Anne Frank wrote, “Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” We know well the significance of choosing Advisors who embody our values and who understand our mission.


Southeastern Diversity Project introduces Advisory Board Member Cindy Small, a native of New Orleans who grew up surrounded by eccentricities, glamour, and over-the-top Mardi Gras balls. She earned a BA in journalism at Tulane University, as well as a master’s in historic preservation. She is a writer, artist, and storyteller. After Hurricane Katrina, she landed in Decatur and spent 13 years at UAH in the political science department as assistant to the faculty. She also taught a creative writing course.



In June of 2015, her colorful, exciting world came to a screeching halt with an ovarian cancer diagnosis, Cindy found that creating art was her only therapy in surviving a radical surgery. She became inspired to create New Orleans kitsch, whimsical with a twist of weird. Currently, she enjoys creating her unique kitchen witches and shoe sculptures from her Old Decatur home. She hopes each piece brings the best of laughter, good luck, and good health. Her work is found at Urban Atlas and The Studio on Bank by Tracy Roberts in Decatur.

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Southeastern Diversity Project is eager to recognize people within our communities who are making an impact. Meet Jen Aldridge, an SDP supporter and local business owner.


Hi, I’m Jen! As a proud member of the LGBTQIA community, I am super excited to be featured by Southeastern Diversity Project. I am a multi-state business owner and happy to call north Alabama my home. I have been a master hairstylist for almost 13 years and a business owner for 10 years. I just opened up my very first salon in Decatur, Southern Blonding Hair Studio, where I specialize in blonding, hair extensions, hair color, corrective color, keratin treatments and hair cutting.


I am married to my beautiful wife Kris, who is a Department of Defense and NASA contractor employed by General Dynamics Mission Systems. We have an (almost) six-year-old daughter named Olivia who keeps us on our toes. As a family we stay very busy but in our downtime, we enjoy traveling, gardening, swimming in our pool, BBQing, and spending time with our families!


At Southern Blonding Hair Studio, we have created a safe space for anyone who walks through the door. No matter who you are, you are always welcome! So stop by, say hi, and sit in my chair!

Facebook: @southernblondinghairstudio Instagram: @_jendoesmyhair_ Website: www.southernblonding.com





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