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Bill Garland: Research Assistant

Bill is a wildlife biologist and outdoor photographer. He retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with over 35 years of experience in wildlife biology and environmental science. He has worked for environmental consulting companies, the timber industry, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BS in Wildlife Biology and a MS in Biology. He maintains full accreditation as a Certified Wildlife Biologist from the Wildlife Society. Though his position at JSU's EPIC, he is researching both biological and historical aspects of the mountain longleaf ecosystem. He has concentrated his efforts on the northern region of Alabama and northeastern Georgia. He is particularly interested in conservation biology issues related to forested landscapes.

Bill Garland

Sheila Hurtt: Gift Shop

A native to the region, Sheila has a fascinating background working in the world of corporate insurance until her early retirement.  Sheilia now works at the Canyon Center and volunteers much of her time to the National Park Service.  You can find her arranging beautiful and unusual gift selections in the Canyon Center Gift Shop or at the front desk, assisting school groups, international visitors and wedding parties.  Shiela began her work at the Canyon Center in February 2011.

Sheila Hurtt
Anna Lindsey: Manager Sales and Services

Anna Lindsey is a native of Northeast Alabama where she was born and raised on a cotton farm in Cherokee County.  She is a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Agriculture Business and Economics.  Soon after graduation, Anna began her career at the Little River Canyon Center as the Sales and Services Coordinator.  After five years with Jacksonville State University, Anna is now the Sales and Services Manager.  The successful start-up of the Canyon Center Gift Shop is one of Anna's proudest achievements.  Sales at the gift shop continue to increase year after year.  In addition to the expansion of the gift shop, event bookings have increased.  Some of the many events held at the Canyon Center include:  educational programs, weddings, workshops, and concerts.  Anna looks forward to continued growth and development at the Canyon Center.  Anna's favorite aspect of her job is diversity and anticipation of what each day will bring.  


Phone:  (256)845-7213

Anna Lindsey

Vacant:  Coordinator, Conservation, & Facilities

Tiffany A. Montgomery, BA: Secretary lV

An Atlanta, Georgia native, Tiffany spent most of her summers in Alabama and fell in love with the rolling hills and forest.  Tiffany moved to Jacksonville, Alabama in the Summer of 1996. After an exciting career as a salon manager and Cosmetologist at one of Atlanta's prestigious salons, Tiffany took a hiatus from the big city and moved to Jacksonville, Alabama.  In 2008, she started a career in JSU's Mail Center.  After a successful 5 year stay with the Mail Center, Tiffany, wanting to become more involved with the University's policy and administration, she decided to take on the role as Secretary in JSU's Environmental Policy & Information Center.  You can find her in the EPIC office at Ft. McClellan.


Phone:  (256) 782-8010

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Cheryl Tucker: Gift Shop

Cheryl Tucker was raised in Sand Rock, Alabama.  After attending Gadsden State Community College she was employed with TDS Telecom for 31 years.  She can now be found helping out at JSU's Little River Canyon Center's Gift Shop.

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Dr. Jennifer (Niki) Wayner, MAg, DVM:  Assistant Field School Director

Dr. Niki Wayner was raised in Alabaster, Alabama.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University.  After graduating, she became the Raptor Director for the McDowell Environmental Center.  After several years, Dr. Wayner returned to Auburn and received her Master of Agriculture degree in Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  Dr. Wayner had practiced small animal medicine in Fort Payne, Alabama for ten years prior to her arrival at the Little River Canyon Center.  She was involved in numerous aspects of the community and continues this involvement to this day.  In 2016, she returned to her love of teaching and began working as the Assistant Director for JSU Field Schools at the Little River Canyon Center.

Phone:  (256)845-3548

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Steve White: Education Program Assistant

Steve White has done a bit of everything from running movie theatres and staffing for Hyundai to managing Walmart. Now he is at the Canyon Center under nearly opposite circumstances.  Steve surrounds himself by nature and people who seek it out by visiting the Canyon.  As the Education Program Assistant, Steve helps to educate the young and old alike. As a student at Jacksonville State University, Steve is always striving to satisfy his curiosity of the natural world and build a database of knowledge to pass on to students and visitors.  Steve also volunteers for the National Park Service to further educate visitors on the wonders of Northeast Alabama.  


Phone:  (256) 845-3548
Steve White
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