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. 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. She is extremely happy to be back in Alabama and working to improve healthcare for rural and medically under-served Alabamians.

Md Ikbal Parveg

Program Manager


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. He is looking forward to living in Alabama and serving the community to improve their health through the Southern Alabama AHEC.

Kelly Gates

Program Coordinator

Southwest Alabama Opioid Response Project

Kelly became the Southwest Alabama Opioid Response Program Coordinator representing Southern AHEC on September 2020.

She is a life long resident of Monroe County, Alabama. In March 2020, Kelly completed her Associate's degree in Business Administration through Colorado Technical University. She is currently completing her Bachelors in Business Accounting and has intentions of going forward with her masters. Kelly worked as the Office Manager for Southwest Mental Health before coming on board at Southern Alabama AHEC. She is excited to be part of the Opioid Response Team representing Southern AHEC. 


312 N. Miranda Ave

Georgiana, AL 36033



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