15 Within 15 Announcement

2021 Recipients

Those selected for the 2021 class of 15 Within 15

The inaugural honorees of the UM 15 Within 15 recognition are: 

(listed in alphabetical order)

Rebecca Aparicio 

Theatre director/writer and musical theatre adjunct faculty, Pace University

 New York

Justin Averette 06

Senior communications specialist, Southern Company

Atlanta, Georgia

Heather Buckner 14

Senior editor, Atlanta Magazine 

Atlanta, Georgia

Colby Conklin 07

Restaurant owner, EastWest 

Birmingham, Alabama

Stacy Daniels 16

Choral director

Huntsville, Alabama 

Daniel Deriso 16

Special assistant to the mayor

Birmingham, Alabama

Dan McBrayer

Daniel McBrayer 08

Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney for Shelby County

Birmingham, Alabama

Jason Perry

Jason Perry 18

Student division and retention coordinator at University of Montevallo

Alabaster, Alabama

Randall Porter

Randall Porter 11

Brand strategist

Birmingham, Alabama

Marvin Price

Marvin Price 09

Executive VP – economic development, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Greensboro, North Carolina 

Kelli Solomon

Kelli Solomon 06

Vice president of operations and programs, Birmingham Urban League

Birmingham, Alabama

Jason Styres Jason Styres 06

Casting director, creative director of The Casting Collaborative;
Founder of the Caucus for Independent Casting

New York

Jeff Walker

Dr. Jefferson Walker 08

Author and instructor of Communications Studies at University of Montevallo

Montevallo, Alabama

Lynsey Weatherspoon

Lynsey Weatherspoon 06


Atlanta, Georgia

EJ Wilson

E.J. Wilson 09

Artistic director of child performers and assistant stage manager, Cirque du Soleil

Las Vegas, Nevada