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The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences presented the Jack Davis Professional Achievement Awards during the 2017 HES Homecoming Convocation. The award was established to honor Dr. Lewis Clifton, "Jack" Davis, a Tuscaloosa dentist and a pioneer in establishing the importance of nutrition in dentistry. Dr. Davis was also the first male graduate of the CHES nutrition program. The awards are presented annually to outstanding CHES alumni for their professional accomplishments. The college has awarded the honor to more than 200 alumni since its inception in 1986.
This year's honorees include Brian Baney, Kim Fryar, Meredith McBrearty. Jamie Preskitt, Christine Reedy-Lewis, Candice Rosenkranz, Carol Sanders, Paige Stephenson, Anna Threadcraft, Christopher Williams, and Ron Williams, Jr.
Kim Fryar, of Austin Texas, serves as the program director and senior child life specialist for Wonders and Worries, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide professional support for children dealing with a parent's illness. Fryar earned her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science from the University of Alabama. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of North Texas. Fryar was honored for her outstanding professional achievement in the area of human development and family studies.
Meredith McBrearty, of Atlanta, is the owner of Meredith McBrearty Interiors, a firm she established in spring 2009. McBrearty's work has been featured in Décor, Traditional Home, Lonny and Southern Home magazines. D Home, Dallas/Fort Worth’s Home and Garden Magazine named her in their list of “Best Designers in Dallas” in 2016. McBrearty received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in 2002. McBrearty was honored for her outstanding professional achievement in the area of interior design.
Candice Rosenkranz, of Nashville, is employed by Creative Artists Agency. Rosenkranz is recognized for her ability to provide operational oversight of recruiting events and operations at collegiate level championship programs. She has been with CAA since September 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and her Master of Science in sport management from The University of Alabama. Rozenkranz was honored for her outstanding professional achievement in the area of sports business management.
Carol Sanders, of Tuscaloosa, is an account manager with The VAL Group in Birmingham, which provides concierge service to hospitals, corporations, government agencies and other businesses. As an account manager, Sanders conducts pre-arrival interviews with candidates to create a custom itinerary for their visit. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Alabama in 1984 and her master’s in general human environmental sciences from UA in 1997. Sanders was honored for her outstanding professional achievement in the area of hospitality management.
Paige Stephenson, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, serves as the president and CEO of the United Way of Piedmont in Spartanburg. In this role, Stephenson leads a 25-employee organization that raises almost $5 million in corporate and individual financial support and generates $35.7 million in economic impact. She received her bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from The University of Alabama in 1989 and her master’s degree in consumer sciences from UA in 1993. Stephenson was honored for his outstanding professional achievement in the area of consumer sciences.
Anna Threadcraft, of Birmingham, is a registered dietitian and nutritionist who serves as the employee wellness director at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Threadcraft previously worked as a corporate wellness specialist at Regions Bank, which was named one of the “Top 100 Healthiest Employers in the Country” during her tenure. She attained her bachelor’s in human environmental sciences at The University of Alabama in 2005. Threadcraft was honored for her outstanding professional achievement in the area of human nutrition and hospitality management.
Christopher Williams, of Bartlett, Tennessee, is the infrastructure manager of Landau Uniforms, a $100 million healthcare and food service apparel manufacturer. He is responsible for developing goals, objectives and unit plans for information technology strategy as well as designing the backup strategy to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster. He earned his master’s degree in interactive technology from The University of Alabama. Williams was honored for his outstanding professional achievement in the area of interactive technology.
Dr. Ron Williams, of San Marcos, Texas, is an associate professor in the department of health and human performance at Texas State University. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches lifestyle and functional medicine. Williams received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Alabama in 2006. Williams was honored for his outstanding professional achievement in the area of health science.
Baney, with Harbor City Physical Therapy in Indialantic Florida; Reedy-Lewis, with Ralph Lauren in Alpharetta, Georgia; and Preskitt, with Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta Georgia, were unable to attend. They were honored for achievements in Athletic Training, Fashion Retailing, and Apparel Design respectively.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences presented the Jack Davis Professional Achievement Awards during recent homecoming activities on campus.
This year’s honorees include Chad Barker, Heather Dill, Meredith Franks, Sheena Gregg, Jennifer Hairston, Lana Koenning, Matthew Maxwell, Laura McKoy, Grant Trick, Melanie Tucker, and Taylor Williams.
The awards are presented annually to outstanding CHES alumni for their professional accomplishments. The awards have been given out since 1986. The College has awarded the recognition to more than 200 alumni.
Barker, of Columbus, Mississippi, is a partner and the regional vice president of operations for Drayer Physical Therapy Institute and owner of Partner Core Fitness. Since 2002, Barker’s clinical practice has focused on occupational medicine, rehabilitation and spine care. He has experience throughout his field, including management, supervisory and clinical experience. A frequent presenter nationally and internationally, Barker holds several professional memberships. Barker received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama while studying sports medicine and athletic training and his Master’s of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.
