Aderonke Akinsanya

Education: BS, University of Buckingham; BS University of Bridgeport; ML, University of Buckingham

Shauntice Allen

Education: BS, University of Alabama; MA, University of Alabama; PhD, UAB

Allen earned her PhD in Health Education and Health Promotion from the UAB. Her focus as a public health researcher is to enhance the research readiness of community members, engage in health disparities research with underrepresented communities, and continuously strive for community improvement of health outcomes in minority communities. Allen also serves as the Program Director for the One Great Community component of UAB’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Over the last 10 years, she has been involved in engaging communities in research, building systems and processes for research evaluation, building coalitions, and conducting qualitative data analysis. She has also been responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Birmingham Neighborhood Leaders Survey (BNLS), a community-designed survey tool used to explore issues impacting health in a large urban metropolitan area.

Dionne Clark

Education: BA, Miles College; MA, Ohio State University

Clark received an MA in African American Studies from Ohio State University. She is the Program Director for the Alabama Humanities Foundation, where her duties include developing, implementing, and managing educational programs. Included in those programs are professional development for teachers, academic enrichment for students, scholarships for teachers and university faculty, and statewide community programs. Her teaching experience includes adjunct teaching at Miles College and UAB, and a two-year teaching assignment at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

James Jackson

Education: BA, Samford University; MA, UAB

J. D. Jackson earned BA degrees in History and English from Samford University and an MA in history from UAB and has served as an Adjunct Instructor in History and African American Studies for the past several years. He has written for and been published in and/or on a variety of hard copy and online newspapers, historical journals, and the highly heralded, Harvard University Press-published tome African American National Biography. He has presented papers at various scholarly conferences, such as Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Tau Delta, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Alabama Historical Association.

Mark Lanter

Education: BA, UAB; MM, University of Alabama

Lanter is an adjunct at the University of Alabama (Jazz Studies) and in the UAB Music Department and the African American Studies Program, as well as being an itinerant musician with ties to Black jacket Symphony, UA Jazz Faculty, Gabe Tajeu, Bonus Round, Druid City Jazz Orchestra , and many others.

Justin Mackey

Education: BS, University of Kansas; MA, University of Kansas

Mackey is the director of Student-Athlete Support Services and Community Relations at UAB Athletics. He came to UAB after spending the previous nine years in athletics at the University of Kansas. As an adjunct instructor at UAB, he teaches a course that combines his personal and professional interests — History of Sport: African American Experience. The course covers the people and events that helped mold sports and culture through the early 1900s and includes modern day insight on prevalent issues regarding race in the NCAA and professional sports.

Karen Utz

Education: BA, Central Missouri State University; MA, University of Texas at Arlington

Utz is the Curator and Historian of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham. She has served on various committees including the Southeastern Museum Conference, Society for the History of Technology, Alabama Museum Association, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation (Roads Scholar). Her publications include Iron & Steel: A Guide to Birmingham Area Industrial Heritage Sites and an article in Work, Family, Faith: Women of the Twentieth Century South. Utz has served as an adjunct instructor since 1995.

Martinique Waters

Education: BS, Louisiana State University; MA, Southeastern Louisiana University; PhD, UAB, in Lifespan Developmental Psychology; certificate in Gerontology from the Gerontology Education Program at UAB.

Waters' area of specialty is gerontology. She has spent the past 10 years examining the psychosocial factors that impact older adult caregivers. Her research interests expanded to include health disparities when she joined the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research in 2011 as a scholar in the Health Disparities research training program. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology, the School of Public Health, and the African American Studies Program. Dr. Waters presently teaches Public Health and Medical Issues in the African American Community.