Melanie Bullock
Director, Center for Leadership

Educational background: I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College and my Masters of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University.

Professional experience: Throughout my career, I have worked with student engagement and involvement areas. I provided oversight and direction for Multicultural Affairs, First-Year Experience, Student Activities, and Leadership/Student Organization programming operations. Along my journey, I have worked at the University of Central Florida, North Carolina Central University, the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg and most recently Wake Forest University. In addition to my role at higher education institutions, I serve with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), currently as the 2017 National Convention Education and Professional Development  Coordinator and the Summer Leadership Event at Walt Disney World Institute Chair.

Personal information: I love music and enjoy attending concerts and music festivals. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, arts and crafts, shoe shopping, and spending time with family.

Why I enjoy working in the Center for Leadership: The Center for Leadership provides students with various opportunities to learn more about themselves, develop new leadership skills, and become engaged student leaders through a variety of programs and events.  Through these opportunities the CFL provides, I find joy in being a part of a team that is committed to preparing students to lead and serve in this campus community and beyond.

Favorite quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

Dana Carnes Pursley
Associate Director, Center for Leadership

Educational background: I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Heidelberg University in Ohio and my Masters of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University.

Professional experience: My career path includes residence life and leadership development over the past nine years. I started as a graduate assistant at Otterbein University in Ohio, where I worked in residence life as a Hall Director for two years. Following graduation, I continued working in residence life at Wittenberg University in Ohio as an Area Coordinator for three years. Additionally, I served as Wittenberg’s Leadership Initiatives Coordinator, where I cultivated my passion for leadership education and development.

Personal information: I have an amazing dachshund named Buckeye and I love all things Ohio, even the Cleveland Browns! I love watching sports, reading, cooking and baking, working out, yoga, running, hiking, and spending time with my husband.

Why I enjoy working in the Center for Leadership: My passion is helping others find their passions! I am grateful that I get to assist students in developing their identities and cultivating their strengths. It is so rewarding to see the amazing contributions that Elon students make as a result of their leadership experiences.

Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Melody Harter
Program Assistant, Center for Leadership

Educational background: I received my undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (go Commodores!).  I have also taken a course in Human Resources at Harvard University’s Extension School. I am also an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Professional experience:  My career path includes administrative work at higher educational institutions as well as pursuing music as a piano instructor. I have worked at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, in student affairs at Albion College, and in several positions at University of Chicago, including the Department of Music, Department of Philosophy, and the Dean’s office at the Divinity School.  I also continue to teach piano privately and to learn new repertoire.

Personal information:  I enjoy attending all kinds of fine arts events such as concerts, plays, and exhibits.  When there is extra time, I like to take a hike with my family, watch Dr. Who, and crochet amigurumi .

Why I enjoy working in the Center for Leadership:  I believe in the mission of developing students both in and outside of the classroom. Working in the Center for Leadership allows me to support the wonderful and hardworking students and staff, and to learn about their work.

Favorite quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." – John Quincy Adams

Dale Hacker
Graduate Assistant, Center for Leadership

Educational background: I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in May 2017. I am currently a 1st year student in the Masters’ of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at UNCG.

Professional experience: My undergraduate career at UNCG includes residence life, leadership, and service-learning. I worked as a Resident Advisor (RA) for two years with the Make a Difference House Living-Learning Community (LLC). I worked with the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) as a Peer Leadership Educator for three years and the Student Assistant for Leader Development for one year. I also have coordinated a service trip to Durham, NC and various leadership conferences on campus.

Personal information: I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and 3 dogs (Buster, Smokey, and Lady). In my free time you can find me in a coffee shop, getting my nails done, or thrift shopping.

Why I enjoy working in the Center for Leadership: I am truly passionate about helping students discover their full potential as a leader. I want to empower students to make change locally and globally.

Favorite quote: “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” – Will Rogers