Our cohort model means you will be with the same classmates the entire time you are on campus. But more than that - you will be connected for the rest of your careers. You will start your career with a built-in peer network and together, as you each advance, you will change the landscape of how healthcare is delivered. Each cohort is numbered – starting with Class 1 in 1965– creating a way to identify fellow alumni that is unique to the UAB MSHA program. You can learn more about our current students below.

  • Ibukun Afon

    Ibukun graduated with honors from The University of Alabama in 2019 with his B.S. in Nursing. As an undergraduate student, Ibukun engaged in several community service initiatives and student leadership roles. Native to Ibadan, Nigeria, Ibukun's family migrated to South Africa before settling in Grayson, GA when he was 7. With interests in global health, Ibukun is passionate about improving health equity, particularly for underserved and underrepresented communities. Ibukun first learned about UAB's MSHA Program through the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Summer Enrichment Program in 2015. Ibukun enjoys philanthropy, community development, traveling, playing/watching basketball, and cheering on Georgia football. 

    Brooke Andrews

    Brooke is from Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University in 2020 with a BS in Rehabilitation Services and minors in Alcohol & Drug Studies and Psychology. While at ECU, Brooke worked as a Research Assistant with the Brody School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and volunteered in the NICU at the local Children’s Hospital. She also served as Secretary of her sorority, Chi Omega, and was involved in other on-campus organizations. In addition to her MSHA, Brooke is pursuing her MPH and a graduate certificate in Global Health. She is extremely excited to combine her education and past experiences with her passion for pediatrics to improve the future of healthcare for children and their families. Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and traveling.

    Kellie Barrett

    Kellie is a Fairhope, AL native. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics and a minor in Urban and Community Health. At Rhodes, Kellie founded Rhodes Women in Business and volunteered with an array of healthcare organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has previously completed both operations and strategy related internships with Emory Health, University of South Alabama Health, Atrium Health, and UAB Health. She is currently pursuing her dual Master’s in Health Administrative and Health Informatics at UAB and hopes to combine her knowledge form both degrees to integrate innovative solutions into care delivery. In her free time, Kellie enjoys spending time with friend and family, traveling, and staying active by hiking and working out. Kellie will be moving to Dallas to complete her residency with HCA Healthcare's North Texas Division. 

    Connor Best

    Connor grew up in Mobile, Alabama and graduated from The University of South Alabama (USA) in 2019 with a B.S. in Professional Health Sciences. Connor found his love for healthcare while shadowing at Springhill Medical Center. This experience showed him what it takes to ensure high quality care delivery to patients and the team needed to effectively lead a hospital. While at USA, Connor served in various roles throughout the University including Resident Assistant and Recruitment Chairman of his fraternity. Connor completed an undergraduate internship with The University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital. After graduation, he worked at The University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute, as well as Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior experiences motivated him to pursue his MSHA and MBA at UAB in order to learn the skills needed to help patients live healthier lives. Connor has accepted an offer to complete his Administrative Residency with Community Health Systems (CHS) and looks forward to using developed skills to improve the lives of others. 

    Zainab Bhagat

    Zainab is from Irmo, South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Wofford College. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Science in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with an expected graduation date of May 2022 for the MBA degree and May 2023 for the MSHA degree.  Zainab’s healthcare experience includes working in UAB’s Leadership Development Office and the Clinical Practice Transformation Department. Additionally, she acquired consulting experience by interning at Pershing Yoakley and Associates in their Compensation Valuation & Physician Services group.  Zainab will begin her fellowship at Baylor Scott and White in Dallas, Texas as the system’s administrative fellow. When she is not studying or diversifying her healthcare experiences, she loves trying new restaurants, logging miles in her running shoes, and reading a good book.

    Joyner Bousquet

    Joyner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Samford University in 2020 with a B.S. in Healthcare Administration. While at Samford, Joyner competed as a track and field athlete, served as a Global Missions Scholar and School of Public Health Ambassador, and held various leadership positions in Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, Samford Healthcare Administration Student Organization, and the Samford Office of Spiritual Life. Prior to joining the MSHA program, Joyner experienced foundational service and internship opportunities in Bolivia, South Korea, and at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Pelham, AL which solidified his decision to pursue healthcare beyond Samford. Joyner is working towards a dual degree in Health Administration and Health Informatics with a concentration in User Experience. Joyner is excited to further grow in being an innovative and purpose-driven healthcare leader. Outside of the classroom, Joyner enjoys spending time with his wife, running, and hiking.

    Ann Freeman

    Ann graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019 with a B.A. in History and a minor concentration in Chemistry. While at Birmingham-Southern, Ann held various leadership roles including Class Representative of SGA, the Layout Editor of Quad Literary Magazine, a Student Advisor with the American Association of University Women, and she served as the Vice President of her sorority, Chi Omega. Ann hopes to challenge herself in her career to help make clinical operations more equitable. Currently, Ann works at UAB Health System in the Department of Network Development and Affiliations. After graduation, Ann will partake in a fellowship in Charleston, South Carolina at the Medical University of South Caroline in their affiliations department.

