A Career Dedicated to Service

My name is Stephanie and I am a passionate young social worker, whose family has lived in Limestone County for generations. I was raised by a single mom, Dr. Janice Thornton-Manning, after my father passed away at a young age. While growing up in North Alabama, I would often spend time with my grandfather, Curtis Thornton, while he managed his business in Athens. I always admired how my "Grandaddy" was able to contribute to the community through his business. My Mom and my Grandparents instilled the essential values of working hard and giving back to the community throughout my childhood. I graduated high school from Huntsville Christian Academy, where I was in the choir. Then I went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where I became a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and won the "Distinguished Student Leader of the Year" Award in 2017. I was also employed by the Office of Student Life as the Entertainment Director for the UAH Association of Campus Entertainment. After graduating from UAH, I attended Tennessee State University in Nashville to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. During this time, I completed internships with Communities in Schools of Tennessee and Meharry Medical College. I also collaborated with representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly to consult on House Bill 1610 and implement different advocacy initiatives. For these efforts, Tennessee State University awarded me with the 2020 Dr. Hollace L. Brooks Award for Policy Analysis. For the past two years, I have been working as a licensed social worker in North Alabama. I have gained experience working with children in foster care, juvenile offenders, inmates, patients with substance use disorders, sexual abuse victims, and more. I have expertise in applying for grants from the state, and in maintaining grant compliance for mental health and social service programming. While working full-time, I have been an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Alabama Chapter, and a volunteer on the legislative committee. In July of 2021, I was elected to the chapter's Executive Board as the Northern Regional Representative. Since being elected to this role, I have collaborated with the University of North Alabama to develop programming and educational opportunities for social workers in the region. In August of 2021, I began to pursue my second master’s degree at George Washington University in the Graduate School of Political Management. With a concentration in Advocacy Politics, I have already gained essential knowledge on how to create reasonable, moderate, bipartisan legislation. I has also gained a network of prestigious mentors in the realm of politics and legislative affairs.

Regardless of party or who you have previously voted for, I promise to work towards improvement for ALL citizens of Limestone County. Vote for me, and you will have a qualified and experienced advocate on the commission, not a career-politician. 
Yours in service,

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