If there could be an award given for loving The University of Alabama, Megan would win it! She earned a BA in Communication and Information Sciences, a MA in Educational Psychology, and her EdD in Higher Education Administration from UA. As the Assistant Director of Bama By Distance Recruitment, she sees it as her daily mission to share her passion for UA, education, and student success. Her job is to oversee admission services and recruitment efforts for all Bama By Distance programs. However, her main goal is to continue sharing her enthusiasm for lifelong learning with others. Megan enjoys traveling and attending sporting events with her husband and son. She also serves as an Executive Committee Board Member for the Tuscaloosa County Alumni Association.
Jarred has worked at the University for seven years and knows the admissions process inside and out. His current role allows him to assist transfer students specifically with their transition to Bama By Distance, and he enjoys connecting with students and helping them to find their path. He's so dedicated that he's even met students at coffee shops and their homes (invited, of course!) to talk them through their college choices. He's most proud of seeing one of these students succeed after he helped him or her find the right scholarship opportunity to help them chase their dreams. He loves sports, spending time with friends and family, enjoying great food and traveling!
Have a question about UA? Miranda has the answer. Not just because she's an adjunct instructor for the College of Communication and Information Sciences, but because she's been a student here, just like you! No one knows better than Miranda. She'll help you figure out what you need to get started and hit the ground running once you do. And, if you want to know what you missed on the last episode of your favorite TV crime drama, she can fill you in on that, too.
Emily Covington is a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently pursuing a master's degree through The University of Alabama Online in Communication Studies. Emily volunteers for local animal shelters and contributes by fostering homeless animals and photographing them to promote their adoption. In her free time, she enjoys photography, art and spending time with her dogs and husband. She loves to hear from students and assist them in the admissions process. Prior to becoming an admissions counselor, Emily worked for UA as an early childhood program specialist.
Julianna Kearney is a two-time graduate of The University of Alabama, holding both a BA in Communication and Information Sciences and a BS in Commerce and Business Administration from UA. She earned her Master of Education from The University of Virginia in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education before returning to the Capstone to join The University of Alabama Online team. When she’s not helping students pursue and reach their goals of earning a degree from UA, she enjoys baking, reading and watching Premier League soccer.
Donna has worked at The University of Alabama since January 2001. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Consumer Affairs and a Master of Arts degree in Human Environmental Sciences, both from The University of Alabama. She is married, has two grown children, two granddaughters, and a spoiled dog. Donna can usually be found supporting her granddaughters at softball games and dance recitals. She also enjoys cheering on the Crimson Tide football team.
Aja Sims is a two-time graduate of The University of Alabama with a bachelor's in Kinesiology and a master's in Business Administration. Aja was an All-American for The University of Alabama Gymnastics team. She was part of two SEC Championship Teams, an individual NCAA Regional Champion and a four-year Scholastic All-American. When she's not assisting students with pursing their goals of earning a degree, she enjoys teaching dance at a studio in Tuscaloosa.
Dre Vaden graduated from The University of Alabama with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. Dre is passionate about helping people; before joining the UA Online team, she worked for a nonprofit that assisted families. Now she channels that passion into helping prospective students pursue their dreams through UA Online. She enjoys attending college sporting events, being creative and spending time with family and friends.
One of the first things you'll notice when you meet Sonya is her smile. She puts you at ease from the moment you meet her. She's a person you'll always feel comfortable with when you have a question. Whether it's about military education issues, testing, choosing your degree, graduating on time, or finding a scholarship, Sonya and her team are happy to answer questions and solve problems to help students reach their goals. And if you really want to see her smile, ask her about her family. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and attending Alabama football games with her family.
Dani helps the Student Services team with everything from travel arrangements to planning the graduation reception at the end of each semester. She loves hearing from and helping distance students in her role. She graduated from The University of Alabama and loves the Crimson Tide and is also passionate about art, putting her talent to use in photography and design in her spare time.
Soldiers make the best students. A former U.S. Army Senior Military Instructor at The University of Alabama ROTC Department, James knows it first-hand. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and later earned his M.S. in Human Environmental Sciences (Interactive Technology) from UA. When you talk to James, you'll know immediately that he loves what he does. He loves helping military students, and talking with military recruits. You'll appreciate James' give-it-all-you've-got attitude. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering with computers.
Nichelle has over ten years of experience in student services, and her transcript is decorated with several degrees, all of which she has earned online. She holds a bachelor's degree in business, a master's in education, and she has a doctoral degree in adult education along with post graduate certificates in adult learning leadership and learning and accountability. It's safe to say she's an expert for distance learners! She looks forward to daily dialogue with prospective and current students who are taking steps toward accomplishing their dreams.
Rebecca helps distance students by providing and securing proctoring services for exams on and off campus. She loves taking the worry out of the equation so that all the students have to be concerned about is preparing for their tests! She has a history of helping students at the SupeStore during her undergraduate years here, and she looks forward to continuing her education at the Capstone. She loves all things Alabama and fills her spare time by watching Crimson Tide football with family and friends and working on the pottery wheel.
Claire has worked as a recruiting specialist for UA Early College, the enrollment coordinator for Bama By Distance and now as the assistant director of Online Student Success. She is able to combine her love of helping students with her interest in data analysis to provide support to nontraditional students earning a degree from The University of Alabama. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Marketing, both from The University of Alabama. In her spare time, Claire enjoys crafting and decorating. She and her husband also enjoy attending sporting events.