Havilah Sthole

Avery’s Angels Team

Director of Medical Education and Research Education


I am Havilah Sthole, former Alabama Hub Leader for AAGF, now serving as the Director of Medical Education and Research Education among our leadership. My youngest son was diagnosed with gastroschisis at 24 weeks gestation in 2013, a diagnosis that ignited a passion to increase awareness, offer support, and encourage more research. I had the wonderful opportunity to do a directed independent study in an evolutionary shark genetics lab while pursuing my Bachelor’s in Biology which helped to further my understanding of genetics and research. I have since graduated with my Bachelors in Pre-Professional Biology from the University of West Florida and am currently in medical school at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am interested in neonatology and developmental biology and I hope that one day, we will be able to prevent this birth defect from occurring. I am absolutely honored to be a part of Avery’s Angels and to help you, the tiny warriors in the NICU, the survivors with complications, the angels gone too soon, and the incredible families. You are our reason for being here and we are here to support you.