Staff Directory

Staff Directory - Administration

Douglas S. Dibbert '70
President and Director of Alumni Affairs
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As president of the GAA for nearly 33 years, Doug is the longest-serving member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. As head of the alumni association, he has overseen expansion of GAA programs and services and the construction of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. With a bit of a green thumb, Doug enjoys mowing his lawn, reading and traveling. He and his wife, Debbie, take pride in spoiling their grandchildren and visiting their sons in Switzerland and Chicago.

Marisa Elliott
Executive Assistant
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Marisa has served as executive assistant since 2012. Marisa’s arts background piqued her interest in travel, and she has traveled to 13 countries so far. Though she isn’t getting paid to work as a professional entertainer, as in her previous job, Marisa sings, dances and does impressions for her two children – tipping not required. She enjoys staying active by hiking, camping and kayaking.

Steve Shaw '82
Director of Finance and Administration
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Steve has served as director of finance and administration since 2001. Carolina blue runs deep in his family – his wife and twin children graduated from UNC. When he isn’t following numbers, Steve is following the Tar Heels football and basketball teams dominating on the field and court. Steve stays active with golf, tennis and lounging on the beach (partially active).

Lisa Beers
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Lisa has served as accountant and controller at the GAA since 1993. At home she has raised two beautiful daughters with her husband Jim. While she’s not a Carolina graduate, her long tenure at the GAA has brought her closer to the University as a diehard sports fan. When she’s not crunching numbers or balancing budgets, Lisa loves traveling with her family, cooking a mean lasagna and devouring books.

MaryCatherine Kurzenski
Alumni Center Coordinator
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MaryCatherine has been with the GAA since 1997. She wears many hats to keep the Alumni Center running in tip-top shape. MaryCatherine loves to go to estate sales and thrift stores looking for a special find. When not on the hunt for a bargain or a treasure, she loves to spend time with her sweet grandson.

Linwood Blalock
Mail room
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Linwood began working at the GAA in the mailroom after returning from service in Vietnam. Carolina blue blood runs through his veins, and when he isn’t cheering on the Tar Heels, he divides his time between seven affectionate grandchildren.

Tom May
Printshop Coordinator
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Tom has been operating and managing the GAA in-house printing and mailing services since 1986. He enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren, using his impressive photography skills to document the joys in his life. After beating cancer, Tom enjoys volunteering his time to help other cancer patients.

Elizabeth Morgan
Telephone Receptionist
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Elizabeth has worked for the GAA since 1993 as a receptionist. She enjoys going on adventures with her friends. She also enjoys seeing her grandchildren in Montana when possible.

Rachel Welch
Accounting Assistant
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Rachel has worked in the business office since 2014. She loves to cook up culinary creations for her growing boys (including her husband Jeff). During spring and summer evenings, you can find her in the bleachers at a baseball game – Pee-Wee, that is.

Staff Directory - Communications

Regina Oliver '75
Editor and Director of Communications
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As editor of the Carolina Alumni Review and director of the GAA’s communications, Regina looks for stories that inform (and sometimes surprise) readers and help alumni see their shared history. When traveling, she often finds herself where fly fishing is optimal, and she always packs a book or two along with her camera.

Kate Newton Anthony
Art Director
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Kate has been the art director of the Carolina Alumni Review since 2000. Kate received an MA in journalism from the first public university west of the Mississippi River. She enjoys traveling far and wide, daylong visits to art museums and getting lost in a book. A bit of a 90s grunge fan, Kate loves Pearl Jam.

David Brown '75
Senior Associate Editor
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David has been associate editor of the Carolina Alumni Review since 1996 and is thankful every day for its editorial freedom. He is a student of history if not a scholar of it, loves classical music and hiking, and still wakes up every Saturday thinking he’s going out to play ball with the other kids. He suffers from an unfortunate affliction in which his heart is detached from his body and lives on a boat somewhere on the sounds and creeks of the North Carolina coast.

Jana Collins '92 (MA)
Advertising Account Representative
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Jana connects advertisers to alumni readers by handling the Carolina Alumni Review’s advertising, which she has done since 2013. Jana appreciates and enjoys working and walking on campus, Pilates and yoga classes, early morning swims, Wilmington waterfronts, literary fiction, Australia and hot tea with milk.

