Dana Saunders, Director
(336) 334-5730, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Saunders has been involved in higher education for more than 12 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Roanoke College, and graduated with a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina (USC). While at USC, Dana worked in the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, which sparked her interest in first-year students and academic success initiatives. At UNCG, Dana was previously the associate director in Undergraduate Student Excellence where she was responsible for the ongoing development of new academic support initiatives, as well as the office’s strategic planning and assessment. She also worked as the coordinator of UNCG’s first-year seminar program. Dana’s professional interests include exploratory (undecided) majors, students in academic recovery, social justice initiatives, University policy, program assessment, and strategic planning in higher education. Outside of work, Dana is pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations in the School of Education at UNCG. When she is away from campus, Dana enjoys local tourism, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her partner and children.
Kate Humphries, Assistant Director of Student Support
(336) 334-5730, email@example.com
Kate Humphries has been a part of the Students First Office since 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.S./Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Greensboro. Kate enjoys meeting with students and connecting them with the services they need to be successful. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, playing board games, and spending time with her husband, family, friends, and dog.
Academic Advising Team
Heather Searcy, Associate Director for Academic Advising
(336) 334-5772, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Searcy attended East Carolina University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was while working with student athletes at ECU that Heather discovered her interest in pursuing a career in Higher Education. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University. Throughout her two years at NC State Heather worked with student athletes, undeclared first-year students, and students on academic warning. She also worked as an intern at Meredith College, assisting with advising and registration, and supporting students facing academic difficulty. Heather served as an Exploratory Majors Advisor in the Students First Office for four years before taking on the Associate Director of Academic Advising role. In her spare time, Heather enjoys cheering on the Pirates and the Wolfpack, tackling DIY and home improvement projects, and spending time with her partner, Mike, and Golden Retriever, Beau.
Angie Allred, Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor
(336) 256-8562, email@example.com
Angie Allred is a proud graduate of NC State University. She has a B.S. in Agricultural Education with a minor in Horticulture Science; while at NCSU, she interned with the NC Future Farmers of America Association. After graduation, Angie taught Agricultural Education and served as an FFA advisor in Greensboro, NC, for seven years. She then earned an M. Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from UNC-Greensboro, where she worked in Student Services and Advising and served as a Leadership Development Coach. Through all these experiences she discovered her passion for working with college students and helping them identify and achieve their goals. In her spare time, Angie enjoys spending time with her partner and son, traveling, drinking coffee, reading, cheering on the Wolfpack, and thrift shopping.
Shannon Barr, Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor
(336) 256-8540, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Barr (she/her or they/them) earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at High Point University. Post-graduation, Shannon took two gap years as an AmeriCorps VISTA with North Carolina Campus Compact, which ultimately inspired her to earn her Master of Science with a specialty in College Counseling and Student Development from UNC-Greensboro. Before she returned to the Students First Office as an Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor, Shannon had been with SFO for two years as a Graduate Assistant for Academic Outreach. Shannon’s higher education experience spans service learning, civic engagement, leadership development, intercultural engagement, and holistic academic and career advising. Shannon’s professional interests include academic advising, student support, self-reflection/goal setting, holistic wellness, help-seeking behaviors, and LGBTQ-affirming, trauma-informed and anti-racist education practices. Outside of academia, Shannon enjoys exploring local restaurants, farmers markets, and coffee shops or curling up on the couch with her cats, Buddy and Alvin.
Kristen Wade, Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor
(336) 256-1265, email@example.com
Kristen Wade earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. While working alongside fellow first-generation and limited-income students at Duke to create resources and support programs, she discovered her passion for working with college students. She went on to pursue her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont. During her time in Vermont, she enjoyed her position as an academic advisor in the College of Education and Social Services. She also worked as an intern supporting high school students who would be the first in their family to attend college through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and served as a hearing officer for students in the Community Standards process at Champlain College. Her professional interests include academic advising, first-generation/limited-income student support programs, educational access initiatives, and social justice education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, video games, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Blue Devils.
Mikahla Hammons, Exploratory Majors Graduate Assistant
Mikahla is a first year graduate student at UNC-Greensboro pursuing her M.Ed in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. She is originally from Morganton, North Carolina and earned her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. As a first generation college student, she held multiple student leadership positions, including New Student Orientation, where she found a passion helping students navigate their collegiate career. At UNCG, Mikahla wants to continue being a part of students’ lives as they begin to create memorable and life changing moments during their collegiate career. In her free time, Mikahla enjoys spending time with friends and family, perfecting her calligraphy skills, and binge watching Netflix.
