At University Programs, we like to think of our events as “for students, by students.” Meet UP’s team of student leaders that help to create engaging events on UA’s campus.

Trinity Bailey

Trinity Bailey


Graphic Designer, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Trinity Bailey (She/Her) is a junior from Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Graphic Design.

Trinity is a Resident Advisor, Merchandise Advisor of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, and a Member of the Outreach Team of UA Print Club.

In her free time, Trinity enjoys printmaking projects, watching YouTube videos, reading, and running.

Trinity’s favorite quote: “Energy flows where intention goes.”

Reina Bell

Reina Bell


Coordinator, Leadership Engagement Team

Reina Bell (She/Her) is a freshman from Las Vegas, Nevada majoring in Biology with a Pre-Vet emphasis minoring in Spanish.

Reina is a part of Young Women’s Leadership Program, Freshman Forum, and Black Student Union.

In her free time, Reina enjoys reading, exercising, playing the cello, and listening to music.

Reina’s favorite quote: “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee

Taylor Branick

Taylor B


Graphic Designer, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Taylor Branick (She/Her) is a junior from Millbrook, Alabama majoring in Graphic Design.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys cooking, binge watching crime TV shows, scrolling on Pinterest, and hanging out with friends and family.

Taylor’s favorite quote: “If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” – Beyonce

Victoria Campbell

Victoria Campbell


Media Coordinator, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Victoria Campbell (She/Her) is a freshman from Broward County, Florida majoring in Public Relations and Communications.

Victoria is a part of The Capstone Agency, PRSSA, Black Student Union Freshmen Liaison, and the 1956 Magazine PR team.

In her free time, Victoria enjoys reading.

Victoria’s favorite quote: “Be the type of person you want to meet.”

Eddie Coats

Eddie C


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Eddie Coats (He/Him) is a Junior from Demopolis, Alabama majoring in English Language Art Secondary Ed and Theatre.

Eddie is The President for Riptide Hip Hop Dance Crew, The QSA Social Media Chair, and a Tide 2 mentor.

In his free time, Eddie enjoys mapping out future outfits, coming up with potential events to do with friends, spending time with friends, being on tik tok, performing, making music, and shopping.

Eddie’s favorite quote: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

Kara Drummond

Kara Drummond


Graphic Designer, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Kara Drummond (She/Her/Hers) is a junior from Elgin, Illinois majoring in Studio Art and Advertising minoring in Public Relations.

Kara is a part of The Lady Tide Soccer Team.

In her free time, Kara enjoys playing soccer, watching Gilmore Girls, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.

Kara’s favorite quote: “If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great” – Tom Hanks

Jacob Dunaway

Jacob


Executive Team Lead, Special Projects

Jacob Dunaway (He/Him) is a senior from Madison, Mississippi majoring in Marketing minoring in Management.

Jacob is a part of UA Homecoming, Alpha Kappa Psi, TEDx University of Alabama, and UA Transportation Committee.

In his free time, Jacob enjoys exercising.

Jacob’s favorite quote: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose” – Dolly Parton

Kylah Gooden

Ky


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Kylah Gooden (She/Her) is a Sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Business Management and Communication Studies.

Kylah is a part of College Experiences, a BSFS Ambassador, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc..

In her free time, Kylah enjoys hanging with friends, working on bettering herself, and being passionate in everything she does.

Kylah’s favorite quote: “Cry when you need to, let your tears make you stronger.”

Emily Harvey

Emily


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Emily Harvey (She/Her) is a sophomore from Monrovia, California majoring in Kinesiology and Exercise Science minoring in German and Theatre.

Emily is a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, Pre-PT Society, and a Student Alumni Ambassador.

In her free time, Emily enjoys working out, spending time outdoors, staying active, and cooking.

Emily’s favorite quote: “Have courage and be kind.”

Gracelyn Hatchett

Gracelyn


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Gracelyn Hatchett (She/Her) is a sophomore from Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in News Media minoring in Digital Consumer Engagement.

Gracelyn is a Lucy’s Legacy mentor.

In her free time, Gracelyn enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Gracelyn’s favorite quote: “Always be true to yourself.”

Ashley Rose Headen

Ashley


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Ashley Rose Headen (She/Her) is a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama majoring in Public Health.

Ashley is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., a Freshman Forum Intern, and an Ignite UA Leader.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys chilling, hanging out with friends, cooking, and watching movies.

