Staff Directory

Staff Directory - Administration

Douglas S. Dibbert '70
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As president of the GAA since 1982, 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 Boston and Chicago.

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.

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.

Susan Stedman
Telephone Receptionist
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.

David Brown '75
Senior Associate Editor
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David has been associate editor of the Carolina Alumni Review since 1996. 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 married an Episcopal priest who wound up in a church at, of all places, the N.C. coast, where his heart preceded him by many years.

Jana Collins '92 (MA)
Advertising Account Representative
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Jana connects advertisers to alumni by handling ad sales for both the Carolina Alumni Review and GAA digital media since 2013. Her other gig is teaching Pilates and water aerobics. Yoga, swimming and excessive library book borrowing are her lifelong passions. She is happiest when outdoors whether tending to her native perennials, birdwatching in a sunny spot on the patio or floating over the Atlantic’s waves.

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 smoking ribs or a brisket. Like his son & daughter, Dave still dresses up for Halloween.

Grant Halverson '93
Associate Editor – Digital
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Grant joined the Association in 2017 as its first-ever associate editor for digital content. The Clemmons, N.C. native previously worked at pushing pixels as a newspaper photographer and graphic designer. He likes reading, 80s movies and traveling the world with his wife Sandy, with whom he has avoided any international incidents since 2009.

Dree Hickey '15
Marketing Coordinator
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Born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC, Dree is truly Tar Heel born and bred. During her time at Carolina, she reported for The Daily Tar Heel and interned at  Chapel Hill Magazine before graduating with a dual degree in Business Journalism. Dree has copyedited for publication giants like Southern Living and Cooking Light, but her true love is creating digital media plans for small businesses and nonprofits alike. Her other true loves are her husband James, her tiny angel cat, Kona, and her much larger but slightly-less-angelic cat, Elwood.  She also believes cats are wildly misrepresented in media and has made it her life’s work to educate the general public on the joys of cat ownership.

Haley Hodges '19
Graphic Designer
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Haley graduated from UNC in 2019, and throughout her time working at The Daily Tar Heel and the Yackety Yack Yearbook, she fell in love with telling the story of Carolina via her artwork; so much so that she decided to do it full time. From the foothills of North Carolina, she jumps at the opportunity to travel anywhere that promises a good cup of coffee (and holds that Seattle, Washington and Sydney, Australia are currently tied for the best cup). No matter where she goes, she always has her sketchbook and camera in tow, ready to put her own creative spin on the memories she makes.

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. 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 #UNCAlumni through digital marketing and social media – the memories a single photo shared on Instagram can evoke always amazes her. Andrea is married to her Carolina sweetheart, Hank, whom she met on the first day of class at UNC. On weekends, you’ll find her exploring the next new spot with Hank and their daughter, Leighton, and English Bulldog, Bentley, in tow.

Jason Smith '94
Design 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.

Megan Duffy '02
Membership Services Assistant Customer Service and Annual Membership Processing
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Megan has been on the move since graduating from Carolina in 2002. She has traveled extensively and lived in five different countries. Megan has a Master’s degree in Primate Biology, Behaviour, and Conservation and has used this to conduct field research on baboons in Zambia and to work with multiple animal sanctuaries focusing on primate rehabilitation and release projects. Megan decided to move back to Chapel Hill to be closer to family and to establish roots in one place. She is accomplishing this metaphorically by adopting a rescued Labrador retriever mix named Declan and literally by planting her own herb garden for use in delicious vegan recipes.

Diana Koonce '02
Senior 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.

Katie Thore '15
Coordinator of Membership Services Annual Membership Processing
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Katie graduated from UNC in 2015, and we call her lucky as her Carolina memories are so very fresh. Katie enjoys the adventurous side of life including traveling and hiking but she likes to kick back too and watch a documentary or work on that next puzzle (or both at the same time). You’ll find her cheering on our beloved Tar Heels any chance she gets. Rah, rah, Carolina!

