• Jordan Anderson

    Jordan graduated from Troy University in 2016 with a B.S. in Social Science and a Minor in General Business. While at Troy, Jordan played varsity football where he also earned Dean’s List Honors and Troy University Student-Athlete Honors. Jordan’s injuries sustained during his collegiate athletic career partnered with his desire to make a difference in other people’s lives lead to his passion in healthcare. After graduation, Jordan went to work as an Administrative Intern for the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, the Baylor Scott & White accountable care organization, where he worked until starting the dual MSHA/MBA program at UAB. Jordan hopes to use his knowledge and experience to produce valuable changes within the healthcare industry while positively impacting patients and populations lives.


    Matthew Barnes

    Matthew graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017 with a B.S. in Health Care Management and a Minor in Psychology. Matthew was a member of the Experiential Learning Scholar's Program and the School of Health Professions Honors Program. While at UAB, Matthew published an article in the Journal of Healthcare Finance and completed an internship in rural Alaska. Matthew has an interest in combining his previous experiences with the MSHA/MBA to the world of rural healthcare.


    Mary Katherine Beall

    Mary Katherine was born and raised in Russellville, Alabama. She attended Mississippi State University and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Mary Katherine was involved in MSU's Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Prior to attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue her master’s, Mary Katherine worked for a manufacturing organization and focused on process improvement initiatives. Her experiences in healthcare have helped her understand the connection between efficient and effective care. Mary Katherine’s interest in the healthcare field began after informing her peers about the opportunities for engineers in this industry through her role in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Mary Katherine enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends. Mary Katherine is currently completing a residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Insurance Services Division - Pittsburgh, PA.


    Parker Beasley

    Parker graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a B.S. in Finance. While at Auburn, Parker held various leadership positions with the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Parker desires for his career to be one of service to others. This coupled with his business education and previous professional experience, created his desire to work in healthcare administration. This led Parker to pursue and complete internships with UAB University Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. More specifically, Parker has an interest in combining his internship experience with the MSHA and is excited to begin his career in hospital administration.


    Chad Behbehani

    Chad is a Paducah, KY native and graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in Healthcare Administration. While at Louisville, Chad was chosen to be a member of the Brown Fellows Program that afforded him the opportunity to study abroad for two summers. With this opportunity, he completed internships at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, England and Adventist Hospital in Hong Kong. These experiences coupled with his own experiences as a patient pushed him to pursue a MSHA and MPH from UAB. Chad is excited to use his knowledge gained from this unique dual-degree program during his professional career. 


    Bekki Benton

    Bekki graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a B.S.F.C.S. in Nutritional Sciences and a Minor in Public Health.  While at UGA, Bekki volunteered at Mercy Health Center and Athens Church while also working as the UGA Women's  Golf Team Manager.  Bekki is passionate about improving the health of communities through working in healthcare.  Throughout her student career, Bekki has volunteered and worked in the healthcare field both domestically and abroad in Ghana, Africa, and wants to utilize these experiences as she pursues a career in healthcare consulting. 


    John Betts

    John served six years on Active Duty as a Hospital Corpsman for the US Navy. During his service, he was station five years at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida and earned his B.A.S. in Business and Management Organization Administration at Pensacola State College. While at the Naval Hospital he held various key positions including Director of Specialty Clinics, enlisted technical leader of Neurology, board member of Strategic Communications and Sailor of the year. This experience gave him the desire to get his MSHA and work in healthcare. To gain further experience, John pursued and completed an internship with Mayo Clinic where he worked in the Division of Endocrinology. This pushed him to pursue his Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety to further help him in making positive impact and change to healthcare.


    Tommy Burt

    Tommy obtained his B.S. in Health Science with a minor in Business Administration from The University of Florida in 2017. He participated in and held leadership roles for various organizations including Student Government, The Interfraternity Council, Student Advocacy Committees, and Florida Blue Key Leadership Society. Tommy’s drive to make a positive impact on the field stems from a negative healthcare experience his family endured after a traumatic car accident. His internships with UF Health, HCA, UAB Health System, and Dixon Hughes Goodman Healthcare Consulting have provided a solid foundation for the U.S. Healthcare System. He hopes to one day lead a healthcare organization through the lens of strategy. Outside of work, Tommy is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, podcast enthusiast, and co-captain of the class kickball team.


    Anna Christiansen

    Anna graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business Administration. During her time at Auburn, Anna held leadership positions in various organizations, including the Auburn Student Government Association and Panhellenic Cabinet. She subsequently completed a summer internship at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and worked for a pediatric dentist office before deciding to pursue her MSHA and MBA at UAB. Her dedication to improve the lives of others is what drives her passion to serve in the healthcare field. She is excited to enhance her knowledge and experience to discover new ways to make a difference.


