Door To Serenity Board of Directors
(as of October 2019)
Laurye Brunson was born and raised in Mobile, AL. She is happily married to Lisa Teggart, Executive Director of Door to Serenity. Laurye has a heart for helping others, especially those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Laurye is an Associate Broker with Roberts Brothers, Inc. in Mobile and loves the opportunities this career affords her to meet people from all walks of life and help them with one of their very basic needs - housing. She is also very active in the recovery community in Mobile, a community that continues to impact her life on a daily basis. Enjoying the gift of sobriety since June 25, 2011, Laurye is well aware that one of the best things she can do is share the gift that was so freely given to her!
Kelly Finley is a 20 year news veteran. Many of you may listen to her every morning on FMTALK 1065, as the news anchor on "Mobile Mornings". Kelly is also President/CEO of KFin Productions. Kelly and her husband Judge Karlos Finley are the proud parents of 3 children. Her career has crisscrossed the globe as Finley lived and worked overseas in Tirana, Albania and Brussels, Belgium. She also anchored and reported news on television and radio airwaves in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Kelly's television career began in Yuma, Arizona, then Billings, Montana, San Diego, California was next, followed by Kansas City, Missouri and Mobile, Alabama. Kelly made her home here in Mobile, in 2013. Finley proudly served as the first civilian Family Readiness Officer in the United States Marine Corps (MWSG-37). Finley was the direct liaison between the colonel and four squadrons of Marines, sailors and their families (19,000+) and was responsible for leading four squadron Family Readiness Officers, as well. Kelly Finley is also the director of communications and public relations for the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail, is a proud board member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Visit Mobile, Mobile Baykeeper, AIDS Alabama South the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and is a member of the League of Women Voters. Kelly and her family enjoy volunteering at their church, City Hope. Kelly is a graduate of Wayne State University and holds her B.A. in Radio/Television.
Shelli Bell is a native Mobilian. She attended Gulf Coast Academy where she graduated as valedictorian. After raising her three children, she went on to obtain her B.S. from Faulkner University. In 2000, as a single mother of three children, working 2 two jobs, Shelli bought her first home. It was that experience in her life that has made her want to help the community as well as help those that think home ownership is out of reach.
Prior to becoming a Realtor, Shelli worked in the addictions field as a Crisis Director and Counselor, working overtime to make sure that the clients and the inpatient facilities enjoyed home cooked meals and had someone to pray with. She has worked for both non-profit and for-profit agencies. She currently organizes and takes a meal to McKemie Place, a homeless shelter for women, every other month, which she has been doing since 2012. She collects travel size toiletries, night gowns, $5 fast food gift cards, bus passes, and many other needed items each year to give to the ladies of McKemie each Christmas.
Because Mobile is her home, Shelli takes pride in being a part of her community and building relationships. She has recently become an Ambassador of Tourism through Visit Mobile. Shelli has served on several philanthropic boards; McKemie Place / Volunteer Coordinator (2013), Bras for a Cause / V.Pres and Volunteer Coordinator (2017-present), Door to Serenity/ V.Pres and Event Coordinator (2019 – present), Board Member of the Roberts Brothers Charitable Fund (2019-present), and Queens with Dreams as Philanthropy Director (2016-present), all which directly serve the local community. Shelli’s position with Queens with Dreams (a philanthropic sisterhood of 100 women) allows her to coordinate collections of donations for various non-profits in the community that include: Penelope House, Head Start Program, Dixie Rear Detachment, St Mary’s Home, Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, and numerous others. She has chaired numerous committees raising funds for many great causes. She received the Inspiring Women’s Award (2017), Volunteer of the Month Award (Aug 2015) and the Jamie Praytor Humanitarian award from Mobile Association of Realtors (2015). Shelli has been a member of BNI (Business Networking International), a worldwide networking organization, since 2016 and currently serves as President of her BNI chapter.
Shelli and Troy, her soulmate of 13 years, have 5 children together and 13 grandchildren. She served in Big Brother/Big Sister in 2016 and now enjoys lunch and prayer time with her local grandchildren each week at their school.