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 Chapel Hill.
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).
Daniel joined us in Nov. 2020 with over 13 years of printing and shipping experience. Daniel has a strong love for music and plays multiple instruments, including drums and guitar. Daniel also enjoys spending time with his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Nolan and Lilly.
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 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.
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.
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 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 and daughter, Dave still dresses up for Halloween.
Born and raised in Chapel Hill, 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 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, Wash. 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.
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 amaze 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 daughters Leighton and Scarlett in tow.
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).
Laurie has been “in love” with UNC since attending Project Uplift her junior year in high school. While at Carolina, she wrote for The Daily Tar Heel and was editor of The Black Ink. Laurie was also a Big Buddy through the Campus Y, which she found very rewarding, and lived in 1053 Morrison all four years. When she’s not writing or editing, Laurie enjoys watching or attending sporting events, listening to music (Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire in particular), going to the movies, spending time with family and friends and crocheting — which she’s been doing since age 10.
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.
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.
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.
Allison joined the GAA staff in May 2022. She is excited to be back home at Carolina planning events for fellow Tar Heels to reunite in Chapel Hill. Allison enjoys live music, spending time at the beach, a good cup of tea, and playing with her cat, Alice.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
Julie has worked as the network administrator at the GAA since 1996.
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 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 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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