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 Inclusion

Dey designs and coordinates the delivery of  diversity trainings on issues related to implicit bias and cultural competency within hiring and workplace climate. Dey facilitates a diversity and cultural competence course curriculum for select student programs. She also co-coordinates programs related to increasing diversity in education, access, and research in higher education such as the annual faculty and staff Diversity THINKposium,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 equity, undocumented student’s access to higher education and women’s leadership in higher education settings.

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. She is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development program at North Carolina State University – School of Education

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, Terms Ending 2017

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 Inclusion

Kristen Dunivant

Finance Applications Analyst

Margot Stein

Clinical Associate Professor

Margot is the Co-Chair of the Faculty Committee on the Status of Women, and issues specific to women and girls have always been central to her work. She is a member of the UNC Craniofacial Center team and teaches doctor/patient communication skills in the UNC School of Dentistry. She also sees pediatric patients in the Department of Pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine. As a psychologist, she focuses on psychiatric and learning difficulties of children and adolescents, and her research interests include quality of life for children with clefts.

She is a pediatric psychologist and holds doctorates in History from Harvard University and in School Psychology from Duke University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health at the UNC School of Medicine.


Board Members, Terms Ending 2019

Katie Turner

Faculty Program Specialist in the Office of Faculty Governance

Katie joined the Office of Faculty Governance in February 2011. Katie is currently a university program specialist and is responsible for logistical, programming and communications support for the General Faculty and Faculty Council, faculty elections, committee chairs, and chair and secretary of the faculty. She holds a master’s degree in gender studies from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stetson University. Katie has been involved in the Association for Women Faculty and Professionals on and off since she began working at the University and is currently involved in the Employee Forum as the Parliamentarian for the organization.

Fisher, Nancy C, PhD_2.25x3Nancy Fisher

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.

Noelle Romero

Program Coordinator, Chancellor’s Science Scholars

Romero received her B.S. from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA in biochemistry and molecular biology. she received her Pd.D from the curriculum of genetic and molecular biology (GMB) program in 2016 from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on how to prevent problems that arise from damaged DNA, such as cancer, through studying Fancm, a protein that helps repair it.