Civic Engagement Institute 2014
"Anchoring Community Vitality: Linking Campus Community Engagement and Economic Development"


Dr. Pia  A. Albinsson is assistant professor of Marketing in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. Her research interests are advertising rhetoric, community networks in social media, sustainability, and green consumption practices.

She has published her work in European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing,  Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, Administrative Issues Journal, and Advances in Consumer Research. She receied her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.

Leslie Boney is the Vice President for International Community and Economic Engagement at the University of North Carolina system office, where he works with the state’s public universities to encourage, measure and promote a greater focus on addressing community needs. In that role he leads an annual engagement summit, a social entrepreneurship conference and a new effort to quantify community engagement activities. A former teacher, reporter, press secretary, volunteer coordinator, Commerce bureaucrat and hands-on community program manager, Leslie has spent his career walking between government, universities and the private sector. He moved to the UNC System in 2006 because of his belief that universities are the greatest underexploited force for good North Carolina has. He still believes that.
Dr. Linda P. Brady, 10th Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), came to UNCG in August 2008 from the University of Oregon, where she was provost and senior vice president. She has also held leadership and faculty roles at Georgia Tech, N.C. State University, the U.S. Military Academy, and Emory University. At UNCG, Brady has led efforts to recapture the residential character of the university, launched an academic restructuring focused on raising the visibility and competitiveness of programs related to health and human development, and positioned intercollegiate athletics as an important element of the student experience.
Dr. Robert G. Bringle is Kulynych-Cline Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University. He is also Professor Emeritus, Psychology and Philanthropic Studies and Senior Scholar in the Center of Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he served as Executive Director of the Center from 1974-2012. He received the Ehrlich Faculty Award, the Legacy of Service Award from Indiana Campus Compact, and an honorary doctorate from the University of the Free State South Africa for his contributions on service learning and civic engagement.
Dan Broun is a Program Director with MDC working on a variety of initiatives that encourage communities and regions to develop and implement innovative workforce and economic development strategies impacting low- and moderate-income families. He directs the Middle Border Forward initiative with the Danville Regional Foundation, the Rural Policy Action Partnership, and the Financial Empowerment for Student Success program. Dan also works extensively on MDC’s employment strategies including the Center for Working Families program in community colleges.  Prior to joining MDC, Dan served as director of special projects for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc.  where he authored or co-authored a variety of publications focused on the creative economy.  Prior to joining RTS, Dan served as director of policy and program development for the North Carolina Minority Support Center, a community development financial intermediary, and as a development associate with the Center for Community Self-Help, a community development financial institution. Dan has served as author and co-author on a variety of publications assessments of workforce development gaps in the state of North Carolina, and rural economic development directions for The Daily Yonder.
Jenny Carolina currently develops and implements education-based programs and initiatives in the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership as Director of Education Initiatives for Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs. Before joining the staff of Durham and Regional Affairs, Jenny coordinated Duke’s America Reads and Counts tutoring program and taught kindergarten in Newark, NJ. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy and a bachelor's degree from New York University.

Andy Chan is Vice President for Personal and Career Development, Wake Forest University. Since August 2009, Andy Chan has overseen Wake Forest University’s Office of Personal and Career Development, which is creating a supportive career community designed to teach, advise and equip students to successfully navigate their path from college to career. The OPCD includes Career and Professional Development; the Mentoring Resource Center; the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; Leadership Development; and the Family Business Center. He serves as a member of the senior staff of the Provost and is also a member of President Nathan O. Hatch’s Cabinet.

Chan was previously the assistant dean and director of the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Before joining Stanford, Chan served as president and CEO of eProNet, an online recruiting and career network based on exclusive relationships with university alumni associations. Earlier, he was president and CEO of MindSteps, a corporate education software start-up. Chan has extensive executive leadership and career coaching experience as well as business experience in venture-backed start-ups, The Learning Company, The Clorox Company and Bain & Company.  He earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University.

