Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks

Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks

Director of The Speaking Studio

Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks is a nationally renowned public speaker with a Ph.D in Communication and Information Sciences, an M.A. in Communication Studies, and a background in Public Relations. His research focuses on rhetoric in the areas of diversity, identity, and cultural studies. As the current Assistant Director of the Public Speaking Program at The University of Alabama, Adam oversees The Speaking Studio with a mission to help clients clarify and craft effective messages, cultivate dynamic delivery, and calm public speaking anxiety. Over the course of his career Adam has coached numerous public speakers to national acclaim and is an expert in the areas of diversity and communication, public speaking delivery, popular culture, and mass communication.

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Dr. Alexa Chilcutt

Director of Public Speaking

Alexa Chilcutt is an expert in the areas of public speaking, professionalism and impression management as well as leadership and team dynamics. She is the director of the public speaking program at UA and provides staff development programs for UA’s College of Continuing Studies and seminars for individuals and managerial groups in the private sector. Chilcutt has a doctorate in mass communication and a M.A. in public relations and advertising.

Claire Hughes

Claire Hughes

Peer Consultant

Claire Hughes is from St. Louis, MO majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in News Media. She is currently working towards attending law school after graduating from UA in hopes of increasing legal protections for victims of sexual assault, especially on college campuses. Claire is involved in the UA Honors College, Pre-Law Student Association, and other organizations on and off campus. As someone who has a passion for both the law and communication, Claire strives to show others how powerful being an exceptional speaker can be. She is excited to serve as a peer consultant in order to help others to be able to communicate their ideas and messages confidently and effectively.

Kade Foster

Kade Foster

Peer Consultant

Kade is from Nashville, Tennessee studying Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Communication Studies and in Spanish. He is currently involved in the Mentor UPP engineering mentor program and the Bama Year One initiative, as well as being a member of the ASME and AIAA engineering associations. His passion for public speaking took off in high school when he participated in many Model United Nations and Tennessee Youth in Government conferences where he received praise and awards for excellence in debate and public speaking. He first became involved with the Speaking Studio as a client when practicing for the 2018 UA Speak Off competition where he placed as a finalist, to which he fully credits the time he spent practicing in the Speaking Studio. Kade hopes to use his experience in public speaking to aid his clients in furthering their skills necessary for success in public speaking and for their professional lives.

Nick Ebel

Nick Ebel

Peer Consultant

Nick is from St. Louis, MO double majoring in Public Relations and Communication Studies. His high energy and passion for people has gotten him heavily involved with The University of Alabama Dance Marathon and as an intern with Alabama Athletics Marketing and Promotions. After graduating, he hopes to continue working in the sports world through branding for professional athletes and entertainers.

Greg Liesen

Greg Liesen

Peer Consultant

Gregory is an aerospace engineering major from Chicago, Illinois. He is involved in several clubs including the Alabama Rocket Association and the AIAA. Last year he expressed his passion for public speaking as a finalist at the Holle Competition where he and hopes to apply that same passion here at the studio.

Kayleigh Westbrook

Kayleigh Westbrook

Peer Consultant

Kayleigh Westbrook is from Dallas, GA, currently earning her Masters in Communication Studies through the Accelerated Masters Program. Upon completion of her degrees, it is her desire to attend law school in order to pursue a profession in international law fighting human trafficking. Kayleigh is involved in C&IS Ambassadors, Pre-Law Student Association and the Student Executive Council. As someone who is passionate about the law, and raising awareness about human trafficking, Kayleigh understands why not only being an effective public speaker is so vital, but also having passion and vibrancy behind your words as well. She is honored to have the opportunity to work as a consultant in the Speaking Studio, where she can help provide others with the tools they need to be the most effective communicators, as well as the confidence to be anxiety free when given an opportunity to communicate with others. It is her desire to instill in others the passion she has for public speaking, as well as provide them with the skills they need so they too can speak boldly about the things they are passionate about as well.

Taylor Blatchford

Taylor Blatchford

Peer Consultant

Taylor is from Boulder City, NV studying News Media with a minor in Communicative Disorders. Her passion in public speaking began at a young age and has continued during her time at the Capstone. A finalist in the 2018 Speak-Off competition, Taylor is a well-practiced speaker and has since realized the value in helping others reach the same threshold. An involved member of the campus community, Taylor understands how beneficial these skills are in making a lasting impression. She believes everybody has the ability to speak comfortably and passionately about their message in an effective way. As your consultant, she believes it is her responsibility to help you get there.

Liam Ulrich

Liam Ulrich

Peer Consultant

Liam Ulrich is from White Plains, New York currently pursuing a degree in Advertising. Along with The Speaking Studio, he also works for a marketing consulting firm here in Tuscaloosa running social media for their clients. Liam first found his passion for public speaking after seeing his brother give a moving performance in a theater production. After graduating he plans to return back home to New York in order to pursue a career in Advertising.

Ben Prater

Ben Prater

Peer Consultant

September 1st, 1997 gave birth to not only a hero, but an idea. This idea will eventually transform lives, hearts, and bodies in ways that not even Raven Symone could have predicted. What is this idea you ask? It is the belief that a smile has the ability to alter the course of an afternoon, a compliment can transform even the most cynical of individuals, a sunny day can give life to even the mist wilted of flowers. Such an idea could only be given one name: Ben Prater. Go on and make an appointment, you might just come out of it as a little better speaker, and a little happier person.

Kaydee West

Kaydee West

Peer Consultant

Kaydee West, originally from Tampa, FL, is a doctoral student in the Department of Geological Science. She has a master’s degree in geology from the University of South Florida and has given numerous conference presentations across North America. She has placed in UA’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for the past two years and is particularly passionate about improving science communication skills to make research more accessible to colleagues and the general public.

