Staff

The Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life is a dynamic team with varied experience and expertise to support the Fraternity and Sorority Community at NC State.


Shelly Brown Dobek
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Responsibilities

  • Strategic Oversight of Department Operations
  • Village Development
  • Outreach/Connections
  • Communications

Background: Shelly is a Delta Zeta from Southern Illinois University. Shelly earned her Master’s Degree from SIUC and worked at Bowling Green State University coordinating Leadership Programs, Sorority Housing and advising the NPHC for three years before joining the NC State staff in the Fall of 2001 as Associate Director of Greek Life. In July of 2013, she was appointed Interim Director of Greek Life. She was promoted to the role of Director of Greek Life in May 2014. Shelly spends her weekends traveling to campuses around the country presenting workshops on recruitment, intake, hazing and social justice. She has two girls, Emma and Reese, both active in soccer and dance. She was elected to the Executive Board for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors for 3 terms, and served as the 2012 President.


Joshua Welchjosh-welch-2015
Associate Director

Responsibilities

  • University Owned-Housing
  • Risk Reduction
  • Supervision of Chapter Resident Directors / House Directors

Background: Josh is a graduate of Western Carolina University where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Before joining the staff at NC State he served as a national staff member for Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Fraternity Service Center and as the Assistant Director of Residence and Greek Life at the University of Central Missouri. Josh has a passion for risk reduction and the principles of problem-solving.  He has been invited to serve as a facilitator and instructor for several national programs such as IMPACT & UIFI as well as to Headquarters’ leadership programs offered by several Inter/national fraternities and sororities. Additionally, he is a trained facilitator for the Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP). He has more than ten years of experience working with fraternities, sororities, and housing.


Julie Bryant
Associate Director

Responsibilities

  • Chapter Services
  • Standards of Excellence
  • Officer Training
  • Academic Support

Background: Julie is a graduate of James Madison University, where she became a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She received a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. Julie has worked professionally in fraternity and sorority life for six years. Prior to joining the staff at NC State, she worked as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at George Mason University and the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Involvement at the University of Montana.


Emily Mitch
Assistant Director

Responsibilities

  • Council Oversight: NPHC and Panhellenic
  • Community Development

Background: Emily received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where she became a member of Alpha Phi International Fraternity. She completed her master’s degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University, where she also served as a Fraternity & Sorority Life Intern advising the NPHC executive council & member organizations. Before joining the Wolfpack, Emily spent a year and a half at Elon University as the Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life for Community Development, advising Panhellenic, IFC, and NPHC executive boards, as well as managing fraternity/sorority housing.


Frank Lopez
Assistant Director

Responsibilities

  • Council Oversight:  IFC and MGC
  • FSL Ambassadors
  • Community Development

Background:  Frank received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, where he joined Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Higher Education and has worked as the Coordinator for Student Activities for Greek Life at Christopher Newport University for 2 years prior to joining the Pack.


DJ Gardow
Coordinator

Responsibilities

  • Chapter Support
  • Membership Development (recruitment/intake/new member education)
  • Leadership Programs
  • Order of Omega

Background: DJ earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida, where he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He completed his Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee, where he also served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life.

 


Celinda M. Holland
Administrative Specialist

Responsibilities

  • Chapter and Council Officer Database Management
  • Greek Village Assignments and Out of House Billing
  • Daily Operations of Department Office

Background:  Celinda is a results-driven administrative specialist with over 17 years of hands-on experience.  She is self-motivated and has an extraordinary passion for attaining excellence in all kinds of administrative and secretarial work.  Celinda is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration.


Janet Chesterphoto-2

House Director
Delta Gamma

Background: Janet graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in Linguistics. Most recently, Janet served as the House Director at Alpha Chi Omega at the Ohio State University for five years.  They initiated her into membership in 2014.  Prior to her time as a house director, she lived in Highlands, North Carolina, where she was a real estate broker.  Janet has two daughters with multiple degrees in higher education, including two from NC State.  In her spare time, Janet is involved in P.E.O. International,a philanthropic educational organization raising millions of dollars for scholarships for women’s education.


Lisa Davis
House Director
Delta Zeta

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House Director

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Background:  Winn is currently pursuing his PhD Student in Public Administration at North Carolina State University.  His passion for education and knowledge informs his focusing in Policy Analysis and Evaluation. Winn completed his Master’s Degree in Higher Education at NC State and served as the advisor to the Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council during that time.  Winn is an active volunteer for It’s On Us, serving as the Regional Advisor for the Southeast Region.  Winn received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Rhodes College where he became a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.


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Chapter Resident Director

Alpha Delta Pi (H8)

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Patti Baynes

Chapter Resident Director
Kappa Sigma (H13) and Lambda Chi Alpha (H14)

Background: Patti graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. During her undergraduate career, Patti joined the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In May 2014, Patti completed her Masters of Higher Education from NC State University while serving as Residence Director of Owen Hall.  Following her Master’s degree, Patti served as the Director of the NC State College Advising Corps where she lived out her passion for service and college access. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at NC State University and also serves as the doctoral graduate assistant in the College of Education.


Whitney McLaughlin

Chapter Resident Director

Kappa Kappa Gamma (H16)

Background: Whitney is a North Carolina native. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation, she began her career in higher education where she has been for the last nine years serving thousands of students and families in NC. In 2015, Whitney completed her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. She is a licensed counselor and works part-time at a local private practice. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Counselor Education program. In addition to being a Chapter Resident Director, she is the graduate assistant in the Poole College of Management Career Center.


Khoi Tran

Chapter Resident Director
Kappa Alpha Order (H3)

Background:  Khoi graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Political Science and a double minor in Business Administration

& Social Sciences. During his undergraduate tenure, he joined Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity where he served various positions from new member education to being the Vice President of the chapter. He also served as a VP of Greek Relations and President for the Interfraternity Council. Khoi will begin his Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration right here at NC State. In addition to being a Chapter Residence Director, he will serve as the University Housing Graduate Assistant for Recruitment, Selection, and Training.

 


Martha Calvert
Chapter Resident Director

Sigma Kappa (H2)

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Bri Pearson
Chapter Resident Director

Pi Beta Phi (H7)

Background: Brianna graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2016 with a Baccalaureate Degree in both Criminal Justice and Psychology. During her undergraduate tenure, she joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. For two years, she served as a Resident Advisor, and also held many other campus leadership positions. It was this service that fueled her desire to pursue a Masters in Higher Education Administration at NC State. In addition to being a Chapter Residence Director, she will serve as the Employer Relations Assistant in the Career Development Center.


Sara Borum

Sarah

Chapter Resident Director
Kappa Alpha Theta (H4)

Background: Sarah graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Management and Marketing and a minor in education.

During her undergraduate years, Sarah joined Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity where she served in many leadership positions including New Member Chair and President. After graduation from the University of South Carolina, Sarah worked as a business analyst for a small marketing firm in Wilmington, DE called The Archer Group. Sarah is a second year in the Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration here at NC State. In addition to being a Chapter Residence Director, she serves as the Admissions and Enrollment Graduate Intern for The Poole College of Management.