Advisory Council

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Mission

The Advisory Council will provide specific feedback on College programs and projects, participate, as able, in assisting to create and strengthen partnerships to enhance the faculty and student experiences, and help with the overall advancement of the College with outside constituents. Members serve upon the recommendation and invitation of the Dean.

A Word from the Dean

My main goal for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is to see the University of North Alabama as a destination of choice for a liberal arts education. To help achieve this goal we will concentrate on four main areas.

  1. The value of a liberal arts education in a world that demands an agile workforce.
  2. The value of creativity in sustaining economic growth.
  3. The value of international experiences in creating seamless job opportunities.
  4. The value of collaboration with experts across the continent.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering was founded on and continues to espouse the qualities of a true liberal arts education: thinking critically, communicating clearly, solving complex problems, and becoming an engaged citizen in a free society.

Advisory Council Members

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Ms. Elaine Augustine

Ms. Elaine Augustine - Ms. Augustine started her studies at UNA by taking calculus and chemistry classes and then decided to instead pursue a degree in her love, Art.  Over the next years she enrolled in art classes available at UNA, Printmaking, Watercolor, and Sculpture.  The Watercolor class took her to the next level of her art endeavors.  Since then she has become on of approximately 150 Master Pastelists worldwide.  She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and many other pastel societies.  Within the past three years, she has been part of the three Master Pastelists exhibition held at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, a two-person exhibition at the Oak Ridge Art Center, and she was asked to be one of the ten pastel artists who would represent the USA in an exhibition in China held at the Ming Gallery.  The exhibition then toured galleries and museums in China over the next year. 

Ms. Augustine graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2021 Magna Cum Laude with a BS Degree in Art.

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Dr. Jeremy Baham

 Dr. Baham earned bachelor degrees in Political Science and History in 1996 and a Masters in Community Counseling in 1999 from UNA. He completed his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in 2014.

Dr. Baham is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Mississippi State University. He served MSU as the Associate Dean of Students from 2011 to 2016. Dr. Baham is committed to student success and shows it through his current work with MSU and previous work with Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, and Averett University in Danville, Virginia. Dr. Baham and his wife, Dr. Tracey Baham who serves as Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness at Mississippi State are the parents of two children, Patrick and James. He is a native of McComb, MS and veteran of the Army Reserves and Alabama National Guard.

 

Mr. John Briggs - Co-Chair

Mr. Briggs has over 25 years’ experience as a senior level music industry executive and possesses a wealth of expertise. Having served as Vice President of Membership for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Mr. Briggs earned a reputation for trend-spotting.  Having launched Briggs Entertainment, he was asked to join US Bank’s Private Client Reserve’s Entertainment and Pro Sports Division as a consultant.  Mr. Briggs currently serves as co-owner of Ardor Wealth Management, Private Family office.

 In 1997 Mr. Briggs received the Alabama Governor’s Award for his contribution to American music and in 2008 he received the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Music Industry Achievement Award.

A dedicated arts supporter, Mr. Brigg’s has served on Boards for:  the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Muscle Shoals Music Association (MSMA), Nashville Entertainment Association and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame board (past Chairman of the Board), and past Governor of the Nashville Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

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Ms. Debra Dombrowski

Ms. Dombrowski earned her degree in Communications at UNA and currently employed by Vertiy Corporation (NYSE:VRT) a global manufacturer of data center infrastructure management systems.  Originally from Chicago, Ms Dombrowski found her home in The Shoals where she serves on the boards of directors of Safeplace, The Friends of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, the Library Foundation, and the Arts Alive festival.  Ms. Dombrowski lives with her husband, Jackie Hendrix, in Florence where they own a small business.  Together the work to support the arts, social justice, and the local business community.

 

Dr. David Edwards

Dr. Edwards earned his physics degree from UNA and attended Auburn University and earned his master’s degree and a doctoral degree in material engineering.  Dr. Edwards is the manager of the Science and Technology chief engineer’s office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Dr. Edwards joined the NASA team in 1989 and has served in increasingly responsible leadership positions throughout his career. As chief engineer, Dr. Edwards is responsible and accountable for the technical functionality for all systems under development within the Science and Technology Office.