    Ernest Grimes

    Ernest, a Birmingham AL native, completed his bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Troy University in May of 2020. Ernest’s professional healthcare introductions began with his rehab tech and patient care tech positions with the UAB Hospital. During his time with the UAB MSHA program, Ernest served as a graduate student intern under Chris Brainerd and the Office of Patient Experience and Engagement with the UAB Health System. Through his efforts in healthcare, Ernest has become devoted to patient care, teamwork, improvement, and service. Aside from the healthcare field, Ernest enjoys discovering new restaurants, riding motorcycles and playing saxophone! Ernest is very excited to continue learning as he transitions into an Administrative fellowship position with Ochsner Health in New Orleans. Ernest is blessed to be a part of the UAB MSHA family.

    Hunter Haferkamp

    Hunter graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Alabama in 2018 with a B.S. in both Marketing and Management with a specialization in Healthcare Analytics. While at Alabama, Hunter held various leadership positions in campus organizations including President of Phi Eta Sigma Nation Honor Society, ambassador for the Culverhouse College of Commerce, and a member of the SGA. Hunter has a passion to serve in the healthcare field and has gained experience in many facets of healthcare delivery system by working at Medline Industries in Chicago, IL from 2018-2020 as an associate web analytics analyst. While at Medline, he found his love for analytics and thus is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in healthcare informatics (MSHI). Hunter is also currently working part-time at UAB’s Department of Radiation Oncology in an administrative internship role. Hunter enjoys boating, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, Elizabeth and their puppy, Millie. 

    Mary Huff

    Mary Huff holds a Bachelors degree in Public Health from UAB. She used the skills gained in chronic disease management, cultural competency, and behavior change in her role as a Diabetes Health Coach for a digital health coaching start up. During her first year of graduate school, she  worked in Psychiatry at UAB. She spent her summer as an administrative intern at Russell Medical Center through the Alabama Rural Health Collaborative. She will be the 2022-2023 Administrative Fellow at Children’s of Alabama. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, exercising, and cheering her kids onn at their sports!

    Clarence Hwang

    Clarence was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Computer Science. After graduation, Clarence obtained his EMT certification and began work as an ED Tech at the UF Health Shands Emergency Department. During his three years there, he spearheaded efforts to revamp trauma alert documentation, improve supply chain processes, and manage supply shortages in 2020, leading to his vested interest in healthcare administration. Clarence is an MSHA/MSHI candidate, now looking forward to his time as the 2022-2024 UAB Hospital Operations Fellow.

    Onyemaechi Igwe

    Onyemaechi is a Louisville, Kentucky native and a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and a minor in Business Administration. While in Louisville, Onyemaechi worked various roles in insurance, clinic care, and employee health services. He also served as an Executive Board Member for a local philanthropic organization dedicated to funding sarcoma research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Onyemaechi currently works at UAB Health System within the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Upon finishing the didactic portion of the MSHA program, Onyemaechi will be completing his administrative fellowship at Children’s Health System in Dallas, Texas. Onyemaechi plans to utilize his growing knowledge of the current healthcare landscape, as well as his passion for population health, to improve the delivery of high-quality care and proper health education to individuals belonging to underserved communities throughout his career.

    Abby Jurczyk

    Abby is originally from Chicago, IL and went to the University of Alabama for undergrad, where she earned her B.S. in Biology. While at Alabama, Abby was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and served as the activities chair. Abby fell in love with healthcare through volunteering for a hippotherapy organization for children with special needs in high school. In doing this, she realized how lucky these children were to have access to specialty care, and that some children do not have access to even basic care. Abby discovered through a healthcare administration internship that she could make a difference in access to care for patients through optimizing resources, improving workflows, and enhancing the patient experience. Abby hopes to continue to pursue her passion as she moves to Huntsville, AL to be an Administrative Resident at Huntsville Hospital. 

    Sowmya Karra

    Sowmya Karra graduated in 2020 from Emory University with a BS in Anthropology and Human Biology. She held various leadership positions within the Emory chapter of the American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) and assisted in the planning of their international conferences and Atlanta outreach programs while serving as VP of Outreach. Her time with AMWHO, coupled with her clinical experience with the Emory EMS, fueled her desire to be in the field of healthcare administration and pursue a dual MSHA/MBA degree at UAB. During her time at UAB, she worked with the UAB Medicine Strategy and Business Development department. To gain further experience, Sowmya pursued and completed an internship with the Mayo Clinic where she worked in the Surgical Services department. For the UAB MSHA program residency, Sowmya accepted a staff consultant position at Pershing, Yoakley, and Associates (PYA, P.C.) and will be working within the Compensation Valuation & Physician Services (CVPS) team. Outside of healthcare, Sowmya is an avid reader, podcast enthusiast, and is a Bharatanatyam dancer and instructor at the Natyananda Dance Company in Birmingham. 

