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Donna J. Hester, Ph. D.

Curriculum Architect and Coordinator

Donna Hester, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Physical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to publications and presentations at the state, district, national and international levels, Dr. Hester has provided continuous community and professional service since 1983.

    Some activities of note include the following:
  • Executive Director of the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD)
  • Member of Alabama State Department of Education Committee on Fitness Testing and Assessment, 2006
  • Co-Author “Wheel of Champions” integrated curriculum for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Chair of Physical Activity Subcommittee of Alabama State Department of Education Committee to Address Student Health Issues, 2005
  • External reviewer for revision of Alabama Course of Study, Physical Education, 2003
  • Chair of Committee to write Alabama Course of Study, Physical Education, 1996 – 97
  • 50+ in-service presentations throughout Alabama as well as neighboring states
  • Donna L. Dunaway, Ed. D.

    Curriculum Architect and Coordinator

    Donna Dunaway, Ed. D. is a Professor of Physical Education at Samford University. In addition to the many publications and presentations at the state, district, national and international levels, Dr. Dunaway has provided continuous community and professional service since 1980.

      Some activites of note include the following:
  • Chair of Alabama State Department of Education Committee on Fitness Testing and Assessment, 2006
  • Co-Author “Wheel of Champions” integrated curriculum for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Member of Governor’s Commission for Physical Fitness and Sport (Governor appointment)
  • Member of Governor’s Commission for Physical Fitness and Sport Task Force to Develop Implementation Plan for Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity
  • Member of Alabama Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Council
  • 50+ in-service presentations throughout Alabama as well as neighboring states
  • Cristina Saunders

    Program Director

    A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Cristina Saunders has over 25 years of teaching and mentoring experience in a variety of educational settings. While at SCSU, Cristina also completed the Educator Program, a two and one-half year intensive training program to assist individuals with special needs learn beyond the classroom. After her collegiate swimming career on the SCSU Women’s swimming and diving Team, Cristina coached numerous swim teams and designed instructional and therapeutic swim programs for inner city youths.

    In addition to teaching, Cristina has been a remarkable presenter at state and national conferences for HEAL, Alabama Reading Initiative, Alabama Reading First and the International Association of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She worked as an Alabama Reading First Regional Coordinator for the State Department of Education, she successfully assisted several school systems and non-profit organizations in securing profitable grants to further their missions. Cristina served as a Physical Educator at Southminster Day School and implemented the HEAL curriculum with exceptional talent in her classroom. She officially joined the HEAL, Inc. team in spring 2011 as a Regional Coordinator.

    In 2013, she was promoted to State-wide Director assisting HEAL to strategically expand its footprint throughout Alabama. Cristina is committed to giving back to the community and helping others in times of need. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and volunteering with numerous non-profits such as the YMCA, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and serves in various leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America.

    Peggy A Keebler

    Assistant Coordinator

    Peggy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of Montevallo. She also received her M.Ed. (Master of Education) from Alabama State University. As a former collegiate coach and currently a Physical Education teacher and a Certified Personal Trainer, she is an advocate of living healthy and being physically fit.

    Peggy has seen the consequences of people living sedentary lifestyles. She knows that living a healthier lifestyle should be developed at an early age but it doesn’t always continue. Therefore, her goal as a Physical Educator is to educate students, teachers and the community on the importance of the HEAL curriculum and the true definition of what HEAL (HEALTHY EATING ACTIVE LIVING) really means.

    Christopher Reeves

    Assistant Coordinator

    Christopher Reeves received his Bachelor of Science P-12 PE Teacher Certification and Bachelor of Arts Theater Arts and Humanities from University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, Chris was a member of the UAB Department of Human Studies Physical Education Major’s Club (PHLAME), and received the Outstanding Physical Education Teacher Certification Undergraduate Student Award. He has also served as a Future Professionals Council officer in Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD). He attended the Southern District AAHPERD Future Professional Leadership Development Conference and has had the opportunity to preside and present at the ASAHPERD spring and fall conferences.

    Chris has presented at the State Department of Education Summer Physical Education and Health Conference and ASAHPERD District 3 Workshop at Jacksonville State University. He was selected to serve as a member of the Educator Effectiveness Design Team Awareness for Jefferson County Schools. He serves on the UAB Physical Education Advisory Committee and recently selected to serve as ASAHPERD’s Vice President-Elect Physical Education Division. Chris is currently a physical education teacher at Warrior Elementary School. Warrior Elementary is one of 90 schools in the State of Alabama to be selected to participate in the HEAL program. He credits the HEAL program in helping him become Teacher of the year at Warrior Elementary. Students, Parents, and Teachers see the importance of HEAL and embraced the HEAL mission. HEAL has helped tremendously on him growing as a teacher. Chris has been married to his beautiful and supportive wife for 15 years. He is also the father of two amazing children.

    Linda Hatchett

    Assistant Coordinator

    Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education at Mississippi College, in Clinton, MS. She also received her M. Ed. (Master of Education) in Health and Physical Education from University of South Alabama. She has over 30+ years teaching Elementary Physical Education in the Mobile County Public School System.

    Linda started her HEAL career as a HEAL Instructor at O’Rourke Elementary School, a Mobile County School. She was then promoted to a HEAL Coordinator covering the South Alabama territory for HEAL. Linda is an incredible speaker that has presented at numerous conferences and teacher in-service trainings throughout Southern District SHAPE.

    In addition, Linda gives of her time graciously and helps organizations focused on health education for our youth. She serves as an AHSAA Softball Official and is an Instructor for new officials. She also assists as a USAV, AHSAA, ECBO and Right Call Volleyball Official and an AHSAA and ACUA Fast Pitch Softball Official. She served as a member of the AAHPERD Physical Best Steering National Committee for 6 years. Linda has served on the Board of Directors for the ASAHPERD and SDAAHPERD organizations. She also directs the Summer Day Camp Program at Dayspring Baptist Church in Mobile which serves over 650 children.