Charles Clency, Associate Director for Residence Life
Charles Clency most recently join our HRL team in July 2012, where he previously served as Assistant Director for Recruitment, Leadership and Programming at East Carolina University. He earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama and earn his Master degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Residence Life and Housing has been his focus area in Student Affairs for 16 years because he has always admired the potential influence the residential environment could have on a college student’s personal, academic, and social development. His professional experiences allowed him to serve students at several different universities,such as the Univ of Alabama, Univ. of Miami, Notheastern Univ, etc. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with family, watching a good movie, and attending different athletic events.
Erica Farrar, Sr. Asst. Director for Residence Life/Academic Enhancement
Erica E. Farrar, a Maryland native, joined the Spartan team in July 2010. Her diverse background encompasses over seventeen years of professional experience in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She received her Bachelors degree in English Literature with a Secondary Education concentration and Cultural Anthropology minor from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Student Leadership opportunities, including serving in SGA and as a Resident Assistant, greatly influenced her career passion. She received a M.A. from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1998 and began a full-time professional career in Housing & Residence Life. She gained other professional opportunities at Virginia Tech and North Carolina Central Universities in the areas of leadership development, student activities, teaching, new student and parent/family orientation. Erica is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of college students and her community. Her passion areas and research interests are equity/inclusion, experiential learning, spiritual growth and development. One of her favorite quotes to live by from Dr. Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Chris Gregory, Assistant Director for Residence Life
Chris Gregory came to UNCG in 2004 as a Coordinator for Residence Life before assuming his current role as an Assistant Director for Residence Life in January, 2009. Prior to coming to UNCG, Chris worked at West Virginia University in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, primarily with issues involving athletics and student affairs. Chris earned his M.S. in Industrial Relations and B.A. in Political Science, both from WVU. Chris’s interests lie in professional development, and recruitment and training of professional staff members.
Demarcus Merritt, Assistant Director for Residence Life
Demarcus Merritt joined HRL in January 2017; after a three-year stint of service at the University of Florida as an Area Coordinator for the Broward & Rawlings Area with their Department of Housing & Residence Education. He earned his Master of Science in Sport Management and his Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation with a Minor in Sport Marketing; both from Virginia State University. Although Demarcus started his career in the collegiate athletic sector, he has accumulated nearly 10 years of service in the Student Affairs career field; particularly the residence life and housing realm. He has served with intentionality and purpose at six various types of higher education institutions; ranging from public to private, small to large, Historically Black Colleague & Universities, and Predominately White Institutions. A few of the Emporia, Virginia native’s professional passions include advocacy and inclusivity, brave space dialogue and action planning, multiculturalism education, professional to personal development, mental health and masculinity, and student development. Additionally, he has been known to invest time as a professional presenter and empowerment speaker throughout the nation. When not engaged in his professional work, Demarcus can be found enjoying time with his newborn son, writing and reading poetry, kitchen experimentation, and watching/playing just about any type of sport.
Shelley Cosner Wald, Assistant Director for Residence Life
Shelley C. Wald, originally from Richmond, Virginia, joined the Residence Life team in February 2016. She has her Bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in Virginia and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Longwood, she was involved as a Resident Assistant, member of the Honor Board, sister of Sigma Kappa sorority, and member of the Student Government Association as well as National Panhellenic Council. She served on Mortar Board and was involved in numerous honor societies. During her graduate career, she served on the Student Government Association and worked her assistantship within Greek life. She has most recently worked as an Assistant Director at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Director at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She has also been an Area Coordinator at the University of Richmond and a Residence Life Coordinator at Texas Tech University. Her passion areas include: student leadership, men’s issues, LGBTQ students, and first-generation students. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, and watching college sports.