    Jordan Minarelli

    Jordan was born and raised in Ferrara, Italy. His passion for healthcare led him to move to the United States where he could recgonize his aspirations to become a hospital administrator. He completed his undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Spanish at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. During the summers, he joined a laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine studying bone biology and the the involvement of peripheral nerves in traumatic extra-skeletal bone formation. In college, he was a part of a group of students who started the first dance marathon at Trinity, fundraising for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. He has also been able to work with non-competent patients from the San Antonio State Hospital. These interactions and various experiences within healthcare cemented his desire to become a healthcare administrator. Looking to pursue his graduate degree, he found that UAB was the best place to start the journey of both a MSHA and an MBA degree. While at UAB, he has been working in the Department of Managed Care at UAB Health System. In this capacity, he has been able to understand the complex dynamics that exist between the payers and the providers. In the summer of 2021, he joined the cardiovascular service line at UT Southwestern where he gained a comprehensive outlook on hospital and clinic operations. After completing the dydatic portion of the program, he will return to Texas to join Laredo Medical Center, part of Community Health Systems. In his free time he loves enjoying the company of his cohort.

    Garrett Morgan

    Garrett graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019 with a B.S. in Healthcare Management. While at UAB, he played varsity football being a part of the return of football at UAB as well as winning their first ever conference championship. Garrett was also a Conference USA scholar athlete for three consecutive seasons. Prior to joining the MSHA/MBA program, Garrett's healthcare career began as an intern at the Kolbe Clinic where he later became the assistant administrator. During this experience he was able to help provide more access to substance use disorder treatment throughout Alabama. Garrett is excited to join St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he will complete his administrative residency. 

    Claire O'Daniel

    Claire is a Louisville, KY native and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Public Health. While at the University of Kentucky, Claire took an active role in the International Office serving as the student outreach coordinator and peer ambassador for the education abroad programs. Claire held many additional leadership roles including the Social Media Director for the Student Public Health Association and the Budgeting Chair for Kappa Delta Sorority. Claire is pursuing both a MSHA and MBA while at UAB and hopes to work for a healthcare system that focuses on improving women's services and population health.

    Malik Oden

    Malik was born in Queens, New York and raised in Birmingham, AL. In 2019 he graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S in Exercise Science. While attending the University of South Alabama, Malik held several leadership positions throughout campus, such as the president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc. Theta Delta chapter, the health & fitness chair of Collegiate 100, and an intramural supervisor. While growing up Malik could not help but notice the lack of health education in the community and how socioeconomic status affected health outcomes of the population in his community. This led Malik to having a passion to increase access to care and primary care. This drove Malik to the UAB MSHA program and led him to ultimately accepting a fellowship position at Baylor Scott & White's HealthTexas Medical group. 

    Rashidatu Olorunsola

    " Rashidatu graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Public Health. While at UGA, she conducted psychology research in the Health and Development Laboratory, and genetic research in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology lab. She also chaired on multiple executive boards in student organizations across campus, ranging from academic orgs such as women in science, to cultural awareness orgs such as the African Student Association. Here at UAB, Rashidatu interned at the Comprehensive Transplant Institute, where she was able to aid and assist in multiple operational fronts for the Department of Transplant Services. For her administrative residency, she will be taking her talents to Dixon Hughes Goodman as a Healthcare Strategy Consultant, where she aims to learn as much about the healthcare industry as possible. In her free time, she loves to play volleyball or tennis, play violin, dance, and hang out with her friends and family! "

    Sonia Patel

    Sonia is from Atlanta, GA and attended Agnes Scott College where she graduated with a B.A. in Public Health and Business Management in 2019. While at Agnes, she held leadership positions in the UNICEF chapter and the Multicultural Student Organization. With a passion for Public Health, she interned with two healthcare non-profit organizations and a pain management clinic. These experiences encouraged her to pursue the dual MSHA/MBA program at UAB in the Fall of 2020. In graduate school she worked in the Advanced Practice Providers department at UAB Medicine, and completed her summer internship at the Birmingham VA with the Chief of Staff Office. She will be completing her one year residency at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. In her free time, Sonia loves exploring new recipes, finding the best coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family. 

    Caroline Radakovich

    Caroline Radakovich is from Batavia, Illinois and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Augustana College, located in Rock Island, Illinois in 2020. While at Augustana, Caroline completed internships at Genesis Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Caroline served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society Omicron Delta Kappa and oversaw all Royal Neighbors Chapters at Augustana College. Caroline is interested in maximizing quality of care by working directly with clinicians, innovative research, and evolving the community continuum of care. In her free time, Caroline enjoys exercising, reading, hanging out with friends, and shopping. 

    Daniel Reid

    Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Dillard University before beginning at UAB. Daniel has worked directly with Kaiser Permanente Pacific Northwest Regional President to improve system wide organizational changes. Furthermore, Daniel worked as an Operations Manager with Ascension DePaul Community Health Systems to lead a large group of 60+ employees and 3 primary care physician clinics that delivered optimal patient care to marginalized communities in New Orleans, LA. Between the first and second year of his master’s program, Daniel completed an Administrative Internship with the executive support services department at The University of Colorado Hospital – Metro Denver Region where he assisted in developing a viable organization environmental sustainability proposal. Health equity and community care needs are the underlying passions that drive his healthcare acumen, product brainstorming, and leadership spirit.

    Jabari Robinson

    Jabari is a native of Toney, AL (Huntsville) and received his bachelor’s degree in Professional Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Management from the University of South Alabama in 2020. During his undergraduate studies, he interned with the USA Health finance department confirming his love for healthcare administration. Jabari is avid about improving healthcare access, health outcomes, and health education and literacy to combat health disparities. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, sports, and spending time with family and friends. He is looking to continue his leadership development through his fellowship with Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas.