Josh Dickson serves as the Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Commerce, where he works to promote community-based partnerships that foster economic development and job growth. Previously, Josh worked on the 2012 Obama Campaign and Presidential Inaugural Committee. Josh started his career as a teacher with Teach For America in Chicago. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Donna Gallagher is the Executive Director of The Collaborative, a statewide agency whose mission is to build assets among North Carolina’s low income residents through financial education and savings strategies. After 15 years in banking, Donna served in nonprofit leadership roles for child welfare, housing, and juvenile justice agencies. A North Carolina Certified Public Accountant, she was honored in 2008 by Auburn University as one of their 40 outstanding graduates of the College of Business.
Christopher Gergen is CEO of Forward Impact that strives to unleash the potential of next generation entrepreneurial leaders. This includes launching community-based strategies to develop and scale high-impact entrepreneurs including Bull City Forward in Durham, NC, Queen City Forward in Charlotte, NC, Moore Forward in Moore County, NC, HQ Raleigh, and Think House – an entrepreneurial living community in Raleigh.  Forward Impact also helps schools, universities, and communities develop transformational entrepreneurial leadership experiences with partners such as the Center for Creative Leadership, where Christopher is Innovator in Residence. This work complements Christopher’s role as a social entrepreneurship fellow with Duke University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative. Christopher is co-author of Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives and co-authors a bi-weekly column on social innovation for the Raleigh News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer titled “Doing Better at Doing Good.”  Christopher was recently selected as a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves on several local, state, and national boards.  He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, NC.
Dr. Tammy S. Gordon, Associate Professor of History and Director of the UNCW Public History Program, has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University and teaches courses in museum education, museum exhibition, collections theory and practice, and public history in international context. She is the author of Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life and The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration.
Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw became the third president of Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) on August 1, 2006.  CVCC has a rich history of empowering individuals to aspire, dream, and achieve.  This track record of meeting the needs of business and industry stands strong.   CVCC President Hinshaw has an expectation of excellence that assures CVCC students will receive the highest quality in educational and support programs available.  He has set a goal for CVCC to become the “Best community college in America” through continued dedication to student success and community engagement.

Dr. Hinshaw received his bachelors and masters degree from Appalachian State University and his Educational Doctorate from NC State University. He serves on many boards throughout the Unifour. Dr. Hinshaw and wife, Beth, are the proud parents of  Jordan,  Garrison,  and Addie.

Dr. Barbara A. Holland is a researcher and consultant recognized internationally for her scholarship and expertise on organizational change in higher education with a focus on the institutionalization of community engagement. She has been a senior executive at universities in the United States and Australia, held an appointed role in the US Department of HUD, and was Executive Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse for seven years. Barbara has been a founding board member of many higher education associations and journals, and has served as an adviser to more than 100 academic institutions in five nations. Her current work includes designing systems to monitor and measure the impact of engagement and to develop effective and strategic leaders for higher education to support the growing strategic importance of community engagement strategies. She resides in Portland, Oregon.
 Dr. Leslie Hossfeld is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Dr. Hossfeld is trained in Rural Sociology from North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.   She has extensive experience examining rural poverty and economic restructuring and has made numerous presentations to the United States Congress and North Carolina Legislature on job loss and rural economic decline.  Dr. Hossfeld has served as Co-Chair of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Public Sociology, Vice President of Sociologists for Women in Society and is President of the Southern Sociological Society.  She works on economic recovery projects for rural North Carolina counties and is co-founder and Executive Director of the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems program Feast Down East.
Dr. Elizabeth Hudson earned a Ph.D at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan in 2013. Her research emphasizes the formation of partnerships and the practice of partner deliberation in the development of mutually beneficial community engagement between higher education institutions and neighborhood organizations. She started this work as a community engaged researcher at the National Forum for Higher Education for the Public Good and continues it as a researcher with the Charles F. Kettering Foundation.

Dr. Emily M. Janke is an Associate Professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department at UNC Greensboro and founding Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE), a university-wide institute that was established to encourage, support, elevate and amplify collaborations and partnerships within and beyond UNCG in ways that promote strategic goals of the university and address pressing community interests.

Janke led the development of UNCG's community engagement web-portal (directly linked from all UNCG webpages) and community referral desk. Janke co-designed the Community Engagement CollaboratoryTM a comprehensive online database of hundreds of community-engaged projects and partners that involve UNCG and community members as part of ICEE's mission to increase communication and reporting efficiencies. Janke co-chaired and was the lead author of the UNC Community Engagement and Economic Development Metrics Task Force Combined Report. Previously, Janke served as Special Assistant for Community Engagement to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development. Before then, she was the Assistant Director for Service-Learning in the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.

Kate Johnson has served with Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT), the community service, community-based research, and service-learning clearinghouse for Appalachian State University, for the past 5 years in both Assistant Director and Associate Director roles. Her responsibilities have included organizing large scale service events, coordinating leadership development opportunities, managing the ACT Outreach Center, directing the Alternative Service Experience program and responding to university and community service needs.

Brent Kanipe, AICP, is currently the Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Williamston.  He has served as lead planner in Williamston for over 17 years.  During that time he lead the Town through their first Comprehensive Planning process, neighborhood housing analysis, conducted several feasibility and master plan studies for riverfront redevelopment and bicycle and pedestrian corridors, assisted with downtown redevelopment plans and implementation.  He has secured many grants to assist with implementation of the Plans developed.

