image: Laura Lesley Laura Lesley Named Director of Alumni and Annual Fund

The UAB School of Nursing is pleased to annouce Laura Hornsby Lesley has been named Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund.  Laura has a strong heritage in nursing – her mother, father, and brother are all graduates of our School.  An alumna of UAB, Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with concentration in Communication Management and minors in Mass Communication and Writing. 

She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Troy University.  Laura has been working in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations as a Stewardship and Communications Specialist, since February 2012, assisting with the creation and implementation of major gift proposals, alumni and donor cultivation, website content, and annual fund solicitation letters.  

In addition to her development experience, Laura brings to this position great enthusiasm, fresh perspectives, and vast knowledge of the nursing profession.  She will be working closely with our Nursing Chapter Alumni Board, the UAB National Alumni Society, and our own Office of Student Affairs to build early relationships with future alumni.   We are pleased she has joined the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in this significant role.  Laura can be reached at 205-975-9419 or

Jeannie Horton

Horton Named New Senior Development Director

The UAB School of Nursing is pleased to announce Jeannie E. Horton as the Senior Director of Development effective October 1, 2011.  In this position, Jeannie will lead the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs in the cultivation of relationships with alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations to support the School’s tripartite mission of education, research and service. Jeannie has over 20 years of development experience and a record of energy, enthusiasm, innovate engagement strategies, and successful resource development.

Most recently, Jeannie served as the Director of Development for UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2009-2011.  Prior to serving at the Comprehensive Cancer Center, she worked for UAB’s Department of Surgery from 2005-2009.  During this time, she successfully worked with donors and department leadership to establish 12 fully invested, endowment funds- including five endowed chairs.  From 2003-2005,  she served as Director of Development for both UAB’s Department of Surgery and Department of Ophthalmology. Prior to joining the University of Alabama School of Medicine, she managed  UAB’s Faculty and Staff Benevolent Fund.  Jeannie began her fundraising career in 1990 at the United Way  of Central  Alabama, Inc. as a Campaign Associate and then assumed the position of Planned Giving Director before coming to UAB in February 2001. 

She is a member of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers, the AAMC Group for Institutional Advancement, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a past member of the Association of Ophthalmology Development Officers, Alabama Planned Giving Counsel, Junior League of Birmingham, The Pell City Library Guild, and Rotary where she served in various leadership positions.

Jeannie is an Alabama native who calls the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay home.  Currently, she resides in Indian Springs, Alabama with her husband and son. Jeannie received her B.S. in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama.

LRC Entrance

LRC Entrance Closed for Plaza Beautification Project

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is creating the first public, green roof space on campus between the School of Nursing, Learning Resources Center (LRC), and Webb Building.  As students return to campus, all the behind-the-scenes work to green the area will be visible.  This project is slated to be completed in late spring. When the project is complete, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests will be able to enjoy outdoor seating, planters filled with plants and flowers, new lighting, and an enhanced LRC entrance.

The main LRC entrance (on the plaza level) will be closed for most of the spring semester.  Patrons are asked to enter and exit the LRC through the first floor or street level doors by the Ryals/9th Avenue parking deck or the rear door near 9th Avenue.  Additionally, portions of the plaza between the LRC, School of Nursing, and Webb Building and School of Nursing first floor corridor (near the Center for Nursing Research) will periodically be closed.  When traveling in these areas please be careful and watch for signs indicating alternative entry and exit points, closings, and detours.


PhD Student Receives Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award

Louise C. O'Keefe, MSN, CRNP, CDE, a UAB School of Nursing PhD student, received the 2011-2012 Outstanding Regional Nurse Practitioner Award for North Alabama. The award was presented by The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) and recognizes diligence, dedication, leadership, outcomes, and patient care. This honor serves as a testament to the difference advanced practice nurses make across the state and celebrates individual contributions to deliver and advocate for outstanding patient care.   

Louise was recognized for opening the first nurse practitioner run faculty and staff clinic at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) in 2007 where she serves as Clinic Director.  Since 2007, the clinic has served more than 740 patients for a total of 2, 620 visits.  She has implemented several wellness initiatives within the clinic including vaccination updates, tuberculosis, blood pressure and diabetes screening along with two other part-time nurse practitioners.  She and her team have advocated for increasing services available to UAHuntsville employees as well as promoting the clinic throughout the university community.  Louise works hard to fulfill the clinic’s mission of providing on-site, accessible, and quality healthcare.  

In addition to serving as Clinic Director, Louise serves as a Nurse Educator and Clinical Assistant Professor at the UAHuntsville College of Nursing. She earned her Associate's degree in nursing from Prince George's Community College (Largo, Md.), and undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.). She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and recently completed her doctoral coursework.  Louise plans to complete her doctoral dissertation examining the effect of occupational stress on the health of employees within the university community in 2013.