The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro serves as a catalyst for experiential curricular and co-curricular leadership development and service-learning initiatives that empower students to effect positive change and serve as citizen leaders in a global community. Through civic engagement, integrated learning, and reflective practice we equip students to develop a personal, professional and civic identity.
It is our vision that every UNCG student will have the opportunity to realize his/her capacity to effect positive change in society and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership.
We develop Citizen Leaders…
Citizen Leaders are active participants in society accountable to and responsible for the common good. Their willingness to act and ability to lead transforms visions into reality. In doing so, they are able to negotiate diverse views and adapt behaviors to work with others as agents of positive and ethical change.
Meet our Staff
Cathy H. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Cathy Hamilton received her Ph.D. from the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. She also holds the M.S. degree in Adult Education from Texas A&M University and a B.A. from the honors college (Plan II) of the University of Texas at Austin. Through the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning she provides support for both academic and co-curricular service-learning, student leadership, and civic engagement. Dr. Hamilton has worked in educational human resource development at the national and international level for the past 20 years. She teaches courses in Leadership Studies through a courtesy faculty appointment with the School of Education and School of Business and Economics. She currently serves as a Coleman Foundation Fellow with the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program. Prior to this position, Dr. Hamilton served as the director of the Hartman Center for Civic Education and Leadership and part-time Assistant Professor at DePauw University in Indiana and as visiting Assistant Professor for Louisiana State University. She worked the better part of a decade in leadership development, education, and publishing in Latin America. Working with faculty in university-community partnerships as well as working with popular education initiatives in Latin America has impressed upon her the power of collaborative alliances between universities and partners that together transform our communities. She is active with Campus Compact, having served on two State Advisory Boards and is the 2002 recipient of the Community Service Director Fellowship of the Indiana Campus Compact to explore more effective community-university partnerships in technology.
Lauren D. Cunningham, MPA
Assistant Director for Service-Learning
Lauren Cunningham earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University (WKU), located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She also holds her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology from WKU as well. Prior to Lauren’s work at UNCG, she served as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships where she managed all curricular and co-curricular service-learning opportunities. As CEC, Lauren’s position and professional passions enabled her to connect WKU faculty, staff and students to meaningful opportunities to service through developing partnerships, community-based research opportunities, course instruction, and via The $100 Solution™ service-learning model. In her role as the Assistant Director for Service-Learning, Lauren works to support curricular service-learning at UNCG. She supports faculty with developing service-learning courses, connecting with local community partners, and engaging students in community-based teaching, learning, and research. Lauren also instructs a Freshman Seminar course connected to the “The Make a Difference House”, a residential living learning community within Housing and Residence Life. Lauren believes that we all must strive to “be the change we wish to see in the world” and through collaboration, positive and supportive relationships with those in our community and on our campus, we can truly make a difference together.
April Marshall, M.S., NCC
Interim Assistant Director for Leader Development
April Marshall is the Interim Assistant Director for Leader Development. She manages the Peer Leader Educator’s (PLE) program, the fall and spring semester student leadership conferences, the LeaderShape Institute on campus, and the Silver Leadership Challenge program. April’s passion for leadership development began during her service in the U.S. Air Force, where she served both active duty and active reserve terms of enlistment, strengthening her ability to lead, to follow, and to manage enlisted men and women within the moral framework of integrity, service, and excellence. Originally from southern California, April has been a Spartan since 2007, when she moved to North Carolina to attend UNCG to finish her B.A. in English. After working in high school education for five years, she earned her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development through UNCG’s Counseling and Educational Development program, and has become a Nationally Certified Counselor. April hopes to use her military, teaching, and counseling experience to offer UNCG students the opportunity to discover their strengths, follow their passions, and to engage as citizen leaders in a global community.
Kristina Snader, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Community Engagement
Kristina Snader earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. She also holds a B.A. in Justice Studies from James Madison University. In her role as the Assistant Director for Community Engagement she builds community partnerships with non-profits, schools, and government agencies and provides leadership for co-curricular service programs including service trips, servGSO one-time events, campus wide days of service, and the Civic Engagement Fellows program. A two-time AmeriCorps VISTA, Kristina has experience working in the non-profit sector and has served in both the Office of Community Engagement at The College of William & Mary and the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning at Guilford College. Through her professional and volunteer experiences, Kristina has learned the power of community partnerships to both create positive social change and transformative learning experiences.
North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA
Allison Heisel joined OLSL in August as the 2016-17 North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA. Allison is a recent graduate of the College of WIlliam & Mary where she received her B.A. in Philosophy. In her role as AmeriCorps VISTA, Allison works to engage students in addressing food insecurity in Greensboro though on-campus initiatives, and by developing partnerships with local nonprofits like BackPack Beginnings and Farmer Foodshare. She believes in the connective and community-building power of food, and she is excited to work closely with UNCG students to cultivate stronger food systems over the course of the next year.
