Wellness and Work-Life Team


Manager of Wellness and Work-Life

Carolyn MacVicar is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Nutrition/Dietetics. She finds helping faculty and staff achieve a more balanced, healthy lifestyle very rewarding.  She has coordinated programs and services for diverse populations, acquired extensive knowledge in program development and delivery. As a mother of three, who works full-time and maintains a healthy lifestyle, she identifies with the challenges of integrating health behaviors into a busy lifestyle, and enjoys helping people navigate these challenges.  In addition to her work in the wellness office, she has been teaching Pilates Reformer at the Student Recreation Center for the past 10 years.  In her free time she enjoys running, playing tennis, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Program Coordinator, Ashlie Bowman

Ashlie Bowman is a 2012 alumna of The University of Alabama with a B.A. in Journalism, and she is currently working toward an M.A. in Health Studies. She has worked in varying capacities at the University since 2015 and was excited to join the Wellness and Work-Life team in January 2020. She is a certified yoga instructor and group fitness instructor and has been teaching classes at the Student Recreation Center for the past four years, which is what began her passion for helping others achieve their health goals. In addition to all types of fitness, both indoors and out, she enjoys spending her free time reading and traveling.

Program Assistant, Wellness and Work-Life

Nicole Bush has been working with The University of Alabama since 2015.  She is a 1998 graduate of The University of Alabama.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Speech Communication.  She enjoys working with UA faculty and staff and guiding them to become the healthiest employee they can be.  Nikki is married to Ricky Bush.  She has two beautiful daughters, Rikki Nicole and Katelyn.  She also has two precious grandsons, John-Briar and Samuel Lee.  In her free-time, Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and taking care of her sweet grand babies.

WellBAMA Nurse Educator, Wellness and Work-Life

Abby Horton, MSN, RN, CHC, CLC, currently teaches full-time at Capstone College of Nursing and has been on faculty since 2014 and has 10 years of nursing experience.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge of health and wellness with the UA Community.  She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach, who is passionate about helping others reach their potential and achieve their wellness goals. Her focus is to teach and encourage the mastery of habit change. She also serves as a WellBAMA Ambassador for The UA Honors College, as an Adjunct Faculty Member.

Assistant Director of Research, Wellness and Work-Life

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 Assistant Dean and 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.