Our Staff

Meet Our Team

Our staff is passionate about education and ensuring that every individual has access to the resources that they need to be successful.

Dr. Briana Morton

Executive Director

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Samford University

  • Administrative Certification, Samford University

  • Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership, University of Montevallo

  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Family and Consumer Sciences), University of Montevallo

  • Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Production Management, Auburn University



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Dr. Morton has twelve years of experience in public education. Most recently, she has served as a school administrator for Jefferson County Schools. A majority of Dr. Morton’s experience has been teaching career and technical education. Dr. Morton received national recognition as the Association of Career and Technical Education’s Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in 2014. She is committed to providing innovative approaches towards academic and collegiate support in order to provide skills necessary to successfully transition students to adulthood.

Jeff Nichols

Director of Operations

  • Administrative Certification, University of West Alabama

  • M.Ed. in Mathematics, University of West Alabama

  • Bachelor of Science in General Business, University of West Alabama



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Mr. Nichols has a vast amount of experience in public education and is driven by his desire to see young people grow and reach their full potential. He has served as a math teacher, football and baseball coach, instructional technology specialist, and administrator. His eleven years of administrative experience includes assistant principal positions at Sweetwater High School (K12), Hoover High School and Thompson High School. As Director of Operations, Mr. Nichols oversees all CAMP programs as well as other operations including financial and human resource functions.

Dr. Michelle Hayes

Director of Programs

  • Master’s degree focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, University of South Alabama

  • Ed.D Educational Leadership, Samford University



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Dr. Hayes has enjoyed a successful, twenty-five-year career as an educator and administrator. She has maintained the highest professional performance standards, including a diverse range of teaching and administrative functions, illustrated by her past successes. In addition to her tenure as a classroom teacher, she is an experienced assistant principal, curriculum supervisor, teacher mentor, substitute teacher trainer, and employee evaluator. She has created professional development plans, data dashboards, board presentations, curriculum plans, and has managed over 100 employees and 850 students. Her portfolio is extensive and its depth is rare for a person of her age. Dr. Hayes currently develops, presents, and creates professional development workshops on the ACT, social-emotional learning, discipline, classroom management, leadership development, standards-based grading, human resources, assertive discipline, technology, special education, and reading and writing across the curriculum. She has a hands-on education approach with an open-door policy for teachers, students, parents, staff, and the community.

Dr. Thomasyne Hill

Senior Coordinator: GEAR UP Jefferson County

  • Ed.D. in Special Education with a concentration in SLP, The University of Alabama

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Montevallo

  • Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Montevallo



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Dr. Hill has been a principal player in the work at CAMP for five years through GEAR UP Alabama, and most recently, GEAR UP Jefferson County. Prior to her work with CAMP, Dr. Hill served as an assistant professor at University of Montevallo for nine years. Dr. HilI retired as a speech-language pathologist with the Jefferson County School System in 2013, and she previously worked in Florida and Georgia as a speech-language pathologist.

Sarah Grace Skillern

Logistics Manager

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham



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Sarah Grace provides valuable capacity building and creates critical organizational structure, delivering direct services throughout CAMP's programing. In addition to her primary job functions, Sarah Grace is serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor and the lead on FAFSA outreach. Prior to her role as the Logistics Manager, Sarah Grace served with CAMP as an AmeriCorps State Member through the YWCA of Central Alabama.

Trenton Tidwell

Technical Solutions, Data Analyst, Instructor

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics with a Computational Physics Concentration, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Currently enrolled in the Data Science Master’s degree program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham



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Trent has been a valuable asset for CAMP over the past four years, beginning his service as a volunteer through work-study, and most recently, serving as an AmeriCorps Vista member. Trent analyzes data CAMP’s reports and grants. Trent teaches lessons through Birmingham Summer Institute and Alabama Virtual Institute, and assists in the facilitation of ACT tutoring workshops.

Jareah Burrell

AmeriCorps Vista

  • Communications Associate Associates Degree, Jefferson State Community College

  • Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, The University of Alabama at Birmingham



Jareah Burrell has four years of experience in management and two years of journalism experience. Recently, she has had her work published in an entrepreneurial magazine based in Birmingham, Alabama. Jareah is also a published writer with the Jefferson County Memorial Project. Jareah has received the community's recognition as a finalist at the 2019 Word from the Mountaintop Oratory Competition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is committed to being expressive through communications and innovation of our education programs in order to support elementary and high school students with the tools needed to succeed throughout school into adulthood.

Mallory Bubbett

Program Manager

  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Language and Creativity, The University of Alabama at Birmingham



Mallory has served with CAMP for over three years in various programs and leadership roles, including Director of Birmingham Summer Institute. She plays a critical role in helping to build capacity, create organizational structure, and promote internal cohesion. Mallory is currently serving as a Program Manager for Alabama Virtual Institute.

Jamesía Jackson

College, Career, and Community Specialist

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Birmingham-Southern College



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Jamesía currently serves CAMP as the College, Career, and Community Specialist. In her new role, she will provide resources to high school students, as well develop career-based workshops for 3rd-8th graders. Prior to her work at CAMP, Jamesía served as a Residence Life Coordinator at Samford University overseeing freshman housing. She has a passion for preparing and supporting young adults through their transition stages in life.