University of South Alabama


Dr. Hattie M. Myles, Ph.D., Community Outreach Core Co-Director

Dr. Hattie M. Myles is the Assistant Dean for Education Enrichment and Student Affairs at the University of South Alabama. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi, M.A. in Education from Louisiana State University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Dr. Myles held multiple positions at Louisiana State University between 1979 and 1989 as Assistant Coordinator of University Relations and Community Outreach, Director of Health Careers Opportunity Program, and Academic Counselor and Veterinary Health Career Development Officer. Before moving to Mobile, AL, Dr. Myles worked on several projects in the North Carolina area, while serving as Associate Director of the Health Careers Access Program for University of North Carolina.  She was Grant Project Consultant for Project Reach to Teach in Durham, as well as a Grant Project Evaluator for the Health Careers Opportunity Summer Youth Program at Pembroke State University.

Dr. Myles joined the University of South Alabama in 1992 and has been an integral investigator for the Pipeline Program at the Center for Healthy Communities, as well as Principal Investigator for the Summer Research Apprenticeship Program grant and the Health Careers Opportunity Program grant.  Her interest in presentations and publications cover health care career opportunities for students, minority students, especially.

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Dr. Roma Stovall Hanks, Community Outreach Core Co-Director


Roma Stovall Hanks, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at the University of South Alabama (USA) and Director, USA Programs in Gerontology. She is Community Engagement Core Co-Director for the USA Center for Healthy Communities-Center of Excellence, funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Hanks serves nationally on the Academic Program Development Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE); the AGHE Subcommittee for Intergener-ational Research and Learning; and the task Force for Interest Groups of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She has served as Vice-President of the Delaware Gerontological Society and President of the Alabama Gerontological Society.

Dr. Hanks is an active participant in professional review and publication in the field of aging and intergenerational studies, having reviewed articles for Educational Gerontology and served on the editorial boards of Marriage and Family Review and the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. In addition to her work in social gerontology, Dr. Hanks is active in research and program evaluation in health-related projects. As an Associate Investigator of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI), Dr. Hanks is currently Principal Investigator for the 2008-2009 Health Initiative, a partnership between the MCI and the Community Foundation of South Alabama.  Her recent research includes life history analysis of women in jail, exploration of cancer-related myths, and investigation of social networks and social support to prevent and manage illness.

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Angel Gray-Jackson, MS

Health Education Specialist


Angel Gray-Jackson is the Health Education Specialist for the USA Center for Healthy Communities (CHC). Angel began working at the CHC in April 2014. In this role she is responsible for: developing, providing, and maintaining a health education program and curriculum for the community health advocates; and the underserved community of Mobile.

Angel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Exercise Science. Prior to joining the CHC, Angel worked at Spring Hill College as the Coordinator of Athletics and Recreation/Exercise Physiologist for six years.

Angel's interests include: underserved communities, health promotion, body image, and fitness instruction.

When Angel is not at work she enjoys: weight training, running, leading a running group called Black Women on the Run, teaching fitness, creating, and engaging in new activities.

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