The International Center staff is small only in number. Their work to improve our community by spreading cultural awareness through providing educational programs and events is no small task.

Feel free to contact any one of the TIC staff members with questions regarding programs or services.

Iris Gross

Executive Director

Iris Gross is the Executive Director of The International Center for the last 20 years. Since moving to Birmingham, Ms. Gross became a founding member and first President of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, an organization founded to help strengthen and support non-profits in Alabama. She was a member of the 1998 class of Leadership Birmingham and was an officer of the Alabama/Mississippi Festival and Events Association. She is a founding director of the Interfaith Alliance of Alabama. Her other affiliations include Birmingham-Southern College Norton Board of Advisers, Board Member of the Alabama Economics Club and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization UAB School of Nursing. Ms. Gross is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker on international issues. Ms. Gross holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from American University. She holds Certified Association Executive Accreditation from the American Society of Association Executives. Ms. Gross' biography and achievements are included in Who's Who in America.

Jonnie Griffin, Ed. D.

Education Consultant

Dr. Griffin is Education Program Consultant for The International Center. She holds a Doctorate in School Administration from the University of Alabama. She is a former teacher, counselor and administrator of the Technology Initiative Section, Alabama State Department of Education. While at the Department of Education, she created and managed the statewide Technology Conference for Educators (AETC) with an attendance of 4,000+. She worked in the testing and guidance division of the State Department prior to the creation of the Technology Initiative Section. 

Leaving the SDE, Griffin accepted a position as Marketing Director for the education division of Bull Information Systems from 1997 -2001. Computer/software training, technology consulting and hardware/software sales /services were provided in seven states for K-12 School Districts. After moving to Birmingham in 2006, Griffin began working with TALA Professional Services as Senior Project Manager. Clients included technology projects/upgrades for K-12 school districts in Alabama and Mississippi, local businesses/organizations and the Birmingham-Shuttleworth’s International Airport.  Serving on the 2003 development team for the first Diversity Forum in Birmingham, Griffin created marketing materials, compiled the speaker list/program and organized the Forum. 

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Jason Novak

Consultant / Former Assistant to the Executive Director

Jason Novak has been the Assistant to the Executive Director at The International Center since August of 2011. His main focus is the promotion of cultural understanding, international business, current world affairs, event preparation and coordination, project management, and program development.  Prior to working at the BIC Jason worked at Citigroup in the CitiBusiness division as an account manager and sales associate in Albuquerque, NM.  There he managed individual and business credit accounts, initiated credit monitoring services and credit related products, handled fraud related matters, and was a new hire mentor.

In 2011 Jason received his B.A. in International Studies with a concentration on Latin America from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is currently pursuing an MBA at UAB's Collat School of Business. He is fluent in Spanish, has studied French, Italian, and German, and has been an ESL tutor.  In 2012 Jason was a volunteer at the First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes, and was on the UAB Advisory Council for the Master’s in Teaching ESL.  Jason is a lifetime member of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, in addition to other academic honor societies.

Jennifer Campbell

Fundraising Consultant

Jennifer Campbell is the Fundraising Consultant for The International Center. A native of Shelby County, she grew up in Alabama but spent over twelve years in New York City. There she received her Bachelor's Degree from Marymount Manhattan College and her Master's Degree from New York University. While in NYC, Jennifer had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience from working in many great organizations such as New York University, New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and The Metropolitan Opera.

After returning to Alabama in 2011, Jennifer began her consulting work with local organizations including The Greater Birmingham Humane Society, SafeHouse of Shelby County, The Investment Group, and more. Her most recent long-term position was with the YMCA of Greater Birmingham where she served as Membership Director at the Alabaster Family Branch, while continuing her consulting work simultaneously. 

As dedicated volunteer, Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Calera Chamber of Commerce, the Alumni Board of Leadership Shelby County, and serves as Vice Chair of the Shelby County Referral Network. 


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