WOMEN’S SUMMIT 

March 17-18, 2021

During this exhilarating virtual event, we will discuss how to inspire and empower
#AuburnWomen to get more involved to lead future generations.

Women’s Summit Speakers

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Regenia Sanders ’95
Mechanical Engineering

Regenia Sanders ’95 has served as President of the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2020 and is the first Black woman to serve as president. A Partner at Ernst & Young (EY), she leads their Supply Chain Practice for the Americas and the U.S. Central Region, an over-$250M business comprised of approximately 500 professionals across the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Israel.

She has 20 years of experience delivering supply chain assessment and transformation projects, from sourcing & procurement and planning to fulfillment for Fortune 500 and Private Equity portfolio companies. With experience in the Industrial Manufacturing industry, she both advised and helped clients innovate their supply chains and find efficiencies through process improvement while leveraging analytics, advanced technology and point supply chain solutions.

Sanders serves on the National Advisory Board for the National Society of Black Engineers, is a member of Auburn University’s College of Engineering Council and endowed a scholarship in her name that is issued annually to 2 aspiring African American women enrolled in Auburn’s College of Engineering.

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Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
Management

Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86 has been Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Auburn Alumni Association since 2015, providing strategic direction and leadership to the Office of Alumni Affairs while working with the Auburn Alumni Association Board of Directors to enhance the engagement of more than 238,000 living alumni worldwide.

Since her arrival, the association has adopted a visionary five-year strategic plan focused on inclusive programming to increase meaningful engagement and communication with all stakeholders; established a 21st century approach to evaluating effectiveness through industry metrics; provided leadership to campus-wide endeavors such as the 125th Anniversary of Auburn Women and the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of Auburn Athletics; successfully participated in the “Because this is Auburn” Campaign which raised $11,433,912 and 67 new scholarship endowments; established a new alumni awards program for inclusion and diversity programming; initiated alumni engagement events with key corporate partners who employ Auburn alumni and invest in university initiatives; and implemented a new tiered membership program, which recognizes all alumni as general members.

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Patsy Alford
Marketing

Patsy Alford is vice president and wealth trust specialist at BBVA Compass Global Wealth, drawing on 35 years of experience working with affluent, high-net-worth individuals and institutional customers to understand not only their personal financial needs, but also the business and economic trends that affect them.

Prior to joining BBVA Compass Global Wealth in 2011, Alford spent six years with Regions Financial, where she served as vice president in the Institutional Services Group and 8 years as vice president in the Employee Benefit area at SouthTrust Bank in Birmingham, Ala. Her previous banking experience also includes several years as Vice President in the Trust area at Compass Bank.

Alford received a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Samford University. Her education also consists of Series 6 and CRSP certifications, Cannon Financial Institute Trust School and Alabama Trust School. She has been actively involved with Greater Birmingham Auburn Club for many years, where she held a past president role and now serves as a current board member.

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Dion Aviki ’04
Chemical Engineering

Dion Aviki is currently director of commercial excellence at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where she leads global cross-functional projects driving multimillion-dollar annual improvements, enabling their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Her professional experience includes leadership roles in sales, marketing, business development, technical marketing and product development across the HVAC and Life Sciences industries.

Aviki served four years on the Board of Directors for the Auburn Alumni Association, in addition to serving as President of the Greater Houston Auburn Club and creating and an endowed scholarship.

While earning her MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 2017, Aviki was president of her section and the Lead Development Fellow, attaining a 98 percent “give back” participation rate. She currently serves on the Auburn University Chemical Engineering Alumni Council and the Duke Alumni LGBTQ+ Network Board.

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Simona A. Black ’94
Nursing

Simona A. Black is a retired Colonel in the United States (U.S.) Army Nurse Corps with over 26 years of extensive clinical, leadership, and policy development experience. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

Black has served as a nurse manager at the Family Practice Clinic in Baumholder, Germany; in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Bagdad, Iraq; the Intensive Care Unit at the Combat Support Hospital in the Republic of Korea; the Wounded Warrior (Neuro-Surgical) Unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C; and the Surgical Unit at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Through her military experience, she applied her skills and knowledge in foreign countries to include Germany and Korea. Likewise, Dr. Black’s assignment to Iraq provided her the unique opportunity to care for the critically ill and injured soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and local nationals during combat.
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Shelley Bischoff Kavlick
Professional Flight

Col. (Ret.) Shelley Kavlick recently retired from the United States Air Force Reserve after 25 years of commissioned service. During her career, she has served as an aircraft maintenance officer for the F-16 and KC-135 aircraft, action officer with the Fiscal Year Defense Plan in the Pentagon and instructor with Officer Professional Military Training and Education.

