About Us: Our Mission and Staff

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 H. Hamilton Director
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.

Lindsey Woelker, M.Ed.
Associate Director for Leadership
Lindsey Woelker received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, focusing on psychology and environmental science.  She holds a M.Ed. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago.  While in graduate school, Lindsey served on the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership research team and published an article focused on social perspective-taking and its influence on student leadership development.  Prior to joining UNCG, Lindsey was the Associate Director for Student Life at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.  There, she oversaw student leadership programs and taught courses on various topics related to leadership development.  Lindsey is heavily influenced by her undergraduate involvement in Michigan’s Alternative Spring Break program, where she experienced the inherent connection between leadership and service and has since sought to incorporate community engagement into all of the leadership programs she creates.  At UNCG, Lindsey oversees the Leadership Challenge portfolio, supports leadership conferences, and works to institutionalize UNCG’s Leadership Framework and the 8 competencies of a UNCG student leader.  Lindsey hopes to instill a sense of purpose and passion in the next generation of leaders, allowing them to realize their potential and become agents of positive social change in their communities.

Lauren D. Cunningham, MPAIMG_8258
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., NCCapril-marshall
Assistant Director for Leader Development
April Marshall is the 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) Gage, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Community Engagement
Kristina Gage 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.

Michelle Morales
Administrative Assistant

Wally Vinson
Coordinator for Global Engagement
gwvinson@uncg.eduWally Vinson
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.

Kynnith Francis-Vaughan
Graduate Assistant for Leader Developmentkynnith
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.

Jessica Gangitano
Graduate Assistant for Leadership
Jessica Gangitano is a current graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration Higher Education program at UNCG. In OLSL, she is the Graduate Assistant for Leadership where she facilitates workshops, grades reflections, and graduates students from the Bronze Leadership Challenge program. She is originally from Newport News, Virginia and has spent the last four years in Farmville, Virginia earning her Bachelor or Arts in Communication Studies from Longwood University. She is passionate about professional and student development, which makes student affairs fulfilling and the best career choice possible. Mentoring students is something she strives to do on a daily basis and truly impact those around her.

Amanda Davis
Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement 
Amanda is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at UNCG. As the Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement, she oversees the Spartan Service Trip Program, as well as assists OLSL with other community engagement endeavors. Originally from the Midwest, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Amanda enjoys exploring new places and cultures, spending time outdoors, and drinking several cups of coffee.