Women of Influence

Women of Influence is open to female alumni and friends of the University of North Alabama who contribute $250 or more annually to the Women of Influence Fund at the UNA Foundation. This program allows philanthropists who share a passion for and commitment to our students at UNA to come together and make a collective difference by partnering directly with UNA’s First Lady Dena Kitts. As a Women of Influence member, you will be invited to two campus-based meetings in order to see an exclusive look into the heart of UNA. Members will hear from faculty, alumni, and students firsthand about how the University has made a difference in their lives.

As the First Lady’s signature initiative, one-third of the donations raised each year will be designated to the Caring for the Pride Fund, which personally speaks to Dena’s philanthropic heart. This fund supports the immediate needs of the UNA family, including students, faculty, and staff who have been adversely affected by a short-term, unexpected life event. The membership will vote annually on the remaining two-thirds of the funds disbursement so that every member has a voice in how the money will make a difference in the lives of UNA’s students.

Dena Kitts
"We have a real opportunity with Women of Influence to impact student success directly. This is my Mission in Motion."
-- Dena Kitts


For more information, contact Barbie Terry at 256-765-5082 or bterry5@una.edu

  • Chair:

  • Dena Kitts
  • Dena Kitts
  • Dena Kitts is the wife of President Ken Kitts and First Lady of UNA. She earned a baccalaureate degree in English from Francis Marion University with minors in Spanish and history. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English National Honor Society. She received post-graduate certification in career counseling, with emphasis in resume writing and interview skills. She has been inducted into Who's Who of Professionals and was a member of Leadership Florence (SC) class of 2001. Dena's professional career spanned nine years in Human Resources at the university level.

    Since her arrival on campus in 2015, Dena has been an avid supporter of student success and an enthusiastic promoter of UNA. She devotes her time to numerous organizations including the Shoals Symphony at UNA Board of Directors, Derby Day Planning Committee, and the Kilby Laboratory School Parent Advisory Board. She also assists the UNA Career Center each year with Speed Networking interviews which gives experiential, one-on-one interview practice to UNA students entering the job market. To foster school spirit, Dena has participated in "First Pitch" ceremonies to open athletic events, judged Homecoming activities, and even returned to her drum major roots by directing UNA's award-winning Marching Pride of North Alabama band.

    Dena’s current passion is her Women of Influence initiative, which she founded and currently co-chairs. WOI is a dynamic group of diverse women leaders who have come together to elevate and empower student success through philanthropic enterprise.

    In her spare time, Dena enjoys writing, photography, and traveling. As proud as she is of her many university and civic duties, Dena's greatest and most important role is being mom to Colin and Corbin.

  • Vice-Chair:

  • Dr. Stephanie Teichmiller
  • Dr. Stephanie Teichmiller
  • Dr. Stephanie Teichmiller was the first female Dentist in Morgan County and has been practicing General Dentistry in Decatur, Alabama, for the past 30 years. She has served her community through many roles, including past President of the Mental Health Association, Junior League of Morgan County, Decatur Commodores, Board Member of the National League of Junior Cotillions and was recognized for her community service by being named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. She also owns "Assist to Succeed Decatur", a Dental Assisting school with more than 100 graduates. She is the official Dentist for the Miss Alabama pageant and her philanthropy is Mission: Makeover. She is also currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Dentistry. She supervises Junior and Senior Dental Students on the Clinic Floor as they treat patients. She was recently named an ICON in Dentistry by the Ultradent Corporation because of her mentorship to women in all aspects of life!