Highlights from Kavlick’s career include the PEACE CARVIN II foreign military sales program between the United States and Royal Singaporean Air Forces, assistant executive officer to the chief of Air Force Reserve and vice commandant of Air Force Officer Training School. She graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1994 and was commissioned a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1995. Kavlick completed graduate studies in the United Kingdom at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University in 2004 and holds master’s degrees from the Air Command and Staff (2007) and Air War (2014) Colleges, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Kavlick is currently a new Auburn student studying in the Professional Flight program.

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Emma Brannon
Family & Consumer Sciences

Emma Brannon serves as an Auburn Clubs Coordinator with the Office of Alumni Affairs at Auburn University. Alongside her counterpart Moira Pyle, they support over 120 Auburn Clubs and Auburn Alumni Affiliates to engage the Auburn Family and foster the Auburn spirit, raise funds to support student scholarships, and to be an extension of the Auburn Alumni Association in local communities.

Brannon has worked at Auburn University College of Human Sciences for the past five years and joined Alumni Affairs in 2019.

Olivia Bradford

Olivia Bradford
Public Relations

Olivia Bradford is the director of communications and events for the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, managing the brand of the Chamber while supporting and advocating for small businesses in the Muscle Shoals, Ala. area. In 2017, she and her family moved to the Shoals to raise their kids and help start a landscape design company with her husband. Previously, the assistant to the president for scheduling and events at the University of North Alabama, she has held roles in the music, entertainment and tourism industry for the Ryman Auditorium in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn. and for the Walt Disney Company.

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Caroline Brophy
Strategic Communications

Caroline Brophy currently serves as the Young Alumni Coordinator in the Office of Alumni Affairs at Auburn University, overseeing both the Young Alumni Council as well as the Student Alumni Ambassador program. She assists in facilitating the student to alumni transition by developing meaningful programming and opportunities for both current students and young alumni.

Prior to her role at the Auburn Alumni Association, she served as the Special Projects Coordinator at the West Virginia University Alumni Association. Brophy received her Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations in 2018 and a Master’s in Marketing in 2020 from West Virginia University.

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Addye Buckley-Burnell
Psychology

Addye Buckley-Burnell has served the Auburn University Career Center since 2012 and currently hold the title of associate director, Career Development. In this role, she oversees the career counseling functions of the office and supervises staff, graduate assistants and student peer career advisors.

She as teaches a variety of courses, formalizes the assessment of this centralized Career Center and coordinates the Campus Career Closet. Prior to her position at Auburn University, Buckly-Burnell was a Career Resources Specialist in the Career Center at Missouri State University, where she specialized in working with international students.

Buckley-Burnell is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri and Alabama, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC), and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) with experience in a variety of counseling areas including mental health, academic and career. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Adult Education program and hopes to defend her dissertation in August 2021.

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Chacolby Burns-Johnson ’01
Public Administration

Chacolby Burns-Johnson ’01 is a Development Major Gifts Officer with a legal advocacy civil rights nonprofit organization connecting supporters with their mission to promote equal opportunity, justice, equity and human rights for all. She has served in various capacities as an Executive Director, an appointed member of two administrations in the State of Alabama Governor’s Office, and as a development, community outreach, and public relations professional in the non-profit, higher education, and state government sectors.

Burns-Johnson is president and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Alabama Chapter. She is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, where she is a sustainer member of the Junior League of Montgomery and served on the board of directors as the strategic planning/advisory chair; co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Summit, several fundraising committees and the inaugural chair of the Ad-Hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She recently completed a term as vice president of programs for the Public Relations Council of Alabama-Montgomery Chapter.

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Jazzmin Car ’15
English Literature and Sociology

Jazzmin Carr ’15 is an attorney and risk management professional currently serving as a senior incident manager for Amazon, responding to critical impact global events, escalations, and policy matters.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Carr attended Auburn University as a presidential scholar, earning her bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Sociology, summa cum laude, with university honors in 2015. In 2018, Carr earned her juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where she was appointed director of the Student Government and elected president of the Harvard Black Law Students Association. Carr began her legal career at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP in Birmingham, Ala. and Clifford Chance U.S., LLP in New York, N.Y. with a primary focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and asset finance.

