Monica R. Allen, Ph.D.

Monica R. Allen graduated from Hampton University and The College of William and Mary with BA and MA degrees in Psychology respectively. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organization and Management from Capella University.  

Monica is currently the Director of Strategic Planning and Evaluation in the Mecklenburg County Manager’s Office of Management and Budget – Strategic Planning & Evaluation. Her main accountabilities are to lead the...


Claire Apaliski

Claire Apaliski is a Social Research Specialist at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.  Claire’s primary focus at the institute is the Indicators Data Partners and Regional Database.  In this capacity, she is involved with multiple client-based research initiatives and needs assessments for various organizations in the Charlotte community.  Her responsibilities include project design and management, data collection and review, report writing and review, client relations, and...


Chavon Carroll

Chavon Carroll is currently the Development Director at Teach For America-Charlotte, one of the organization’s 48 regions across the country fighting to end educational inequity in the country. Having worked in non-profit and marketing for nearly a decade, Chavon is a proven leader and fundraiser in the non-profit space. In her current role, Chavon leads the corporate and foundation outreach to continue to grow the organization’s footprint in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and work towards the day...


Yolanda Coleman

Before joining the Levine Scholars Program, Yolanda Coleman served as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there she established and led the Counselors...


Anne Cooper Moore, Ph.D.

Anne Cooper Moore joined UNC Charlotte as Dean of the J. Murrey Atkins Library in June 2015. Previously she served as Dean of Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale from July 2012-May 2015 and was Dean of Libraries at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion from September 2008-July 2012. She has served on the faculty as Associate Professor in Educational Administration for the School/College of Education in each of the institutions. She was Associate...


Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis, political columnist at Roll Call and NBCBLK, is an award-winning journalist, educator and speaker. She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, MSNBC, and talks politics on WCCB-TV in Charlotte, N.C. She was national correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily...


Andrea Dulin, Ph.D.

Andrea Dulin is the Project Director for the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office. The Office builds faculty diversity and promotes faculty success through research and programming on recruitment, re-appointment, promotion and tenure practices; policy reform; mentoring; leadership and career development. Dr. Dulin received her B.S. in Physiology and her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from University College Cardiff in Wales, U.K. Her Postdoctoral studies in Houston, Texas...


Amy Farrell

Amy Farrell is executive director of GenerationNation, a nonprofit that educates and engages K-12 students in government, civic participation and leadership through smart, fun programs that link the classroom with hands-on experiences. In this role, Amy focuses her work on strategy, partnerships and innovation so that GenerationNation, which began as an annual mock election called Kids Voting Mecklenburg, can offer opportunities for all Charlotte-area students to engage in civic...


Kelly Finley

Kelly Finley (B.A., UNC Charlotte; M.A., The University of Alabama) began teaching at UNC Charlotte in 2002. She is a Senior Lecturer and the Undergraduate Advisor for the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at UNC-Charlotte, one of the largest WGS programs in the country.

Finley currently serves on the Ms. Magazine Committee of Scholars, working...


Ann Gonzales

Ann is the Co-Founder of Create-ster, a creative design agency established in 2011, specializing in digital marketing, e-commerce websites, website hosting and graphic design. She has also served on the board of the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CLGBTCC) since 2012, and is newly appointed on the board for the Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC). With each new project she takes on, Ann's "can-do" attitude never fails to define the best and most effective and...


Tamera Green

A respected industry veteran with more than two decades of marketing experience, Tamera Green founded Viridian Marketing in May 2012 following a successful career developing innovative partnership marketing programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies. 

With Green at the helm, Viridian Marketing developed and led the strategy and activation plan for Sysco Corporation’s first-ever, multi-faceted marketing campaign. Green and her team designed an innovative partnership between...


Nancy A. Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Nancy A. Gutierrez is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University where she was a Professor of English.  Also at ASU, she served as Chair of the Department of English (1993-1999) and as Associate Dean for Academic Personnel (2000-2003).  Serving in these roles at ASU, Nancy initiated several professional...


Amy Hawn Nelson, Ph.D.

Amy Hawn Nelson is the Director of Social Research for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Director of the Institute for Social Capital, Inc., an integrated data system charged with supporting university research and enhancing data-informed decision-making in the Charlotte region. Hawn Nelson is a community engaged researcher generally focusing on education and housing related issues. She is a co-editor of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in...


Wendy Laxton

Wendy Laxton, CPA, is founder of Laxton CFO Services, which provides financial and operational strategy services to small business and non-profits.  She serves as retained Chief Financial Officer for The Ivey, RAIN (Regional Aids Interfaith Network), Elon Homes & Schools for Children, and Argos Management, as well as a project consultant to several other organizations.  In 2013, Wendy was named the Rising Star Award Winner by the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of...


Suzanne Leland, Ph.D.

Suzanne Leland is a Professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration program at UNC Charlotte. She teaches urban politics, intergovernmental relations and public administration courses. She received her doctorate from the University of Kansas in Political Science.

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Adrienne Martinez

Adrienne Rose Martinez, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, joined UNC Charlotte in 2015. Previously, she served as a relationship manager for Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management in New York.

Adrienne earned a master’s of business administration degree in capital markets and asset management and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations, both from Cornell University.

Currently, Adrienne serves as president of the Cornell Alumni Association of...


Briana McNeil

Briana is currently a Flight Service Duty Manager for American Airlines and in this role, she helps to support the Flight Service Operation in Charlotte, NC. She is responsible for and executes a variety of duties to support the daily operation which includes; assisting with delay investigations, monthly reports on operational activities and acting as liaison with local and system departments.

She also serves as President of the Charlotte chapter of Professional Women in Aviation...


Jaclyn Piatak, Ph.D.

Jaclyn Piatak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and teaches courses in the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program.

Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, volunteering, philanthropy, and social policy. Her work appears in the ...


Renee Alexander Sherrod

Renee Alexander Sherrod joined Freedom School Partners as Chief Operating Officer on December 1, 2014.  In this role, Renee is responsible for operations management, human resources, communications and marketing and providing key support in the area of strategy and planning.

Prior to joining Freedom School Partners, Renee was employed for 14 years at TIAA-CREF.  Her most recent position was Vice President of Corporate Citizenship.  In this role, she...


Janni Sorensen, Ph.D.

Janni Sorensen holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the university of Illinois – Champaign Urbana. As an associate professor in Geography and Earth Sciences her research agenda is focused on neighborhood scale participatory urban planning and community organizing. In 2008 when she began her career at UNC Charlotte she stablished and continues to direct the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP).  CHARP employs 3-4 graduate students each semester 20h/week and have long...


Laura Tamberelli

Laura Tamberelli is an executive administrator at UNC Charlotte where she is also an adjunct lecturer in the Women's and Gender Studies department as well as the Faculty Supervisor for the Women's and Gender Studies honor society, Iota Iota Iota. Laura has been a loyal 49er for 11 years; earning her Bachelor's, Master's, and Graduate Certification from UNC Charlotte prior to becoming both a staff and faculty member. Her academic areas of specialization include reproductive justice, women and...


Brenda Tindal, Ph.D.

Brenda Tindal received her B.A. in History and Africana Studies with University Honors distinction from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) in 2004 and her M.A. in American Studies from Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2010. In 2016, she graduates with a PhD in History...


Nikkeia Wiler

Nikkeia Wiler is the Managing...