Julie was raised in Jacksonville, AL. She attended Auburn University, where she met her husband, Bob. Julie’s background in sales and career recruitment led her to Huntsville in 2000. She left her career as a physician recruiter in 2003 to focus on being a wife, mother, and ministry. She is passionate about her faith, family, children, and the arts.
A champion for women, she used her recruiting experience and knowledge to teach the Career Class of the Christian Women’s Job Corps for many years. These classes teach women how to successfully make it through a hiring process by learning to formulate a resume, navigate the job application process, and master job interviewing skills.
In 2012, Julie opened Broadway Gymnastics Center. Through the disciplines of gymnastics and cheer training, Broadway Gymnastics offers specialized, non-competitive programs (beginning at age 4 to adult) that contribute to all domains of a child’s development, including social and emotional nurturing in addition to physical skills.
When she’s not running the gymnastics center, Julie is working with organizations to help children and families break the cycle of poverty. She has served with the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama as a Youth of the Year scholarship judge for the last 8 years. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Free Dental Clinic of Huntsville, The Vine Counseling Center, and the Auburn University Gogue Performing Arts Center. She currently serves alongside her husband on the Board of Directors of the United States-Israel Education Association.
This past December, Julie was the recipient of the Auburn University International Quality of Life Award. This award recognized her for her philanthropic dedication to the children and families in her community. When Covid-19 forced schools to close, parents had nowhere to send their children and many were struggling to juggle work and homeschooling. Julie transformed her gym to provide a learning center for children so parents could still go to work and not be saddled with childcare or schoolwork.
Faith is of the utmost importance to Julie. It is truly what drives her. She writes a devotional blog of encouragement for Christian wives – www.thebench.biz. She is also authoring a series of marriage retreat materials for wives. Julie has also been an active participant in Outback America, JH Ranch (California), and JH Israel, as an attendee, volunteer, and intercessor. She is a strong believer in the power of intercessory prayer.
Julie is excited to be representing HEALS in their endeavor to improve children’s lives and build their self-esteem at the same time. She wants you to join her in this fight for children’s health! This is but one more way to help break the cycle of poverty.
Julie is a mother of 5, with children ranging in age from 10-26. She is married to Bob and they reside in Huntsville.
Dana Cave has been an active member in the Huntsville community throughout her career. She has been a member of various boards and non-profit organizations and is excited to get involved in the HEALS mission! She is a natural leader whose career has developed her proven expertise in program management, business capture, and executive level decision making. She is motivated by building creative ideas in both business and technology growth. She currently serves as the Vice President of Proposal Management for ITSC. With over 18 years of experience, she brings a multidimensional perspective to support business growth.
Dana is originally from New Jersey but has lived in and enjoyed the Huntsville area since 2006. She has had the pleasure of working with kids in the past as a lifeguard and swim instructor. She believes that a healthy child is more apt to thrive in the other areas of their life. Setting children up for success is crucial as they grow and develop into active members of our community.
Huntsville, AL is the 30th place Garrett Coker has lived. After growing up as a military brat around the world and graduating from Florida State University, Garrett was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army as a Cavalry Officer. During his time in the Army, he served with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a Tank Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Reconnaissance Company Executive Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, and Battalion Battle Captain. Garrett deployed in support of Operation Iraqi freedom in Feb 2003; and between 2003 and 2006, Garrett spent 32 months in Iraq operating in Ar Ramadi, Al Fallujah, Al Asad, Southern Baghdad, Salman Pak, and Tal Afar.
Upon Leaving the Army in 2006, Garrett entered a new career in the Defense Industry as a Program Manager with Northrop Grumman; first in Colorado Springs, CO, and then Ft. Monmouth, NJ. In 2010 Garrett Moved to Huntsville, AL and found his home. Since moving to Huntsville, Garrett worked as a Program Manager for Northrop Grumman, Hexagon, and is now the Director of the Cargo and Utility Helicopter Division at Science and Engineering Services.
Garrett became actively involved with the local 501c3, Bearded Warriors which is a Veteran suicide prevention and resource awareness non-profit; based in Huntsville, AL.
