Cindy Clark Greer ’88 received the 2023 Nathalie Molton Gibbons Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association at their annual luncheon Feb. 11 in Anna Irvin Dining Hall.
The award is given annually to an alum age 35 or older whose career and community contributions have reflected positively at the local, state or national level. Heather Buckner ’14 is the recipient of the 2023 Nathalie Molton Gibbons Young Achiever’s Award, which is given annually to an alum age 35 or younger based on the same criteria as the Alumni Achievement Award.
Greer, a Montevallo resident, served as the former executive director of Owens House, Shelby County’s child advocacy center, from 2009 to 2021 at the end of a three-decade career in social work.
“This University helped to grow my passion for the world and give me the things that I needed to be able to minister in the world and reach out to people that were different than me and to be able to hopefully impact their lives,” Greer said.
Greer, who graduated from UM with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, served as a child abuse and neglect social worker at the Shelby County Department of Human Resources or nine years. She became the Shelby County Department of Human Resources child abuse and neglect unit supervisor in 1999 before starting as executive director at Owens House.
Greer was named the Child Protective Services Supervisor of the Year by the Department of Human Resources, serving as treasurer and secretary of the Alabama Network of Child Advocacy Centers from 2015 to 2019 and leading the Shelby County Child Death Review Team from 1999 to 2021.
“She is a shining example of what it means to be a Montevallo educated woman, being the embodiment of our alma mater; “Seeking Right, and Freedom’s way…Steadfast virtues win thee fame.” a nominator wrote.