Our Team

Office of Health Promotion & Wellness Team


Assistant Director of Research, 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 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.


Coordinator, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness

Heather Clayton is a graduate of The University of Alabama, with a B.S. degree 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. In addition to coordinating and delivering all office programs, Heather’s primary focus is the delivery of the WellBAMA & WellBAMA Rewards programs, working directly with faculty and staff to help them achieve their personal wellness goals and live a healthier and more productive life. She also developed and manages the WellBAMA Ambassador program on campus.


Clinical Faculty, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness

Dr. Leslie Cole is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN). She has worked as a faculty at the University of Alabama since Fall 2007, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from UA in 1999. Dr. Cole returned to the University, earning her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Rural Case Management in 2006 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in August 2010. She currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the CCN. Dr. Cole began working for the Office in Fall 2014, playing a key role in the University’s employee wellness program, WellBAMA. She acts as an expert clinician by overseeing the clinical aspect and nursing student supervision of all WellBAMA health screenings, developing and presenting frequent educational group wellness sessions, and following-up with WellBAMA participants who have been found to be high-risk during screenings. Dr. Cole identifies this high-risk population and ensures that they are following through with their primary health care providers. Using her knowledge and passion for medicine and education, Dr. Cole strives to improve the health of all employees at The University of Alabama by empowering individuals to take an informed and active role in their health.

Graduate Assistant, Office of Health Promotion and Wellness

Ward Dobbs

Sarah Chaffee, RD.