Dave Drake '92
Online Coordinator
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Dave works as the online coordinator for the GAA, and has worked in website management since the early days of the Internet, decades ago in 1996. If he’s not watching a Carolina basketball or football game, he’s probably driving his son to ice hockey practice. Like his son & daughter, Dave still dresses up for Halloween.

Keith King '82
Associate Editor
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Keith joined the Carolina Alumni Review in 2007 as associate editor, working on the magazine, website and social media. He also is an adjunct instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. When he’s not chasing commas, he’s usually grocery shopping, Instagramming his cooking or traveling.

Andrea Saye '08
Manager of Marketing and Advertising
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As manager of marketing and advertising, Andrea enjoys interacting with Carolina alumni and friends through social media – the memories a single photo shared on Facebook can evoke always amaze her. Andrea is married to her Carolina sweetheart, Hank, who she met on the first day of class at UNC. On the weekends, you’ll find her exploring the next new spot with her English Bulldog Bentley in tow.

Jason Smith '94
Associate Art Director
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Jason has been with the GAA since 2013. He isn’t happy unless he’s making stuff, be it magazine pages or photographs or music. He also likes reading, good beer and exercising (but not all at the same time).

Staff Directory - Membership

Stephanie Miller '83
Director of Membership Membership Communications and Campaigns
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As director of membership, Stephanie exercises both sides of her brain crunching numbers and writing compelling copy. Outside of work, she enjoys the peaceful solitude that camping and hiking bring, but her real joy in life comes from her beloved golden retrievers and husband Brad.

Diana Koonce '02
Coordinator of Membership Administration Life Membership Processing
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Diana has been working with the membership team since 2008. She adores fabulous footwear and has amassed a large collection of shoes. Diana’s fashion mantra is that clothing trends may come and go, but a fantastic shoe can last forever.

Staff Directory - Programs

Ann-Louise Aguiar '76
Manager, Alumni Education and Travel
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Ann-Louise shares her enthusiasm for lifelong learning and travel as manager of the GAA’s alumni education and travel program. After graduating from UNC, she lived for several years in Germany and Austria. Saving some incredible destinations for herself, Ann-Louise loves vacationing with her son Joshua, husband Newman and two Labradors in the mountains of North Carolina.

Linda Conklin
Manager of Alumni Career Services
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As manager of Alumni Career Services, Linda provides coaching and programming for alumni who want to start, change or advance their careers. Her goal is to help her clients live their lives by design rather than default. Linda enjoys spending time at the beach with family and friends, and stacks upon stacks of good books.

C. Hawkins '00
Manager of Student Engagement Student-Alumni Development and Programming, Admissions Initiatives; Adviser to Student Alumni Association, Order of the Bell Tower, Senior Class
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C. has served Carolina students — past, present and future since 2007. Like all Tar Heels, C. is a well-rounded individual with varied interests. An avid theatergoer, he always times his travels so he can catch a musical or show. He’s especially partial to good design or a run.

Steffi Kinton '05
Coordinator, Student Activities
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Steffi has been a member of the GAA staff since 2005 and currently serves as the coordinator of student activities. Wife to David and mom to Chloe, she enjoys taking photos of her family and their adventures – including trips to watch the Tar Heels play in the Smith Center.

Douglass Payne '04 ('06 MAT)
Coordinator, Alumni Education and Travel
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Douglass has served as coordinator of alumni education and travel since 2013. She enjoys playing her cello, traveling internationally, knitting and running in her free time. At home, Douglass excels as a gluten-free baker and at showering her newborn baby with love.

Tanea Pettis '95
Manager of Affinity Activities Affinity (Special Interest) Reunions, Light on the Hill Society Scholarship
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Tanea has been a member of the GAA staff since 1998 and currently serves as manager of affinity activities, overseeing multiple program areas. She’s a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., carries her NOOK with her wherever she goes and has a large collection of Coca-Cola bottles from across the world in her office.

Casey Privette '01
Coordinator of Regional Engagement Regional Engagement Activities, Carolina Club Scholarships
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Casey joined the GAA in 2005 as coordinator of regional engagement. When not working to bring a little piece of Carolina to your hometown, Casey can usually be found playing basketball with friends or his kids, coaching his kids’ various sports teams or cheering on the Carolina volleyball team. During halftime or rare free time, Casey enjoys reading a good historical fiction or sci-fi novel.

