Henry Joe and Grace Elliott
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Henry Branscomb Joe was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The son of two local physicians, Drs. George and Betsy Joe, Henry's Birmingham roots run deep. His great-grandfather founded the first Chinese restaurant in Alabama, Joy Young's restaurant, in 1919; his maternal grandfather, Dr. Ben Branscomb, was a pioneering pulmonologist at UAB. Henry received a B.A. from the University of Alabama and conducted postgraduate studies at the University of Alabama and Stanford University and is now leading capital fundraising efforts for the local startup, NeuraBoot, as VP Business Development. Despite having studied, worked, or lived in 34 countries so far, Henry has always felt something calling him home to Birmingham, and his civic engagement reflects a deep commitment to this city and state. Henry has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors and in his current role as President of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, Henry looks to realign the Club's influence to address Birmingham's most pressing needs, and to create both an experience and impact that will attract and retain the top young leaders in the city. Henry spends his spare time hunting, fishing, cooking, mountain biking, and mountaineering. He lives in Cherokee Forest with his dog Harper and attends Canterbury United Methodist Church.
Grace Elliott has loved to dance her entire life. Starting at the age of two, she began taking classes at her local studio in Jasper and continued dancing ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop throughout high school and college. After graduating from Birmingham-Southern College, she pursued a logistics and sales career at Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska, then followed her dream of living abroad in Madrid, Spain, all while taking dance classes on the side. She has performed various roles in Birmingham Ballet’s Peter Pan and The Nutcracker and has choreographed dances for her show choir, sorority, and even her English classroom in Madrid. Grace is currently a full-time sales professional at Fleetio and instructs with Intercity Dance Co. in her spare time. She is excited to leverage her passion for dance and choreography to support First Light’s mission to help homeless women and children achieve their full potential.