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Local Staff

Vanessa M. Hall

Executive Director


Vanessa M. Hall became the new Program Coordinator of the Southern Alabama AHEC in July 2015. She was named Executive Director November 1, 2015. Vanessa served 15 years in the United States Air Force as a radiologic technologist, instructor, and manager and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant (E-7). In 2002, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally from Georgiana, Alabama in Butler County, Vanessa was stationed in Mississippi, California, Texas, Florida and Japan while serving in the military. She worked as the Radiology Clinical instructor at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL until June 2015. Vanessa holds a B.S. in Health Sciences/Radiology, a M.A. in Human Services Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Military Resilience. She is a nationally registered radiologic technologist and is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Vanessa is currently a member of the Alabama Rural Health Association Board of Directors and a member of the Governor's Technical Advisory Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways for Region 7. She is extremely happy to be back in Alabama and working to improve healthcare for rural and medically under-served Alabamians.


Md Ikbal Parveg
Director of Programs
Ikbal is originally from Bangladesh. He completed his Masters of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science with a concentration in work site health promotion from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Ikbal also completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ikbal worked as an intern with the South Central Kentucky AHEC for a year and as a Graduate Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant with the Institute for Rural Health at Western Kentucky University while pursuing his master's degree. He also served as Physical Therapy Consultant at the National Foundation for Development of the Disabled Persons and Bangladesh Diabetic Association in his home country. In 2021, Ikbal was promoted to Director of Programs. He is looking forward to living in Alabama and serving the community to improve their health through the Southern Alabama AHEC.


Chastidy Jenkins
Community Health & Education Manager

Chastidy is a Greenville, Alabama native. She attended The University of Alabama where she  graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies. She later attended Jacksonville State University where she earned her Masters of Science in  Emergency Management with a focus in Public Health. She is currently enrolled in Columbia Southern University where she is obtaining her Masters of Science in Public Health. She has collaborated with numerous non profit organizations in central Alabama helping to provide health and dental services to underserved communities, particularly in rural areas. She also has worked as a Health and Nutrition Specialist for 12 counties in South Georgia. She is looking forward to continuing serving her community and improving health outcomes for South Alabama.

Bailey Workman
Program Manager

Bailey is a Springfield, Illinois native and is excited to be one of the newest additions to the Southern Alabama AHEC as a Program Manager. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Communication from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She first began her work career as a COVID-19 contact tracer in Illinois before locating to Mobile, Alabama for the opportunity to continue working in public and community health. She is excited to be a part of the Southern Alabama AHEC and make an impact on the health and education of those in the community.

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