SAA Dinner With Tar Heels

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April 15 | 6 p.m.
Top of the Hill

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The SAA is proud to offer Dinner With Tar Heels each semester. The premise of Dinner With Tar Heels is based on one idea: to connect the Carolina family around the dinner table.

As the name suggests, it sounds simple. One simple meal, however, can spark a lifelong connection. Alumni feel closer to the University, students feel closer to home and the Carolina tradition continues for years to come.

This semester, the dinner is in the Great Room of Top of the Hill. Dinner is only $5, however, there is a $25 deposit. You will be refunded $20 after you attend the event. If you have questions about finances, please email

Meet Your Hosts

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld ’87 – Executive Director, Miracle Feet

Chesca studied as a British Morehead Scholar at UNC, and later earned an MBA from Stanford. She developed a reputation as a savvy corporate strategist, working with companies like Goldman Sachs, eToys and CitySearch. Chesca first became interested in clubfoot while she was working at The University of Iowa. Drawn to the opportunity to have an impact on children’s lives in some of the countries she had grown up in, she joined a small group of parents and surgeons interested in creating an organization to address the issue of untreated clubfoot.

Scott Maitland ’95 – Proprietor, Top of the Hill Distillery

Scott Maitland is a military veteran, serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the proprietor of Top of the Hill Distillery, which is the only exclusively organic and all-local distillery in the South. Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery has won more than 40 best-of awards in the Triangle area, is the largest bar in North Carolina and is one of only three breweries in the world with two platinum medals from the World Beer Championships. Maitland sees entrepreneurship as essential to the future prosperity of rural, small and mid-sized communities. His love of community combined with his own experience informs his teaching of entrepreneurship at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is on the board of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, the North Carolina Distillers Association, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.

Madison Cavalchire ’16 – Reporter, Spectrum News

As a Jouralism (Broadcast and Electronic) and Spanish double major, Madison was happy to join the Spectrum News Team in July 2017 as a reporter. She was thrilled to accept the opportunity to provide news coverage for the community she calls home. Madison’s passion draws largely upon the unique opportunity to tell the stories and provide the solutions that will help to improve the lives of her viewers. Most notable of these opportunities is Madison’s time spent traveling coast to coast during Hurricane Florence. Despite the ruin left behind by the storm, neighbors still welcomed Madison and her team into their homes to share their stores. Witnessing the resilient spirit of her beloved home state has been a highlight of Madison’s career. When she’s not out chasing stories or catching up with friends in Raleigh, Madison enjoys staying active on her Peloton bike.

Gary Kayye ’87- Founder, rAVe Productions and UNC Professor

Gary Kayye has worked in technology branding and marketing for 25+ years. He was the founder of rAVe [Publications] – the leading global AV tech publication – and is currently Director and Founder of THE rAVe Agency – a full-service creative agency. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of sales and marketing for Extron and an executive VP and VP of Marketing and Sales at AMX Corporation. A graduate of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, Kayye teaches courses in new media and its impact on the future of advertising, marketing and public relations, a personal and professional branding class and Principles of Advertising. He is recognized as a social media and new media technology expert, especially in the B2B markets. Kayye is passionate about his daughters, meditating, staying mindful and volunteering. He is the co-founder of the Swim for Smiles Foundation — a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, N.C.

M. Kathryn Harris ’10 – Director of Medical Alumni Affairs
Kathryn Harris is the Director of Medical Alumni Affairs. Her UNC journey has been a non-traditional one having attended Appalachian State University for undergraduate 1985-1988, quitting before her senior year. Kathryn started working at UNC in 1992 and transferred her undergraduate credits to UNC and started taking classes, only to quit again. While on her daily walk through campus the week before spring graduation 2004, she was filled with awe of the pomp and circumstance being displayed on campus and immediately submitted her undergraduate application again. Kathryn took classes part-time from 2004 to 2010 while working full time as executive assistant to the Chair of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, proudly graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2010. She has worked over 25 years at UNC School of Medicine and has been in her most recent position in Medical Alumni Affairs since 2016. Kathryn and her colleagues build relationships with medical students and alumni with hopes that they will use the Medical Alumni office as their portal to UNC throughout their lifetime. She loves watching medical students grow into residents and evolve into world-renown physicians.