Prior to entering the planning profession, Mr. Kanipe was involved in residential and commercial construction and land development in the private sector.  The many years of business experience have provided him with insight from the practicing side of the private sector that gives a special understanding of the need for long range planning and implementation.
Dr. John Kretzmann (Jody) is Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, a research project of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.  Kretzmann brings more than three decades of community experience and study to his current position.  He was a founding faculty member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program in 1969, and served as director of that institution for six years.  He has been a community organizer in Chicago’s West Side, and served as a consultant to a wide range of neighborhood organizing and development groups.  In addition to the ACM Program and Northwestern University, he has taught at Valparaiso University and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.  In Chicago, he served as chair of the Neighborhood Planning Committee for Mayor Harold Washington, and was an active policy consultant through Washington’s four and a half years in office.  He serves on a wide range of civic and community boards, and as an advisor to foundations and other funders.

Kretzmann’s educational background includes a B.A. from Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude); a M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia; and a Ph.D in Sociology and Urban Affairs from Northwestern University.

Dr. Derek Lackaff is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Elon University, where he teaches in the Interactive Media MA program. His research and teaching interests include social  media, civic technologies, and creative industries. Lackaff is the director of the Better Alamance Project (, a collaborative focused on local community engagement and digital storytelling.
Dr. Harry Clark Maddux is the Director of Civic Engagement at Appalachian State.  He earned his Ph.D. in from Purdue University in 2001.  Besides presenting and publishing on service-learning, he is a specialist in Puritan Studies.  A volume editor of Cotton Mather’s Biblia Americana, he has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the Beinecke Library in Yale.
Elaine Madison, JD, has served on the task force to envision what would become DukeEngage and the Duke Center for Civic Engagement. She currently serves as Associate Director for Programs and Director, Durham Programs for DukeEngage. She has been involved in disaster response in a range of ways, but has primarily focused on the organization of resources (people and materials) from a university perspective.
Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr. has been chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University since June 8, 2009. In this role he provides visionary and strategic leadership to ensure the institution’s relevance and sustainability. Martin has served as senior vice president for academic affairs for The University of North Carolina System (2006-2008); chancellor of Winston-Salem State University (2000-2006); and department chairman, dean and vice chancellor at NCAT (1984-1999).
Dennis McCunney is director of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) at East Carolina University.  He joined the VSLC team in August 2012.  Dennis earned a B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Maryland, M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College, and is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education administration at Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies. His dissertation research focuses on the formation of student culture around civic engagement and activism. Before coming to ECU, Dennis worked at Loyola University Maryland's Center for Community Service and Justice coordinating leadership development and co-curricular service-learning programs. He also served as a social justice minister at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His professional interests include leadership development, service-learning, campus-community partnerships, social justice education, and qualitative research methods.
Kristin Medlin, MPA, is the communications and partnerships manager in the Institute of Community and Economic Engagement at UNCG. She supports the collection, analysis, and dissemination of UNCG’s community engagement metrics for multiple reports and purposes, and is a co-creator of the Community Engagement CollaboratoryTM. Kristin also leads ICEE's communications efforts, including the Referral Desk initiative. Kristin is a graduate of the Master of Public Affairs Program, with a concentration in nonprofit management at UNCG.
Sam Miglarese is Director of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership as well as Director of Community Engagement for the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs at Duke University. He has oversight for the partnership collaborative which was designed in 1996 to improve quality of life in 12 neighborhoods immediately surrounding campus and boost student achievement in eight public schools with which Duke has partnerships.  He works closely with Duke professional schools and departments as well as Duke student engagement initiatives as they support the mission of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. Sam came to Duke University and Durham in August of 1999 from South Carolina where he served for 28 years in full-time church ministry. He is an adjunct member of the Duke University Religion Department and the Program in Education. His doctorate is in theological studies from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Sam was co-director of a unique bi-cultural DukeEngage program this summer of 2013. Durham University, Durham, UK, hosted 15 DukeEngage students for immersive service after their completion of six weeks of service in Durham, NC around the theme of economic development/community development.
Amber Moodie-Dyer is a Policy Advocate at the Budget and Tax Center in Raleigh. She previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University and as a community organizer in Missouri and Minnesota on issues like neighborhood vitality, substance abuse prevention, and promoting access to high quality child care. Amber received a PhD in Social Work from the University of Missouri and an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.
Joanna Nadeau oversees the Sustainable Communities and Green Neighborhoods Programs at Audubon International. She has a decade of professional experience working in natural resources conservation research and planning. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental and Healthy Cities Planning and a Water Policy Certificate from the University of Arizona and received her Bachelors Degree in Biology from Haverford College.
Dr. Lane Perry serves as the Director of the Center for Service Learning at Western Carolina University. During his time at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand he had the opportunity to engage with students in response to the 2010-2011 Christchurch earthquakes and to design and implement service-learning courses that connected students’ experiences with relevant content. For Lane, the only thing better than watching someone grow, is helping them grow - this can be accomplished through teaching and learning, which is a reciprocal process.

