About Us

Who We Are

Clerestory, Inc. is an Alabama non-profit corporation that was approved in June 2011 as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Clerestory (f/k/a Milo Group, Inc.) was formed in January 2011 by Greg Mixon in order to provide a vehicle through which economic development and related initiatives for the benefit of the poor and at-risk could be implemented. Clerestory’s focus is on long-term, relationally-based developmental solutions for the materially poor, rather than on shorter-term, relief-based efforts. This focus is the primary litmus behind every decision made, and every program initiated, by Clerestory leadership.

Vision

Clerestory’s leaders recognized several years ago a problem, a “hole” if you will, in Birmingham’s poverty assistance community. Millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours are being poured annually into massive relief efforts in the city. However, once an individual, family or group reaches a point that they no longer want to depend on relief assistance and are ready to work and support themselves, it is extremely difficult to find a realistic path out of that hole and into sustainable economic opportunity. Thus, the massive resources dedicated to “relief” seem largely incomplete as people continue to cycle through that system over and over again. Through its various economic initiatives, Clerestory seeks to break this cycle by providing a realistic and redeeming path out from under the crushing weight of poverty and hopelessness and into dignity, work and holistic restoration. The graphic below shows a picture of this Clerestory Path made possible through its various programs, initiatives and volunteer efforts.

Clerestory Path

Lack of:

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Community

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Job Prep Class
Address Legal Issues & Other Roadblocks
Internships
Employment
Transportation
Financial Literacy
Savings Program
Housing
Long-term Mentoring

Results:

Full-time Job

Transportation

Savings

Community

Hope & Purpose

Team

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Greg Mixon

Founder

Greg has been practicing business and transactional law in Birmingham since 2000. Over the course of the past four years, Greg has looked for meaningful ways to assist the materially poor and suffering in our city. Greg felt strongly that at the core of any program or method must be a significant focus on establishing, building and maintaining relationships with those he sought to serve. In 2011, he established the non-profit, Milo Group, Inc., with the initial focus of providing educational and economic opportunities for individuals at risk for various reasons. Greg is married with three children and is a member of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.

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Beth Drennen

In addition to her work here, Beth spent the past 20 years raising her four wonderful children and volunteering in many school and community endeavors. Beth serves as Chief Operating Officer of Clerestory having previously volunteered with its programs since 2011. She has a burden for seeing the materially poor come to a place of economic independence in educational, vocational and housing arenas. Beth holds a liberal arts degree in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and two children who are still at home.

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Mark Gell

Mark spent 21 years in sales and sales management with Johnson and Johnson. While living in Baltimore, his heart for the city grew while volunteering with Sandtown Habitat for Humanity and seeing restoration take place through New Song Community Church. Mark serves as Clerestory's Director of Programs and Support Services overseeing the Jobs for Life, Powered for Life and Faith and Finance classes as well as fostering relationships with students and partnering ministries.

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Dion Watts

Dion is our Director of Recruitment

Board of Directors

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John Lankford

John is President and Founder of The Parnassus Group, a high-level executive placement firm based in Birmingham, Alabama that pairs companies with qualified candidates in healthcare provider management, diagnostics and life sciences, and healthcare information technology. John also serves on the board of The Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. John graduated from Samford University with degrees in finance and economics that included study abroad with the London School of Economics. He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and children.

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Jay Lloyd

Jay is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master’s degree in counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been working in the field of counseling since 1989. He serves as a therapeutic monitoring facilitator for the Alabama Physicians Health Program of the Alabama Medical Association. Jay developed and provides oversight for Clerestory’s counseling services to residents at a women’s shelter.

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Dr. Doug Lipperd

Doug is a family practice physician. He has worked in community health centers in both Tennessee and Alabama, and has seen firsthand the need for ongoing care and support for those living below poverty levels. Doug has been active as a mentor in Jobs for Life and has been able to consult with individuals concerning healthcare issues.

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Greg Mixon

Founder
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Beth Drennen

Finances

Generous individuals and ministry partners support Clerestory as we implement economic development initiatives for the benefit of the poor and at-risk. We take the responsibility of stewarding their gifts very seriously, and prioritize transparency in our finances. To that end, you can view Clerestory’s latest 990 forms upon request by contacting us at info@clerestoryinc.org.

 

Our federal tax ID number under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is 27-4967363.