2015-16 Officers

IMG_3180President: 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.

BBPicVice President: Brandi Brooks Davis

Associate Director of Annual Giving, Office of University Development

In 2012, Brandi joined the Annual Giving Department at UNC-Chapel Hill where she is charged with engaging young alumni to philanthropically support Carolina. As a front-line fundraiser she is responsible for developing engagement programs for the University’s 47,000 graduates of the last decade. She oversees the Young Alumni Leadership Council, which includes more than 100 ambassadors who promote annual giving and positive alumni relationships by hosting regional events. As a 2007 UNC graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communications she continues to use new media outlets with interactive content to reach her constituents. Previously, Brandi served as an inaugural staff member of the UNC American Indian Center for five years as the program coordinator. She is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and currently resides in Raleigh.

Treasurer:  Jennifer Willis

Director of State Relations, Communications and Public Affairs

Jennifer Willis is the Director of Public Affairs for UNC-Chapel Hill.  In this capacity, she serves as the University’s principal subject matter expert and focal point on issues that impact both State-level support of and relationships with state government.  This includes advocacy with the state legislature, State elected officials and agencies, and members of the general public.  Jennifer is a Carolina alumna, graduating in 1993 with a BA in Political Science and a graduate of NCSU in 1995 with a Master of Public Administration degree.  Prior to joining Carolina in August 2012, Jennifer served as Director of Government Relations for the North Carolina Community College System and its 58 constituent institutions, where she developed and managed the System’s state legislative agenda.  Her career also spans into local government, where she led Wake County’s intergovernmental relations efforts and also served as a lead budget analyst for multiple county departments  as well as the county’s capital improvement program. Her life in and love for politics began in the North Carolina State Legislature, where she served as the lead legislative staff for the House and Senate Natural and Economic Resources appropriations committees for nearly seven years. When she’s not in Raleigh, she is busy at home in Cary, managing her three children’s crazy schedules alongside her husband Andy.

SharbariDeyphotoSecretary: 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.

Immediate Past President:  Sue Coppola

Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Sue Coppola joined the UNC Faculty in 1996. At UNC she coordinates fieldwork for occupational therapy (OT) students, and teaches about older adulthood, perspectives on disability, and OT practice. Her interests include: meaningful occupations in older adulthood, interdisciplinary teamwork, integrating arts and humanities in OT education, and building global connections in OT and disability. Sue serves as the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Programme Coordinator for Research.  Some favorite leisure occupations are biking, running, and quilting.

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.

Board Members, Terms Ending 2016

Sue Coppola

Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy, Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine

RhondaGibsonphotoRhonda Gibson

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Rhonda Gibson joined the UNC faculty in 2001. Her teaching areas include journalism writing and reporting, media ethics, sexual minorities and the media, and mass communication pedagogy. Before coming to UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Gibson was on the faculty at Texas Tech University, where she received the inaugural Wendell Mayes Research Scholar Award and the L.U. Kaiser Innovative Teaching Award. Her research focuses on the effects of exemplification in journalism on issue perception and the effects of images of sexual minorities in the media. She is working on a book examining the changing communication strategies and public opinion regarding same-sex marriage.

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.

Jennifer Herrera Willis

Director of State Relations, Communications and Public Affairs

Board Members, Terms Ending 2017

Brandi Brooks Davis

Director of Young Alumni Giving Programs, Office of University Development

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.

ChristiHurtphotoChristi Hurt

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff in Student Affairs

Christi Hurt is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff in Student Affairs, where she works closely with the Vice Chancellor on pan-university issues that impact students.  Christi also serves as the Director of the Carolina Women’s Center and previously served as the University’s Title IX Coordinator and Chair of the Task Force on Title IX/sexual misconduct.  Christi is a Carolina alumna, graduating in 1993 with a BA in History and in 1998 with a Master of Public Administration degree. She has been a lifelong advocate for women, with extensive experience in organizational development and leadership transitions. She has worked on the local, state, and national level in nonprofit organizations that advocate for an end to violence against women. For over nine years, she worked with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs in Olympia, Washington. She also worked for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, on whose Advisory Board she now serves. She lives in Chapel Hill with her partner, two children, and a very loud dog.

Tanya Shields

Associate Professor

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

Board Members, Terms Ending 2018

Jocelyn Chua

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.