About Us

The Alabama Federation for Children is a project of the American Federation for Children and the AFC Growth Fund, dedicated to promoting educational choice by protecting, growing, and expanding programs that allow parents to choose the school that works best for their child.

Dr. Chad Mathis
Alabama State Chairman

Dr. Mathis started his orthopaoredic surgery career in 2003 in private practice and, in 2012, established the Alabama Bone and Joint Clinic in Pelham, AL as the Founder and Managing Partner.

Dr. Mathis is Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Mathis attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. As a medical student, he served in numerous leadership positions in participating in American Medical Association’s and Indiana Medical Association’s leadership conferences and meetings He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. During his residency, he again participated in leadership positions with the Indiana Orthopaedic Society and the University’s Educational Committee.

With a strong commitment to civic duty and community participation, Dr. Mathis was elected as an Alabama delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. He also served as Alabama’s Co-Chairperson for the Ted Cruz for President campaign. He is also a former Congressional candidate. He currently sits as the Chairman for the Alabama Federation for Children and as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Business Counsel of Alabama. Dr. Mathis is a member of the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy.

In 2009, Dr. Mathis was elected as an Alabama State Delegate for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. In 2015, he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Orthopedic Society. In 2017 he was elected to serve as President for the Alabama Orthopaedic Society in 2018.


Ryan Cantrell
Alabama State Director

Ryan Cantrell serves as the Alabama State Director and Regional Advocacy and Political Director for the American Federation for Children. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2008 from Faulkner University, where he was also an All-Conference, All-Region golfer and President of the Student Government Association.  

After graduating college, Ryan went to work for the Alabama Republican Party, first as a Field Director for the Jay Love for Congress Campaign, then as Deputy Political Director, helping to accomplish the first Republican takeover of the State Legislature since Reconstruction. After leaving the AL GOP in 2011, he went to work for the newly elected President Pro Tempore of the Alabama State Senate, Del Marsh, where he served as Policy and Research Analyst. 

He is a die-hard college sports fan (War Eagle!), enthusiastic golfer and avid book reader. He currently resides in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife, Logan, and three children, Hampton, Sophie and Weston.


Christa Andrews
Alabama Grassroots Coordinator

A native of Dothan, Alabama, Christa is a proud graduate of Tuskegee Institute. Upon graduating, Christa spent over 15 years in corporate America. She soon recognized that giving back is rewarding and impactful, which led her to community work within the inner city around computer literacy. In this work, it became apparent that many children were in need of computer literacy, but also basic literacy and competency. She immediately began seeking out organizations that she could serve in the community to offer direct solutions to literacy as a whole.

In 2011 that Christa was introduced to the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), a national non-profit that addressed issues in education for children of color. In 2012 Christa became the State Coordinator for BAEO in Alabama.

After working with BAEO and accomplishing some of the most noted historical events in education including the passing of the Alabama Accountability Act and the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act, Christa joined the American Federation for Children (AFC) team.

Today, as the Alabama Grassroots Coordinator for AFC, Christa travels across the state of Alabama informing parents, clergy and community leaders of the importance of school choice. She believes that low-income parents should be afforded the same opportunities to insure that their children receive the education they need to become productive members of society.