Inaugural Fellows Cohort, 2016-17

The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership selected four UA graduates to complete one-year fellowships over the course of 2016-17. These fellows were able to serve in a health-related capacity in a community setting while expanding their experience and education. During the fellowship, most of the fellow’s time was spent working in and with the community.

August Anderson

August Anderson

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

August Anderson is a fellow with The University of Alabama - Pickens County Partnership.
She will be working with partners from the University of Alabama and within Pickens County to address multiple domains of health and establish sustainable programs to improve overall health and well-being of the residents. Her focus is working with children through Pickens County schools on comprehensive health and wellness education.

Anderson recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with a focus in child development and addiction treatment. She has worked at multiple preschools as an assistant teacher and studied the availability of resources in the county.

Anderson is an alumna of the Emerging Scholars Research Program (EMSP) where she worked as a teaching assistant for three years. She has researched relationship maintenance with Dr. Deborah Casper, assistant professor in human development and family studies, and the startle response during modified Stroop task in child development during her undergraduate studies.

While working as a resident advisor, Anderson received multiple awards for program development and leadership. Over the past year, she has worked as a medical scribe in two emergency departments alongside multiple providers.

Courtney Rentas

Courtney Rentas

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

Rentas is responsible for working with UA faculty and the Pickens County community to implement meaningful, sustainable programs intended to better the overall well-being of Pickens County residents. She will be working to educate the community on diabetes management and prevention during the upcoming year.

Rentas received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in biology from UA in 2016. While at UA, she received numerous awards, including the Most Outstanding Sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Most Outstanding Junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, and she was named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar. In 2016, she was presented the Alumni Student Award, which recognizes the most outstanding graduating male and female at The University of Alabama.

She studied neurodegenerative disorders for four years at UA under Dr. Kim Caldwell, professor of biology, and has three journal publications as a result. Additionally, she has been awarded scholarships on from the UA Honors College, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and the UA College of Arts and Sciences.

Visit Courtney’s Fellows Blog to learn more about her experience.

Judson Russell

Judson Russell

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

Russell is responsible for coordinating and assisting efforts of UA and Pickens County residents to develop policy and programming that is sustainable to the health and wellbeing of Pickens County. He will be working to implement nutrition-based programming in Pickens County Schools through school and community gardens, as well as stimulating middle and high school agriculture education and career-preparation programs.

Russell received his bachelor’s in biology from The University of Alabama in May 2016. While at UA, he studied animal behavior under Dr. Ryan Earley, associate professor of biology at UA, with a research concentration in development and reproduction of the mangrove rivulus with regards to habitat variation.

Visit Judson’s Fellows Blog to learn more about his experience.

Laura Beth Brown

Laura Beth Brown

Fellow with The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership

Brown is responsible for working with UA faculty and Pickens County residents to develop sustainable and long-lasting programs that contribute to the health and well-being of the residents of Pickens County. She will be creating geriatric programs in Pickens County communities by utilizing senior activity centers and collaborating with Pickens County Medical Center.

Hurst received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from The University of Alabama.

Visit Laura Beth’s Fellows Blog to learn more about her experience.

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