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    One of the most important aspects of the College of Health Sciences is without question, our faculty and staff. Our people are enthusiastic, motivated professionals who are, themselves, answering the calling of their own lives. They bring extensive professional experiences into the classroom, making your educational experience deeper and richer.

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    Lisa Allison  D.N.P., M.S.N., CRNA

    Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301E
    (205) 726-2630

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    Most Outstanding 2009 Graduate (master’s, Samuel Merritt) 

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., Samuel Merritt
    Post–B.S. Certification/Nurse Anesthesia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    R.N., St. Vincent’s School of Nursing

    Awards and Honors

     Most Outstanding 2013 Graduate (doctoral, UAB)
     Most Outstanding 2009 Graduate (master’s, Samuel Merritt)
     Children’s of Alabama 2006 Clinical Excellence Award
     Summa Cum Laude graduate, 1994, UAB

    Involvement

    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
     Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists
     American Association of University Women
     Sigma Theta Tau
     UAB Alumni Society

    Expertise

    Practice: pediatric and neonatal critical care and anesthesia, 
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    Ilaina Andrews 

    Assistant to the Dean and Manager of Operations
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 116
    (205) 726-2820

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    Ilaina S. Andrews has found working in the dean’s office of McWhorter School of Pharmacy a rewarding experience. Andrews, a native of Andalusia, Ala., worked as a sales representative for Armstrong World Industries, marketing commercial insulation to contractors in territories from St. Charles, La., to Tallahassee, Fla. She has lived in New Orleans, La., and Houston, Texas, but has called Homewood home for the past 28 years. Married with three daughters and a grandson, Andrews enjoys gardening. She strives to hold true to the teachings of Hebrew 12:1–3. "[It] is a Scripture that speaks to me on how I should meet life’s challenges by persevering in running the race God has marked out for me. I’m not a runner, but I know it takes perseverance to finish the race."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., business, University of New Orleans

    Involvement

    Member of Shades Mountain Independent Church
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    James Angel  Ph.D.

    Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 308A
    (205) 726-2717

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    James B. Angel has experienced a lot of changes since coming to Samford University in 1984 to chair the kinesiology department, which was then known as the physical education and recreation department. "I was teaching at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in the exercise science department when I received a call from Dr. Jim Sharman (former chair of Samford's kinesiology department and the department chair at UAB where Angel completed his degree), I decided to apply because Samford University is a Christian school where I could share my faith," he said. He is proud he has had the opportunity to positively influence students' lives for Jesus Christ while helping prepare them for their careers. Even more rewarding is the time when Angel's personal and professional life have overlapped. "I have taught my wife, both daughters, both sons-in-law and now one of my granddaughters," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., exercise physiology/nutrition, University of Tennessee
    M.A., exercise science, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., engineering, United States Naval Academy

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Educator Alumni Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Dr. James A. Whiteside Award for Sports Medicine
    Outstanding Faculty Award, Samford University Student Senate
    Outstanding Health Education Award, Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
    The George Macon Award For Teaching, Samford University

    Involvement

    First Baptist Church Helena, deacon and trustee
    Team 413 Ministry, board of directors
    Ministering to Ministers Foundation, regular speaker
    Birmingham-based DASH Magazine, quarterly column on health
    Hewitt Trussville High School Biomedical Science Academy, annual speaker
    U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Active in Central Alabama Chapter
    School and University Tenure and Promotion Committee
    Macon Award Selection Committee
    School Counselor Showcase, committee chair
    45 EXER and SMED majors, academic adviser
    Summer Freshman Orientations, Samford University
    Junior and Senior Preview Day, Samford University
    Pre-Med Advisory Committee, Samford University

    Expertise

    Practice: health, sports nutrition, pre-med internships and medical terminology, Scholarship: 11 professional presentations since 2007 at national, regional and state conferences, Research: Six articles published in refereed journals since 2007 and co-authored a book.
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    John Arnold  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 203
    (205) 726-4040

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    When John Arnold joined the faculty of McWhorter School of Pharmacy six years ago, it was like coming home. "My mother and father both graduated from Samford University. My mother graduated from the school of education and was an elementary school teacher for 30 years. My father graduated from the school of pharmacy," said Arnold who worked as a clinical and staff pharmacist at various locations, including Children’s Hospital of Alabama. "I am just pleased and honored to be faculty member at this wonderful school and university," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., pharmacy, Auburn University

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Teaching, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Class of 2012
    Health-System Pharmacist of the Year, Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists

    Involvement

    Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists, president

    Research

    Pediatric pharmacy, novel dosage forms and stability of compounded dosage forms
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    Shannon Ashe  M.Ed.

    Instructor, Clinical Coordinator for Athletic Training Education Program, Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 210C
    (205) 726-4143

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    When Shannon Ashe was recently offered a job as an instructor and clinical coordinator for athletic training education program at Samford University, she didn't hesitate to accept it. "I have worked with individuals from Samford since arriving in Birmingham in 2002. I have always enjoyed working with the faculty, staff and students. When the opportunity to work within these ranks presented itself, I am excited to say I was able to join. I have a passion for athletic training and sports medicine that I am excited every day to share with our students," she said. Her pride in her new job opportunity pales in comparison to that she has for her family. Ashe and her husband, Chris, have a son and twin daughters.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.Ed., sports administration, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
    B.S., physiology, University of Arizona
    Certified Athletic Trainer, NATABOC
    Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA

    Involvement

    Athletic Trainer for Alabama Ballet

    Expertise

    Athletic training, performing arts, and strengthening and conditioning for the injured athlete
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    Jennifer Beall  Pharm.D., B.S.

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 242
    (205) 726-2534

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    Jennifer Beall has learned there is no place like home. As part of a military family, Beall grew up living overseas. Before joining the military, both her parents attended Samford. "My dad went during the day, and my mom went at night. They would trade me off in the caf at dinner," she said. After graduating from McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 1996, Beall moved to Abilene, Texas, and worked in a hospital pharmacy before returning home to Samford and joining the faculty in 2000. The opportunity has allowed her to live out her favorite scripture, Colossians 3:23, "Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord." She witnesses the fruits of her labor every time she gets an email from a former student. "It’s so rewarding for me to watch them grow as a pharmacist and even get to see some of my students become teachers. To be able to share experiences on that level is very fulfilling."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Samford University
    B.S., pharmacy, Samford University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (Board of Pharmacy Specialties)

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2010
    Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society

    Involvement

    NAPLEX Review Committee
    Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium, chair-elect (2013), chair (2014)
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    Alabama Pharmacy Association

    Research

    Experiential education
    Teaching
    Learning
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    Geri Beers  Ed.D., R.N., C.N.E.

    Professor, Chair Undergraduate Nursing
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 236
    (205) 726-2964

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    Geri Beers has a soft spot for helping those who are less fortunate. She has worked tirelessly to help the homeless and those without insurance or transitioning off welfare through her work with organizations like Interfaith Hospitality and M-Power Health Clinic. This passion is rivaled only by her love for animals. "I have picked up dogs, cats, kittens and puppies off the side of the road, out of parking lots or from people who didn’t want them all of my adult life," she said. "One of my daughter’s earliest memories is sitting in her car seat and holding puppies I had picked up." Beers currently has four rescue dogs of her own, and she has placed dogs from Florida to New Hampshire.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., Samford University
    Ed.S., Samford University
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Certified Nurse Education, The National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Samford University Faculty Development Grant: Traditional Versus Electronic Resources for Faculty in Two Adult Health Clinical Courses: A Pilot Study, 2012
    Samford University Technology Grant: Traditional Versus Electronic Resources for Students in Clinical Courses: A Pilot Study, 2012

    Involvement

    Birmingham Hospitality Network, nurse-on-call, 1997–present
    Interfaith Hospitality, provides nursing service/consult for homeless families
    M-Power Health Clinic, nurse and/or clinic coordinator several times monthly

    Expertise

    Medical surgical, Nursing oncology, The Effects of Teaching Methodology: PBL versus Lecture, The Effect of Teaching Methodology on Long Term Knowledge Retention, The Effect on Objective Test Scores
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    Kim Benner  Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Interim Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Director, Community Pharmacy Residency Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251A
    (205) 726-2076

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., pharmacy, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., biology/chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Expertise

    Clinical pharmacy specialist and adjunct faculty, Pediatric Simulation Center: Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala., Pediatrics, critical care, dermatology and simulation education
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    Cynthia Berry  D.N.P., RN, CNE

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 242
    (205) 726-2924
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    Amy Bigham  D.N.P., RN, FNP-BC

    Associate Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    BASH 101E
    (205) 726-2093

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    Amy Bigham has a huge shark phobia, but she loves the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. The only thing that trumps it is her love for God, her family and teaching at Samford University. Bigham joined the Samford faculty two years ago, and since that time, she has participated in the development and implementation of CampUs. The weeklong summer camp experience for children with special healthcare needs was created by Bigham and fellow coworkers Jill Cunningham, Cyndi Cortes and Jane Holston and is funded through an academic initiative grant from Samford. "The camp’s name came from a child who complained that he never fit in with regular summer camp experiences, and he said that he was glad there was 'finally a camp for us'," she said. Bigham, whose favorite Scripture is Psalm 139, loves "teaching at Samford University because faculty are encouraged to nurture students through the learning process."

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of South Alabama
    M.S.N., nursing, Mississippi University for Women
    B.S., nursing, The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing American Nurses Credentialing Center, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama League for Nursing, Excellence in Teaching Award

    Involvement

    National League for Nursing
    Alabama League for Nursing, president, 2013–2015
    CampUs, Samford University

    Expertise

    Rural family health, Pediatrics, Health-care technology and simulation
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    Sandra Boyken 

    Global Drug Information Center
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 306
    (205) 726-2891

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    Sandra Boyken’s relationship with Samford University began in 1997 after many years in the accounting department at a communications company. As senior program coordinator for the drug information service center, she is constantly developing her office and computer skills, as well as learning new programs. Boyken began taking evening classes at Samford in 2002 in what was then known as Metro College in order to complete her degree. She still counts receiving her diploma as one of her greatest accomplishments. She believes she would not have fulfilled her dream without the support of her family and the McWhorter School of Pharmacy family. In her spare time, Boyken enjoys spending time with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and large extended family. Her hobbies include crafts, movies, reading and camping.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S, administrative services with a paralegal certificate, Samford University
    A.A., secretarial administration, Western Kentucky University

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

    Involvement

    St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
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    Rhonda Brazil 

    Graduate Secretary
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 319
    (205) 726-2328

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    Rhonda Brazil started part time at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 2010 and within four months was hired full time. "I love working at Samford," she said. "I love hearing the students’ excitement when I am walking across campus when they come back from summer break and they are all excited to see their friends and get back in the swing of things." Brazil still recalls witnessing her first pinning ceremony at the nursing school: "It was so touching, I cried." Brazil is a big NASCAR fan—"Go Jeff Gordon, number 24!"—who loves Psalm 55:22, "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you." She has been married for 21 years and has three sons and two grandchildren.

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    Dollie Brice  M.S.

    Instructor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 402
    (205) 726-4229

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    Dollie Grover Brice has had a job at Samford University for 34 years, but she believes she has never worked. "When you love your work, you will never work a day in your life," she said. As an undergraduate at Samford, Brice planned to major in nursing, but ultimately ended up graduating with a degree in accounting. During her time as a student, she participated in the school's synchronized swimming team, which ultimately led to her first job coaching Samford's team. During her time at Samford, Brice has overseen the school's water show, the children's summer swimming program as well as several dance classes, including the always-full ballroom dancing where she teaches a variety of dance styles. She also does private lessons for engaged couples to assist them with learning a first dance for their wedding. In recent years, Brice has added yoga instructor to her extensive repertoire. She is a certified registered yoga teacher with 200 hours of training. "Swimming is what I was hired to teach, and I no longer do that. No complaints. I love yoga, but swimming is what got me this job.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S., health education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., accounting, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Dance Educator of the Year, 2008, Alabama State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance [ASAHPERD]
    Vice President of Dance, ASAHPERD, 2007–2008

    Involvement

    Camp Winnataska, board of directors, 2013–2016
    Camp Winnataska, advisory board, 1985–2013
    Volunteer in many capacities for my children's schools, 1990–2007
    Church choir, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1970–1982 and 1990–present
    American Red Cross Water Safety Committee, 1980–1990

    Expertise

    Children's summer learn to swim program at Samford; RYT200, Yoga Teacher; Yoga Alliance Certification, YogaFit; American Red Cross Certifications: water safety instructor trainer, lifeguarding instructor, CPR/AED for the health-care provider instructor, responding to emergencies; First Aid Instructor; Teach or have taught the following courses at Samford: Concepts of Fitness--Running, Concepts of Fitness--Swimming, Concepts of Fitness--Yoga, Water Safety Instructor, Beginning Swimming, Intermediate Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Lifeguarding, Kayaking, Rhythms, Introduction to Dance, Jazz/Tap for Fitness, Beginning Social Dance, Intermediate Social Dance, CPR/AED for the Health Care Providers, Responding to Emergencies First Aid, Yoga
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    Amy Broeseker  Pharm.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 223
    (205) 726-2226

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    Amy Broeseker believes her faculty position at Samford University is a vivid example of God's plan for her life. "It is very clear to me that God wanted me at Samford," she said. "By seeing the joy of helping others through the work of my father (a teacher) and my mother (a nurse), I thought I might enjoy the combination of those two vocations by teaching in the health-care field someday. During the last year of my fellowship, I prayed for God's direction for my next steps. Over the next several months, many people and situations pointed me to this special place." During her spare time, she enjoys her passions for music—she sings in her church choir—mountains and college sports. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama
    Pharm.D., University of Florida
    B.S.N., University of Florida
    Fellowship, DuBow Family Center for Research in Pharmaceutical Care, University of Florida
    Certificate in Thanatology, University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Commitment to Student Success Award, 2013
    Best Motivator Award, 2009
    Speaker at the McWhorter White Coat Ceremony, 2005
    Teacher of the Year Award, 1996
    Hoechst-Roussel Excellence in Clinical Pharmacy Award, 1992

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Educational Research Association
    American Pharmacists Association
    Phi Delta Kappa International (professional organization for education)
    Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International
    Trinity United Methodist Church

    Expertise

    Practice: critical care, hospital, Scholarship and research: interprofessional education, education, spirituality, end-of-life care, moral development
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    Angela Brooks  M.B.A.

    Administrative Assistant, Experiential Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 252
    (205) 726-2555

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    Degrees and Certifications

    M.B.A.
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    Gary Bumgarner  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 211
    (205) 726-2981
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    Deborah Burks  Ph.D.

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 217
    (205) 726-4170
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    Terri Cahoon  D.N.P., CRNA

    Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301F
    (205) 726-2401

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    Terri Cahoon truly believes the words of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "I am a part of all that I have met." Since coming to Samford University in 2003 after being recruited by two professors who were starting the nurse anesthesia program, Cahoon has worked to make a difference. "I know that I have been shaped by so many people I have been blessed to know. I cherish the fact that others have shared themselves with me and made me what I am. I realize the responsibility to honor their generosity by paying it forward and helping shape the lives of those around me. I also like to remind our students that many preceptors, family members, supporters and others have contributed to their education. I encourage them to pay it forward," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    M.S.N., University of Central Arkansas
    B.S., nurse anesthesia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., Auburn University

    Involvement

    American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Scholarship Committee
    Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    AANA Foundation Advocate, contributing editor, The International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia
    Hunter Street Baptist Church, middle school Sunday school teacher
    Clinical practice at St. Vincent's and Brookwood Medical Center
    American Cancer Society Relay for Life, volunteer

    Expertise

    Anesthesia pharmacology, simulation and non-technical skills, patient safety and service learning
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    Marc Calhoun 

    Adjunct Faculty
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220
    (205) 726-2876
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    Robin Cameron 

    Administrative Assistant to Faculty, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251
    (205) 726-2791

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    Robin Cameron spent 13 years as a stay at home mom before reentering the workforce. She is honored to be a part of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Samford family. Cameron is a native of Mobile; she and her husband Clark have three children and they live in Vestavia.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., psychology, University of Mobile
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    Leslie Carlisle 

    Program Assistant, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 306
    (205) 726-2716

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    Leslie Carlisle believes Samford University's department of kinesiology is the best on campus. Carlisle began working in the department almost six years ago after having worked at a private high school for 10 years. Her primary responsibilities include helping students with registration, assisting with preparing class schedules each semester and taking care of general office needs. "If I had to choose one thing I love about my job, it would have to be the connection and interaction I have with students," she said. Carlisle loves poetry and is currently a student at Samford's evening college where she is working to complete her bachelor's degree.

