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    One of the most important aspects of the College of Health Sciences is without question, our faculty and staff. Our people are enthusiastic, motivated professionals who are, themselves, answering the calling of their own lives. They bring extensive professional experiences into the classroom, making your educational experience deeper and richer.

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    Marian Carter  Ed.D.

    Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 310

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    Biography

    Marian Carter has seen her life come full circle. "When I was in high school, I felt like God had called me to work in Christian education. What I thought that meant for me was to teach elementary children in a Christian school," she said. Carter took several education courses at Samford University before realizing teaching was not her passion. She eventually switched to interior design and ultimately had her own company. "I . . . enjoyed the work in the field but wondered how I had misunderstood God's path for my life." Carter had taken a position on her church's staff when a college friend told her about a job opening at Samford. She accepted the offer, and after obtaining her master's degree, she moved to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. "It took several years after graduation to get there, but God's calling was not void. He placed me right where He wanted me to be--at Samford University in Christian education."

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ed.D., higher education administration, Union University
    M.S., education administration, Samford University
    B.A., interior design, cum laude, Samford University

    Awards and Honors

    Lamplighter Award (Nursing Service Award), 2010
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

    Involvement

    Faculty/Staff Traffic Citation Review Committee, 2009–present, Samford University
    Chair Staff Advisory Committee, 2008–2010, Samford University
    Member of Shades Mountain Independent Church since 1980
    Member of choir and praise team at Shades Mountain Independent Church since 1980
    Member of the school board at Shades Mountain Christian School, Hoover, Ala., 2011–2013
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    Leslie Mann  Ed.D.

    Assistant to the Vice Provost
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 309

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    Degrees and Certifications

    Doctor of Education, higher education administration, University of Alabama; 2012
    Master of Science, elementary education, Samford University; 2007
    Bachelor of Science, elementary education, Jacksonville State University; 2003

    Involvement

    Hand in Paw, Junior Board member

    Expertise

    Special projects planning and coordination, academic editing

    Research

    Animal-Assisted Therapy
    Human-Animal Health Connections
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    Nena F. Sanders  Ph.D., RN

    Vice Provost, College of Health Sciences
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 304

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    Nena F. Sanders, has been active in health care for more than 35 years. Her professional nursing career is multifaceted and includes work as a staff nurse, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse educator, health care consultant, and entrepreneur. In addition to her practice of nursing, she has had tremendous success as a grant writer, researcher and author. Sanders has also been involved in developing, implementing and evaluating graduate nursing education programs for nearly three decades and she participates in numerous professional and community service endeavors.

    Degrees and Certifications

    Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    M.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham
    B.S.N., University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame, 2013
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing Wharton Executive Leadership Program
    MOMENTUM, women's leadership program, 2012
    Visionary Leader, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, 2010
    Birmingham Business Journal's "Who's Who in Healthcare," 2000, 2008, 2009

    Involvement

    Go Red, American Heart Association, executive leadership team
    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [CCNE], site visitor
    State of Alabama Association of Colleges of Nursing, past chair
    Alabama Nurse Leaders in Education and Practice Executive Committee
    Journal of Nursing Administration Research, editorial board
    Journal of Critical Care Nursing, editorial board
    American Organization of Nurse Executives' Committee on Research

    Expertise

    Nursing administration, clinical resource management, health-care delivery systems, managed care, case management, disease management, and quality management
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    Katie Stripling 

    Executive Director of External Relations
    College of Health Sciences
    COONEY 314

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    Biography

    When Katie Stripling received her public relations degree, she had every intention to pursue a career in politics. "I had dreams of running political campaigns and possibly someday running for office," she said. God had other plans. Stripling had a number of jobs dealing with health-care issues and was working as an account executive for a local advertising agency when she learned Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing had an opening. "The position in the school of nursing allowed me to combine my passion for education and health care with my skills and knowledge in public relations and development. After my first interview with Dean Sanders, I knew this was where I was supposed to be." Stripling’s hard work was rewarded when she received the 2012 Lamplighter Award from the Alabama League for Nursing. "It was an incredibly humbling experience to be nominated for such an honor by the faculty of our school. I am blessed with extraordinary colleagues."

    Degrees and Certifications

    B.A., communication studies, public relations concentration, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Awards and Honors

    Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award, 2012
    Public Relations Council of Alabama Chapter Management Award, 2012

    Involvement

    Public Relations Council of Alabama (past president)
    AACN Nursing Advancement Professionals
    Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church