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.

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Maureen Marshall

Community Liaison Assistant

 Maureen L. Marshall became the Community Liaison Assistant for Southern Alabama AHEC in March of 2021. She is a longtime resident of Conecuh County, Alabama. She graduated from Hillcrest High School in May of 2008. In 2011, Maureen completed her diploma in Nursing Assistant through Reid State Technical College in Evergreen AL. She also earned a certificate in Medical Assisting/Medical billing and coding in 2018 from Purdue University Global. Maureen enjoys being a mother to her three beautiful girls, who keeps her on her toes. She looks forward to helping and inspiring others to do their best and love who they are know matter what. Also, showing others that no matter how high their goals are, they can be reached. 

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.