    Lara Screven

    Originally from Birmingham, Lara attended Birmingham-Southern College where she graduated in 2018 with an Honors History degree. After graduation, she worked as a night-shift patient care technician at Grandview Medical Center planning to pursue a career path towards becoming a nurse practitioner. However, while working at Grandview, she realized that healthcare administration was the perfect blend of the soft skills such as teamwork and communication, and the hard skills that she wanted to possess in a career. So, she went back and took prerequisites to apply to graduate school while working at Pack Health, a chronic illness management startup in Birmingham. During her time at UAB, she has had the privilege of serving her cohort as Class President, worked with UAB’s Hospitalist department, and completed her summer internship at the University of South Alabama’s Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, AL. She has accepted a position with Surgical Care Affiliates to complete her Administrative Fellowship serving the Florida market in Orlando, FL. She is incredibly excited for the next step of her journey! She has loved her time in this program, and cannot wait to see all that her cohort accomplishes in the near future!

    Matthew Stisher

    Matthew graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Health Care Management. While attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he was Vice President of the Health Care Management Student Association and worked in Revenue Cycle for a dermatology lab. While at UAB, Matthew completed an internship at the Cleveland Clinic specifically focused in international Operations. Matthew has an interest in using operational efficiencies to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care by combining his past work experiences with the knowledge from obtaining his MSHA from UAB. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys cooking, playing golf, watching sports, and traveling to new and exciting places.

    Jamyiah Stovall

    JaMyiah Stovall is a native of Gadsden, Alabama. She majored in Public Health at the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated in May 2020. JaMyiah was involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, in which she served as the community service co-chair and later became the Vice President of Philanthropy for the National Panhellenic Council. Through other meaningful volunteer activities, JaMyiah has displayed her passion for serving the communities that are often overlooked. During the summer of 2020, she was able to deepen her passion for community service and health administration in her internship at Hartford Healthcare in the Health Equity Department. UAB MSHA has given JaMyiah amazing opportunities to grow as a servant leader and she is excited to take her experiences to Wellstar Health System as the 2022-2023 Administrative Fellow.

    Caleb Townes

    Clarke was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.She graduated Cum Laude from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017 with a B.S. in Industrial Distribution with a concentration in Medical Equipment and Supplies Distribution. While at UAB, Clarke served in various leadership roles such as co-founder of a nonprofit, director of public relations of Black Students Awareness Committee, and co-founder of Distribution Student Leaders Association. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Business Health Informatics degrees at UAB. In her spare time, Clarke enjoys spending time with family and friends while traveling to new places! Clarke passion for healthcare attracted her to the MSHA/MSHI program where she plans to utilize her education and experiences to support the delivery of high-quality healthcare to the communities she will serve. Upon graduation, Clarke will be starting her residency at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She’s excited to start her career in healthcare consulting in New York!

    LC Vaughn

    Laura Catherine was adopted from Ivanovo, Russia and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended The University of Alabama and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management and Healthcare Analytics. During her time at UA, Laura Catherine served as a Student Ambassador for The Culverhouse College of Business, the President of the Student Alumni Ambassadors Program, and the Vice President of the Healthcare Analytics Society. Outside of the classroom, she was an Administrative Intern at Children's Hospital New Orleans and worked as an Administrative Student Assistant at the University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa AL. Laura Catherine advocates for kind, creative, and data driven healthcare sustained through robust Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, proactive mental health integration, and comprehensive community outreach. As a future-focused individual, she believes risk stratification and the prevention of mental health disorders/illness can positively influence how health systems prioritizes patient care continuum and value-based care.

    Brittney Ward

    Brittney was born and raised in Chicago,IL. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 2020 with a B.S. in Biology. Throughout her matriculation at Tuskegee, she was actively involved in various capacities with organizations such as Student Government, Biology club, Chicago club, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Upon graduation, Brittney's interest in healthcare led her to pursue a Master's in Health Administration. She is interested in making healthcare a more trusting environment for vulnerable populations. She is excited to see what the future beholds and how she can use her Biology degree to make effective decisions in healthcare. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys traveling with friends, trying new foods, and hanging with her pup and family! Brittney hopes to merge her bubbly personality with her career in Health Administration. 

    Rana Webb

    Rana Webb was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in International Studies. She was very involved on her campus in organizations that involved mentoring, tutoring, and she was inducted into Zeta Phi’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Post undergrad she took a year off to gain some experience in the work world with a job in government relations and an internship at a public hospital in Nashville, TN. She learned that her passion for leadership, health literacy and equity are the drivers to why she pursued her MSHA at the elite University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is bilingual and has also decided to pursue a certificate from UAB in Speaking Spanish for a Specific Purpose at the same time as her MSHA.