Coordinator for Global Engagement
Wally received a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from UNCG. He also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Elon University. As Coordinator for Global Engagement, Wally works to bring UNCG’s commitment to global learning to OLSL programs. He is involved in all levels of the OLSL Leadership Challenge program serving as a facilitator and coach. In addition he works with community partners through the Gold Leadership Challenge. Prior to joining OLSL, Wally worked in corporate learning and development.
Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement
Amanda McDole is a graduate student in the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) at UNCG. As the Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement, Amanda coordinates the Service Trips Program. She loves working closely with trip leaders by providing their pre-trip training and educational materials to prepare for their meaningful service experiences. Before moving to the Greensboro community, Amanda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration, minor in Sociology, and Academic Certificate in Leadership Studies from Florida International University in Miami, FL. Her excitement with working with the Service Trips program comes from her previous experiences with the Alternative Breaks program at FIU where she not only served as a trip leader, but also as the student director for the program. During her time UNCG, Amanda is glad to be working with students and is looking forward to learning more about how to get more students engaged in serving their global community.
Graduate Assistant for Leader Development
Kynnith Francis-Vaughan is a graduate student in the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education program at UNC Greensboro. Before joining the OLSL team, Kynnith earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at UNC Charlotte in May 2015. As the Graduate Assistant for Leader Development, she supervises the Peer Leadership Educator program, helps plan Student Conferences such as LeaderShape, and assists in overseeing the Leadership Challenge. Being an accomplished student leader during her undergraduate career, Kynnith brings in a host of insight in helping students discover their inner leader. She enjoys community service and is excited to work with the UNCG community to help students unlock their potential.
Graduate Assistant for Make a Difference House
Shelton Young received a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a concentration in School Social Work from UNCG in May of 2016. Shelton minored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. During his undergraduate career at UNCG, Shelton served in the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Learning Communities, The University Registrar’s Office, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office, The Student Success Center (SSS), and the Social Work Department. Shelton is a graduate student in UNCG and NC A&T’s Joint Master of Social Work Program. Shelton’s interests are Clinical Social Work Practice, School-based Intervention Research, leadership and empowerment among minorities, community service, and improving social support in Higher Education. Leisurely, Shelton enjoys singing, running, drawing, reading, and traveling.
Graduate Assistant for Service-Learning
Madison Sampson is a graduate student in Public Affairs concentrating in Nonprofit Management. Before joining the OLSL team, Madison completed a B.A. in Anthropology and a Secondary Education License at UNCG in 2014. After graduating with her B.A., Madison served overseas as a volunteer teacher in American Samoa where she taught high school social studies. She then became a policy intern with the Children’s Defense Fund in DC, concentrating on child welfare, early childhood policy, and K-12 education. She also interned at the Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro and the National Conference for Community and Justice , as a Cemala Foundation Fellow. Those experiences fueled her passion for children, education reform, and nonprofit advocacy. Upon graduation, Madison plans to pursue a career in the public sector, focusing on community engagement and economic development. She enjoys being challenged and developing practical skills to effectively carry out her passion for public service.
Graduate Assistant for Leadership
Laura Parker is a graduate student in the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education Program at UNCG. Laura helps with the facilitation of the Bronze Leadership Challenge and enjoys her time working with student groups going through the leadership process. She is a recent alum of UNCG, graduating with a BA in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. Laura has a passion for working with students and facilitating their development in becoming citizen leaders on and off campus. Laura’s other professional and academic interests include service learning, academic skills training, and academic advising. She also enjoys hiking, knitting, and watching the same shows over and over again on Netflix.
Undergraduate Assistant for Community Engagement
Bryanna Goode is an undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Bryanna helps with the ServGSO community service projects and enjoys her time working with her peers by volunteering and helping the community in any way possible. Bryanna will be graduating in May 2017 with hope of attending graduate school to pursue her MBA with a concentration in Supply Chain Management. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with family, watching sports, and reading.
Assistant for Leadership Challenge Program
Janoah Williams is a graduate student in the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) program at UNC Greensboro. Before joining the OLSL team, Janoah earned her B.S.B.A degree in Management and minor in Communications from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in May 2015. As the assistant to the Leadership Challenge Program, Janoah maintains registration and attendance, while managing evaluations for each of the five leadership workshops. Her role is to ensure that the logistics of the program are coordinated and executed. Janoah has a passion to engage and provide support for underrepresented students, by creating opportunities for leadership and professional development.