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.
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.
Jeff 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.
Brent Gibson Program Developer / AU Challenge Course & AU Leadership Series
Brent Gibson joined Auburn University’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2016 where he works as a Program Developer for the AU Challenge Course and AU Leadership Series. Brent has worked in various roles within the field of Outdoor Education for over six years. He received his undergraduate degree in Office Administrative Technology from Valdosta State University ('14) and his MSc in Recreation and Leisure Services from Texas State University ('16).
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 publication.
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.
Amy Shugart joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2015 as a Program Developer for Auburn Youth Programs. Since graduating from Auburn University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Art, Amy spent a year working for The Walt Disney Company where she excelled in guest relations and services. Amy also worked for Camp All-American in Duluth, GA designing and implementing exclusive programming for their middle school day camp as well as for ITAC Solutions in Birmingham, AL as an Administrative Recruiter.
Erika Smith joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in the Summer of 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Since graduating, Erika worked as a Marketing Coordinator at a workplace supply company, where she coordinated events, produced marketing collateral, and generated catalogs. Erika now serves as a Program Developer for Auburn Youth Programs.
Alan Spencer Program Developer / Conference & Event Services
Alan Spencer joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in the Spring of 2016. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Alabama A&M University.
Alan worked as an executive, in the non-profit sector, bringing over 12 years of experience in development planning, public relations, marketing, public speaking, administration, communications, fund raising and customer service. He now serves as a Program Developer for Conference and Event services.
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.