Laura Sheppard '08
Coordinator of Local Alumni Engagement and Reunions Athletics, Class Reunions (25th and Under), Homecoming, Local Outreach, Young Alumni
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Laura has worked for the GAA since 2008 as the coordinator of local alumni engagement and reunions. Laura enjoys cooking and traveling, and when she’s not in Chapel Hill, she lives for the sand and salt air of the east coast.

Linda Sherck '95 (MA)
Manager of Alumni Activities Class Reunions (50th and older), Regional Outreach Events, Family Camp
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Linda has worked with the GAA since 1992, coordinating and managing several program areas within the GAA. When she’s not working, her life is filled mostly with the ‘fun’ of being the parent of two teenagers. She shares her fan loyalties with her other alma mater, Michigan State, which made the 2009 Men’s Basketball National Championship amazing to watch.

Maghon Taylor '08
Coordinator of Alumni Clubs
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Maghon has been with the GAA since 2012 and has been working in higher education and events since 2008. When she’s not spreading Carolina spirit across the world with the GAA’s Carolina Clubs, Maghon runs her own calligraphy and confetti business and loves to celebrate life.

Staff Directory - Records & Information Systems

Roger Nelsen
Director of Alumni Records and Information Systems
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Roger has served as director of alumni records and information systems since 1993. Before arriving at the GAA, he received degrees from the University of Nebraska and Bowling Green State University. A family man, Roger devotes his time to six children ranging from six to 21 years old. When the weather gets warm, you’ll find him in the wilderness, camping.

Emilee Brown '10
Records Assistant Contact for alumni to report information related to new jobs and job changes; births; and awards, honors, community activities and other accomplishments
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Emilee began working as a records assistant in 2010 after graduating from UNC. Emilee loves reading, eating ice cream and working out so that she can eat more ice cream. She lives in Durham with her husband, George Cloo…Travis.

Tracy Chrismon
Records Assistant Contact for alumni to report information related to deceased alumni
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Tracy has been with the GAA since 1994 as a records assistant. She tries to keep up with her grandchildren. Sunny and 82 degrees are her two ingredients for happiness. When seeking a challenge, Tracy visits the garden center clearance aisle and tries to nurture plants to full health.

Kelly Dalton '07
Records Assistant Handles general alumni records updates
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Kelly joined the records team in 2011 and has enjoyed being back around UNC’s vibrant campus energy. Whether hiking in North Carolina or cruising the Caribbean, Kelly craves an adventure with her trusty camera. Dancing, playing the guitar and listening to James Taylor (sometimes all at the same time) take up much of her free time.

Julie Gonya
Network Administrator
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Julie has worked as the network administrator at the GAA since 1996.

Rachel Orr
Records Assistant Contact for alumni to report information related to name changes and marriage announcements
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Rachel started working in records in 2008. Hailing from Delaware, she likes her tea sweet and kitchen neat. At times that last part is difficult – a rambunctious son, two dogs and husband always keep Rachel on her toes. Life’s pleasures lie in her award-winning apple pie, well-manicured garden and traveling across the world with her camera around her neck.

Joan Pendergraph
Assistant Director of Alumni Records
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As assistant director of alumni records, Joan can give you remarkable stats on Carolina’s alumni at the drop of a hat. When Joan isn’t walking beneath the Eiffel Tower or dreaming of where she’ll travel next, you can find her reading, running or cozied up next to her cat Posey.

Kemesha Stanley '08
Records Assistant Handles general alumni records updates
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Kemesha serves as records assistant at the GAA. Best known around the office as Chef Savory, she has a knack for cooking up a great dish. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find Kemesha bargain hunting, exercising or spending quality time with family.

Meredith Tozzer '09
Records Assistant Handles general alumni records updates
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Meredith has been part of the records team since 2011. She comes from a long line of Tar Heels, holding steady at nine. In her spare time, you can find her cooking up a new recipe, or as a regular guest host on an arts and culture podcast.

Niki Wallace
Records Assistant Handles general alumni records updates
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Niki has been with the records department since 2013. Niki worked for several years in restaurant management before making her way to the GAA. She enjoys cooking, planning events and gatherings, and spending time with her husband and two wonderful kids.

General Alumni Association Membership

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    (800) 962-0742

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    (919) 962-1208

  • Fax

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