MG cropped Program Director II, School of Public Health

Madeline Gibson has only been at UAB for five years, but she has made her presence known. She started in the Office of Energetics in the School of Public Health, moved to CCTS in the Research Commons and now  has landed back in the School of Public Health in the Office of Research assisting the Associate Dean for Research.

Jennifer Croker nominated Gibson and had this to say about her. "Madeline has a remarkable talent to relate to anyone, which enables her to work extremely well with dynamic teams and projects. She is courteous, thoughtful, trustworthy and engaging. She is outgoing and passionate and inspires those around her. Madeline is hardworking, insightful and determined, and is flexible and open to implementing new procedures or ideas." 

Gibson shared some insights about her job and personal life.

When asked what she enjoys about her job, Gibson shared, “I enjoy helping faculty navigate the ins and outs of UAB’s research enterprise. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with first-time grant submitters.”

In her spare time, Gibson likes to listen to audiobooks and take her dog for long walks. She also likes to travel and volunteers with her church and at the Botanical Gardens.

michelle henry streamAcademic Advisor, Coordinated MPH Program Coordinator, Instructor
School of Public Health

Michelle Henry is a 14-year veteran of UAB who started her career in Temporary Services. Henry received her undergraduate degree from UAB in sociology, and has earned her masters in clinical mental health counseling. Her education and knowledge of UAB have helped her grow into her current role as a student counselor in the School of Public Health, she says.

“I love working with the students and seeing them be successful,” Henry continued. Her students are receptive to her counsel because she’s been in their shoes; she is able to relate to the students because of her own experiences in education and in her career.

“Michelle works tirelessly for the students of SOPH as an academic advisor,” said David Rhodes, program director in the School of Public Health.

When asked what advice she’d give to fellow staff members about achieving success at UAB, Henry recommends two things: “Definitely keep challenging yourself — and take advantage of the education benefit!”

In addition to her work at UAB, Henry has part-time jobs with the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Bulls. In her free time, Henry volunteers with the Crisis Center and the UAB Benevolent Fund’s Blazer Kitchen, as well as ushering at venues including the Lyric and Alabama Theaters.

She enjoys spending time off-roading in her Jeep, training in defensive firearms safety and unarmed self-defense, being outdoors and spending time with her two dogs and two cats.

mcminn websiteAssistant Vice President for Financial Affairs, Special Projects 
Office of the UAB Chief Financial Officer 

McMinn is a 30-year veteran of UAB, beginning his career in Student Accounting Services as an account representative. In those three decades of Blazerhood, he has gained vast knowledge of UAB’s complex financial systems, he says. And colleagues agree: Josh Carter, Ph.D., administrative director in the Office of the President, says McMinn is one of the smartest people he knows. 

“He seems to have stored the entirety of UAB’s financial systems and budgets and millions of Oracle transaction steps in his mind," Carter said. "More importantly, he is kind. With all that he has to keep track of, he always has a moment to stop and see how you’re doing. He recently checked in on me one day just because he thought I looked like I was having a bad day.” 

McMinn is a first -generation college graduate. A UAB alumni, Tim earned a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA from UAB’s Collat School of Business in addition to the bachelor’s degree he earned from the University of Montevallo. 

“My life mottos are 'keep it simple’ and ‘jo hai so hai,' which translates from Hindi to 'it is what it is.' They help me focus on what is important and not worry about things I cannot control," McMinn said.  

When not contemplating Oracle transactions, McMinn enjoys creating, such as painting, gardening and making dresses for his nieces and grand-nieces.

cederberg klotz newsletter Assistant Directors, Athletic Performance
UAB Athletics

Cederberg and Klotz are responsible for designing and implementing year-round training programs for their respective UAB Athletics teams, in addition to other responsibilities. This year, the duo took on more teams, but Stacey Tormandirector of strength and conditioning, says that even with all the extra responsibilities they have had this year, they both continue to bring “their A-game.”

“I am so thankful for their investment in what we do as a team,” she said, adding that they bring integrity, passion, a love of learning and creativity to their jobs. 

They are so much fun, it makes it exciting to come to work every day," she continued.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Cederberg graduated from Linfield College, where he also was a three-year letter-winner in football and baseball. He then earned his master’s degree at Central Washington University. When not working, Cederberg enjoys hanging out with his wife,a doctoral student at UAB, hiking, exercising and exploring the South. He says that UAB Athletics is large with many working parts, and he enjoys that “there is a group of people who truly know and like each other across multiple departments.”

Originally from Illinois, Klotz received a master’s degree from Murray State University and then moved to Birmingham to earn his masters in exercise physiology at UAB.  Klotz enjoys relaxing with his family and friends in his spare time. Klotz says that UAB Athletics sees people from all walks of life trying to “win championships, graduate with honors and make a difference.” He challenges people to come support the UAB program, because their support can really make a difference.

Rita Stewart Hampton newsletterDirector, Collat Career Center
Collat School of Business

Hampton joined UAB in June 2010 after spending 14 years with the Kellogg Sales Co. Hampton was the first female African-American retail team leader in the nation and won numerous national sales awards while with the company.

“It was cool to have Tony the Tiger as a boss!” Hampton said.

Hampton earned her bachelor’s in marketing from Jacksonville State University and her MBA from the University of North Alabama. She is a member of the Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers (AACE), the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoAce) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), has presented at both AACE and SoACE conferences and has been a panelist for discussions on skills employers look for in potential hires.

When Hampton isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family; for the past two years, she has worked tirelessly to help her husband, Chad, who suffers from kidney disease, become a transplant candidate. Chad is currently on the waitlist at UAB, Vanderbilt University and Ole Miss.

“It’s been stressful to see someone I love go through this,” Hampton said.

To learn more about the Hamptons’ story, read about them in UAB Medicine News, and to learn more about becoming a kidney donor, click here.