Wise Up Initiative, An Initiative of The Al and Sharyne Wallace Foundation Wise Up Initiative, An Initiative of The Al and Sharyne Wallace Foundation
About The Initiative

Board of Directors


Sharyne Wallace
Over 30 years of Private Company Management.
Duties include: Direct manage, and oversee the strategic, operational plans and programs of the foundation, employees and Board of Directors.

Vice President/

Al Wallace
47 years of domestic and international insurance sales and marketing management.
Duties include: Develop and implement strategies and goals for programs, marketing, and employees.


Kimberly Drake
Kimberly Drake believes every person deserves concussion education.  She understands the consequences that brain injuries can have for people and their loved ones. Her husband, Kevin Drake, suffered multiple concussions in his professional football career and continues to have concussion-related symptoms even though his football career ended almost fifteen years ago. Kimberly has over 12 years in recruiting, health and fitness, sales, marketing and business management. She oversees the daily operations, sets organizational goals, plans the organization’s programs and events and develops relationships with businesses, community leaders and volunteers. She is also the mother of three wonderful daughters.



Dr. Wendy Christiansen
Experienced Practicing Veterinarian/Clinic Manager for 14 years.
Duties include: Providing medical insight and interpretation.

Board Member

Tina Cantu

Tina Cantu is the Co-Founder of the Foundation/Charities Division and a consultant  to Blouin and Company, assisting athletes, celebrities and families in setting up non-profit foundations. She is a nurse and MBA/attorney. She practiced in the area of contract law, labor law and currently provides legal support in the area of business law and non-profit law. She lectures and functions as a consultant in the area of sports medicine law. She currently serves on numerous non-profit boards.

Board Member

Drew Ferguson

Drew Ferguson is the Director of UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s of Alabama, Chair Public Policy Committee Alabama Concussion Task Force, Member of the AHSAA Health Advisory Committee, Director of The Children’s of Alabama Concussion Clinic.  Drew is a Licensed Certified Athletic Trainer with 41 years’ experience, working with junior high, senior high, college, and professional athletes. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Georgia and his Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1975, Drew co-founded the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic with Dr. Kurt Niemann and has served as its Director since that time. He was the first Head Athletic Trainer at UAB, serving under Head Coach and AD Gene Bartow. He served as Chairman of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers and was inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame.







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