Board of Directors
2022 – 2023
She is serving her third term on the Alabama State Council on the Arts and is the former Chair of the Council. Friedman also served as chair of the Council’s Grants Committee and as chair of the Council’s Long-Range Planning Committee.
Friedman’s other civic activities include the Community Foundation of Southwest Alabama (Building Families Committee), the Steering Committee and Implementation Committee for the Cultural Plan (City of Mobile), Fairhope Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Mobile, Mobile Opera Guild and Leadership Mobile. She also is a member of Mobile United and participated in the Leadership Initiative of Leadership Alabama.
Friedman and her husband, Dr. Frank Friedman, own and operate the Point of View Bed and Breakfast Inn.
(photo by Barbara Reed)
She has served as lead scholar for two Alabama Humanities Alliance SUPER Teacher Institutes: “Examining Dyann Robinson’s The Three Wives of Booker T.” and “All Y’all Really From Alabama: Teaching the Poetry of Ashley M. Jones”. In 2017, she received a Fulbright-Hays award to Santiago, Chile, and a Poetry Foundation Fellowship for the Furious Flower Center’s Legacy Seminar on Yusef Komunyakaa at James Madison University.
Zanice is serving a three-year term on the Encyclopedia of Alabama Advisory Council and is a member of the Southern Literary Trail Project/Exhibits committee. She has served on the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame committee (2022 Class) and is on the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer committee (2022). Zanice is an Alabama Folklife Association Cauthen Fellow (2022-2023) and makes her home in Auburn, Alabama.
She has worked for three newspapers and written a weekly religion column
Jan won the Amy Writing Award in 2007 for her column, “Forgiveness, The Key to Unlocking Hatred.” The award was presented at the Michigan Prayer Breakfast held in Lansing, Michigan.
She has also co-authored two books.
Jan had the honor of participating in the 2008 class of the Centurion Program, founded by Chuck Colson and Breakpoint/Prison Fellowship Ministry.
Jan and her husband, Greg, have lived in Andalusia for 38 years, where she is active as a community volunteer for Sav-A-Life of Covington County, Crossover Ministries, and other religious and civic organizations.
They have one daughter, Kelley, a licensed professional counselor works at LBW Community College’s Student Support Services, who is married to Chase Nolen. Jan thinks her two granddaughters are grand!
Buford’s latest creative work is The House Across the Road, and Other Stories
(photo by Dennis Holt)