Institutional Effectiveness Staff

Dr. Christine

Christine C. Thomas, PhD.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
125 Councill Hall 
(334) 229-4742

Dr. Christine C. Thomas is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Institutional Liaison at Alabama State University. She has more than 25 years of combined experience in teaching, assessment and evaluation, and accreditation. She is an innovative higher education administrator who serves as an advocate for continuous improvement. Dr. Thomas has secured the establishment of funded initiatives that focus on faculty development, research, and teaching practices, and her pragmatic leadership style has advanced institutional compliance with accrediting agencies and evidence based decision making.  

Her formal education includes a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. from William Woods University, an M.S. in Leadership Studies from Troy University, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Alabama State University (ASU). Dr. Thomas has completed post-doctoral study at Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Women in Leadership (WIL). She annually participates in national and international programs that focus on advancing organizations and transformational leadership.

Research Interest and Projects
Christine’s research and teaching interests focus on pathways to student success, first generation, students, adult education, and exploring the interplay of higher education policies and practices and the critical role these domains play in continuous improvement and institutional advancement. Her research also explores assessment and evaluation, regional and specialized accreditation.

Professional Expertise
Experienced accreditation evaluator, accountability in higher education, and the development of institutional policies and procedures.

Stephanie 'Alexander-Sampson

Stephanie Alexander-Sampson
Accreditation Specialist
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-6482

Mrs. Alexander-Sampson has been with the University since 2008. Stephanie works closely with the Accreditation Liaison in all aspects and processes of the University's accreditation and reaffirmation. Prior to coming to ASU, Mrs. Alexander-Sampson worked for more than 10 years with Macon County Schools and for Attorney Fred Gray.

Mrs. Alexander-Sampson also works as a Planning Commissioner for the city of Shorter, Alabama where she worked closely with the Mayor in City Ordinance Planning. Stephanie holds a BA in Business Administration from Faulkner University.

Bryn Bakoyema

Bryn Bakoyéma
Director of Institutional Research
205 McGehee Hall 
(334) 229-4360

Bryn has led research, evaluation, and data management support efforts for diverse and expansive teams in the non-profit, government, and higher education sectors.  She thrives on supporting individuals and organizations to continuously improve and achieve results.

Dorothy Birl-Johnson

Dorothy Birl-Johnson
Administrative Secretary
301 Councill Hall
(334) 229-8318

Dorothy Birl-Johnson is a native of Alabama who grew up in Demopolis, Alabama. She is a 1983 graduate of Demopolis High School and a 1986 graduate of Alabama State University. Dorothy received her Associate’s degree in Office Administration.

Dorothy has spent the majority of her career working in the credit, mortgage and financial industries. Her jobs have included positions with Hancock Holding Company, Regions Bank d/b/a Regions Mortgage, Bank of America Home Loans f/k/a Countrywide Mortgage, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the Credit Bureau of Montgomery an Equifax Affiliate.

Dorothy says that her heart is near and dear to Alabama State University because of the legacy that her family has begun with the university. Her husband is a 1983 Criminal Justice graduate, their twin daughters’ are 2010 Business Management graduates, and their youngest daughter is currently a junior, majoring in Rehabilitation Services at ASU.



Cemeria M. Ehis
Institutional Effectiveness Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8442

Cemeria McNear Ehis has over fifteen years of experience in the public service industry and extensive knowledge in project development, banking management and Pharmaceutical analysis.  She is an alumnus of The Alabama State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Biology and Communications as concentrations.  Cemeria previously worked in the Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics under the College of Health Sciences at ASU where she served in the capacity of Staff Associate.  Prior to her employment at ASU, she was employed as a Pharmaceutical Analyst at DXC Technology for Alabama Medicaid where she worked very closely with Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, health providers, CMS and the State of Alabama to identify and resolve medical and financial issues.  As a highlight of her career, she was invited and served as a guest speaker for the Medicaid Drug Rebate International Program Summit Conference in Chicago from 2013-2017.