Ashley’s favorite quote: “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

Eddie Hernandez

Eddie Hernandez


Photographer/Videographer, Communications and Internal Team

Eddie Hernandez (He/Him/El) is a Senior from Miami, Florida majoring in Creative Media and Advertising minoring in Digital Consumer Engagement.

Eddie serves as the HLA Director of Communications, The 1956 Social Media Coordinator – Engagement Team, and The CW Staff Videographer.

In his free time, Eddie enjoys skate/longboarding, playing videogames, watching movies and TV, and baking/cooking new things.

Tregan Holterman

Tregan


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Tregan Holterman (He/Him) is a sophomore from Springdale, Arkansas majoring in Business Management.

Tregan is a part of Reach Student Ministry and Crimson Chaos.

In his free time, Tregan enjoys cooking, fishing, and playing golf.

Tregan’s favorite quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken” – Oscar Wilde

Sameen Hossain

Sameen Hossain


Coordinator, Leadership Engagement Team

Sameen Hossain (She/Her) is a freshman from Mandeville, Louisiana majoring in Microbiology on a Pre-Med track.

Sameen is a part of Alpha Epsilon Delta, Best Buddies, Asian American Student Association, HOSA, Freshman Forum, and Dare to Diagnose.

In her free time, Sameen enjoys playing piano, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, volunteering, and swimming.

Sameen’s favorite quote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss

Jordan Huggins

Jordan


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Jordan Huggins (He/Him) is a junior from Gulfport, Mississippi majoring in Political Science minoring in News Media.

Jordan is a part of the Bama Dining Marketing Team, Shine UA, The Black Student Union, and the 1956 Magazine.

In his free time, Jordan enjoys writing and watching Netflix.

Jordan’s favorite quote: “Barbz, stay in school” – Nicki Minaj

Altonio Johnson

Altonio


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Altonio Johnson (He/Him) is a sophomore from Mobile, Alabama majoring in Architectural Engineering minoring in Entrepreneurship.

Altonio is a part of 1831, Bridge, and AL’s Pals.

In his free time, Altonio enjoys hanging out with his UP Fam outside of office hours, playing the game, and playing basketball as well.

Altonio’s favorite quote: “Become The Change You Seek!”

Vivian Longino

Viv


Team Lead, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Vivian Longino (She/Her) is a junior from Tampa, Florida majoring in Marketing minoring in Sales and Real Estate.

In her free time, Vivian enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking, playing piano, and going to the beach when she is home.

Vivian’s favorite quote: “A bad day doesn’t cancel out a good life” – Richie Norton

Victoria Lopez

Victoria


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Victoria Lopez (She/Her) is a junior from Alexandria, Virginia majoring in Human Environmental Science minoring in Athletic Training.

Victoria is a part of the Exercise Physiology Club and is a Residential Advisor.

In her free time, Victoria enjoys binge watching shows and taking naps.

Victoria’s favorite quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

Jordan Mack

Jordan Mack


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Jordan Mack (He/Him) is a senior from Trussville, Alabama pursuing a CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies.

Jordan Mack is a part of Special Olympics Basketball and flag football.

In his free time, Jordan enjoys hanging out with his friends.

Mollie Malone

Mollie Malone


Team Lead, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Mollie Malone (She/Her) is a sophomore from Toledo, Ohio majoring in Advertising minoring in Sales.

Mollie Malone is a part of The Capstone Agency, a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, AAF (American Advertising Foundation), and Culverhouse Recruitment Team.

In her free time, Mollie enjoys playing pickle-ball with her friends, reading, working out, cooking, and meeting new people.

Mollie’s favorite quote: “You were made on purpose!” Ephesians 2:10

Drew Merriweather

Drew


Graphic Designer, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Drew Merriweather (He/Him) is a senior from Mobile, Alabama majoring in Digital Art.

In his free time, Drew enjoys being creative from drawing to painting. He also has a deep love for the world and hopes to take a world tour in the future.

Drew’s favorite quote: “Move in space with minimum waste, and maximum joy” – Sade Adu

Gil Morgan

Gil Morgan


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Gil Morgan (He/Him) is a freshman from Tampa, Florida majoring in Sports Management minoring in Leadership Communication.

Gil Morgan is a part of AL’s Pals and an intermural basketball team.

In his free time, Gil enjoys working out, playing pick-up basketball, and watching movies.

Megan Neville

Megan


Executive Team Lead, Programming Team

Megan Neville (She/Her) is a junior from Naperville, Illinois majoring in Sports Management minoring Hospitality Management.

