Angela Jordan, President
Angela was lead organizer for the 2017 March for Science in Mobile. Although not a scientist – holding degrees in English from Northwestern University and Indiana University – she has been a lifelong science enthusiast. In her professional life as Research Development Coordinator at the University of South Alabama, she supports faculty research through grant writing and faculty development activities. Service work at USA includes being on the planning committee for the annual Girls Exploring Math and Science event, and participating on the selection committee for the Common Read. She has lived in Mobile with her family for over a decade, and has made many connections to the community through volunteering. She enjoys working on her pollinator garden, reading, and, when she can get the time, hiking and kayaking.
Doug Marshall, Vice President
Doug Marshall is the Director of Honors Education and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of South Alabama, where he has been in the department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work since 2005. His lifelong interest in natural science led him to pursue Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he discovered that social science was even more interesting, and subsequently earned an MA in Social Psychology from UNC (in his home state of North Carolina) and a PhD in Sociology from UVA. His research seeks to advance the consilience between the natural and social sciences. Along with working and sleeping, he spends his time working out, traveling, cooking, playing guitar (badly), and woodworking, or some combination thereof.
Karrie Quirin, Secretary/Treasurer
Karrie was a key part of the organizing team for the 2017 March for Science in Mobile. She is originally from Belleville, IL (just outside of St. Louis, MO). She came to Mobile to pursue her undergrad in Psychology at Spring Hill College, fell in love with the city, and decided to stay in the area. Currently, she is furthering her education by pursuing an online master’s degree in Environmental Studies through the University of Illinois Springfield. Locally, she has served as an intern for the Alabama Coastal Foundation, worked as Spring Hill College’s Sustainability Coordinator for the 2016-2017 year, and currently serves on the Associate Board of the Weeks Bay Foundation. On a national level, she is a member of the Earth Guardian’s RYSE youth council that encourages and trains youth to become leaders who will protect our planet for generations to come.
Kimberly Page Albins was born and raised in Mobile. She has a broad background in marine research, education, field operations, and team management. Kim completed a Master of Science from the University of Hawaiʽi Manoa in 2006 where she researched algal communities in remote coral reefs throughout the Pacific with NOAA. Prior to moving back to Alabama, she lived in Corvallis, OR where she led a physical oceanographic monitoring project off the Oregon Coast. Upon returning home in 2012, Kim worked as the Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinator for NOAA’s Marine Debris Division until 2016. She recently founded her own business, Albins Research and Consulting LLC, with the goal of supporting restoration work in Alabama. She believes passionately in the importance of unbiased scientific research and is thrilled to contribute to the March for Science community.
Mark has served as Executive Director of the Alabama Coastal Foundation since October 2011. He was drawn to the ACF because of its vital mission of protecting our coast through cooperation, education, and participation. Prior to ACF, he had experience as a leader in Alabama’s state constitution reform movement and as the Director of Community Engagement for the Mobile Area Education Foundation. Mark earned his B.A. in English with a double minor in Political Science and Philosophy at Birmingham Southern College. He earned his M.P.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a 2006 graduate of the Leadership Mobile program and 2007 graduate of Leadership Alabama. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing tennis and pool, camping and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Glen is an Assistant Professor in Biology and Pharmacology at the University of South Alabama (USA). He has earned degrees from the University of Tennessee (B.S., Biology) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D., Genetics), with postdocs at Illinois State and UC Berkeley. His research focuses on identifying novel genetic regulators and defining their roles in oncogenesis, microbiology and speciation. Since starting his laboratory at USA in 2012, he has secured nearly $3,000,000 in external funding, including a National Institutes of Health R01 research grant and the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award. Among his many honors, he was named USA Junior Faculty Researcher of the year in 2016. Glen’s lab is home to around 25 undergraduate and graduate students, and he has been recognized as a Top Prof by the Azalea Chapter of Mortar Board three times since 2013. In addition to his research, Glen was a driving force behind USA starting a comprehensive recycling program in 2015, and has been a vocal advocate for sustainability, vaccinations and combating climate change.
Casi (kc) Callaway serves as Executive Director and Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeer. She is from Mobile, Alabama, graduated high school from the last all girls’ class of Julius T. Wright and received a degree in Philosophy and Ecology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She began working in the environmental field as the Southeastern Regional College Campus Coordinator for Earth Day 1990. Casi then began working for Clean Water Action in Washington, D.C. She worked on local, state, and federal campaigns in many areas, including public education, research of political issues, lobbying at every level of government, and fundraising. Before leaving D.C., Casi attained the positions of the D.C. Field Canvas Director and the D.C. Office’s Florida Program Director. At Baykeeper, Casi is responsible for coordinating public education; community organizing; research and fundraising. She holds four gubernatorial appointments and serves on the boards of several local, state and regional environmental organizations. Casi is also active in the Junior League of Mobile and with Government Street Presbyterian Church. She and her husband, Jarrett, have one amazing son, Coleman.
Phil Menard is an assistant professor of information systems at the University of South Alabama’s School of Computing. He received his Ph.D. in Business Information Systems from Mississippi State University after completing his undergraduate degree and graduating Cum Laude in Computer Information Systems from Nicholls State, working in industry between programs. While at MSU he received several awards including a significant SFS Scholarship for Information Security research and the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Student Research Award. His research interests include the application of behavioral psychology in promoting secure device usage, with particular focuses in persuasive communication, motivation, training programs, mobile device security, IoT, and cross-cultural differences. When he is not teaching or researching he enjoys traveling, concerts, good food, and watching the Saints and Pelicans.
Seema Singh is an Associate Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI). She earned her Ph.D. in bioscience at Aligarh M. University in India, and came to the U.S. in 2001 with her husband Ajay Singh, who is also a research scientist at MCI. The Singhs are now U.S. citizens. Together, in the Health Disparities in Cancer Research Program, they are exploring the molecular factors at play in cancer health disparities. African-American women are more likely to develop an aggressive form of breast cancer and die from it than are Caucasian women. The same can be said of African-American men with prostate cancer — clinical findings that are especially relevant in the Deep South. She says, “We know that there are many factors at work, such as access to health care. However, we believe that not only those factors, but also biological factors, play a role.” Seema’s research on the tumor microenvironment in breast cancer of African-American women is funded by a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, her work on skin cancer has resulted in a patent for sunscreen technology using silver nanoparticles.