LaTonya Kennedy

LaTonya Kennedy
Institutional Research Specialist
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-6859

Ms. LaTonya Kennedy is a graduate of Troy State University in Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.  She has over 20 years of experience as a financial professional in the banking and mortgage industry.  She has been employed with Alabama State University since 2010, working in the areas of Institutional Effectiveness and Institutional Research. As the Institutional Research Specialist, she is responsible for: data updates and maintenance of the two annual office publications; data analysis of internal and external reports to insure data integrity; assists with the execution of surveys, focus groups, and other projects; maintains the department's Data Dashboard; updates and maintains the IR office web-page; oversee the project management system to insure timely completion of all requests entered into the system, and insure compliance with all state, federal, and accreditation requirements. Additionally, she serves on the Non-Instructional Assessment Committee and assists in the areas of planning, assessment, data collection, analysis, and documentation of evidence improvement.

LaToya McCain

LaToya McClain
Assessment Specialist
125 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8506

Mrs. McClain has more than 20 years of professional experience that includes Office Administration, Human Resources, technical support of mainframe and client server applications, user training and project support.  Mrs. McClain completed her undergraduate work at Auburn University Montgomery and received her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University Montgomery.

Patina Moss

Patina Moss
Assessment Specialist
301 Councill Hall 
(334) 229-7529

Ms. Patina Moss has been with Alabama State University since 2011. During Ms. Moss' tenure at ASU, she has had the opportunity to render quality customer service as an Admissions Assistant and provided administrative support in Academic Affairs. Ms. Moss currently works in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness assisting with collecting and assessing data including reviewing policies to ensure they are effective and compliant according to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Ms. Moss attended the University of Alabama and the University of Phoenix where she earned a BS in Public Administration.  She is a native of Montgomery, Alabama.



Dr. Keonn Nettles
Quality Enhancement Plan Coordinator
301 Councill Hall
(334) 229-8531

Dr. Keonn Nettles is an accomplished educator with more than 10 years of service that span across several spectrums.  A few of those experiences are: K-12 Administrator, Child Therapist, At-Risk Coordinator, Athletic Director and Trio Director.  Dr. Nettles is knowledgeable in the areas of academic planning, program planning, budget management, and progress monitoring.  As the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Coordinator, he is responsible for providing transformational leadership to support the faculty and staff in the development, implementation and evaluation of its approved QEP that focuses on student success.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Masters’ degrees in Physical Education, Counseling and Psychology, and Instructional Leadership, all from the University of West Alabama, and obtained his doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Nettles has a passion for youth and frequently devotes his time delivering inspirational speeches to schools, organizations and religious groups, and provides professional development to schools that serve students from disadvantage backgrounds.

Kecia Robertson

Kecia Robertson
Grants and Contracts Administrator
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-7519

Kecia Robertson is no stranger to ASU.  The former Benefits Manager in the Office of Human Resources Department for over seven years has returned to the ASU family after serving an appointment as the Director of Compensation and Benefits in the two-year College System, in Texas. She is now the Grants and Contracts Administrator for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs where she will utilize her experience in strategic planning, project management, process improvement, contract administration, records management, budgeting and financial reporting, auditing and data analysis, and training to facilitate grants and contracts participation and maintenance.

Kecia acquired these multiple skills throughout her career as a former Director of Compensation and Benefits, former Director of Human Resources and Finance, a Revenue Analyst, a Pardon and Paroles Interstate Compact Assistant, and an Adjunct Instructor at ASU.  In addition, the Montgomery native and Lanier High School graduate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Banking and a Master in Business Administration degree in Human Resources from Troy University.

Shae Robinson

Shae Robinson
Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator
120 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8637

Mrs. Shae Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery and her Master of Business Administration from Faulkner University.  As the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator, Mrs. Robinson is responsible for coordinating university processes associated with strategic planning and institutional effectiveness including institutional assessments, compliance and research.  She has over twenty years of experience in higher education, banking, finance, and accounting. Throughout her career she has managed budgets, facilitated workshops, developed trainings, led in data analysis and collection, participated in strategic planning committees and more. 