Katy Lahr

Katy Lahr

Peer Consultant
Noah Hunt

Noah Hunt

Peer Consultant

Noah Hunt is from Springville, Alabama currently pursuing a bachelor’s in Communication Studies. His interests are in media and radio, and his ultimate goal is to host his own radio show. At the moment Noah is hosting a Spotify Podcast called “The Unofficial.” Noah developed his passion for public speaking after taking his first public speaking course in college. After graduation he plans to continue his passion and work with people to help them grow as
confident speakers.

Hannah Pope

Hannah Pope

Peer Consultant

Hannah Pope is a senior here at the University of Alabama studying Political Science and Communication Studies with minors in Psychology and News Media. Hannah has been speaking competitively since high school and found her passion for public speaking through speaking extemporaneously in competitions. In addition to being a consultant with the Speaking Studio, Hannah is an Executive member of her sorority, and has previous experience with the University’s mock trial program and with University Housing. After she graduates, Hannah plans to move to Washington D.C. where she hopes to work on Capitol Hill as a communications director for a member of Congress. One of Hannah’s favorite parts of working with the Speaking Studio is getting the opportunity to work with students of all disciplines from around campus.

Miranda Rouse

Miranda Rouse

Peer Consultant

Miranda has an extensive background in public speaking with an M.A. in Communication Studies and as a current student in the Communication & Information Sciences doctoral program here at UA. She began practicing public speaking at the age of 14 and was inspired to help others with their oral competency skills from then on. Miranda comes from another center where she worked for three years as the Graduate Consultant Supervisor and as an Associate. She loves to study Public Speaking Anxiety and share the tips and tricks that she has learned throughout her many years of practice. Miranda has had the opportunity to help students for class projects, pageants, speech competitions, commencement, job interviews dissertations, and so much more.

Senna House

Senna House

Peer Consultant

Senna House is from Birmingham, Alabama pursuing a double major in News Media and Communications. She hopes to one day work as a sports broadcaster. Senna has always had a passion for public speaking and recently won the 2019 Holle Public Speaking Competition. She also has been involved with UA’s First Year Council and Freshman Forum. She believes being an effective communicator is one of the most important skills a person can have and is passionate about helping others grow as confident speakers. Senna looks forward to meeting and working with you in the Speaking Studio!

Sydney Nelson

Sydney Nelson

Peer Consultant

Sydney Nelson is a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Public Relations. Sydney developed a passion for Public Speaking during high school, which has continued to guide her throughout her time as an undergraduate student. Sydney’s goal as a consultant for the Speaking Studio is to help other students gain experience in becoming a more effective speaker. She also hopes to help alleviate the anxiety felt with public speaking and in turn, provide a safe and comfortable space for students to grow in. Sydney is excited to be working with you in the Speaking Studio!

Wilson Pate

Wilson Pate

Peer Consultant

Wilson is planning to major in Secondary Education and minor in Communication Studies. He is from Tuscaloosa, AL, but has loved getting to explore the new world of the University. After graduation, he hopes to explore his passion for education by becoming a Social Sciences teacher in the public school system. To build towards that goal, he is thrilled to be part of the Speaking Studio team and get to come alongside his peers by learning about their passions and empowering them to share boldly with the world.

Macy Krauthamer

Macy Krauthamer

Peer Consultant

Macy is a junior from Orange County, CA majoring in public relations and minoring in communications. You can probably find her with a cup of coffee in one hand while petting dogs with the other. Macy likes to think she has a way with her words and because of this she is passionate about public speaking. From her involvement with various campus organizations, such as the Student Recruitment Team, Capstone Agency and CMA EDU, Macy understands the importance of public speaking skills in all professions. As a peer consultant, her goal is to ease speech anxiety and build confidence in speaking abilities not just in speeches or presentations, but also in everyday life.

Meagan Wade

Meagan Wade

Peer Consultant

Meagan Wade is a junior studying Advertising with a self-designed minor in Sports Informations. She is a military brat thats moved all around the United States, but spent most of her life growing up in Colorado. Meagan is involved in several organizations around Reese Phifer including Industry Immersion and Student Executive Council. After her undergraduate degree she hopes to get a masters and play beach volleyball for somewhere in Florida. As someone who has a passion for communication and success, Meagan understands what its like to be nervous or unsure of yourself and hope to guide students down the path of effective communication.

Malcolm Lowe

Malcolm Lowe

Peer Consultant

Malcolm Lowe is a sophomore from Warrenton, Virginia pursuing a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Sport Sociology and Law. With career aspirations in the law field, Malcolm understands the importance of public speaking across all industries and avenues of life. Malcolm has always been gregarious, and is known to be the first one to break an awkward silence or talk to a stranger. His love for communication and meeting new people explains why you may see his smiling face everywhere on campus. Whether it be on the football field where he works as a UA Athletic Host, or in Reese Phifer sporting the red jacket as an Ambassador of the College, Malcolm is never shy to engage with others. These are the qualities he brings to the Speaking Studio, and Malcolm is looking forward to working with you in the future!

Bennett Morgan

Bennett Morgan

Peer Consultant

Bennett is a senior double majoring in Communication Studies and Theatre. He‘s involved in several organizations on campus, including UA’s theatre honors society (Alpha Psi Omega), Beyond Bama, and he is currently teaching a theatre class at Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary. He utilizes his theatre background combined with his public speaking experience to deliver a consultation that can help you beyond simply delivering a speech. He believes that speaking and performing are much closer than you would initially assume, and he wants to bridge that gap. Along with consulting on classic presentations, Bennett also offers coaching at The Speaking Studio on any form of theatrical performance you need. Monologues, scenes, songs; if you can perform it, he can coach it. As they say, the world is in fact a stage, and Bennett wants to make sure you know how to perform.