MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jamie Elmore

President & Founder

Jamie Elmore is the owner of JSalon in Seattle, WA and has worked in the Industry for 28 years as a
hairstylist. In 2004 she was diagnosed with Alopecia. Jamie knows first-hand it is not easy to live with this traumatic and life changing condition. It became evident that part of her purpose in life is to help people all over the world dealing with Alopecia and hair loss to build self-esteem.

 

The diagnosis also put her on a quest for internal health and wellness for herself and others. Jamie founded the Alopecia Support Group (ASG) in 2009 which aims to Empower, Support and Encourage survivors to LIVE OUT LOUD through their trauma which is essential and important to their survival. She is committed to providing innovative outlets of healing for those who suffer from mental and physical anguish due to hair loss.

 

Jamie and the Alopecia Support Group offers workshops in accessory techniques, makeup application classes, and image consulting sessions for individuals and groups. Besides being a Hair-loss expert. Jamie was featured on the front cover of Courageous Woman Magazine. Jamie is a public speaker, empowerment coach, radio producer, event planner and a published writer in four publications.

  • The Chea K. Woolfolk Online Magazine

  • OKHAIR Magazine

  • Presidential Style Online Magazine

  • The Seattle Medium

Jamie’s goal is to tackle the issue of Alopecia and give a voice to men, women and children around
the world that suffer in silence, and to help them understand that they are not alone.

E. Lewis Rudd is a native of Marshall Texas and got his first restaurant experience
as a teenager working for a local chicken chain for three years. Later, joining the Military provided him with leadership skills that would become very valuable as a business owner. His MOS was “63H10” a wheel vehicle mechanic and he also learned a lot about analyzing, assessing and isolating problems as well as providing solutions to them.

 

After his stay in the military, Lewis would continue to work in the field of mechanics for Weyerhaeuser Company. He started out as an assistant to the plant maintenance manager helping with repairs to warehouse equipment and running errands. The quality of his work and commitment to the company would lead to a new position being created for him. Weyerhaeuser awarded him with the title Fleet Mechanic and trusted him with the responsibility of maintenance and repairs for their eight cargo vans and two semi tractors.
 

During his three years with Weyerhaeuser, Lewis attended Renton Vocational Institute where he got a degree in Electronics with the emphasis on Home Entertainment Repair and Circuit Design. Summer courses taken were about Basic Computer Technology.
 

In 1984, the dream of owning his own business became a reality and Lewis would leave Weyerhaeuser, mechanics, and electronics to pursue it. Once the restaurant was opened, he shifted the focus of his learning. He completed a two-year Marketing and Sales Program at Seattle Central Community College and received an AA Degree. Through a Cooperative Education Program, he also received a Student of The Year Award in 1986. In 1993 Lewis was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. With his leadership, Ezell's Famous Chicken has grown to thirteen units, a thriving catering business and built a brand that is recognized nationally.
 

Lewis is very active in the Seattle community supporting various organizations.  He volunteers to speak with students at various schools about career options and opportunities. Other institutions have invited him to provide motivational speeches and help design and develop incentive programs to increase GPAs. As Vice President of Tabor 100, Lewis served on the Board and volunteered on their Fund Development and Gala committees. He is also a volunteer for the University of Washington’s Business and Economic Development Program.

E. Lewis Rudd

Vice President

Adrina is a Seattle native. Graduated from Franklin High School, then earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in community services for many years, children, families, adults. Currently she works as a case manager for King County Veterans Program.

 

She first noticed her hair loss around 1995, and attributed to stress from the death of her husband. She worked with hair care professionals to deal with the thinning she was experiencing. Around 1997, when the hair loss got significantly worst, she made an appointment with a dermatologist. A biopsy was done and she was diagnosed with alopecia areata and given a pamphlet of information on the subject. She left the doctors office not knowing what to do.

 

Adrina first came across the Alopecia Support Group when she was looking for resources in 2010. She was searching for resources for alopecia and ran across Alopecia Support and , Jamie’s’ name and number came up. The local area code really caught her eye. She contacted Jamie Elmore and was introduced to ASG. After meeting Jamie for a consultation, she left feeling connected and more supported. She continued to be involved in the ASG activities. She is mother to an incredibly artistic daughter. Enjoys cooking, exploring food, recipe collector, exercise and travel.

Adrina Gipson

Secretary 

Becca Johnson, is an Image Stylist, Body Image Coach, Public Speaker, and Curvy Model. With over 15 years in the Fashion and Fitness industries, a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising, she loves to empower individuals to embrace and love their individuality by creating their unique style!  She is a firm believer of when we embrace what is unique to us, we show up the way we are meant to. Becca works with men & women that know how important it is to have a Quality look to support the Quality of their being.

 

Becca's career has been centered around Operations and Customer Service, around people. Going through college she worked for 24 hour Fitness as an Assistant Manager of Operations/CS.  This became the building block of my career. After college Becca went on to work for Bag Borrow or Steal as the Director of Customer Service & Fraud Prevention in 2010 through 2015.  Then Becca went on to open an image styling business, Becca Jae Styling, in 2016 and remains her primary venture.

 

Becca passion and purpose is to Empower, Uplift, and Love others by helping them see their uniqueness and authentically express that through their image & wardrobe! She is apart of ASG because she believes in the extremely important cause to help those going through the difficult journey of hair loss and an autoimmune disease.  Becca wants to contribute to help those affected feel empowered, uplifted, loved, and supported!

Becca Johnson

Fund Development Committee Chair

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