Academic Recovery Team
Danielle Nie, Associate Director for Academic Recovery
(336) 334-3872, firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Nie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Psychology. During her undergraduate experience interning in the advising center, she found her interest in assisting students through their undergraduate career. Danielle went on to earn her master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education here at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Throughout her two years at UNCG, Danielle worked in the Students First Office as an Exploratory Majors graduate assistant. After graduation, she returned to her alma mater to assist students experiencing academic difficulty. This included students who were on academic probation, suspended, or being readmitted to the institution. She also developed a peer mentor program, an advising development series, and served as an academic advisor to first year Psychology majors. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with family, and trying new Pinterest-inspired recipes and restaurants!
Devonne Gaddy, Early Alert & Intervention Coordinator
(336) 256-0340, email@example.com
Devonne E. Gaddy has been involved in higher education for more than 13 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University and a M.S. in Human Services specializing in Counseling Studies from Capella University. Prior to joining the Students First Office as the Early Alert & Intervention Coordinator, she has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience from various roles within the North Carolina Community College System. Devonne’s professional career consists of admissions, academic advising, enrollment services & recruitment as well as dual enrollment (Career & College Promise). Over this time span she realized that all students despite their unique circumstances have a sincere determination to succeed but need various support systems. She believes that it is not enough to just enroll a student but stands firmly by the Starfish EARLY ALERT and CONNECT systems where faculty/staff can quickly identify and provide actionable support to students. In her spare time, Devonne enjoys biblical studies, spending time with family and friends, volunteerism, watching movies, traveling, and spontaneous adventures.
Elyssa Tucker, Academic Recovery Coordinator
(336) 334-4025, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elyssa is a proud alumna of UNC-Greensboro where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology with minors in Public Health and Social Work. Just like the university, service is her motto professionally and personally. Elyssa started as a student worker within the University Registrar’s Office which nurtured her passion for what makes community at UNCG successful. She is excited to spread that passion into her role as the Academic Recovery Coordinator for the ARS 100: Regain, Reclaim, Recovery course. Elyssa enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Greensboro, reading, mentoring through UNCG Guarantee program, and attending Pure Barre classes.
Carmen Dodson, Graduate Assistant for Academic Recovery
Carmen is a first-year graduate student at UNC Greensboro pursuing her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. She is originally from High Point, North Carolina, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Therapy at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In her undergraduate experience, she focused on leadership and helping other students by holding executive positions in her sorority and being involved in philanthropic events on campus. Carmen understands how important it is to be a successful student and wants to help other students reach their academic goals. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends, exercising, traveling, and reading.
Whitney Scott, Academic Recovery Coordinator
(336) 256-8533, email@example.com
Whitney Scott was the first in her family to earn a college degree when she attained her Bachelor of Arts in English from Ferrum College. From there, she went on to earn her Master of Arts in English and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from UNCG in 2013. While she was in graduate school, Whitney worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Special Support Services program housed within UNCG’s Student Success Center. After graduation, Whitney took on multiple roles in the Federal TRiO Student Support Services program that supports first-generation students, low income students, and students with disabilities. Whitney is excited to return to UNCG and currently coordinates the ARS 120: Academic Connections in Education (ACE) program for students returning from academic suspension. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys reading, editing friends’ writing projects, and keeping her two cats from chewing up her origami crafts.
Carol Torres, Graduate Assistant for Academic Recovery
Carol is a UNCG alumna. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication Studies. She is now a first year graduate student, pursuing her M. Ed Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program. She previously worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District and mentored underrepresented, first generation, college bound students. During her time there she realized her passion for helping students work towards achieving their higher education goals. She hopes to take her own experiences as a first generation, Latinx, and limited income college student and use them to create connections with students who can use her support. In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time outdoors with her partner and dog (Ringo), visiting with friends and family, taking care of her plants, and watching 90’s sitcoms.
Leah Bianco, Student Support Advisor for Academic Recovery
(336) 334-3467, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Bianco earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, concentrating in Child, Youth, and Family Development at UNCG in 2016. Before attending UNCG she earned her Associates Degree in Pre-Social Work at Guilford Technical Community College. She was previously an Undergraduate Intern in the Students First Office and discovered a new interest in helping students in higher education. In the Fall of 2016 she started her job as a Program Assistant in the SFO. Leah assists with the academic appeals process as well as helps with technical aspects of the Starfish EARLY ALERT and Starfish CONNECT systems. She loves being a part of the SFO and assisting students and staff members on the Academic Recovery Team. In her spare time, Leah enjoys being with friends, doing crafts, watching movies, shopping, and traveling.
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