The City of Helena operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. This form of government most closely resembles the private sector with the Mayor serving as the Chief Executive Officer and the Council as the Board of Directors.
The Mayor and City Council Members are elected at-large for four-year terms.
The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Alice Lobell, better known as Ms. Alice to many Helena residents, is a life long educator and artist. She is proud and honored to serve in Place 3 on the Helena City Council.
Alice has a B.A. In Art Education from Harding University; graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University in Washington, DC, with a master’s degree in Higher Education and Human Development; and has a master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Montevallo, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Award.
Alice is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County, class of 2019. This 9-month long intensive program invites community leaders to learn more about Shelby County and to become familiar with the County’s operations and various departments. Members are challenged to serve in a leadership role, using their efforts to support and enhance the growth and development of Shelby County. In July, 2019, Alice was honored to be asked to serve on the Leadership Shelby County alumni board.
As the first art teacher at Helena Elementary School, Alice developed the art program into a creative and educational environment that impacted the lives of Helena students for 2 generations. The annual HES art show and sale, created by Alice, boasted as being the town’s largest art show where all her students were contributing artists.
Alice’s community involvement includes working with various Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups in the area, conducting classes and workshops, and helping them complete requirements for any and all art related badges. Alice has been a member of the Helena Christmas parade committee for more than 28 years. An avid supporter of Helena athletics, Alice attends as many sporting events as possible, cheering for all the young athletes that she considers to be “her kids”.
“My deep love for this community is why I decided to get into city government. It is a privilege and honor to be a member of Helena City Council”.
Alice’s immediate family also call Helena home. Her son, Jonathan Hollabaugh, his wife, Brook, and their two children, Madison and Riley all love being part of the Helena community.
Alice is the council liaison for the Helena Teen Council, liaison for the Helena Arts Council, council liaison for the Helena Fire Department and will continue to work with the Christmas parade committee.
Laura Joseph was elected to her first term on the Helena City Council in 2016, and currently serves as the Council’s President Pro Tem.
Her vision for Helena includes:
- Continued efforts to secure much-needed infrastructure improvements
- Supporting beneficial economic development opportunities
- Developing a growth mindset regarding city services and departments
- Adding value for residents through cultural, historical, and beautification initiatives
Business and Education
Laura Joseph earned her degree in Communications from the University of Alabama's College of Communication and Information Sciences in 2001, with a concentration in advertising and a minor in studio art. She is currently employed by Central State Bank as Director of Marketing.
Laura is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Shelby County, a 9-month program which invites government, business, civic and community leaders to take a comprehensive look at Shelby County, and what it takes to make it operate, grow, and prosper. Near the end of each term, class groups design and complete service projects. Laura’s group created a Master Plan for Family Connection, a multi-service nonprofit agency that serves at-risk children, families and youth through their residential youth center, school counseling and family support groups, community crisis assistance for youth, and drop-in day shelter and homeless outreach.
Laura is also a 2014 graduate of the YourTown Alabama program, a 2-day workshop which focuses on the role of design in community planning. The workshop course material addresses a range of issues in rural community planning, with special emphasis on the process by which rural communities construct a vision about their future, evaluate natural and cultural assets, and implement decisions about how their community should look and function.
Boards & Memberships
- Helena’s Buck Creek Festival, Vice Chairman
- Helena Library Board, City Council Liaison
- Helena Library Foundation, Secretary
- Helena Beautification Board, City Council Liaison
- Shelby County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Advisory Board Member
- Shelby County Republican Party, Zone 6 (Helena/Maylene) Director
- Shelby County Republican Party, Communications Director 2009-2018
- Alabama Republican Party, Executive Committee Member, 2013-current
Laura and her husband, T.J., Engineering Manager of Manufacturing at Fitz-Thors Engineering, have been married 10+ years, and have two children: Anna Kate (12) and John Marshall (8). Both children attend Helena's public schools and are involved in Helena's rec league and school sports programs. The family lives in the Old Cahaba neighborhood, and attends Riverchase United Methodist Church, where Laura teaches the 4 year old Sunday School class.
Harold Hewy Woodman lives in Old Cahaba with his wife and three children. His wife is science teacher at Evangel Classical School. His son is a Helena Eagle Scout who attends UAB in their engineering program. His oldest daughter attends Huntingdon College in the biology program and is a Silver award winner in the Helena Girl Scouts. His youngest daughter is a former Helena Belle who attends UAB, and was recently awarded the Girl Scouts Gold Star award.
Hewy has law degree and works in the Technology department at Blue Cross. He is a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official. He was also award best blog in Shelby County for No Sleep in Helena.
Other Helena membership and Service :
- Council Liaison for City Building, Planning and Development Department
- Helena Planning and Zoning Commission
- Helena Art Council
- Helena History Preservation
- Board of Directors Old Cahaba HOA 2010-2012
- Friends of Helena Schools Education Foundation
- Friends of the Helena Library
- Helena Athletic Association
- Helena Farmer Market Committee 2009-Current
- Buck Creek Festival 2010-2013
- Helena US Census Committee 2010
- Helena Soccer Coach 2006-2008
- Sunday School Teacher 2004-2009
- Writer for a No Sleep in Helena community news blog