Meet Our University Advancement Staff

Dr. Deborah L. Shaw

Dr. Deborah L. Shaw '82

VP for Advancement; Executive Director for UNA Foundation
(256) 765.4757

Debbie was born and raised 50 miles northwest of Florence in Savannah, TN. Her college choice was easy, as she enrolled at UNA in 1978. While at UNA, she was involved in numerous activities, including serving as a SOAR Counselor, joining a sorority, serving as a Resident Assistant, being elected by the student body as Miss UNA, and being chosen for the Hall of Fame prior to her graduation in 1982. Her desire to work on a college campus led her to get a master’s degree at Auburn University in Administration of Higher Education, and later her doctorate in the same program. Her first professional job was at Auburn University in Admissions. She spent 20 years working in Student Affairs, and the next 14 in Alumni Affairs. Debbie has been active in CASE and served as President of the SEC Alumni Directors Council. After 33 years of serving Auburn in various positions, she retired as a Vice President in early 2015, being awarded Emeritus status. After 14 months, the opportunity of a lifetime became available to her to serve her alma mater as the Vice President of Advancement, and she did not hesitate to return to the Shoals area. She has been working for UNA since May 1, 2016.

Dr. Judy Jackson

Dr. Judy Jackson '91

Planned Giving Development Officer 
(256) 765.4896

Judy has spent her entire UNA career working in the Advancement Office. She holds a B.S. Degree in management and an MBA from UNA. She also earned a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration in 2010 from the University of Alabama. Judy is married to Joe, and they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Jenny Mitchell

Jenny Mitchell '84

Assistant to the Vice President
(256) 765.4757

Jenny Mitchell graduated from UNA in 1984 with a B.S. Degree in Accounting. She spent 35 years working for local community banks, many of those as corporate secretary. She joined the UNA staff in October of 2017 and is excited to be a back on the UNA campus. She is married to Wiley Mitchell and they have two daughters, Mallory Kimbrough (Justin) and McKenzie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Ava and Landon, reading and traveling.

Amanda Sherrod

Amanda Sherrod '03

Director, Donor Relations and Prospect Management
(256) 765.4861

Amanda is a proud graduate of the University of North Alabama with a BBA in Human Resource Management in 2003 and she will receive her Master of Professional Studies in Higher Education Administration this December. She has been employed at UNA since 2015 and served as the Grant and Scholarship Specialist in Student Financial Services prior to joining the Advancement team. Amanda is married to David Sherrod and the mother of two children, Amber Grace and Gavin. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Barbie Terry

Barbie Terry

College Development Gift Officer
(256) 765.5082

With over 10 years of experience in fundraising, Barbie Terry has helped secure annual and multimillion dollar commitments from alumni and friends. Her dedication to philanthropy has helped garner critical funding for the programs and missions of the universities where she has worked. Barbie holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, where she also served as director of annual giving before coming to UNA. She’s married to Adam Terry of Town Creek, and the couple have two children – Eli and Avery. In her spare time, she enjoys attending sporting events with her family.

Gwen Patrick

Gwen Patrick

Director of Financial and Database Services
(256) 765-5085

Gwen Patrick is a 1983 graduate of the University of North Alabama with an Accounting degree. She is very proud to have performed with the Pride of Dixie Band as a Lionette for four years. Gwen obtained her Certified Public Accountant designation in 1986 and has worked in public accounting and as an financial adviser in the Shoals area. In January 2017, Gwen joined the Advancement Staff in an "opportunity of a lifetime to give back to the University that have given me so much". She is married to Jerry, a lineman with the City of Florence, and has two children, Kevin and Lesley (Tyler) Johnson.

Mary Ramey

Mary Ramey

Coordinator for Database Services
(256) 765-5092

Mary Ramey is a graduate of Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters in Financial Management. She has worked in higher education for over 14 years in Advancement and Accounting. She loves her dogs and has one adult daughter living with her in Tuscumbia.

Allison Doran

Allison Mays '15

Accountant I 
(256) 765.4670

Allison Mays graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2015 with a degree in Accounting. She has been employed by UNA since 2014 in the Advancement office. Allison is married to Ryan Mays and the couple have two beautiful children, Carter and Brynli. In her spare time, Allison enjoys creating stained glass, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

Meet our Alumni Relations Staff

Haley Brink

Haley Brink '08

Director of Alumni Relations
(256) 765.4201

Haley Brink is a two time graduate of the University of North Alabama. She received a BBA in Human Resource Management in 2008 and her MBA in 2013. In her nine years of employment at UNA, she has served as the International Admission Specialist and the Director of Annual Giving. Haley was hired as the Director of Alumni Relations in December 2016. Haley is happily married to Wes Brink and is the proud mother of two children, Madelyn and Ryder. In her spare time, Haley enjoys traveling, reading, and watching movies with her family.