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Kath M. Carter AUM ’90
Accountancy

Kath Carter ’90 AUM graduate, is the Global Talent Leader/Global Executive Sponsor Entrepreneurial Winning Women | Strategy and Transactions for Ernst & Young, and is focused on inspiring and developing today’s talent to achieve their aspirations and growth potential in this ever-changing environment while also building a better working world.

Carter has more than 26 years of experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestiture activities, with another five years of experience as an auditor. She has worked with private equity and corporate clients across a range of industries and on several cross-border transactions. She is experienced in carve-outs, particularly large-scale, complex transactions requiring public financing.

An active participant in EY inclusiveness and mentorship efforts who has been recognized for her efforts in advancing women, Carter also serves as the global executive sponsor for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program, championing women founders and connecting them to the many resources and networks to further their sustainable growth.

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Rodmesia Clarke ’08
Chemical Engineering

Rodmesia Clarke ‘08 currently works for Enbridge, Inc. where she is the manager of programs for US Gas Transmission and Midstream. In 2012, she earned her MBA from Texas A&M University and began her career working for BP America as a process engineer supporting Gulf of Mexico assets. Since graduating from Auburn, she has held various roles as an engineer and project/program management professional.

A founding member of the Auburn Engineering Young Alumni Council and supporter of the Auburn University 100+ Women Strong Program, Clarke also serves as a member of the Auburn Chemical Engineering Alumni Council. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and exploring, as well as training in the gym.

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Jaqueline Keck Chandler ’18
Economics

Jacqueline Chandler ’18 is the vice president of business development for NextSite, a commercial advisory firm helping communities across the U.S. grow their commercial footprint by providing industry-leading research, consumer analytics and targeted opportunities to commercial development decision makers.

The 2017 Student Government Association President, Chandler also served as a War Eagle Girl representing Alumni Affairs, Auburn Athletics and the Office of the President. Upon graduation she interned with PowerSouth Energy Cooperative and then joined the City of Auburn’s economic development team as the director of industrial development. She specialized in marketing and representing the Auburn community to perspective clients, project logistics and partnership building with local and regional stakeholders.

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Jen Geeker ’16
Business Administration

Jen Geeker ’16 currently works at Washington and Lee University in the development office as the assistant director of Student and Young Alumni Philanthropy. While at Auburn, Jennifer was involved with the Student Philanthropy Board, Sigma Kappa Sorority and the Auburn Women’s Club Soccer team.

Outside of work, Jennifer is a member of the Auburn University Women’s Philanthropy Board, the Junior League of Miami and serves on the advisory board for the Kappa Omicron chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority. After recently moving to Miami, Fla. with her husband, Geeker is currently starting the Miami Auburn Alumni Affiliate.

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Amber Grant ’19
Business Administration-Management

Amber Grant ’19 is currently a School Certifying Official with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Grant joined the U.S. Army in 2005. After serving nine years in the Army, she transitioned to student veteran and has obtained two Associates of Science degrees, and her Bachelor of Science in business administration-management from Auburn University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in public administration.

While attending Auburn, Grant worked as a student worker in the Veterans Resource Center assisting her fellow student veterans with education benefit questions and issues. She brings a wealth of knowledge to assist student veterans as they transition into higher education.

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LaSonja Winns Greene ’11
Business

LaSonja Greene ’11 is president and CEO of Greene Development Company, Inc., a woman-owned small business that develops solutions in healthcare services, administrative services and business development.

Greene is currently president for the Huntsville Madison County Auburn Board, serves on the Women’s Council for Madison Hospital supporting the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and is cohost on the weekly podcast “Manifest Monday” with Dr. Kreslyn Kelly-Ellis. She is a writer for the semi-monthly Powerhouse Magazine, a magazine to empower women. Her passion is leadership, and she has served as a professional panelist for Auburn University, spokesperson in press conferences for small businesses, instructor for the Harbert School of Business and a Focus ‘27 graduate of Leadership Huntsville Madison County. Greene served on the Women’s Economic Development Council board of directors, WEDC Foundation Board and an emissary for the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

A past general business coach at the Catalyst Center for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, she has made it her duty to inspire, encourage and empower women.

