Martha Davis Vignes, MA, is the Executive Director of SEAAHEC and holds a BA and MA in Communication from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She supervises the program of work designed to expand the health-care workforce in rural and underserved communities in fifteen (15) counties in Southeast Alabama.

Mrs. Vignes has more than twenty years’ experience in non-profit management and program development. She has an extensive background in higher-education fund and board development; community outreach; and volunteer recruitment and training

She served as a consultant for Mobile in Black & White: Race Relations in the Twenty-first Century – an initiative of Mobile United Race Relations Committee and served as panel discussant: “Community Conversations on Race: Filmmaking as a Catalyst for Change;” at the 2nd Annual Summit: Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South @ the Clinton School for Public Service; University of Arkansas; Little Rock.

She is a National Health Service Corps Ambassador, a graduate of the 2006 Baldwin County Leadership Class, and a member of the American Grant Writer’s Association. Mrs. Vignes serves on the Advisory Board of the UAB Montgomery Regional School of Medicine and is a member of the Program Subcommittee for the National AHEC Organization.

Ellen Kuehl, MS, is the Clinical Program Coordinator for SEAAHEC. She holds a BS in Mathematics from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC and an MS of Education specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Illinois University in Moline, IL. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Mrs. Kuehl manages the Community Based Student Education and Professional Education Support programs. Working with health professions students, regional providers, and community partners, Mrs. Kuehl facilitates clinical training opportunities and short-term residence placement for students. She presents at the postsecondary level for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps to promote health professions students’ recruitment to rural practice after graduation, and she facilitates continuing education opportunities for health providers.

Mrs. Kuehl has more than twenty years in mathematics secondary education and taught thirteen years in economically disadvantaged high schools across the United States and five years in Seoul, South Korea with the Department of Defense Schools. She served as a Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader for the United States Army at the company level, the battalion level, and the brigade level and has worked with numerous military families from diverse backgrounds.