Meet Our Staff

Melissa, John, Natalie, Erica, and Kay look forward to seeing you!


Melissa Medlin
Melissa Medlin, Director

Melissa Tucker Medlin joined UNA in July 2008, after spending nearly 18 years as a student (MA, 1996 and BA, 1994) and student affairs professional at The University of Alabama. Melissa says being the Director of the Career Center is her dream job—she loves being at UNA, working with the students and faculty and having the opportunity to develop a very important resource area for students. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work directly with students as they make their choices about careers and work while also developing my own skills as a Student Affairs Administrator. I consider it an honor to assist students in recognizing their true potential and the many skills which they possess that will contribute to them being successful," says Medlin. She and her husband, James Medlin, have two children, Tucker and Heather and all are excited to be a part of the UNA community.



John Gurley, Assistant Director / WORC Grant Manager / COB & ACONHP

John Gurley joined UNA in December 2019 as the coordinator for the Department of Labor WORC grant which strives to enhance the local workforce through the continuing education of students in the business and nursing fields.  Prior to joining UNA, John was employed with the federal government, taught as an adjunct instructor at several colleges, and served as a facilitator for the PEACE program through Safeplace.   John's educational background includes a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling along with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education.  John has a passion for helping others and enjoys working with college students to identify educational goals and career opportunities.   John is a native of the Shoals area where he resides with his wife, Dana, and two children.  John is excited to be working in the Career Center at UNA where he can have a positive impact in the lives of students.


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Natalie Morrow, Career Consultant / COAS & COEHS

Natalie Morrow joined UNA in August 2017 as Manager, Employer Relations and Experiential Learning. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Alabama, where she developed a passion for working with college students. Although they grew up in Tuscaloosa, Natalie and her husband, Adam, have a deep love and respect for the Shoals and are excited to call it home. She looks forward to using her passion, skills, and abilities to serve and support the students at


Erica Gholson Waldman, Career Counselor

Erica is a proud UNA alumna with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Secondary Education. After teaching middle and high school English for a few years, Erica transitioned into a higher education role at Mississippi State University where she could continue to serve and work with students. She and her husband, Hunter, have always considered the Shoals home, so Erica was thrilled to return to UNA in May 2019 as a member of the Admissions team. Now, as a Career Advisor, Erica looks forward to using her experience to guide students through the career exploration and planning process, and thus, equip them with the tools to confidently direct their own paths—and achieve success at UNA and beyond.



Kay Wammack, Senior Administrative Assistant

Kay Wammack joined UNA in February 2009, as Sr. Administrative Assistant. She graduated with a B.S. from Samford University and worked in the insurance industry in Birmingham before moving to the Shoals area. Kay and her husband, Chip, have two children, Paul and Rachel. Kay appreciates the opportunity to help students realize their potential and begin the journey toward achieving their life goals.

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