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Kristin Horton Ritter grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated with a degree in Urban Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Immediately after college, she moved to Birmingham to join the Management Training program at AmSouth Bank, and remained with AmSouth in a variety of branch manager roles until she “retired” to become a stay-at-home mom and a community volunteer.

Kristin currently serves on the boards of the Mountain Brook Schools Foundation, the Exceptional Foundation, Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Brook Junior High PTO, and the Mountain Brook Schools PTO Council, where she is the Legislative Vice President. She just completed her role as Mountain Brook Junior High PTO President 2015-2016.

She became a member of the Junior League of Birmingham in 1999 and served in a variety of roles, eventually becoming president in 2009-2010. She has been involved with Gateway as Junior Board President and a member of the Board of Directors. She served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Education Foundation. In addition to her current PTO roles above, she has served on the board of Crestline Elementary PTO and in a number of other volunteer roles in the schools. She has been involved with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, where she has served as a Grant Site Review Team member and a judge for the Prize 2 the Future national competition.  She is a sustaining member of the Ballet Guild and the Childen’s Arts Guild.  She is a member of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church and is serving on the 2017 Antiques at the Gardens committee benefitting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Perhaps the most time consuming and enjoyable activity Kristin has been involved with in recent years is supporting her children’s many sports endeavors, serving as commissioner, coach, team mom, and avid fan. 

Kristin is married to Bill, and together they have four children ranging from 5th to 12th grades.  In her “free time,” she enjoys tennis and being with her family and friends at the lake and the beach.

Why have you decided to serve as an inaugural Torchbearer for the JLB?
In 2009-2010 I had the privilege of serving as president of the Junior League of Birmingham. We celebrated our 85th year, and our 90th anniversary celebration was on the horizon. There was distant planning and great discussion around the, one day, 100th anniversary celebration.

When I received a call nearly a year ago asking to be involved with the Centennial committee, I was flattered. A few months later, with the call to be a Torchbearer, there was no hesitation or "decision." I am incredibly honored to help in any way to make the dreams of these thoughtful, creative, and productive women and the collaborative efforts of so many a reality. One Place is a perfect collaboration for a great need in Birmingham.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
There is inspiration everywhere, but some to note are: 

1. My father who instilled in me the importance of service to others
2. My children for whom I want to be an inspiration and understand "to whom much is given, much is required."
3. Those who have devoted their time and efforts to have made and continue to make One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center a reality
4. The victims of domestic violence for which our efforts are directed 

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