2016-17 Officers

President:  Clare Counihan

Program Coordinator, Carolina Women’s Center

As program coordinator, Clare Counihan supports faculty and staff’s work by helping them access resources for gender equity in the workplace. She works with units across the university to reduce barriers to success based on gender. She helps to improve policies and procedures that impact gender equity and supports faculty and staff achieving professional and person success. In addition to providing programming like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” she develops programs upon request and assists with HAVEN and SafeZone trainings.

After graduating from Duke in 1999, Clare Counihan completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests focus on experimental southern African fiction that explores the relationship between the nation and excluded subjects.

Vice President: Vacant

SharbariDeyphotoTreasurer: Sharbari Dey

Assistant Director of Education and Special Initiatives in Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

As the Assistant Director of Education and Special Initiatives, she researches, designs, coordinates, manages the delivery of campus and community diversity trainings on issues related to implicit bias, cultural competency, hiring, tenure and promotion practices, and workplace climate and leadership development; works with campus and community partners, to design and implement diversity and cultural competence curriculum for specialized programs, such as pre-college programs, student outreach and recruitment programs, undergraduate student cultural competence and leadership development programs, special cohort programs, and living/learning communities; Co-coordinates the Cultural Competence Leadership Institute, a cohort based workplace readiness and leadership program for high-achieving Carolina undergraduates; coordinates the National Health Equity Research Webcast – a live broadcast exploring the intersection of health, policy, and diversity; executes programs related to increasing diversity in education, access, and research in higher education such as the annual faculty and staff Diversity THINKposium, the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative,the Diversity in Higher Education Speaker Series and consults with campus units on strategic planning initiatives related to increasing diversity through recruitment, access and workplace climate.

Her research interests include gender based violence prevention, gender equity, undocumented student’s access to higher education and women’s leadership in higher education settings. Her professional associations include the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP) at UNC and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Prior to Carolina, Sharbari served as program coordinator of the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech.

Sharbari earned her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in criminology and correctional administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India and a bachelor of science in electronic sciences from the University of Pune, India.

Secretary:  Vacant

Web Manager: Kristen Dunivant

Finance Applications Analyst

Kristen manages the functional aspects of the Time Information Management (TIM) system.

She joined the Finance Department in 2006 to assist with implementing a new automated timekeeping solution.  The Time Information Management (TIM) system went live in 2007 and is utilized to track SPA employee hours worked for accurate calculation of payment as well as to track leave for accurate reporting records for SPA and EPA Permanent employees.  TIM is a Kronos timekeeping system.  Kristen manages the TIM functional configuration, training and communications, and support.

Kristen is a Carolina alumna, graduating in 1998 with a BA in International Studies.  It was her experience working in the University computer labs that gave her an interest in Information Technology (IT) and helped her get her first job as a Technical Associate with Lucent Technologies.  Before joining UNC, Kristen worked for companies such as, Accenture and Blue Cross Blue Shield and has demonstrated success in IT project management and business analysis.

IMG_3180Immediate Past President: Tanya L. Shields

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Tanya Shields is an associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and recent recipient of the Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Fellowship.  Dr. Shields’s first book, Bodies and Bones: Feminist Rehearsal and Imagining Caribbean Belonging (2014) examines the ways in which rehearsing historical events and archetypal characters shapes belonging to the region.   Feminist rehearsal helps us explore the ways in which people continually negotiate terms of membership and how these transactions reveal structures of resistance, oppression, and inequality. Dr. Shields is also editor of The Legacy of Eric Williams: Into the Postcolonial Moment (2015), which examines the contributions of Williams as an individual, a leader, and a scholar. Dr. Shields is currently at work on her second monograph, “Gendered Labor: Place and Power on Female-Owned Plantations,” a comparative study of women who owned plantations in the Caribbean and U.S. South. Shields hopes that this work will not only excavate this seldom studied group, but will also provide insights into women and work in our contemporary period. Additionally, her work is published in Cultural Dynamics, Women, Gender, and Families of Color, and Identities. Dr. Shields teaches classes on Caribbean women, the arts of activism, growing up girl globally, and the continuing influence of plantation economics and politics. She is president and board member of the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals (AWFP) and a board member for the Maryland-based Carivision Community Theater, which seeks to use theater as space of exchange between Caribbean and U.S. theater audiences. Dr. Shields earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Board Members

Clare Counihan

Program Coordinator, Carolina Women’s Center

JackieOvertonphotoJackie Overton

Professional Development Manager, Transportation and Parking

Interim Professional Development Manager, Finance & Administration

Jackie is a long-term UNC employee (30+ years) who currently serves on the Boards of the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals and the Carolina Black Caucus. She is also a member of the University Manager’s Association and the Chancellor’s Building and Grounds Committee.

