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Crossing the Digital Divide




Mariohn joined Breakthrough Birmingham in 2018 after working in urban and rural education spaces. She spent four years at a NYC school where she has been a data analyst, testing/program coordinator, social studies department chair, and teacher. Dissecting the story assessment data told was a stepping stone for her to find creative solutions to classroom differentiation, curriculum design and execution, and programming efficacy. Prior to that, she was a 2011 Teach for America corps member where she spent three years as a high school social studies teacher in rural Alabama, which fostered her love of the state and its unique culture. Mariohn graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University with a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education. She currently serves on the Teach for America Alabama Alumni Board. In her free time, she can be found hiking, reading, and traveling.


Ashley McGrane

Ashley McGrane is the Director of Operations for UAB eMedicine. Ashley received her BS from Sewanee, The University of the South and her JD from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. She practiced healthcare law for 6 years before deciding to get her Masters in Healthcare Administration from UAB. Ashley has been with UAB Medicine as the Director of Operations for Telehealth Services for three years and has been integral in developing state-wide stroke and critical care networks. She also has created an ambulatory telehealth network through partnerships with the Alabama Department of Public Health and community hospitals across the state. Through her work with UAB Medicine, she has been involved in numerous large grant awards to expand telehealth infrastructure in Alabama.



Chris Muro is a Senior Vice President in Human Resources at Regions Bank. Chris works as a Human Resources Business Partner for Regions’ Digital Banking, Data and Analytics, Corporate Real Estate and Procurement groups. In this role, Chris is responsible for helping each of the business heads achieve their strategic priorities through people. Over his 13 years at Regions, he has held various titles including Leave of Absence Program Manager and Human Resources Manager for Consumer Lending. Chris is a lifelong resident of Birmingham.




Jera Stribling is the Executive Director of the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation and Alabama Giving, a statewide Alliance of Grantmakers. She previously held various positions in Marketing and Corporate Communications with Alabama Power, Duke Power Company and Sterling Capital Management and served as the first Executive Director of the Alabama Power Company Foundation. Over the past 20 years, she has advised family, community and private foundations on governance, organizational development and strategic planning.

Jera serves as the Board Chair of the Gratitude Foundation, and on the boards of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, Voices for Alabama’s Children and the YWCA of Central Alabama where she served as Chairman. As founder of Voices and the Alabama Association of Nonprofits she recruited initial board members, staff and private and public partners. Her previous board service includes the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the American Red Cross, and the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, and the Birmingham Festival of Arts. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama and Leadership Birmingham.