Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Laura Gilmour

Executive Director

Laura Gilmour is the Founder and President of HUB Worldwide. She holds an MBA and Global Health certification from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Her successful 20-year career in healthcare software sales working for eFileshare, SCI Solutions, Craneware, and Experian Health gave her the practical insight and tools she needed to pursue her passion. With HUB she addresses the twofold challenge of what to do with surplus medical supplies and how to limit unhealthy dumping into landfills. Her other passions include cycling, reading and spending time with her wife and two grown sons.

Elizabeth Elliott

President

Elizabeth Elliott PhD holds a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University. Combined with her BSN and MSN in Nursing, she works as an applied sociologist in the field of international health care development with a focus on refugees. Whether teaching at universities or working in the field with international NGOs, she advocates for sustainable development, which includes animal rights, environmental rights, and indigenous peoples’ rights and sovereignty.

Brit Blalock

Secretary

Brit Blalock is a communications and branding expert with more than 10 years of experience with various nonprofit, for profit, and educational organizations. She received a BA in literature from Samford University followed by her master’s degree in creative writing from New York University. A community activist and organizer, she leads two Birmingham-based LGBTQ organizations and volunteers regularly for many other causes.

Oye Akisanya

Oye Akisanya is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She earned her BSN and MSN from JSU and earned her Ph.D. in Health Education/Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical experience includes acute care, primary care, long-term care, and public health nursing. Her research interest includes care of the college populations and health education/promotion across the lifespan.

Kit Deason

Kit Deason is an IT Department Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of AL, where she had worked for 27 years. She is an active member at Baptist Church of the Covenant where she teaches children and is involved in several committees. She also serves on the board of Better Basics, Inc.

Sibylle Kristensen

Sibylle Christensen holds an MPH, MSPH, and a DrPH. She is the Chief Operations Officer, One Heart Worldwide. She is a perinatal epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience developing and implementing international capacity building programs. Born and raised in the DRC, she has previous work experience in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa Central and North America. She has been a key player in the development and scale up of the One Heart Worldwide maternal and newborn health programs in Tibet , Mexico and Nepal (www.oneheartworldwide.org).

Jim Stanley

A graduate of the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt Law School, Jim is currently an attorney for the City of Birmingham with over twenty-eight years of experience as an attorney.

Shelby May

Shelby May is a Program Manager in the department of the Office of Interprofessional Simulation at the University Hospital the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has managed projects on space simulation design, logistical planning, implementation strategies, data collection for the hospital. As an expert on simulation, equipment, and process she brings a forward-looking expertise to the use of medical surplus supplies and their use for best practices. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Bachelors and Master’s Degrees. She is specialized in health care simulation.

Ashley Causey

Ashley Causey serves as HUB’s Social Media Consultant. She is a social work/political science undergrad with a minor in pre-law at the University of Montevallo. She’s also an aspiring filmmaker. She has a background in local activism through her founding of March For Our Lives Birmingham, as well as volunteering at the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center. We are thankful to have her on our team to help us with many aspects of our marketing initiatives!