Megan is a part of Environmental Council, Veg Club, CHES Ambassadors, MPI, Girls Club, CHES CEO, and Honors Action.

In her free time, Megan enjoys cooking, reading, thrifting, and listening to Taylor Swift.

Megan’s favorite quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver

Crystal Nichols

Crystal


Executive Team Lead, Programming Team

Crystal Nichols (She/Her) is a senior from Montgomery, Alabama majoring in Interior Design minoring International Relations.

Crystal is a part of the Alabama International Relations Club, Head Delegate of UA Model UN Travel Team, and a member of the Interior Design Student Association.

In her free time, Crystal enjoys listening to musical soundtracks, reading fantasy novels, and watching video game playthroughs.

Crystal’s favorite quote: “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” — Leonardo DiCaprio

Brighton Pollard

Brighton


Photographer/Videographer, Communications and Internal Team

Brighton Pollard (He/Him) is a junior from Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Creative Media minoring in Art.

Brighton is a part of BEA Student Media Club.

In his free time, Brighton enjoys running around Tuscaloosa with a camera or editing footage in a cute coffee shop. He’ll spend time decorating his downtown loft, trying out new restaurants, and traveling back and forth between NYC. His goal for the rest of his college experience is to make as many connections as possible and keep working towards getting an editor position at a production company. Roll Tide!!

Brighton’s favorite quote: “Don’t just say it, show it.” – Unknown

Bella Richardson

Bella Richardson


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Bella Richardson (She/Her/Hers) is a sophomore from Foxborough, Massachusetts majoring in Interior Design minoring in Creative Media.

Bella is a part of Ignite UA, Lead UP, Phi Eta Sigma, President of UA Humane Society Dog Walking Club, and Riptide Hip Hop Dance Crew.

In her free time, Bella enjoys watching movies with friends, family or even alone! She also enjoys going to the beach or just about any tropical vacation.

Bella’s favorite quote: “Family’s more than just DNA. It’s about people who care and take care of each other.” Leroy Jethro Gibbs N.C.I.S

Kennedy Russell

Kennedy Russell


Coordinator, Leadership Engagement Team

Kennedy (She/Her) is a sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

In her free time, Kennedy enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends whether it be a night out or in, and watching tv shows in her free time.

Kennedy’s favorite quote: “Just as you don’t know how you manage to be conscious, how you manage to grow and shape this body of yours, that doesn’t mean to say that you’re not doing it. Equally, you don’t know how the universe shines the stars, constellates the constellations, and galactifies the galaxies—you don’t know. But that doesn’t mean to say that you aren’t doing it in just the same way as you’re breathing without knowing how you breathe.” – Alan Watts

Je’Tori Samples

Tori


Brand Ambassador, Outreach Team

Je’Tori Samples (She/Her) is a senior from Hoover, Alabama majoring in Hospitality Management with a concentration in Sports Management.

Je’Tori is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., NPHC Programming Board, Best Buddies, Alabama Sport Marketing, Residential Advisor, Lucy Legacy, and Crimson Tide Sports Marketing.

In her free time, Je’Tori enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, being passionate about making a difference in her community, and being an inspiration to others.

Je’Tori’s favorite quote: “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:14

Madison Shively

Madison Shively


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Madison Shively (She/Her) is a junior from Cypress, Texas majoring in Advertising.

Madison is a part of Member and Vice President of Finance of Kappa Alpha Theta.

In her free time, Madison enjoys playing Games, hanging out with friends, visiting new places, and taking videos and photos.

Madison’s favorite quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Avery Thaxton

Avery Thaxton


Coordinator, Leadership Engagement Team

Avery Thaxton (She/Her) is a junior from Northville, Michigan majoring in Business Management with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship minoring in Sales.

Avery Thaxton is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

In her free time, Avery enjoys traveling, wellness, weddings, venue spaces, and finding cute coffee shops.

Avery’s favorite quote: “Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace.” Arianna Huffington

Sejal Theman

Sejal


Media Coordinator, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Sejal Theman (She/Her) is a senior from Ludhiana, Punjab, India majoring in Marketing minoring in Advertising and Public Relations.

Sejal is an IPAC Global Tide Leader and a Content Editorial Intern for the Culverhouse College of Business.

In her free time, Sejal enjoys getting coffee with friends or staying in and binge watching a historical drama.

Sejal’s favorite quote: “What like it hard?” – Legally Blond

Javaris Tolton

JuJu


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Javaris Tolton (He/Him) is a junior from Memphis, Tennessee majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Relations minoring in Real Estate.