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Staff of the Year, 2011, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education

    Involvement

    Samford Staff Advisory Committee, chair-elect
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    Marian Carter  Ed.D.

    Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 310
    (205) 726-2611

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    Marian Carter has seen her life come full circle. "When I was in high school, I felt like God had called me to work in Christian education. What I thought that meant for me was to teach elementary children in a Christian school," she said. Carter took several education courses at Samford University before realizing teaching was not her passion. She eventually switched to interior design and ultimately had her own company. "I . . . enjoyed the work in the field but wondered how I had misunderstood God's path for my life." Carter had taken a position on her church's staff when a college friend told her about a job opening at Samford. She accepted the offer, and after obtaining her master's degree, she moved to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. "It took several years after graduation to get there, but God's calling was not void. He placed me right where He wanted me to be--at Samford University in Christian education."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., higher education administration, Union University
    M.S., education administration, Samford University
    B.A., interior design, cum laude, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Lamplighter Award (Nursing Service Award), 2010
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

    Involvement

    Faculty/Staff Traffic Citation Review Committee, 2009–present, Samford University
    Chair Staff Advisory Committee, 2008–2010, Samford University
    Member of Shades Mountain Independent Church since 1980
    Member of choir and praise team at Shades Mountain Independent Church since 1980
    Member of the school board at Shades Mountain Christian School, Hoover, Ala., 2011–2013
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    Marshall Cates  Pharm.D., BCPP, FASHP

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 216
    (205) 726-2457

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    Many would be surprised to know that Marshall Cates considered other career options. "Early in my pharmacy career, I almost joined the Air Force Reserve. I was already working with veterans who were dealing with various mental illnesses, and I seriously considered joining the reserves in order to have an impact on the mental health of military personnel." Cates has been on faculty at McWhorter School of Pharmacy since 1995 after working as a clinical pharmacy specialist in psychiatry in a veterans affairs medical center. Since joining Samford University's faculty, he has worked tirelessly to get pharmacy students and pharmacists to look at mental illness, mentally ill patients and psychopharmacotherapy in a more positive way. Cates believes the truth of Aristotle's words, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." He looks forward to continuing his career at Samford and to his daughter attending in fall 2015.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
    B.S., biology, Rhodes College
    Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
    Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmacy Leadership Award
    Pfizer Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award
    Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    Three McWhorter School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Awards

    Involvement

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, faculty liaison
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, committee member in past and present
    College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, member and/or chair of various committees in the past
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists, past president
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, member of various committees in past
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, committee member and state delegate in past
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Alabama Chapter, president of board of directors
    Reviewer for many scientific journals
    Editorial board of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy

    Expertise

    Psychiatric pharmacotherapy, Mental illness attitudes of pharmacists and pharmacy students, Pharmacy education
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    Jongwha Chang  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Social & Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 221
    (205) 726-4079

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    Dr. Chang has a strong interest in quantitative methodology in health services research. His research generally focuses on application of statistical/econometrics methodology in examining issues related to health care utilization, physician decision making, hospital management, health policy evaluation, effectiveness of medical care delivery (pharmaceutical care), and pharmaceutical outcomes in diseases. In particular, he has a strong disease-specific research interest in outcomes evaluation in chronic diseases (i.e. asthma, diabetes, and cancer), and the study of economic outcomes (healthcare cost analysis) related with pharmacotherapy. Dr. Chang has led and participated in several research projects in the areas of health outcomes, healthcare management, patient-centered medical home, physician-prescribing behaviors and pharmaceutical health services research.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., social and administrative sciences, University of Michigan
    M.S.P.H., health services research, Texas A&M University
    M.A., statistics, Columbia University
    B.S., finance, Ohio State University

    Involvement

    International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
    American Managed Care Pharmacy
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    AcademyHealth
    American Public Health Association

    Expertise

    Health outcomes, healthcare management, quantitative health services research, patient-centered medical home, integrated delivery system
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    Eva Click  B.B.A.

    Senior Program Coordinator, Experiential Program Compliance
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 248
    (205) 726-2089

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    When Eva Click returned to the workforce in 2005 after many years of raising her family, Samford University was her first experience with academia. Click had previously worked as a cost accountant for a bank holding company, a heavy manufacturing company and a transportation company. She was also active with the Hoover Beautification Board, Hoover Comprehensive Policy Plan Committee, and fund-raising for public schools when her children attended. "The pharmacy school has provided many opportunities for growth and many wonderful people to work with. I feel very blessed," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.B.A., accounting, University of Memphis

    Awards and Honors

    Magna Cum Laude in accounting, 1976

    Involvement

    Member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church
    Hoover Beautification Board, 2000–2002
    Hoover Comprehensive Policy Plan Committee, 2002
    Hoover City Schools PTO Boards, 1997–2002
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    Candia Cole 

    Faculty/Staff Wellness Coordinator, Instructor, Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 404
    (205) 726-2961

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    For Candia Cole, being a part of Samford University is a family affair, and her ties run deep. "I have been a part of Samford all my life. My parents attended Howard College. My father graduated in 1947. My mother worked as a student assistant for Dean Margaret Sizemore, and I too was her student assistant. My mother would bring groups to visit Samford during Step Sing. My first Step Sing was in 1969 and I did not miss a performance until 1984 when my daughter was born the night of dress rehearsal," she said. Her brother and sister also attended Samford. After graduating in 1978, Cole worked in several departments across campus before becoming the faculty/staff wellness coordinator in 2002. She also found time in December 1999 to make an appearance on Third Rock from the Sun. "My sister was working on the show as an actress and stunt woman, and the director picked me out of the stand to do a feature role with my own dressing room trailer." In her free time, Cole also addresses wedding invitations using calligraphy. Despite having a knee replacement in March 2013, Cole doesn't plan on slowing down any time soon. "I…still can teach kickboxing," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., Samford University
    Group fitness instructor, American Council on Exercise [ACE]
    SPINNING, Mad Dogg Athletics
    Yogafit
    Water Safety Instructor [WSI], American Red Cross
    C.P.R. for the professional rescuer, American Red Cross
    Aquatic fitness instructor, Aquatic Exercise Association [AEA]
    Lifeguard training and community first aid and safety, American Red Cross
    Certified Pool Operator [CPO], National Swimming Pool Foundation
    Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
    Registered BOD POD user, Body Composition Tracking System, Life Measurement, Inc.
    Open water diver PADI

    Involvement

    Cadre leader, Stretch Your Faith, yoga and devotion, Campus Ministries, Samford University
    Healthy Eating Active Living [HEAL] physical education pilot program for Alabama
    Aerobic choreographer and instructor, served six years visiting various schools teaching the Sports Stadium routine
    Led the routine at the State Capitol HEAL presentation
    Vice president of dance, Alabama State Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance, 2011–12
    Aquatic fitness specialist, Lakeshore Foundation
    De-Stress at Your Desk, relaxation and stretching techniques performed at your desk, Samford University library staff
    Aqua Aerobics for the Samford women's soccer team
    Yoga for the Samford crew team
    Yoga on the Quad, sponsored by Active Minds student organization during exams
    Fitness in a Nut Shell, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, singles women Sunday school class
    Ritual adviser and faculty adviser Alpha Gamma Chapter, Phi Mu Fraternity, Samford University
    Phi Mu Fraternity Alumni Association
    Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation, served on the park board as the senior pool supervisor
    Samford Legacy League Sunset 5K volunteer, two years
    Member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Wellness, physical fitness and group fitness instruction
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    Jennifer Coleman  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 241
    (205) 726-2238
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    Andrea Collins  D.N.P., NP-C, CRNP

    Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    BASH 101
    (205) 726-4558

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    Andrea Collins knows better than most the value of a Samford University education. "I joke that when Samford offered me admission in 1984 that they did not realize it was for life," she said. Collins has four nursing degrees from Samford. After earning her associate and bachelor's degree—she was pinned by Ida V. Moffett and has the pictures to prove it—Collins stepped away from the classroom for almost 20 years before a medical mission trip to Honduras opened up new doors of interest. "Working in this capacity gave me a desire to become a nurse practitioner so I could provide similar care to patients in the U.S. I looked at other options, but was drawn back to Samford because of the mission, reputation, pass rates and high academic standards in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing." She eventually went on to earn her doctorate and uses her real-world experiences to help with the practical application of textbook information. "I can't imagine teaching anywhere else," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., advanced practice track, additional education focus, Samford University
    M.S.N., family nurse practitioner, Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University
    A.S.N., Samford University

    Involvement

    Alabama League for Nursing, president-elect
    Medical director for annual international mission trips since 2000
    American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
    Sigma Theta Tau International Region 8
    Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama

    Expertise

    Previous nursing experience includes intensive care, post-anesthesia care, office cardiology and outpatient cardiac catheterization laboratory., Primary focus as a family nurse practitioner has been in adult primary care, emphasizing integrative medicine., Recent work in chronic pain management has led to an interest in complementary and alternative medicine strategies to improve pain control., Doctoral research focused on disease prevention and health promotion benefits related to adequate vitamin D status, particularly in vulnerable populations., Continuing education article "Practice implications for preventing population vulnerability related to vitamin D status" was published March 2013 in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has been presented at a number of regional and national conferences. Currently working with other F.N.P. and pharmacy faculty members on a two-year inter-professional education pilot study with F.N.P. and pharmacy students. The concept and preliminary results of the study were presented at the National League for Nursing's Education Summit 2013, and the annual conference of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties in 2013., Presented "The Impact of Incorporating Integrative Medicine into Primary Care" at the American Association of Nurse Practitioner's National Conference in June 2013., Involved in international medical missions since 2000 and enjoys introducing nurse practitioner students to physical exam and diagnosis challenges outside of a traditional medical clinic.
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    Cyndi Cortes  Dr.P.H., M.S.N., CPNP-PC

    Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    BASH 101A
    (205) 726-4008

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    Cyndi Cortes firmly believes God equips and prepares us for each step of life's journey. While working at Children's Hospital, Cortes developed a love and concern for children and adults with special health-care needs. Now in her position at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Cortes helps prepare family nurse practitioners to provide health-care services to people of all ages, including those with special health-care needs. Cortes developed a process to review and approve clinical placements for Samford University students in more than 25 states and to streamline the communication between clinical preceptors regarding Samford students. In addition, she helped plan, organize and implement CampUs, a summer day camp for children with special health-care needs. Cortes and her husband lived in Mexico for four years—both her children were born there—and believe this exposure helps her tremendously. "With my red hair, people don't expect me to speak Spanish or to really understand the Hispanic culture," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Dr.P.H., maternal child health concentration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Post Master's degree, pediatric primary care, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., developmental disabilities, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.R.E., religious education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    B.S.N., Spanish minor, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    CPNP-PC, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
    Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
    CRRN Certified
    Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
    Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board

    Awards and Honors

    State of Alabama Independent Living Council, appointed by governor
    Sigma Theta Tau
    International Honor Society of Nursing

    Involvement

    National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Alabama chapter
    Sharing the Care Jefferson/Shelby counties, co-chair, an initiative of Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
    The Abridge Foundation, secretary
    Hearts and Hands Sunday School buddy at my church
    International medical and evangelical mission trips

    Expertise

    Interprofessional education through course initiative between pharmacy school and F.N.P. program in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Quality of life for individuals with special health-care needs and their caregivers, Perceived needs of individuals in countries where medical mission trips are conducted, Preparation of congregational health promoters in medically underserved areas, especially in international settings
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    Lori Coward 

    Research Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 210A
    (205) 726-4469
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    Erika Cretton-Scott  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social, and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 236
    (205) 726-4370

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    Erika Cretton-Scott was drawn to Samford five years ago because of its focus in and dedication to teaching. Cretton-Scott for whom English is not her first language, believes Albert Einstein's words, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., chemistry, Saint Mary's College

    Involvement

    Community of Hope Health Clinic, interpreter
    Service language: Spanish
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Expertise

    Pharmacology and biochemistry instruction, Exploring ways to integrate the basic sciences within the pharmacy curriculum through the development of laboratory exercises/elective courses , Educational research
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    Michael Crouch  Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP

    Fred E. McWhorter Dean and Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 116
    (205) 726-2820

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Medical University of South Carolina
    B.S., pharmacy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Awards and Honors

    American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Fellow
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
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    Danielle Cruthirds  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 213
    (205) 726-2267

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    Danielle Cruthirds arrived at Samford University six years ago after spending a few years performing pharmacology research at various institutions of higher learning. "My position at McWhorter School of Pharmacy allows me to spend my time primarily educating future pharmacists, but also to continue to foster my interest in research," she said. Along with a fellow faculty member, Cruthirds has developed and implemented aseptic technique pharmacy practice experiences into the pharmacy curriculum. In her spare time, she enjoys Cross-Fit workouts.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., biology, Spring Hill College

    Expertise

    Investigating the role of oxidants in cardiovascular and renal disease, and the possible role that medications play in the disease process, Educational research focused on increasing the emphasis on aseptic technique in pharmacy curriculum
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    Jill Cunningham  D.N.P., FNP-BC

    Associate Professor, Chair Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    BASH 101C
    (205) 726-2733

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    Jill Cunningham's life has shaped her experiences as a nurse practitioner. After providing full-time patient care in hospitals and clinics for seven years, Cunningham became the full-time care provider for her daughter who was born with multiple special health-care needs. When she decided to return to the workforce, Cunningham realized she wanted to teach others how to properly care for patients with life-altering conditions and disabilities. "I realized by teaching others, I could have a much greater and far-reaching impact on patients and families. I not only wanted to impart knowledge and skills, but also teach the compassion and spiritual aspects of proper nursing care. Samford was the perfect fit for me to reach not only my career goals, but many personal and spiritual goals. My work at Samford is not a job or a career. It is my vocation—a divine calling to teach and serve others. It is an incredible blessing to serve and fulfill my God-given purpose through my work and life at Samford University," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Tennessee
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

    Awards and Honors

    Samford University Academic Initiative Grant recipient, 2013
    Samford University tenure, 2012
    Excellence in Nursing Award, B-Metro magazine, 2010
    Professional Leadership Award, University of Alabama, 1998
    Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, 1995–present

    Involvement

    United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    The Abridge Foundation, board of directors, treasurer
    National Health Service Corp ambassador
    Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
    Jefferson County Sharing the Care Education Committee, co-chair
    Church of the Highlands, member and small group leader

    Expertise

    Advanced practice nursing across the lifespan, Children and adults with developmental disabilities, Caregiver respite, Disability ministry, Interprofessional education and collaboration
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    Bernadette D'Souza  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical, Social & Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 234
    (205) 726-2780
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    Doug Davis 

    Manager of Technology Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 102
    (205) 726-4303
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    Renee Dehart  Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP

    Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Continuing Pharmacy Education
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 111B
    (205) 726-4276

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    Renee DeHart loves the opportunities she has received at Samford University. "I came to Samford after growing up in New Jersey and living in Florida because of the 'family' environment I felt here. I wouldn't trade it for anything. There are just so many opportunities here for both student and faculty members' professional and personal growth," she said. DeHart worked in McWhorter School of Pharmacy for 15 years before leaving and returning in 2012. She loves collecting frogs because it reminds her to Fully Rely on God.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Florida
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, fellow, 2008
    Academic Leadership Fellows' Program, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Alexandria, Va., 2007–08
    Service Award of Recognition: Presented by the Medical Center East Family Medicine Residents, 2005
    Phi Lambda Sigma, 2003

    Expertise

    Student affairs, continuing education and ambulatory care
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    Tracey Dick  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 248
    (205) 726-2541
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    B. DeeAnn Dugan  Pharm.D., BCACP