Dr. Jose Picart serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services at North Carolina State University.  In this capacity he leads twelve campus units that promote and enhance student retention and academic success including Academic Advising, the First Year College, the Undergraduate Tutorial Center, the Honors and Scholars Program, the Office of Undergraduate Research and several others.  He also serves as a Professor of Counselor Education in the College of Education and as the Executive Director of the Raleigh Promise.  The Raleigh Promise is a non-profit community collaborative with the mission to increase the number of low-income youth in Wake County who earn a post-secondary credential.  Dr. Jose Picart is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico and he completed his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in Engineering and Humanities.  Following his graduation from West Point, Dr. Picart served his country as a commissioned military officer for 28 years rising through various command and staff positions to the rank of Colonel.  He earned his Master of Science and Doctoral degree in Experimental Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. In addition to his distinguished service in the field Army, Dr. Picart served for over 16 years on the faculty in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, culminating with his appointment as the Director of Psychology Studies.  In 1994, Dr. Picart was the recipient of a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship.  He served his internship in higher education administration at the University of California in Santa Cruz.  While at NC State, Dr. Picart has served in various leadership positions including the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Interim Dean of the College of Education, and Special Assistant to the Provost for University Outreach and Engagement.

Andy Snead, PE, is currently Director of Design and Construction Services at NC State University.  That role includes Grounds maintenance and operation of the 2200-acre Main, Centennial and Centennial Biomedical Campuses as well as management of Fleet Services, Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Landscape Construction Services.  He is responsible for Inclement Weather Management and serves on numerous committees related to campus emergency response and business continuity.  He has been at NC State for 12 years.
Starla Tanner currently serves as the Director of Government and Community Relations for North Carolina Central University. As a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, she provides a link for university initiatives on local, state, and federal levels. Prior to joining NCCU, Starla was the Director of Government Relations for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. As a senior staff member, she was the department's lobbyist for pension fund investments, retirement and local government financing issues. Starla has over fifteen years of experience in government relations which includes senior staff positions in the North Carolina Department of Insurance and the Department of Health and Human Services. During that period she worked on many issues with the North Carolina General Assembly including insurance availability and accessibility, child development, mental health, social services and appropriations. Starla is currently a member of the Triangle United Way Durham Community Cabinet, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Community Advisory Board and a member of the Leadership Durham Class of 2009. She is a recipient of the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Ashanti Award and a John Larkins Human Service Award Nominee. A native of Greenville, NC, Starla is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and currently resides in Durham, NC.
Dr. Beth Velde is a the Director of Public Service and Community Relations, Professor  of Occupational Therapy  at East Carolina University and Chair of the APLU's Council on Engagement and Outreach. She directs the ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy which  prepares ECU faculty,  graduate students and ECU scholars to partner with communities and conduct research that is important and relevant to the communities. Her community partners of 14 years include the Concerned Citizens of Tillery and Caswell Center. Her research includes  the culture of engagement at ECU, the perceptions of community partners regarding the roles and responsibilities of telling the story of community engagement, and the synergies between leadership and public service. She leads the ECU team for the Carnegie engaged university designation and chaired the working groups responsible for the SACS narratives on public service and community engagement.
Dr. Tom H. Ward, Jr., Ph.D., is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Williamston. For 30 years he held several positions at Martin Community College including Dean of Continuing Education, Dean of Curriculum, and Assistant to the President for Business and Industry.

Born and raised in Martin County, Ward has worked there for most of his adult life and is active in civic, social and religious life of the community.  He is helping this rural community, heavily dependent on agriculture and textile manufacturing, transition to a technologically-driven, global economy while preserving their natural resources for subsequent generations.
Dr. Jesse L. White, Jr., is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Government and Research Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill.  He served as Director of the university's Office of Economic and Business Development from 2004 until his retirement in 2011.  Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill in January 2003, he headed the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Southern Growth Policies Board.  White was also a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 1990 and a private consultant in economic development.
Steve Yost is President of North Carolina’s Southeast. Since 1994, Steve has led collaborative regional initiatives at the local, state, and regional levels in economic development for marketing, strategic planning, site and infrastructure development, workforce development and the formation of public-private partnerships. He holds a MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Political Science degree from Appalachian State. He is a Certified Economic and Community Developer and serves on the North Carolina Economic Developers Association Board of Directors.