    Luke Dunn

    Luke graduated Cum Laude from The University of Alabama in 2016 with a B.S. in both Finance and Management with a specialization in Healthcare Management and Analytics. While at Alabama, Luke held various leadership positions in campus organizations including Treasurer of Capstone Collegiate Missions, Recruitment Chairman and Treasurer of his fraternity, and a campus ambassador. Luke has a passion to serve in the healthcare field and has gained experience in many facets of healthcare delivery system by completing internships in a large community health system, a physical therapy clinic, and a skilled nursing facility. Luke enjoys traveling, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.


    Megan Elliott

    Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Iowa State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Finance and minor in Management Information Systems. Throughout her undergraduate career, she participated and was a leader in a variety of organizations including Alpha Gamma Delta, Alternative Breaks, the business learning community, Honors program, and sustainability initiatives. Motivated to help vulnerable patients and learn from experiences, she completed summer internships with UnitedHealthcare, Centegra Health System, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Megan is committed to improving patient care, making efficient use of resources, and instilling a culture of best practices. 


    Jake Glombowski

    Jake graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2013 with a B.S. in Nursing. Jake worked as an operating room nurse at UAB Highlands for almost four years. During his time there, he was trained on seven different surgical specialties, joined a staffing task force, and was an elected member of his unit-based congress. Jake has a passion to make healthcare better for both patients and those that provide their care. His clinical healthcare experience and desire to improve healthcare drove him to pursue the UAB MSHA/MBA program. Since joining the program, he has expanded his healthcare experience by completing administrative internships at Grandview Medical Center and the Department of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness at UAB. Jake has an interest in pursuing a role that combines both his clinical and administrative experiences along with his UAB MSHA/MBA degree to improve healthcare for everyone.


    Esther Grubbe

    Esther was born in Georgia and raised in Oxford, Alabama. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in Health Services Administration and a B.A. in Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, Esther studied abroad multiple times and served as the President of the Health and Hospital Administration Organization. She has professional experience in private practices, management service organizations, hospitals, and academic medical centers. Outside of work and the classroom, Esther enjoys traveling, practicing Spanish, and spending time with friends and loved ones.


    Maria Paula Guerrero

    María Paula graduated Summa Cum Laude University of Puerto Rico in 2017 with a B.S. Accounting and a Minor in Finance. While at University of Puerto Rico, María Paula was an active member that collaborated with the leaders of the associations of Finance and Accounting. Her personal healthcare experiences and passion to make and provide the best patient experience, lead her to pursue a career in healthcare. Part of this included completing an internship with UAB Health System. More specifically, María Paula has an interest in combining her undergraduate major with the MSHA and is excited to explore the world of inpatient and ambulatory healthcare management.


    Alex King

    A Mobile, Alabama native, Alex completed his undergraduate work at Birmingham-Southern College in 2016 earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at the Hilltop College, he served as both captain of the Panther's football team and as President of his Fraternity Kappa Alpha Order. Alex is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration. Alex graduates in May of 2019 and currently serves as Class President of Class 53. Previous poor experiences drive Alex's passion to improve healthcare. Alex has work experience with a variety of organizations including Studer Group, UAB Medicine, Southern Radiology Specialists, and Hospital Corporation of America. Alex spends his free time enjoying all things sports, live music, staying active, fishing, and anything else outdoors.


    Laura Read Lee

    Laura-Read graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State University in 2017 with a B.B.A. Marketing and International Studies. While at Mississippi State, Laura-Read helped found the MSU chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance and also served as a conversation partner to international students. Laura-Read has always enjoyed working with people and serving others which is ultimately what led her to pursue a career in healthcare. Laura-Read is interested in population health initiatives and how best to utilize these to better serve people in her area. She also enjoys intertwining her marketing background with her healthcare experience and knowledge.


    Anna Muesing

    Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Campbell University in 2016 with a B.B.A in Healthcare Management. While at Campbell, Anna was President of the Healthcare Management Club. Anna has a passion for rural health and creating better access to healthcare. Also, during her time at Campbell, she interned at UNC REX Hospital doing LSS projects. After graduation Anna worked at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates as an intern under the COO. Anna hopes to work in rural health and continue to integrate LSS into rural hospitals in order to create better access to healthcare services.


    Lauren Naumcheff

    Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Samford University in 2015 with a B.A. in Public Administration and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. During college, Lauren was a Samford Ambassador, Miss Samford University, an executive officer with her sorority, and was a member of the Model United Nations team. After college, Lauren worked for two years as an Operating Room Liaison for Steris Instrument Management Services. Lauren is pursuing a dual MSHA/MBA and currently works for Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore PC as a healthcare consulting intern.


    Jake Nicholas

    Jake grew up in Morgan, Utah. He graduated Cum Laude from Weber State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Health Services Administration. He also graduated with Upsilon Phi Delta Society Honors and Health Administrative Services departmental honors. From a young age, Jake felt drawn to the healthcare field, inspired by his mother’s career in nursing. This gave him a personal drive to serve those around him and to make a difference in their lives. During his undergrad, Jake worked at Ogden Regional Medical Center, Part of Hospital Corporation of America, and completed an administrative internship with hospital leadership there. While attending UAB, he worked with senior leadership at the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital as part of the MSHA program’s student workforce initiative. He then completed an administrative internship at Northern Nevada Medical Center, which is part of Universal Health Services. He plans on using the combination of his healthcare work experience, MSHA, and MBA degrees to continue his career in hospital operations. Jake enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing sports, hunting and fishing.


