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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Eric Plaisance, Department Chairperson 2019 -

    Dr. Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Plaisance has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Obesity and Metabolism. He is currently Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Undergraduate Honors Program Director.

  • Faculty Position

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    Amy Carr, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Scholarship

    I am passionate about wellness and health promotion, whether teaching about health issues or planning and implementing interventions to positively change health behaviors. I have performed research in the area of cardiovascular disease prevention and worksite health promotion. An avid reader on health topics, I have special interests in weight management, nutrition, physical fitness, chronic disease prevention, and integrative medicine. While working in public and community ...

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    Amy Dagley, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Scholarship

    I am fascinated by a variety of topics relevant to educational leadership, yet spend the majority of my time in research related to school law. I am particularly interested in First Amendment speech rights of employees and students, immorality, privacy, and how legislation and policies impact education systems.

    Service

    I provide presentations for school groups and professional associations in school law. I serve on the faculty editorial board of the Educati...

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    Andrew McKnight, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    Most of my scholarship entails philosophical analysis of educational policy, specifically concerning ethics and epistemology as related to the emotional context of schooling and ecological issues in education.

    Service

    I am active in service to the SOE, the university, national professional organizations, and several local museums.

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    Ashley Kuntz, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Claire Mowling, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Cody Morris, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

    My academic background is in health and kinesiology, more specifically exercise physiology as a primary focus. As a graduate student, my secondary focus was in biomechanics and since then have conducted several research projects related to this topic as well. I believe this additional exposure allows me to explore research questions that integrate connections between different disciplines and contribute to a wide range of research collaborations. My main line of research and expertise includes t...

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    Danielle Pester, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    David Macrina, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2019 -

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    Dayna Watson, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dayna Watson completed a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She has extensive experience and training in clinical supervision and mental health counseling, specializing in counseling children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Watson’s clinical areas include play therapy techniques and creative interventions with children and adolescents, group therapy with young children, and cognitive therapy. Her research interests include issues of social class and p...

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    Dennis Gurley, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    Over the years, I have explored leadership in schools in a variety of contexts. Most recently, I have examined school leaders' awareness of organizational mission, vision, values, and goals, and explored the impact these statements have on their daily practice as school leaders. I am also especially interested in the unsung and often neglected role of the assistant principal in our schools. The assistant principal's role is vital to the success of schools in terms of manager...

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    Eric Plaisance, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Plaisance is an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. Dr. Plaisance has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Obesity and Metabolism. He is currently Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Exercise Physiology and Undergraduate Honors Program Director.

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    Gary Peters, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    My substantive research agenda focuses on cultural factors underlying leadership processes; organizational behavior from the perspective of individuals, groups and the organization as a whole; and leadership in crisis situations. Understanding the subtleties and nuances of leadership as it is exercised by the prevalent culture, subculture, and counter-culture provides perspective on emerging social structures within organizations. As a former resident of the Mississippi Gulf...

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    Glenda Elliott, Associate Professor - Emeritus and Associate Professor - Emeritus (P) 2013 -

    Glenda R. Elliott, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is Associate Professor Emerita of the UAB Counselor Education program. She served on the faculty from 1973 to 1994 and continued to teach as an adjunct until 2000. A charter member of Zeta Chapter, she also served as a faculty advisor. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified counselor supervisor, national certified counselor, and educational consultant. The former Coordinator of Training for the UAB Safe Zone program (2001-2012) and co-founder of t...

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    Gordon Fisher, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    My current research is directed towards developing nutritional and behavioral strategies that can reduce the prevalence of metabolic and cardiovascular complications that are associated with type 2 diabetes. I am specifically interested in the mechanistic role through which mitochondrial bioenergetics and redox signaling influence the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and associated comorbidities.

    Service

    I am an active member of the American College of Sport...

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    Jenna LaChenaye, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Scholarship

    As a qualitative and mixed methods methodologist, I have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research pursuits across the Department of Human Studies and School of Education through colleagues and student dissertation work. My personal scholarship work stems from my background in sociocultural and international education development and evaluation and focuses on the cultural elements of the research process, specifically collaborative research strategies, dec...

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    John Jones III, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Kristi Menear, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Kristi S. Menear’s professional disciplinary background is in special education and adapted physical education. As chair of the Department of Human Studies in the School of Education at UAB, she supports the work of 30 faculty and over 850 students in the following program areas: counselor education, educational foundations, educational leadership, educational psychology and research, community health and human services, physical education, and fitness leadership/exercise science. She is a forme...