    Associate Professor, PGY1 Residency Director
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 204
    (205) 726-2635

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    B. DeeAnn Dugan came to Samford University five years ago to further her professional growth, but has discovered much more. "What I have found here is not only mentors to help foster the growth I was looking for, but also an intellectual community based upon faith, respect and family," she said. Dugan has worked with the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, the American Pharmacist Association Foundation and Project IMPACT: Diabetes to consistently demonstrate the value of pharmacists working with providers to care for high-risk, low-income patients with diabetes.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Florida
    B.A., public administration, University of Central Florida
    Residency: Pharmacy practice with an emphasis in community practice with Walgreens and University of Florida College of Pharmacy Shands Eastside Family Practice
    Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Preceptor of the Year Award, 2013
    Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Contributed Research Presentation Merit Award, American Pharmacist Association, 2013
    Outstanding Team Performance Award, 2012
    Quality Leadership Award, 2012
    Pharmacy Practice Faculty Member of the Year, 2011

    Involvement

    Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative [PSPC], regional cluster coach (2012–present), team leader (2010–11, 2013)
    American Association of Diabetes Educators, 2011–present
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, 2009–present
    Educational Affairs Committee, 2010–11
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, member, delegate (2007), Global Education Task Force chair (2009), Section of Pharmacy Practice Resolutions Committee (2012–2014), 2003–present
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Educational Affairs Committee (2004), 2001–present
    American Pharmacists Association, member, delegate (2011–14), Policy Review Committee (2011, 2014), Academy of Student Pharmacists Chapter Adviser (2004–08, 2009–present)
    American Heart Association Get to Goal initiative
    American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk
    Perry County Health Initiative (Alabama Rural Health Student Initiative)
    Health screening initiatives throughout the city of Birmingham

    Expertise

    Practice area: ambulatory care, Scholarship and Research: diabetes, professionalism, spirituality in healthcare, quality improvement to care in high risk, low income patients, active learning and pharmacist impact in public health populations
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    Debbie Duke  M.S.N., RN

    Congregational Health Program Director
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 302A
    (205) 726-4451

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    It didn't take Debbie Duke long after she arrived at Samford University almost five years ago to realize it was a special place. "I had been working at Samford for 20 days when I was in a horrible car accident. I had no sick time or vacation accrued and can remember lying in intensive care worried about the lost wages but also about my new position. The care and concern from Samford, specifically my coworkers, will be remembered by my family and myself forever," said the Samford alum. Duke, who received the Living Legacy award in 2012, values all she's gained from Samford. "Samford is family, and I love that this institution truly lives its mission."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    B.S., nursing, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    A.S., nursing, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    Parish Nurse Educator, International Parish Nurse Resource Center

    Awards and Honors

    Living Legacy Honoree, Living Legacy Gala, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2012
    Strathmore's World Wide Who's Who Registry and Global Network for Outstanding Professionals Award, 2012

    Involvement

    Alabama League of Nursing, 2012
    National Association of Professional Women, 2012
    Alabama Interfaith Coalition on Aging, 2009–12
    Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation, 2011–12
    Baptist Nursing Fellowship, 2000–12
    Community Pastoral Committee, board member, Princeton Baptist, 2003–12
    Odenville Senior Center, guest health speaker, 2011
    Positive Maturity, health speaker, 2010–11
    Baptist Health System Diabetes Advisory Committee, 2003–09
    Relay for Life team captain, 2000–08

    Expertise

    Parish nursing, congregational health, end-of-life caregiving of the elderly, and spirituality and health
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    Kim Eckert 

    Assistant to the Pharmacy Practice Chair
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251A
    (205) 726-2914

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    Kim Eckert sees being hired in August 2012 for a position in McWhorter School of Pharmacy as a huge accomplishment. She also believes it is reflective of her favorite scripture, Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." "When the full-time position opened up, I jumped at the opportunity. I love working with the pharmacy school and enjoy working with everyone here. It is nice to look forward to coming to work."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., early childhood/elementary education, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Involvement

    Member of Third Presbyterian Church, PCA
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    Heidi Emanuel  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 249
    (205) 726-4321

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    Heidi Emanuel came to Samford University as a non-traditional, second-degree student and found her purpose. "Behind these gates is God's perfect purpose for my life. He meant for me to be a nurse," she said. "It is my passion to teach nursing and connect students with their purpose in life, nursing. I am blessed to teach in an environment that builds the whole student and focuses on the total wellness of each patient." Emanuel marvels at watching the students in their first clinical nursing course evolve from being afraid to enter a patient room in the clinical setting to confident men and women who walk into a room and provide care. "Knowing that I had a small, small part in their growth is tremendously rewarding."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., nursing education, Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University
    B.A., minor in health services administration, University of Central Florida
    Certified Pediatric Nurse

    Involvement

    National League for Nursing Ambassador Counselor
    Gamma Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau Member
    Church of the Highlands

    Expertise

    Pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology and palliative/end-of-life care
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    Margaret Findlay  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 315
    (205) 726-2753

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    For more than 12 years, Margaret P. Findlay has been a familiar face around Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Findlay taught in the undergraduate program from 2001 to 2008 before moving to the graduate program. "Samford University is a wonderful place to teach nursing. The administration, faculty and students value excellence in education. The quality and positive reputation of our graduates are testaments to the excellence of the educational experience," she said. Findlay is currently the coordinator for the RN–M.S.N. program and the M.S.N. nurse educator option in the nursing school. She loves spending time with her family, including her grandchildren and yellow Labradors.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., early childhood education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator

    Awards and Honors

    Heart of Gold Award, Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health, 2009
    Friend of Children Award, Childcare Resource, 2007

    Involvement

    Steering Committee, chair, Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health
    American Nurses Association/Alabama State Nurses Association
    National League for Nursing/Alabama League for Nursing
    Gamma Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    First Responder Team, Briarwood Presbyterian Church
    Women’s Health Education, speaker, Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health WHI-FI Initiative
    International Honor Society of Nursing
    Kappa Delta Pi
    International Honor Society in Education

    Expertise

    Nursing education, Women’s health, Developmental disabilities, Clinical genetics
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    Matthew Ford  Ph.D., PT

    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 3rd floor
    (205) 726-4435

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    Matthew P. Ford is an Associate Professor, and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the College of Health Sciences, Ford served on faculty at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a research associate at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham and for the past decade has been conducting research aimed at helping persons with physical disabilities. He is currently involved in three areas of research related to Parkinson’s disease: 1) Tracking the changes in physical activity and health; 2) comprehensive health and wellness programs; and 3) the use of music and external rhythms during mobility training. Ford lives in Homewood, Ala. with his wife, Kim, and their two sons, Dylan and Jack.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., motor behavior, Penn State University
    M.A., motor learning, Teachers College, Columbia University
    B.S., physical therapy, Quinnipiac University

    Involvement

    Davis Phinney Foundation, Board of Directors
    Lakeshore Foundation, Research Associate

    Expertise

    Parkinson's Disease, Adult neurorehabilitation, Community health and wellness
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    David Fort  D.N.P., CRNA

    Instructor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301A
    (205) 726-2989

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    When David Fort arrived at Samford University, he knew his life was about to change. "I knew little about Samford until I was told they had a nurse anesthesia program opening up. The day I drove on to the Samford campus and walked into the nursing school, I knew the Lord had led me to this wonderful university for a reason." Fort, a Samford alum, was a recipient of the Agatha Hodgins award for most outstanding nurse anesthesia student and has worked in the department of nurse anesthesia for seven years. He feels fortunate to be able to give back. "Attending Samford was a wonderful experience that I will always be grateful for. I love Samford and its Christian ministry. It is a great pleasure to be able to help guide young people, not only academically but spiritually."

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    M.S.N., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Agatha Hodgins Award for most outstanding nurse anesthesia student

    Involvement

    Youth League Sports, coach
    Hunter Street Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher

    Expertise

    Nurse anesthesia
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    C. Bruce Foster 

    Director of Pharmacy Admissions
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 103B
    (205) 726-2982

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    C. Bruce Foster has been on the Samford University staff for more than 30 years. Foster was working at another university when he was contacted by Joe Dean, who later became dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, about an admission position. "When I was hired in 1981, I never imagined I would still be working at Samford 30-plus years later," he said. When he is not overseeing the admission process, Foster enjoys traveling in the American West, especially to national parks.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.A., University of Montevallo
    B.A., Mississippi College

    Involvement

    Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
    Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
    First Baptist Church of Helena
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    Maisha Kelly Freeman  Pharm.D., BCPS, FASCP

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director, Samford University Global Drug Information Service
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 301A
    (205) 726-4175

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    Since deciding to come to Samford University 10 years ago, Maisha Freeman has no regrets. "When I was searching for a position in academia, I wanted to pursue a service-oriented institution," she said. "Due to Samford’s commitment to pursing me and their interest in my development, I chose to come here. Since making that decision, I have not looked back and found that it has been one of the best decisions that I ever made. My presence at Samford has allowed me to give back in areas that I would not have dreamed of before." Since joining the McWhorter School of Pharmacy faculty, Freeman has secured a grant for the school. In her free time, she loves to do science experiments with her children.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., with honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Drug Information Practice Residency (ASHP-Accredited), University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    M.S., pharmacy, applied pharmacoeconomics track, University of Florida
    B.S., chemistry, Winston-Salem State University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, fellow, 2011–present
    Alumni Achiever Award, Winston-Salem State University, 2012
    Winston-Salem State University 40 Under 40 Award, 2013
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Scholar Award, 2011
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Distinguished Scholar Award, 2013

    Involvement

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2011-present
    International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 2010-present
    American Medical Writer’s Association, 2008-present
    American College of Clinical Pharmacists, 2002-present
    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, 2011-present
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2000-present

    Expertise

    Pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, cultural competence, and drug information
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    Tinisha Glenn  J.D.

    Contracts Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301H
    (205) 726-2958
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    Ralph Gold, Jr.  Ed.D.

    Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 308B
    (205) 726-2261

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    Ralph R. Gold, Jr., has been a member of Samford University’s faculty for 21 years, and is a true believer in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." As a child, many might have never expected Gold to accomplish much. "Having been raised in a single-parent home, I never completed high school," he revealed. Despite this challenge, Gold ultimately went on to earn his Ed.D. in educational leadership and supervision from Samford and received the honor award, the highest professional award given by The Alabama State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. His hard work serves as a shining example to students as well as his daughter and son who are also alums.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., educational leadership and supervision, Samford University
    Ed.S., educational leadership and supervision, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.Ed., concentration in physical education, University of Tampa
    B.A., physical education with a Bible minor, Clearwater Christian College

    Awards and Honors

    Honor Award, Alabama State Association Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance Recreational Professional of Year, Alabama State Association Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance
    Recipient of Samford in Mission Grant
    Water Safety Swimming Instructor of the Year, American Red Cross

    Involvement

    Faculty Executive Committee
    Faculty Senate Committee
    Benefits and Faculty Welfare Committee
    University Athletic Committee
    Alabama State Association Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance professional presentations
    MPower Ministries
    Hunter Street Baptist Church
    American Red Cross instructor

    Expertise

    Health, Physical education, Coaching, Wellness and fitness, Importance of being an effective role model who exhibits good health behaviors
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    Greg Gorman  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences, Director of Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 210A
    (205) 726-4452

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    Biography

    Greg Gorman joined McWhorter School of Pharmacy staff three years ago, and has given students lots of new opportunities. "I came to Samford University…to establish a research program in the pharmacy school to allow students the opportunity to conduct laboratory research with faculty members in the pharmaceutical sciences," he said. Gorman also established the Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute, giving students the chance to conduct research and be authors on posters and peer-reviewed publications.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., chemistry, The University of Georgia
    B.S., chemistry, Armstrong State College

    Involvement

    American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences
    American Society of Mass Spectrometry
    Journal of Bioequvalence and Bioavailability, editorial board member
    Outlook on Developing Drugs, editorial board member

    Expertise

    My research interests focus on the application of in-vitro metabolism to study drug-drug and drug-herbal interactions of new and existing chemotherapeutic agents. My laboratory uses liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry to analyze in-vitro metabolic reaction samples to explore and understand the reaction kinetics as well as the impact such interactions could have on the pharmacokinetics and efficacy of the chemotherapeutic agents. Other areas of interest include developing bioanalytical methods for analysis of biological tissues and fluids in support of ADME/PK and biodistribution studies of small drug molecules, metabolite structure elucidation and CYP450 phenotyping.
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    Eilani Grayson 

    Administrative Assistant to Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Faculty
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220B
    (205) 726-4059
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    Crystal Grier 

    Coordinator, Graduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301D
    (205) 726-2382

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    Biography

    Although Crystal Grier is new to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, she is a familiar face around the Samford University campus. Grier worked for Cumberland School of Law for 10 years before leaving to stay home with her family for two years. She was named coordinator of graduate student services in October 2013.

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    Lisa Gurley  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor, Coordinator Accelerated Second Degree Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 232
    (205) 726-2060

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    Biography

    Lisa Gurley is a Samford University alumnus who has experience in surgical intensive care, perioperative and adult medical-surgical nursing. She served as an instructor at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing from 2003–05 and currently serves as the coordinator of the accelerated second degree program and assistant professor.  Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., nurse educator track, Samford University
    B.S., nursing, Samford University
    A.A.S., nursing, Jefferson State Community College
    Registered Nurse, Alabama State Board of Nursing
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing

    Involvement

    Alabama State Nurses Association, District 3, member (1996-present), board member (2001–2002), delegate to state convention (2001, 2002)
    American Nurses Association, member (1996-present)
    American Association of Perioperative Nurses, member
    American Association of Perioperative Nurses Journal, peer reviewer (2012-present)
    Alabama League for Nurses, member director (2012-present)
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, member (2001-present)
    Gamma Eta Chapter, president (2011–present), electronic delegate (2011-present), vice-president (2004-2006), delegate to national convention (2003)
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Grant Round 6, cowriter of grant application for 2013-2014. Accelerated Second Degree Program was awarded $50,000 scholarship for 2013-2014 through the grant listed above
    Preceptor for master’s level nurse educator students
    Peer editor for dosage calculation nursing textbook: Boyer’s math for nurses (8th ed.). Lipincott Williams & Wilkins (2010)--reviewed practice dosage calculation problems and answer keys for accuracy in 13 chapters
    CampUs volunteer
    Quality Improvement committee (2012-present), Undergraduate Council (2010-present), Academic Affairs committee (2010-12), Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    American Council on Education [ACE] Internationalization Laboratory Leadership Team, Samford University (2012–2014)
    Samford University Faculty Mentoring Program (2012-2013; 2013-2014)

    Expertise

    Practice: adult medical-surgical, perioperative nursing; academic nursing education, Scholarship/Research: recruitment and retention of nurses , Presentations: Asthma Management, Prevention, and Education Update for Nurses; Facilitating Professional Role Socialization of the Adult Learner in Nursing Education and Practice; A Holistic Approach to Facilitating Professional Socialization of Accelerated Second Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Students , Publication: Ideal and Perceived Satisfaction of Patient Care Providers
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    Tanual Hall 

    Administrative Assistant to the Dean
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 302
    (205) 726-2861

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    Biography

    Tanual Hall joined the staff of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing nine years ago after retiring as a budget manager from Bellsouth TeleCommunications where she worked for 26 years. Hall believes in getting the job done and having fun doing it. She loves football and lives by her father, William Jackson’s quote, "Treat everybody right and be particular."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., Alabama A&M University
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    Arlene Hayne  Ph.D., RN

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 321
    (205) 726-2481
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    Julie Head  M.S.N., RN, CPNP

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 243
    (205) 726-4490

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    Biography

    Julie Austin Head had no idea how much her life would change when she came to Samford University in 2007. "My husband was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer in June 2010 and subsequently passed away in November 2011, leaving me with two small children. What a plan the Lord had for me to be at Samford, knowing the trials I would go through. I cannot imagine being anywhere else and having the kind of support I have had and continue to have from coworkers and students." Since joining the faculty, Head has taken the missions course from an in-class elective to an immersion experience on a foreign mission field. In her free time, she loves being outdoors. "Hiking and kayaking are two of my favorite things to do."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., pediatric primary care, University of Alabama, Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama, Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award
    Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Primary Care
    Sigma Theta Tau
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Strong Kids Campaign, YMCA, Believing in Kids