    Jessica Patel

    Jessica is currently pursuing Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees at UAB and will be graduating in May 2019. Prior to beginning graduate school, Jessica attended the University of Kentucky where she majored in Clinical Leadership and Management and minored in Health Advocacy. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was exposed to a variety of healthcare settings. She interned at Baptist Health in Lexington, KY, working closely with the Volunteer Services; additionally, she interned at Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties where she gained experience in the finance, nurse management, residential services, and administration departments. Over the last two years, Jessica has worked in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UAB Health System working on various projects. Collectively, these experiences ultimately continue to grow her interest in healthcare and health administration.


    Jonathan Pilgrim

    Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2016 with a B.S. in Industrial Distribution with a concentration in Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution. While at UAB, Jonathan also completed much of the Pre-Medical curriculum in the hopes of becoming a surgeon while also working as a Human Anatomy Laboratory Teaching and Dissection Assistant. During his time at UAB, Jonathan was a member of both the Experiential Learning Scholars Program and the Business Honors Program and was the president of the Collat Business Student Leaders. Jonathan has a passion for service that has led him to pursue a career in healthcare. He has dedicated much time to working with philanthropic organizations including Better Basics, Impact America’s SaveFirst, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. Jonathan has completed internships with UAB Health System and Tenet Healthcare’s Brookwood Baptist Health. Overall, Jonathan has a passion for strategic planning, business development, and performance improvement and plans to use his MSHA/MBA degrees to jumpstart his career as a healthcare administrator.


    James Powell

    James graduated from Valdosta State University (VSU) in 2017 with a BBA in Healthcare Administration. While at VSU he was a member of the Men’s Basketball team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Valdosta Toastmasters International, and the Business Student Advisory Council. He served in various leadership roles such as President/Founder of an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) chapter. During his undergraduate studies he spent time volunteering in the Emergency Department at South Georgia Medical Center and developing partnerships with local healthcare organizations for internship, shadowing, and volunteer opportunities for VSU Health Administration students. James passion for healthcare attracted him to the MSHA program where he plans to utilize his education and experiences to support the delivery of high-quality healthcare to the communities he will serve.


    Megan Sircy

    Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a B.S. in Health Care Administration with a Long-term Care Certificate and minors in Gerontology and American Sign Language. While at WKU, Megan was involved in the WKU Honors College, the American College of Health Care Administrators, Student Healthcare Association, Care of Respected Elders, Christian Care Communities, and other service organizations. Her focus on the older adult population coupled with her faith in God and desire to help others in their times of need led her to have a passion for creating culture change in long-term care that will improve the lives of older adults. Megan intends to use this passion from her undergraduate studies coupled with her newly acquired and polished skills from the MSHA program to care and advocate for older adults in her career.


    Joe Stephens

    Joe grew up in Birmingham and has always dreamt of being a part of the MSHA program at UAB. Joe was president of the Healthcare Management Society at the University of Alabama where he received his B.S. in Management with a specialization in healthcare. After graduation, Joe chased his passion for population health and worked as a graduate research fellow for a non-profit that was fighting social determinants in Alabama. He went on to work at UAB hospital and still currently works full time managing environmental services workers on the night shift while pursuing his master’s degree. Joe wants to make the world a healthier place while healing the sickest and most under served. Joe enjoys spending time with family and friends, the lake life and watersports, Alabama football, reading, and traveling.


    Matt Waldrop

    Matt was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from UAB with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management and minor in Sociology. During his time at UAB, Matt worked with the interim director of a local indigent care clinic, where his passions for healthcare administration and informatics were founded. Before starting graduate school, he also worked with the department of performance engineering at The Kirklin Clinic on various process improvement initiatives. Matt is currently pursuing both MSHA and MSHI degrees at UAB, and is excited to seamlessly blend these experiences throughout his career. In his spare time, Matt enjoys visiting local coffee shops, studying art history, and listening to a variety of music.


    Kyle Wall

    Kyle grew up in Clearfield, Utah. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University in 2014 with a degree in Health Administrative Services. While at Weber State, Kyle was an active member of the Weber Entrepreneurs Association. Combining his love for business with his desire to help people, he has pursued every opportunity to learn how to be an effective leader in healthcare. During his undergraduate studies and after, Kyle worked for Intermountain Healthcare and held various positions including Registrar, Intern, Regional Trainer, and Systems Analyst. He is now working towards a dual master’s degree in healthcare and business administration and has worked closely with the leadership team at UAB’s Center for Psychiatric Medicine. Kyle enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter and being in the great outdoors.


