Our Leadership

Alison Caballero, MPH, CHES®

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Director

Alison collaborates with UAMS leaders in education, research, and clinical care and a host of external partners to advance the CHL’s mission to improve health by making health information easy to understand. She leads the team of expert staff who provide health communications training and a host of services including plain language assessment and editing, Spanish translation, health education materials development, and field testing.

Alison’s background includes workforce development, public health education and research, patient education, medical administration, and major gifts fundraising. She also completed a prevention fellowship with the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Alison holds an undergraduate degree in health education from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in public health from UAMS. She is a certified health education specialist (CHES®).

When she isn’t at work, Alison enjoys spending time outside with her family and experimenting with new recipes.

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Katie Leath, MPH, MA

Services and Communication Manager 
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Katie Leath is the program manager for health literacy services offered by the UAMS Center for Health Literacy and also serves as the Center’s communication and public relations specialist. In this position, she lends her health communication expertise to help create and edit health-related materials for patients and consumers at UAMS and beyond.

Before joining the UAMS Center for Health Literacy, Katie worked for over five years at the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement in research and evaluation.

Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in graphic design from the University of Central Arkansas. She graduated with honors from UAMS with a master of public health degree and from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a master’s degree in applied communication studies.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her family and friends at the lake.

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Misty Paschall, MPH, MAEd, CHES®

Research and Evaluation Associate

Misty Paschall is the research and evaluation associate for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. In this role, she designs and executes collaborative research and quality improvement initiatives, manages programmatic data, and engages students in CHL programs and services.

Misty spent more than a decade in service to the Arkansas Department of Health in the areas of health education and community health development. She later served in leadership for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) in education, training, program administration, and management. She last served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor at the UAM College of Technology-Crossett where she acted as the chief academic officer and faculty supervisor.

Misty earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a collaborative effort with Tulane University, where she earned a master’s degree in public health. She has been a certified health education specialist (CHES®) since 2003.

Outside of work, Misty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, leading worship music at her church, and traveling to the beaches of the Gulf Coast with her daughters.

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Anita Bucur, MBA, MPA

Bilingual Program Administrator

Anita Bucur is the Bilingual Program Administrator for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. Her role includes maintaining and executing clearly written protocols for the delivery of the Center’s field testing and Spanish plain language services and contributes to the overall Center’s programmatic objectives.

Before joining the Center, Anita was the Project Coordinator for the UAMS MammoVan. In her role, she engaged with faith-based community organizations to reach underserved women (including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, uninsured, underinsured, and rural women) for screening mammography. She was also responsible for educating primary care physicians about guidelines and recommendations for the early detection of breast cancer and developing tools to determine actual mammography capacity in target counties.

Anita graduated from UA Little Rock with a double bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and master’s degree in Business Administration from UA Little Rock. Anita is fluent in Romanian and Spanish and proficient in French.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and playing sports.

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Emily Taylor, MEd

Plain Language Program Specialist

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Emily Taylor is the plain language program specialist for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. In this role, she contributes to the Center’s plain language editing, writing, field testing, and training services.

Early in her career, she was a hospital nutritionist where she consulted with patients and conducted nutrition education. She then went into secondary education where she taught both English and health science classes.

Emily earned a bachelor of science degree in dietetics from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of education degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree at the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health where she is studying health education and behavior.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling as often as possible, baking, and attending her children’s sporting events and activities.

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Marsha Scullark, MPS

Plain Language Specialist

Marsha Scullark is a plain language specialist for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. In this role, she contributes to the Center’s plain language writing, editing, and field-testing services and assists with the management of a library of custom patient education materials for our academic health system.

Before joining the Center, Marsha worked in the tobacco prevention and cessation field. She began this work as a public policy coordinator with the American Lung Association and later provided tobacco cessation counseling to patients and their caregivers at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Marsha earned a Bachelor of Art degree in biology from Hendrix College and a master of public service degree from the Clinton School of Public Service.

In her spare time, Marsha enjoys traveling to new places and trying different restaurants, impromptu girls’ nights, and going to the movies to watch the latest action film.

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Scarlett Rice

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Project Manager

Scarlett Rice is the project manager for the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. Her role includes financial management and project coordination across services including plain language editing and assessment, training, and field testing.  

Before joining the Center, Scarlett worked in grants management with UAMS Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network (OSPAN). She has also worked as a certified credentialing specialist at the Arkansas State Medical Board and a receiving supervisor at the Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Scarlett earned her bachelor’s degree in pre-medical biology from Arkansas State University. She completed the research specialist certification while at UAMS OSPAN.

Outside of work, Scarlett enjoys crafting, creating, cooking (more importantly feeding), and spending time with her family, friends, and animals.

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