    Involvement

    YMCA Camp Cosby, head nurse
    Sigma Theta Tau
    Alabama State Nurses Association
    American Nurses Association
    National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
    National League for Nursing
    AGEF, vice president/fundraising chair
    Mountain Brook Gymnastics, parent volunteer
    Edgewood Elemementary School: Grandpals Day committee, Birthday Table committee, Spring Fling committee, and member of Parent Teacher Organization
    Alabama Hunter Jumper Association
    Parent Volunteer
    Member of Cathedral Church of the Advent
    Alabama Cursillo

    Expertise

    Pediatrics, critical care (burns and trauma), gastroenterology and nutrition, missions nursing and teaching, submersion experiences for the nursing student, global child health care, developmental disabilities, and focus on the institutionalized child
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    Bob Henderson  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 209
    (205) 726-2043
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    Melanie Henningsen 

    Clinical Lab Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 103A
    (205) 726-4665

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    Biography

    For Melanie Wise Henningsen, there is no place like home. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Samford University, Henningsen worked as a part-time clinical instructor where she developed a love for the education and development of future nurses. She became a full-time employee in August 2013. Henningsen desires for students to gain confidence prior to entering a hospital and strives to be an encouragement and show them nursing is an attainable and rewarding profession when hard work and dedication are applied. "The clinical skills lab allows students the ability to have practice and supervision before entering the clinical facilities. I have thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with the students and families, faculty and staff and Samford University. This just feels like home," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S.N., Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Ida V. Moffett Nursing award, 2001
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society

    Expertise

    Emergency nursing
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    Robert Hensarling  Ed.D.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 210A
    (205) 726-2312
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    Jill Hightower  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 238
    (205) 726-4593
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    J. M. Hogewood  CFRE

    Director of Development and Alumni Relations
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 021
    (205) 726-2792

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    Monty Hogewood believes he has found his niche at Samford University—especially after quickly discovering what he did not want to do. "I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for nine days," he revealed. Hogewood started his Samford journey 21 years ago as director of alumni affairs. Over the years, he has served in several capacities in university advancement, including his current position as director of development and alumni relations. He has also had the honor of seeing his wife and three adult children become Samford alums. Hogewood, a certified fund raising executive, works diligently to raise funds for Samford by focusing on customer service and relationship building. His years at the school have helped him value "being accepted and allowed to represent Samford as an employee and parent even though I’m not an alumnus of the university."

    Degrees and Certifications

    CFRE, certified fund raising executive
    B.A., political science, Wake Forest University

    Awards and Honors

    William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year, Alabama chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals [AFP], National Philanthropy Day, 2009

    Involvement

    Association of Fundraising Professionals, past president and board member
    Council for the Advancement of Education III in the Southeast USA, active member and past annual convention co-chairman

    Expertise

    Alumni relations; Annual giving fundraising; major and capital gifts fundraising; gift and estate planning and donor stewardship
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    Michael D. Hogue  Pharm.D., FAPhA, FNAP

    Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 251A
    (205) 726-4472

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    Biography

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice Michael D. Hogue sees his position at Samford as a huge honor. Hogue, a native of rural southern Illinois, was initially drawn to Samford as an undergraduate because of its Christian mission and values. He ultimately met his wife, Heather, and thanks to professors who mentored him, he discovered his professional path while a student. When he was given the opportunity to come back to the faculty at Samford after years of being a community pharmacy owner and clinical pharmacist in ambulatory care, Hogue agreed. He believes the pharmacy school faculty and staff have accomplished a lot of great things during his time there, including a revamp of the curriculum. "The Lord has called me to serve here at Samford to help shape the lives of aspiring pharmacists just as my professors did for me. It is my hope that God will use me in some small way to accomplish His purpose at Samford."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., pharmacy, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    American Pharmacists Association fellow
    Fellow and Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice, 2012
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, 2010 honorary member
    Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2010 and 1995
    President’s Award, Alabama Pharmacy Association, 2009
    Pharmaceutical Society of Israel, 2001

    Involvement

    American Pharmacists Association, Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, president, 2011–2013
    American Pharmacists Association, board of trustees, 2011–13
    Board of Pharmacy Specialties, board of directors, 2012–2013
    Alabama Pharmacy Association, board of trustees, 2008–2010

    Expertise

    Immunizations and pharmacy practice management , Recognized as one of the nation’s leading pharmacy experts on vaccines and immunization practices
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    Jane Holston  D.N.P., FNP-BC

    Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    BASH 101D
    (205) 726-2359

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    Biography

    Jane Holston is not surprised by her position in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. "I always knew I would one day return to Samford to teach, but I thought it would be many years down the road." In 2010, after working for six years as a family nurse practitioner, Holston realized she needed a more flexible schedule and began working as a clinical instructor in undergrad nursing before moving to a full-time position in the family nurse practitioner program. As part of her doctoral project, Holston produced an educational video on head injuries that is currently used across the country to educate parents, athletes and coaches on the dangers of improperly handling a concussion. Although life has sometimes gotten hectic for Holston, she doesn’t have any regrets about her decision to work at Samford. "I love it here," she said, "and I can’t imagine being anywhere else."

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., Nursing Practice, University of South Alabama
    M.S.N., FNP track, Samford University
    A.D.N., Wallace State School of Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Sigma Theta Tau International

    Involvement

    Alabama Sports Concussion Prevention Task Force
    Alabama Sports Concussion Education, ad hoc committee
    Alabama Sports Concussion Clinical, ad hoc committee
    Helena United Methodist Church, youth leader
    CampUs, volunteer, a summer camp for children with special needs
    Alabama Wildlife Center, volunteer
    Two by Two Animal Rescue, volunteer

    Expertise

    My primary area of practice as a RN was in the neonatal intensive care nursery where I worked for 10 years. I also coordinated the infant bereavement program for four years. During my time as a FNP, pain management and neurology have been my main areas of practice. I have just recently written an article on infant bereavement that was accepted for publication by the Journal of Christian Nursing. The focus of my doctor of nursing practice project was on head injuries and prevention of second impact syndrome. I continue to seek opportunities to educate coaches, parents and athletes on recognition and proper handling of concussions.
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    Abbey Holthaus  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 235
    (205) 726-4666
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    Eleanor Howell  Ph.D., RN

    Ralph W. Beeson Dean and Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 302
    (205) 726-2861

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    Eleanor V. Howell began her service as Dean of the Ida V.Moffett School of Nursing in July 2014. Howell served as dean ofCreighton University's College of Nursing in Omaha, Neb. for 11years prior to joining the Samford family.During her tenure as dean at Creighton, Howell expertly lednumerous academic innovations in the College of Nursing includingestablishing Nebraska's first doctor of nursing practice programand the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program, for which Creightonwas one of only a handful of national pilot programs. The schoolalso developed a health screening collaboration with Omahaparochial schools and a number of other community and clinicalpartnerships.Prior to assuming her position as dean at Creighton, Howellserved as associate dean for academic and clinical affairs,responsible for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs onCreighton's campuses in Omaha and Hastings, Neb.  Howell alsodirected the master's in health services administration program atCreighton from 1998 to 2000, and was a core faculty member in theCenter for Practice Improvement and Outcomes Research. Howellpreviously served as associate professor and coordinator of specialprojects at Auburn University's School of Nursing and on thefaculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham School ofNursing. 

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., administration-health services, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., cardiovascular nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., nursing, Medical College of Georgia

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, on-site evaluator and team leader 
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, consultant
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    Peter J. Hughes  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 303
    (205) 726-2519

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    Biography

    Peter J. Hughes’ passion for his work seems to be in his blood. "My great-grandfather was a successful community pharmacist. He was the son of immigrant parents from Switzerland who traveled to the U.S. from France on the same ship with the unassembled Statue of Liberty," he said. Hughes, an alumnus of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, values the relationships he has built over the years. "What started out as a place to come for pharmacy school has become so much more. I entered school at the pharmacy school and went through the program, I made so many lasting, positive relationships with my classmates and faculty members. These same faculty members who gave me the gift of mentorship have inspired me to pass that gift forward to the students with whom I interact. It is an honor to work here."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Samford University drug information specialty residency, Samford University
    B.S., biology, University of Alabama
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
    Preceptor, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
    Parenteral Pharmacist, Alabama Board of Pharmacy
    Consultant Pharmacist, Alabama Board of Pharmacy

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Lambda Sigma
    Excellence in Pharmacy Award, Mylan Pharmaceuticals

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American Pharmacists Association
    Reviewer for Journal of the American Pharmacists Association and The Annals of Pharmacotherapy
    Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, board member, Ensley, Ala.

    Expertise

    Area of Practice: Drug information, Scholarship/Research: Drug information, pharmacy education, professionalism, medication safety, drug development, long-term care pharmacy, medication use
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    Maryam Iranikhah  Pharm.D.

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 106
    (205) 726-2086

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    Biography

    Maryam Iranikhah joined the Samford University faculty five years ago. A 2002 graduate of McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Iranikhah did her residency at a joint Samford University/Jefferson County health department residency. She was honored for her hard work in 2011 when she received the Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year award. Iranikhah believes the truth of Romans 12:10, "Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Samford University
    B.Sc., Ryerson University
    PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency, Jefferson County Health Department/Samford University
    Teaching/learning certificate, Samford University
    Consultant pharmacist, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
    Medication Therapy Management from APhA
    UAB Geriatric education faculty scholars program certificate, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, 2011
    Samford University Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2012
    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, fellow
    Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Society, honorary membership

    Involvement

    Faculty adviser for women’s health
    ASP/APhA
    Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

    Expertise

    Osteoporosis and bone health, geriatrics, public health and medication therapy management
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    Jaime Ivie 

    Program Coordinator, Experiential Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 250
    (205) 726-4391
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    Allison Jackson  Ph.D.

    Instructor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 309C
    (205) 726-2115

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    Biography

    Allison Jackson has learned the truth of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Jackson, who has been employed by Samford University for eight years, started as an adjunct professor in the department of kinesiology and completed her Ph.D. while teaching full time and raising her sons. "I . . . fell in love with the students, faculty and campus atmosphere so much that I wanted to be full time rather than a stay-at-home mom," she said. "I enjoy juggling my work and home life because I love what I do outside my home."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., sport pedagogy, University of Alabama
    M.Ed., physical education, Auburn University at Montgomery
    B.S., physical education, Auburn University at Montgomer

    Awards and Honors

    Honor Award, Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Recreation Professional of the Year

    Involvement

    Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, board of directors

    Expertise

    Motor development and inclusion of students with disabilities in physical education
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    Joan Jackson 

    Manager, Continuing Education
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 110
    (205) 726-2722

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    Biography

    Joan Jackson owes much of longevity at Samford University to her son. As he was entering his senior year of high school in 1993, she decided she wanted to work at Samford because he wanted to attend. Her son eventually went on to graduate from McWhorter School of Pharmacy. In 1996, Jackson began taking classes through the adult studies program, ultimately receiving her undergraduate degree in 2005. "I have worked my entire 19 years at Samford in the pharmacy school and feel so blessed to have been a part of both the employee and student aspect of the university," she said. "As an employee, I feel the people with whom I work/serve through my position in continuing education have been an amazing blessing. I have made forever friends through this job."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.G.S., Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Alpha Sigma Lambda
    Phi Lambda Sigma, honorary member

    Involvement

    Hunter Street Baptist Church
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    Margaret Johnson  SLP.D., CCC-SLP

    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    College of Health Sciences
    BASH 101B
    (205) 726-4461

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    Margaret L. Johnson is new to the Samford University community, but she is no stranger to the field of speech pathology. Having worked at University of Montevallo for 18 years as an assistant professor and acting chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Johnson didn't waste any time sharing her years of experience with Samford. Johnson has a passion for adults who experience neurogenic communication disorders and plans to share that passion with faculty and students. "The Lord really opened some doors and closed others and the decision was quite clear when the offer came from Samford. I have found the environment to be a very special place; both in terms of the students that I have met and all of the faculty and staff that I have had the opportunity to work with thus far."

    Degrees and Certifications

    SLP.D., Nova Southeastern University
    M.S., speech-language pathology, University of Mississippi
    B.S., communicative disorders, University of Mississippi
    Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    Awards and Honors

    ASHA fellow, presented by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    Honors of the Association, presented by the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
    Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, presented by University of Montevallo
    Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award, presented by Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
    Recipient of the Civitan Shropshire Scholarship

    Involvement

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    Special Interest Division of ASHA "Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders"
    Special Interest Division of ASHA "Issues in Higher Education"
    Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
    Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences
    Member of Green Valley Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Neurologic trauma, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury, Aphasia treatment research, While on sabbatical in 2010, helped create a new treatment technique for persons with aphasia called Constraint Induced Aphasia Therapy II, with colleagues at University of Alabama at Birmingham., Article published in the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Submitting a grant to the National Institutes of Health to help with funding for people who experience aphasia
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    Alan Jung  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 306
    (205) 726-4062
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    Mike Kendrach  Pharm.D.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 113
    (205) 726-2526
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    Erin Killingsworth  Ph.D., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 239
    (205) 726-4649
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    Linda Killingsworth 

    Manager, Student Affairs and Events
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 111B
    (205) 726-2387
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    Nathan Kirkpatrick  Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 309D
    (205) 726-2963
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    Jeffrey Kyle  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111D
    (205) 726-2559

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    Jeffrey Kyle has seen Samford University from a number of perspectives—as a student, alumni and faculty member. "As a student I was drawn to Samford by quality of education, the relatively small class size, the relationships with classmates and faculty, and the opportunity to learn in a faith-based environment. After graduation, I found that Samford prepared me well for the challenges of my profession. As alumni, I kept close ties with Samford both with classmates and faculty alike. In 2008, I had the opportunity to come back and be a part of something very special, something I always believed in. Now as a current faculty member in the school of pharmacy, just as I was invested in, now I have the opportunity to invest in others and repay the university and the school for what they gave me," said Kyle who has been honored with the Margaret Self Propst Teacher of the Year award.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    Pharmacy Practice Residency, Mayo Clinic, Florida
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist

    Awards and Honors

    Pharmacy Practice Faculty of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2012
    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2012
    Faculty Preceptor of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2011
    New Faculty Member of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2010

    Involvement

    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    Shades Mountain Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Practice: internal medicine, Scholarship and research: internal medicine, infectious diseases, and teaching effectiveness and learning
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    Ronda Lacey  RPh, J.D.

    Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 234
    (205) 726-2787

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    When Ronda Lacey was asked by the dean of McWhorter School of Pharmacy to present a continuing education program on pharmacy law for the faculty, she didn't think much of it. "After presenting the seminar and answering a number of questions, the dean said that he felt my interview went well," she said. Lacey has been with the department of pharmaceutical, social and administrative sciences for eight years. During that time, she has taught the pharmacy school class that had a 100 percent pass rate on the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination. "It is an honor to work with students in a Christian university and help them through their educational journey," said Lacey who holds a black belt in aikido and is a competitive sporting clays shooter.