    Brody Williamson

    Brody graduated Cum Laude from The University of Alabama in 2017 with a B.S. in Business Management a concentration in Healthcare Analytics and a Minor in Computing Tech and Applications. While at Alabama, Brody was an active member and leader in the Healthcare Analytics Society. Brody developed a passion for healthcare through his family’s involvement and experiences in healthcare. With his background in healthcare analytics, Brody completed internships in the Brookwood Baptist IT department and is currently serving as a Student Liaison on the board of the Alabama Chapter of HIMSS. Through is his experience in healthcare analytics and healthcare administration, Brody’s goal is to merge the two experiences in a leadership role in order to improve efficiencies within a healthcare setting.


    Haley Wright

    Haley graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2017 with a B.S in Health Science and Minors in Business Administration, Spanish, and Public Health. While at UF Haley served as the President of Best Buddies and served in various other organizations such as UF Gators for Doctor without Borders, A Night to Shine, and Camp Boggy Creek. Haley strives to be a servant leader and hopes to serve the pediatric population using her undergraduate experience coupled with the experience she has gained while at UAB.


    Taylor Young

    Taylor was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015 with a B.S. in Business Administration and an emphasis in Marketing and HR Management. During her undergraduate studies, Taylor was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, serving on the executive board as the Vice President of Social Affairs. Taylor was also involved in the Leeds School of Business as a peer mentor and the Best Buddies program. After graduation, she worked for The Advisory Board Company for two years managing the portfolios of 10 large health systems and then interned for the Colorado Hospital Association before beginning her MSHA degree. Taylor is excited to continue pursuing her passion for healthcare through obtaining her MSHA and MBA at UAB. She currently serves as the Vice President of Social Affairs for Class 53 and currently works at UAB in the Office of Patient Experience and Engagement. Taylor enjoys skiing, being outdoors, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Timia Acklin

    Timia graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2018 with a B.S. in Healthcare Management. While at UAB, Timia held various leadership roles in different departments throughout the University including Resident Assistant, Leadership and Service Council, and Building Manager of the Hill Student Center. She served as a mentor to Blazer Women Mentoring Excellence Network and International Mentors. Timia strives to make a difference by educating herself on the needs of the community and access to care. By doing so she has had the opportunity to work with Alethia House and the Center of Nursing Excellence at UAB. Timia currently works for the UAB Health System in the office of Diversity Inclusion and Leadership. Some of her projects include organizing programs for high school students and assisting with the implementation of the Employees with Disabilities focus group. Some of Timia’s favorite things to do is cook vegan meals and work on Do It Yourself projects.


    Claire Sykes Alexander

    Claire Sykes graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University in 2018 with majors in Public Health and Spanish. While at Tulane, Claire Sykes served as Chief Marketing Officer and then as President of her sorority, Giveaways Chair of Tulane’s homecoming board for two years, and an Honor Board hearing panel member for four years. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to intern with various healthcare organizations, including the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center, and Children’s of Mississippi. At UAB, Claire Sykes is pursuing her MPH in addition to her MSHA and intends to use her public health background to positively impact the health of the populations that she serves.


    Jennifer Ashman

    Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University in 2017 with a B.S. in Health Services Administration and Minors in Spanish and Business. While at Auburn, Jennifer held various leadership positions through organizations including War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, Student Government, multiple honor societies and her social sorority. Jennifer has completed internships with Altius Group in Sydney, Australia, Community Health Systems (CHS), and Grandview Medical Center here in Birmingham. Jennifer is now pursuing both an MSHA and MBA here at UAB. Jennifer is confident that by completing her MSHA and MBA it will significantly influence her ability to achieve her goals by fostering an even deeper passion and personal commitment to serve others. More specifically, Jennifer has an interest in hospital operations and strategic management and is extremely passionate about this industry and its patients. 


    Dillan Brewer

    Dillan was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a B.S. in Health Services Administration and Minors in Business and Spanish. While at Auburn, Dillan was involved in leadership roles within various organizations including the Health and Hospital Administration Organization, Upsilon Phi Delta (Healthcare Management Honor Society), and was an ambassador for the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Dillan completed an internship with University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital, which solidified his decision to pursue healthcare after Auburn. After graduation, Dillan worked for Cerner Corporation as a Senior Associate Consultant focused on revenue cycle implementations for hospitals around the country. More specifically, Dillan has an interest in combining his undergraduate major and professional experience with the MSHA and is excited to explore a career in pediatric healthcare management. In his spare time, Dillan enjoys watching sporting events and traveling with friends


    Samuel Brunson

    Sam was born and raised in Savannah, GA. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2018 with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and a minor in Health Policy and Management. While at UGA, Sam held various leadership positions in organizations including Mercy Health Center, Reformed University Fellowship, and Aces for Athens. Being on the volunteer leadership team at Mercy Health Center further cemented Sam’s desire to pursue a career in health administration. Sam strives to help others and aid the suffering by pursuing a career where he can help create the best possible environments for patients to be healed, providers to practice, and patient families to be supported. He is working towards a dual degree in health administration and business administration. Sam enjoys playing sports, drawing birds, and spending time with friends and family.