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Anwarul Siddiqui
Institutional Research Analyst
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-6824

Anwarul Siddiqui has many years of experience in data management, analysis and reporting in the private sector. He has worked in Higher Education as an Academic Data and Operations Consultant for 7 years. His expertise and primary interest are in data management and data quality improvement.


Cynthia Swain

Cynthia Swain
Testing Center Coordinator
105 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-4864

Cynthia Swain, Testing Center Coordinator, has been with Alabama State University Testing Center since February 2005.  A native of Alabama, she has held positions as Testing Specialist and Evaluation System Operator.  She holds an M. S. in General Counseling from Alabama State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law at Alabama State University. She is responsible for establishing policies and procedures to ensure high standards of educational integrity that meet the needs of our students, faculty, administration and community.

Ella Temple

Ella M. Temple, PhD
Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
G.W. Trenholm Hall, Room 1
(334) 229-4234

Dr. Temple brings 25 years of research, teaching, grant development and administration experience to ASU.  She received her BS in political science from The University of North Alabama and was directly accepted into the political science/public administration doctoral program at The University of Alabama.  While completing her doctoral studies, she fell in love with research and in 1999 received her doctorate in education research from The University of Alabama program in Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling.

She worked at UAB for over 13 years in various capacities specializing in education and health grant administration, recruiting and overseeing research operations for clinical trials, observational and longitudinal epidemiological studies. Some of the projects and academic divisions include: Healthy passages (CDC Multi-site adolescent health study), Division of Preventive Medicine Recruitment and Shared Facility (PLCO, WHI, NLST, FACTS, MOST, Deep South Network, REACH 2010, CANCor) and the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Project Director/Co-Investigator GWAS International Stroke Study).

Most importantly for ten years she worked with the NIH funded REGARDS study (Reason for Geographic and Racial Difference in Stroke) where numerous economic, health, geographic, anthropometric, food frequency, blood/urine/EKG assessments were collected.  Areas of responsibility included operations management, data quality assurance, data manager, research assistant professor and director. At Stillman College Dr. Temple was the financial grant and contracts administrator with financial oversight of all sponsored programs. She served as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research and was appointed Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement. As VP she initiated the first grass roots community effort to raise $100,000 in 30 days.  Successful, the campaign raised over $120,000 within the thirty-day time period.

Stacy TImmons

Stacey Timmons
Assessment Specialist
105 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-4721

Ms. Timmons is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Timmons has been employed with Alabama State University since 1999. In April 2018, she earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Six Sigma is a carefully designed set of tools and techniques that help improve processes within an organization. The primary goal of Six Sigma Certification is to identify errors or defects in a business process and eliminate them.  Her primary responsibilities include training faculty on Sedona Systems for Faculty Credentialing, E-Proctoring, administering national exams such as the National ACT and ACT Residual, file management, data input, and other testing activities. She also implements procedures to guarantee the security of testing materials.

Avis Wheeler

Avis Wheeler
Learning and Development Officer
125 Life Science Building
(334) 229-8649

Mrs. Avis Wheeler is an alumnus of Huntingdon College and Troy State University, Montgomery from which she earned a Master of Science in Management.  She is certified in Training and Development by the University of Alabama and Lean Six Sigma through the Six Sigma Global Institute. Her experience includes conducting needs assessments, career coaching, training development and facilitation. Mrs. Wheeler's expertise lies in soft skills training facilitation including the following topics: Civility in the Workplace, Customer Service, and Team Building.  She holds memberships with the Association for Talent and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management.


Jowaune Williams

Jowaune Williams
Senior Statistician
205 McGehee Hall
(334) 229-6858

Jowaune Williams is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in General Counseling. He has been employed with ASU since 2008. His primary responsibilities are performing a wide range of statistical analyses on research projects and studies according to the mission, vision and strategic plan of the University.  He provides a compilation of Institutional data necessary for the completion of various data reports required by off-campus agencies as well as internal requests. Additionally, he acts as the database liaison and interpretive information resource to the University community and serves as a conduit for effective information exchange and collaboration among researchers.