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Dr. Lorri Glover

Dr. Glover graduated from UNA in 1990, majoring in history and political science. She went on to earn her MA in history from Clemson University in 1992 and PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1996. She was a professor at the University of Tennessee for twelve years before moving to Saint Louis University in 2009, where she is the John Francis Bannon Endowed Professor of History. Glover has published ten books in American history, most recently Eliza Lucas Pinckney: An Independent Woman in the Age of Revolution and Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries, both with Yale University Press. She is a past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, often leads teacher training at the George Washington Teacher Institutes at Mount Vernon, and gives invited talks around the country.

Mr. Neill Jobe

For more than 18 years, Mr. Jobe has been pioneering and implementing new and innovative uses for Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. As a GIS professional, Mr. Jobe has effectively applied his skills and solutions-based mapping strategies to assist a variety of industries ranging from transportation planning, local government, utilities, public safety, universities and airports. Mr. Jobe graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1996 with a B.S. in Geography and a Geographic Information Systems Certification.  He was named “2006 Geography Alumni of the Year” at the 2nd Annual University of North Alabama Geography Alumni Conference. In 1999, Mr. Jobe founded GEO Jobe GIS Consulting and is currently the acting CEO. The company has won many awards over the last decade for its persistent innovation around GIS mapping technology. In 2011, Mr. Jobe participated on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Alabama Geographic Alliance (AGA).

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Ms. Carnette Johnson - Chair

Carnette Robinson Johnson from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May 1983.  In May 2018, she completed her Executive Master’s degree of Business Administration from the University of North Alabama. Carnette has worked in the fields of auditing and cost accounting in the Bay Area and Los Angeles in California. Since 1993, she has worked in the glue applicator machinery industry and resides in the Atlanta area.  She has successfully assisted in the implementation of a global accounting module of SAP. Her current position is Controller of the John’s Creek facility in Georgia.  Her personal motto is all about critical “out of the box” thinking.

Carnette is very involved in her community where she has served as President of PTSA, attended Parent Leadership Academy, participated in Everybody Wins Atlanta which is a reading program, Time N Talent, and fundraising for Relay for Life.  In 2013, She formed a committee called “The Flashback Committee” who are a group of African American alumni who planned events during homecoming and helped establish a need-based scholarship at UNA in the name of her classmate, Major Dwayne Williams who was tragically killed at the Pentagon during 9/11. In 2018, UNA awarded her the Community Service Award and inducted her into the Hall of Distinction for the COAS.  She has established the Geraldine Hobbs Robinson food pantry endowment at UNA in honor of her mother who passed away of ovarian cancer.  This year, she was honored for serving as UNA’s Alumni President for Greater Atlanta area where she attended college fairs to help recruit quality college students since 2012.  Recently, she has been serving on a task force with top executives to establish her employer’s Black Employee Network which will promote, support, retain, and mentor black employees.

In August of this year, she formed a business with her two sons that is real estate related.  The Colquin Robinson Group, LLC will focus on co-living, mental welling-being, and home ownership.

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Dr. Carolyn J. Lovett

Dr. Carolyn J. Lovett joined the UNA faculty in 1991, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students in Education and Counseling programs.   She retired from UNA as Professor Emeritus in 2015 and taught part time until 2017.    She earned her Bachelor degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette Iowa.    She earned her Master, Specialist, and Doctorate degrees in Counselor Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Arkansas.

She worked in the public-school systems in Iowa and Ohio as a classroom teacher and a Counselor and Psychological Examiner in two school systems in Arkansas.  Her International experience was as a multicultural counselor /teacher in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  In 1980, she began working in higher education, she has taught graduate and undergraduate student at the University of Arkansas, Southeast Missouri State University and University of North Alabama.

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Dr. Rob Robinson

Dr. Robinson graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1983. He attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee, Memphis from which he was awarded his M.D. in May of 1993.  He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1996 and completed his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in neonatal-perinatal medicine in 1999. Dr. Robinson currently practices with the Pediatric Group of Georgia as a Neonatologist and holds positions at Piedmont Fayette Hospital as Medical Director of Neonatal Services, Chairman for the Department of Pediatrics, and a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He is also a society member of the American Board of Pediatrics, Georgia American Academy of Pediatrics, National Medical Association, and American Medical Association.

 

Mr. Tom Ross

Mr. Ross is employed with Wells Fargo Advisors as a First Vice President and Branch Manager of the Florence, Alabama office. He sits on the UNA Foundation Board and is a member of the Turtle Point Board of Trustees. Mr. Ross is a past president of the Florence Country Club and has been active with many boards over the years including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and was a founding board member of the Children's Museum of the Shoals. Mr. Ross has a passion for encouraging students to travel abroad.