Garrett first discovered HEALS in 2013 when the Stars Dancing for Heals was held at Monaco Pictures in Bridge Street and he immediately recognized the importance of HEALS mission. After having spent time in the Middle East, Asia, and Central America Garrett recognized that the lack of adequate medical care for children has a detrimental impact on the local community at large. The Well Visits, Dental and Vision care HEALS provides, offers the children of Huntsville an opportunity to focus on learning, growing, and thriving, as opposed to worrying about their health.
Garrett has a 12-year-old son, Joseph, who is a Boy Scout and has aspirations of becoming a Lego Engineer. In 2019 Garrett married his high school crush, Joanna Centola.
Dr. Matt DeOrio
Matt DeOrio moved to Huntsville in 2008 to join The Orthopaedic Center as the first fellowship trained foot & ankle orthopaedic
surgeon in North Alabama. The opportunity at TOC has been quite
rewarding, as well as challenging. From bunions and hammertoes, to
complex hindfoot reconstruction, acute fractures and post traumatic deformity,
including ankle replacement surgery, the variety of surgeries keeps him on his
In high school, Dr. DeOrio was the Scholar Athlete of the Year in the Southeast US for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He is a four year letterman in football from Duke University, a graduate from University of South Florida medical school, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After a year of fellowship training back at Duke, he joined TOC after a call from one of his residency colleagues. He considers himself fortunate to have the opportunity to practice in Huntsville.
After years out of the athletic realm, Dr. DeOrio is back at it again with fitness and running. In the last three years, has completed 5 ultramarathons, 4 marathons, numerous half marathons and has his sights set on completing an Ironman Triathlon in the next couple of years.
It was at Duke that Dr. DeOrio had his first glimpse of ballroom dancing and after attending Stars Dancing for Heals, 3 of the last 4 years, he is excited about the opportunity to be one of the Stars this year. The energy and enthusiasm from everyone involved makes this a fantastic event. While sitting in the audience, he thought to himself, “It’s time to put some of the skills that I learned at a college ballroom dance class to use for a such an incredible organization.”
Father of Madison (16) and Tyler (15), he is proud of their academic and athletic achievements, but more so of who they are as people and considers himself fortunate to be their father.
Jamie King was a military brat traveling the world with her family and originally from Pensacola, Florida. She served 6 years in the United States Air Force as a logistician and served 4 additional years in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Jamie has a Master’s degree in business administration and an undergrad in Management and Finance from the University of West Florida. She currently works for i3 as a Program Manager and Cyber Security Engineer on Redstone Arsenal supporting tactical weapon systems. She is also the President and Chairwoman of i3’s non-profit organization, i3 Cares. Jamie enjoys extreme sports and competes in an intense equestrian event called mounted shooting! Jamie relocated to Huntsville, AL in the fall of 2011 and married her best friend and husband, David in August of 2018. She and David now reside in South Huntsville with their fur babies Jake Jake (dog) and fur beasts Doc and Cougar (horses).
DeWayne & DeAnna McCarver
DeWayne grew up in Huntsville. He has been with the Huntsville Police Department for over 26 years. He is currently a Captain and commands the Criminal Investigation Division. During his time with HPD, he has served as the Director of Training, South Precinct Commander, Incident Response Team commander, and the Drug Task Force commander. Dewayne recently served on the Board of Directors for Thrive Alabama. He is a graduate of Huntsville’s Flagship Leadership and Huntsville’s Diversity Leadership Colloquium. He has a Master’s Degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in Public Safety Administration.
DeAnna is originally from Mississippi and moved to Huntsville 20 years ago. She has been in the medical field as a Healthcare Administrator and Registered Nurse for over 15 years. She is currently the Alabama State Director for Help at Home. Their vision is to keep seniors and people with disabilities living independently in their homes. Prior to Help at Home, she worked for Huntsville Hospital for over 10 years and was the Director of the Physician Network Primary Care and the North Alabama Hospitalist. She served as the Lifesaver Club President and is a graduate of Huntsville’s Diversity Leadership Colloquium. She attended Mississippi State University, received her Nursing Degree from Calhoun Community College, and a degree in Health Science/Healthcare Management from Athens State University.
