UMCH announces promotions and appointments of new leadership roles


The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) has made a few changes over the summer. These changes include the appointment of Michelle Byrd as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Director of Marketing and External Affairs, Rebecca Morris, has been promoted to Vice President of External Affairs. Lastly, Kristin Webb, the Chief Operating Officer, has a new title of  Vice President of Programs. These new developments with the Executive Team will provide proven leadership that will help expand the ministry to reach its full potential.

Michelle Byrd is no stranger towards the United Methodist Children’s Home. UMCH President and CEO, Dr. Blake Horne, said, “Michelle has UMCH in her DNA, and she grew up on the Selma Campus with her parents until the age of 14. She not only brings a wealth of business acumen but also a first-hand experience of living at the Children’s Home.” Michelle agrees, “The Children’s Home is part of my heritage and I am excited about the opportunity to serve in this capacity to help fulfill our mission.” She will be in charge of the overall management of the agency’s business operations and she will provide relevant information necessary for budgetary and financial decisions. She will help create business strategies consistent with UMCH’s mission, and will implement internal processes that maximize efficiency of the agency’s operations. Michelle brings more than 18 years of experience as an accountant, working in the construction, manufacturing and banking industries. Most recently, she worked in corporate accounting with Colonial Bank and BB&T. Michelle holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Auburn University Montgomery and she is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. 

Rebecca Morris’ new role as Vice President of External Affairs is an exciting step for the UMCH Marketing Department. Starting exactly a year ago, Rebecca has made amazing strides in the Birmingham office. According to UMCH President and CEO, Dr. Blake Horne, “Rebecca has done an outstanding job leading our marketing efforts since joining UMCH last August, and will provide leadership over our Communications, Marketing, Development, and Church Relations departments.” Rebecca said, “It is a privilege to work for an organization that transforms the lives of children each and every day. I am honored by this promotion, and my goal is to continue to impact as many people as we can by partnering with local churches and businesses in the communities we serve throughout Alabama and Northwest Florida.” Previously, Rebecca worked as a Community Liaison for the Alabama Hospital Association. She is happy to be with the Children’s Home, fulfilling her passion for the ministry and children that we serve.

Kristin Webb Alberda, Vice President of Programs, has worked for the United Methodist Children’s Home for the past seven years. Prior to coming to work at UMCH, Kristin worked in the field of Child Welfare for nine years in a variety of positions including Child Abuse Investigator, Adoptions Counselor, and Foster Care Supervisor. Kristin reports, “I am proud to be part of the legacy of the United Methodist Children’s Home. I look forward to continuing to serve children, youth, and families as we carry out the mission of UMCH.”

For 123 years UMCH has helped transform the lives of thousands of abused, neglected, and traumatized children, young mothers, and struggling families. The ministry offers services such as group homes, foster care and adoption programs, family preservation services, transitional living programs, scholarship homes, and homes for young mothers across Alabama and Northwest Florida. UMCH's mission is to follow Christ by embracing all God’s children…one child, one family at a time. 

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