    Degrees and Certifications

    J.D., Birmingham School of Law
    B.S., pharmacy, Auburn University
    B.S., business administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Family Court Service Award
    Service Award, Haiti Earthquake
    Service Award, Hurricane Katrina
    Leadership Award, Phi Lambda Sigma
    Leadership Award, Kappa Psi

    Involvement

    Commander, AL-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team
    Alabama Pharmacist Emergency Response Team
    Alabama Pharmacy Association
    Pharmacy Law Society
    Auburn University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
    Academy of Managed Care

    Expertise

    Pharmacy law and emergency preparedness
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    Roger Lander  Pharm.D., FASHP, FCCP, BCACP

    Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 202
    (205) 726-2399

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    Since he arrived at McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 1986, Roger Lander has worked hard to make a difference. "I came here because of a desire to become more involved in pharmacy education and to develop a research program in the college of pharmacy," he said. "I worked within the schools Pharmacokinetics Center for three years, but then went back into pharmacy practice." Lander has helped to expand the international involvement at the pharmacy school, including student rotations in the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as offering studying/training opportunities at Samford University for foreign pharmacists. During his free time, he enjoys woodworking.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Missouri
    B.S., pharmacy, University of Missouri
    FASHP, American Society of Health System Pharmacists
    FCCP, American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    BCACP, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, 1994
    Who's Who Chair Award, Pharmacy Practice Section, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    Asian College of Clinical Pharmacy
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American Pharmacists Association
    Dawson Baptist Church

    Expertise

    Ambulatory care, health outcomes in underserved populations, pharmacokinetics, smoking cessation, and diabetes management
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    Melissa Lumpkin  Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Professor and Chair
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 3rd Floor
    (205) 726-4459

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    Melissa Galvin Lumpkin brings 30 years of experience to herrole as professor and chair of the Department of Public Health. Shepossesses extensive experience in key areas, includingadministrative, public health and community organization. She hasserved as principal investigator in numerous projects that focus onidentification, development and implementation of research projectsin areas of community demonstration and health promotion/diseaseprevention. She previously served as Associate Dean for Academicand Strategic Programs and Professor of Health Behavior at theUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham. She served as the AssociateDirector for the Center for Community Health Resource Developmentfor over ten years, the Associate Director of the GeriatricEducation Center for 7 years and Associate Director for MidSouthProgram for Public Health Practice for 3 years. She served as StateUnit on Aging Director responsible for all services provided toseniors throughout the State including 330 senior centers,transportation and meals on wheels. Dr. Galvin has receivednumerous service awards for her work in the community. She isexcited to be a member of the Samford family and to be developing aworld class public health program. 

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.P.H., epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., political science, Auburn University Montgomery

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Award for Outstanding Public Health Service, 2010
    White House Conference on Aging Delegate, 2003
    Innovation Award, National Association of Development Organizations, 2002
    Governor's Distinguished Public Service Award, 2002
    Douglas Cater Public Service Award, 2000

    Involvement

    Community of Hope Health Clinic Board of Directors, secretary 
    Jefferson County Council on Aging Board of Directors, vice chair (2003-2013)
    Associate of Schools and Programs of Public Health, associate dean commitee
    Alabama Gerontological Society, president and board member
    American Public Health Association

    Expertise

    Public Health, Gerontology, Management, Health Behavior
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    John Lundeen  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor and Graduate Nursing Simulation Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 233
    (205) 726-2461

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    When John Lundeen and his wife drove by Samford University on his way to a job interview, he looked at the school gates and knew something good was going to happen there. Five years later, Lundeen enrolled at Samford, and after graduating with a 4.0 in the RN-M.S.N. educator track, he applied for an instructor position. "One of my earliest and best memories that I have of Samford is that of being led in prayer by a faculty member during an orientation session on my first day on campus. As a Christian coming from a public school system, that was a new but welcomed experience. That moment changed me forever, and I knew and felt that God's hand was on my shoulder, guiding me on the path that He had laid out for me. I'm still following his lead and loving every minute of it," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D, in process, The University of Alabama
    M.S.N., Samford University
    A.D.N., The University of West Alabama
    Certified Nurse Educator, The National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Eagle Scout Award, 2006–2007
    Lucille Stewart Beeson Outstanding MSN Nursing Student Award, 2010
    U.W.A. College of Nursing Emerging Leader Award

    Involvement

    CNE Certification Commissioner
    CNE Test Development Committee, chair
    CNE Test item writer
    Pi Kappa Phi (Alpha Eta chapter), member and education adviser
    Emergency Medical Team Coordinator, Asbury United Methodist Church

    Expertise

    Critical care, medical simulation, nursing education research, curriculum development and online education
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    David Luthin  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 205
    (205) 726-4223

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    David R. Luthin first set foot on Samford University's campus seven years ago when he interviewed for his current position as associate professor, and he didn't waste any time blazing trails. "I had spent 11 years in drug discovery for a large pharmaceutical company and realized there was something missing in my life," he said. "I felt completely at home here at Samford and have found what was missing: service to others." Luthin's hard work was rewarded in 2012 when he was named Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences Faculty Member of the Year at McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He has also found that his passion for serving others extends beyond the Samford campus--he serves as cubmaster for Pack 367 and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 367 at Riverchase United Methodist Church. People would be surprised at "how much time I spend in a scout uniform," he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    B.A., zoology, Southern Illinois University

    Awards and Honors

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society
    Cross and Flame Award, Riverchase United Methodist Church
    Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    PSAS Faculty Member of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    Cubmaster, Pack 367, Riverchase United Methodist Church
    Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 367, Riverchase United Methodist Church
    American Diabetes Association Community Board Member
    Wellness Board Member, American Diabetes Association

    Expertise

    Teaching Expertise: cardiovascular, thyroid, gastrointestinal, diabetes, endocrine, autonomic nervous system, neuropharmacology of psychiatric illness, Scholarship: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diabetes, endocrine disrupting agents in our water supply, metabolic syndrome
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    Allyson Maddox 

    Director, Graduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301C
    (205) 726-2047

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    Since returning to Samford University in 2012 after taking a few years off to stay home with her children, Allyson Maddox has been busy. "I came back to Samford in June 2012 in the family nurse practitioner department and moved to the office of graduate student services in March 2013, first as the coordinator of graduate student services and then as the director." She lives by the Joel Osteen quote, "When you are committed to doing what's right, you are sowing seeds for God's blessings. You will never go wrong by taking the high road and doing more than is required." Maddox has been married to her husband, Shane, for 18 years and has three children, Hope, Martha Grace and Gabe.

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    Leslie Mann  Ed.D.

    Assistant to the Vice Provost
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 309
    (205) 726-2744

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Doctor of Education, higher education administration, University of Alabama; 2012
    Master of Science, elementary education, Samford University; 2007
    Bachelor of Science, elementary education, Jacksonville State University; 2003

    Involvement

    National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education

    Expertise

    Executive administrative assistance, special projects planning and coordination, academic editing
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    Elaine Marshall  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 237
    (205) 726-2046

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    Elaine Marshall tries daily as an assistant professor in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing to live out her favorite scripture, Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God." Marshall, a Samford alumna, has worked full time with the faculty since 1996. She is most proud of her work with The Chandler Mountain Project, a partnership between the nursing school, State Department of Health and Baptist Health Foundation, which provided a primary health-care clinic targeting migrant farm workers and their families in northeast Alabama.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., Samford University
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League of Nursing

    Involvement

    American Nurses Association
    Sigma Theta Tau
    Community Christian Health Fellowship
    M-Power Health Ministries, Medical Clinic
    Cahaba Valley Health Care Organization
    The Lovelady Center, Health Consultant
    Church of the Reconciler Health Center

    Expertise

    Community/public health migrant farmworker, health faith community nursing, vulnerable populations, medical missions
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    Jane Martin  Ph.D., FNP-BC

    Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 303
    (205) 726-2760

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    As the first graduate faculty member to be hired at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing in 1996, Jane S. Martin has played a large role in the growth and development of the school’s program. "My job was to coordinate the family nurse practitioner program. I had four students in the first class," she said. "It was my job to develop all of the nurse practitioner courses and to develop all of the clinical sites for the program." Over the years, when she has not been busy raising rescue cats—she currently has three, Charles, William and Harry—or indulging in her love of antiques and vintage things, Martin has continued to make an impact at the nursing school and beyond. Her biggest accomplishment still remains attending the graduation in May 1998 for the first graduating master of science in nursing [M.S.N.] class. "I felt like I had played an important role in that big accomplishment."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., counseling psychology, Auburn University
    M.S.N., family nurse practitioner, UAB
    M.S.N., adult health CNS, UAB
    B.S.N., nursing, UAB
    FNP-BC, certified family nurse practitioner, American Nurses
    Credentialing Center [ANCC]

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding State Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner Alliance, 2013
    Making A Difference Award, East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, 2011
    America’s Health Care Heroes, Health Resources and Services Administration, 2009
    Sigma Theta Tau Nu Chapter, 1979

    Involvement

    Commission on Collegiate Education [CCNE]
    Nursing Accreditation team site visitor
    Nominating committee member
    National Health Service Corp ambassador

    Expertise

    Consultant, nursing programs with new D.N.P. programs, Nurse Faculty Loan Program, project director, 2006–present, Migrant farmworkers and their family members, health disparities
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    Betty McCullough 

    Senior Manager, Experiential Program
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 252A
    (205) 726-2210

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    When Betty McCullough came to Samford University in 1999, she never anticipated the doors of opportunity that would open for her. McCullough originally worked in Cumberland School of Law before transferring to McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2002. She decided to go back to college and received her bachelor’s degree in 2007 on the same day as her youngest son. "Upon completion of my degree, I have had opportunities open up for me that I never dreamed possible. I have now co-authored numerous posters for presentation at national organizational meetings, co-authored several manuscripts, presented several posters at national organization conferences and was asked to be a presenter/speaker at two different national organizations' conferences. I never thought as a staff member I would have these wonderful learning and research opportunities and am so thankful for these wonderful learning experiences," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.G.S., Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society
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    Gretchen McDaniel  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor, Director of NurCE
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 313
    (205) 726-2626

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    Birmingham native Gretchen McDaniel sees working in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing as a dream come true. As a child, McDaniel witnessed how Samford University always opened its doors to the community—she often used Samford’s indoor pool when her high school swim team practiced. After she became interested in nursing education, McDaniel knew she wanted to be a part of Samford’s nursing school faculty. She has assisted with the development of new graduate programs, including the doctor of nursing degree program. "My current position is a fulfillment of this dream," she said. "It is a blessing to me to be a part of the Samford community and to have the opportunity to work with some of the best people in the world."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    CNE, National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Sustained Contributions to the Alabama Office of Women’s Health, Office of Women’s Health: Alabama Department of Public Health, 2012
    Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, Alabama Department of Public Health, 2009
    Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing, 2009
    Certificate of Appreciation, Macon County Parish Nurse Coalition, 2009, 2007, 2004
    Lamplighter Award, Alabama League for Nursing, 2003
    Outstanding Medical Surgical Nurse, Alabama State Nurses Association, 1981
    Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, 1979

    Involvement

    Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
    Alabama League for Nursing, past-president and member directorNational League for Nursing/Alabama League for NursingAlabama State Nurses Association, lead nurse planner, continuing education unit volunteer American Nurses Association/Alabama State Nurses AssociationBaptist Nursing Fellowship, Alabama WMU, advisory board memberIda V. Moffett School of Nursing and BNF, Basic Preparation for Parish Nurses, leaderGamma Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, past-presidentSouthern Nursing Research Society, local planning committee memberIda V. Moffett School of Nursing, Congregational Health Program Advisory BoardBaptist Health System, Community Pastoral Care CommitteeMiddle Alabama Area Agency on Aging Advisory BoardJordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan, consultantLoyola University, Chicago, Illinois, consultantAmerican Heart Association, BLS InstructorIda V. Moffett School of Nursing, Promotion and Tenure Committee, ChairIda V. Moffett School of Nursing Living Legacy Awards Committee, ChairStandard IV-CCNE Self-Study Steering Committee, ChairIda V. Moffett School of Nursing DNP Task ForceSamford University, IRB Committee, past-chair, memberSamford University, Core Literacy Team-Quantitative LiteracyFaculty Marshal, Samford University

    Expertise

    Biostatistics, Research, Gerontology, Adult Health, Faith Community Nursing (Parish Nursing)
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    Nina Mclain  Ph.D., CRNA

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301G
    (205) 726-2831

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    Nina McLain truly believes she has found her place at Samford University. While working on her Ph.D.—after 15 years of working as a clinical anesthesia practitioner—she was told about a new program at Samford that would offer her the opportunity to learn a lot from lifetime educators. "The amazing peace I felt as I walked across the campus and the warmth from the dean and faculty let me know this was now home. I have not regretted my decision once," she said. A member of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing’s nurse anesthesia department since 2006, McLain has climbed the ranks from assistant professor and is currently working on a faculty development research grant. In her free time, she loves deep-sea fishing, sings in a choir and writes children’s books.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
    M.S., Xavier University/Charity Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesiology
    B.S., University of Southern Mississippi
    A.A.S., Meridian Community College

    Awards and Honors

    Susan G. Komen grant for Runnels Foundation, Operation Bloom Breast Cancer Program, 2012
    Leadership Institute Fearless Presentations Award, 2008
    AANA Graduate Scholarship, Graduate educational award, 2007
    AD Williams Scholarship for Advancement of Medical Sciences, VCU, 2005

    Involvement

    Advisory board, grantwriter and nurse volunteer for Runnels Foundation
    Breast Cancer Prevention Program
    Chancel Choir member at First United Methodist Church
    Haiti Emergency Medical Volunteer program for Runnels Team/LEAP Foundation, earthquake relief efforts

    Expertise

    Laparoscopic surgery and safety , Chronic diarrhea syndromes and novel therapeutic treatments , Keloid scar reduction and prevention, Chronic wound healing therapeutic treatment , Female alopecia prevention
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    Anna Meador  Pharm. D., BCACP

    Assistant Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 311
    (205) 726-2583

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    Anna Meador knows the power of patience. Thanks to a Samford University pharmacy residency at Christ Health Center, Meador learned how to trust all things would get done in the perfect time. This skill, coupled with assistance from Samford employees and faith in her favorite scripture, Philippians 4:6-7—"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"—helped Meador start and manage a nonprofit Christian pharmacy in an inner-city Birmingham community.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Auburn University
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Postgraduate Year One Pharmacy Residency Program, Samford University
    B.S., chemistry, Louisiana State University
    Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

    Involvement

    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy
    M-Power ministry clinic, volunteer
    Church of the Highlands
    International Society of Travel Medicine

    Expertise

    community pharmacy, ambulatory care, travel medicine and adult medicine Areas of Scholarship and Research: pharmacist run clinics, patient adherence, diabetes management, manufacturer medication assistance programs, travel medicine
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    Megan Mileski  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 249
    (205) 726-2352

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    Megan Mileski believes her instructors played a huge part in her career choice. "The dedication, expertise and compassion shown by my professors influenced my decision to become a nurse educator because I wanted to do the same for nursing students," she said. During her senior year at Samford, Mileski directed a sweepstakes winning Step Sing show. She loves Ephesians 2:8–9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University
    A.D.N., Samford University

    Involvement

    AWOHNN
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    ALN     
    NLN
    Active in my church as a volunteer

    Expertise

    Labor and delivery, women’s health and legal nurse consulting
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    Cheryl Miller  Ed.S.

    Lab Manager and Instructor, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 107
    (205) 726-4195

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    Cheryl Miller joined McWhorter School of Pharmacy five years ago after 25 years of teaching chemistry, AP chemistry and physics at Chelsea High School. In her current position as lab manager, Miller instructs first-year pharmacy students. Her hobbies include making earrings and other types of casual jewelry.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.S., education and chemistry, UAB
    M.A., secondary education in biology, chemistry and physics, UAB
    B.S., computer science, UAB
    B.S., biology/chemistry, University of Montevallo

    Expertise

    Non-sterile and sterile compounding labs
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    Katrina Mintz  Ed.D.

