Spring 2024 Covey College of Allied Health Professions Honors Ceremony

Posted on March 22, 2024 by CAHP

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2024 Honors banquet

On March 12, the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions recognized students, alumni, faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to allied health professions at the college’s annual honors ceremony. 

The awards presented include the Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame alumni award, the Excellence in Teaching faculty award, the Excellence in Scholarship faculty award, the Excellence in Service faculty award and the Administrative Support staff award. Current students and faculty also have the opportunity to be inducted into the Alpha Eta Society, a national allied health honor society.

Peters recieving award from Dr. Susan Gordon-Hickey

Danielle Morris Peters 

Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame


Dr. Susan Gordon Hickey, dean of the Covey College of Allied Health Professions, and Dr. Donna Wooster, chair and associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, presented this year’s Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame Award to Danielle Peters ’08. Individuals are nominated for this honor because of their outstanding contributions to their field. Peters completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of South Alabama.


Peters currently co-owns Bluebird Therapy, a multi-disciplinary clinic, with her husband, John, and serves pediatric clients in Mobile County. She also serves as the board president for United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile and is a board member for United Cerebral Palsy of Alabama.


Since completing her degree, Peters has remained close to USA’s occupational therapy program by taking students for clinical rotations, allowing students opportunities to shadow her and by coming back to teach as an adjunct faculty. 



Mocket reciving award

Dr. Robin Mockett 

Excellence in Teaching


The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to a faculty member who ensures that students receive an excellent foundation in science and practice of their profession. Dr. Susan Gordon-Hickey presented the 2024 Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Robin Mockett, associate professor of biomedical sciences.


He has earned the Top Prof award every year for the past five years, and his courses are known for being challenging. However, students appreciate the critical thinking aspects of his courses and the time he spends reviewing and clarifying material with students inside and outside of class.



flagg with award

Dr. Ashley Flagge

Excellence in Scholarship


The Excellence in Scholarship Award is presented to a faculty member who is a leader in informing evidence-based research and clinical practice. The 2024 Excellence in Scholarship Award recipient is Dr. Ashley Flagge, assistant professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is currently mentoring three Ph.D. students and is sought out by Ph.D. applicants from across the nation. 


In 2023, Flagge earned four publications of her work, bringing her total number of publications to 12 during her six-year appointment at USA. In 2023, she also completed four national presentations, three invited presentations and one peer-reviewed. She was also awarded an intramural grant for her project related to mindfulness training as part of a vestibular rehab program for patients with vestibular migraine.



saale recieving award

Dr. Blair Saale 

Excellence in Service


The Excellence in Service Award is centered around a faculty member’s commitment to the institution, community and to allied health professions. The 2024 Excellence in Service Award recipient is Dr. Blair Saale, assistant professor of physical therapy. Saale is described by her colleagues as a servant leader, and she gives selflessly to her students, her profession and the University. 


Saale works closely with the Alabama Head Injury Foundation Clinic and Victory Health Partners, and she also serves as president to the Mobile Area Physical Therapy Association. She has served as the Department of Physical Therapy’s admissions committee chair spending countless hours evaluating applications and scheduling interviews for program candidates. Students and alumni recognize her as someone who is compassionate, strives for excellence and mentors students to become leaders in their profession.


snell recieving award

Marla Snell 

Excellence in Administrative Support


The Excellence in Administrative Support Award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the college’s administrative staff. The 2024 Excellence in Administrative Support Award recipient is Marla Snell, secretary in the Department of Emergency Medical Services. She is the department’s go-to person for help navigating the University’s administrative processes.


Faculty in the department refer to her as one of the hardest workers they know. She began her career at USA as a student records specialist, ensuring that all student records were current before students began their clinical internships. In 2022, her duties expanded, and she has become an expert on everything in the department.

Alpha Eta Society


69 students studying programs in the Covey College of Allied Health Professions were inducted into the Alpha Eta Society, a national allied health honor society, along with seven faculty members.



Biomedical Sciences

Corinne Babin
Neil Chaudhary
Mia Elias
Meghan Gaspar
Vanessa Georgiadis
Yusuf Hashmi
Isabella Indovina
Avery King
Andi Manship
Lauren McAdams
Jenna Pertuit
Michael Roque
Chyenne Strickland
Andrea Vavrinek
Bailey Welch


Emergency Medical Services

Tiffany Duckworth
Jordan Pete
Caleb Williams


Occupational Therapy

Emily Carter
Briana Coburn
Isabel Collins
Catherine Daniel
Eryn Meadows
Michelle Motes
Emily Sims


Physical Therapy

Jaclyn Aida
Valerie Ainsworth
Martine Alger
Andrew Allen
Joseph Boyd
Alexandra Hall
Hannah Vivone
Sydney Wilson


Physician Assistant Studies

Erin Baker
Madison Catalano
Abigail Johnson
Rachel King
Anna Catherine Law
Gabrielle Mauterer
Samantha McCarty
Aaron Philbrick
Lauren Pilcher
Chelsea Tompkins
Erin Wiley


Professional Health Sciences

Lauren Dellacer
Makyah Denson
Crimson Harrison
Chnar Hawramy
Katelyn Johnson
Erin Mixon
Lien Nguyen
Trystin Nguyen
Keri Williams


Radiologic Sciences

Madeline Breaux
Cali Hess
Emma Pendley
Rachel Overstreet
Meredith Rasp
Summer Ray
Megan Robinson


Speech and Hearing Sciences

Breanna Byrd
Sarah Lopez
Grayson McCluskie


Speech-Language Pathology

Julia Bruffey
Blakeley Hammonds
Robin Jacobs
Margaret Lollis



Lucy Puranen
Olivia Vanderford


Faculty Members

Dr. Jason Brooks
Dr. Charles Erwin
Dr. Victoria Henbest
Mr. Jeremy Kersey
Dr. Stephanie McGilvray
Ms. Kristen McKenna
Dr. Sue Somerville

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