    James Camel

    James is from Birmingham, AL and attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2016, he graduated with a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Health Care Management. During his undergraduate studies, James had the opportunity to join and hold leadership roles in several campus and community organizations while also completing two summer internships with Warren Averett Accounting Firm and Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators. His pursuit towards health administration was largely influenced by family and friends who are in healthcare related fields, his personal desire to support a lifestyle rooted in wellness, and his values for developing generational health and wealth throughout the community. James is in the process of obtaining a dual MBA/MSHA degree of which he feels is a valuable asset in reaching his professional goals and will adequately prepare him to improve areas within the continuum of care.


    Kendall Chambliss

    Kendall grew up in Auburn, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a B.S. in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business. While at Auburn, Kendall was involved in various organizations around campus including the Health and Hospital Administration Organization and Upsilon Phi Delta honor society. She completed an undergraduate internship with Southside Pain Specialists where she worked on accreditation. After graduation, Kendall moved to Birmingham to work for Grandview Medical Center as the Medical Staff Coordinator, which solidified her decision to pursue an MSHA degree. Kendall is excited to combine her previous healthcare experience with her MSHA and MBA degrees to explore a future in healthcare management. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Auburn Tigers!


    Michelle Chou

    Michelle was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a degree in Business Management. During her undergraduate career as a gator, she volunteered as a research assistant and camp counselor in the Division of Medical Psychology serving patients with OCD, social anxiety, and other related disorders. Additionally, she dedicated several semesters to patients in the pediatric and cardiac intensive care units at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and worked as a standardized patient for students in medical school. These experiences shaped and solidified her desire to work in healthcare.


    Micah Ehmke

    Micah graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a B.S. in Management and Human Resource Management from the Kelley School of Business. His appreciation for healthcare came during his first job working in the kitchen and dining room of a nursing home. It was during that great experience that he knew he wanted to work in an industry that focused on positively impacting people.  Prior to attending UAB, Micah was a manager of environmental services at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, a Leapfrog top 10 children’s hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Micah is blessed to be apart of the MSHA program and looks forward to taking what he is learning and using it to benefit the health and lives of others.


    Jana Ford

    Jana graduated from the University of Georgia(UGA) in 2017 with a degree in Health Promotion and Behavior. While at UGA, Jana completed internships with GeorgiaCares as a Medicare Counselor and the Oconee County Extension Office as a Health Educator. After graduating from UGA, Jana interned at Spectrum Health Policy Research Group in their Operations department. She then moved to Birmingham and began her Master’s of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham(UAB). Most recently she worked as a Business Intern in Strategic Business Consulting at DST Health Solutions. Jana is now in the MSHA/MPH dual degree program so that she can use her public health education and experience in the healthcare delivery system to help members of the public improve their health and hopefully improve the health of the overall community.


    Christina Fortugno

    Christina graduated Magna Cum Laude, Alpha Chi, and Sigma Theta Tau from Belmont University in 2016 with a B.S. in Nursing. While at Belmont, Christina volunteered at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as a pet therapy team with her dog Pele. She also worked as a Nurse Extern at St. Thomas West where she discovered her passion for critical care nursing. After graduation, Christina accepted a position as a registered nurse in the medical surgical intensive care unit at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. During her time at Centennial, she served on the MSICU unit council, trained new nurses as a Tristar Preceptor, and completed her critical care registered nurse certification. Christina’s passion for high quality patient care and knowledge of healthcare inefficiencies pushed her to pursue the dual MSHA/MBA. She is driven to use her patient care knowledge to improve healthcare delivery on the macro level.


    Morgan Gaghen

    Morgan was born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018 with a degree in Healthcare Management. Morgan identified her love for healthcare in high school while working in medical records at a physician practice. She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama in 2013. Morgan practiced as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the Acute Care Setting for 5 years at UAB Medicine before pursing her MSHA and MBA degrees. During this time, she found her passion for leadership, helping others, and ultimately healthcare administration. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys traveling with her husband, taking her dog to the park, trying new food, and spending time by the water.


    Katy Hansen

    Katy graduated from Belmont University in December 2015 with a bachelors of business administration in marketing. While at Belmont, she was Panhellenic President and her sorority’s executive philanthropy chair. She completed marketing internships at Axalta Coatings Systems in Cologne, Germany and UNICEF in Florence, Italy. Since graduation, she worked as an assistant manager at Nordstrom and started her own small business. Over the last 5 years she has volunteered at Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Children’s of Alabama. Katy’s passion for pediatric healthcare has driven her to pursue an MSHA degree. Outside of the classroom, Katy enjoys traveling, trying new food, and metalsmithing.


