Heather Searcy, Interim Directorsfbullet
(336) 334-5772, hakern2@uncg.edu

heatherHeather Searcy (she/hers) 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 husband, Mike, daughter, Emerie, and Golden Retriever, Beau.

Student Support Team


Alana Hadley, Student Support Coordinator 
(336) 334-5730, ajhadley@uncg.edu

Alana Hadley (she/hers) earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While working on campus in their Honors College and the advising center for the College of Health and Human Services she discovered her passion for higher education. This caused her to go on to pursue her master’s of education in higher education student affairs from the University of South Carolina. While at U of SC, Alana worked as a graduate assistant on the research team at the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC). During her time at the NRC Alana developed a love of the first-year experience and helping students learn to navigate the college experience. This prompted her to apply to the Student Support Coordinator position straight out of her master’s, and she can’t wait to have the opportunity to work with UNCG students. While off campus, Alana enjoys spending time with her dog Remy and her partner Trevor.


Amanda Romero, Student Support Coordinator 
(336) 256-1311, a_romero@uncg.edu

Amanda Romero (she/hers) earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. She joined UNC Greensboro in 2016, working with the Department of Interior Architecture in an administrative support role. While working there, Amanda earned her master’s degree in Applied Arts & Sciences from UNCG. Throughout her time with the Department of Interior Architecture, she realized her passion for supporting and assisting students. As a first-generation Latinx college graduate, she is proud to be in a role where she can support all students who desire to be successful during their college careers. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and trying to convince her husband to let her get a baby goat.

Academic Advising Team


Angie Allred, Exploratory Majors Academic Advisorsfbullet
(336) 256-8562, a_loggai@uncg.edu

angieAngie Allred (she/hers) 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 sons, traveling, drinking coffee, reading, cheering on the Wolfpack, and thrift shopping.


Shannon Barr, Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor sfbullet
(336) 256-8540, scbarr@uncg.edu

Shannon Barr (they/them) earned their Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at High Point University and Master of Science with a specialty in College Counseling and Student Development from UNC-Greensboro. Before Shannon returned to the Students First Office as an Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor, they 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, holistic wellness, help-seeking behaviors, and LGBTQ-affirming, trauma-informed and anti-racist education practices. Outside of academia, Shannon enjoys exploring local small businesses, hiking, roasting coffee, and curling up on the couch with their cats, Buddy and Alvin.


Kimberly Geter, Exploratory Majors Academic Advisor
336-256-1265, kageter@uncg.edu

Kimberly Geter (she/hers) is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a B.A. in Communications Studies with a concentration in Interpersonal/Organizational Communications and a second major in Afro-African American Studies. Kimberly later pursued her Master’s in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Salem College. As a School Counselor, she enjoyed helping students prepare for college. It was during this experience that she decided to move into higher education to help students with their transition to college. Moving into an academic advisor role, especially as an exploratory advisor, has allowed Kimberly to work closely with students, assisting them with navigating the nuances of college. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her partner, family, and friends, traveling, crafting, sewing, cooking, and baking.


Aria Ashburn, Graduate Assistant for Exploratory Advising
(336) 334-5730, arashburn@uncg.edu

Aria Rose (she/they) earned two bachelor’s degrees in History and Sociology and a Master of Arts in English from Western Carolina University, where she also taught freshmen composition. She is currently attending UNCG to earn a Master of Library and Information Science, after which she hopes to make a living as an archival or public librarian. While earning this degree, she will also be working with the SFO office as a graduate assistant in Exploratory Advising. She chose an assistantship with the SFO office for the same reason she wants to become a librarian; she finds her work most fulfilling when it allows her to have a positive impact on the people she works with. In her free time, Aria enjoys writing fiction, reading, video games, and hiking with her partner, Sarah, and her dog, Flurry.


Academic Recovery Team


Danielle Nie, Associate Director for Academic Recovery sfbullet<
(336) 334-3872, dnhollo2@uncg.edu

Danielle Nie (she/hers) 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, d_gaddy@uncg.edu

Devonne E. Gaddy (she/hers) 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, edtucker@uncg.edu

Elyssa Tucker (she/hers) 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.


Whitney Scott, Academic Recovery Coordinatorsfbullet
(336) 256-8533, w_scott@uncg.edu

whitneyWhitney Scott (she/her or they/them) 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.


Emerald Sanoguel, Graduate Assistant for Academic Recovery
(336) 334-5730, elsanogu@uncg.edu

Emerald Sanoguel (they/them) is a recent UNCG Alum. They received their Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with minors in American Sign language and Women’s and Genders Studies in May 2021. They are currently a first year Masters student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) Graduate program. They have experience working with students in the Career & Professional Development center as a Peer Career Ambassador; through this experience they were able to assist students with creating and editing resumes and cover letters, as well as discuss their goals post graduation. Their goal in student affairs is to provide support to all students in pursuit of their goals both academically and professionally. As an Academic Recovery Graduate Assistant, their goal is to assist students in discovering their passion for the future and to provide the tools needed. In their free time they enjoy cooking and rewatching their favorite shows and movies.


Division of Student Success

The Students First Office is part of UNCG’s Division of Student Success and partners closely with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies regarding the university-wide coordination and implementation of academic advising, appeals, and undergraduate policy.


Dana Saunders, Assistant Dean for Advising and Student Success sfbullet
(336) 334-5730, dfsaunde@uncg.edu

danaDana Saunders (she/hers) 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.


Leah Bianco, Student Support Advisor for Academic Recovery  sfbullet
(336) 334-3467, ldbianco@uncg.edu

leahLeah Bianco (she/hers) 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 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 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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