    Morgan Wimberly

    Morgan was born and raised in Manteno, IL. She attended the University of South Alabama where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Sciences. After the completion of her undergraduate education, Morgan worked at Cardiology Associates in Mobile, AL while interning for the University of South Alabama Health System. These experiences solidified her desire to pursue a long-term career in healthcare operations. She has defined her professional interests throughout her career and wants to provide all patients with high-quality care that meets their individual needs. This influenced her decision to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue a master’s degree in Health Administration and Public Health. From her education, Morgan has been able to apply her passion for population health in the healthcare setting. As an administrative intern at the Mitchell Cancer Institute, she guided the planning for a Tobacco Cessation clinic and lead the organization to host its first-ever “Great American Smokeout”. During her graduate studies, Morgan has had the opportunity to work in the Center for Patient Flow at UAB Medicine to improve patient throughput system-wide. She is committed to improving healthcare for all key stakeholders to increase safety, quality, and operability. During her free time, Morgan loves to read, travel, and go to the beach.

    Jazlynn Young

    Jazlynn Young is from Birmingham, AL. She is a dual degree MSHA/MSHI student. In June of 2022, she will start her administrative fellowship at Grandview Medical Center. Her passion for health care stemmed from experiencing her own health care disparities: not finding out she has Type 1 Diabetes until she was 13 years old. Her long-term career goal is to be a CEO of a hospital instilling change. Her interests within healthcare inclyde addressing health care disparities, patient experience, quality, and strategy. Her personal values are respect, transparency, teamwork, honesty, and compassion.

    Miranda Zaragoza

    Miranda was born and raised in Whittier, California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Health and Minor in Business Administration. While in Arizona, Miranda was involved in various internship and leadership roles such as being an ambassador for the College of Public Health, a peer mentor for first-generation college students, and an Academic Health Department intern. Miranda engaged in numerous community service opportunities such as frequently working with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and leading a community service spring break trip in Nevada. As a result of these experiences, she was selected at the recipient for the University of Arizona’s Public Health Service Award. After graduation, she has served as an administrative student associate at UAB Health System and an administrative intern at Hartford HealthCare. Miranda looks forward to utilizing her experiences, in addition to her UAB MSHA/MSHI education to positively impact the healthcare industry. 

  • Madison Abell

    Maddie is from Anchorage, Alaska. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, Maddie held leadership positions in her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta and studied abroad through Semester at Sea exploring 11 countries. At the beginning of the pandemic, Maddie became a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Southcentral Alaska as an administrative assistant. Since joining the program, Maddie has deeply valued her workforce placement, learning about patient experience and being active on the MSHA Recruitment Committee and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Outside work and the classroom, Maddie enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family. 

    Azzam Albashir

    Azzam was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in the United Arab Emirates. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a concentration in Health Management. Prior to joining the MSHA program, Azzam completed internships both nationally and internationally at AdventHealth and Levantine Medical Center, respectively, reaffirming his interest in the operational side of Health Care. Azzam’s passion lies within the prevention of disease and disability as well as promoting health equity in a world infused with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. He currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for Class 57 and is the Student Associate for Managed Care and Venture Support at UAB Medicine.

    Paige Bates

    Paige is a native of Memphis, TN who graduated from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a B.A in Psychology. During her time in Knoxville she held leadership roles in multiple healthcare student organizations along with studying abroad in London. Since her time at UTK, Paige has completed two years of service with AmeriCorps in addition to obtaining her M.S. in Pharmacology. Within the MSHA program, Paige serves as Class President and an intern for the Office of Patient Experience and Engagement. Her current areas of interest within Health Administration include patient experience, operations, and process improvement. More importantly, she is excited for the opportunity to shape excellent healthcare for all. Outside of school you can find her taking walks with her dog or filling up her shopping cart. 

    Nia Close

    Nia Close graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2021 with a B.S. in Health Science and Minors in both Health Disparities in Society and Leadership. Nia is a 2021 Inductee into the Centennial Class of the University of Florida Hall of Fame. During her undergraduate studies, Nia worked at the UF Student Health Care Center and the UF Counseling and Wellness Center. Nia held leadership positions in various organizations, including the President of the Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and was an active member of Florida Blue Key. Nia has a passion for research and was involved with the Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students. She served on the UF Student Health Advisory Council and was a Lead Facilitator for the Reitz Scholars Program. With a growing passion to lead, Nia strives to make a difference in the health care industry.

    Paul Collette

    Paul graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2017 with a B.S. in Healthcare Administration. Prior to his admission to UAB, Paul held numerous roles at Beehive Homes of New Mexico, where he served as Financial Resource Manager as well as Quality Improvement Manager. Paul has a passion for working with people and his mission is to provide a quality healthcare experience through exceptional service. Paul is a devoted father to three children. He enjoys camping with the family, sports, reading, and traveling. 

    Travis Crow

    Travis Crow was born and raised in Hartselle, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated in 2020 with a degree in Health Care Management. While attending UAB, he was an active member in the Health Care Management Student Association and worked with senior executive leaders at Athens-Limestone Hospital as part of the student internship. After Graduation, he worked at Grandview Medical Center in supply chain operations for the operating room. His experiences in healthcare have given him a personal drive to serve those around him and make a difference in the lives of those who need healthcare. The skills and wisdom learned from the MSHA program have inspired Travis to become a future COO of a health system. Travis enjoys working out, college football, and spending time with friends and family.  

