Underwood is a graduate of the University of Alabama (1974) where he received a B.S. degree in the School of Commerce and Business Administration.  He received his Masters of Public Administration degree in 1976 from Auburn University Montgomery.

Underwood was born in Albuquerque, NM.  He and his wife Melinda have two daughters, Anna and Maria. They attend Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, Alabama.

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Dr. Rimmer is a professor in the School of Health Professions and the first Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For the past 30 years he has been developing and directing health promotion programs for people with disabilities aimed at reducing obesity, increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in youths, adults and seniors with disabilities. His research and programmatic interests explore the use of new and emergent technologies in developing behavioral and environmental strategies to promote beneficial physical activity and healthful weight management in youths and adults with disabilities. Rimmer has been director of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability since 1999 and was one of 13 members of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee that was commissioned to establish national U.S. guidelines in physical activity in 2008. Since 1997 he has provided leadership for the development of interdisciplinary research programs in disability and health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and now at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He currently serves as director of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.

Cathy Miller

Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration

Ms. Miller currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration of Lakeshore Foundation. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Alabama and a MBA from Samford University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. At Lakeshore, Miller oversees the accounting, human resources, information technology and facility operation departments. Since joining Lakeshore in 1997, the organization has experienced significant growth and increased activities. Prior to working at Lakeshore Cathy worked at Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm and Vulcan Materials.

Miller was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal in 2007 as a Mover and Shaker in the Finance World and in 2009 as a Top CFO Finalist for Nonprofit Organizations. She was a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2009, the 2011 Momentum Women’s Leadership Class and the 2013 Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute.

Beth Curry

Chief Program Officer

Ms. Curry is responsible for development, implementation and management of the programs of physical activity that fulfill the mission and vision of Lakeshore Foundation. This responsibility spans across programming in fitness, aquatics, recreation and athletics and includes initiatives in Lakeshore’s role as a USOC Training Site and programs for injured servicemen and women.  Prior to joining Lakeshore Foundation in 2008, she worked in the healthcare industry for many years, in a number of capacities.  At the time of joining Lakeshore Foundation, she was serving as Director of Therapy Operations where she supervised the daily functions for inpatient and outpatient therapy including physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as working on the National Therapy Leadership Council for Healthsouth Corporation. Curry received her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1984) and her B.S. in Mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College.

Patti Hendrix Lovoy

Director of Fund Development

Ms. Lovoy has been with Lakeshore Foundation since February 2013. After over 25 years in the publishing industry, with Southern Progress Corporation, a division of Time Inc., Lovoy took her marketing, communications, financial and operations management skills to the nonprofit sector where she served VSA Alabama (formerly known as Very Special Arts) as Executive Director for over five years.  She has served in numerous roles with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) National Alumni Society, including as President. Earning a B.S. in 1979 and MBA in 1990 from UAB, she has received recognition as Distinguished Alumna/Department of Marketing, Management and Industrial Distribution (2003), Outstanding Alumna/School of Business (2006), and Chapter Honoree/Beta Gamma Sigma (2008). In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor in Marketing at both UAB and Birmingham Southern College. Lovoy is on the board of Disability Rights and Resources as well as a member of The Women’s Network, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Jen Remick

Director of Communications and Membership

As a member of the senior leadership team, Ms. Remick is responsible for the organization’s strategic internal and external communications plan as well as the membership programs which annually serve thousands of individuals with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions in the Birmingham region. A 1994 graduate of the University of Dayton with a B.A. in Communications, Ms. Remick returned to her hometown of Baltimore to work for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and later served as a marketing manager for the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Ms. Remick moved to Alabama in 2000 and has been with Lakeshore for 16 years. In her tenure she has also worked in the fields of development and special events for the organization. Recently, Remick was honored to serve in a volunteer capacity as part of the communications staff for Team USA at the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Ms. Remick serves on the Board of the Alabama Association of Non Profits.

Amy Rauworth

Director of Policy and Public Affairs and Associate Director of NCHPAD

Ms. Rauworth joined Lakeshore Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs.  She also works within the University of Alabama Birmingham/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative where she is the Associate Director of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD).  Ms. Rauworth is a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.  Ms. Rauworth conducts Inclusive Fitness trainings nationally on behalf of NCHPAD and specializes in accessible fitness center design.  She serves on several national committees including the Paralympic Research and Sport Science Consortium, American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) F08.30 Fitness Products: WK19803 Inclusive Fitness Equipment Design Task Group, and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Health and Wellness Advisory Panel.  Through an initiative lead by UNICEF, The Global Partnership on Children with Disability (GPcwd), she co-chairs the task force on Physical Activity and Sport. She was appointed to CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Accessible Trails and Recreation Venues Work Group.  In Alabama, Ms. Rauworth was appointed to the Alabama Trails Commission.  Ms. Rauworth leads the content development, synthesis and training within NCHPAD.  In addition, Ms. Rauworth has over 21 years of experience in health promotion development and implementation, focusing on the delivery of physical activity programming for people with disability across the lifespan.