    Jay Hardin

    Jay was born in was raised in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University (SLU) in 2016 with a B.S. in Health Management and Policy and Minor in Health Information Management. While at SLU, Jay held several leadership positions including Student Body Vice President, Student Government, the University Ambassador program. Jay was also actively involved in his fraternity Beta Theta Pi, serving on the executive board as Vice President of Standards. Further, Jay was a Founding Member of the SLU Health Management Club, and would be recognized as the HMP Student of the Year and inducted into the SLU Student Hall of Fame for his dedication to improving the SLU community. Jay has worked at Kindred Healthcare and currently volunteers at Children’s of Alabama. In his free time likes to listen to podcasts, play tennis, and eat ice cream.


    Sarah Harper

    Sarah was born and raised in Fairview, Alabama. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Alabama in 2017 with a B.S. in Business Management and Minor in Human Resource Management and in 2018 she completed her Masters in Business Administration. While at the University of North Alabama, Sarah was a 4-year member of the North Alabama Women's Cross-Country team. During her time at UNA, she held various leadership positions on the team and within the athletic department as team captain and Student Athletic Advisory Committee Secretary. Sarah completed various internships at Huntsville Hospital Women and Children and Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. It was during these internships that she discovered her passion for healthcare and improving the lives of the surrounding community she is serving. Sarah is interested in combining her educational and professional experiences to help impact a healthcare organization and community in a positive way. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running and spending time with friends and loved ones.


    Kortland Hudson

    Kortland graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018 with a B.S. in Public Health and a Minor in Healthcare Management. While attending courses at UAB, Kortland has held various positions in the healthcare field. He is currently employed by Brookwood Baptist Princeton as a hyperbaric technician in the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Department. Kortland is a Birmingham, growing up in Fairfield, located just west downtown. It was within his community where he noticed the direct impact of socioeconomic status on the health outcome of an individual. Kortland has made it his purpose in life to bringing a positive change to the lives of those in our most vulnerable communities. His background in public health combined with his personal experiences has led Kortland to UAB’s MSHA program. Kortland aspires to become a healthcare executive, committed to decreasing health disparities primarily among low-income and rural communities by taking a community health approach to increasing access to healthcare services.


    Kendall Jennings

    Kendall graduated with honors from The University of Alabama in 2017 with a B.A. in Public Relations and Spanish. While at UA, Kendall held various professional and leadership positions such as an English-Language Institute student advocate, account executive for Elevate PR, Alpha Chi Omega, and Spoon University. Kendall’s road to healthcare administration is a bit unconventional as she was a long-time patient treating a congenital hip condition. She falls in love with people who fall in love with their passion, and this common theme among healthcare professionals attracted her to work in the industry. Kendall finds immense joy in creating positive work environments that promote collaboration and empowerment. She hopes to merge her love for dynamic analysis, cultural appreciation, and interpersonal relationships in her career as a healthcare administrator.


    Mohit Limdi

    Mohit Graduated from The Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering. While at Georgia Tech, Mohit held several organization leadership positions, including president of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity Inc. However, being literally born and raised at UAB, healthcare was always surrounding him. He has worked in the academic and inpatient operations setting at UAB hospital and is interested in utilizing his unique background with new healthcare knowledge in tackling the difficult healthcare disparities we face today.


    Matthew Lutz

    Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University-Central Texas in 2016 with a B.B.A. in Management. While at Texas A&M, Matt worked full-time for Sisu Devices, a robotics engineering firm, as a Supply Chain Coordinator and Project Administrator. He took two years off his university studies to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in western Pennsylvania. It was during this time that Matt’s passion for service and caring was developed and has shaped his desire to pursue a career in healthcare administration. This passion for service led Matt and his wife, Shanae, to spend a year in South Korea as English teachers for disadvantaged children in 2017. Matt’s interests in healthcare involve process & quality improvement and employee engagement. In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, fitness and exercise, and camping.


    Erica McDonald

    Erica was born and raised in Friendswood, Texas and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2017 with a B.S. in Health Care Management and minors in Spanish and Public Health. While at UAB, Erica held various leadership positions within the Undergraduate Student Government Association, the Health Care Management Student Association, the UAB chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, and the UAB chapter of Order of Omega. Erica interned at Memorial Hermann in Houston during school breaks and completed an internship at Alabama Bone and Joint Clinic during her last semester. Upon graduation, Erica was named the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the UAB Health Care Management program. Erica also volunteered at the Community of Hope Health Clinic, a clinic in Pelham that provides free health services to the underserved and uninsured in that area. After graduation, Erica worked at Cahaba Dermatology for a year before pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Health Administration and Public Health. In her free time, Erica enjoys kickboxing, trying new foods, and going to concerts.


    Kashika Narang

    Kashika is from Birmingham, Alabama. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Boston University in December 2017. During her time at Boston University she was involved in in various leadership roles such as serving as the Marketing Director for a Women in Business Organization and as the Vice President of Communications for her sorority. Kashika also spent her time in Boston working with Massachusetts General Hospital in their volunteer department. After graduation, she worked at a Health Care startup in Birmingham, Pack Health, for six months prior to starting the MSHA program. She has a background working in domestic violence in London and has developed a passion for serving the most vulnerable in our society through innovative and efficient practices.


