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Lisa Young


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(205) 348-6000
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Lisa knows UA inside and out. She is a life-long resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The University of Alabama from the Department of Criminal Justice. She joined the New College LifeTrack staff after working as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Department, where she has taught Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, and Criminal Law for several years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Gary Vaden

Coordinator of Student Recruitment and Services

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(205) 348-7037
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Gary moved to Tuscaloosa 5 years ago from Texas.  He was an educator in Texas for 30 years and after retiring he and his family moved to Tuscaloosa so that he could follow his dream of working at The University of Alabama.   He has a BA in Music Education from Angelo State University and a MA in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Sul Ross State University.  He was an Admissions Counselor for the past 4 years in the College of Continuing Studies where he worked with HES programs and College of Education programs.  He has 2 daughters and in his spare time, you will find him with his family at an Alabama Softball game or football game, traveling, and working in the yard.
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Sandra Perkins


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A native of Tuscaloosa, AL., Sandra Perkins received a B.S. in General Business Management from the University of Alabama’s School of Commerce and Business Administration. Married, with a grown daughter and son, she is also a Sunday School teacher and participates in many church community outreach projects.
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Shanikia Young


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Shanikia was born at Fort McClellan, AL, and is an Army brat who has traveled and studied overseas. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA before earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish from The University of Alabama. Recently, she finished her M.A. in Educational Psychology at The University of Alabama and is currently working on completing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. In her spare time, Shanikia enjoys reading, sketching and drawing, cooking, traveling with friends and family, and listening and dancing to a range of music.
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Jamie Dykes

Program Assistant

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(205) 348-9650
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A native of Tuscaloosa, Al, Jamie Dykes, grew up with UA being her stomping grounds by having a father who retired from the University’s Athletic Department and a mother who worked in The College of Education. She received her bachelor’s and master’s from the College of Education and taught in the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools.  Jamie is also on the City Council for Northport, AL. She has one daughter who attends The University of Alabama. In her spare time, you will find her with her family and friends, preferably on Lake Tuscaloosa or at an Alabama Softball game, or volunteering in the community.
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Amanda Ingram, PhD

Assistant Director

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(205) 348-2794
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Dr. Amanda Ingram is originally from California but moved around a lot as a kid because her father served in the Marine Corps. She completed her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies from the University of California, San Diego. After undergrad, she moved to New York City where she taught high school English and ESL while earning her master’s degree from City College of New York. In 2006, Amanda moved to Tuscaloosa to work at The University of Alabama. In 2018, she finished her Ph.D. in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education while balancing work and her family life, so she is familiar with the challenges of being an adult student.
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Hannah Medders

Student Records Specialist

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(205) 348-7064
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Hannah is from Huntsville, AL, and received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama. She is honored to be on the NCLT team because she enjoys getting to know students, learning their unique experiences and ambitions, and helping them on the way towards their goals. A working mom with two young children, she understands the balancing act facing many adult students and appreciates the opportunity to support them.  Hannah enjoys reading, learning, and being outdoors, especially with her family.


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Jennifer Caputo, MA


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(205) 348-1656
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Jennifer Caputo is a senior instructor in NCLT who lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband Andrew Dewar (UA Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts). Her teaching interests integrate music, dance, creativity, festivals, cultural studies, music and social change, community engagement, and arts outreach. 

Ms. Caputo has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY (City University of New York), and a Master of Arts degree in Music (Ethnomusicology) from Tufts University. She completed Ph.D. coursework and qualifying exams in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. Jennifer also enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, traveling the world, and supporting local food and arts organizations. 

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Scott Jones, PhD


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(205) 348-6041
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Scott Jones lives in Cottondale with his wife Leah, three cats, one dog, a snake, and a turtle. Scott is originally from near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has been slowly making his way south. He made stops in West Virginia and North Carolina before coming to Alabama. His interests include hiking, camping, monster movies, reading, and many other things. Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Shippensburg University in south-central Pennsylvania where he did undergraduate research on cannibalism in caddisflies and salamanders. He received his Master’s degree in Biology from Marshall University in West Virginia where he looked at urban herpetology. His most recent degree was a Ph.D. from East Carolina University in North Carolina, where his research focused on how tadpoles change their shape in response to competitors and predators. His teaching interests include herpetology, zoology, ecology, conservation biology, natural sciences, and the connections between humans and nature.
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Kim Colburn, PhD


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(205) 348-7038
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Kim Colburn lives in Northport with her wife, Kristi. They have 3 teenage children and 4 dogs, 2 of the 4 are foster fails. Kim is a native of Tuscaloosa but has lived in many places. Her interests include camping, fishing, Alabama football, and dog rescue. Kim is a 2005 New College graduate with a depth study in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She has a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from The University of Alabama. She has a Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Alabama. Kim’s dissertation focused on Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and perpetrator behavior. Her teaching interests include cooperation and conflict, social change, collective memory, and social issues.