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In May each year, senior leaders and Blaze alumni are invited to nominate faculty and staff to participate in the Blaze Leadership Academy. Nominees are invited to submit applications, which are then reviewed and rated by a committee. Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Experience- manages a team or a major program, and has been at UAB for two years or more
  • Capability- performs exceptionally well in current role
  • Potential- is seen as someone who will continue to advance at UAB, and has demonstrated a commitment to growth and development opportunities
  • Collaborative role- broader exposure to UAB would enable him or her to be more effective
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If you have questions about BLAZE, please contact:

Emily Wykle
Organizational Development Manager
Human Resources
(205) 934-3955
ewykle@uab.edu

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2014-2015 

Title

School/Division

Cyndi Ballinger Business Officer II Graduate School
Kristin Chapleau Program Specialist School of Health Professions
Jon Corliss Director of Business Intelligence Institutional Effectiveness
Kim Cunningham Director of Academic Success Center Provost Office
Michael Fitts Assistant Professor Lister Hill
Ginger Hattaway Manager, Financial Operations Dentistry Dean's Office
Lance Higgins Program Director III Facilities
Aimee Holland Assistant Professor School of Nursing
Suzanne Judd Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Ed School of Public Health
Helen McIntyre Asst Dir Financial Aid Financial Aid
Susan Packa Program Manager School of Health Professions
Tonya Perry Assistant Professor School of Education
David Redden Chair, Biostatistics Public Health
Bonita Sims Lieutenant University Police
Todd Smith Fiscal Officer Optometry, Education
Rita Stewart-Hampton Coordinator of Student Services School of Business
Rahul Thadani Director of HR Information Systems HR
Libba Vaughan Coordinator for Service Learning Provost Office
Andy Wallace Director of Alumni House  Development
Janice Ward Manager, Faculty Affairs Provost Office
Melissa Whatley Associate Director, CPDS Career and PD Services

 


 

2013-2014

Title

School/Division

Henna Budwani Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Deputy Director, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health
School of Public Health
Kevin Canada Director Information Management OVPRED
Tina Collins Registrar Registrar's Office
Don Cosper Director of Univ Architecture Facilities
Marylyn Crane Senior Director-Advancement Info & Analytics Office Of VP Development, Alumni & Ext Relations
Sherri Crowe Director, Hospital HR Hospital Human Resources
Champion Deivanayagam Co-Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Shared X-Ray Core Facility School of Optometry
Kay Emfinger Program Director- P6 and Special Education School of Ed
Eric Essix Artist Coordinator Office Of VP Development, Alumni & Ext Relations
Elizabeth Fisher Instructional Design Manager School of Business
Lauren Lake Incoming Chair, Arts and Art History College of Arts & Sciences
Brandi Lamon Pinkerton Director, One Stop Office of the Provost
Jodie Mote Financial Officer III Education Foundation
Susan Spezzini Program Director for Secondary and ESL School of Education
Uday Vaidya Professor School of Engineering

 


 

2012-2013

Title

School/Division

Lisa Baker Chair Social Work CAS
Phillip Bivens Financial Officer III Administration & Finance
Kris Boyle Admin Supervisor School of Business
Delores Carlito Reference Librarian Sterne Library
Chad Epps Assoc Prof, Nurse Anesthesia Program School of Health Professions
Alecia Gross Assoc Prof School of Optometry
Valerie Jackson Captain UAB Police Department Finance & Administration
Josephine Jackson Banks Director Strategic Initiatives Finance & Administration
Bryan Jones Director of Ops Alys Stephens Center
Tondra Loder-Jackson Associate Professor School of Education
Liz Lorbeer Associate Director for Content Lister Hill Library
Claudiu Lungu Associate Professor School of Public Health
Tracy Lyons Director Trio Program Provost Office
Teena McGuinness Professor School of Nursing
Ronan O’Beirne IT Director IT
Susan Smith Assistant Professor Lister Hill Library
Allison Solomon Director of Disabilities Support Services Provost Office
Jennifer Thompson Business Officer II School of Health Professions
TD Todd Manager CAS IT CAS
Matt Windsor Editor UAB Magazine

 


 

