Meet Our University Advancement Staff
Dr. Deborah L. Shaw '82
VP for Advancement; Executive Director for UNA Foundation
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 '91
Associate Vice President, Advancement Services
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.
Shinika Byrd '12
Assistant to the Vice President
Shinika Byrd is a two-time graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and a Masters of Business Administration in Management. She has over 10 years’ experience in the administrative field. She is working toward her fifth year with the Office of Advancement. Shinika is married to Lavale Byrd, owner and operator of Custom Quality Insulation and Spray foam. They have three beautiful children, Jordan, Cash and Raya. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Director of Donor Relations
Deborah Hensley is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in General Business. Her work history prior to UNA is varied and consists of administrative, insurance and collections manager, coordinator of patient relations, marketing and sales, and driver relations director. She has been at UNA eleven years where she has developed her passion for working in higher education. Deborah is married to Jeffrey Hensley and they have two daughters Victoria, who graduated from UNA in 2010, and Emmaleigh who is currently attending UNA. In her spare time Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, baking, and playing/snuggling with their dog of 14 years, a Schnoodle named Oliver.
College Development Gift Officer
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 (9) and Avery (2). In her spare time, she enjoys attending sporting events with her family.
Director of Financial and Database Services
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.
Coordinator for Database Services
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.
Meet our Alumni Relations Staff
Haley Brink '08
Director of Alumni Relations
Haley Brink is a two time graduate of the University of North Alabama. She received a BBA in Human Recourse 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 '06
Senior Administrative Assistant – Alumni Relations
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 '15
Coordinator of Annual Giving and Special Projects
Elizabeth Tyson is at 2015 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree for Professional Studies at UNA with a concentration on higher education administration and anticipates to graduate in May 2017. Elizabeth has previously worked with the UNA Distinguished Events Series, UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festival, and the local UNA Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapter. 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. Growing up in both Haleyville and the Greater Birmingham Area, Elizabeth now proudly considers the Shoals Area as home.
Meet our University Communications & Marketing Staff
Bryan Rachal, APR
Director of Communications
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 '84
Associate Director for Creative Services
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.
Cindy Brusseau-Hollander has worked in Administration and Management for over 20 years.
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 '05
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.
Mitchel Moon '06
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