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Sunita Hall ’09
Psychology

Sunita Hall ’09 leads the Compliance Department for a leading financial tech company in New York City, merging her previous career experience in finance and technology. She spent the first eight years of her career in banking, most recently in private banking and wealth management for high-net-worth business owners and families in the Atlanta area. During that time, she also led the merger and acquisition of two private banking divisions into one publicly traded financial services firm. She has since pivoted to working in regulatory compliance with an emphasis on BSA/AML.

Hall currently sits on the board of directors for the Atlanta Auburn Club. Outside of work and volunteering her time to mentor other young women in the professional world, she stays busy with family and friends, traveling, or going for long walks with her canine friends. The best professional advice she was ever given is “to be your own best advocate.”

LuAnne Lockwood Hart ’80

LuAnne Lockwood Hart ’80
Psychology

LuAnne Hart ’80 has served as vice president of the Auburn Alumni Board of Directors since 2020. The senior vice president, human resources and marketing director for MidSouth Bank, a community bank headquartered in Dothan, Ala., she holds the designation of senior certified professional through the Society of Human Resources Management.

A sustaining life member of the Auburn Alumni Association, Hart has been involved with the Barbour County Auburn Club for more than 20 years, serving as a director, secretary-treasurer and treasurer. She was recognized by the Auburn Alumni Association as the 2013 Club Officer of the Year. At Auburn, Hart is a member of the Circle of Excellence Society, the James E. Foy Loyalty Society and the Samford Society. In addition, she is a Tigers Unlimited Foundation Donor. She and her husband, Charlie ’78, reside in Eufaula, Ala. They have two children, Will Hart ‘10 and Rebecca Hart Harris ‘12, both of whom are Auburn graduates.

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Elizabeth Huntley ’93
Political Science

Elizabeth Huntley, a civil litigation attorney with Lightfoot, Franklin & White in Birmingham, Ala. was appointed to the Auburn University Board of Trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley and confirmed by the Senate on April 10, 2012, to represent the 6th District until her term expires on April 9, 2022.

Huntley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University in 1993, and a law degree from the University of Alabama in 1997. She has served as a member of various business and civic organizations and boards. A committed child advocate, she and her husband, Tony Huntley ’85, reside in Clanton, Ala. with their two daughters, Ada Ruth and Sarah Beth, and one son, AJ.

Ada Ruth Huntley

Ada Ruth Huntley
Global Studies

Ada Ruth Huntley is a senior at Auburn University and was elected the first Black woman to serve as president of the Student Government Association in February 2020. She is a senior in Global Studies, with a Hunger Studies minor, and is on track to graduate in the Summer of 2021 with honors. Upon graduation, Huntley will continue her studies at the Culinary Institute of America, where she will partake in the Accelerated Culinary Arts Program (ACAP) beginning in September of 2021.

Huntley is a former president of the Kappa Chi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as Camp War Eagle, the Campus Food Pantry, Black Student Union, Student Recruiters and Tiger Dining.

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Erin Hutchins ’09
Political Science

Erin Hutchins ’09 has served as the inclusion & diversity coordinator for the Office of Alumni Affairs at Auburn University since 2015, developing events and programs surrounding diversity and inclusion and has seen consistent growth over the past five years.

The largest program that Hutchins oversees is Black Alumni Weekend. What began as a modest event with only 80 alumni in attendance has now grown to a weekend where over 600 Black alumni and friends gathered in 2019—a 750% increase in less than five years. During the pandemic, Hutchins was able to pivot and provide quality programming and events for alumni, transitioning the Black Alumni Weekend to a 2020 Virtual Black Alumni Week where more than 500 attendees attended online.

Hutchins is passionate about engaging both alumni and students through a variety of events and programs, raising money for student scholarships, and promoting connectivity with the Auburn Alumni Association and Auburn University.

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Sonya Jenkins ’92
Mathematics & Computer Science

Sonya Jenkins ’92 is the chief of operations at Advanced Project Consulting, an aerospace/defense support contractor. An active member of the Middle Georgia community volunteering her time with many charitable and civic organizations, from 2011 to 2016 Jenkins served on the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and in 2014, was the first African American woman to serve as the chamber Chairman of the Board. In 2016, she was appointed by Warner Robins Mayor and Council to serve on the Economic Development Authority and was the first African American to serve as the authority board chair.