    Associate Dean of Assessment and Associate Professor of Pharmacy
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 222
    (205) 726-2896

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    Katrina Mintz recently joined the Samford University family, and she is ready to share her dreams. "While I’m new to Samford, I continue to see a vision for pharmacy education that is based on serving Christ and others," she said. Mintz’s career has lead her through the ranks of professional education. She started as an English/reading teacher in K–12 and has worked at several colleges where she has gained perspective on the changing marketplace of higher education and its global reach. "I am excited about where Samford University will emerge as a leader in innovative higher education in the years to come," said Mintz, who has completed eight marathons.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., curriculum, instruction and assessment, University of Alabama
    Ed.S., English education, University Alabama
    M.A., English education, University of Alabama
    B.S., education, Jacksonville State University
    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification

    Involvement

    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Board of Examiners
    National Council for Teachers of English Program Reviewer

    Expertise

    Higher education assessment and accreditation; innovative technologies in higher education teaching and learning; online teaching and learning
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    Ann Elizabeth Moore 

    Administrative Assistant
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 3rd Floor
    (205) 726-4436

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    After four years of teaching in the inner city of Birmingham, Ann Elizabeth Moore felt God calling her back to her alma mater, Samford University. She graduated with a B.S. in Early Childhood, Elementary, Collaborative, and Special Education. She feels blessed to be back at her “home away from home” to assist in bringing new degree programs to the University, something she knows will make a huge impact on the world. She is passionate about the local Church worldwide, cultural diversity, and seeing God bring revival to the city of Birmingham and across the globe.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., elementary education, Samford University

    Involvement

    Church of the Highlands, Dream Team
    Young Life Birmingham, Urban Development Board Prayer Coordinator 
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    Becky Morgan 

    Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia Department
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301
    (205) 726-2863

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    Becky Morgan fell in love with the Samford University campus while spending time there with her son, Malone, who works with the women’s basketball team during practice. "When I was looking for a job, Samford was the first place I looked," said Morgan who started her position in 2013. "I feel very blessed to have found a position that is perfect for me. I love working at Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., marketing, Jacksonville State University

    Involvement

    Down Syndrome Alabama
    VSA Art of Alabama
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    Debra Morrison  M.S., RDN, LDN

    Assistant Professor and Director of Dietetic Internship
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 306G
    (205) 726-4870

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    Debra Morrison has strong ties to Samford University. "I am proud to be the niece of Coach Gerald Tuck who played both football and baseball for the Howard College Bulldogs when he was a young man in the 1950s," she said. Morrison is new to the Samford community, but is already working on an exciting project for School of Public Health. Before becoming a registered dietitian, Morrison was a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and sang professionally with the New Orleans Opera company, numerous musical theater companies along the Gulf Coast area and as a soloist with a number of churches in the New Orleans area.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S., human nutrition, The University of Alabama
    B.S., music education with voice and choral music emphasis, University of Montevallo
    Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Awards and Honors

    Outstanding Dietitian in Alabama, Alabama Dietetic Association, 2010
    Jack Davis Professional Achievement Award, The University of Alabama, 2008
    Emerging Leader in Dietetics, Alabama Dietetic Association, 2001
    Tuscaloosa District Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietitian, 2001

    Involvement

    Advocacy Committee, chair Alabama Obesity Task Force, a volunteer membership organization that addresses obesity through advocacy, changes and programs, housed under the Alabama Department of Public HealthNorth Alabama Food Policy Council, advocating for expansion and improvement of infrastructure for the service of locally produced farm-fresh foods in restaurants and institutions, and the associated food dollars within the state of Alabama.Teacher-children’s music programs, First United Methodist Church, Cullman, AlaFrequent speaker on nutritional topics of interest to a wide variety of community and professional groups

    Expertise

    Advanced clinical nutrition, working with surgical and metabolically stressed populations; medical nutrition therapy offering counseling and education for chronic disease and weight loss; community nutrition and health promotion via local government, schools and employer-sponsored wellness programs
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    Pilar Z. Murphy  Pharm. D.

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 311
    (205) 726-2240

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    Pilar Murphy came back to Samford University to finish what she started. As a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice resident, Murphy was a part of the Sowing Seeds of Hope program in Perry County, Ala., which worked with the less fortunate and provided a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic. "When looking for a place to start my career, I compared every job opportunity to the work I was able to do at McWhorter School of Pharmacy," she said. "I came back to the pharmacy school to complete the work I had begun as a resident. I am not only enjoying precepting students, but making contact with other Black Belt preceptors to make sure they are having a good experience working with our students and acting as a liaison between them and the school of pharmacy." Murphy was recognized on the cover of the August 2013 edition of Pharmacy Today and one day hopes to do foreign missions.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    PGY-2 Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
    PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    B.S., environmental science, University of Oklahoma

    Awards and Honors

    Featured on cover of Pharmacy Today Journal, August 2013
    Lilly-Phi Lambda Sigma Leadership Award, 2009
    Rural Health Journalists Conference, speaker

    Involvement

    American Pharmacist Association, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Arkansas Pharmacists Association
    Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts
    Collaborative Core Planning Team Member
    Alabama Diabetes Network
    Perry County Stop Childhood Obesity, parade coordinator
    Provewell Baptist Church, youth choir director and choir president
    Marion chapter of American Association of University Women, health fair coordinator
    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

    Expertise

    Practice: ambulatory care with a focus on hypertension and diabetes management, and public health , Scholarship/Research: Health disparities, rural health initiatives, diabetes and hypertension monitoring effects on meeting clinical goals, interdisciplinary education among health-care professions
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    Patricia Naro  Pharm. D., CGP, FASCP

    Director, Experiential Program and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 246
    (205) 726-4193

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    Patricia Naro is part of a legacy. "Three generations of my family attended or are attending Samford," she said. Naro has been employed at Samford for 13 years and has helped implement and execute the introductory pharmacy practice experience program, which was a significant curricular change from the early practice experience. She believes the truths of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Him with strengthens me." "My mother always quoted this, and I live by this verse," she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Auburn University
    B.S., pharmacy, Samford University
    Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist

    Awards and Honors

    American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, fellow
    Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association, past president

    Involvement

    Jefferson County Pharmaceutical Association
    Alabama Pharmacist Association
    Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    Legacy League, Samford University
    Sustainer of the Junior League of Birmingham

    Expertise

    Experiential learning and geriatric pharmacy
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    Jan Paine  M.A.E.

    Director, Undergraduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 109
    (205) 726-2746

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    Jan Paine knows the value of good friends. “A good friend of mine, Trisha Stovall, worked as a nurse recruiter for Baptist Montclair Hospital. At that time, the school of nursing had offices at Baptist Montclair and Samford University. Trisha encouraged me to apply for a new position in the school of nursing.” Paine was offered the job, and has worked in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing since 1990. She was even able to return the favor. “In 2011, a new position was created in the school of nursing for recruitment and admissions. I encouraged my good friend Trisha Stovall to apply for the job. Now we are working together helping students to become Moffett Nurses.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.A.E., education, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., education, Auburn University

    Awards and Honors

    Lamplighter Award Meritorious Service Award

    Involvement

    Parents Advocate Down SyndromeAlabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, 1993–2003, profession/Graduate Committee, chairNational Academic Advising Association, 1999–2003Children’s Learning Center Advisory Board, 2001–2013Banner Self-Service Implementation Team, 2006–2007Samford Staff Advisory Committee (served two years)Mountain Brook Community ChurchBuddy Walk Down Syndrome, 2010, 2011Chi Omega faculty adviser, 1996–presentFoundations Instructor for freshmen students, 1997–presentGraduate Assistant
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    Jonathan Parker  Ed.S.

    Assistant Director of Admission
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 103B
    (205) 726-4242

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    Jonathan Parker spends a lot of time traveling to different colleges and universities to meet potential applicants to McWhorter School of Pharmacy, and when he returns home, he has plenty to keep him busy and help him unwind. "I own and live on a farm in Cullman, Ala.," he said. "Until December 2005, it was a commercial poultry farm with approximately 48,000 chickens. Now it is a cattle farm with about 50 cattle." A member of the pharmacy school staff since 2002, Parker counts himself fortunate to work at Samford. "I truly believe I have the best job in the world . . . I get to meet some very interesting and nice people, and along the way, I am blessed to make some really great friends. This is where I plan to be until I retire or the Lord calls me home."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.S., counseling, administration, public relations, The University of Alabama, 2000
    M.A., counselor education, student personnel, The University of Alabama, 1992
    B.S., psychology, The University of Alabama, 1990

    Involvement

    PharmCAS/PharmAdMIT/WebAdMIT (National Centralized Pharmacy Application and Records Service) Advisory Panel Member, 2004–present
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    Roger Parker  Ph. D.

    Part-time Pharmacist, Christ Health Center and Retired Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 
    (205) 726-2914

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    Roger Parker has been employed by Samford University for 33 years. "I left Samford one time for University of Cincinnati in the late 1970s, but returned in 1980 because I felt like a stranger in a foreign land," said Parker who served as faculty chairman of the values council for 17 years. He loves Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmacology, University of Tennessee
    B.S., pharmacy, University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
    Postdoctoral fellowship, cardiovascular physiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University

    Awards and Honors

    Eli Lilly Medal Golden Apple Teaching Award, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    Christ Church United MethodistThe Alabama Emmaus Community Baptist Medical and Dental Missions International Red Bird Missions, Beverly, Ky.

    Expertise

    Community/ambulatory care pharmacy and geriatric pharmacy
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    Amber Patrick  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 235
    (205) 726-4664

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    Amber Patrick has seen her life come full circle since joining Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty less than a year ago. As a 15 year old, Patrick accompanied her sister on a visit to campus during her sister’s college search and knew immediately Samford University was where she belonged. Patrick ultimately landed a scholarship to Samford and declared her major as nursing during her freshman year. When she felt lead by God a few years later to pursue a degree in nursing education and eventually started applying for faculty positions, Patrick didn’t look any further than Samford. "This place draws you in—in the best way possible. It drew me in as a 15 year old, and I haven’t looked back. I now have the great privilege of being able to witness my students’ stories unfold here. I couldn’t be happier to be a Samford alum and a Samford faculty member."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Beeson Exceptional Scholar
    Phi Kappa Phi
    Sigma Theta Tau International

    Involvement

    Redeemer Community Church
    Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Eta chapter
    National League for Nursing
    Alabama League for Nursing
    American Association of Critical Care Nurses
    Samford’s Chapter of CURE International, faculty adviser

    Expertise

    Currently practices at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
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    Jill Pence  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Nursing Simulation Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 246
    (205) 726-4647
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    John Petrella  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 308C
    (205) 726-4548

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    John Petrella joined the Department of Kinesiology in 2007. Since then, he has mentored three projects that have received recognition from the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine. Petrella, a professional soccer fan, loves Colossians 3:23–24, "Whatever you do, work it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., exercise science, University of Georgia
    Graduate Certificate, gerontology, University of Georgia
    M.Ed., clinical exercise science, University of Georgia
    B.S., management, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Awards and Honors

    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012
    American College of Sports Medicine, fellow, 2011
    Birmingham Top 40 under 40 Birmingham Business Journal, 2010

    Involvement

    Southeastern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, executive board
    American College of Sports Medicine, fellow
    American Physiological Society, Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section
    International Journal of Exercise Science, editorial board
    Samford University Institutional Review Board, past-chair

    Expertise

    Undergraduate research, skeletal muscle changes with aging, skeletal muscle adaptations to resistance training, and physical function and older adults
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    Valerie Prince  Pharm.D., BCPS, FAPHA

    Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 212
    (205) 726-2117

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    When Valerie Prince signed up for a Samford University interview during her residency, she was so sure she was underqualified, she was going to scratch her name off the list. "The McWhorter School of Pharmacy administrator who was conducting interviews saw me and told me she had just had a cancellation and she persuaded me to come in and talk to her. I was contacted a month later for an on-campus interview and was hired by Samford into my first professional position post residency," she said. Now, almost 20 years later, Prince is still hard at work. "I’ve had the privilege to work one on one with 15 to 18 students a year precepting them at clinical practice sites, which is the type of teaching I love best," said Prince. Prince is proud of the students she has influenced to believe in themselves when they thought they weren’t capable of assuming leadership positions or performing in a clinical environment.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Southern School of Pharmacy, Mercer University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    American Pharmacists Association
    Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA, Academy of Students of Pharmacy Award
    Phi Lambda Sigma National Outstanding Advisor Award
    American Pharmacists Association
    Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguised
    Achievement Award in Clinical/Pharmacotherapeutic Practice Award
    American Pharmacist Association, fellow
    Alabama Pharmacist Association Distinguished Service Award

    Involvement

    American Pharmacists Association, numerous elected national leadership positions such as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates
    APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, presidentAPhA Board of Trustees, two terms
    Alabama Pharmacist Association, numerous leadership postitions
    Girl Scouts of America troop leader

    Expertise

    Current practice: adult medicine acute care specialist with the St. Vincent’s East Family Practice Residency program, Past practice experience: outpatient anticoagulation clinics, long-term care and other adult medicine positions, Research and publication interests: substance use disorders and pain management
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    Carol Ratcliffe  D.N.P, RN, FACHE

    Associate Professor/Coordinator, Health Systems Management and Leadership Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 314
    (205) 726-4830

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    Although Carol J. Ratcliffe joined the faculty full time in July 2013, her journey to Samford has been years in the making. After working in various nursing leadership roles, including vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for 16 years, Ratcliffe also served as a member of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Advisory Board, was a frequent guest lecturer for undergraduate nursing students during their leadership course and was highlighted and profiled as a nursing executive by the school before she began adjunct teaching in the doctor of nursing practice [D.N.P.] program in 2010. A graduate of the nursing school’s first D.N.P. cohort in 2009, Ratcliffe was thrilled when she learned the school had developed a D.N.P. program in nursing administration. She feels blessed to have the support to lead and contribute to the nursing profession that is making a pivotal difference in the health outcome of Alabamians. “I chose Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing because of its rich history, faith-based environment, faculty and reputation as a stellar nursing program,” she said. “When a student says ‘I really appreciate your help’ or ‘thanks for teaching this course because I really learned a lot,’ it’s priceless.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., nursing administration, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
    M.S.N., nursing administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama
    FACHE, board certified in healthcare management, (board certification 1997, fellow 2003), The American College of Healthcare Executives

    Awards and Honors

    Nurse Advocacy Award, Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama, 2013
    American College of Health Care Executives Service Award, American College of Healthcare Executives, 2013
    Ida V. Moffett Living Legacy Award, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2012
    Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011
    Outstanding Nursing Administrator, Alabama State Nurses Association, 2011
    Ida V. Moffett Courage to Care Award, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2009
    MOMENTUM Women’s Leadership Program, 2008
    American College of Healthcare Executives (April 2004). Early Careerist Profile. Early Careerist Newsletter
    Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Louisiana, Leadership Southwest Louisiana, 1996

    Involvement

    Alabama Health Action Coalition, Nursing co-leader Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, state chapter president American College of Healthcare Executives, bylaws committee, chair (2013) MOMENTUM Alumnae Program Advisory BoardMore Than Conquerors Faith Church Nurse in Washington Internship, Washington, D.C., 2009YWCA of Central Alabama
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Silver Soror American College of Health Care Executives [ACHE], fellowThe Forum, ACHE Healthcare Executive Group American Nurses’ AssociationAlabama State Nurses’ AssociationAmerican Organization of Nurse ExecutivesAlabama Organization of Nurse ExecutivesBirmingham Regional Organization of Nurse Executives CGEAN: Advancing Leadership, Education, and Research for Nurses Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

    Expertise

    Implemented the first clinical nurse leader role in a non-government hospital in Birmingham, Nursing and health-care administration , Nursing recruitment and retention , Nursing practice and advocacy , Shared governance , Servant leadership, The Impact of Hourly Rounding on Inpatient Patient Satisfaction with Nursing , Transformational leadership, Strategic planning and sustaining change, Transforming Care at the Bedside through Innovative Nursing Care Models, Co-authored the sedation standards for nursing practice for the Louisiana Board of Nursing, Developed the first bloodless medicine and surgery program in Louisiana
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    Bobby Riggs  Ph. D.

    Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Biochemistry
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 215
    (205) 726-2097

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    Robert Riggs once considered himself to be a modern-day Jonah. Riggs was not looking to move back to Birmingham more than 20 years ago when he and his wife attended a church homecoming. “The associate dean at that time at McWhorter School of Pharmacy stopped as we were getting ready to leave and told us about a faculty opening. At lunch a few miles down the road, my wife informed me that the Lord wanted us back in Birmingham,” he said. Riggs, who has worked in several capacities, successfully chaired the promotion and tenure document revision committee for the pharmacy school.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., medicinal chemistry, Purdue University
    B.S., pharmacy, Purdue University
    Post-doctoral fellowship, Southern Research Institute

    Awards and Honors

    Rho Chi Honor Society
    Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Commitment to Teaching Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy class of 2012
    Sunday School teacher for adults
    Rho Chi Society Southeast Region III, councilor
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry Section Chair (2007–2008), numerous committees and taskforces

    Expertise

    Teaching: medicinal chemistry in the pharmaceutical sciences core courses in McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Research: design of novel anti-cancer agents. Ongoing work includes a series of agents to determine how they work. Design and evaluation of novel anti-bacterial agents. Most of the big pharmaceutical companies have abandoned their efforts in this area. Work is needed because of an increasing resistance of bacteria to currently used agents.
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    Cynthia Ritter 

    Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 109
    (205) 726-2872

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    Cynthia Ritter came to Samford University in 1993 during a turning point in her life. "My neighbor was the bus driver at that time for the nursing students, taking them from their dorm at then Montclair Hospital to their clinical sites. He heard there was a new position being created in the school of nursing to help Jan Paine who had just had a baby and who was attempting to advise and register one of the largest incoming freshmen classes she had ever encountered. He told me he had 'put my name in the hat' for the job, and I have been here, working alongside Jan Paine ever since." Ritter has helped build processes in the office of undergraduate student services and has seen the number of undergraduate students grow from less than 200 to around 450.

    Degrees and Certifications

    A.A., Belmont University

    Involvement

    Dawson Sanctuary ChoirDawson Master RingersOver the Mountain Festivals of Sacred Music, singer
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    Vicki Rochester  D.N.P., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 234
    (205) 726-2351
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    Nena Sanders  Ph.D., RN

    Ralph W. Beeson Professor and Chair, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing; Vice Provost College of Health Sciences
    College of Health Sciences
    HEAL 304
    (205) 726-2629

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    Nena F. Sanders, has been active in health care for more than 35 years. Her professional nursing career is multifaceted and includes work as a staff nurse, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse educator, health care consultant, and entrepreneur. In addition to her practice of nursing, she has had tremendous success as a grant writer, researcher and author. Sanders has also been involved in developing, implementing and evaluating graduate nursing education programs for nearly three decades and she participates in numerous professional and community service endeavors.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame, 2013
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership Program
    MOMENTUM, women's leadership program, 2012
    Visionary Leader, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, 2010
    Birmingham Business Journal's "Who's Who in Healthcare," 2000, 2008, 2009

    Involvement

    Go Red, American Heart Association, executive leadership team
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE], site visitor
    State of Alabama Association of Colleges of Nursing, past chair
    Alabama Nurse Leaders in Education and Practice Executive Committee
    Journal of Nursing Administration Research, editorial board
    Journal of Critical Care Nursing, editorial board
    American Organization of Nurse Executives' Committee on Research

    Expertise

    Nursing administration, clinical resource management, health-care delivery systems, managed care, case management, disease management, and quality management
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    Charlie Sands  Pharm. D.

    Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 013A
    (205) 726-2986
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    Suzanne Scharf 

    NurCE Coordinator
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 302A
    (205) 726-2045

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    Suzanne Scharf came to Samford in 2005 after a friend told her she was leaving her part-time position coordinating the continuing education classes for nursing. The position gave Scharf the balance she needed because she was still able to serve on the PTO boards at her daughters’ schools. Scharf, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is married to a firefighter, and their two daughters are now in college.

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., communications, University of Alabama
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    Sharron Schlosser  Ph.D., RN, CNE

    Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 320
    (205) 726-2708

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    Sharron P. Schlosser firmly believes the truth of Philippians 4:13--"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." "Without his strength and guidance, I would not be the person I am today," she said. Schlosser received her nursing diploma from the Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing, which later became Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing before it merged with Samford University in 1973. She joined the faculty of the nursing school in 1975 as an assistant professor. She had the honor of knowing Ida V. Moffett, who assisted her with securing a scholarship that covered her tuition, room and board while she attended nursing school. "Mrs. Moffett was a very special person who saw potential in a young high school student…that foundation instilled in me a desire to help others and eventually lead to my career in nursing education."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., The University of Alabama School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., The University of Alabama School of Nursing, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., The University of Alabama School of Nursing, The University of Alabama
    Diploma, Birmingham Baptist Hospital School of Nursing
    Certified Nurse Educator [CNE], National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Macebearer, Samford University Baccalaureate, 2008
    Macebearer, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing graduation, Samford University, 2009
    Courage to Care Award, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2010
    Nominated for 2013 Outstanding Leadership of a Constituent League Award from NLN

    Involvement

    Alabama League for Nursing Annual Meeting, Co-chair
    National League for Nursing CNE Test Development Committee
    Accreditation Site Visitor for Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    Expertise

    Nursing education, including curriculum development, teaching strategies, program evaluation and role transition, School of nursing caring climate
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    Donna Seibels  M.S., RD, LD

    Assistant Professor, Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics and Clinical Coordinator, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
    College of Health Sciences
    SIGYM— 209
    (205) 726-2570

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    Donna Seibels has been a familiar face around Samford University since 1986. "After I returned to Birmingham in 1985, I drove past the front gates of Samford one day and thought, 'I would really like to work here.' Just one year later, I received a call asking me to please come and interview for an open position as the director of the dietetics program." Seibels, a third-generation teacher, worked in full-time and part-time positions for about 24 years before returning full time as the clinical coordinator in 2010. She was named as director of the didactic program in dietetics in 2013. For the past several years, her department has gained 100 percent acceptance in internships. "My greatest joy at Samford has been getting to know students--who they are and what they want and in that to help train students to become registered dietitians."

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S., nutrition, University of Alabama
    B.S., coordinated dietetics program, Auburn University
    Registered Dietitian
    Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, State of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Graduated with honor from Auburn University
    Graduate trainee scholarship to University of Alabama

    Involvement

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Alabama Dietetic Association
    Birmingham District Dietetic Association
    Dietitians in Nutrition Support
    Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists
    Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine
    Dietetic Educators of Nutrition Practioners
    Junior League of Birmingham
    Linly Heflin Unit
    Cathedral Church of the Advent—Altar Guild, Advent House Guild

    Expertise

    Practice Areas: community nutrition and wellness, nutrition support, and sports nutrition
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    Rosalyn Sewell 

    Facilities and Operation Support Assistant
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 103A
    (205) 726-2517

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    Biography

    Rosalyn Sewell’s relationship with Samford University began in 1980 when Samford and the now-defunct Montclair Hospital had an agreement that Samford female students would live and have classes in the new Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing building on the Montclair Hospital campus. She moved to the Samford campus 10 years ago. Sewell’s favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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    Susan Sheffield  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 317
    (205) 726-4566

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    Relationships mean everything to Susan Sheffield. She first came in contact with Dean Nena Sanders through UAB. While working as a chief nurse in local hospitals, she served as a preceptor for her graduate administrative students. Later when she assisted as nursing adjunct faculty at Samford University, Sheffield eventually told Sanders she would love to be a part of the faculty if a position became available. In 2007, her dream came true. Sheffield has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses and has assisted with redesigning courses. “I love the students, my content area—my area of expertise—and the school of nursing. It is a wonderful professional and supportive environment.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., UAB
    B.S.N., Valdosta State
    Nursing administration post-masters certificate, UAB

    Awards and Honors

    Johnson and Johnson Wharton Executive Fellow, nursing administration, University of Pennsylvania

    Involvement

    Birmingham Organization of Nurse Executives, past president (1996–1997) and member
    Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives, presentation past president (1987–1989, 2008)
    Church of the Reconciler United Methodist Church, case worker volunteer
    Riverchase United Methodist Church, committee member, Staff Parish (human resource function)
    Sigma Theta Tau
    National League for Nursing

    Expertise

    Areas of Expertise: administration, leadership and management

    Presentations

    Alabama League of Nursing Annual Meeting, 2012, “Where We Are and Where We Are Going—BSN Education”; Sigma Theta Tau Annual 42nd Biennial National Convention, Poster Presentation, “Nursing and Theater: A Collaborative Venture”
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    Ami Shell  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111A
    (205) 726-4367

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    Biography

    Ami Teague Shell officially joined Samford University’s faculty in 2008, but she has been a familiar face at McWhorter School of Pharmacy since 2004. Shell served as an external preceptor for fourth-year Samford pharmacy students while working in an indigent care HIV clinic in Birmingham. She recently switched practice sites from a specialized HIV indigent care environment to a private primary care type clinic. She looks forward to continuing to uphold I Thessalonians 5:16–18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist [BCPS], Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties
    HIV pharmacist, American Academy of HIV Medicine

    Involvement

    M-POWER Ministries Health Center, coordinate scheduling of dispensary volunteers for all evening clinics and staff the dispensary monthly

    Expertise

    Practice in ambulatory care , Specialties include HIV, women’s health, immunizations, anticoagulation, complementary and alternative medicine
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    Lora Shelton  D.N.P., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 247
    (205) 726-2522

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    Lora Shelton is no stranger to Samford University. Shelton received her graduate degree from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and worked as director of student health services from 1997 to 2000 before joining the nursing school seven years ago. Since then, Shelton has worked hard to emulate the faculty she had by having a genuine interest in her students’ personal and academic lives. She has also developed a nursing missions international studies course and has traveled with Samford students to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. “It is amazing to see medical missions through the eyes of a student and to see how the experience of an international studies course/medical mission can transform their practice of nursing,” she said. “It is also a joy to serve alongside our students.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.N.P., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., Samford University
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Family Nurse Practitioner Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center
    Certified Nurse Educator Certification, NLN National League for Nursing

    Awards and Honors

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

    Involvement

    Yearly medical mission trips to South America (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia)
    M-Power Ministries, clinical volunteer
    North Park Baptist Church in Trussville
    Alpha-1 Association, committe member
    Alpha-1 Families Support Group

    Expertise

    Family nurse practitioner, Adult health nursing, Mission nursing and heart health among women
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    Pamela J. Sims  Pharm.D., Ph.D.

    Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 232
    (205) 726-2864

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    Pamela Sims came to Samford University in 1989 and likes teaching in a variety of health professions including pharmacy, dentistry and nurse anesthesia and learning from students while teaching them. Sims enjoys snow skiing and wake boarding and does Olympic weightlifting and a form of CrossFit for workouts.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmaceutical sciences, University of Colorado
    Pharm.D., Mercer University
    B.S., pharmacy, University of Florida

    Awards and Honors

    Superior Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2013
    Scholar Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2011
    Honorary Member, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society, 2002
    Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 1997–1998
    John H. Buchanan Award, 1994
    Samford University Outstanding Professor Award, 1992–1993, Samford University School of Pharmacy

    Involvement

    Godspeed I Timothy 4:8 Ministry, board of directors
    Church at Brook Hills
    AACP

    Expertise

    Clinical Pharmacokinetics, dental pharmacology, and pediatric and geriatric pharmacokinetics
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    Jessica Skelley  Pharm. D., BCACP

    Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 214
    (205) 726-4338

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    Jessica Skelley has had a longstanding relationship with Samford University since 2004. “I met my husband here as a student, found my profession, took my first ‘real’ job here, started my family here. I’ve actually never left Samford since arriving as a freshman and can’t imagine anywhere I would rather be.” Skelley was rewarded for her commitment to Samford in 2013 when she received the Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who is elected by the student body as exemplifying exceptional teaching and mentoring. “It was a very significant honor and the most rewarding one I have received both professionally and personally,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year Award, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2013
    Phi Lambda Sigma, 2013
    Contributed Research Presentation Merit Award, 2013, Project IMPACT: Diabetes American Pharmacist Association/Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management
    Change Package Implementation Award, Safe Medication Use, 2013, Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Initiative: Health Resources and Services Administration
    Outstanding Performance Team Award, 2012, Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Initiative: Health Resources and Services Administration

    Involvement

    Compensation and Practice Sustainability, advisory group member, (section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners, American Society of Health System Pharmacists)
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy NCPA Student Chapter, student adviserOperation Self Care, McWhorter School of Pharmacy APhA-ASP chapter, chapter faculty liaison
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy SSHP Chapter, student mentor
    St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency Program, Birmingham, Ala., adjunct faculty

    Expertise

    Family medicine, ambulatory care, patient safety and interprofessional education
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    Rachel Slaton  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 301A
    (205) 726-2729

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    After practicing in a hospital pharmacy for many years, Rachel Slaton decided to join McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2009. Slaton was charged with developing the skills labs and seminars for a course series in integrated pharmacy applications, and she successfully redesigned the drug literature evaluation course. In 2011, she was appointed to a tenure-track faculty position in drug information where she currently practices.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    ASHP accredited Drug Information Specialty Residency, DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Board Certification Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American College of Clinical Pharmacists
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    Alabama Pharmacists Association
    Vestavia Church of Christ

    Expertise

    Drug information specialist, Primary research interests: teaching students and residents appropriate evaluation techniques for reviewing the medical literature; responding to drug information requests from health-care professionals; working collaboratively with pharmacists and the medical staff to improve medication management and safety, Enjoys medical writing and evaluating drug information databases, Primary interests: medication safety, hospital pharmacy and comparative effectiveness research
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    Deanna Smeltzer 

    Undergraduate Nursing Secretary
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 231
    (205) 726-2707
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    Amy Snow  M.N.A., CRNA

    Associate Chair, Director of Clinical Services, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    SIGYM— 301B
    (205) 726-2007

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    Amy Snow never really imagined herself on the faculty at Samford University. As with her undergraduate and graduate school years, Snow felt Samford was where she was being lead when she came to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing four years ago. Snow, who has a passion for foster kids and orphans, believes it is a huge accomplishment when she sees students soar on their own. “Never in a million years would I have seen myself as faculty at this great institution. But He provided the opportunity, and I jumped on it. Day after day, experience after experience, He continued to display his great mercy and love. I am honored to be in the midst of such fine people with such a directed purpose,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.N.A., nurse anesthesia, UAB
    B.S., nursing, Samford University
    A.D., nursing, Samford University

    Involvement

    Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, foster parent
    Children’s Community Bible Clubs, leader
    Children’s Ministry Team, chairman, First Baptist Church of Birmingham

    Expertise

    Nurse anesthesia—general, orthopedic and plastics
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    Jennifer Steele  M.S.N., RN

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 245
    (205) 726-2703
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    Kenneth Stoltzfus  Ph.D., M.S.W.

    Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 3rd floor
    (205) 726-4882

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    Dr. Ken Stoltzfus serves as associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work. Dr. Stoltzfus previously served as chair of the Social Sciences Department at LCC International University, a North American-style liberal arts university in Klaipeda, Lithuania and chair of the Social Work Department at Malone University in Canton, OH. In addition to experience in academia, he brings extensive experience as a counselor and administrator at a number of human service agencies, including a residential substance abuse treatment facility for adolescent males, a faith-based addiction treatment clinic, and a community-based mental health program. Dr. Stoltzfus received a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award in 2010; his Fulbright research project explored faith-based substance abuse rehabilitation in the Russian Federation. His research interests include substance abuse, spirituality/religion, and social work in the former Soviet Union. He has published numerous articles and has served as associate editor for the journal Social Work and Christianity.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., social welfare, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
    M.S.W., Temple University
    B.S.E, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Excellence Award, LCC International University, 2013
    Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award (Saratov, Russian Federation), 2009-2010
    J.F. Steinman Award (For graduate study in mental health and related fields), 1998-2000

    Involvement

    Associate Editor, Social Work and Christianity

    Expertise

    Substance abuse, Spirituality/religion, Social work in the former Soviet Union
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    Trisha Stovall 

    Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission Counselor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 110
    (205) 726-2264

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    When a new position for undergraduate recruitment and admission counselor opened in Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing two years ago, Trisha Stovall was recruited to come for an interview by her friend Jan Paine. “I used to work at BMC Montclair where the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing building was located and enjoyed working with their faculty and staff. I have always loved recruiting Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing graduates and now have the privilege to recruit students into the nursing program.” Stovall, who actually worked with Ida V. Moffett, loves Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.S., early childhood education, The University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Omicron Delta Kappa Mortar Board Anderson Leadership Society President of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society President of the College of Education

    Involvement

    Steering Committee for Career Development, Samford University
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    Katie Stripling 

    Executive Director of External Relations
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 314
    (205) 726-2265

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    When Katie Stripling received her public relations degree, she had every intention to pursue a career in politics. "I had dreams of running political campaigns and possibly someday running for office," she said. God had other plans. Stripling had a number of jobs dealing with health-care issues and was working as an account executive for a local advertising agency when she learned Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing had an opening. "The position in the school of nursing allowed me to combine my passion for education and health care with my skills and knowledge in public relations and development. After my first interview with Dean Sanders, I knew this was where I was supposed to be." Stripling’s hard work was rewarded when she received the 2012 Lamplighter Award from the Alabama League for Nursing. "It was an incredibly humbling experience to be nominated for such an honor by the faculty of our school. I am blessed with extraordinary colleagues."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., communication studies, public relations concentration, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award, 2012
    Public Relations Council of Alabama Chapter Management Award, 2012

    Involvement

    Public Relations Council of Alabama (past president)
    AACN Nursing Advancement Professionals
    Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
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    Gena Sullivan  M.B.A.

