6:15-7:00 PM:  Youth Sports: Finding Balance

John Parker Wilson (University of Alabama, Football)
Amy Johnson (Princeton, Swimming)
Brett Ialacci (Davidson, Tennis)
Will Davis (University of Virginia, Baseball)
Adam Cranford (Georgia Tech, Golf)   

In a competitive community in which sports is important to many, most of our youth will reap the benefits of participation in youth sports. But in some cases, this can add to individual stress for young participants in their families. In this panel discussion by a group of well-known, successful athletes, ideas will be shared about how to find a healthy balance that allows our youth to enjoy sports, experience the benefits, but minimize some of the less healthy and stressful aspects.

John Parker Wilson was a three-year starter for Alabama as a quarterback from 2006-08. In his senior season, Wilson led the Crimson Tide to a 12–2 season. In the regular season finale, he led Alabama to 36–0 victory over in-state rival Auburn, ending a six-game losing streak to the Tigers. When his career at Alabama ended, Wilson held every passing record in Alabama school history. He was signed as a free agent in 2009 and spent four years in the NFL He currently lives in Birmingham with his wife, Tyler and two sons Parks and Peyton. Along with being the color commentator for the University of Alabama, he is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.

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Elementary Parenting Conference

Tuesday, September 21, 6:00-7:45 PM

Mountain Brook Elementary


6:00-6:15 PM Opening: Parenting without Fear

Many of our youth experience fears related to their social status and pressures to achieve at a high level. The fear of missing out. The fear of not making the team. The fear of not getting into the school of their choices. Parents sometimes find themselves parenting in response to these fears some of which they have their own versions. In this presentation, Cameron Cole will discuss how parents can review how they interact with their children to avoid parenting out of fear and to maintain a positive, accepting, hopeful approach.

Cameron Cole is the director of children, youth, and family at Cathedral Church of the Advent and chairman of  Rooted: Advancing Grace-Driven Youth Ministry. He is the author of  Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy (Crossway). Cameron is a former All In Mountain Brook board member and has provided many parent workshops in our community.


Elementary Parenting Conference

Tuesday, September 21,

6:00-7:45 PM

Mountain Brook Elementary

AIMB's programming for Fall 2021 is planned to be in person, but we are adhering to health officials' guidelines concerning masking and social distancing at all our scheduled events.  Therefore, please come to our events if you are not isolated due to Covid status or exposure. But please bring wear a mask and prepare to adhere to social distancing with individuals not members of your family.  If the Delta variant or other variants are worse than currently known or anticipated, then we will adjust the delivery our programs accordingly.  We want all our gatherings to be safe, and if necessary, we will move to alternate forums.

Amy Johnson has a Master's degree in Childhood Education and taught Kindergarten for 4 years at The Town School in New York City. She is a part-time general recruiter for a Birmingham-based technology firm and a full-time stay-at-home mom in Mountain Brook to four kids aged 9 to 1.5 years old. Amy was an accomplished competitive swimmer:  Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News High School Swimmer of the Year and, while attending Princeton, she was named to

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First and Second Team All-Ivies multiple times, swam several NCAA cuts, swam multiple top ten age group swims, competitor in the 2000 Olympic trials in the 100M freestyle, was a school record holder in the women’s 800 yd freestyle relay.

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Brett A. Ialacci is a graduate of Davidson College where he studied history and competed in tennis. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law. He is an attorney with Badham & Buck, LLC. Brett played varsity tennis in grades 7 through 12 and at Davidson. He won multiple championships and was team captain. He and his wife have one child and another on the way.

Will Davis grew up in Mountain Brook where he played three sports in high school (basketball, baseball, and football). He graduated from MBHS in 2000. Will played baseball at the University of Virginia; he graduated from UVA in 2004. Will earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2008. Today he is a partner with the law firm Starnes, Davis, Florie LLP. Will and his wife Katharine have a daughter (Mae) and twin boys (Billy and Gordie) who attend Mountain Brook Elementary. 

