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Kim Sousa-Peoples, Ph.D.Senior Director
Kim has worked in higher education for 25 years. She earned her Ph.D. from UNCG’s School of Education Curriculum and Instruction department, studying higher education administration. She also holds a Master’s degree in higher education and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, both from The University of South Carolina. Prior to serving as the Director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience, she was the Assistant Director of Orientation for Parent and Family Programs at UNCG and the Assistant Dean of Students at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Kim is also a certified fitness instructor and teaches several group exercise classes weekly. Kim has a daughter in college and a daughter in high school, both keeping her busy and entertained!
Austin McKimAssociate Director
Austin earned his M.Ed in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education here at UNCG and his B.A in Communication Studies from Christopher Newport University. Prior to serving as the Associate Director, he worked as an Assistant Director, Coordinator, and Graduate Assistant in the NST & FYE office as well worked for a year at CNU as a University Fellow. In his current role, Austin oversees the Spartan Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program, SOAR sponsorship program, Families of Future Spartans, and various first-year student and family initiatives. In his free time, Austin enjoys spending time with his fiancée and dog, playing golf, and watching his favorite TV shows.
Emily WiersmaAssociate Director
Emily earned her M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University and B.S. in Psychology with a focus in Education and English from the University of Mount Union. Prior to joining the team, Emily served the Dean of Students Office, while developing transition and support programs for foster youth students in higher education. Additionally, Emily has served as an Admission Representative and Instructor and Academic Advisor for first-year students. In her role as Associate Director, Emily oversees the FYE 101: Succeed at the G program, Keker First Year Common Read program, and other first year experience initiatives. Emily also enjoys visiting family at the beach and spending time with her partner and their two cats, who keep them thoroughly entertained!
Rachel Dodd BlakelyAssistant Director
Rachel earned her M.S. in Higher Education at Florida State University and B.A. in Psychology at Christopher Newport University. Prior to joining the team, Rachel worked as Coordinator for Student Involvement at NC State University, Assistant Director of First Year Experience & Family Programs at Longwood University, and University Fellow for Student Engagement at Christopher Newport University. In her current role, Rachel oversees the Your First Year program designed to support new Spartans in their academic and social transition to UNCG. When she’s not at work, Rachel enjoys hanging out and exploring new places with her husband, dog, and friends.
Ally earned her M.Ed. in Professional Counseling with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of West Georgia, and her B.A. in Organizational Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining the Spartan Family, Ally worked as the Graduate Assistant for Orientation at the University of West Georgia where she supported all orientation and transition programs. In her current role, Ally supervises the Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS), supports the Spartan Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program and Online Orientation, and assists in the planning of Rawkin’ Welcome Week (RWW)! In her free time, you can find Ally spending time outdoors, attending trivia night with friends, or binge-watching her favorite Netflix shows.
Kyle earned his M.A in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Access and Success from the University of Michigan, and his B.A in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the NSTFYE team, Kyle worked as a graduate student in both Fraternity & Sorority Life and the Office of New Student Programs at the University of Michigan. In his current role, Kyle oversees the recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) for the first-year transition seminar, FYE 101: Succeed at the G. He also assists with coordinating several aspects of the Keker Common Experience program and advises Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society for first-year students who achieve a 3.5+ GPA. Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his dog, reading a good book, or catching up on his favorite TV shows.
Jesse HallTechnology Manager
Jesse is the technology manager for the office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience. He is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys watching television and movies and building costumes and props.
Rachel CastevensGraphic Designer
Rachel is a senior from Hamptonville, North Carolina majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in New Media & Design and a Business minor. Along with being Graphic Designer for New Student Transitions & First Year Experience, she is also a Resident Advisor (RA) for the Office of Housing and Residence Life, as well as a Co-Leader for UNCG’s chapter of Delight Campus Ministry. In her free time, she enjoys painting with watercolors, spending time with her friends, and watching the Panthers play football.
Aaron HowellGraduate Assistant
Aaron is currently the Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience and Your First Year for the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. He is a student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Program. He received is B.A in Psychology from Winthrop University. In his free time, he likes to play tennis, hike, and watch Netflix.
Caitlin McCormickGraduate Assistant
Caitlin is the Graduate Assistant for New Student Transitions in the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. She is a current second-year student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys spontaneous road trips, watching/playing sports, spending time outdoors with her dog, hiking, and hanging out with friends.
Lindsay DavisGraduate Assistant
Lindsay is currently the Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience for the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. She is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Program. She received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In her free time, she like to listen to music, read, and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel BussiereRetention Assistant
Rachel is a first year retention assistant in the office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. She graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Masters in School Counseling. In her free time, Rachel likes to travel, watch Law and Order, and spend time with her family and friends.
Amani JorgensenFirst Year Assistant
Amani is a sophomore from Windsor, Connecticut majoring in Marketing with a minor in Media Studies. She is a member of the on-campus group, Sister’s With a Vision, an entity of the Neo-black Society. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, working out, and watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Korin NortonFirst Year Assistant
Korin is a junior majoring in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies and double minoring in English and International and Global Studies from Apex, NC. Before becoming a First Year Assistant, she was a part of the Spartan Orientation Staff for two years. In her free time, Korin likes to give campus tours, dance, and hang out with friends.
McKayla BohannonFirst Year Assistant
McKayla is a senior from Mocksville, North Carolina majoring in Psychology with a double minor in African American Studies and Sociology. Before becoming a First Year Assistant she was a part of the Spartan Orientation Staff for one year. She is also serving as a PAL Captain for this year’s Peer Academic Leaders. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family, read, and watch Netflix.