Cheri Nipp ‘12

Cheri NippCheri Nipp is using her knowledge to change the world—starting with the state of Mississippi.

Twenty years after earning her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Nipp returned to school to specialize her knowledge. Now, after earning her Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Postprofessional M.S. in Occupational Therapy, she is the sole provider of outpatient low vision rehabilitation services at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

In fact, she’s the reason that the facility has a Low Vision Rehabilitation program at all.


Kayce Dover '02

Kayce DoverKayce Dover, President and CEO of HIM Connections, LLC, is a successful business leader and owner in the Birmingham area. Just recently, the Birmingham Business Journal named Dover, a graduate of UAB’s Health Information Management and M.S. in Health Informatics programs, as one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2014.

“I started my own staffing firm in 2007,” explains 39-year-old Dover. “In 2012, I merged my company with The Coding Center, a division of Doozer Software, Inc. The new firm now operates as HIM Connections, LLC.”

Dover’s company specializes in Health Information Management and Health Information Technology, providing recruitment and staffing services to hospitals and healthcare organizations across the nation. “I use the knowledge I gained at UAB each day when I speak with healthcare professionals about their staffing challenges. My education and experience are critical to understanding the specific needs of the clients and candidates we serve.”


Kim Bush '76

Kim BushKim Bush, photo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
When it comes to global health, not everything has to be mission trips and hand-delivered packages of medicine. Some of the cause’s most influential work happens across a desk or over the phone. For Kim Bush, Director of Life Sciences Partnerships (LSP) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and life-long advocate for the advancement of global health, making a difference means establishing strong relationships with the right people around the world.

"I’m helping to solve some of healthcare’s toughest issues,” says Bush, a 1976 graduate of UAB’s M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences program. “I’m a results-oriented individual with a passion for global health.”

You might be familiar with Bush’s employer. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is recognized as one of the most powerful charitable organizations in the world, contributing over $28 billion toward efforts in global development since its creation in 1997. The foundation stresses the importance of innovation through collaborative partnership, which is exactly what Bush accomplishes as Director of the LSP.

"The LSP seeks active engagement with industry in order to achieve innovative, high-impact global health outcomes,” he explains. “These lead to healthy and productive lives for all people, especially those living in extreme poverty.”


Sheila M. Campbell, PhD, RD

Sheila Campbell 1When asked to describe a well-balanced meal, most people shrug their shoulders and mumble something about vegetables. For Sheila Campbell, PhD, RD, a good meal is much more than the food on a plate: it’s the perfect balance between science and art.

A 1979 graduate of UAB’s Dietetic Internship and Master’s program in Nutrition Sciences, Campbell spent over thirty years practicing clinical nutrition and managing medical nutrition communications. Now happily retired, she runs her own food tourism business, A La Carte Food Tours, in Columbus, Ohio. “When I retired, I wanted to return to the beauty and sensuality of food,” she explains.

Campbell began her journey with a B.S. in home economics, but quickly realized she didn’t want to be a teacher. “So I went to Jacksonville State University to fulfill the educational requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”


Holly Ray

For many people, long distance running is a great time to think and reflect and have epiphanies. Holly Ray, PT, DPT, a native of Starkville, Miss., and a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2011, this was no different and she enjoyed all running from 5Ks to marathons to half-ironman triathlons. However, Ray’s life-changing epiphany occurred while running - but not in the way it occurs to most.
“I had my fair share of minor injuries like patellofemoral syndrome and plantar fasciitis and that led to trips to physical therapy, which led me to realize I really enjoyed going to physical therapy,” said Ray. “While I was researching various schools across the country I learned UAB had a strong PT department so I toured the school and the area. I loved everything I saw and submitted my application the next week to be a part of the Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2011.”


Leslie Simms, Jenny Taylor

Jenny child webJenny Taylor w/child from Home of HopeThe definition of hope is “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.”

Leslie Simms and Jenny Taylor, UAB Occupational Therapy classmates and alumnae, are board members of Our Hope International. The organization supports the Home of Hope orphanage in Uganda, Africa, through donations and the sale of paper beads handmade in Uganda. The definition of hope, as defined by Simms and Taylor, is not a want to happen or think it can happen. Hope means making it happen.

“We take an annual trip to serve the children, staff and local community in Uganda,” said Taylor, founder of Our Hope International and Jonesboro, Ga., native. "We deliver needed equipment, toiletries, clothing, and encouragment, with our ultimate goal of being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ."