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Meet Your Support Team


Victoria WhitfieldDr. Victoria Whitfield, Director

Dr. Whitfield is a Tuscaloosa native. In her role as director, she oversees all of UA Early College. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Secondary Education- English/ Language Arts, as well as a PhD. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Whitfield spent many years working as an administrator and a high school English teacher. Students and parents contact Dr. Whitfield when special circumstances arise that are outside the scope of another staff members' expertise. She enjoys hearing the positive experiences of UA Early College students and parents. 

Fun Fact: Dr. Whitfield is a proud three-time alum of The University of Alabama.



Pam Mixon

Mrs. Pam Mixon, Assistant Director

Mrs. Mixon is from Hamilton, Alabama. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s in Secondary Education, as well as a master’s in Educational Administration and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. As the assistant director, she oversees student achievement and co-oversees the Summer On Campus program (SOC). In addition, Mrs. Mixon works closely with high school counselors and UA faculty to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful. Students and parents contact Mrs. Mixon when they have questions about courses or the SOC program. 

Fun Fact: She has four grandchildren and can be found at most sporting events cheering on the Tide.


Jennifer Hayes

Mrs. Jennifer Hayes, Program Manager - Recruiting and Marketing

Mrs. Hayes is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She works with our recruiting specialists and marketing team to outline recruiting and communication efforts for students and families across the state of Alabama and the United States. In addition, Mrs. Hayes builds relationships with high school counselors, school administrators, and members of the Parent Leadership Council. Students or parents may call her if they have questions about communication or events. Mrs. Hayes enjoys the team focused efforts her job presents, ensuring students are able to receive the best from the program.

Fun Fact: She loves to pull practical jokes on friends and family. 


Tara BallardMs. Tara Ballard, Office Associate II

Ms. Ballard is originally from Greensboro, Alabama. She assists students and parents with their questions about the program, and is the primary contact for the UA Early College admission process. She also facilitates special events held by the department and is actively involved with the LEAP program. Students and parents contact her with general questions, to check the status of an application, or to direct them to someone who can assist with specific questions or concerns. Ms. Ballard enjoys being able to help students and parents and working with the UAEC team.

Fun Fact: In her spare time, she loves the water, fishing, hunting, and cheering on her son and the Crimson Tide!


Lee CarterMs. Lee Carter, Enrollment Coordinator

Ms. Carter is from Butler, Alabama. She’s been with UA Early College since it began in 2009. In her position, Ms. Carter admits students, awards scholarships, coordinates classes, and helps students enroll in those classes. Students contact her when they need help enrolling in a class. Parents contact her if they have questions about their student's account information. She enjoys most allaying the fears of students and parents regarding higher education and representing UA with the highest degree of integrity. 

Fun Fact: Ms. Carter, her two children, and her daughter-in-law are all graduates of UA.



Karley FernandezMs. Karley Fernandez, Learning Community Coordinator

Ms. Fernandez is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As the Learning Community Coordinator, she ensures students are equipped with the resources they need to succeed by advising, creating action plans, monitoring academics, and fostering a vibrant learning community. She co-oversees the Summer On Campus program. New students and students in need of action plans meet with her for advising, while students currently working with her stay in contact on a weekly basis about any class, schedule or personal concerns. Students and parents contact her for anything related to SOC. She enjoys watching students grow academically, socially, and emotionally as they begin their college careers.  

Fun Fact: She has a love for lyricism and has written 500+ songs.


Leslee GriggersMs. Leslee Griggers,Recruiting Specialist (South Alabama)

Ms. Griggers enjoys visiting her home town of Monroeville, AL. As UA Early College’s south Alabama recruiting specialist she travels across the state and nation to share exciting possibilities with students, parents, and school counsels. Students and parents contact her with questions or when they are interested in learning about earning college credit while in high school. Ms. Griggers enjoys giving students the support and guidance they need to successfully transition into college, and achieve their academic goals.

Fun Fact: Ms. Griggers loves dancing and is always up for a good pun. Listen to her carefully, she will sometimes slip into a random accent!



Wendy HoggleMrs. Wendy Hoggle, Academic Advisor

Mrs. Hoggle's hometown is Cleveland, Ohio. As an academic advisor, her role is to assist students with course selection based on their anticipated major. She also serves as the dual credit contact for high school counselors and students. Students schedule an advising appointment with Mrs. Hoggle each semester they want to take a course with UA Early College. Parent involvement is welcome in the student academic advising sessions and processes. She finds it most rewarding to see the students grow academically. 

Fun Fact: In her spare time, Mrs. Hoggle is a bonafide cake boss. 



Chartis IvyMs. Chartis Ivy, Academic Advisor

Ms. Ivy is originally from West Point, Mississippi, but she considers Columbus, Mississippi as home. As an academic advisor, she helps students select courses based on their anticipated major. She also serves as the dual credit contact for high school counselors and students. Students can always rely on her when they need help with deciding which courses should be the next step toward success. Parents and guardians can participate in the advising sessions with the students.

Fun Fact: She enjoys being with her loved ones and has taught color guard for several years.



Patti MeggsMrs. Patti Meggs, Program Assistant

Mrs. Meggs is a native of Pinson, Alabama. Her primary responsibility is maintaining the internal student database and updating student records for UA Early College. She is a primary point of contact for students and parents with general questions about the program and for any questions regarding the application/admission process. Any time Mrs. Meggs gets to meet UAEC students and hear their stories of success, it brings her joy.

Fun Fact: Not only is she an Early College employee, she is also an Early College parent.



“JohnMr. John Adam Page, Database Marketing Coordinator

Mr. Page is from Phenix City, Alabama. His job involves working on marketing campaigns and prospective student communication, including maintaining the UA Early College website. Students and parents may communicate with Mr. Page if they send the office a question by email. They may also see him at recruiting events or on-campus functions. He enjoys helping students get a head start on their college experience and working with the UA Early College staff and faculty.

Fun Fact: He loves outdoor activities, water sports and travel.



Lindsey PorterMrs. Lindsey Porter, Program Assistant

Mrs. Porter is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her primary roles at UA Early College are managing financial and budget information, ordering supplies and packing for all events, and managing recruiting materials. Additionally, she assists with responding to parent and student inquiries and is actively involved in the LEAP program. Students and parents may call her if they have general questions about Early College. She enjoys all the interactions she has with students and parents as well as working with the rest of the UAEC staff. Mrs. Porter says the people involved in the program are who make UAEC a rewarding place to work.

Fun Fact: Mrs. Porter loves brussel sprouts almost as much as she loves spending time outdoors with her husband Brantley and their two dogs, Lucy and Birdie.


Anna WaltonMrs. Anna Walton, Recruiting Specialist (North Alabama)

Mrs. Anna Walton is from Decatur, Alabama. She travels across the state and nation to share UAEC opportunities with students, parents, and school administrators. She is a primary point of contact for parents and students alike from the areas in which she recruits. Mrs. Walton enjoys getting to provide resources that empower students to reach their maximum potential and working closely with the whole family to ensure that support is being given. She also co-oversees the UAEC Ambassadors. 

Fun Fact: Mrs. Walton enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She hopes to one day have her own cookbook.