Meet The Board

Brooke Shambley

Founder

I grew up in Virginia and have been a resident of Alabama since about 2013. In 2010, I was able to get my graduate degree from Liberty University. Though it wasn't until 2012 that I learned about vaccines and, unfortunately, it was through experience not schooling. We had been delaying my son's vaccinations due to concern over the massive schedule, then we "caught up" at the age of 3 to move overseas. He then caught pneumonia, had two ear infections, and had asthma all for the first time in his life. While I did not put the pieces together immediately, we did completely stop everything until we figured it all out. When the VAXXED movie came out, my husband and I drove to from Gulfport to Mobile to see the movie. Our 'aha moment' arrived. Through Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights (MPVR), I was able to educated myself and learned how to be confident in what I believed about vaccines. When we were planning to move back to Alabama, I joined Alabama Parents for Vaccine Choice (the previous title for our group), became an ADMIN, then was privileged to be a part of forming the board for ACVR. God has really had a hand in making this all possible and I pray that He continues to guide us in protecting our families and our health.

Kristin Bryan

Co-Chair

Hello! I am Kristin, born in Georgia, raised in Alabama. My whole life, I have gravitated towards natural healthcare ideas, even though I was not raised around that. Despite my interest in natural care, my early childhood dream was that I wanted to be a doctor (I did not have exposure to any other care provider to know the different options). In 5th grade, I was introduced to fetal development, taking a strong interest in that and pregnancy. Fast forward to today, and I can see where God was nurturing seeds, helping develop me into who I am today.

I am a birth and bereavement doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor. I am finishing up my degree in Mental Health and Family Studies. Once I finish my degree, my plan is to work on my masters in Marriage and Family Counseling.

I am very passionate about bodily autonomy, and the right to decide what is best for ourselves and our families. Parental rights being a close second to bodily autonomy.

As a new mom, I vaccinated. It was what you were supposed to do, and was best...so I thought. Early on, my daughter began having adverse reactions to her vaccines, one of which could have been another SIDS case. I did not know at the time that she was having reactions to her vaccines, but her health took a toll from what was being injected into her. My third child was the one to have the unquestionable reactions. God VERY strongly pushed me to stop and not proceed until I had researched them. Thus the spiral down the maddening "rabbit hole".

For almost 10 years, on and off again, I have gone head-first into this topic. I have to come up for air from time to time, and for a while, I was comfortable. I knew why I had changed my position, had enough information to have a conversation when needed, and had a pediatrician that didn't seem to mind my change in choice for my children. Things changed, and long story short, I see that none of us need to stay comfortable. While we are, powers that be have been, and continue to, work to strip us of our rights.

Vaccines are not safe for all, and no one should have the right to force all to comply with any form of medication/healthcare. No one should be coerced with loss of employment, education, or healthcare either. It is past time for us all to take a stand and take back our individual and parental rights.

Amanda Germann

Co-Chair

I am an Alabama native, born and raised in Florence. I left in 2014 to attend graduate school in New Orleans, which eventually led to me moving to Modesto/Lodi, California, where my husband is from (and later the greater Sacramento/Bay area).I began to research after my husband received a "bad batch" of Anthrax, and my sister was injured from the Gardasil 9. After working with vaccine choice groups in California, we moved back to Alabama and I had my daughter. Our daughter will be 1 in July and we homestead on 4 acres.

Mary Nickels

Secretary

My family and I moved from MS to north AL in 2017 for my husband's work. I was a part of MPVR in MS, fighting to gain a religious or philosophical exemption option there. When we moved I was thankful to have the option of a religious exemption (MS does not). I’m thankful to be a part of this group from the beginning, protecting our medical freedom. My husband and I have 5 children, 9 and under and homeschool.

Kelly Clough

Treasurer

I was born in Gadsden, Al and have lived here my entire life. I graduated from Jacksonville State University with Bachelors degrees in both English and Spanish, then went to work for my father in his insurance agency. After my father’s death in 2013 from Glioblastoma, a type of terminal brain cancer, I began to look into the toxins we are exposed to and how to remove them from my home. They do not know what causes glioblastomas, but they believe it is environmental. As I continued my journey to a natural life style, my attention was eventually drawn to vaccines and what they might be doing to my children. At the ages of 3 and 9, I examined my children’s records and the 3 year old had been given almost as many shots as the 9 year old. That’s when I began researching vaccines and decided that my children would no longer receive them.

Cassie Bejma

Treasurer

I grew up in a small town in Calhoun County, AL but my husband is active duty Army so we travel quite a bit. We lived in Germany for 3 years and that's when I became more conscious of the environment and what we put into/onto our bodies. We have a one year old rainbow baby girl after several miscarriages (linked to an MTHFR mutation). I have been determined from the beginning to protect this precious life and began to research vaccines. Unfortunately when my daughter was born I was still blindly following doctor's orders so she did receive the first dose of Hep B at birth but since then has been completely vaccine free and very healthy. I am an absolute advocate for complete informed consent and parental rights. I am a natural minded mama still in the middle of my journey discovering any and all ways to protect ourselves against the toxins we are exposed to daily. I am very excited to be a part of this organization and hope we can all come together to make some big changes in the future!

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