Hope Stockton, Director
Hope Stockton earned her bachelor's degree in finance and history from Huntingdon College, a master's degree in management from Troy University, and is a PhD Candidate in Adult Education at Auburn University. She initially came to Auburn in 2003 as the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership in the College of Business. Prior to her employment with Auburn, Stockton spent 13 years in healthcare management and worked for the United States Army Budget Office in Vicenza, Italy. She brings 23 years of administrative and financial management experience to the office along with extensive experience in planning, developing and administering professional and continuing education programs. As the director, she provides leadership and administrative, financial and academic management for the OPCE.
Brook Barrow, Program Developer / Youth Programs
Brook Barrow joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in the summer of 2015 after working two years with Auburn City Schools as a Physical Education Assistant at Pick Elementary School. Brook earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2013 and received her master’s degree in Physical Education the following year, both from Auburn University. Brook first served as the Client Camp Manager with Auburn Youth Programs and now serves as the Program Developer for Auburn Youth Programs in the Office of Professional and Continuing Education.
Rusty Cooper, Program Developer / AU Challenge Course
Rusty Cooper joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2015 where he works as a program developer in challenge course programming and group development. Rusty has worked in various roles within the field of Outdoor Education for over 12 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education from Texas A&M University and his M.Ed. in Outdoor Education Administration from Georgia College and State University.
Jeffrey Dyal, Senior Program Developer / Youth Programs
Jeff Dyal joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in the summer of 2014 after retiring from a 25-year career in the US Marine Corps. Previously serving as the Marine Officer Instructor for Auburn University’s Naval ROTC, he joined the Auburn family in 2009. Jeff earned his bachelor's degree in history from Florida’s Jacksonville University and recently completed his master's in adult education from Auburn University. Jeff now serves as the Senior Program Developer for Summer Youth Programs in the Office of Professional and Continuing Education.
Myra Girard, Professional Development
Myra Girard joined the office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2014. Other Auburn University professional experience has included Distance Education Supervisor and Instructor for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation, and most recently, Outreach Coordinator for the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and an MS degree in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee. Currently Myra is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication from the English Department of Auburn University.
Danell LaPread, Executive Secretary
Danell LaPread was employed for 20 years by a local manufacturer where her work was principally in the field of human resources. She joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2002, and provides support with Road Scholar, OLLI@AUBURN, and Community Course programs. Danell also works with registrations and graphic publications.
Marsha Peters, Office Supervisor
Marsha Peters has been with Auburn University since 1987. She joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 1991. She provides administrative support in the role of finances, payroll, human resources and general office proceedings. Marsha grew up in Auburn and continues to love living in the loveliest village on the plains with her family.
Claire Twardy, Senior Program Developer / Professional Development
Claire Twardy received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia. She is the coordinator for the Tax & Accounting Professional Seminars, AP Summer Institute, and coordinates other professional development programs. Her background includes event planning and marketing. She and her husband, Joe, live in Auburn and love it! They have two daughters, Sara and Anna, recent graduates of Auburn University.
Shavon Williams, Senior Program Developer / Workforce Development
Shavon Williams earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University, Phenix City, Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Phoenix, Dallas Texas. Prior to her joining the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in June 2014 as a Program Developer, Shavon was an instructor for Adult Education at Southern Union State Community College. She brings 25 years of combined service in banking, compliance and project management where she has facilitated and served in all aspects/capacities.
Last Updated: January 20, 2016