Preserve. Educate. Inspire.

The Hamilton Hood Foundation is governed by an Advisory Board that embraces our mission and provides the organization with guidance and leadership. 

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Yamona Pierce

Founder and CEO

Yamona Pierce is an experienced nonprofit executive with extensive involvement in charitable service organizations and their boards. Her particular focus areas are the collection, documentation and preservation of historical and cultural information and sites. Furthermore, she is a proponent of health awareness and genealogy studies within minority and underrepresented communities to address health disparities.

Alisa Bailey


Alisa Bailey brings extensive accounting experience from a variety of finance, mortgage, and non-profit companies. She is deeply honored to support and serve in preserving forgotten historical scared spaces. She absolutely loves helping others and serving her community.

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Hannah Pierce


Hannah Pierce is a harpist currently enrolled in college. She works toward highlighting our collective history through the preservation of sacred spaces creates a meaningful dialogue and cultural stewards for our future.

Lt. Col. Joseph Pierce, Retired

Advisory Board Member

Joseph Pierce’s professional career extends over 25 years of planning, leadership, and organizational development in the military and private sectors. Leveraging his experience in solving complex problems, analyzing systems and workflows, and leading change, Joseph founded Centurion Project Management, a management consulting firm. Prior to Centurion, Joseph served in a variety of leadership, management, and training positions. He led program portfolios from $10K to $1.5B for the United States Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia, the United States Department of State, and for the Global Response Force at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Joseph is a Service-Disabled Veteran and after over 20 years of service in the US Army, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Melissa Smiley Esq

Melissa Smiley, Esq.

Advisory Board Member

Melissa Smiley serves as a Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of Birmingham, Alabama where she leads the Transactions Division.  Her professional experience in support of the redevelopment of Birmingham, including a collaboration with the National Park Service for the preservation of a national monument in the heart of the Civil Rights District, follows her lifelong interest in untold stories of people and places. She counts it a privilege to honor previously overlooked history, drawing connections from experiences.

Dr. Linette L. Leslie-Fondon

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Linette L. Leslie-Fondon has over 20 years in the public and private sectors as a counseling psychologist. Her expansive background in this field has presented opportunities for her to work with clients of all ages. Her passion is helping her clients find a better way. She has a deep appreciation for the organization’s aim to educate and inspire others in preserving culturally significant spaces.

Mark T. Brown

Advisory Board Member

Mark T. Brown’s career as a financial contractor in the US Patent and Trademark Office reflects a demonstrated track record of success. He also brings past experiences in real estate, and labor union retirement and management. His focus with the organization is community organization and positive change.

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When you give to Hamilton Hood Foundation, your donation is used to support historic preservation, genealogical research, and health education.