Project Leadership and Staff

Project Director:

Dr. Huey-Ling Lin is a Professor in early childhood education at Alabama State University. Dr. Lin is Director of projects including "Low-Cost Childcare for Nontraditional Students," funded by the U.S. Department of Education; and the “Alabama Mandarin Language Programs at Alabama State University,” funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. She has experience in both early childhood teacher training and quantitative and qualitative analyses of teachers' efficacy, student's beliefs, and student's readiness for school. View Dr. Lin's vita. View publications.

Project Assistant Director:

Tillie Jones provides training and manages the public relations duties of the Food Safety Project, serving as media, employee and partnership liaison, editor, and coordinator for this and other community grant projects including the Alabama Mandarin Language Immersion Program. Ms. Jones first joined the Food Safety Project in 2006, coordinating and conducting workshops in area schools. Her background in mass communication includes experience in developing, coordinating and instructing educational programs, seminars and workshops on various subjects for groups ranging in age from pre-K through adulthood.

Parent Specialist:

Dr. Tina Vazin, an Experimental Psychologist, serves as Chairperson of the Department of Foundations and Psychology at Alabama State University. Her research interests include childhood emotional development, individual differences in parenting styles and racial disparities in health-related behavior in children. She serves as a Parent Involvement Specialist for Project AHEAD, a collaborative federal grant involving Trenholm Technical College, Alabama State University, and Head Start. She has directed projects including the “Alabama Mandarin Language Programs at Alabama State University,” funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and another funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources that administers abstinence education programs in Montgomery Public Schools.

Technical Manager:

Dr. Peter Macchia is a Professor of Instructional Technology. He designs, develops, and consults in the development of technology rich instruction. He teaches graduate level courses on the integration of technology into the classroom and has conducted numerous faculty development workshops in the use of technology for the university as well as local area schools. Dr. Macchia developed and taught five online graduate technology courses and was the project director for the PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) grants at Alabama State University.

External Evaluator:
Dr. Jeffrey Gorrell is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has published two books, more than 60 articles and over 100 papers at professional meetings, as well as numerous technical reports and similar research products. Many of these are research studies published in such journals as the Journal of Genetic Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and the American Psychology Journal. Since 1989, he has been the primary researcher for a series of large-scale developmental studies of primary school children in Sri Lanka, designing studies and analyzing results for the Sri Lanka National Institute of Education at various ages within the schools. In recent years, he has been the principal investigator in evaluation studies that examined individual and school-level performance data. Most notably, these studies include evaluation of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge, the Learning Connections in New Orleans and surrounding parishes, and comprehensive school reform in schools in Alabama.


 Dr Gorrell