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Andy Chan is the Vice President for Innovation and Career Development at Wake Forest University (WFU). Chan oversees the nationally-recognized Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) and Mentoring Resource Center for students and alumni, the Wake West network and Silicon Valley Practicum in San Francisco, the WFU Board of Trustees Innovation Committee, and strategic advisor to university-wide innovation initiatives including the Center for Entrepreneurship and a new program in Leadership and Character.
Through his work at Wake Forest and across the higher education industry, Chan is leading the transformation of traditional career services into a mission-critical component of the college experience. Chan and the OPCD have been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TEDx, MSNBC, NPR, USA Today, Inside Higher Education and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Chan previously led the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford University and taught a popular seminar, "Career and Life Vision". He held executive leadership and management roles in venture-backed educational technology startups (The Learning Company, MindSteps, eProNet), and worked at The Clorox Company and Bain & Company.
Chan coaches and mentors students, executives and professionals of all ages. He also serves as a board member or strategic advisor to for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Jan's earliest childhood dreams always involved making art and traveling. As someone who grew up in a town of 2,000 people in western North Carolina, travel outside her state was considered very exotic. The same was true for attending college and becoming trained as an artist. But those dreams and many others became realities.
In the last 45 years, her work has included working as an artist in residence, gallery owner and executive directors of two large Southeastern arts organizations. Her career and passion for travel have led her to distant destinations including Japan, Turkey, much of Europe, Central America & the Netherlands. For the last 13 years she taught creative studies and innovation in entrepreneurship as well as social entrepreneurship at WFU.
In early 2018, she retired to devote more time to making art and designing programs for children and adults in creative development through visual, symbolic narratives. A self described "story catcher", she has helped hundreds of students create story boxes, deepening her belief that telling one's story is central to self efficacy.
Maria Henson, a native of Marion, N.C. who grew up in Raleigh, is associate vice president and editor-at-large at Wake Forest University. She oversees the award-winning Wake Forest Magazine, teaches News Literacy and blogs about the WFU community. Henson spent her career at newspapers throughout the country as a reporter, Washington correspondent, columnist, editorial writer, investigative editor and editor. She worked for four years writing editorials and op-ed columns in the 1990s at The Charlotte Observer. She won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for her series about battered women in at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky and edited the series about Yosemite National Park in The Sacramento Bee that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds is the Director of Diversity Education in the Wake Forest University Office of Diversity & Inclusion where she develops and facilitates workshops and interventions that enhance the cultural competence of faculty, staff, and students. As a personal wellness and development professional, Herndon-Edmunds helps individuals and organizations to identify their goals and strategies for moving forward toward inclusive excellence.
In addition, Shayla is the Founder of Oh My Goodness Wellness Bar, an online boutique for her natural health and beauty products. She is a founding board member of the Kamp Kizzy Foundation, a non-profit organization established to offer self-development and empowerment opportunities to youth.
Edmunds is a first-generation college student who received her B.A. degree in English and Business Administration from George Mason University. She has also received training and certifications in professional life coaching, emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, mindfulness, and intercultural development. Her broad range of training and experience informs her eclectic coaching and facilitation style. She and her partner, Curtis, reside in North Carolina with their three children.
Bridget (Facchine) Holcombe graduated from Wake Forest with a BA in Psychology (’79) and earned her master’s degree in College Counseling & Student Development in Higher Education from UNC Greensboro. She recently joined the Wake Forest School of Business Market Readiness and Employment team as a career coach, continuing her rewarding “encore career.” She is also co-owner of Holcombe & Illig Career Coaching, LLC, providing individual career coaching and workshops on a variety of career management topics. Her favorite clients are women transitioning back into the workforce, as she did in mid-life, and young professionals. Working with college students and recent graduates is very gratifying, as are the many lasting relationships formed along the way.
Prior to joining Wake Forest in 2017, she worked for six years in High Point University’s Office of Career & Professional Development, serving four years as director. During her tenure, student engagement doubled, career classes were launched, and key employer relationships were developed. The department was ranked “19th Best Career Services” in 2017 by Princeton Review.
