2017 Inductees to the Hall of Fame.

Brian Beall ’88, David Dietze ’80, Leura Fine ’04, Mary Allison Haynie ’85, Mrs. Phyllis Horne (retired), Coleman Mills ’87, Wesley Overton ‘04, Polly Robertson Parrish ’77, Alison Wojciechowski Van Norman ’00 and Bayside’s Founding Board of Directors

Bayside Hall of Fame
-Professional and Athletic-
2017 Inductees

Polly Robertson Parrish ’77
Polly Robertson Parrish received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education from the University of South Alabama. Both times she was recognized by the school as the Outstanding Student of the Year. In addition, she received national recognition in 1994 when she was named Outstanding Student of the Year by the Council for Exception Children, the world’s leading special education professional association with over 20,000 members. 

Polly has spent her career in the classroom, first at George Hall Elementary in Mobile, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 1998, and for the last 16 years at WINGS Day Treatment Program in the Baldwin County Public Schools System.

During the course of her teaching career, Polly has served in myriad offices for The Council for Exceptional Children on both the national and state levels and has chaired numerous committees for these organizations.

Polly has presented at professional conferences and meetings locally, regionally and nationally. These locations include Seattle, Louisville, Maui, Baltimore, Niagara Falls and Gulf Shores. Her specific topics vary, but the central theme is curriculum design, assessment and teaching strategies for students with developmental disabilities. 

In 2017, Polly travelled to Boston to receive the prestigious Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year award from the Council for Exceptional Children. 

Polly and her husband, Drew, live in Spanish Fort. 

David Dietze ’80
David Dietze is the CEO and President of Bravado Health, a nationally recognized leader in emergency medicine applications and services. Bravado Health’s mission is to support its clients’ efforts in being the premier provider of clinical care in the communities they serve. It helps hospitals, clinics and practices increase efficiency while improving both treatment outcomes and financial returns. 

Previously David was CEO and President of ScriptRX, which was a part of Bravado. ScriptRX’s discharge planning applications are used extensively in hospital emergency departments across the country and support care coordination for providers and their patients. In the first two years David led ScriptRX, their revenues increased by more than 300 percent and their operating capital decreased by 42 percent.

David has held positions as Vice President of Vertical Sales with Gannett, Regional Sales Manager with Google and Vice President of Sales with AOL. David holds a B.S. degree from Auburn University. 

David was previously inducted into Bayside’s Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a multi-sport athlete. David was member of the 1978 basketball team, which finished third in the state; the 1978 tennis team, which won the state title; and the 1979 basketball team, which made it to the second round of State play-offs. David was elected to the Basketball State All-Tournament team.

David, his wife, Carrie, and their children live in Jupiter, Florida.

Mary Allison Haynie ’85
Mary Allison Haynie’s collegiate career began at Rhodes College where she earned her B.A. in anthropology and sociology. She earned her master’s in historical administration and museum studies at the University of Kansas and did her doctoral studies at Middle Tennessee State University in history and historical preservation. 

She is the Executive Director of the Alabama Folklife Association. During her career she has completed work for Memphis Heritage, Carnegie Museum of National History, Carnegie Institute, National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution, among others. 

Mary Allison has designed projects, authored papers and made presentations to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Tennessee Preservation Trust Annual Conference, the National Register of Historic Places and the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. She has been active in business and community development with such organizations as the Avondale Business Association and the Jefferson County Health Action: Eastern Birmingham Initiative. She has advocated for the preservation of Tuxedo Junction through a campaign with National Trust, Harpeth River Valley through Scenic America Last Chance Landscape, and Dan German Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee. 

Mary Allison has created several major exhibits, including “We’ll All Sing Hallelujah: Sacred Sounds of Alabama” and “Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Place.”

Mary Allison serves on the Executive Committee of the Cahaba Group of the Alabama Sierra Club and the Irondale Downtown Redevelopment Authority. She is an active member of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation.

Mary Allison lives in Birmingham.

William Coleman Mills ’87
After graduating Bayside, Coleman Mills earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University, a master’s degree in architecture from Cornell University, and his master’s of design studio in architectural history and theory from Harvard University. He earned numerous awards while in school including the Mary Miller Lyons Fellowship in Architecture and the Cornell University Travel Fellowship.  

Coleman is the principal at WMCMstudio in Fairhope. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including Mobile Bay Magazine, Sense Magazine, Coastal Living and Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

Coleman serves as a board member of the Auburn University Interior Design program, co-chaired the FEEF Phantasy of the Arts fundraiser in 2010 and 2011, and has served the Eastern Shore Art Center in numerous positions. He is an active member of the Bayside Alumni Association and has served as a class representative. He also works with AP Art students and donates his work to Bayside’s Bay Affair live auction. 

Coleman typically has two solo shows a year, one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and one in the Southeast. His textile line is carried in boutiques in 11 states and the Caribbean.

Coleman, his wife Alix, and their three children live in Fairhope.

Leura Fine ’04
Leura Fine is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Laurel & Wolf, the online interior design service that makes it fun, easy, and affordable to decorate your space. 

Leura is a professional interior designer turned entrepreneur. After working as the senior designer for a leading interior design firm, she launched her own business, Leura Fine Interiors, in 2013. Frustrated by the archaic business model of the interior design industry, Leura set out to democratize it by establishing a better way for clients and designers to work together. Laurel & Wolf was born in late 2014 and has helped thousands of people all over the country bring their design dreams to life. 

Leura was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 for Retail & eCommerce” and has been featured in numerous publications, including but not limited to The New York Times, TechCrunch and Architectural Digest. She has raised $25 million in venture capital from top venture capital funds Benchmark and Charles River Ventures. Laurel & Wolf was also named to “25 Hot Los Angeles Startups to Watch” and was listed in Business Insider’s list “33 Startups to Watch in 2017.” 