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    Larrell Wilkinson, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    In research and information dissemination, my role is to address the areas of health promotion and health services. My research interests include: health disparities, health communication, and health and human services utilization. In this work, I examine pathways to building health equity in communities, the process to disseminating health information and behavior change within segments of the population, and work to mediate factors that influence access and quality of heal...

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    Laura Forbes, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    Scholarly work is attained through a variety of mechanisms (publications, presentation, and grants) and this work requires much time and dedication; however there are always new opportunities that keep the pursuits of collaborative endeavors fresh and rewarding. I enjoy working with diverse colleagues and on a variety of topics related to health behaviors.

    Service

    Service to profession of health education and to services of others must be at the forefront o...

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    Laurie Malone, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Lawrence Tyson, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    I have recently published in ASCA's School Counselor and have submitted a proposal to the American Counseling Association for published a third edited book entitled, "Critical Incidents in School Counseling."

    Service

    I am involved in the CEP's Study Away program, "A Counselor's View of Italy," and am involved in international activities; I just rotated off the Chi Sigma Iota national board as its treasurer; I just completed my rotation (2010 - 13) as Edito...

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    Lisa Kerr, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Mary Bodine Al-Sharif, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr. Mary Ann Bodine Al-Sharif currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education at UAB. She completed her B.A. in Religious Studies at Randall University, M.A. in English at the University of Central Oklahoma, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Bodine Al-Sharif has worked in higher education for over 11 years as both a faculty member and student affairs and services administrator. She served as a Social Jus...

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    Melanie Shores, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    My primary scholarship interests focus broadly on seeing young female students provided with the opportunities and knowledge necessary in order for them to succeed in the 21st century and beyond. More specifically, I am working to build a bridge between K-12 and informal learning environments through higher education pre-service education and research resulting in stronger collaborations, better communications and resources to encourage girls in mathematics and science endea...

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    Michael Carter, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    PROFILE: Twenty years of higher education experience from student affairs and international education to administration. Responsibilities have included:
    • Project management and coordination across multiple campus entities
    • Strategic planning, risk assessment, emergency response
    • Communications planning & implementation
    • Policy & procedural review, implementation, and enforcement
    • Logistical & event planning & execution
    • Programmatic evaluation & assessment
    • Em...

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    Retta Evans, Professor (P) 2013 -

    I have a broad background in health and physical activity, with training in health education, exercise science and nutrition. I have worked with school systems over the past 15 years to implement interventions to improve health and wellness among the student population. My research and resulting presentations and publications have focused primarily on youth and schools related to nutrition, physical activity and wellness. I have also assisted in the development of state policies outlining improv...

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    Robin Fiedler, Instructor (P) 2013 -

    Service

    Believing that knowledge and abilities should be shared, I typically spend 5 – 8 weeks each summer in Obuasi, Ghana in Africa. There I teach professional development with local teachers, write curriculum for the schools to use and spend days teaching within a variety of schools. When possible, I allow students to join me on the adventure.

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    Roxanne Mitchell, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    Samuel Cauffman, Instructor (P) 2017 -

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    Sandra Sims, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship
    I love sharing my passion about my profession. I do this through my writing and through speaking opportunities. I co-authored a Human Kinetics book that focuses on integrating physical education and health education into the classroom. We are now in the process of a second edition of the book. I have also published 19 refereed national journal articles, 10 refereed state level journal articles, 4 refereed nationally published professional documents and 1 reviewed state level gove...

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    Sara Lappan, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Scott Snyder, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Scholarship

    I typically serve as a methodologist or statistician on research projects. This allows me to study issues related to K-12 education, higher education, health, dementia, and training in various fields including defense and engineering. My other research interests relate to grading, systems theory, and autism.

    Service

    I provide service to professional groups at local, state, and national levels in areas that typically relate to my background in measurement, e...

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    Sean Hall, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Sean Hall is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Clinic Director for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling, specializing in Clinical Mental Health from Old Dominion University in 2012. Dr. Hall’s research interests are psychotherapy process and outcomes, measurement, and research methodology. Dr. Hall’s clinical areas include cognitive behavioral therapy, suicide assessment, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and evidence based interventions...

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    Shannon McCarthy, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Shannon McCarthy earned a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from University of Florida. Dr. McCarthy has had extensive training and clinical experience in counseling in community mental health and medical settings as well as marriage and family therapy. Her research focuses on family, school, and community engagement, improvement of family systems training for school counselors and other school-based personnel, the intersection of family systems and health, and qualitative methodolo...

