Meet the Advisors


Culverhouse student services advisors 2020

Click on the name of an advisor to learn more about them!

Tonya Appling
teappling@culverhouse.ua.edu

Tonya is the Office Associate for Culverhouse Online Student Services, serving our Distance Learning students. As the first point of contact for Distance Learning students, she manages phone and email communication, schedules appointments, performs transfer evaluations, and organizes office operations. A native of Tuscaloosa County, Tonya received her Associate's Degree from Shelton State. After raising her two children, she joined The University of Alabama in 2017. She loves to travel, garden, serve, and spend time with her family and friends.

Michael Avant

mavant@culverhouse.ua.edu

Michael has been at The University of Alabama advising business students longer than Nick Saban has been coaching the Crimson Tide, and he has a better winning percentage. However, his favorite college football team is his Alma matter, Georgia Southern University, where Michael earned both his Bachelor’s degree in History and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.  When he isn't reliving the narrow defeat and unparalleled rushing success of GSU versus Alabama (2011), he's attempting to keep his wife, three children, two dogs, and aspirations to become Ron Swanson alive. Seriously, they said unconventional bio, so here we are.  Be on time to your advising appointments!  Put your CWID in ALL of your emails.  Brush your teeth, and use your best manners at all times.  All students are recommended to make a contribution to Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption prior to all appointments. 

Vicki Baggett
vsbaggett@culverhouse.ua.edu

Vicki is one of the first faces that you will see at the front desk when you walk into 10 Bidgood. You can find her answering phone calls and booking appointments for the academic advisors. She has been with Culverhouse for 5 years and is currently working on her bachelor's degree through CHES. Vicki's favorite place to be besides UA is at the beach. She enjoys watching a good season of Big Brother with a bowl of spaghetti and she would love to tell you all about it (either the show or her dinner). Anytime you are near the office, stop in and say hello! Vicki loves making new friends.

Sherry Boggs
sboggs@culverhouse.ua.edu

Sherry is the office manager, budget manager and assistant to the Associate Dean for Student Services. She has been with the University for 25 years and 22 of those years in Culverhouse. Working at UA is a family affair, her father was a police officer for 25 years, her sister recently retired after 40 years and both of her brothers work on campus. She is a die-hard Alabama fan but her favorite color is orange; she even drives an orange car!

Jeff Clark
jclark@culverhouse.ua.edu

Jeff Clark is an academic advisor in the Student Services Office. He meets with many undergraduate students in the College of Business, but most specifically the international student population. Jeff also works with the Study Abroad Office and students studying internationally.

Jeff is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where he earned his degree in Public Relations. Following the completion of his undergraduate education, Jeff attended Florida State University and studied Sport Management. During his time at FSU, he worked in the athletic department with the volleyball and tennis teams. Prior to his current position, he was an international student advisor at Jacksonville State University for 11 years.

Jeff has always had a passion for athletics but never participated. This interest stemmed from the fact that his father played football on Bear Bryant’s first national championship team. He grew up going to games at Bryant Denny Stadium and even had a chicken leg stolen by the legendary coach at a players’ reunion. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, including his two beagles, Beau and Mae.

Danielle Clarke
dclarke@culverhouse.ua.edu

Danielle is the Registrar for Culverhouse College of Business, which means that she approves graduation applications, helps to update the catalog each year, advises students who have majors in two different colleges, and does a bunch of other little things to help students. She has a husband named Fred, who graduated from the School of Law here at UA, and two mischievous little boys (Dillon, 7 and Sawyer, 2). She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and spent several years working in their business school. In her very limited spare time, Danielle loves reading gossip magazines, binge-watching old television dramas (like House, Private Practice, and One Tree Hill), shopping (especially on clearance racks), and yoga.

Brandy Frost
bzfrost@culverhouse.ua.edu

Brandy is the Director of Advising for Culverhouse Undergraduate Student Services. Having worked over 20 years on campus she feels privileged to continue to call The University of Alabama home. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Counseling for Higher Education from The University of Montevallo. Serving undergraduate students through outreach and special projects, she is able to keep a pulse on students at each level of their academic experience.

As Coordinator of Bama Bound for the college and GBA 145 instructor each fall semester, she spends a lot of time working with first-time freshman and transfer students on the transition to UA. She is a member of The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), The University of Alabama Academic Advisors Association (UA-AAA). Brandy is a Transfer Ally, Safe Zone Ally, Harbor Ally, Veteran Ally, and REACH Champion. In our roles at UA, Brandy believes that we need high energy and intentional relationships to support our students.

Stop by for a visit and see her Disney Tigger collection, she says it reminds her to keep that energy!

Lauren Gibson
mlgibson@culverhouse.ua.edu

Lauren works at the front desk and is one of the first faces you see in the Student Services office. She has a background in marketing and sales as well as experience with bookkeeping. She is the proud mom of two redheaded wild things and enjoys spending her free time with her family. She loves spending time outdoors and a good cup of coffee.

Dianne Gilbert
dgilbert@culverhouse.ua.edu

Dianne is the self-proclaimed historian of the College’s Student Services department. She has been working on the University’s campus for over 24 years, and in her role in Student Services for 21 years. Dianne’s job involves wearing several hats-including evaluating transfer credits, working with our student-athletes, and with students who have transferred to the University of Alabama (just to name a few). She loves baking and watching sports, specifically The Tide.