    Camryn Daniel

    Camryn graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2020 with a B.S. in Health Care Management and a minor in Spanish. Camryn participated actively in UAB student Housing leadership and was a Peer Wellness Ambassador (PWA) and A Resident Assistant (RA). She also served three years on the executive board of the Birmingham Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). During her last semester of undergraduate learning, Camryn had the amazing opportunity to work virtually at Kolbe Clinic as a Policy and Procedures Intern, where she worked closely with the Chief Compliance Officer. After her graduation in December 2020, she spent several months working as the administrative supervisor for the UAB Vaccination Clinic located in Margaret Spain Auditorium. Currently, Camryn works in the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine where she is streamlining the transfer of resources and information to cancer patients regarding financial need services. Camryn is passionate about studying and resolving health disparities and bridging health equity and access gaps. 

    Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University in 2020 with a B.S in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business. Matthew was the winner of the 2020 ACHE Richard J. Stull Essay competition and his essay “Utilizing Technology to Combat Clinician Burnout” is published in the Journal of Healthcare Management. Matthew has previously worked as an operations specialist for the practice management consulting firm Kassouf Healthcare Solutions and has completed an internship at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center where he focused on process improvement initiatives within the ED. Matthew is pursuing a dual MSHA/MBA degree at UAB to continue his career in inpatient and ambulatory healthcare management. 

    Thomas Dillard

    Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2021 from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor's in Business Administration Management and a Minor in Economics. Thomas was heavily involved in student life extracurriculars, including Alpha Tau Omega, Interfraternity Council, and the Student Government Association. His most prominent leadership role was his role as SGA President, which led him to the MSHA program at UAB. His term was throughout the 2020-2021 academic school at the peak of the COVID pandemic. Thomas served alongside the University of Montevallo administration members on the COVID-19 Task Force and shared his insight to provide the best college experience for students while ensuring their safety. Thomas is looking forward to the opportunities ahead and is excited to apply his experiences in his future health professional career. 

    Jada Dotson

    Jada graduated Cum Laude from Miami University in 2021 with a B.S in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health. While at Miami University, Jada served on leadership position in athletics and worked as a contact tracer during the height of the COVID pandemic. Jada aspires to be a servant leader in her future career as a healthcare administrator. Her dedication to improving the lives of others led her to health administration. She is looking forward to using the skills she has learned during the MSHA program at UAB in her career. Jada adores her family and enjoys sports, staying active, eating different foods, and relaxing with friends and family.

    Zoe Fisher

    Zoe grew up in Hickory, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2017. Following her undergraduate studies, Zoe worked as a consultant in Atlanta for four years at Cloudmed (previously Triage Consulting Group), which specializes in comprehensive payment review and revenue recovery for hospitals. She is now working toward a MSHA/MBA dual degree at UAB. Zoe is interested in pursuing a career in hospital operations or strategy. In her free time, Zoe enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog Hank as well as engaging in physical activities like tennis and yoga. 

    Ashton Fowler

    Ashton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Auburn University in 2020. Ashton planned to enter pharmacy school upon graduation from Auburn but instead decided leadership and implementing positive change were more aligned with his career goals. Ashton values his experiences of interacting with providers and insurance companies during his work experiences in pharmacies. He looks forward to making positive changes in healthcare and creating positive work environments to serve patients in the best ways possible. In his free time, Ashton enjoys spending time on the golf course and traveling the United States.

    Austin Gardenhire

    Austin Gardenhire graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He later completed basic medical science coursework at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Through all his studies, Austin excelled academically and remained an example of leadership and service. He served and led as president for the American Medical School Association, BYU Tutoring Services, and student government. He later gained valuable skills and experience with Morgan Stanley and Tesla. Most importantly, he serves his church and family. He has three children with his beautiful wife, with whom he enjoys playing racquetball, football, frisbee, and about anything else. Austin is privileged to continue his education in Healthcare Administration at UAB. It entwines his passion for serving individuals and his love for healthcare and medicine. He looks forward to help bridge the gap between providers and administrators to ultimately create better patient outcomes. 

    Dazha Hawkins

    Dazha Hawkins graduated from the University of Alabama in 2019 with a B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Professions. While at the University of Alabama, Dazha held various leadership positions while also earning President’s list honors. After graduation, Dazha worked with multiple healthcare organizations as an Administrative intern. Her dedication to improve the lives of those around her is what drives her passion to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration expanding access to underserved communities. Dazha enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

    Aaron Hilton

    Aaron graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2021 with his B.S. in Healthcare Administration. Aaron has worked in administrative roles for the last few years including positions in both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, specialty practices, primary care, and emergency rooms. These experiences in conjunction with his studies have born a particularly strong passion for hospital operations inside the for-profit space. Aaron also enjoys Duke basketball, disc golf, and above all spending time with his wife and kids. 

    M'Kaila Isom

    M’Kaila is from Stockbridge, Georgia. She attended The University of Alabama where she received her B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Healthcare Analytics. M’Kaila is currently working towards the dual MSHA-MSHI degrees from UAB. Her future career goal is to work in healthcare related fields internationally. 

    AJ Jarman

    A.J. was born and raised in Hayden, Alabama. He graduated Cum Laude from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2021 where he majored in Healthcare Management. In his undergraduate career, A.J. was involved with and held leadership positions in various extracurricular activities including the Student Government Association, Greek Life, and within the Student Involvement and Leadership Office at UAB. As a current dual MSHA/MPH student, he hopes to one day use his education to influence not only the field of health administration, but also the public policy and reform that go hand in hand with it.

