BRIDGES Graduates

2020 BRIDGES Graduate Testimonials

Due to COVID-19, BRIDGES decided to offer the 2020 program virtually. This experience included engaging keynote speakers, high-energy sessions, and many networking opportunities. Hear from the 2020 graduates of the virtual BRIDGES program, and scroll down to see a full list of 2020 BRIDGES graduates:

“The virtual 2020 BRIDGES experience was fun, engaging, and well executed. I enjoyed every aspect of it.” Kendra Jason, UNC Charlotte

“I feel very fortunate to have participated in the BRIDGES 2020 Program. Annette and the Advisory Board did an exceptional job creating meaningful and informative sessions in a virtual environment. BRIDGES provided opportunities for us to connect with, support, encourage, and learn from each other and a dynamic panel of experts that led the sessions. BRIDGES is an incredible program for women in higher education seeking to grow personally and professionally!” Laura Kuizin, UNC-Chapel Hill

“I was so grateful to be able to complete the program virtually because I have two small children and live in Western North Carolina. Equitable and accessible leadership development for women must take into account the complexity of our lives and BRIDGES did just that. Thank you BRIDGES!” Leah Hamilton, Appalachian State University

“Being part of the BRIDGES 2020 cohort was exactly the personal and professional experience I needed at the right time. The virtual weekend sessions were thoughtfully designed so that we had the opportunity to build connections at a time when I think many of us were feeling disconnected. I am better for having the BRIDGES 2020 experience.” Megan Karbley Krechel, UNC Greensboro

“I was pleasantly surprised by the level of connection I felt with the women of BRIDGES during this virtual conference. The BRIDGES Board and session leaders are engaging, led compelling discussions and offered a meaningful professional development experience. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my relationships with the women of BRIDGES.” Lynley Hardie, Western Carolina University

“You can tell that someone really thought this through and cared about our virtual experiences. It remains to be one of the absolute best virtual experiences I’ve ever had. The engagement was intentional, and we got to know one another in smaller groups each time we met. It was an awesome virtual experience.” Gwendolyn Tyson, East Carolina University

“Despite the virtual format, I still feel like I got to know my BRIDGES cohort well. The breakout rooms gave us the opportunity to have conversations which I really appreciated.” Jill Waity, UNC Wilmington

“The BRIDGES Leadership Program is phenomenal! I gained super-woman strength, strategic vision, and sisterly connections for life.” Pamela Simmons, Winston-Salem State University

“From negotiating salary and cultivating peer mentors to understanding the state budget and crisis management, BRIDGES explored a wide range of topics in higher education. The program was much more than presentations about different leadership styles—it is a “deep dive” into one’s career goals and personal challenges. Through dialogue and reflection, I learned how to position myself in important conversations impacting my campus. I highly recommend it!” Michele Fazio, UNC Pembroke

“The BRIDGES 2020 program provided an opportunity to connect with women across the state who had a contagious energy about leading in various ways on today’s college campuses. I enjoyed being able to build camaraderie and gain knowledge and skills in areas that I have been previously timid to talk about. Despite attending virtually, so many positive connections were made that many of us keep in touch in our own ways. It was a dynamic way to build community among women across the state.” Jemilia Davis, NC State University

2020 BRIDGES Graduates

Since 1993, over 1,000 participants have completed 28 BRIDGES programs. Listed are the 36 recent graduates from the BRIDGES 2020 program and the institutions they represent. Interested applicants may contact any of the graduates for an inside perspective on the BRIDGES virtual program experience.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Megen Culpepper, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences. Contact (828) 262-7069 or culpepperma@appstate.edu.

Leah Hamilton, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work. Contact (828) 262-6716 or hamilton@appstate.edu.

Vicky Klima, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences. Contact (828) 262-2610 or klimavw@appstate.edu.

Rachel Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Contact (828) 262-2020 or wilsonre3@appstate.edu.

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Sandy Acheampong, Interim Assistant Dean of Student Development and Academic Counseling, Brody School of Medicine. Contact (252) 744-2500 or acheampongc17@ecu.edu.

Crystal Chambers, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership. Contact (252) 328-4649 or chambersc@ecu.edu.

Susan Eckert, Student Services Specialist, Physician Assistant Studies. Contact (252) 744-1750 or eckerts14@ecu.edu.

