Originally from Saraland, Alabama, Mark Wilson has worked with community members, partnering organizations, students, and faculty in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University since 2006. He holds degrees from the University of Mobile (B.A.), Mercer University (Master of Divinity), and Auburn University (Ph.D., History). He is the author of William Owen Carver’s Controversies in the Baptist South (Mercer University) and co-author of Living Democracy: Students as Citizens, Communities as Classrooms (Kettering Foundation Press).
Wilson is an Appalachian Teaching Fellow with the Appalachian Regional Commission and Secretary of the Alabama Historical Association. He teaches community engagement and practicum courses at Auburn University, and in 2018, he was voted by students at Auburn University to deliver the “Final Lecture.” Wilson has coordinated contracts and grants with the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Appalachian Regional Commission, Kettering Foundation, David Mathews Center for Civic Life, Alabama Humanities Foundation, and others. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Issues Forums Institute.
Maiben Beard has been Outreach Associate at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities since 2008. She develops, implements, and manages statewide arts and humanities outreach programs and initiatives. In addition, she curates and interprets the historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill. Beard graduated from Emory University with a B.A. degree in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. She currently serves as Membership Secretary for the Alabama Historical Association and is a commissioner for the City of Auburn Historic Preservation Commission and member of the Alabama National Register Review Board.
Erica Dalton has been the Event Coordinator at Pebble Hill since 2021. She organizes, plans, coordinates, and executes events held at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities. Dalton received her B.S. from Auburn University in Human Development and Family Studies.
An Alabama native, Brittany Branyon graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Political Science in 2009 and earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. She is currently a doctoral student in Public Administration and Public Policy at Auburn University where her focus is nonprofit education, civil society, and gender equity. Her passion for the third sector and community engagement drives her work both professionally and academically, as well as beyond campus where she serves on the Associate Board of Directors at Storybook Farm.
Shamyla Taylor, a graduate of Opelika High School, is studying computer science at Auburn University. She is the illustrator of the coloring book “Plants and Trees at Pebble Hill.”
Zach Wright has worked as a gardener at Pebble Hill since 2019. He also works as a Landscape Technician for the wider Auburn University campus. Previously, Wright was as a gardener for the University of Cambridge in England, where he worked for Trinity College and then later Murray Edwards College. He was also a seasonal gardener at Oxburgh Hall, a 15th century manor house that is part of England's National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty. Wright holds a Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.
Last Updated: September 07, 2022