She is Chair Emerita of the Employee Forum, having served as Chair from 2010-2013, and has been on the Forum a total of 12 years (over the span of 20 years).  Advocating for staff is a passion of mine and I strive to make a difference wherever I am.

Board Members, Terms Ending 2017

Sue Estroff

Professor, Social Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Anthropology and Psychiatry

Sue E. Estroff, Ph.D.  is Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, and research professor in the departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Duke University, BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD.  Post doctoral fellow, University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry.  Campus positions held:  Chair of the Faculty, 2000-2003 (includes multiple committee memberships over the 3 year term);Co-Chair, UNC Academic Plan Steering Committee, 2010-11;Academic Plan Implementation Committee, 2011-2013;Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee, 2011-14, Chair 2013, re-elected 2014-2017, Chair 2014-15.

Research areas: cultural approaches to psychosis; sociocultural factors that influence the course of psychiatric disorders; reconsidering the association of violence with persons with psychiatric disorders; contested subjectivities in psychiatry and disability medicine; and  early intervention in schizophrenia. She is a co-editor of The Social Medicine Reader, 1st and 2nd editions. Recent publications include:  Risk Reconsidered:  targets of violence in the social networks of people with serious psychiatric disorders; Recognizing and Responding To Early Psychosis: A Qualitative Analysis Of Individual Narratives; From Stigma to Discrimination:  An Analysis of Community Efforts to Reduce the Negative Consequences of a Psychiatric Disorder and Label;  Ironic Interventions?  Balancing Risks and Rewards in First Episode Psychosis via Qualitative Inquiry; Schizophrenia, Violence, and Crime; and Confidentiality:  Concealing  “Things Shameful to br Spoken About;” Directions for Future Patient-Centered and Comparative Effectiveness Research for People With Serious Mental Illness in a Learning Mental Health Care System. Schizophrenia Volume 40, January 2014.

Tanya Shields

Associate Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Board Members, Terms Ending 2018

Jocelyn Chua

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Jocelyn Chua is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology.  She is author of In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalizing South India (University of California Press, 2014).  Her research and teaching interests include the ethnographic study of mental health and psychopharmaceuticals.  She is currently working on a new project exploring the lived experiences and social lives of psychiatric medication for US military service members of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sharbari Dey

Assistant Director of Education and Special Initiatives in Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Kristen Dunivant

Finance Applications Analyst

Betsy Sleath in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Betsy Sleath

George H Cocolas Distinguished Professor and Chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

Betsy Sleath, Ph.D., is the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor and chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is director of the Child and Adolescent Health Program at the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research, as well as co-director of the Community Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship core of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. She is also an adjunct professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. In addition, she is a senior research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Board Members, Terms Ending 2019

Laurie Selz Campbell

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

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Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, UNC Flow Cytometry Core Facility

As the Director of the UNC Flow Cytometry Core Facility, Nancy oversees one of the many shared resource laboratories (SRLs) on campus.  Investigators in biomedical research access the facility instrumentation (Flow Cytometers) to measure critical cellular markers to study cell biology, genetics, infectious diseases and cancer to name a few.  She was recently appointed the Assistant Director for Core Development in the Office of Research Technologies. A Carolina Alum, she was trained as an Immunologist leading to a career as a principal investigator first in academia and later in industry before returning to UNC in 2010 to direct the Flow Cytometry Core.  Her interest in faculty development led her to serve on the UNC Faculty Council and she has chaired the Fixed-Term Faculty Committee for the past 3 years, working to support the growing Fixed-Term Faculty population on campus.

Outside of UNC, she is active in the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry as well as the Association for Biomolecular Resource Facilities, recently elected to the Executive Board, where she serves on the Career Development and Education Committees. She is a reviewer on a number of NIH panels for Small Business, Research Center and Instrumentation grants.