Meet the Staff


Several functions that were once handled inside of OED have transitioned to other areas. To view a detailed listing of these subjects, please see Who Does What in Equity and Diversity.

Michael Alston

Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity & Title IX Coordinator
mialston@uthsc.edu

Dr. Alston’s employment within The University of Tennessee System spans 25 years with stints at UT- Martin, UT-Knoxville, and UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Michael's work experience in higher education encompasses residence life administration, student recruitment and admissions, undergraduate instruction, employee relations, student conduct administration and equity and diversity.

He is an alumnus of The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Educational Psychology and Guidance. Michael also has an earned doctorate in higher education administration from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in addition to a professional certificate/certification in Diversity Management from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Michael is a native of Brighton, Tennessee in Tipton County and graduate of Munford High School.


Lauren RotondaLauren Rotonda, JD, MBA

Senior Inclusion Strategist
lrotonda@uthsc.edu

Lauren Rotonda serves as Senior Inclusion Strategist within the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in 2017. Previously, Lauren worked in health science administration and the private legal sector.

As Sr. Inclusion Strategist, Lauren’s duties primarily include activities which promote and facilitate institutional compliance with ADA/Section 504, conducting investigations, developing and implementing programs which promote diversity and inclusion, and reviewing and auditing faculty and executive administration search processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AA laws and guidelines, UT policies and procedures, and federal requirements. 

Lauren is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis School of Law.


Olivia RalphOlivia Ralph, JD

Sr. Compliance Consultant
oralph@uthsc.edu

Olivia Ralph serves as Senior Compliance Consultant within the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in March 2018. Previously, Olivia worked in human resource management for a local company and in local municipal administration.

As Sr. Compliance Consultant, Olivia assists in the overall management of institutional compliance covering faculty, staff, students, medical residents and post docs in the secondary role of civil rights investigator, deputy Title IX investigator, deputy EEO coordinator, and diversity and inclusion presenter. She collaborates with University offices, governmental agencies, and advocacy groups to inform decision-making and ensure University compliance with state and federal mandates. 

Olivia is a native of Memphis. She attended the University of Memphis where she received a BA in philosophy and also earned a Juris Doctor. 


tasha clarkTasha Clark, MHA

Sr. Administrative Specialist, Compliance Assurance
tclark44@uthsc.edu

Tasha Clark is the Senior Administrative Specialist for Compliance Assurance in the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in June 2018. Previously, she worked in human resources.

As Sr. Administrative Specialist, Tasha assures compliance with Title VI and Title IX through programming, data collection, and reporting. Tasha also assists with investigations and supports diversity programs and trainings.

Tasha is from Arkansas. She attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR, where she received a BS and AA. She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University.


Sophia MosherSophia Mosher, MPA

Sr. Administrative Specialist, Strategic Programs
smosher2@uthsc.edu 

Sophia Mosher is the Senior Administrative Specialist for Strategic Programs in the Office of Equity and Diversity. She joined UTHSC in May 2017. Previously, she worked as an English teacher in Clarendon, AR, through Teach for America.

As Sr. Administrative Specialist, Sophia coordinates and serves as a resident instructor for the Diversity Certificate Program, coordinates the Diversity Matters newsletter and the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff and Lichterman employee awards, and assists with investigations and other OED business functions.

Sophia is originally from northern Michigan, and is an alumna of Michigan State University’s James Madison College, where she received a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics. She earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis in May 2017.


stephanie rozier

Stephanie Rozier

Administrative Specialist I
srozier@uthsc.edu

Stephanie Rozier is the Administrative Specialist I for the Office of Equity and Diversity.  She joined UTHSC in June 2018.  Previously, Stephanie worked as an Access Liaison for a pharmacy benefit manager corporation.

As Administrative Specialist I, Stephanie performs a variety of administrative support for OED. These duties include scheduling calendar items and meetings, maintaining records, and supervising the training room and multipurpose room.

Stephanie is originally from Memphis, TN but grew up in the Dallas area.