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.
Jim Franklin earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Auburn University at Montgomery. Prior to his joining the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, Jim worked for the YMCA of Greater Montgomery for 32 years. He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer. Jim is responsible for the Auburn Youth Programs.
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).
Mark Lipscomb Program Developer / Community Courses
Mark Lipscomb joined Auburn University’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2016 as a Program Developer for Community Courses. Mark has held multiple positions as a supervisor in the customer service sector for over 15 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University (’12).
Amanda Salatto joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in 2016 as the Marketing Coordinator where she manages marketing and creative efforts to promote OPCE programs and events. Amanda graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication/Public Relations in 2004. She brings 13 years combined experience in education, marketing, and event planning.
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 Assistant Director, Professional Development and Conferences
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.
Hayley White Program Developer / Auburn Youth Programs
Hayley White joined the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in March as a program developer for Auburn Youth Programs. She received her undergraduate in political science from the University of Alabama in 2018 and has since served in various capacities in youth programming. In her role with AYP White works with campus partners to coordinate academic learning camps and programs.
Shavon Williams Assistant Director, Online Certificate Programs
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.
Daniel (Dong Woo) Yu
Assistant Director, Global Leadership Training Initiatives
Daniel (Dong Woo) Yu earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. Prior to his joining the Office of Professional and Continuing Education in November 2015, Daniel was a President/CEO of two Korean Automotive Suppliers, Hanwha Advanced Materials and SCAutotech. He brings the office 30 years of expertise in the areas of automotive industry, new business development and manufacturing operations and management as well as R&D in new technology. He now serves as an Assistant Director for Global Leadership Training Initiatives.