Ms. Tricia Scott

Ms. Tricia Scott

Ms. Scott earned her degree in Education from University of North Alabama in 2004.  Originally from Florence Alabama, she began her 15 plus year career as the CEO and owner of Creative Film Connections Inc. of Alabama. It is through CFC that she acquired experience in the television and feature film industry through prop rental and training as a Med Tech advisor. Expanding her horizon, she then established Creative Film Connections Inc. of Louisiana where she holds the position of CEO and owner.  Ms. Scott keeps a close eye on her ever growing television and feature film prop rental companies in Louisiana. An asset to her community, Ms. Scott has served on the council for The Shalom Foundation where she procured medical donations for the Moore Center in Guatemala.

Dr. David Sunseri

Dr. Sunseri was appointed CEO of PMI BioPharma Solutions in August 2018. As CEO, he is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction of the company.  Previously, he was the Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development and Chief Business Development Officer at PMI Bio responsible for leading development programs and developing new business opportunities. Prior to PMI Bio, Dr. Sunseri spent almost four years at Berg, LLC, in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he was the Vice President, Product Development responsible for clinical trial manufacturing, engineering operations, supply chain, and formulations.  He spent approximately 10 years with Schering-Plough and Merck in small molecule inhalation and parenteral development, and medical device products. Dr. Sunseri received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of North Alabama and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in Chromatography, from Florida State University. Dr. Sunseri also serves on the UNA Foundation Board of Directors. He is the Treasurer for the Foundation, Chair of the Budget, Finance, and Audit Committee, and member of the Executive Committee.

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Judge Angela Terry

Judge Terry is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in political science and minors in history and Spanish. She attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and graduated in 1998 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Judge Terry was in private practice in Moulton, Alabama, for ten years trying cases throughout North Alabama and sitting as the Municipal Judge in Hillsboro prior to being appointed District Judge of Lawrence County by Governor Bob Riley in March 2009. She was elected in 2010 and was unopposed in 2016. As District Judge she is also the Juvenile Court Judge and by law the chairperson of the Lawrence County Children's Policy Council. In that capacity she was recently asked by the President of the Alabama State Bar to Co-Chair the Alabama State Bar's Task Force on Foster Children. Judge Terry also serves on the Board for Hospice of the Valley and is a member of the local Rotary club. She lives in Moulton with her husband Shane.

Ms. Anne Whitaker

Ms. Whitaker earned her degree in Chemistry and Business at UNA.  Ms. Whitaker currently serves as the CEO of Dance Biopharm Holdings, a private clinical stage healthcare company focused on developing novel inhaled formulations of medicines to treat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases. Most recently, Ms. Whitaker served as the CEO and President of KNOW Bio, LLC, a privately held life science company, and its subsidiary, Novoclem Therapeutics, Inc., now Vast Therapeutics, from February 2017 until April 2018. She is an independent director on the board of Cree (CREE: NASDAQ), a LED and semiconductor company, Mallinckrodt (MKN: NYSE), a specialty pharmaceutical company, Vectura (VEC-GB: London Exchange), a pharmaceutical and medical device company, and a Trustee for the University of North Alabama.  Ms. Whitaker is active in the North Carolina community as a member of the North Carolina School of Math and Science Foundation Board and several women’s leadership organizations including Women in Bio, HBA, and Women Corporate Directors.

Advisory Council Junior Members

Indigo Fort

Ms. Fort graduated from UNA with a full tuition leadership scholarship and pursued a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with a double minor in Legal Studies and Family Studies.  During her undergraduate experience, she served as SGA's Freshman Forum, Black Student Alliance (Vice President), NAACP (Treasurer), NPHC (Vice President), Order of Omega Honor Society, National Society of Leadership and Success and working in the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity under the leadership of Mrs. Joan Williams.  Upon completion of her BS in 2015, Indigo began her Master of Science in Family Studies and received a Graduate Assistantship with the United Methodist Children's Home where she worked as a Knabe Scholarship Program Assistant.  Indigo graduated with her M.S. in 2018 and shortly began her Ph.D in Human and Social Services at Walden University, which is still in progress.  In 2020, Indigo was named the inaugural Young Alumni Award recipient for her outstanding achievement, personal growth in career/professional, civic, and cultural service in ways that positively reflect the University of North Alabama.