DeWayne and DeAnna have been married for 19 years and met teaching summer cheerleading camps! DeAnna was a member of the Pom Squad at Mississippi State and DeWayne was the owner of Rocket City Athletics, an All-Star competitive cheerleading gym. They have 3 boys, a Swedish daughter (former exchange student), and a silly Dobie named Callisto. They are an active family and can be found in the gym together on a regular basis. With both of their backgrounds being community centric, DeWayne and DeAnna have seen firsthand the importance of healthcare availability for our children. They have witnessed the struggles for many families in our community and are so proud to help raise money and awareness for the great work HEALS does for our kids. They help make sure our children are in the best health to tackle their day and become the future of Huntsville!
Dr. Barbara Murphy
Dr. Barbara Murphy was raised in a medical family. Her grandfather, Joseph M. Murphy Sr, attended Georgetown Dental School graduating in 1929, the year of the great depression. (A born and bred Irishman he told many a story about the dire days of the early 1900’s.) Her father, Joseph M. Murphy Jr, attended Cornell Medical School subsequently training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the1960’s. Little did he realize that his eldest daughter would follow suit completing her Oncology fellowship at the same institution in 1993. Her grandmother Iola Lee, (a preacher’s daughter) left Gravelswitch Kentucky to attend Nursing School in the 1920’s (unacceptable for women of her social stature at that time). Her mother, Cecilia Ann, braved the wards of Bellevue Hospital in New York City to complete her nurses training; her aunt and two cousins also chose careers in the nursing field. Thus, it is obvious why Dr. Murphy chose Oncology: it’s in the genes. In 1993, Dr. Murphy joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University where she serves as the Director of the Pain and Symptom Management Program and the Leader of the Head and Neck team at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. She and her husband Bruce Tripp moved to Huntsville three years ago where they live in a multi-generation home with their daughter Ginger Harper, their son-in-law Daiven Harper and their grandson Annin. Ginger, a philanthropist at heart and a passionate supporter of programs aiding the underserved, introduced her mom to HEALS. The rest is history.
Dr. Archie & Veronica Tucker
Veronica Tucker serves as Director of Special Projects for PROJECTXYZ. She was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and is the oldest of four siblings. Veronica enjoys dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and volunteers regularly with the United Way of Madison County, Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, The Legacy Center, and St. Mark Baptist Church.
Archie Tucker, II, serves as Vice President for Marketing, Communication & Advancement at Alabama A&M University. He is a native of Leland, MS, and is the elder of one sibling. Archie enjoys traveling, sports, music, and coaching his boys. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and serves on the boards of Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama Possible, Urban League, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
Archie and Veronica appeared on Season 2 of Ellen DeGeneres’s Game of Games. They are the parents of two boys, Jordan and Austin.
Kassie Whitaker currently works as the Director of Academics for Total Performance Hockey’s (TPH) Center of Excellence as well as working part-time for Troy 7 as a Contracts Assistant.
Kassie grew up taking dance classes in Arab, Alabama and always knew that working with children would be in her future. She graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama. Prior to joining TPH, Kassie spent 12 years as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist for a Title I school system where she was honored to be selected Teacher of the Year in 2016. During those 12 years, she routinely witnessed the critical need for accessible health care for low-income students. Seeing this need firsthand was a major factor in Kassie’s desire to raise money for HEALS!
Kassie and her husband of 15 years, Kevin, reside in Owens Cross Roads. Kevin works for Troy 7 as a logistician for Army Directed Energy programs. Together, they have 3 boys, Russell – 13, Colton – 9, and their angel, Nicholas. November 4th happens to be their son Nicholas’ 11th birthday in Heaven. When Nicholas was stillborn in 2010, Kassie, Kevin, and their families worked with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation to establish the Baby Dinosaur Room in honor of their son. The Baby Dinosaur Room, located in the Labor and Delivery unit serves families who experience similar loss.
Family is extremely important to Kassie. She is thankful for all the opportunities to travel with her family, all 15 of them, and for all the memories they have made together. She also spends a lot of time at the ice hockey rink watching her oldest play with the Junior Nashville Predators and the soccer fields with her youngest. Down time is not something she is used to!
Kassie reminds herself every day that children only have one childhood, and it is up to the adults in their lives to make it special. She credits her mom and biggest cheerleader, Lynn Troy, with making sure her childhood was exceptional even through difficult times. She is excited to be dancing one more time for her mom.
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