Karen Kelly, Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Brody School of Medicine. Contact (252) 744-4655 or kellyka@ecu.edu.

Gwen Tyson, Director of Student Development & Counseling, College of Nursing. Contact (252) 744-6382 or tysong16@ecu.edu.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicole Anthony, Assistant Professor, Special Education, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Reading and Special Education. Contact (910) 672-1272 or nanthony1@uncfsu.edu.

NORTH CAROLINA A & T STATE UNIVERSITY

Valerie Jarvis McMillan, Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences. Contact (336) 285-4859 or vmcmilla@ncat.edu.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Elizabeth Cole-Walker, Information Security Specialist, Office of Information Technology. Contact (202) 870-3194 or eacolewa@ncsu.edu.

Jemilia Davis, Director for Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. Contact (919) 515-2238 or jemilia_davis@ncsu.edu.

Meghan Manfra, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. Contact (919) 599-7758 or mmmanfra@ncsu.edu.

Amy Sawyers-Williams, Manager of Arts Outreach and Engagement, Arts NC State. Contact (919) 513-1044.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

Becca Bender, Senior Program Officer for Community Engagement, Carolina Center for Public Service. Contact (919) 843-4785 or becca.bender@unc.edu.

Laura A. Kuizin, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising. Contact (919) 843-8648 or lkuizin@unc.edu.

Stephanie A. Montgomery, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. Contact (919) 962-5345 or stephanie@med.unc.edu

Emily Moorefield, Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, School of Medicine. Contact (919) 843-6190 or Emily_moorefield@med.unc.edu.

Lynn Tocci, Assistant Dean, Academic Advising Program. Contact (919) 962-6250 or lctocci@email.unc.edu.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE

Sabrina L. Brown, Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment, Belk College of Business Graduate Programs. Contact (704) 687-1106 or slbrown1@uncc.edu.

Kendra Jason, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology. Contact (704) 687-7819 or kjason@uncc.edu.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO

Kara Baldwin, Director of TRIO Programs, Division of Student Success. Contact (336) 256-0194 or kmbaldwi@uncg.edu.

Carla Cadet Fullwood, Associate Director, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Contact (336) 334-3786 or ccfullwo@uncg.edu.

Megan Karbley, Assistant Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs. Contact (336) 334-5514 or mykarble@uncg.edu.

Laura M. Pipe, Director, Teaching Innovations Office, University Teaching and Learning Commons. Contact (336) 334-3486 or lmpipe@uncg.edu.

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE

Michele Fazio, Professor of English, Department of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages, Coordinator of Gender Studies Minor.

Ana Cecilia Lara, Associate Professor, Department of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages, Director of Foreign Languages Program and Teacher Licensure Coordinator. Contact (910) 521-6359 or Cecilia.lara@uncp.edu

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON

Andrea Hawkes, Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Contact (910) 962-2350 or hawkesa@uncw.edu.

Nivine Richie, Associate Dean, Graduate, International and External Programs; Professor of Finance, Cameron School of Business. Contact (910) 962-3606 or richien@uncw.edu.

Ginger Rhodes, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Contact (910) 962-7756 or rhodesg@uncw.edu.

Julia Waity, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminology. Contact (910) 962-3660 or waityj@uncw.edu.

WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Lynley Hardie, Business Officer, College of Education and Allied Professions. Contact (828) 506-1659 or lehardie@wcu.edu.

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

Pamela Simmons, Associate Professor, English Department; Director, Writing in the Major Program. Contact (336) 750-2056 or simmonspa@wssu.edu.

INDEPENDENT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Graduates from the 2020 program included representation from the following independent colleges and universities. Prospective applicants may wish to contact these individuals for an inside perspective on BRIDGES:

ELON UNIVERSITY

Chandler Thompson Boyle, Associate Director of Annual Giving, Department of Annual Giving. Contact (336) 278-7423 or cthompson39@elon.edu.

GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY

Nicole Waters, Associate Provost, College of Health Sciences. Contact (704) 406-2302 or nwaters@gardner0webb.edu.

“BRIDGES is powerful knowledge. BRIDGES is a lineage and a network. I learned far more than I anticipated about myself as a change agent within the system and about higher education. Best of all, BRIDGES introduced me to an incredible network of
strong-minded and strong-hearted women.We were strangers, and now we are sisters.”
– 2019 Program Participant