2011-2012

Title

School/Division

Molly Bray Prof Public Health Epidemiology
David Cannon Director IACUC Inst. Animal Care
Josh Carter Director UAB Study Away College of Arts and Sciences
Leandra Celaya Instructor Health Services Admin Chair Office
Anita Clemon Dir. HR Compliance Adm. HR Records Administration
Shelia Cotten Professor, Sociology College of Arts and Sciences
Rachelle Hall Business Officer Pharmacology and Toxicology
Gregg Janowski Assoc. Prof.    Materials Science and Engineering
Peggy Kain Electronic Resources Librarian Sterne Library
Lynn Kirkland Chair, Curriculum and Instruction College of Arts and Sciences
Mary MacDougall Professor Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Darnell Mompoint-Williams Asst Prof Nursing (With phd) Nursing Adult/Acute Health
Laura Montgomery-Barefield Assoc Prof Psych - Child & Adolescent
Andrea Pound Coordinator Student Services Mgmt, Info Sys, Quant Mthd
Stephanie Reilly Assoc. Prof. Anatomic Pathology
Joseph Sullivan Asst. Prof. Radiology Chair Office
Tracee Synco Project Analyst For Vice Provost Office Of VP Student & Faculty Success
Kenneth Tilashalski Assoc. Director/Assoc. Dean Predoc General Dentistry
Diane Tucker Sci & Tech. Honors Prgm & Prof College of Arts and Sciences
Lee Vucovich Asst Prof Lister Hill Library Of Health Sciences

 


 

2010-2011

Title

School/Division

Tiffany Adams Writer Office Of Assoc VP Development & Alumni
Doug Akins Associate Director Grants and Contracts Administration Office of Sponsored Programs
Anne Alexandrov Professor - Adult/Acute Health Division Nursing Adult/Acute Health
Shannon Bailey Associate Professor Public Health Environmental Health Services
Charles Calhoun Associate Professor/Assistant Dean Curriculum and Instruction
Janelle Chiasera Acting Chair Clinical & Diagnostic Science Chair Office
Duane (Scott) Cox Captain UAB Police Department
Amy Evans Director of Administration and Finance Office of the Provost
Robert U. (Bud) Fischer Prof/Chairman Natural Science and Math Biology
Pam Fordham Chairman Nursing Nursing Family/Child Health/Caregiver
Kim Fort Director, Transportation Parking and Transportation Services
Melissa Galvin Associate Professor Public Health Health Behavior
Jeff Graveline Business & Government Documents Librarian Mervyn Sterne Library
Pat Higginbottom Associate Director Lister Hill Library Of Health Sciences
Jim James Executive Director, Planning,
Design and Architect
Facilities
Mindy Lalor Associate Dean School of Engineering Dean's Office
Leslie McClure Associate Professor Public Health Biostatistics
Nir Menachemi Associate Professor Health Care Organization & Policy
Kristi Menear Associate Professor of Education Human Studies
Steve Murray Director, Business and Auxiliary Bulk Mail
Betty Nelson Associate Professor/Chairman Leadership, Special Education & Foundations
Brad Newcomer Professor Nuclear Medicine Tech Program
Katrina Watson Major Gift Officer Office Of VP Development,
Alumni & External Relations

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Blaze Leadership Academy Schedule - 2015-2016

Date

Topic

Sep. 9 Kickoff: Leader remarks, participant introductions, alumni panel, action learning projects
Sep. 11 Kickoff: GeoTrek
Oct. 2 Personal Development: DISC, Individual Development Plans, Goal Setting
Nov. 13 Personal Development: DISC, Individual Development Plans, Goal Setting
Dec. 4 Understanding UAB Part 1: Operations and Administration
Jan. 8 Team Productivity: Getting Results Through Others
Feb. 5 Developing Your Team: Coaching Skills and Servant Leadership
Mar. 4 Understanding UAB Part 2: Culture and Innovation 
Apr. 8 Community Field Trip
May 6 Capstone - Project Presentations


2015-2016 Participants

Name

Title

School/Division

Ramzi Abou Arraj Assistant Professor School of Dentistry
David Allen Senior Director of Development Collat School of Business
Scott Austin Business Officer Graduate School
Douglas Ayers Assoc Professor Collat School of Business
Kellie Carter Director of Professional Development Prog Graduate School
Alison Chapman Chair and Professor of English CAS
Emily Feinstein Director of Student Advocacy, Rights and Conduct and Title IX Deputy Coordinator Student Affairs
Ashley Floyd Dir of Fellowships and ADir of Honors College Honors College
Kevin Jaquess Real Estate Officer Business & Auxiliary Services
Lynne Jarreau Project Manager II School of Dentistry
Daniel Jones Lead for Banner Applications  IT
Deborah Littleton Program Director CAS
Joe March Professor of Chemistry CAS
Lisa McCormick Associate Professor School of Public Health
Brian Pillay Assoc Professor School of Engineering
Edward Reynolds Student Recruitment Manager Collat School of Business
David Rhodes Program Director Public Health
Kevin Storr Director of Communications School of Health Professions
Jeff Szychowski Assoc Professor Public Health
Stacey Torman Assistant Director for Athletic Performance Athletic Department
Tino Unlap Program Director, Biotechnology School of Health Professions