Hawken starting working at UA in August 2013 as Assistant Director of Residence Education. In his role with Housing and Residential Communities he focuses on recruitment, hiring, training, professional development, and experiential education. Hawken moved to UA after working as an Assistant Director of Career Development at Clemson University. He partnered with Clemson’s Gay-Straight Alliance to offer specialized educational workshops, organize guest speakers, and resources to prepare students for their career journeys. He earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson, and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD, at UA, in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Social and Cultural Studies.
David Deutsch is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Alabama. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, he earned an M. A. and a B. A. in English from the University of Georgia. His published research focuses on British literature and culture in the early half of the twentieth century. In addition to helping to ignite modern interest for forgotten queer British authors, he also has a growing interest in U. S. LGBTQA+ history and literature. He joined UA’s Safe Zone training team in the fall of 2014 and is a member of Capstone Alliance, UA’s organization for LGBTQA+ and allied faculty, staff, and graduate students. He can generally be found in his office in Morgan Hall (213) or wandering around in the bookshelves of Gorgas Library.
Chris Emslie is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing, and the assistant editor of ILK journal. Their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Whiskey Island and Indiana Review, among others. Currently, they teach composition and creative writing as a GTA in the English department at UA. Chris was raised in Scotland, and educated the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. Their research interests include contemporary American poetry, the lyric essay, and writing as feminist practice. Outside of the classroom, Chris is interested in the intersection of pop culture and social responsibility, new media, and queer / trans advocacy.
Christina Frantom currently serves at the Director of Multimedia Services in the UA Center for Instructional Technology, a group that provides creative services to campus, offers custom web development, photography, videography, and training services to University departments, groups, and programs. Christina started her career at UA in the Office of Information Technology as their Director of Public Relations. Before moving to Tuscaloosa in 2009, Christina was the Deputy Director of Communications for the Westchester County District Attorney. Before joining the District Attorney’s office, Christina served as a marketing analyst manager at Right Angle Research, LLC in New Rochelle, NY. Prior to moving to New York, Christina served as communications specialist in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Christina co-advises The 49, a student coordinating body that works to connect out-of-state students with opportunities for campus/community involvement, mentorship programs, and social activities. She is also a member of Capstone Alliance, the registered campus organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied faculty, staff, and graduate students at The University of Alabama.
Melissa is the Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian for The University of Alabama Libraries. A librarian, teacher, and technology enthusiast, Melissa provides instructional support for the use of the Libraries’ academic software packages. Her professional interests include the provision of access to information for people of all abilities and the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Melissa holds a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, where she also studied education and earned teacher certification in English 7-12. She earned her Master of Library and Information Studies degree at The University of Alabama. Prior to returning to her home state to attend graduate school, Melissa was an LGBT Outreach Worker for Nashville’s YWCA Domestic Violence Center and served on the Advisory Board of The Brooks Fund, a philanthropic fund supporting the needs of Middle Tennessee’s GLBT community. She is a member of the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table.
Amanda Ingram started working in Housing and Residential Communities at the University of Alabama in June 2006 as a Community Director. She is now an Assistant Director working with the staff training and selection for HRC. She moved here from New York City where she earned her Master’s in education at City College of New York and taught high school English/English as a Second Language. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in critical gender studies and ethnic studies at the University of California San Diego. In fall 2012, she began work on her PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus on Social and Cultural Studies. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys photography, reading, volunteering with the Humane Society, and playing with her dog and cat.
Raegan is an alumni of The University of Alabama completing her Masters in German in 2005. Before returning the university in 2012 as an instructor of German she taught at Auburn University. She is the faculty advisor for the German Club as well as the German House. Raegan also directs the summer abroad program to Germany. Her interests include German Film and Austrian Art. She works with a variety of students and is an advocate for acceptance. Raegan joined the Safe Zone team in spring of 2015. Most of the time she can be found in 263 BB Comer or at any German event.
Nathan started training with Safe Zone in fall 2016 and is a member of Capstone Alliance. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies as well as the Faculty Technology Liaison for the College of Arts and Sciences. Nathan began at UA as of January 1, 2015, earned his Ph.D. in Modern Philosophy of Religion at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies. Prior to coming to UA he taught at McGill University (2005-2009) and in the Department of Humanities at Vanier College (2009-14), both of which are in Montreal, Canada. Nathan has two primary areas of research and publication. One focuses on globalizing discourses within the philosophy of religion, and the other analyzes the emerging confluence between Religious Studies and Development Studies. A third area of interest for him is collaborative online learning–how the emphasis on technology in higher education can be directed towards strategies for networked learning. Nathan includes snowflakes and people on his list of the most wonderful things in the world. He enjoys witnessing people come together to share, create, laugh, learn, build and love.
Caitlin Moran is a second-year doctoral student in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Alabama. She has been a member of Capstone Alliance since the Spring of 2013 and is a newly trained volunteer for the Safe Zone Ally Training Program. Caitlin’s research is on topics in sleep psychology, with an emphasis on behavioral sleep medicine, parasonmias, and assessment measures. Caitlin holds a B.S. in Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, where she also received a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies.
William Justin Morgan grew up in Trinity, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of North Alabama with a focus on Foreign Languages. He is currently a second year Master’s student at The University of Alabama focusing on Spanish Linguistics with a focus in Second Language Acquisition and Dialectology. He is also a recently trained volunteer for the Safe Zone Training Program and plans to pursue his doctorate at The University of Alabama in Spanish Linguistics.
Charlotte Petonic M.Ed., CHES: Health Promotion & Wellness
Charlotte started working at UA in September 2014 as Assistant Director of Health Promotion & Wellness at The Student Health Center. In her role with The Student Health Center she co-advises the Project Health peer education program. Project Health is a student-led organization that The University of Alabama campus recognizes as the Go-To source for innovative peer health education. In addition to her involvement with Project Health, Charlotte also coordinates the Health Relationships & Sexual Health and the Mental Health Strategic Teams on campus. Charlotte earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Education and her masters of education in Health Promotion both from Georgia College & State University. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys attempting Pinterest projects, reading and walking her Dorkie (dachshund/yorkie mix) puppy Abby.
Mary joined the University of Alabama’s Department of Housing and Residential Communities professional team in April 2007, after serving as Graduate Assistant. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from The University of Alabama. Mary enjoys working with international students and multicultural issues in student affairs. In her spare time, Mary loves singing.
Ben Van Dyke is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Alabama. He has been a volunteer trainer for the Safe Zone Ally Training Program since the Spring of 2013 and a member of Capstone Alliance since the Fall of 2012. Ben is currently working on finishing his master’s thesis in his doctoral program. His research interests focus on the protective and health-promoting roles of social support among patients with chronic pain. Specifically, he is interested in the relationships between chronic pain and social support among populations that have historically been disadvantaged in the healthcare system and excluded from access to quality healthcare resources and services, especially LGBTQ+ identified people. He enjoys teaching, playing trivia and board games with his friends, and watching good movies and cartoons.