Jenkins also serves on the Auburn University Student Affairs Development Board, the Middle Georgia Auburn Club Board and the Auburn University College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Leadership Council. She is vice-chair of the inaugural cohort of the Black Alumni Council. She lives in Warner Robins, Ga. and is the proud mother of Jeremy, Josh, and Aria.

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Kaiyah King
Graphic Design

Kaiyah King is a junior at Auburn University, from Herrin, Ill. majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Supply Chain Management. In the future, she hopes to be a business owner specializing in print design, especially invitations and stationery suites.

Since becoming a student at Auburn, King has served with the Emerge Leadership program and UPC’s major events committee. She is an ambassador for the College of Architecture, Design, & Construction, as well as a member of the Student Alumni Association board of directors. King is currently the vice president of marketing and communications for the Black Student Union, as well as an operations supervisor at Campus Recreation and a student office assistant in the Haley Center’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology.

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Stacy Lin Thompson
Marketing

Stacy Lin Thompson has served as the president of the Auburn Student Alumni Association since 2019. As president, she has been able to serve the Auburn student body and alumni, raise money for student scholarships and carry out the mission of the Auburn Alumni Association.

Thompson is a senior at Auburn majoring in marketing and minoring in nonprofit and philanthropic studies. She is also a member of the Sigma Lambda Chapter of Kappa Delta. While attending school, she has also worked two-part time jobs. Thompson is very thankful for the experiences Auburn has given her and the female leaders who have shaped her into the woman she is today.

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Reese Lisenby
Health Services Administration

Reese Lisenby is a junior from Dothan, Ala. majoring in health services administration, with minors in business and dance. She has served as the vice president of sponsorships for the Student Alumni Association for the past two years and will be serving as the president this upcoming year.

Lisenby has also served Auburn’s campus as an at-large senator, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Student Senate, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and on the cabinet and recruitment team of her social sorority, Chi Omega. She is grateful to have had these challenging leadership experiences that have molded her into the leader she is today, and is thankful for the opportunity to empower women through these experiences and for the women who have empowered her throughout her college career.

Taylor Pierce

Taylor Pierce
Senior, Exercise Science

Taylor Pierce is a senior at Auburn University majoring in exercise science, with plans to pursue a master’s degree in higher education with a focus on student affairs. During her time at Auburn University, she has served as the Beat Bama Food Drive president, College of Education Student Ambassadors president, Camp War Eagle counselor, and vice president of community service for Kappa Delta Sorority.

Pierce is thankful for all the mentors that have pushed and challenged her throughout these different leadership roles. Auburn has given her the greatest opportunities to excel out of her comfort zone and shaped her into who she is today. She has had such a wonderful community of women who constantly encourage her to empower others.

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Moira Pyle
Marketing

Moira Pyle serves as an Auburn Clubs Coordinator for the Auburn Alumni Association. Alongside her counterpart Emma Brannon, they support over 120 Auburn Clubs and Auburn Alumni Affiliates to engage the Auburn Family and foster the Auburn spirit, raise funds to support student scholarships, and to be an extension of the Auburn Alumni Association in local communities.

Prior to her role at the Auburn Alumni Association, Pyle served her national sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, as a leadership consultant with the local chapter at Auburn University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and minor in Leadership in 2018 from Emporia State University and is in the process of receiving her Certificate in Family Ministry from Highlands College.

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Ashley Nunn Robinett ’01
Chemical Engineering

Ashley Robinett is Alabama Power’s vice president of public relations, overseeing the company’s corporate communications and brand management and providing strategic communications counsel that ensures messages reach employees, customers and key stakeholders. A member of the Auburn Alumni Association board of directors, Robinett is involved with the university through the Auburn Engineering Alumni Council and 100 Women Strong, an initiative supporting female students in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. She is a leader on the Alabama Power Council on Culture and Inclusion, and serves on the Southern Company Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, overseeing the alignment and execution of diversity and inclusion strategies.

Robinett is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and is active in the community, serving on the boards of directors for Preschool Partners and Children’s Harbor. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Birmingham and the 2019-2020 Class of International Women’s Forum Fellows Program.