    Brandon Nelson

    Brandon is a first generation college student from Ocean Springs, MS. He graduated Cum Laude and President’s Scholar from Mississippi State University in 2018 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. While at MSU, Brandon was engaged in activities through organizations including Neuromechanics Research Core, Exercise Science Honor Society, and the Maroon Volunteer Center. Interning with a local Orthopedic Surgeon, personal healthcare experiences, and a desire to understand one of the most complex industries have all created his desire to work in healthcare. Brandon has an interest in combining his clinically-focused undergraduate degree with the MSHA to be able to solve healthcare issues in the best interest of the patients.


    Connor Porterfield

    Connor was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and Minor in Spanish. Connor was involved in leadership positions at Auburn such as serving as the Vice President of Student Recruiters and a director of Student Government Association. Before beginning the MSHA program, he completed his MBA at UAB and worked as the Operations Manager at Southside Pain Specialists, a physician group in town. He loves running, traveling, and going to concerts with friends. Connor currently is the Vice President of External Relations for Class 54 and looks forward to his future career in health care.


    Daniel Pridgen

    Daniel graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics. Upon graduation, he joined Atlanta-based Cox Communication’s leadership development program, the LEAD Program, and was responsible for project managing multi-million-dollar strategic initiatives. Most recently, he worked with Cox’s Strategy & New Growth and Development team on telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and connected health initiatives. Through these experiences, he cultivated a desire to pursue a career in healthcare administration. In addition to his MSHA degree, he is obtaining his MBA from UAB’s Collat School of Business. Daniel is a class officer and serves as the Vice President of Sponsorship Development for the annual MSHA Golf Classic fundraiser, which funds student professional development. Daniel is eager to focus on delivering innovative care to patients and leveraging his entrepreneurial ideas and style in healthcare.


    Helena Rivera

    Helena graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida (UF) in 2017 with a B.S. in Management. While at UF, Helena served as a Board Member on the UF Student Health Advisory Board, a Take Stock in Children Mentor, a Student Traffic Court Justice for UF's Transportation and Parking Services, and a UF Health Shands Hospital Student Volunteer. Helena aims to cultivate an environment of care and compassion in healthcare and is delighted by the opportunity to have a positive impact on others' lives. Through her internships with Sacred Heart Hospital and her time at UF Health, Helena has found her passion and is excited to use her MSHA and MBA to improve healthcare management.


    Haley Roth

    Haley was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, specializing in Healthcare Analytics and Management Communications with a minor in Computing Technology and Applications. During her undergraduate studies, Haley was the Vice President of the Healthcare Analytics Society and was an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She enjoyed serving the Tuscaloosa community by volunteering at the Good Samaritan Clinic, DCH Health System, and the Culverhouse College of Commerce LIFT program. Prior to beginning the MSHA program, Haley obtained and completed internships with Children’s of Alabama and UAB Health System. She is currently working as the Student Associate to the Senior Director of Patient Experience and Engagement at UAB Health System. Haley is excited to further her knowledge by pursuing her MSHA and MBA here at UAB. Haley’s goal is to make the worst days of people’s lives better by ensuring that each patient feels heard, valued, and cared for.


    Mariah Russell

    Mariah graduated from The University of Alabama in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Management and a specialization in Healthcare Analytics. Throughout her matriculation at UA, she was actively involved in various capacities with organizations such as The Center for Leadership and Volunteer Services, The National Society of Black Engineers, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Alabama chapter of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Mariah is passionate about giving back through volunteer service and has had the opportunity to volunteer both locally and Internationally through UA’s Alternative Break program. The program has allowed her to play an active role in improving the quality of life in underserved communities. Her passion to give intertwined with her interests for process improvement and consulting has fostered her desire to pursue a Master of Science in Health Administration, which also builds on her undergraduate course of study. In order to get experience in multiple sectors of healthcare, Mariah has sought out healthcare opportunities with organizations including Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Parallon Business Solutions, West Central Alabama AHEC, and Crimson Care Primary and Urgent Care network. Mariah is excited to see how she can grow her healthcare experiences into a fulfilling leadership and data-driven career.


    Kevin Sommers

    Kevin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. Growing up, Kevin wanted to become a physician, but learned about health administration in high school and knew he wanted to pursue the field. He graduated from Auburn University in 2018 where he majored in Accounting, earning Cum Laude honors. At Auburn, Kevin was involved with and held leadership positions in various extracurricular activities including the Student Government Association, Student Alumni Association, Student Conduct Committee, and a college political organization. Outside of school, Kevin is a member of Church of the Highlands where he co-leads a middle school boys’ group. Professionally, Kevin completed an internship with the accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he traveled around the Southeast auditing clients in many industries. He also interned with senior leadership of Huntsville Hospital Health System where he led process improvement and efficiency efforts for the six-facility health system, conducted strategic analyses of payers and physicians, and gained valuable financial experience. Kevin is pursuing a dual MSHA/MBA degree and is looking forward to his career in healthcare.