Coordinators for Residence Life
Ian Aitken, Coordinator for Residence Life, North and South Spencer
Ian received his undergraduate degree from UNCG and a Master’s of Education in Student Affairs from the University of Virginia. Ian has lived on campus in Guilford, Mary Foust, the Spencers, and Jefferson Suites. Ian’s professional interests include Residential Colleges and Living Learning Communities he also has experience in UNCG Athletics and Campus Radio – WUAG 103.1 fm! Ian loves a road trip as evidenced by a three month drive through the US. While camping in National & State Parks he traveled through 46 states from Georgia to California, to Canada, to Maine, and home again to Greensboro. A native Atlantan, Ian can be found watching Braves games and is ready for another Braves World Series! Co-founder of the Blue Crew, you’ll see Ian on the side lines of numerous UNCG Athletics events. Planning a trip? Wondering about an upcoming UNCG game? Questions about living on campus? Ask him firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @ian80aitken
Nikiah Barnes, Coordinator for Residence Life, Weil/Winfield
Nikiah joined the HRL team as a Coordinator for Residence Life in July 2013. An alumna of DePaul University, she earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling and College Student Development as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Services. Nikiah’s background in student affairs includes experience in residence life, multicultural affairs, and graduate student experience and transition. Her professional interests include first generation and low income college students, students from underrepresented populations, assessment, and conduct.
Albert Claro, Coordinator for Residence Life, Jefferson Suites
Albert joined the HRL team in early August 2017 as a Coordinator of Residence Life. Albert is from most of South Florida having mainly lived in Miami and Naples. Albert earned his M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His professional interests include housing and residence life, Title IX efforts and education within residence halls, and leadership development. During his free time he likes to travel to places he has not been before either locally or out of state, as well as relaxing at home with video games and movies.
Ryan Collins, Coordinator for Residence Life, Reynolds
Ryan Collins joined the HRL team in June 2013 as a Coordinator for Residence Life. He earned his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University, where he served as a Residence Director for two years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in political science and economics with a minor in creative writing. Ryan’s professional interests include student leadership development, educational policy and leadership, and state politics (his ultimate career aspiration is to be Governor of North Carolina). A North Carolina native, Ryan enjoys reading, playing tennis and basketball, watching Carolina athletic events, and spending time outdoors.
Will Dodson, RCC, Mary Foust/Guilford
Will joined the UNCG Housing and Residence Life Staff in 2011. He earned his Ph.D. at UNCG in Rhetoric & Composition, and Literary and Film Theory. His research interests include interactionism and interdisciplinary discourse study, neurological and rhetorical memory, and film and new media studies. Before coming to UNCG, Will was the Director of Communications for Appalshop, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts and education center based in Kentucky, and the coordinator of Youth BORED, an Appalachian youth arts collective.
Maggie Gillespie, Coordinator for Special Projects
Maggie Gillespie joined the HRL team in June 2012 as a Coordinator for Residence Life. She received the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from University of Dayton and the bachelor’s degree from Miami University. Prior to UNCG, Maggie served two years as a Residence Coordinator for upper-class housing at University of Dayton. Maggie’s professional interests include the First-Year experience, Student Veterans, Wellness Communities, advising Residence Hall Association and promoting study abroad opportunities. In her free time, Maggie enjoys playing volleyball, running, traveling, baking, watching hockey games, event planning and spending time with her friends and family!
Darron Jenkins, Coordinator for Residence Life, Tower Village
Darron A. Jenkins joined the HRL team at UNCG in July 2016. Darron is from Hattiesburg, MS. He received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a B.S.B.A. in Human Resource Management. During his time at Southern Miss, Darron discovered his passion for student leadership. As a result, Darron received his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University in 2016. While at LSU, he served as the Graduate Assistant of Leadership for the Department of Residential Life, advising LSU’s Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Darron’s interests in student leadership include housing and residence life, orientation, campus activities, and multicultural affiars. Darron’s research interest include the retention of African American Male Students. In his free time, Darron enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying local restaurants, traveling, listening to music, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Juliann Losey, Coordinator for Residence Life, Spartan Village 1 (Lee and Union)
Juliann Losey joined the HRL team in December 2015 as a Coordinator for Residence Life. She received her Master of Liberal Arts degree in Leadership and Ethics from Spring Hill College and a Bachelor of Science degree in English Professional Writing from the University of North Alabama. Juliann worked professionally as an Area Coordinator at Spring Hill College, and her professional interests are centered on student leadership development, social justice education, and experiential learning. Juliann’s personal interests include music, art, movies, fashion, and comedy.
Matthew McKay, Coordinator for Residence Life, Spring Garden Apts.
Matthew McKay joined UNC Greensboro Housing and Residence Life staff in July 2015. Matthew earned a Master’s of Science in Education and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science & Wellness, both from Jacksonville State University. Matthew’s professional interest are minority male mentorship, student leadership, student conduct, social justice & inclusion, and facilities. When not at work, Matthew spends his time talking to family, reading, working out, playing the piano, riding motorcycles, and getting involved in the community.
