Meet our Professionals

Joy Aull
Interim Director
Program Director
Professional Development

Joy brings 25 years of experience in collaborating with federal, state and local agencies in addition to university/college officials to implement strong preemptive community education and professional development programs. She enjoys taking multidisciplinary projects from conception to implementation. Due to the extensive time Joy spent living and traveling internationally, she is adept at working with diverse groups. Joy graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a Bachelors of Behavioral Science. She has worked as a mentor, parole officer, training coordinator, university administrator, consultant and police captain. Joy has multiple mental health, emergency response, and public safety instructor certifications. Joy and her husband have three children and together they enjoy cooking, traveling, and outdoor activities. 





(251) 460-7125


Paul Phillips
Lead Instructor
Safety and Emergency Management

Paul Phillips is the head instructor and program director of the University of South Alabama’s Safety and Emergency Response Training department. He has been with the program since 2003 and has a wide range of emergency response training and experience. Paul has an associate’s degree in fire science and has been a firefighter since 1998. He has been with the City of Mobile’s Fire Department since 2000 and is a Captain assigned to the Hazardous Materials Unit where he has obtained certification as a Hazmat Technician and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Technician and Incident Safety Officer. He also is an OSHA Outreach instructor and is qualified to teach a variety of safety classes. In addition, he spent four years performing search and rescue operations in the United States Coast Guard where he holds a USCG Maritime Captains license. Overhaul, Paul’s combined education, training, and work experience enable him to instruct students to become safety and emergency response professionals. 




(251) 460-7200

Ginger Wade
Program Director
Special Courses

Ginger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama, where her studies included business, communication and psychology.  For over 20 years, she worked in both the public and private sectors, where she gained extensive experience in office management, case management and adjudication, affording her the opportunity to interact with people of every walk of life.   She firmly believes that community, education, and learning are crucial components to a full and meaningful life. She is delighted to have the opportunity to develop and support programs that encourage lifelong learning, professional and personal development, because she believes that these are key components that enable individuals and communities  to thrive.




(251) 460-7170