She currently lives in Los Angeles. 

Phyllis Horne
Phyllis Horne joined the Bayside Faculty in 1976 as a member of the Bayside fine arts department. At that time she was, in fact, the only member of the department. When she retired 39 years later, the fine arts department had grown to as many as 13 full- and part-time members, and the curriculum had expanded from only visual arts to include music, drama and dance. 

Mrs. Horne was the first recipient of Bayside’s Teacher of the Year award, which at that time was presented by the Girls Service Club. She has received numerous awards, including Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, State Art Teacher of the Year and Presidential Award Winner. She was named the Emeritus Art Educator of the Year for 2016 by the Alabama Art Education Association. She has served as President and Awards Chair for the AAEA and has been involved in that organization for more than 20 years; this year she is its treasurer. 

She also is the cofounder and president of Bay Area Art Teachers Association. 

A graduate of Troy University, Mrs. Horne lives in Summerdale with her husband, Darryl. 

The Founding Members of Bayside’s Board of Directors 

Without the dedication, foresight and entrepreneurial spirit of this group of 16, there would not have been a Bayside. What began as an idea was made into reality by the work of these people. They found property and renovated it, personally signed to guarantee the mortgage, hired faculty and staff who shared their vision and recruited enough students to open the doors on a kindergarten through eighth grade school. Of course, today’s Bayside community should also thank their spouses, who supported them through long hours and considerable financial risks. The Bayside community also should thank the parents who took a chance by sending their children to an unproven, fledgling school based solely on the vision of these founders. A debt also is owed to the teachers and staff members who left their previous jobs at established schools and businesses to join in the experiment that became Bayside. 

Without the initiative shown by these founders, we would not be where we are today. 

Those founders are the late Mr. Tom Bradley Jr., Mr. George Bryant, the late Mr. Henry Bryars Jr., Mr. John Chason, Mr. Julio Corte Jr., Mr. Jack Cummings, Mr. Charles Earle Jr., the late Mr. Talmadge Harris, the late Mr. Robert Hodgson, Dr. Robert McKee, the late Mr. Thomas McLendon, Mr. Carlton Niemeyer, the late Mr. Bill Peters, the late Mr. John A. Robertson, the late Mr. Jack Thomas and the late Mr. Ed Warley.

Bayside Athletic Recognition

Brian Beall ’88
Brian Beall’s induction into the Hall of Fame recognizes his golf accomplishments while he was a Bayside student.  He won the Mobile Junior City Championship and the Alabama Insurance Youth Classic during his time at Bayside.  At the age of 15, Brian was the youngest golfer to play in the Men’s Eastern Amateur Tournament in which he eventually played three separate times. 

He was a Top 15 finisher at the 1987 Southern Junior Tournament, winning the longest drive contest with a 296-yard drive.  In 1986, Brian finished second in the PGA National Junior Qualifying Tournament. That same year he was a Top 10 finisher Alabama High School Athletic Association state championship. 

From the age of 15, Brian played mostly in men’s competitions as a junior player because of the length off the tee. .During his time at Bayside, Brian was also competing in the Alabama State Amateur Division. 

Brian, of course, continued to play after his Bayside days. He has won four individual men’s club championships at Lakewood Golf Club and one at Steelwood Country Club and has partnered with his dad to win several two-man championships at very tough venues.

Brian is a 1993 Auburn graduate with a degree in business management. He, along with his brother, Eric, are third-generation owners of B & B Industrial Supply. Brian and his wife, Becca, have two children, Ann Sterling and Montgomery, who are current Bayside students. 

Alison Wojciechowski Van Norman ’00
Alison Van Norman’s induction recognizes her accomplishments as a Bayside student-athlete. Alison was a four-year member of the Bayside volleyball team. During those years, the team was state champions three times (1996, 1998 and 1999) and was runner-up in 1997. 

Alison earned volleyball All-State honors in both 1998 and 1999. In her senior year, she was selected as MVP of the Trinity Presbyterian Tournament, was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship nominee, was named Bayside’s Outstanding Female Senior Athlete and was named to the Mobile Press Register’s Volleyball Super 12 roster. 

Alison was also a charter member of Bayside’s slow-pitch softball program and played for its first two years. She served as its captain her senior year. 

Alison is a graduate of the College of Charleston and earned her master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. Alison is an avid weekend sand volleyball player when time permits.

She and her daughter, Stella, live in Baton Rouge. 

Wesley Overton ’04
Wesley’s induction recognizes his accomplishments as a Bayside student-athlete as well as his contributions to the coaching and teaching professions. Wesley was a member of Bayside’s first football team. He was a part of the team’s first win and first area win; he scored Bayside’s first touchdown. He served as captain of the football team in 2003 and the basketball team in 2004. In addition, he played varsity baseball for Bayside for five years. 

Wesley was selected to the 2003 Eddie Holmes Invitational All-Tournament Team. He was a Baldwin County Athlete of the Month. He was named Best Wide Receiver for the 2003 Bayside football season, Mr. Versatile for the 2004 Bayside Basketball season and winner of the Admirals’ Best Award for Baseball in 2003.

Wesley earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics education at Troy University. There, he was a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Wesley earned his master’s degree in curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics in 2015. He has served as math teacher and head baseball coach at Excel High School and math teacher and assistant coach at Spanish Fort Middle. Wesley was named the 2014 Monroe Journal Baseball Coach of the Year.

Wesley, his wife, Shay, and their two children live in Loxley. 


Mary Dumas
Director of Alumni Affairs