MEET THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 
LINDY CLEVELAND

& the inspiration for it all, her brother Jordan.

Lindy Williamson Cleveland earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Life Education from Samford University in 2014. While in college, Lindy founded "D4D" (Dance for Down Syndrome). The mission of her fundraiser is to foster inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities while raising funds and awareness for the special needs community at large. Her efforts caught the eye of local publications, and she has been featured in Birmingham Magazine, Over the Mountain Journal, About Town Magazine, and Al.com. Lindy shared her vision and fundraising efforts with Fox 6 News and CBS News 42. Lindy received the Inner Beauty Award from Birmingham Magazine, and her story is featured in the 2013 edition of Birmingham's Most Beautiful People. Samford University honored Lindy for her efforts by awarding her the Samford University Outstanding Community Service Award in 2014 and the Jessica M. Smith Outstanding Community Service Award in 2013. Lindy was also a TedxBirmingham speaker in 2016. It has always been Lindy's lifelong dream to start a program like Unless U. Since opening Unless U in 2014, Lindy has been featured in Woman's World Magazine, Vestavia Hills Magazine, The Vestavia Voice, Birmingham Business Journal, and Doing Good, WBRC. She received the Samford University Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education Alumni of the Year Award in 2016 and the Humanitarian Award from the Women's Committee of 100 in 2018. Lindy is constantly working to make Unless U the best it can be for her students and the Birmingham community. She is married to Mitch Cleveland, a special education teacher in the Vestavia Hills Education school system, they have a 4-year-old son named Grady and a sweet baby boy named after her brother, Jordan Brooks. 

Committed to the Cause

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Lindy Cleveland

Founder & Executive Director

Email: director@unlessu.org

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Marye Grace Sauermann

Marketing & Development Director

Email: maryegrace.browning@unlessu.org

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Jennifer Greer

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Lisa Williamson

Curriculum Coordinator

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Leah Marcum

Post Place Educator

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Treva Graham

Educator

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Cathy Bearden

Educator

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Laura Byland

Drama Director

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Meredith Binkley

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Paula Heath

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Email: paula.heath@unlessu.org

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Lisa Ferguson

Building Supervisor

Email: lisa.ferguson@unlessu.org

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Susan Sturdivant

Speech Pathologist

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Ethan Smith

Educator

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Ellen Anson

Educator

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Kathy Paiml

Educator

THE STAFF OF UNLESS U