Director, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
Rebecca Kelly, PhD, RD, CDE is a nationally recognized expert in the field of corporate wellness, health and productivity management, and performance nutrition. A frequently requested lecturer, Dr. Kelly is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and certified diabetes educator. Over the span of 15 years, Dr. Kelly led a nationally recognized health and wellness program for a manufacturing company in Birmingham, AL. Today, Dr. Kelly serves as assistant professor and Director of Health Promotion and Wellness for the University of Alabama. As a national leader in corporate health initiatives, Dr. Kelly’s expertise is in creating a culture of health and productivity excellence through her ability to engage over 80% of employees in wellness initiatives. Dr. Kelly completed both her doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her dietetic internship at Indiana University Medical Center and received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science graduating with highest honors from Auburn University.
Assistant Director, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
Melondie Carter, RN, DSN is a highly respected practitioner of employee health and wellness and an integral member of the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. Additionally, Dr. Carter is a nurse, teacher, researcher, lecturer, and writer who holds the position of Associate Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing. Her teaching is focused in the areas of Community Health and Introduction to Professional Nursing. Her research interest are focused in the areas of decision support for nursing, and the effectiveness of corporate wellness programs in small industry. Dr. Carter has won numerous awards for her exceptional ability as a teacher, including the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award from the National Alumni Association of The University of Alabama, and The Alabama State Nurses’ Associations Outstanding Nurse Educator/Academe Award in 2000. Dr. Carter also serves as Past-President of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Carter earned her B.S.N. from the Troy State University in 1977, her M.S.N. in Adult Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1983, as well as her D.S.N. in Community Mental Health with a functional role of Nursing Service Administration in 1998.
Coordinator, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
Kay Whites is a graduate of Mississippi State University, Starkville, Ms with a B.S. degree in Physical Education. She earned a diploma in Fitness and Nutrition from International Correspondence Schools and is certified as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Ms. She has over 20 years of experience in the Health and Fitness area and has accomplished numerous certifications and specialties in the field. Ms. Whites is a long time volunteer for organizations such as The American Heart Association, The American Lung Association, The Arthritis Foundation, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, United Way, etc. She has held a variety of positions in the realm of Health and Wellness including Director of Youth Programs, Recreational Therapist, Personal Trainer, Aerobic Coordinator, Tobacco Cessation Instructor, and many more. Her career choice in promoting health and wellness is a life long commitment, to herself, and to others.
Coordinator, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
Heather Mundy is a graduate of The University of Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Event Planning. With experience in promotion and marketing, Heather coordinates and delivers a wide range of health and wellness programs, services and resources for the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. She has a passion for motivating individuals to achieve good health for themselves, and for their wider communities. Heather’s primary focus is the delivery of WellBAMA health screening and health coaching, working directly with faculty and staff to help them achieve their personal wellness goals and live a healthier and more productive life.
Office Associate II, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
Carolyn MacVicar is an office associate in the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness. Mrs. MacVicar joined The University of Alabama staff in April 2012. She has over 10 years of experience in the health and wellness field and is a certified pilates reformer instructor and diabetes educator. With hands-on experience and knowledge of the field, Carolyn serves as a great asset to the Health Promotion and Wellness team.
Graduate Assistant, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness
Tyler Williams, B.S. received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College in 2008. As a student athlete, Tyler was awarded Division III Academic All-American status. He is currently working on his Masters of Arts in Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science, and pursuing his passion in Health and Exercise. Tyler is actively involved in the University of Alabama Exercise Physiology Club and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.
From Dr. Kelly:
It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the official website for the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at The University of Alabama. As the first ever director of Health Promotion and Wellness, I am thrilled to be a part of The University of Alabama’s pursuit of health and well-being, and I am delighted to share the programs, resources, and updates of our university’s wellness program with you.
Our vision is to advance the health and well-being of the employees of The University of Alabama and their families through a rich and rewarding wellness program. To fulfill this vision and create a culture of wellness, we will be introducing programs, information, and activities designed specifically to enhance the mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well-being and lives of all University of Alabama employees.
Please join us often on our website and sign up for one of the many program offerings. I welcome your participation and input. Should you have ideas, comments, or concerns, please contact our office by e-mail or by calling the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at 348-0077.
Yours in health,
Rebecca K. Kelly, PhD, RD, CDE
Director of Health Promotion & Wellness
The University of Alabama