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Ramseys named Family of the Year

Matt and Becky Ramsey and their children, Emily Womble, Boone, Lucy and Kate are the 2016 Madison Family of the Year. RECORD PHOTOS/JEN FOUTS-DETULLEO
Matt and Becky Ramsey and their children, Emily Womble, Boone, Lucy and Kate are the 2016 Madison Family of the Year. RECORD PHOTOS/JEN FOUTS-DETULLEO
Jay and Betsy Allison's family. CONTRIBUTED
Jay and Betsy Allison’s family. CONTRIBUTED

Dr. Sandy and Amy Patel's family. CONTRIBUTED
Dr. Sandy and Amy Patel’s family. CONTRIBUTED

MADISON – Matt and Becky Ramsey and their children, Emily Womble, Boone, Lucy and Kate, are the 2016 Madison Family of the Year.

In its twentieth year, Madison Family of the Year recognizes diversity and richness of family life. A volunteer committee reviews applications and interviews families.

The finalists gathered for the announcement at City Hall on Jan. 24.

Matt works as an aerospace engineer and vice president at Willbrook Solutions, where he won the 2014 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. He graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) with both bachelor and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering. He is a member of Adult Men’s Basketball Ministry at Asbury United Methodist Church.

Becky also works at Willbrook Solutions as contracts manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of North Alabama and two master’s degrees in acquisition and contract management from Florida Institute of Technology.

A member of Rainbow Elementary School PTA, she serves as vice president of fundraising. In the past 10 years, Becky and Matt have coached their children on numerous sports teams and assisted in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Their daughter Emily Womble of Memphis, Tenn. graduated with honors from MSU. Twins Boone and Lucy are sixth-graders. Boone is an accomplished chess player. Lucy plays with Huntsville Futbol Club. Kate plays basketball and softball; like her siblings, Kate swims for two Madison teams and attends Rainbow.

The Ramseys attend Church of the Highlands, where Matt and Becky volunteer as small group leaders. Previously, they attended Asbury UMC.

The Allisons and Patels were other nominees.

Jay and Betsy Allison have four children: John, 9, Mark, 7, Sarah, 6, and Paul, 3. Jay works as a senior engineering manager at Synapse Wireless. Betsy formerly worked for Girls Scouts.

At MSU, Jay earned bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering and Betsy received these degrees in public relations and French.

Dr. Sandeep ‘Sandy’ and Amy Patel have two sons, Kieran and Connery who attend Columbia Elementary School.

Sandy founded Patel Technologies Corporation. In physics, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Towson State University and a doctorate’s degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree at UAH and a master’s degree in directing at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is theatre director at James Clemens High School.

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