Bridget is married to her college sweetheart, Steve (BS, Accounting ’78) and is the proud parent of three young adult children, two of whom graduated from Wake Forest, and two precious granddaughters. She and Steve love to travel, especially to visit their children in Dallas and New York City, and are proud Deacon Club members who especially love football!
Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD, is an assistant professor in the section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Her work as a neuroscientist focuses on aging-related changes in the brain linked with aging-related changes in movement and metabolism, and how lifestyle interventions such as exercise and diet may be able to protect brain health.
Pamela Richardson Karr is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Professional Retirement Coach. After a 15-year career in retail management, she returned to WFU to pursue a counseling degree. Now in phased retirement from her current role as Program Manager in the WFU Department of Counseling, her Third Act plans include assisting new, existing, or soon-to- be retirees to think and plan beyond the financial aspects of retirement. Pamela has two degrees from Wake Forest – a BA ('74) and a Masters in Counseling ('94). Her family includes Wake Forest graduates, husband Steve (JD '76) and son, Andy ('09).
Cameron Kent is a 1979 graduate of Wake Forest University. He retired in December of 2016 after 32 years at WXII-12 News in Winston-Salem, working as a street reporter, sports anchor, and then the main News Anchor for the last 22 years of his career. He was nominated for 14 Emmy Awards for journalism, including three times as best news writer, and won an Emmy for his reporting on the Pentagon after 9/11.
He has now launched a second career as a writer. He's published four novels: The Road to Devotion, When the Ravens Die, Make Me Disappear, and his most recent book, The Sea is Silent. The Road to Devotion was the 2011 selection for Forsyth County's "On the Same Page" reading program.
His other writing credits include four films which have aired on NBC, HBO, Lifetime, and at the American Film Institute. He’s also written a Christmas musical. “Welcome to Virginia”, that premiered this past December at Theatre Alliance in Winston-Salem.
Cameron and his wife, Sue, have two grown children. Together they enjoy playing golf, music, and running. They are members of Highland Presbyterian Church, and are both very active with Habitat for Humanity.
Eric Law was born into a multigenerational family of educators and raised in Charlotte. He earned degrees in Spanish from Wake Forest University ('80) and Duke University and taught Spanish for twelve years, including eight at Johnson C. Smith University.
After earning tenure at JCSU, Eric started a second career in nonprofit management in 1997, accepting a grantmaking position at Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte. Since then, he has worked with FFTC and several other nonprofits in North Carolina as a staff member, volunteer and board member.
Eric served on the board of directors of Hands On Charlotte from 2009 through 2011, then succeeded HOC co-founder Lisa Quisenberry as executive director in May 2012. In August 2016, he announced his intention to step away from HOC, but to continue to serve until a successor was chosen. In December 2016, Hands On Charlotte announced its plans to merge with United Way of Central Carolinas. Eric remained on board through March 2017 to help finalize the merger.
As of March 2018, Eric is wrapping up his midlife gap year, which has allowed him to rest and recharge. With no plans to permanently retire, he is in the process of crafting his Third Act.
Eric is a proud husband, father and grandfather, and an avid but mediocre golfer.
Barbara Lentz is an innovative and inspiring teacher, advisor and mentor at Wake Forest University and WFU School of Law. She has been awarded both the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award at the law school and the Innovative Teaching Award from the University. She focuses her teaching on nonprofits, entrepreneurship, art law, contracts and writing. Barbara brings real life experiences and scenarios to the classroom, requiring students to think creatively and work collaboratively to solve problems. Barbara has been selected by the University to serve as a Senior Faculty Fellow and by the Pro Humanitate Institute as an ACE Fellow. She also serves nonprofits and social enterprises, including the National Advisory Council of the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the Board of the Winston-Salem Symphony, as Board Chair to The Olio, and is a co-founder of Forsyth Backpack Inc., partnering with public schools and the local food bank in providing supplemental food to hungry children in Forsyth County. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group—and Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life (Penguin).
