New class enters UAB Developing Emerging Administrative Leaders Program

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Congratulations to the 40 staff leaders seeking to grow and contribute more to UAB who were selected for the 2024 cohort of UAB’s Developing Emerging Administrative Leaders Program, which launched in January 2024. This is the second class for the program, which began in October 2022 through a grant from the Health Services Foundation/General Endowment Fund.

DEAL exposes promising staff members to the essential components of administrative and management positions across UAB, including human resources, finance, research, education and clinical operations, along with space and facilities planning. 

The initial DEAL cohort had 25 members, but strong interest from across campus encouraged the program’s leadership to expand the class size to 40 this time, including participants from 10 UAB schools, UAB Medicine, UAB Libraries and several central units. (Read about the experiences of that first cohort in this Reporter article.)

“We were gratified by the strong response from across the university to the DEAL Program,” said Cynthia Joiner, Ph.D., who is principal investigator for the DEAL grant and vice chair and associate professor in the Department of Medicine and executive director of the department’s Clinical Research Enterprise. “Units across UAB and UAB Medicine need qualified candidates for administrative lead positions. With DEAL, we are investing in the development of our employees and helping them see the opportunities to advance their careers across the UAB enterprise.”

The 10-month program mixes presentations from key leaders in roles at the university and health system with real-world case studies, discussions and practical, interactive learning. Participants also have the opportunity to network with existing administrators and each other between sessions and beyond the program.

DEAL has expanded its leadership team in recent months, notes Ryan Outman, executive officer for finance and administration in the Heersink School of Medicine. “This provides additional real-world expertise for the program’s educational aims and additional mentorship opportunities for cohort members,” Outman said. Joining the program leadership are Bernard Mays, assistant vice president and Controller in the Office of the UAB Chief Financial Officer; Kim Hazelwood, executive director of Administrative Operations for the College of Arts and Sciences; and Kristi Gidley, executive adminstrator in the Department of Otolaryngology and interim executive administrator for the Department of Urology.


DEAL Program 2024 Cohort

Paul Atchison

Assistant Director

Office of Research


Claire Auriemma

Clinical Research Administrator III

Heersink School of Medicine Department of Medicine


Agee Baldwin

Program Manager

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Kristina Barlow

Program Manager II/Director of Academic Programs

School of Engineering


John Boggs

Technology Labs Manager

UAB Libraries


Jeffrey Bridges

Facility Manager

HSOM Department of Medicine


Katie Brooks

Nurse Manager Same Day Surgery, Regional Anesthesia, PACU

UAB Hospital


Edith Castleberry

HRP Manager

College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office


Courtney Champion

University Compliance Coordinator

Office of Compliance & Risk Assurance


Whitney Covington

Manager - Clinical Research Coordination

HSOM Department of Emergency Medicine


Kristen Craig

Program Manager, Charles and Patsy Collat Industrial Distribution

Collat School of Business


Julie Drummonds

Financial Officer III

HSOM Department of Radiology


Naomi Duffort

Program Manager II

Center for Outcomes Effectiveness and Research Education (COERE)


Reid Eagleson

Program Manager II

HSOM Department of Medicine


Kayla Evans

Assistant Nurse Manager Operating Room

UAB Hospital


Haley Fenn

Program Manager

School of Nursing, Office of Clinical & Global Partnerships


Gerald Friedman

Program Manager II

HSOM Office of Service Learning


Ketis Garner

Financial Officer II

School of Dentistry Dean’s Office


Lauren Godsey

Business Officer II

Office of the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration


Caroline Harris

Business Officer II

HSOM Department of Psychiatry


Virginia Harvard

Program Director III

School of Public Health/Finance & Administration


Paulisha Holt

Program Director II, ODEI

School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences


Sarah Houston

Manager - Clinical Research Nursing

HSOM Department of Medicine


Jasmine Jean

Educational Services Coordinator

Graduate School


Jorice Johnson McCain

HRP Generalist Lead

HSOM Dean’s Office


Mark Lanzi

Communications Specialist

School of Health Professions


David Lowe, RN

Case Manager, Care Transitions Department

UAB Hospital


John Markle

Manager - Facilities, Technical Operations and Infrastructure

School of Nursing


Dominique McCray

Clinical Administrative Supervisor

HSOM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Juanitra Moore

Program Manager

Health Service Administration


Joseph Morgan

Finance Officer II

HSOM School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering


Crystal Odom

Education Administrator

HSOM Department of Family and Community Medicine


Abigail Raczynski

Program Director III

HSOM Department of Medicine


Anne Russell, Ph.D.

Program Manager II

Center for Clinical and Translational Science


Monique Silas

Director, Administration and Fiscal Affairs

School of Education


Ceralyn Staples

Program Manager II

Office of the Provost


Emily Stewart

Communications Manager

HSOM Department of Surgery


James Stovall

Operations Manager

HSOM Department of Otolaryngology


Amie Traylor

Program Director II

HSOM Department of Medicine


Jamie White

Program Director II

HSOM Department of Medicine