Meet Our Team

Rick Funk

Rick Funk — Director of Admissions, Out of State Recruitment

After spending more than seven years in the Division of Student Affairs working with the Greek system, SGA, leadership, parent programming and the On-Call Dean program, Rick has worked in Undergraduate Admissions since July 2003. As Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Recruitment, Rick coordinates all recruiting efforts in Alabama as well as out-of-state regional recruiters. He is a strong advocate for student involvement in and out of the classroom and has been involved in a number of professional associations, serving as president of the Association of Fraternity Advisors and most recently on the SACAC Executive Board. Rick is particularly interested in the retention of new students, and he has taught BCE 101, an ongoing orientation class for entering students, for the past 15 years.

Landon Waid

Landon Waid — Director of Admissions, Enrollment Management

Landon provides leadership and direction for Admissions Operations, Undergraduate Scholarships, International Admissions, Alumni and Volunteer Recruitment, and Campus Tours at UA. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo, his Master’s degree from the University of West Alabama, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at UA. In addition to his office responsibilities, Landon currently holds leadership roles in SACRAO and ALACRAO. He is also active in NODA, SROW, NASPA and several other regional and national professional organizations.

Steven Thomas

Steven Thomas — Associate Director for Orientation and Special Programs

Steven works in the Office of Orientation and Special Programs as the Associate Director. His primary responsibilities include Bama Bound Summer and Spring Sessions and working with the Avanti Orientation Leader team. He enjoys assisting new students as they make their transitions from high school to college and helping today’s student leaders grow into the leaders of tomorrow. Steven is originally Indiana where he received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. He received his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at UA.

Jim Landers

Jim Landers — Assistant Director for Military and Veteran Recruitment

Jim provides operational, leadership, and support in the University’s efforts to identify and recruit military and veterans from all over the nation to attend UA. Jim served 23 years with the United States Air Force and retired in 2011 after serving as the Commandant of The University of Alabama’s AFROTC Detachment. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Troy University.

Caitlin Kelley

Caitlin Kelley — Associate Director for International Recruitment and Admission

Caitlin is responsible for overseeing international admissions processing and international recruitment. She comes to The University of Alabama with a rich background of international experiences and knowledge. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in German language, Caitlin taught abroad in both Austria and China. Upon moving back to the USA, she earned a Master’s in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Since that time, Caitlin has worked in International Student Services and International Admissions and Recruiting. She has traveled to over 40 countries and loves meeting students around the world as they are making the life-changing decision to study in the USA. Caitlin is an active member in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and OACAC.

Sara Beth Spearing

Sara Beth Spearing — Assistant Director of In-state and Specialized Recruitment

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Sara Beth graduated from Samford University in 2008 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education at The University of Alabama. Sara Beth’s primary responsibilities include managing the In-State recruitment team and assisting in their efforts to bring the best and brightest to The Capstone. Because she grew up in Alabama, Sara Beth is particularly excited about introducing new opportunities at The University to fellow Alabama students. She is passionate about the recruitment process and assisting students in finding their home at UA.

Brittnay McMillian

Brittnay McMillian — Assistant Director for Transfer Recruitment

A Tuscaloosa native, Brittnay joined the Transfer Admissions team after working in the study abroad office at UA for 5 years. Prior to her time at UA, she taught high school at a local school. Brittnay graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. She received her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of West Alabama. Her primary responsibilities include building the transfer recruitment team and developing new transfer initiatives in hopes of creating a vibrant transfer student community here at the Capstone.

Eunice Thomas

Eunice Thomas — Academic Coordinator for International Admissions

Eunice joined our team in 2009 and has worked throughout higher education administration for many years. Her role as an Academic Coordinator within International Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment includes advising students and departments on admission procedure, coordinating admission processing and academic credential evaluation, assisting in the recruitment of prospective international students, and determining admission and placement of international students into The University of Alabama. Eunice received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Studies from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Science Administration and Human Services from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Master of Science in Higher Educational Administration at Texas A&M University.