Meet the Staff
Alumni Affairs & Annual Giving
Rebecca received her BA in 1986 and MA in 1988 both from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences from UAB. Becky had been an active alumna for many years prior to joining the staff in 2003, and served as a volunteer to the Board of Directors for the National Alumni Society in many leadership capacities including that of President. Additionally, she formerly owned and operated Connections, Inc., a market research company located in Mountain Brook, Alabama. She was also co-founder of Voir Dire, a litigation research firm located in Birmingham.
Jennifer Breland, PhD
Executive Director, UAB National Alumni Society
Jennifer came to UAB in July 2000 to work with UAB Creative & Marketing Group before joining the Office of Alumni Affairs in September 2003. She graduated from Auburn University in August 1998 with a degree in Accounting and from UAB in December 2002 with a Masters in Business Administration. In May 2012, she received her PhD from UAB in Educational Leadership.
Alumni House Manager
Andy joined the Alumni Affairs staff in the fall of 2007. A graduate of Auburn University, Andy has more than 20 years of professional experience with the UAB community including University Hospital and the School of Nursing.
Office Service Specialist
Matt joined the Alumni Affairs staff in November of 2013. He is a 2007 graduate from UAB with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, and previously taught conversational English overseas.
Alumni Affairs Specialist, Communications & Governmental Relations
Lori worked in the Alumni Affairs office previously from 2004-07 and returned in August 2011, after working in sales and marketing. She graduated from UAB in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Mack is in his third year with UAB. He spent his first 2 years with UAB Football where he served as the Associate Director of Recruiting/Player Development. Mack is originally from Huntsville, AL and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Auburn University in 2010.
Administrative Support Specialist
Lynne joined the Alumni Affairs staff in March of 2013. She graduated from UAB in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Lynne has over 15 years of experience working in administrative support.
Alumni Affairs Specialist, Alumni Relations
Heather is in her third year with UAB. She spent her first two years with UAB Athletics where she served as the Assistant Director of Marketing. Heather is originally from Columbus, GA and graduated with a degree in Public Relations from The University of Georgia in 2010.
Office Service Specialist
Adam is from Birmingham, Alabama and joined the Alumni Affairs staff in November 2013. He graduated from the University of Alabama in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in both Marketing and Management.
Leon H. Ryan III
Director of Development
Leon returned to UAB in April of 2014 after two years with the Athletic Department of the University of South Florida. He was Associate Athletic Director at UAB in 2009 and later moved to General Manager for IMG/Blazer Sports Network. A graduate of West Virginia University and Marshall University Graduate School, he spent over 25 years in the finance industry in management positions with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.
Sarah L. Salzmann
Annual Giving Coordinator
Sarah joined the Annual Giving staff in September of 2013. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in Commerce and Business Administration with a major in marketing and minor in Public Relations.
Shannon N. Turner
Shannon joined the Alumni Affairs office in November 2013. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Shannon has more than 12 years of development and event management experience at JDRF and Walt Disney World.