Javaris is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Student Recruitment Team, Black Faculty and Staff Ambassador Association, Pre-Law Student Association, Criminal Justice Student Association, Presidential Village 1 Residential Advisor, and UA Bridge.

In his free time, Javaris enjoys cooking and baking while hanging out with his friends.

Javaris’s favorite quote: “Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring.” – Steve Maraboli

Tre Turner

Tre


Executive Team Lead, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Tre Turner (He/Him) is a senior from Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Marketing minoring in Advertising and Public Relations.

Tre is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi.

In his free time, Tre enjoys reading poetry, playing musical instruments, and hanging out with friends.

Tre’s favorite quote: “change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

Clare Verille

Clare


Media Coordinator, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

Clare Verille (She/Her) is a sophomore from Rye, New York majoring in Public Relations minoring in Communication Studies.

Clare is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the B Positive Morale Team, and Beat Auburn Beat Hunger.

In her free time, Clare enjoys hanging out with her friends and cooking.

Clare’s favorite quote: “Time flies whether you’re having fun or not. The choice is yours.”

Kylie Wagner

Kylie


Executive Team Lead, Professional Development and Assessment Team

Kylie Wagner (She/Her) is a senior from Bel Air, Maryland majoring in Communication Studies minoring in Art and Public Relations.

Kylie is an Executive Assistant for Professional Women of Communication and Business, a member of PRCA, and AL’s Pals volunteer.

In her free time, Kylie enjoys spending time outside, working out, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and working on art projects.

Kylie’s favorite quote: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

Alyssa Wallner

Alyssa Wallner


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Alyssa Wallner (She/Her) is a sophomore from Yorkville, Illinois majoring in Mathematics and English minoring in Actuarial Sciences.

Alyssa is a part of the Red Book Press.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys reading, playing sports (especially soccer!), hiking, and doing crafts.

Alyssa’s favorite quote: “The man at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there” — Vince Lombardi

JaMiya Walton

Jamiya


Executive Team Lead, Outreach Team

JaMiya Walton (She/Her) is a junior from Birmingham, Alabama majoring in Interior Design minoring in Real Estate.

JaMiya is a part of the Public Relations Committee for UA Miracle, the treasurer for She’s the First, a member of Women of Excellence, and The National Council of Negro Women.

In her free time, JaMiya enjoys creating artwork, reading novels, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.

JaMiya’s favorite quote: “Take time to do what makes your soul happy.”

Kayrie Weldon

Kayrie


Event Programmer, Programming Team

Kayrie Weldon (She/Her) is a sophomore from Cullman, Alabama majoring in Hospitality minoring in Political Science.

Kayrie is an A-Team Mentor, Church at the Oaks Leader, Student Alumni Ambassadors Director of Events and Community Service, Camp Kesem Executive Board Member, Ignite UA Leader, and National Society of Leadership and Success member.

In her free time, Kayrie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and baking.

Kayrie’s favorite quote: “The best time for going is when the going scares you.”

Anuki Wickramanayake

Anuki Wickramanayake


Executive Team Lead, Special Projects

Anuki Wickramanayake (She/Her) is a senior from Spanish Fort, Alabama majoring in Human Resource Management minoring in Computing Technology and Applications.

Anuki is the HR student assistant for Aramark, a Residential Advisor, and IPAC Team Lead.

In her free time, Anuki enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and working out.

Anuki’s favorite quote: “You’ll never regret being kind” – Unknown

Chad Wright

Chad


Executive Team Lead, Leadership Engagement Team

Chad Wright (He/Him) is a junior from West Farmington, Ohio majoring in Political Science, master’s in Public Administration, and minoring in Public Policy and General Business.

Chad is a part of The FAC Committee, ATL for CSL, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, UA Miracle, Student Government Association, Source Board and Student Involvement, Student Recruitment Team, and Doctors without Borders.

In his free time, Chad enjoys volunteering, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and Orangetheory.

Chad’s favorite quote: “Your story is something you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” -Michelle Obama

TiYana Young

TiYana


Graphic Designer, Communications and Internal Affairs Team

TiYana Young (She/Her) is a senior from Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Graphic Design.

TiYana is the Secretary Office Position in Capstone Graphic Design Society (CGDS).

In her free time, TiYana enjoys gaming, reading, shopping, watching movies and shows, and making art.

TiYana’s favorite quote: “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J Walker