Josh Harris
Jcharris13@culverhouse.ua.edu

Josh is an academic advisor for the Culverhouse College of Business. He received both his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Master’s degree in Intercollegiate Administration from Western Kentucky University. He has been with The University of Alabama since the Fall of 2018.

Outside of the advising office, Josh serves as the faculty advisor for the Bama E-Sports team. He also enjoys the creative arts. In his free time, he is writing a screenplay for a movie with friends from college as well as writing his own book!

Dave Heggem
dheggem@culverhouse.ua.edu

Dr. Heggem serves as Associate Dean of Student Services for Culverhouse College of Business and directs the AsaH. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center. This center serves students by providing academic advising and planning as well as counseling on career goals and options. Dr. Heggem helped establish the college's Business Honors Program, which has now grown to roughly 40 students per incoming cohort. He works closely with student-athletes as they prepare to enter professional sports, and keeps the statistics for the UA men’s basketball team.

Dr. Heggem can also be seen driving around Tuscaloosa in his 1967 light green Ford Mustang convertible. If you see him out and about, be sure to wave.

Jason Johns
jjohns@culverhouse.ua.edu

Jason is an academic advisor for Culverhouse students. Additionally, he serves as the coordinator for GBA 145-the business compass course designed for first-semester freshman. Jason earned both of his degrees from The University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences; concentrating in Quality Management during his graduate studies.

Tiffany Labon
tnlabon@culverhouse.ua.edu

Tiffany has served the students of The Culverhouse College of Business for over 10 years. During that time, she has assisted students in the Crimson Edge and the Faculty Scholars Programs as well as served as the Departmental Liaison between Student Services and the academic departments in Culverhouse. Currently, she assists with new advisor training in Culverhouse’s Student Services Center, teaches severalGBA145 classes, and answers questions from recruiters, prospective families, and students through Culverhouse’s ‘business-at-bama’ email portal.

Originally, from Memphis, Tiffany earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. She loves spending time with her family and friends throughout the U.S.

Kelly Riley
koriley@culverhouse.ua.edu

Kelly is an Alabama native and first-year Academic Advisor in the Culverhouse College of Business. Her main goal is to help students create an individualized course of study in order to help them successfully navigate their college careers.

Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University and her Master of Science degree in Recreation and Sport Administration from Western Kentucky University. Prior to joining the Student Services team, Kelly worked in college athletics as a Sports Information Director and as the Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing for Spalding International.

Kelly is married to Brett, and they have two young sons, Brooks and Kolton. In her free time, Kelly enjoys being with her family, cheering on her sons during their sporting events, watching college athletics, traveling, and spending time with her four-legged children, Bella and Bailey.

Christopher Stone
Cjstone1@culverhouse.ua.edu

Chris Stone serves as an Academic Advisor for Distance Learning Students at Culverhouse College of Business. In addition to advising, he teaches GBA 245: Distance Learning Seminar, part of the college’s Business LEAD program. A graduate of The University of Minnesota and Westminster College, Chris came to The University of Alabama in 2018 to pursue a passion for working with students and supporting their educational and professional pursuits. Outside of work, he enjoys listening to a variety of podcasts on history, mythology, folklore, and politics.

Jessica Trull
jdtrull@culverhouse.ua.edu

Jessica Trullis a first-year Academic Advisor who moved to Culverhouse after four years in the Office of the University Registrar. Jessica completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double minor in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies in 2009. Soon after, she received a Master of Arts in Gender and Race studies. She earned a BAMA from BAMA! She loves working for the University of Alabama and has a strong passion for education and student success.

Jessica enjoys reading and writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and philosophical/theoretical perspectives. Her favorite poets are Dorothy Parker, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich. Her favorite fiction writers are Flannery O’Connor, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston. Beyond reading and writing, Jessica loves sports—her favorites being College Football and Major League Baseball. As you can see from her photo, she shares her love of Alabama Football with her four-legged baby, Snoop. Roll Tide!

Anne Margaret Vincent
Avincent@culverhouse.ua.edu

Anne Margaret Vincent is an Academic Advisor for the Culverhouse College of Business, specifically serving Distance Learners. As a Business Alum from THE University of Alabama, she considers it a privilege to work with non-traditional students.

She hates chocolate but keeps it stocked in her office to keep her co-workers happy! She loves her fur babies, enjoys watching too many Hallmark movies, shamelessly benefiting from friends who are wonderful cooks, and is flat out addicted to Sweet Tea, Coca-Cola, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Roll Tide!

Samantha Young
syoung@culverhouse.ua.edu

Samantha was born and raised in Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During her time as an undergraduate, Samantha participated in several student organizations, held leadership roles, and took part in community projects. Samantha carried that passion with her when she attended the University of Central Arkansas, earning a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration.

Samantha joined the Culverhouse College of Business in May 2016. Her coordinating duties include Sophomore Initiative and UA in Canada. The targeted program, Sophomore Initiative, focuses on career development, academic achievement, and major selection for Culverhouse’s sophomore students. A new program, UA in Canada, offers incoming, in-state business freshmen the opportunity to directly interact with international businesses to develop a better understanding of Culverhouse majors and career opportunities. Samantha also teaches GBA 145, a freshmen compass course required for all incoming business students.

Samantha values students' personal growth and development, connection and building relationships, and enhancing the student experience through resources and involvement. In her spare time, you can find Samantha at a Tennessee Titans football game with her husband, Isaiah, crafting with her Cricut, or couponing.

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