He is the former “behavioral specialist” at USA Today, and a regular blogger for Psychology Today.
He has Keynoted at the National Conference on Positive Aging, the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.
A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.
Margaret Marshall graduated from Wake Forest in 1984 with a BS in Accounting. She began her career as a CPA with Ernst and Whinney in Raleigh before moving to Charlotte in 1986 to work with the John Crosland Company. She later worked with Centex Homes and Crosland Erwin Associates, both as Assistant Controller. As her daughters entered school, Margaret became deeply involved in public school advocacy serving in a variety of PTA positions, including president of the AG Middle School and Myers Park High School PTA. She has been a board member of two public school foundations, a long time tutor, and recently chaired the task force to create the Howard Levine Early Childhood Development Center with the Renaissance West Community Initiative. She was elected to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education in 2017 as the District 5 representative. Margaret and her husband Harrison have two daughters who have graduated from college and are beginning their “first acts."
Allison McWilliams is the Assistant Vice President, Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development, within the Office of Personal and Career Development. In June 2010, Allison returned to her alma mater to develop and lead the University’s Mentoring Resource Center, which provides training, support, guidance, and resources for formal and informal mentoring relationships across the University. Since March 2014 Allison has also provided leadership for Alumni Personal & Career Development programming and resources in collaboration with the University’s Office of Alumni Engagement, with a particular emphasis on young alumni.
Prior to joining the University in June 2010, Allison was a public service faculty member at the University of Georgia, where she created, administered, and served as a facilitator for leadership development and organizational development programs and initiatives both for higher education and public sector audiences. Allison earned her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest, and a master’s in public relations and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Georgia.
In September 2017, Allison’s book, Five For Your First Five: Own Your Career and Life After College, a guidebook for the college to life-after- college transition, was published by Wake Forest’s Library Partners Press and is available on Amazon.
Lisa Quisenberry (BA 1981, MBA 1984) is a non-profit executive and engagement strategist. She is the co-founder and first Executive Director of Hands On Charlotte, an organization that engages citizens in service. She has also served as board chair of Habitat Charlotte and currently serves on the board of Crisis Assistance Ministry. Lisa worked the past three years as a consultant to the Alumni Engagement team at Wake Forest University, developing strategies and programs to deepen our alumni’s attachment to Wake Forest.
Ed Southern is in his tenth year as Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers' Network, a statewide organization with more than 1,300 members across the state and nation, dedicated to connecting, educating, promoting, and leading writers in all genres, at all levels of skill and experience. Before that he spent 12 years in the book business, in roles ranging from remainders clerk to Vice President of John F. Blair, Publisher. He also is the author of three books - The Jamestown Adventure, Voices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, and Parlous Angels - and his short work, both fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in Change Seven Magazine, the Asheville Poetry Review, storySouth, the Charlotte Observer, various anthologies, and Wake Forest Magazine, among others. A North Carolina native and a 1994 graduate of Wake Forest, he lives in Winston-Salem with his wife Jamie Rogers Southern, the Operations Director of the literary nonprofit Bookmarks, and their children.
Christina Tsoules Soriano is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University and the newly appointed director of the dance program. At Wake, she regularly teaches Improvisation, Dance Composition, Modern Dance technique and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitled Movement and the Molecular. Christina received her MFA in dance from Smith College and has danced for many inspiring choreographers, including Alexandra Beller and Heidi Henderson. In addition to the new works she creates for the Wake Forest Dance Company each year, Christina’s choreography has been presented throughout New England, North Carolina, New York and in Vienna, Austria. Since 2012, Christina has regularly taught a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in three scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help the mobility and balance of people living with neurodegenerative disease.
In 2017,Christina also was appointed to a new administrative role in the Office of the Provost and is working with colleagues across the university to enhance visibility of the arts at and beyond Wake Forest, and help forge interdisciplinary connections across the arts and other Wake Forest schools and departments. She is also very involved in Wake Forest’s Aging Re-Imagined, which brings together the work of artists and scientists around the topic of Healthy Aging.