    Administrative Assistant to Associate Deans
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 300
    (205) 726-2278

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    Gena Sullivan has experienced Samford University in a variety of ways. Sullivan came to Samford as a college freshman and after graduating with a degree in business administration, getting married and working for two years, she came back to her alma mater as a part-time graduate student. In 2010, Sullivan was hired as a full-time employee of Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Her daughter is currently a student. “Having experienced Samford as a student (undergraduate and graduate), an alumnus, an employee and a parent, I have been able to use my experiences to share what a wonderful place Samford is with others,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.B.A, Samford University
    B.S., business administration, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

    Involvement

    Green Valley Baptist Church, choir member and praise team member
    Hoover High School Band Boosters Association
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    Patricia Terry  Ph.D., RD, LD

    Chair & Professor, Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
    College of Health Sciences
    OBB 131
    (205) 726-2930

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    Patricia H. Terry has had a long, illustrious career in the nutrition field, including her current positing chairing Samford University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. But she has also made a huge impact on the world in other ways. “In the summer of 1972, I dug up an intact perfume juglet from the 8th century BC on a dig with Professor Yohanan Aharon in Be’er Sheva, Israel, that was put in the museum there,” she said. As amazing as that find was, it still pales in comparison to Terry’s experiences at Samford where she also serves as a professor in nutrition and dietetics. She has enjoyed “seeing so many wonderful graduates become leaders in the professions of food, nutrition and dietetics.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
    M.S., The University of Alabama
    Dietetic Internship, Baylor University Medical Center
    B.S., The University of Alabama

    Awards and Honors

    Samford Greek Life Faculty Adviser of the Year, 2012
    Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education Spirituality Award, 2012
    American Dietetic Association Outstanding Educator, DPD, 2011
    Alabama Dietetic Association Outstanding Educator, DPD, 2011
    District Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietitian, 1998 and 2009
    Who’s Who in America, 2007
    Jack Davis Professional Achievement Award, College of Human Environmental Sciences, The University of Alabama, 1994

    Involvement

    American Overseas Dietetic Association
    Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group
    Charter member, Les Dames d’Escoffier
    Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group
    Birmingham-Jefferson Food Policy Council
    Baptist World Alliance Mission, Evangelism and Theological Reflection
    Commission on Ministry
    Baptist World Alliance World Aid Committee
    Greater Birmingham Community Food Partners
    Southern Foodways Alliance
    Slow Food Birmingham
    National Rural Health Association
    Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Practice Group
    Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition Member Interest Group
    Hunger and Environmental Nutrition National Practice Group
    National Fellowship of Baptist Educators
    Baptist Nursing Fellowship
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Didactic Program in Dietetics national program director, Dietetic Educators of Practitioners Area III national practice group, ADA Area III coordinator Dietetic Educators of Practitioners
    Alabama Dietetic Association, board of directors nominating committee, state meeting committee program chairman, scholarship committee chairman, scholarship committee
    Birmingham District Dietetic Association, executive board nominating committee chair, nominating committee, scholarship chair, president, president-elect, treasurer, historian
    Food and Culture in the Levant, Israel American Heart Association Sweethearts Nutrition Education Class, Samford UniversityGood Eats: World Food Day, Samford Oxfam and Restoring Eden Wellness in the Golden Years, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Preserving Your Summer Produce, Samford After Sundown Cooking with Class, Samford After Sundown Healthy Lifestyle Class, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Cornerstone Health Fair, East Lake Nutrition Education for French Muslim Women, Paris Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Food Service, committee chair Life Skills (Moms and More), Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Woman’s Missionary Union Moldova Partnership Dawson Memorial Baptist adult choir Cahaba Valley HealthcareCollection and Distribution of Medical, Basic Health Supplies, Cuba
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    Dee Thomason  Pharm.D., BCPS

    Associate Professor
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111B
    (205) 726-4476
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    Paula Thompson  PHARM.D., M.S., BCPS

    Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 111C
    (205) 726-2102

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    Paula Thompson takes her commitment to students very seriously. “Any time a student seeks me out for advice or support, I know I have an opportunity to have an impact on their lives,” she said. While teaching at another pharmacy school, Thompson had an epiphany. “I decided I would be a better teacher of clinicians if I had clinical training myself. I looked at schools of pharmacy all over the country, but I was most impressed with Samford and came here to earn my Pharm.D.” Thompson eventually accepted a faculty position in McWhorter School of Pharmacy where she has worked in various positions for 19 years. “I feel blessed to work with wonderful faculty and staff colleagues in the education of exceptional students.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    Residency in Adult Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
    M.S., physiology and pharmacology, Duke University
    B.S., Mississippi University for Women
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    Margaret Self Propst Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    Teacher of the Year, Campbell University School of Pharmacy
    Visiting scholar, Japan
    President’s Cup, Samford University
    National Science Foundation Fellowship

    Involvement

    Alabama Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board, chair

    Expertise

    Geriatrics, heart failure and dementias
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    Lydia Thurston  PT, D.Sc., LAT

    Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education, Department of Physical Therapy
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 3rd Floor
    (205) 726-4437

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    Lydia A. Thurston serves as Assistant Professor, and Director of Clinical Education of the Department of Physical Therapy. Thurston possesses more than a decade of clinical experience builton her passion for clinical education, inter-professional practice,clinical research, and health advocacy.  Her foundation in outpatient orthopedic sports physical therapy and inpatient acute care pediatric practices affords a broad understanding of physical therapist practice.  Thurston lives in Vestavia Hills,Alabama, with her husband, Michael, and their three children.

    Degrees and Certifications

    D.Sc., physical therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.A., physical therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S., exercise science, Auburn University

    Expertise

    sports physical therapy, orthopedics, burn rehabilitation, women's health, profession/practice issues
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    Cami Tinsley 

    Faculty Secretary, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    BASH 101J
    (205) 726-2850

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    Cami Tinsley joined Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing staff in August 2013 after working part time for six years. “I have always wanted to work at Samford,” she said. “I prayed about it a lot. God answered, and here I am. I have only been here a short time, but I am unbelievably blessed to be working with a wonderful group of people and could not be happier. This is more than a ‘job’ to me. This is a great place to be and a place I truly look forward to coming to every day.” Tinsley and her husband, John, have three children.

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    Diane Vakakes 

    Program Coordinator, Pharmacy Admission Office
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 103D
    (205) 726-2008
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    Glenda Valdmanis 

    Administrative Assistant to the Chair, Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220B
    (205) 726-2876
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    Hilary Vrocher  M.S.N., RN

    Instructor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 238
    (205) 726-4592
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    Bruce Waldrop  Ph.D.

    Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences and Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 220C
    (205) 726-2984

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    When Bruce Waldrop took a job to make some money, he didn’t realize it would lead to a career.“Originally being a hotel and restaurant management major at UAB, I got a job as a pharmacy technician to help pay the bills. I became fascinated with pharmacy and decided to change majors. I applied only to Samford and was fortunate to be admitted to the program. Part-time work as a tutor in my pharmacology course prompted me to consider pharmacy academia,” he said. In 2003, Waldrop received the opportunity to come back to Samford and teach at McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He has been honored with teacher of the year, most effective lecturer and best lecturer awards for his hard work. “I couldn’t be happier with my Samford education and all the great students that I am able to interact with everyday,” he said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., pharmaceutical sciences, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
    B.S., pharmacy, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2010
    Most Effective Lecturer, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2008
    Best Lecturer, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2007
    Teacher of the Year, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, 2006
    Phi Lambda Sigma, National Pharmacy Leadership Society

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

    Expertise

    Social and Administrative Sciences, Cardiovascular pharmacology, signal transduction mechanisms and pharmacy education
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    Robert Wang  Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical, Social and Administrative Sciences
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 219
    (205) 726-2997

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    Robert Wang brings significant experience to McWhorter School of Pharmacy. Wang, who joined the faculty in 2012, recently received his first grant from the National Institutes of Health. He has also received research grants from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Heart Association. Wang enjoys teaching and interacting with students, and during his career, he has trained three Ph.D. students, two post-doctoral fellows and numerous undergraduate students in their research. He has significant experience in reviewing grant proposals for funding agencies such as the Italian Telethon Foundation, reviewing manuscripts for leading scientific journals such as Nature Chemical Biology, chairing sessions in international scientific conferences, and serving on admissions committee. He loves Samford University’s Christian environment and looks forward to integrating his teaching with scientific discovery.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., cell regulation, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    M.S., biochemistry, Baylor University
    B.S., medical biology, Nankai University

    Awards and Honors

    Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association
    Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    ASCB/Worthington Pre-doctoral Travel Award, American Society for Cell Biology

    Involvement

    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Association of Biochemistry Course Directors
    American Society for Cell Biology

    Expertise

    Cystic Fibrosis, drug discovery, protein misfolding, molecular chaperones, and pharmacy education, 
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    Rebecca Warr  M.S.N., RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 240
    (205) 726-2569

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    Rebecca J. Warr is no stranger to multitasking. When she first came to Samford in 1981, it was as part of a joint appointment with Baptist Princeton Hospital where she worked two days a week in the psychiatric unit as a staff nurse. She has also worked as a public health nurse for Jefferson County Public Health where she made home visits to chronically ill patients and assisted in various clinics. As part of her Samford duties, she has watched students go from being scared to death during their first nursing clinical experience to evolving into the students who experience “the light bulb moments” when they acquire the basic knowledge of how to function in a health care setting and understanding how they have played a role in a patient’s condition. Warr has also found time to apply for and receive a faculty development grant for geriatric stimulation with nursing students. In the midst of being involved in her career, she is never far from her desire to be involved with multiple projects. “I can quilt and make a soufflé at the same time,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Certified Nurse Educator [CNE]

    Awards and Honors

    Faculty Development Grant, 2012–2013, Assessing the functional ability of the geriatric patient: development of understanding and empathy of the beginning level nursing student
    Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

    Involvement

    UAB Geriatric Education Center Faculty Scholar Program, 2012–2013

    Expertise

    Medical/surgical nursing, Community health nursing, Geriatrics
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    Muriel Warren 

    Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Coordinator for Academic Affairs
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 113
    (205) 726-2721
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    Terri Wensel  PHARM.D., BCPS

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 104
    (205) 726-2650

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    Terri Wensel knows the importance of home and family. After the birth of her daughter while living in North Carolina, Wensel and her husband, Brian, desperately wanted to return to Birmingham. “This job opened up at the precise right time for us. I feel fortunate that I was able to stay in academia within a faith-based, private school. This setting allows me to interact with students on a more personal level than I would be able to do elsewhere.” Wensel has been involved with the development of end-of-year exams within McWhorter School of Pharmacy. “This is a positive step forward in ensuring what we already know, that we have the best students around,” she said. Wensel, who loves anything craft related, has a daughter, Claire; son, Ethan; and dog, Lynx.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Board of Pharmacy Specialties

    Awards and Honors

    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Scholar Award, 2013

    Involvement

    National Community Pharmacists Association, member and student chapter adviser
    American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
    American Pharmacists Association
    Phi Lambda Sigma
    American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
    Women Faculty Special Interest Group, secretary, 2011–2013
    Pharmacy Practice Section Communication Committee, chair, 2011–2014
    Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Hoover, Ala., Sunday school teacher

    Expertise

    Practice: community practice, Scholarship and research interests: community practice, women’s health and the scholarship of teaching and learning
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    Peggy West 

    Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    INGAL 111
    (205) 726-2053

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    After working in the undergraduate admissions office for almost five years, Peggy West transferred to McWhorter School of Pharmacy. West, a native of Rhode Island, lives by Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    A.D., executive secretarial sciences, Bryant University
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    Joy Whatley  PH.D., RN

    Associate Dean and Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 306
    (205) 726-2092

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    Joy Whatley came to Samford University in 1975. Since then, she has worked in a number of positions within Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, where she currently serves as associate dean of the undergraduate program. She also assists in the nursing management course. Whatley loves “having the opportunity to work with the most incredible dean, faculty, staff and students.” She holds fast to Philippians 4:6–7, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Sigma Theta Tau International
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Courage to Care, 2010

    Involvement

    Alabama League for Nursing
    Sigma Theta Tau International
    Lakeside Baptist Church and the Shelby County YMCA, longtime member

    Expertise

    Maternal-newborn clinical area of practice and functional area , educational administration
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    Debra Whisenant  PH.D., M.S.N., M.S.P.H.

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 322
    (205) 726-4508

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    Debra Whisenant came to Samford University in 2009 after completing a two-year National Research Service Award Post-doctoral Fellowship in Outcomes Research at University of Alabama at Birmingham. “I have been pleased to extend my international mission and public health work while at Samford,” she said. “I am also pleased to have developed relationships with colleagues that have facilitated the extension of international work.”

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., Touro University
    M.S., public health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., Jacksonville State University
    B.S.N., University of Alabama in Huntsville

    Awards and Honors

    Excellence in Nursing, 2012
    National Research Service Award, 2007, 2008

    Involvement

    Nurses Christian Fellowship
    International Nurses Christian Fellowship
    Sigma Theta Tau
    HRSA Ambassador
    American Heart Association
    American Diabetes Association
    Rock Creek Church, director health ministry

    Expertise

    Organ donation, health promotion, international medical missions, and spirituality and health
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    Whitney White  PHARM.D., BCPS

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 108
    (205) 726-2275

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    Whitney White believes her presence at Samford University is a direct result of God’s plan for her life. McWhorter School of Pharmacy was the only school to which White applied after changing her career pursuits from medicine to pharmacy, a change that was aligned better with her personal and professional goals. “I entered pharmacy school confident in my knowledge from prior education, and I walked away with exemplary training from some of the most intelligent, compassionate and supportive faculty anywhere.” White returned to Samford after her residency to pursue a career in academia and is now going into her fifth year of teaching. “I feel so blessed for the opportunity to share with students my experience as a practitioner and to hopefully instill in them a love for learning and a true heart for patient care,” she said.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Pharm.D., McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University
    PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Huntsville Hospital
    B.S., Mississippi College
    Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, American College of Clinical PharmacyBoard Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, American College of Clinical Pharmacy

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists New Practitioner of the Year, 2013
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Faculty Preceptor the Year, 2012
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy Faculty Preceptor of the Year, 2011
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists Service Award, 2012
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists Service Award, 2011

    Involvement

    American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy, delegate 2012–2013
    American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    American College of Clinical Pharmacy, board certified
    Alabama Society of Health-System Pharmacists, delegate 2013–2015,council director for educational affairs, 2010–2012
    APhA-ASP Student Chapter Co-Advisor
    MPOWER Dispensary Volunteer

    Expertise

    Adult medicine (current), ambulatory care (previous), and anticoagulation
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    Mary Worthington  PHARM.D.

    Professor, Pharmacy Practice
    McWhorter School of Pharmacy
    RUSSL 206
    (205) 726-2533
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    Stephanie Wynn  D.N.P., RN

    Associate Professor
    Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing
    HEAL 244
    (205) 726-2180
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