Dill, of Northport, Alabama, is the director of sales and marketing for the Embassy Suites in downtown Tuscaloosa, where she is responsible for developing and implementing marketing techniques, developing and maintaining relationships in the industry and communication with investors. In her career, Dill has worked with several hotels such as Marriott International, the Wynfrey Hotel, the Sheraton, Hampton Inn and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Within the community, she is the publicity fundraising chair for the Junior League of Tuscaloosa and is a member of multiple professional associations. Dill received her bachelor’s degree in restaurant, hospitality & meetings management from The University of Alabama.
Franks, of New York, is senior product manager of women’s woven and product manager of women’s collection/Fashion Show for Joe Fresh. At Joe Fresh, Franks manages the overall product development process across departments, travels overseas on new vendor sourcing trips and works directly with the design team to ensure deadlines. She has close to 10 years of industry experience, specializing in production, product management and development. Franks earned her bachelor’s degree specializing in apparel and textiles, with a concentration in fashion retail, from The University of Alabama.
Gregg, of Tuscaloosa, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and assistant director of the department of health promotion & wellness at The University of Alabama. She spent the early years of her career working in hospitals across rural Alabama. Gregg has received multiple awards, including the Miriam J. Gaines Leadership Award by the Alabama Obesity Task Force. Frequently quoted in the mainstream media on topics such as weight management and eating disorders, Gregg has been a spokesperson for the statewide Scale Back Alabama Program. Named one of the 10 Agents of Change in the nutrition industry in 2015, Gregg received both her Bachelor and Master of Science, specializing in nutrition and hospitality management, from The University of Alabama.
Hairston, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the vice president of operations at Barnett & Company, a firm providing investment management and financial and estate planning consultations to its clients. She engages clients in development of financial plans, goals and risk tolerance. Immediately prior, she was the chief operations officer and financial planner for Campbell Asset Management, LLC in Chattanooga. Since January 2011, she has worked as an Adjunct Instructor at The University of Alabama, where she teaches financial planning techniques and develops case studies. Hairston received her bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration and master’s in both economics and family financial planning and counseling, all from The University of Ala
Koenning, of Atlanta, Georgia, is the manager of suite member services for the Atlanta Falcons Football Club, where she is responsible for scheduling, managing and budgeting for all of the suites in the new Mercedes-Benz stadium. Immediately prior, Koenning was account manager, Luxury Services, for the NBA Charlotte Hornets Sports and Entertainment. She has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career and has been a member of UA’s sports management alumni society for over five years. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree, specializing in consumer sciences and sports business management, respectively, from The University of Alabama.
Maxwell, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, is the manager of clinical program development for Cancer Treatment Centers of America— Medicine & Science, where he is responsible, in conjunction with the chief medical officer, for the development, implementation and managing of clinical strategy and of clinical programs and initiatives. He holds multiple professional memberships and certificates. Maxwell received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, his master’s in business administration from Texas A&M Commerce and his master’s in interactive technology from The University of Alabama. He expects to complete his doctorate in business administration at California Southern University in 2020.
McKoy, of Dallas, Texas, is the creative director and vice president of interior design for Omni Hotels & Resorts, where she oversees, manages and directs all aspects of interior design for Omni. In her career, she has worked on hotels all around the world, executed interior design concepts, managed outside purchasing agents, has traveled to present renovation ideas with the owner and developed an internet based design help desk. She is a member of UA’s College of Human Environmental Science Leadership Board. McKoy received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from The University of Alabama.
Trick, of Birmingham, Alabama, is the owner of Design Industry Workroom in Birmingham, where he designs and produces custom upholstered furniture and other soft furnishings for designers and architects across the southeast. Recognized for his attention to detail, Trick has worked across the country for companies such as Tiffany and Co., Nautica, and Levi’s Dockers, all located in New York, and Trickey Studio in San Francisco. At Tiffany, he designed and fabricated custom props for both New York flagship and international stores. Trick received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama— specializing in apparel design with a minor in Spanish.
Tucker, of Tuscaloosa, is an associate professor in the UA School of Medicine’s department of family medicine. In her career, Tucker has held faculty positions in multiple departments and is involved in various family and rural medicine areas within the College of Community Health Sciences. She has conducted research on topics ranging from “Health and Health Behaviors of UA Students” to “Implementation of a Culinary Medicine Course.” Frequently published, she has presented nationally and internationally. Tucker received her bachelor’s degree from Athens State University, her master’s from The University of Alabama and her doctorate in health education and promotion from The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Williams, of Memphis, Tennessee, is clinical director at the Memphis Mental Health Institute and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Frequently published, Williams has received multiple awards, including as a four-time recipient of the University of Tennessee’s Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching Psychiatry Clerkship. Board certified in psychiatry, she received her medical doctorate from The University of Alabama School of Medicine, her Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in molecular biology, and her Bachelor of Human Environmental Science, with a concentration in human development and family studies, from The University of Alabama.
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