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Maryshay Ray ’20
Psychology

SPC (Ret.) Maryshay Ray ’20 is a first-generation college graduate, as well as the first female in her family to serve in the military. Like most women, Ray has worn and continues to wear many hats. She served in the U.S. Army as a pastry chef and engineer. After her medical retirement from the military, she realized her passion to continue serving her brothers and sisters in arms by training service dogs for veterans battling PTSD and earned her B.A. in psychology from Auburn University in December of 2020.

Ray understands that the battlefield of the mind is often the most difficult to overcome and wishes to be an advocate for veteran mental health. She plans to pursue her master’s at Auburn in Fall of 2021, but in the meantime is enjoying helping others and spending time with her three children.

Caroline Spradlin

Caroline Spradlin
Psychology

Caroline Catchpole Spradlin is a commercial litigation associate at Phelps Dunbar, LLP and is licensed in both Florida and Georgia. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2017 and moved to Tampa, Fla., where she became involved with the Tampa Bay Auburn Club, first as secretary, and is now to serve as president.

While at Auburn, Caroline was a member of the Student Alumni Board of Directors, Assistant Director of Welcome Week, and an undergrad research assistant for Dr. Martha Escobar. She lives with her husband, Kollan Spradlin ’11, and their dogs Maggie and Tigerlily.

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Erica Stringer-Reasor ’04
Biomedical Sciences

Erica Stringer-Reasor ’04, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine, with subspecialty certifications in hematology and medical oncology. Her research focus is on developing novel targeted therapies to treat aggressive subtypes of breast cancer, including human epidermal growth factor receptor positive (HER2+) and triple-negative (ER-/PR-/HER2-), by designing clinical trials that translate laboratory findings.

Stringer-Reasor received her doctorate in medicine from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, followed by an internship in internal medicine at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans, La., and a residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Ala. before completing fellowships in medical hematology/oncology and clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenomics at the University of Chicago.

She continues to partner with a number of breast cancer-specific lab-based and clinician-scientists to improve efficacy in drug development, clinical trial design, pharmacokinetics (PK)/pharmacodynamics (PD) analysis, cancer genetics, early detection and, most importantly, patient care.

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Vonnie Stone ’95
Nursing

Vonnie Stone ’95 is a Future Ready Institute of Health Sciences teacher at Tyner Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since 2011, Stone works as an RN in the Intensive Care Unit at Erlanger Hospital from 2010 to 2020, besides serving as a professor of nursing for both Chattanooga State Community College as well as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently a post-masters certificate student in the Auburn University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program with intention to graduate in May 2021.

Stone received her Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1998 from Troy University, and a Master of Education degree from Concordia University in 2015. While at Auburn, Stone was a student recruiter, pre-college orientation counselor, an Admissions Office tour guide, a Tigerette, an SGA Senator for the AUSON, an SGA Representative at Large and a member of the Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the Black Student Union and the Gospel Choir.

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Natalie Walker ’16
Supply Chain Management

Natalie Walker ‘16 is currently working as a finance vendor relationship analyst at Facebook in Austin, Texas after previously serving as a senior sourcing analyst for Atlanta-based financial organization Cox Enterprises.

While at Auburn Walker was engaged in a variety of student organizations, from Air Force ROTC to serving on leadership teams for the Women’s Leadership Conference, Black Student Union and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. She worked as an operations supervisor for Auburn Campus Recreation and as a student worker in the Harbert College of Business (HCOB) Office of Professional & Career Development.

As an ‘engaged alumni,’ Walker has a true passion for connecting with & helping others to find potential in themselves and to achieve their goals. She enjoys meeting and being able to host the Auburn family in her own back yard at Cox Enterprises and HCOB young alumni networking events, as well as out in other cities as she travels to neighboring cities to always take advantage of cheering on Auburn Tigers across the globe.

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Vanessa E. Wyche
Engineering

Vanessa E. Wyche is deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, home to America’s astronaut corps, Mission Control Center, International Space Station, Orion and Gateway programs. She is responsible for overseeing a broad range of human spaceflight activities, including development and operation of human spacecraft, commercialization of low-Earth orbit and Johnson’s role in landing the first woman and next man on the Moon.

Throughout the span of her NASA career, she has held several leadership positions, including assistant and acting director of Johnson; flight manager of several missions of the retired Space Shuttle Program, executive officer in the Office of the NASA Administrator, director of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate, and has led center-level technical and program organizations. A strong supporter of innovation and inclusion, Wyche advocates for mentorship at all levels and is a passionate promoter of STEM. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University.

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