Isaac Cooper, SBAA President
Class of 2012
Though he grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, most of Isaac Cooper’s family lived in London or Jamaica, which has given him a unique global perspective. Isaac received a full athletic scholarship to Samford as a cornerback on the football team. In addition, he was active in the Brock School of Business, which gave him the opportunity to both sharpen existing skills and to identify attributes & talents that Samford recognized in him. He has since been able to use these skills to help others. A 2012 graduate, Isaac is currently a partner with Boundary Stone Financial. “It’s a blessing to do this work,” he says. “I get to help people from all walks of life…it's extremely fulfilling to identify clients’ most important goals and dreams, and build and implement a financial plan to help achieve them.” He is also a Junior Board member of Restoration Academy, Board member of Next Level Sports Camp, Board member of Samford Birmingham Young Alumni, and an active member of the Rotaract Club.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Mike Brown is a 1997 graduate of Samford University with a degree in Mass Communication. During his tenure at Samford, Mike was a member of the Bulldog football team while pursuing his dream of being an On-Air personality. He and his classmates generated, developed, and aired Campus Life stories on the Samford News Network. He is grateful for his student-athlete experience and believes that it prepared him well for life after college. Mike is passionate about developing the younger generation and is currently involved in several summer camps that mentor to the youth in both Birmingham and his home state of Mississippi. He is an Executive Sales Representative at Merck where he focuses on Territory Development, Team Leadership, Performance Improvement, Account Management, and Strategic/Tactical Planning.
Class of 2002
Corey Green is a 2002 Samford graduate from Calera, Alabama, where he was team captain for the two-time State Champion Calera High School basketball team. In 1997, he came to Samford on a full basketball scholarship. During his time at Samford, the Men’s Basketball team earned two NCAA Tournament bids and a conference title. In addition to his involvement in athletics, Corey was a sociology major and president of the Sociology Club. He now serves as a Small Business Relationship Manager/VP at Cadence Bank where he continues to create growth by achieving customers’ individual financial goals. He and his wife of eight years, Rohaun, have two sons, Corban and Zaiden.
Class of 2004
Kendell Jno-Finn earned a degree in exercise science from the Orlean Beason School of Education from 1999-2004. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy. In 2008, Kendell joined Eskridge and White Motion Therapy and became involved in several non-profit groups in the Birmingham area. In addition to his clinical and business endeavors, Kendell has developed a sports performance niche focused on golf and youth athletes. He is excited to serve Samford through the Samford Black Alumni Association and looks forward to making a positive impact on his alma mater.
Class of 2005
Jewel Littleton, a Birmingham native, graduated from Samford in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. For more than a decade, she has had a heart for diversity at Samford. As an undergraduate, she served on Samford’s Student Recruitment team, founded the Minority Scholarship Endowment Fund (now the Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship), and directed Samford’s gospel choir. She began teaching in Birmingham City Schools in August of 2005. In 2009, Jewel became a National Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Education. She returned to Samford and earned her Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership in 2010. In 2013, Jewel created Learning Little People, LLC, a business that allows her to teach and inspire educators from all over the state of Alabama, including assistant principals and principals. She is actively involved in her community and is currently a member at Faith Apostolic Church.
Class of 2000
As a Mississippi native, Jason Long came to Birmingham knowing that Samford would prepare him to make a difference in the lives of people in his community. He graduated in 2000 as a Biology/Pre-Med major. While at Samford, he was involved in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Samford Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Samford football team. He is still actively involved in his community through various small groups and organizations. He believes the best gift that you can give someone is your time, attention, and encouragement. With a love for medicine and sales, Jason is currently employed as a medical device clinical sales representative for Intuitive Surgical.
Class of 1997
Bernard Nwagwu is a 1997 Samford graduate with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. While at Samford, he was a starting linebacker for the football team and the second initiate line of Kappa Alpha Psi. He has since held multiple offices and led various committees in the Birmingham Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. For 10 years, Bernard has run his own Information Technology consulting business and has recently started a Telecommunication company in his native country of Owerri, Nigeria, called Uzoson (The Road of the Son) Communication Ltd. He and his wife are also owners of Cargus Eye Care here in the U.S. where his wife is the lead optometrist. Currently, Bernard is the principle business critical engineer for Symantec, a Fortune 500 software company based out of Mountain View, California, where he is responsible for supporting 11 Fortune 500 companies from all sectors of the industry. His primary focus is on High Availability Solutions, Data Replication, Disaster Recovery, and Security.
Class of 2011
Marshall Pollard is a proud 2011 Samford graduate from the Brock School of Business. During his time at Samford, Marshall helped run the Southtown Housing Community After School program with members of the Southtown community in Birmingham. This experience gave him a desire to teach and resulted in his move to Washington D.C. to teach 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. Marshall and his wife returned to Birmingham in 2013 where he served as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development with Teach for America. He supported teachers in Birmingham City Schools, Tuscaloosa City Schools and Sumter County Schools. He now works for the Birmingham Education Foundation as the Director of Community Partnerships. Marshall is responsible for developing and supporting school and community partnerships as well as managing ED's Raise Up! Campaign. His wife is a teacher in Birmingham and they live in the Avondale/Woodlawn community.
Dr. Carol Ratcliffe
Class of 2009
Dr. Carol Ratcliffe received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in nursing administration in 2009 from Samford’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing. Prior to her time at Samford, she earned a nursing degree from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science in nursing administration from UAB. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her visionary leadership in nursing. In 2009, she was an inaugural recipient of the Ida V. Moffett Courage to Care Award and named an Ida V. Moffett Living Legacy during their 90th Anniversary Celebration. Carol was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame in 2011 and named the 2011 Outstanding Nursing Administrator by the Alabama State Nurses’ Association. A charismatic and visionary leader, she is listed in Who’s Who in Black Birmingham and Who’s Who in Black Alabama. She is an enthusiastic role model and mentor to others.
Class of 2011