Amy Bishop

Amy Bishop '06

Senior Administrative Assistant – Alumni Relations
(256) 765.4201

Amy Bishop is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Photography and is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in Higher Education Administration. She has 14 years of experience in the photography and administrative field. She is in her third year with Alumni Relations and enjoys the wide variety of tasks she gets to perform. Amy is married to Daniel Bishop, a 2006 and 2014 graduate, and they live in Rogersville with their miniature schnauzer Bernadette. When she is not working or crafting she enjoys taking care of their 6 backyard chickens. They are also expecting their first child in July!

Elizabeth Tyson

Elizabeth Tyson '15

Coordinator of Annual Giving 
(256) 765.5080

Elizabeth Tyson is a two-time graduate of the University of North Alabama, having received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management in 2015 and a Master’s degree for Professional Studies with a concentration on higher education administration in 2017. Elizabeth has previously worked with the UNA Distinguished Events Series and UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festival. During her time as an undergraduate student, Elizabeth was a member of the LaGrange Society, the Christian Student Center, Model UN, Zeta Tau Alpha, the Equestrian Team, Collegiate Legislature, Higher Education Partnership, and SGA, where she served in the Senate and as Treasurer for one year. Having grown up in both Haleyville and the Greater Birmingham Area, Elizabeth now proudly considers the Shoals Area as home.

Meet our Communications and Marketing Staff

Bryan Rachal

Bryan Rachal, APR

Director of Communications and Marketing 
(256) 765.4225

Bryan Rachal is a 2005 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and is accredited in public relations. Bryan is an experienced news producer and reporter having worked in both television and radio; he’s also an accomplished fundraiser having worked as a gifts officer for public radio and higher education. Bryan is an avid outdoorsman and fly fisherman; he’s also a voracious reader of news and literature alike. Bryan is married to his lovely wife, Andrea; they have two children, Alexander; and Annabelle.

Karen Hodges

Karen Hodges '84

Associate Director for Creative Services
(256) 765.4225

Karen Hodges is in her 27th year as part of the creative team at the University of North Alabama and currently serves as Associate Director of Creative Services; she also served as Publications Assistant and University Photographer during her time at UNA. She is an award winning graphic designer, including 25 “Best in the Nation” awards for her work with UNA’s athletics publications. Karen is a 1982 graduate of UNA with a B.S. degree in Art. She is married to Jeff Hodges, a 1982 UNA graduate, who serves UNA as assistant athletic director for communication and they have worked a combined 59 years at UNA. Karen is a mother of three, with a son Dillon (24) and daughters Shanna (19) and Melanie (17). Dillon is a 2012 UNA graduate and received a Promising Alumni Award.

Mitchel Moon

Mitchel Moon '06

Associate Director for Digital Communications 
(256) 765.5301

Mitchel Moon is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a degree in Computer Information Systems. He has worked as a developer professionally for nine years, writing code for municipal systems, transportation management and the Web. When he is not writing code, Mitchel enjoys creating music, gardening, and spending time with his wife Tashina and their two dogs

Cindy Brusseau-Hollander

Cindy Brusseau-Hollander

Administrative Assistant
(256) 765.4225

Cindy Brusseau-Hollander has worked in Administration and Management for over 20 years.

Captain Charles Craig

Charles Craig

Graphic Designer
(256) 765.4225

Chuck Craig is an award-winning graphic artist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He is a graduate of UNA’s Commercial Art program and has worked for many well-known organizations including, Nauticus, NASA Marshal Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to name a few. Chuck is an avid fisherman and loves to listen to music. He lives with his wife, Diane, and his dog Molly in Rogersville, and is a proud father of two fine individuals.

Shannon Wells

Shannon Wells '05

University Photographer
(256) 765.4225

Shannon Wells is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a BFA in photography. Hired in 1990 she became UNA’s first full time staff photographer. Shannon began her photography career in 1980 when she was hired as the first woman staff photographer for the local newspaper. Shannon’s work has been published extensively. In her position as University Photographer, her job has included photographing for UNA publications, events, athletics, marketing, web content and maintaining the UNA photo gallery and archives. Her passion for the arts is evident by organizing and participating in group and solo exhibits throughout her career. Shannon is an adjunct instructor of photography in the UNA Art Department. She currently lives in Florence and is a mother of five grown children.

Jeremy Woods

Jeremy Woods '04

Web Developer
(256) 765.4682

Jeremy Woods is a 2004 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. He wrote his first code on a Commodore 64 computer as a child. Jeremy’s proudest professional achievement is code he wrote to automate budget decisions for TVA and their Department of Defense projects. This contributed to the demolition of many DoD former chemical weapon production facilities. He has been an entrepreneur and developed websites for many businesses in the Shoals area and across the country. When he is not working, Jeremy enjoys reading, cooking and playing trombone.