Alicia “Li” Miles, Coordinator for Residence Life, Spartan Village Phase 2 (Lexington and McCormick)
Li joined the the HRL team in July 2015. She received her M.S. Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington. She completed her undergraduate work in Mathematics and Social Studies Education from North Carolina Central University. Li’s professional interests include housing and residence life, social justice, staff training and development, supporting students of color, intercultural engagement and living-learning communities. Her research interests focus on unique experiences of QWOC specifically, presentation, performance, and collective social agency at higher education institutions. In her free time, Li enjoys visiting national parks, politics, lifting/workout, reading, roller coasters and as a triad native, Krispy Kreme.
Alyssa Mitchell, Coordinator for Residence Life, Grogan
Alyssa Mitchell joined the HRL team in July 2017 as a Coordinator for Residence Life. Alyssa is from Richmondville, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from (SUNY) The College at Brockport and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from University of West Georgia. Prior to UNCG, Alyssa spent a year as an Admissions Recruiter at (SUNY) The College at Brockport where she traveled and visited over 90 high schools and 10 community colleges in the Upstate New York area. Alyssa’s professional interests include working with first generation and low income college students, leadership development, and student empowerment. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys all aspects of music (playing the drums and guitar, dancing, and singing), playing sports, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family!
Sara Simms, Coordinator for Residence Life, Moore/Strong
Sara joined the HRL team in October 2015 as a Coordinator for Residence Life. As an alumna of the University of Central Florida, she earned a Master of Business Education degree and a B.S.B.A in Finance with a minor in Psychology. Sara’s professional interests include housing and residence life, career planning and readiness and leadership development. In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, movies and discovering the city of Greensboro.
Kelli Thomas, Coordinator for Residence Life, Ragsdale/Mendenhall
Kelli Thomas, a Pennsylvania native, joined the HRL team in July 2016. As a proud alumna of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she received a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education and Bachelor of Science in Education. Kelli’s professional interests include Alumni Relations, Social Justice and Inclusion, First-Generation Students, Orientation, and Academic Advising. In her free time, Kelli enjoys photography, crafting, watching Netflix, traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite quotes to live by is: “Everything happens for a reason.”
Jessica Webb, Coordinator for Residence Life, The Quad
Jessica Webb recently joined UNCG HRL as the Coordinator for Residence Life of the Quad residential community. Jessica joined HRL from the University of North Georgia; where she served a dual role as a Resident Director and Marketing Director with that department. Jessica received her Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration in April 2016. She brings a wealth of experience including serving with conference services and operations with the University of Miami as a their Association of College and University Housing Officer – International’s (ACUHO-I) Intern.
Daniel Wiggins, Coordinator for Residence Life, Phillips-Hawkins
Daniel Jay Wiggins joined the HRL department at UNCG on December 14, 2015. Daniel is from Dothan, AL, where he began his educational journey at Wallace Community College. After graduating from Wallace in 2011, Daniel moved up to Birmingham, AL, where he worked towards, and eventually graduated with, a degree in Music: Vocal Performance from Birmingham Southern College. During his time at Birmingham Southern College, Daniel got involved with the Office of Residence Life as a Resident Assistant. Upon his undergraduate graduation, Daniel transferred to Troy University in Troy, AL, where he received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Psychology. From August 2013 to December 2015, Daniel worked as the Programming Coordinator through an assistantship with the Office of Housing & Residence Life at Troy. Daniel has a strong passion to work directly with students to help them have the best collegiate experience they possibly can. Daniel’s specific interests with students include Social Justice, Diversity, LGBT populations, and student Mental Health. If he had to describe himself in three words, they would be compassionate, approachable, and fun! If you would like to know more about Daniel, you can email him.
Christine E. Williams, Coordinator for Residence Life, Spartan Village 2 (Haywood & Highland)
A native of Norfolk, VA, Christine E. Williams joined the HRL team as a Coordinator for Residence Life in July 2016. Christine is a “Double Duke” graduating from James Madison University with a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science and Disorders. Her professional interests are multicultural affairs, enhancing student leaders, creating a successful pipeline for students to transition to post-secondary options and working with students who are a part of Greek Life. When not working with students, she enjoys doing her hair, connecting with friends, dancing and finding new journeys to explore in life.