    Ashleigh Stone

    Ashleigh was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary social science and minors in biology, chemistry and education. During her time at Florida State, Ashleighwas involved in an array of outreach programs and enjoyed spending her time serving in the community. After graduation, she took a gap year before deciding to return to school to pursue her combined passion for health care and leadership. Ashleigh has a strong interest in population health and is working toward a dual degree in public health as well as health administration. She is looking forward to leading others in the dynamic field that is health care. Outside of the program, Ashleigh enjoys staying active, traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


    Evan Talton

    Evan graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa in 2017 with a B.S. in Nursing. While at UA, Evan held various leadership positions through organizations including National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Soles for Souls, and the Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity. Before starting the MSHA program, Evan practiced as a registered nurse at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. While there, Evan gained insight into health care at the clinical level. He hopes to utilize his clinical experience in an administrative role with the help of his MSHA and MBA degrees. He currently serves as the President for class 54.  


    Bradley Tipper

    Bradley was born in Florence, Alabama and raised in Southern Maryland. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Alabama in May 2014. Upon graduation, he began work as a Program Associate at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, Virginia, where he assisted in the management of a portfolio of healthcare policy research. He also served as a Legal Clerk for the Senior Corporate Counsel of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Bradley enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, and Alabama football.


    Samantha Walker

    Samantha was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama. She graduated Honors and Magna Cum Laude from The University of Alabama in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She majored in Management with a concentration in both Health Care Analytics and Management Communications and a minor in Computing Technology and Applications. While at Alabama, Samantha was involved in various professional organizations such as Culverhouse Ambassadors, Greek Ambassadors, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the Healthcare Analytics Society, and the Student Recruitment Team. Prior to joining the MSHA program, Samantha completed internships at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital and UAB Decision Support, reaffirming her interest in the operational side of Health Care. Samantha is working towards a dual master’s degree in Health Care Administration and Business Administration. Her passion lies within improving processes that enhance a patient’s experience as well as the quality of care delivered. She currently serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy for Class 54 and is the Student Associate for Performance Excellence and Engineering at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, cooking, and traveling.


    Marshall Ward

    Marshall was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas. He graduated from The University of Arkansas in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and Kinesiology. During his time at The University of Arkansas he was involved in volunteer roles including lead mentor at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club local literacy programs, chemotherapy center aid, and Razorback Food Pantry support. Marshall held various positions of leadership as an honor society peer mentor, recruit counselor, philanthropy committee member of his fraternity, and vice president of his student organization, Operation Smile. Marshall also spent his time as an undergraduate research associate studying effects of cellular dehydration and elevated vasopressin on glucose regulation. Following graduation, he worked as a compliance chemical laboratory technician in northwest Arkansas. Marshall’s passion for service to others has helped shape his path towards an exciting career in the field of healthcare.


    Chelsea White

    Chelsea graduated from Mississippi State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Minor in Communication Studies. Her educational background led her to take a position at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi. She worked with both the Actuarial and Data Analytics departments and honed her data analytics skills during her year there. Her interest in healthcare also led her to pursue an internship at Merit Health Women’s Hospital. Chelsea aims to have a positive impact in people’s lives through her career. She desires to merge her undergraduate education and work experience, with the MSHA and MBA and is thrilled to delve into the profession of healthcare management.


    Tyler White

    Tyler was born in raised in Mobile Alabama. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of South Alabama in 2018 with a B.S. in Professional Health Sciences and a Minor in General Business. While at the University of South Alabama, Tyler was involved in and held leadership positions in several organizations; including serving as President and Founding Father of his Fraternity Alpha Tau Omega, serving as Senator for the College of Allied Health in the Student Government Association, and being an Orientation Leader for the Southbound Orientation program. Also, while at the University of South Alabama Tyler received several accolades including being inducted into the Mortar Board National Honor Society and being selected for the 2018 class of Who’s Who Among University and College Students. Tyler was chosen to be the first system-wide intern for the University of South Alabama Health System, this opportunity provided him with an in-depth experience in the operation of a large academic health system and allowed him to be involved in several projects within the system such assisting in the creation and implementation of a new system-wide emergency management plan. This experience fueled Tyler's interest in healthcare and made him strive to combine his undergraduate skills, and the skills he will receive while he is obtaining his MSHA degree to one day provide better delivery of health services to populations that lack adequate access to quality healthcare.


    Amir Younus

    Amir was born in Pakistan but grew up in Canada. He graduated Sindh Medical College(SMC) in 2012 with an MD degree. While at SMC, Amir was heavily involved in volunteer work as well as Vice President of non-profit Patient Welfare Association. He has led a diverse career, exploring the many facets of medicine which a healthcare professional can become involved with. After medical school, he held a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Florida Heart and Vascular Care in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, and then at Aventura Hospital Medical Center in the Department of Clinical Research.