Leadership Board Member: 2021.
Ali and her partner, Steve, joined Manchester UMC in March 2012. Their sons, Wyatt (10) and Harrison (8), attended Circle of Friends Preschool and are active in the children’s choirs. Her whole family loves to participate in the Vacation Bible School evening program.
Ali graduated with a degree in Theatre from California State University, Sacramento, then headed to Los Angeles to work at an outdoor repertory theatre. Three years later, Ali decided to shift her time and attention to law school, which brought her back to the Midwest. In law school, Ali interned at a district attorney’s office and worked on cases ranging from misdemeanor traffic violations to second-degree murder. After law school, she began her legal career as a civil litigator fighting for her injured clients.
Ali practiced law for several years, then shifted her time and attention to her growing family. During this time, Ali became more involved with ministries at the church (Children’s Ministry, VBS, Parents as Leaders, Sonshine Singers and small group leader). She also became active with the Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA). From 2018 to 2020, she served as the Education Coordinator for MOEDA and helped bring eating disorder education and awareness to schools throughout the St. Louis area. Ali continues to work as a certified eating disorder recovery coach and writes about issues relating to eating disorder treatment and recovery.