Meet the Honorees
Stacey Johnson, a 1994 graduate of AHS, has counseled and companioned thousands of adults, children, and teens through their grief journey during her 23-year career with Shepherd’s Cove Hospice. With a heart for service, Stacey has led the way in creating several community grief support programs, including Shepherd's Cove in-school bereavement, Camp HOPE, and the Brooke Center. She has been recognized nationally for her model of support.
Tim Mitchell, 1977 graduate of Albertville High School, holds the record as the longest-serving probate judge in Marshall County. During his 30-year career, Tim instituted several new processes that made matters like voting, renewing licenses, and purchasing car tags more accessible to Marshall County citizens. He assisted in marriage ceremonies, helping people with mental health issues, and countless adoptions. Tim was a founding member of the Marshall County Guardianship Program and was recognized for his work in improving quality of life for older adults with the 2011 Local Aging Impact Award from the Southeastern ASsociation of Area Agencies on Aging.
Gene Allen Smith, born in 1963, grew up in Albertville. He earned his B.A., M.A., and PhD in history from Auburn University and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Texas Studies at Texas State University. He first learned to love history while playing on the Chickamauga Battlefield park during summer stays at his aunt’s house in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. During his career in higher education, Gene has written 13 historical books, one of which is used as a military textbook in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and several other large universities throughout the country.
Brooke Reeves Vining
Brooke Reeves Vining, 1994 graduate of Albertville High School, has spent her career serving others through the healthcare system. She worked her way up from a registered nurse in the UAB emergency room in 2003 to being named Associate Vice President of Perioperative Services for UAB Hospital in August 2023. She has displayed her leadership unofficially on the frontlines and officially in various leadership positions throughout her career. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brooke led the way in ensuring quality care and safety for healthcare workers and patients across UAB health systems and the state. She was recognized with the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Career Achievement award in 2022.
About the AHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
The Albertville High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame began in 2011. Dr. Al Ratcliffe created a team comprised of representatives from the chamber, the ACS Foundation and the school system with the intention to create a program to highlight some of the great alumni who had graduated from AHS and gone on to be standouts in their profession, contributors to their community and in many occasions, have impacted the world through their achievements. Besides developing a sense of community and school pride, this event is also a tool to inspire current AHS students in their educational and professional goals.
Since its inception, the Hall of Fame has inducted 64 members and continues to inspire students to dream big today!