    Colleen Jutte

    Colleen was born and raised in Ohio where she attended undergrad at the University of Dayton, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2021 with a major in Operations Management and a minor in Social Work. While at UD she held numerous leadership positions with student-run organizations including College Mentors for Kids, Women in Business and the Operations Management Student Association. Colleen spent two semesters interning with Emerson Electric Company, working full-time in their logistics and purchasing department. She also is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and spent her summers and holiday breaks working at a community pharmacy. The pharmacy was her first introduction to healthcare and since then she's been passionate about working in an industry that centers on helping people. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog Knox.

    Kyle McLaughlin

    Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Kyle graduated from Texas Christian University in 2016 with Honors and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at TCU, Kyle was a Chancellor's Scholar, and led a number of on-campus student programs. Since graduation, Kyle has lived in San Francisco, California, working in operations and project management for the likes of Amazon and Gap, Inc, while also earning his EMT certification. These roles ignited Kyle's interest in people development and process improvement, and when paired with his passion to help his fellow man, led him to pursue an MSHA. Kyle's professional interest lie in EMS, disaster response, and pediatrics, and he hopes to use his knowledge and skills to drive positive patient outcomes and inspire more focus on population health. In his spare time, Kyle likes to travel with his fiance, and prefers a sack lunch on a chair lift to a bottomless mimosa brunch any day.

    Christen Miller

    Christen graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Health Administration and a minor in Business with an overall 4.0 GPA in 2020. During her time at Auburn, Christen completed a summer internship with UAB in the Organ Transplant Department. She also gained experience from East Alabama Medical Center under the hospital attorney. During her first year of graduate school, Christen had the incredible opportunity to complete her workforce program with UAB’s Emergency Department Administration. Born and raised in Trussville, AL, she is excited to return to and establish her own roots in Birmingham. Outside of work and school, Christen and her husband Michael enjoy fellowship with community and any outdoor activities. Christen strongly believes in the impact of generosity and is passionate that Health Care Administration is one of the greatest opportunities to practice generous stewardship. 

    Devin O’Neal

    Devin O’Neal is from Anna, TX. In 2020, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama (UA) where she received a B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Professions and a concentration in Health Education and Promotion. She was honored to be named UA’s Outstanding Undergraduate Health Education Major of the Year in 2020. During her time at UA, Devin was the president of Eta Sigma Gamma, a health education honor society, and president of Hands in Health, an inclusive health and wellness organization she founded. Devin is passionate about serving vulnerable populations and improving their health outcomes. She hopes to combine her public health background with the education and experience of the MSHA program to better serve these populations and eliminate health disparities. Outside of the program, Devin enjoys trying new restaurants, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends. 

    Divyasha Ohri

    Divyasha is pursuing Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Science in Health Informatics at UAB and will be graduating in 2024 and 2023 respectively. Prior to starting school, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration majoring in Marketing and minoring in Finance from a university in India. Over the last two years, she worked for a business consulting organization Ernst & Young, India gaining experience across industries like manufacturing, automobile, consumer products, and pharmaceutical in the risk advisory domain. Exposure to the healthcare industry through pharmaceutical and experiencing healthcare when a family member was exposed to intense treatment inspired her interest in the industry. 

    Thomas Ozburn

    Thomas, a Nashville native, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Samford University in 2021 with a B.S. in Healthcare Administration and Minor in Health Information Informatics Management. While at Samford, Thomas competed on the Track and Field team as a decathlete. Thomas also served as the president of Samford’s student organization called This is Samford H.E.A.L.T.H. and completed an administrative internship at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center during his undergraduate studies. Thomas's experiences from Samford, his involvement within his internship, and inspiration from his wife’s career in nursing have heavily influenced his passion for health administration. Thomas believes that health administration perfectly satisfies his desire to positively affect people’s lives through leadership. Thomas enjoys spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs in his free time! 

    Jon Peterson

    Jon was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University in 2021 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and minors in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychology. During his undergraduate studies, Jon was involved with Dance Marathon at Florida State University, serving on the executive board his final year as Morale Chair. Jon also coordinated university-wide recruitment efforts through FSU's Office of Admissions as a University Ambassador. Jon completed multiple clinical internships with Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and FSU's Athletic Department before starting the MSHA program. Jon intends to use his clinical background and administrative knowledge in a pediatric facility to turn the hospital from a place of illness and uncertainty to innovation and hope.

    Jackson Pettus

    Jackson graduated from The University of Alabama in May of 2021 with a degree in finance. He worked for University Recreation at UA as a program assistant and for DCH Health System as a certified pharmacy technician. Jackson has a passion for education and served as a teaching assistant at the University of Alabama and now serves as a teaching assistant for UAB. Jackson aspires to make an impact as an administrator by creating financial and operational efficiencies that enable others to provide impactful health care in their communities.