Staff Directory - Programs

Marcie Leemore '99
Director of Enrichment Programs
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Marcie relocated from her hometown of Atlanta to serve as director of enrichment programs. She enjoys walking trails, dance fitness, warm vacations and bargain shopping. Marcie is a self-proclaimed food and beverage connoisseur, and you’ll often find her baking or cooking. When traveling, Marcie always finds a given city’s favorite local restaurants. Ask Marcie her favorite foodie recommendations, because they are always spot on.

Jack Ahern
Coordinator of Alumni Networking and Outreach
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Jack joined the GAA in January 2018 and focuses on club scholarships, career services and outreach. He loves connecting people and helping them reach their goals. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking with his dog while listening to his favorite podcasts. Jack is also on an epic quest to find N.C.’s best cheeseburger.

Caroline Bowers '16
Coordinator of Student Enrichment and Young Alumni Engagement
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Caroline graduated from UNC in 2016 and joined the GAA team soon after. From the mountains of North Carolina, Caroline enjoys getting outside and adventuring with her dogs, Holden the Golden and Sophie. She also loves going to the beach, photography, making others smile and anything that has to do with dogs.

Jennifer Guy '09
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions and Special Events
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Jennifer joined the GAA in January 2017. She is thrilled to be back at Carolina and loves bumping into fellow Tar Heels on her (almost) daily walks around campus. In her spare time, Jennifer can be found chasing her daughters with her college sweetheart Shawn ’08, dining with friends at their favorite restaurants, playing the piano or getting lost in a good book.

Katy Lucci '13
Coordinator of Student Enrichment and Young Alumni Engagement
Catherine Nichols '89
Senior Coordinator of Faculty Relations and Travel
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Catherine joined the GAA in Sept. 2016. She loves connecting faculty with alumni and the community. As an alumna of UNC and native of Chapel Hill, she’s thrilled to represent UNC and the alumni community through her work. Catherine enjoys spending time on campus with her family and traveling at any opportunity. She also enjoys movies, biking and reading.

Douglass Payne '04 ('06 MAT)
Senior Coordinator of 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 daughter Millie and son Henry with love.

Joe Petrizzi '13
Coordinator of Outreach for Alumni, Clubs and Families
Tanea Pettis '95
Assistant Director of Enrichment Programs
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Tanea has been a member of the GAA staff since 1998. She currently serves as assistant director of enrichment programs overseeing the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship, athletics, Homecoming and reunions. 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.

Jean Service '85
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions and Special Events
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Jean joined the staff of the GAA in May 2019. She loves connecting people and planning opportunities for fellow Tar Heels to return to Chapel Hill. Jean enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake, taking walks with her dogs and gardening.

Anna Brooks Whichard '10
Coordinator of Outreach for Alumni, Clubs and Families
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 worked for 6 years in student affairs at UNC.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. A family man, Roger devotes his time to his wife and six children. His hobbies include camping and playing table tennis.

Rachel Orr
Assistant Director of Alumni Records
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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.

Justin Baugher '14
Records Assistant Handles general alumni records updates
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Justin is a huge sports fan who loves playing disc golf and tennis. He spends as much time as possible outdoors. Fishing is one of his favorite hobbies. He and his wife enjoy cooking together, too.

Emilee Brown '10
Records Assistant Contact for alumni to report information related to name changes; 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.

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

Camryn Glackin
Records Assistant Handles general alumni records updates; answers questions and provides support for alumni using the alumni directory and email account services
Sarah Parnham
Records Assistant Handles general address alumni records updates
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Sarah joined the alumni center in September 2018.  Sarah was born and raised ‘Across the pond’ in the small town of Grantham in England.  She has lived all over the World after marrying her husband who was serving in the Royal Air Force.  She loves to read but above all values quality family time with her son, Lewis.  At the weekends she can be found shopping and hiking trails with her beloved dog Willow.

Kemesha Stanley '08
Records Assistant Handles questions about student records or degree information for alumni.
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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.

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.

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    (800) 962-0742

  • General Phone

    (919) 962-1208

  • Fax

    (919) 962-0010

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    (919) 843-4144

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