Benevolent Fund leaders give back to Birmingham

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Take a glance around your office or clinic and you’ll find colleagues who make the world better, even outside their work at UAB.

Members of the UAB Benevolent Fund’s executive committee and council don’t just volunteer their time heading up and representing UAB’s community-giving program, which partners with more than 130 local nonprofit agencies and supports UAB employees through the Employee Emergency Assistance Program (EEAP). They also teach ice skating locally, help provide diabetes care for Birmingham citizens and much more.

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  • From left to right, Karen Icolano, council treasurer and budget officer with Financial Affairs, volunteers at the Pelham Ice Skating School, which provides instruction for beginning figure or recreational skaters or hockey players; Kristin Chapleau, council president and Department of Biomedical Sciences program instructor, works with the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board and Autism Speaks, an advocacy and support organization for individuals with autism; Aoife Dowd, Benevolent Fund program coordinator, is on the junior board of WBHM and volunteers with Mother’s Milk Bank of Alabama, a HMBANA-designated human milk bank; Chery Malone, Benevolent Fund Campaign co-chair, EEAP co-chair and analyst with Food and Nutrition Services, shares her time with Christian Life Church; and Felton Perry, O.D., executive committee Faculty Senate representative and clinical associate professor in the School of Optometry, volunteers regularly with the School of Nursing’s PATH Clinic, which provides diabetes care to recently discharged UAB Hospital patients.

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