    Michael Ratner

    Misha began undergrad as a business major but after a health crisis, switched to pre-med. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences with Summa Cum Laude honors in 2016. He then attended the University of Florida School of Medicine and got a graduate certificate in Medical Physiology. He then enrolled at Georgetown to get a Master’s in Physiology and Biophysics. While pursuing this degree, he worked as a clinician and as the clinical operations manager at the cardiology clinic. There, he fell in love with administration. He moved to Scranton, PA to work in a substance use disorder clinic with pregnant women and new mothers and fell in love with pediatrics. He hopes to gain a formal administrative education at UAB so he may continue to work in pediatrics. He will be interning at Connecticut Children's Hospital during the summer of 2022.

    Alaina Riordan

    Alaina Riordan was born and raised in Greenville, SC, and is currently pursuing a dual degree in MBA/MSHA. She recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Biopsychology and Human Health. While in Knoxville, she was a Track and Cross Country student athlete who represented the Vol Athletes as the Unity Chair for the Student Athletic Advisory Community, while also participating in Student Alumni Associates and Leadership Knoxville Scholars. She is very outgoing, active, and spends her free time reading and walking her dog. She has a passion for people and preventative care, with a personal mission of striving daily to be her best self and empowering others to be their happiest and healthiest selves.

    Elizabeth Salgado

    Elizabeth Salgado is from Athens, Alabama. She attended the University of North Alabama for her undergraduate studies. She graduated Cum Laude from UNA in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Health Science. During her time at the University of North Alabama, Elizabeth earned Dean’s List Honors, held many leadership roles, and was involved in the community. Elizabeth has always had a passion for healthcare and decided to expand her educational knowledge and attend graduate school. She is a 1st generation student pursing her Master of Science in Health Administration. Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities with her dog Duke, traveling, and trying new foods. 

    Lavern Smith

    Lavern Smith graduated from Howard University with her BBA in Management in 2017. During her matriculation at Howard, Lavern interned with Kaiser Permanente, Cardinal Health, and Freedman Consulting. After graduating she joined Deloitte as a federal strategy consultant, supporting federal public health and defense clients. Her most rewarding and impactful experience at Deloitte was working on anti-human trafficking efforts in Cambodia. After 2.5 years in federal strategy at Deloitte, Lavern shifted her career and joined Capgemini as a technology consultant, specializing in ServiceNow implementations, where she worked until beginning her dual-degree MSHA/MSHI program at UAB. In addition to studying at UAB, Lavern currently serves as the president of her 110-member alumnae chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation, Lavern hopes to either continue her consulting career in healthcare strategy and operations or transition into hospital administration. Her ultimate career goal is to become the COO of Kaiser Permanente.

    Molly Sullivan

    Molly Sullivan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University in 2021 with a B.S. in Health Services Administration and a Minor in Business Administration. While at Auburn, Molly held leadership positions in various organizations, including the Student Government Association's Senate and Emerge at Auburn. She was also a member of the honor societies Upsilon Phi Delta, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She worked as a summer intern for Cardiology Associates of Mobile and volunteered as an administrative assistant at Mercy Medical Ministries in Auburn. Her passion for improving the lives of others is what drives her attraction to the healthcare administration field. She is currently pursuing her dual MSHA/MBA degree and is eager to enhance her current knowledge and discover new avenues to making a difference. 

    Korey Todd

    Korey graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2020 with a B.H.S degree in Health Administration. Throughout his undergraduate studies he has received many recognitions and awards even making the Dean's list. Korey is currently part of the MSHA program at UAB and plans on working in pediatrics upon graduation. He is excited about the new journey he is on and has a thirst for knowledge. Korey currently sits as Class 57 V.P of Social Affairs, a role that he takes seriously. 

    Khuyen Tran

    Khuyen was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She attended The University of Alabama and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration. She majored in Management with a concentration in Health Care Analytics. During her time at UA, Khuyen participated in various leadership and service activities. She mentored elementary school children through the Al’s Pals Program. She also served as the Diversity Chair for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Additionally, she served as Treasurer for the Health Care Analytics Society. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was able to gain healthcare exposure as a student intern at the Business Office of University Medical Center. Given her undergraduate background and passion for healthcare, she is excited to continue her growth as a leader. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Maui. 

    Madelyn Vera

    Vera graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019 with a B.S. in Health Care Management, in 2021 with an MBA with a concentration in health sciences, and is currently pursuing a Leadership and Professional Development Graduate Certificate in addition to an MSHA. Vera has completed health administration internships at the Birmingham Fire House Clinic, Red Cross of Alabama, and Jefferson County Department of Health. She also volunteers with Hire Heroes USA assisting veterans with interviewing skills and online professional profiles. Vera is excited to use the skills she has learned through her academic career and extracurricular activities to empower healthcare providers through improved systems and mindsets to drive patient-centered, evidence-based, and high quality care.

    Cora Wyche

    Cora graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019 with a B.S. in Healthcare Management and a minor in Psychology. While at UAB, Cora earned Dean's List Honors and volunteered in several community service functions like Habitat for Humanity. These experiences paired with being selected to carry her school's banner at the commencement ceremony encouraged Cora to pursue a career in healthcare leadership. After Graduation, Cora began work with Cardinal Health, third party logistics branch in Tennessee. Cora worked with a wide variety of responsibilities like medical supply distribution management, client relationship management, and COVID-19 initiatives. She worked there until she starting the MSHA program at UAB. Cora hopes to use her professional experience and knowledge to make a positive impact within the healthcare field and the patients she will serve.