Heroes Among Us

As UAB pays tribute to all military service men and women, we would like to recognize the veterans who work alongside us in the UAB Human Resources department. Below, meet four HR employees who have agreed to share part of their story.

Kasey Whilding | Compensation Analyst II


U.S. Marine Corps, 2004-2010

Kasey served six years in the United States Marine Corps, both on Active Duty and in the Reserves. He completed basic training at Parris Island, SC, and graduated from the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC, as an 0331 Machine Gunner in November 2004. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines in Montgomery.

From 2007 to 2008, Kasey deployed to Haditha, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), where he participated in counterinsurgency, combat and security operations. As a team leader in a Marine Rifle Squad, he helped plan and manage over 150 foot patrols throughout the city of Haditha, as well as numerous boat missions on the Euphrates River.

Kasey deployed again in 2009 to Cap Draa, Morocco, during peacekeeping operations and to participate in Exercise African Lion. During this exercise, he participated in a complex live fire demonstration for the King of Morocco.

After being honorably discharged in 2010, Kasey worked as a civilian in the Financial Management Office of the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell AFB and earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.


Grant Cochrane | Hospital HR/HR Consultant


U.S. Coast Guard, 1980-1983

Grant was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1980, and was on active duty for three years. Grant trained in Yorktown, VA. After completing his training, he was a Line Officer stationed at Governor’s, New York City, NY, with the Third Coast Guard District Command, which no longer exists.

Grant’s primary assignment was employee relations type responsibilities covering a five-state area. He moved back to the south, first to Atlanta for a few months, then accepting a HR position as a Recruiter with his alma mater, the University of Florida, before joining the HR team at UAB.


Mike Maner | Organizational Learning and Development/Manager


U.S. Navy, 1982-2002

Mike’s job assignment in the U.S. Navy was a fulltime professional musician in the Navy Music Program, after passing an official audition and meeting the qualifications. For the first 15 years of his career, he served in Navy bands as a trombone instrumentalist located in Yokusuka, Japan; Memphis, TN; Great Lakes, IL (Chicago); and Seattle, WA. In each place, he traveled extensively and performed in a wide variety of groups and ensembles, as well as a variety of musical styles. Performances included military ceremonies, elaborate productions and events, presidential events, special ceremonies for foreign dignitaries, international parades, appearances on live TV and radio broadcasts and for the public at large.

Travels included almost every country across Asia, and almost every state in the U.S. In the later years of his career, he served as leader and conductor for some of the groups to which he was assigned. In the summer of 1997, Mike was selected to serve on the staff of the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA where he was responsible for instructor certifications, course reviews, course development and maintenance, and staff training. Mike remained on the staff until November 2002, at which point he elected to retire from active duty, having completed 20 years in the U.S. Navy.

After his retirement from active duty, he relocated to the Birmingham area and joined UAB Organizational Learning & Development in September of 2004.


Interested in sharing your HR employee veteran story? Contact Sherri Moultrie at for more information.