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MichaelDr. Michael SibleyALSDEDirector of Communicationsmsibley@alsde.edu334-242-9950Communications
As Director of Communications for the Alabama Department of Education, Michael Sibley leads the team responsible for communicating education policies, programs and events with state and national news media, as well as internal and external publics and other education advocacy groups.

Prior to joining the State Department of Education, Michael served as Director of Publications in Tuskegee University’s Public Relations and Marketing department. His responsibilities included overseeing and coordinating the development of internal and external communications, managing costs for an efficient publications schedule and cultivating marketing tactics to increase interest and enrollment at Tuskegee University.

Before accepting the position at Tuskegee University, he worked as Director of Communication for Guilford Capital Corporation – an investment banking firm in Montgomery, AL. There, Michael was responsible for the design and development of all company marketing material, the creation, purchasing and placement of advertisements in trade publications, as well as industry press releases and quarterly/annual investor reports.

Michael began his career in Communications and Public Relations as the Director of Public Relations for Troy University where his responsibilities included being a media liaison and spokesperson for Troy University as well as editor, writer and layout/ designer for the Troy University System Magazine. Michael accepted the position at Troy University after serving as a news reporter for The Messenger, a daily newspaper in Troy, AL.

Michael earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Troy University; a Master’s degree in Management from Troy University Montgomery; and a Doctorate in Education Leadership, Policy, and Law from Alabama State University.

Michael is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity and a founding member of Unity United Church of Christ in Montgomery where he serves as President of the Board of Trustees. He has been with Unity, under the leadership of Pastor Bennie Liggins for the past 12 years. He lives in Montgomery, AL, is married to Jameshia (Mimi) Sibley and has two daughters, Bria and Lauren.
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MalissaMalissa Valdes-HubertALSDEAPR, Public Information Managermvaldes@alsde.edu334-242-9952Communications
Malissa began work at ALSDE in January 2009. Prior to the position, she worked as a Multi Media Specialist at Auburn University (2006-2009) and WSFA 12 News as a Promotion Producer (2003-2006).

She graduated from Auburn University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, and is APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) Certified.

Malissa is experienced and well versed in the topics of public information, copy writing, editing, marketing campaign planning, video production, social media and many associated areas.

Malissa resides in Deatsville, AL, with her husband, Blake.
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EricaErica S. PippinsALSDEPublic Information Specialistepippins@alsde.edu334-353-1497Communications
Erica S. Pippins joined the ALSDE Communications Unit in February 2013.

Prior to coming to the ALSDE, Erica worked at the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, AL, where she served in many roles, including Education Reporter, Assistant Metro Editor and Lifestyles Editor. She was also a Senior Reporter/Assistant City Editor at The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.

Erica received her Bachelor's in Journalism from Langston University and earned her Master's in Communications from Murray State University. She is experienced and well versed in the topics of media relations, copy writing, editing, marketing campaign planning, publications production, social media and many associated areas.

Erica is involved in community outreach organizations such as EMERGE Montgomery, the American Cancer Society Junior Executive Board, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board and the Junior League of Montgomery.
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EdEd CrenshawALSDEPublic Information Specialistecrenshaw@alsde.edu334-353-5220Communications
Ed Crenshaw currently serves as a Public Information Specialist, with knowledge of many subjects, particularly Career and Technical Education (CTE). In this role, he manages career tech-related communication projects and focuses on increasing public awareness of Alabama CTE. He works to build stronger relationships with state residents, K-12 and postsecondary educators, and media professionals statewide. 

His past experience spans different segments of state government. He has been a Constituent Services Writer for the Governor’s Office of Alabama, and an environmental policy liaison.

Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in Public Relations, a Master’s degree from Troy University in Human Resources Management, and is currently working to earn a Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver.
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CharlesCharles V. CreelALSDEGraphic Arts Specialistccreel@alsde.edu334-353-8840Communications
Charles joined the ALSDE in October 2006. Prior to this position, he worked as a designer/webmaster/art director in the printing and advertising industry.

He graduated from Auburn University Montgomery in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art/Graphic Design.

Charles resides in Tallassee, AL, with his wife, Michele.
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DarrenDarren GilleyALSDEAudio/Visual Specialistdgilley@alsde.edu334-242-0305Communications
Darren began work at ALSDE in September 2013. Prior to this position, he worked as a Photojournalist at WSFA-TV in Montgomery (2000-2013) and WDHN-TV Dothan as a production assistant/news photographer (1997-2000).

He is a 1997 graduate of Slocomb High School in Slocomb, and attended Wallace Community College Dothan.

Darren resides in Holtville, AL, with his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Caitlyn Marisa.
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RitaRita F. SmithALSDEAdministrative Support Assistant IIIrsmith@alsde.edu334-242-9950Communications
Rita F. Smith is the Administrative Support Assistant III for the Communication Section.

Rita is knowledgeable about myriad subjects, including the Daily News Newsletter.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her three daughters.
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