LifeTrack Advisors are experienced and maintain a one to one relationship with students from the beginning to the end of the degree pursuit.

Students from ages 25 to 95 have earned a degree through LifeTrack. There are two reasons for their success:

  1. Their own hard work
  2. They had an advisor to help them from admissions through graduation.

These people are your liaisons, coaches, cheerleaders, confidantes, guides – your connection inside The University of Alabama. So you can spend your time and energy learning.

Lisa Young
Not your average advisor

Phone: (205) 348-6000
Room: 204 Martha Parham Hall West

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.

Lori Jacobi
Can obviously handle any challenge

Phone: (205) 348-7037
Room: 206 Martha Parham Hall West

Lori Jacobi was born and raised in Chicago.  She has a Bachelor degree in Anthropology from Northwestern University, a Master degree in History/Museum Studies from Southern Illinois University, and was ABD in American History at Indiana University when she moved to Tuscaloosa in 1994.  She served as Coordinator of The Transfer Project at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and, more recently was the Archivist for the UA Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society.

Sandra Perkins
Always there with a word of encouragement

Phone: (205) 348-6000
Room: 205 Martha Parham Hall West

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 several church community outreach projects.

Shanikia Young
Your Resourceful Academic Coach

Phone: (205) 348-6000
Room: 207 Martha Parham Hall West

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.

Meet the Staff

Cindy Franks
She’s a student just like you

Phone: (205) 348-6000
Room: 208 Martha Parham Hall West

Cindy was born and raised in Tuscaloosa and has a daughter. She is working on her undergraduate degree through the New College LifeTrack. Most weekends you can find her curled up watching old movies or reading. She also enjoys photography and spending time with her daughter and friends.

Contact Us:

 (800) 467-0056