Born in Baltimore Maryland, Jim was raised in a large family of aunts and uncles and a ton of cousins. They all lived near each other and attended the same church where they took over the music department as well as deacons, ushers, Sunday school teachers, youth pastor and whatever else they needed. In ’81 Jim left to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he studied music and played bass in several groups during his college years. After college, he met his wife, Tracy, started working at WCIE FM and continued to play bass at the 10,000 seat church. Jim currently lives in Anderson, South Carolina with his wife and two kids while the two older ones live in Reno, NV and Nashville, TN. After 30 years, Jim left radio to work on his voice-over business called Mann Made Productions as well as help with the business side of his wife’s After School Care. Currently, Jim co-hosts a podcast called My Pleasure: The Unofficial Chick-fil-A Podcast with Alison Storm, a former radio coworker.
Now Jim has the privilege of hosting the Healing Strong podcast called, I Am Healing Strong with another former radio coworker, Ally Powell. They both bring a unique perspective to the table. Jim with his Stage IV Melanoma journey and Ally with the loss of her daughter. And of course, they have fun bringing stories of those who are thriving in this life that brings so many curveballs along the way. That’s a baseball analogy for Ally’s benefit….
Allyson Powell was born and raised in Greenville South Carolina. She joined the private banking team in 2018 after a career in television.
Allyson graduated from the University of South Carolina, and lived all over the country while her husband Landon played professional baseball. The Powells have recently settled back home.
Allyson works with the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Donate Life South Carolina. Her family founded Donors on the Diamond in an effort to raise money and awareness for organ and tissue donation. She was recently named one of Greenville’s top 30 rising leaders.
Allyson formerly worked in television as a sports reporter in San Francisco and Sacramento California, a news reporter in Odessa, Texas and most recently a morning News Anchor for WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina.
Allyson and her husband Landon have two children, Holden 12, Ellie, 8. In their free time, you can usually find them supporting Landon at North Greenville University where he is the head baseball coach.
Allyson and her Husband Landon gave birth to twins, Ellie and Izzy 8 years ago, but Izzy was born with a potentially fatal genetic disease called HLH and needed chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Izzy did not make it through the process and joined her creator just 5 months after she was born. Ally and Landon travel the country telling Izzy’s story and how the Lord carried them through that portion of their lives.
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