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Adam Cranford grew up in Augusta, GA where he played high school basketball and golf for Aquinas High School. While playing for the Fighting Irish golf team, he was named player of the year in the state of Georgia.  As a junior golfer, Adam was named an AJGA All-American and was ranked in the top 20 in the country throughout his junior and senior year.  He attended Georgia Tech on a golf scholarship and won 3 ACC team championships. He graduated from Tech with Honors in 2003 and earned a Masters of Business at the University of Chicago in 2009. Adam now works for New Capital Partners and enjoys coaching rec basketball in his free time.

Elementary Parenting Conference

Tuesday, September 21,

6:00-7:45 PM

Mountain Brook Elementary

7:00-7:45 PM: How to Seek Help for a Struggling Student

Dr. Missy Brooks

Mrs. Anna Carlisle

Mountain Brook Schools


Most youth will encounter challenges that may cause them to struggle at times. Some of these challenges cause relatively brief periods of difficulty and others are related to longer-term matters such as ADHD and learning disabilities.  In addition, mental health problems, which were rising even prior to the pandemic, appear to be on the increase among youth, and these can impact social, family, and school functioning. When their kids are struggling, what is available at school? How can school personnel help parents pursue the source of problems and, when appropriate, develop programs for them. In this presentation, school counselor Anna Carlisle (Mountain Brook Elementary) and Mountain Brook Schools' Director of Instruction and Special Education Dr. Missy Brooks will review common causes of these struggles and summarize how to work with our schools to support the child.

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Dr. Missy Brooks is the Director of Instruction and Special Education for Mountain Brook Schools. Dr. Brooks also serves as the Director of Federal Programs, Career Tech, Professional Development, Accountability, Response to Instruction, and Gifted Education. Missy worked as an English and science teacher and as a local school administrator prior to coming to Mountain Brook. She also serves as an adjunct professor 

Anna Carlisle is the counselor at Mountain Brook Elementary serving kindergarten through sixth grade. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Montevallo, and an Education Specialists degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama.








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 at Samford University where she teaches an online master’s level education course.  In addition, Dr. Brooks is a consultant for various school systems across the state in the area of curriculum and assessment, social emotional learning, self-regulation, and student voice and ownership. 

This is her 15th year as an elementary school counselor. In addition to the school setting, she has experience working in addiction recovery and in a community agency. She is passionate about teaching students skills necessary to cope with life events to help them become successful adults who can attack life's challenges and turn them into opportunities for growth.





Junior High/High School Parenting Conference

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00-7:45 PM

Mountain Brook High School


6:00-6:15 PM Opening: The "When" (Not the "If") Your Teenager Stumbles

Cameron Cole

When teenagers make significant mistakes, parents understandably find this distressing, anxiety-provoking, and perhaps infuriating. But errors in judgement and unwise behavior is an inevitable part of developing better judgement and more appropriate behavior. It is a blessing, in a way, that some of this stumbles occur during the years that parents are able to help and disciplinary systems tend to be more lenient. In this opening talk, Cameron Cole will offer ideas about how to think through and understand these youthful stumbles.

Cameron Cole is the director of children, youth, and family at Cathedral Church of the Advent and chairman of  Rooted: Advancing Grace-Driven Youth Ministry. He is the author of  Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy (Crossway). Cameron is a former All In Mountain Brook board member and has provided many parent workshops in our community.



6:15-7:00 PM: Parenting Through the Rough Patches

Andrea Hendricks, Ph.D.

Parents are often upset during the inevitable "rough patches" of raising teenagers. Emotional upset, while understandable, can often make it hard for parents to do their best thinking or to provide emotional support and nurturance to their teenager at a time when perhaps they need it most. Making decisions about what kind of supervision and discipline during these times can be complicated. In this talk, Dr. Hendricks, a dynamic and relatable speaker, returns to our parenting conference series to offer some ideas and guidance.

Andrea Hendricks, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Mountain Brook focusing on adolescents, adults, and couples. Dr. Hendricks earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of South Dakota. She completed her internship in medical Psychology at Duke University. Her post-doctoral clinical training focused on medical and health psychology across the age span.



7:00-7:45 PM: Social Media Scoop, From Those Who Live It (MBHS Student Panel)

All In Mountain Brook offers this panel discussion by a group of Mountain Brook High School students about their experiences navigating social media. What are the ins and outs of the different platforms? What should parents know? When should they get involved and when should they keep distance?