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    Stephen Hebard, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Tondra Loder-Jackson, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Tondra L. Loder-Jackson holds a primary appointment as professor of educational foundations in the UAB School of Education and a secondary appointment as professor of African American Studies in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a senior faculty associate at the UAB Institute for Human Rights. Dr. Loder-Jackson helped establish and formerly directed the UAB Center for Urban Education. She has worked in nonprofit organizations, schools, and universities in Chicago, IL and Phil...

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    Wendy Horn, Assistant Professor - Research (P) 2013 -

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    Yvette Bynum, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    John Dantzler, Associate Professor (S) 2017 -

    John Dantzler is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the Vice Chair of Substance Abuse Programs, and the Executive Director of the Beacon Recovery and Community Justice programs. Beacon Recovery is UAB's substance use treatment program dedicated to serving uninsured and under insured individuals in an outpatient setting. The UAB Community Justice programs (AKA TASC) serve the Jefferson County Courts as the administrator of specialty courts (Drug Court, Mental Health Court, ...

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    Matthew Fifolt, Assistant Professor (S) 2017 -

    Matthew Fifolt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Fifolt is Principal Investigator for the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program; Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Program; Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA); and the Alabama Center for Improving Health of People with Disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serve...

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    Peter Jones, Assistant Professor (S) 2016 -

  • Non-academic Position

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    Kathryn Lowe Tubbs, Program Coordinator I 2007 -

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    LaShundra Wormley-Dooley, Administrative Associate 2006 -

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    Loretta Jackson, Office Services Specialist III 2004 -

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Abby Nevins, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Adam Loftis, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Alan Webb, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Alexander Hoffman, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Angela Baumann, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Angela Troncalli, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Angelica Lyons, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Barry Wilson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Benitha Jones, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Brandon Kane, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Brandon Payne, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Brandon Roberts, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Brittney Brooks, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Brooklyn Gibbons, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Calvin Briggs, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Carol Kutik, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Charles Branch, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Charles Carter, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Charles Willis, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Charles Woods, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Cicily Gray, Credentialed Course Instructor 2003 -

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    Cindy Adams, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Claudia Williams, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Crystal Howard, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Cynthia Wiley, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Danna Jones, Credentialed Course Instructor 2010 -

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    David Cavender, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    DeBran Tarver, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Diane Jones, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Dominique Hector, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Donald Taylor, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Donna Hester, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Earvin McKenzie, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Ellen Jones, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Evelyn Nettles, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Frances Spear, Credentialed Course Instructor 2009 -

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    George Theodore, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Ginger Aaron-Brush, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Gordon Black, Credentialed Course Instructor 2008 -

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    Gwendolyn Tilghman, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Helen Hays, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Hope King-Robinson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Jacquelin Tally, Credentialed Course Instructor 2004 -

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    James Sanders, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Janelle Carter, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Janice Dennis, Credentialed Course Instructor 2009 -

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    Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Jennifer Cunningham, Credentialed Course Instructor 2008 -

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    Jennifer Maye, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Jessie Latten, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Jingping Sun, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Joseph Dawson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Joseph Garner, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Kara Skelton, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Katrina Watson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Kimberly Brindley, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Kimberly King, Credentialed Course Instructor 2005 -

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    Kimberly McCall, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

    Dr. Kimberly McCall received her B.S. Degree in Business Administration and her Masters of Public Administration from Jacksonville State University. She has previously worked with the Birmingham City Council as a Committee Assistant with primary responsibility for community engagement in the 7th District and served as Acting Executive Director for the Birmingham Cultural Arts Committee. Dr. McCall later gained employment with the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Grants Administration and a...

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    Luciana Silva, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Lynn English, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Mark DiGiorgio, Credentialed Course Instructor 2007 -

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    Martha Barber, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Michael Lebeau, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Michael Wilson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Michelle Williams, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Miyoshi Juergensen, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Pamelia Mobley, Credentialed Course Instructor 2003 -

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    Philip Westbrook, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Robert Calvert, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Robyn Roby-Boatman, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Rosalyn Spivey, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Sally Bruer, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Shayla Wilkinson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Stephanie Maxwell, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Susan Jackson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Tamilane Blaudeau, Credentialed Course Instructor 2013 -

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    Terra Griffin, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Thomas Bice, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Toni Leo, Credentialed Course Instructor 2013 -

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    Vernon Doster, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Victoria Caltagirone, Credentialed Course Instructor 2020 -

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    William Watkins, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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