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Board for Student Success

NC State’s Board for Student Success is a volunteer advocacy and fundraising advisory board, operating in support of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Through active involvement and engagement, the Board for Student Success promotes the welfare and development of the division through advocacy, fundraising, and service. Our members serve as liaisons for generating interest in division programs and initiatives, playing a crucial role in helping to develop the private financial resources necessary to support and strengthen our exceptional programs and units.

Meet the Board

Mike Holmquist is a Managing Director in Capital Markets at Regions Bank. Prior to Regions, he was a Managing Director at Bank of America. He garnered nearly twenty years of leadership experience at Bank of America, including his role as the Subsidiary Governance Executive. He also managed a legal team responsible for the legal affairs of key components of the Investment Bank and Corporate Treasury.  Prior to Bank of America, Holmquist was a securities attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and an Audit Manager with KPMG.

Holmquist holds a J.D. from Case Western University School of Law and a B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University (Ohio).

His daughter Peyton graduated from NC State in 2017. Peyton participated in Exploratory Studies, intramural sports, and served as a Chancellor’s Aide, Orientation Leader, Resident Mentor, and Student Ambassador during her time on campus.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs have positively influenced our daughter Peyton and in turn, she has assumed many leadership positions and served NC State. NC State has also allowed us as a family to be involved in many ways including volunteering in many capacities. We appreciate all that NC State does. We wanted to get more involved and help with the continued success of NC State and its students.”

How do you define student success?

“Limitless opportunities and coaching for all students allowing them to succeed and pursue their passion in all areas of academic, social and personal achievement.”

Connie Carson serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at Furman University. Her career in higher education spans nearly 30 years. In addition to Furman, she has held leadership roles at NC State University and Wake Forest University. She has previously served as president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International, as well as president of the organization’s foundation. Additionally, she has served as board president of the Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem and as an elder within the Presbyterian church in both Winston-Salem and Greenville, SC.

Carson holds B.S. degrees in Biological Sciences and Science Education, as well as an M.A. in Counselor Education (NC State, ‘83, ‘86) and an MBA (Wake Forest University, ‘96). During her time at NC State, she was a Resident Advisor, Upper-class Advisor, Senior Staff Advisor, and Graduate Residence Hall Director. She was also Vice President of Metcalf Hall Council and participated in intramural sports.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“NC State has made an incredible impact on my life and I wanted the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ by giving back to the students NC State serves today. I am of the belief that it is not enough to be educated, but to use that education to make a difference for others. Therein lies the key to what makes NC State special — it is a place that nurtures the intellect while developing the soul by ensuring we apply what we learn.”

How do you define student success?

“Students combining and strengthening their passions and gifts in order to become the best of themselves while continuing to learn and make a difference for others.”

Cheryl C. Dillard has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for six years and continues to work in education since retiring from Wachovia. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from UNC Charlotte and recently acquired an M.A. in Human Services Counseling: Crisis Response & Trauma from Liberty University in 2017. Her son, Luke, ’22 is studying Biological Sciences. He is involved in several programs, including Student Ambassadors and the Pre-Health Club.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“My husband and I have been impressed with the many ways NC State works to support each student individually. I feel volunteering on this board is a great way to help further advance this effort for the holistic success of each NC State student.”

How do you define student success?

“Students realizing their unique potential by having access to the tools necessary to reach their individual personal and professional goals.”

Patricia Festin Doutriaux is a Regional Legal Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), currently serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She graduated from NC State in 1998 with a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.A. in Chemistry, and a B.A. in English. While at NC State, Doutriaux participated in the Thomas Jefferson Scholars, the University Scholars Program, the University Honors Program, the NC State Crew Team, and was the 1998 Student Commencement Speaker.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“The programs and initiatives that DASA oversees are the integral interstices of an academic experience without which a university degree would mean nothing.  I hope that my contribution goes to the heart of creating a college experience that is both universal and grounded in the essence of being the North Carolina people’s university.”

How do you define student success?

“Finding the beginning to (or continuing) a fulfilling, long-term intellectual inquiry that supports and nurtures you.”

Gary T. Greene proudly graduated from NC State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Business Management. While he was a student, he participated in the University Scholars Program. Now Gary is President and CEO of Greene Resources, a recruiting firm headquartered in Raleigh that is celebrating 20 years of service. His son, Nicholas Greene is currently a freshman at NC State majoring in Computer Science. He is involved in the Wolfpack Rocket League. His wife and oldest son are also graduates of the university.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I had the great fortune to serve on the Friends of Arts NC State Advisory Board for six years and see first hand the experiences outside the classroom that also provide students fulfillment. With my wife and I both graduating from NC State, our oldest son just graduating from NC State, and our youngest son just beginning at NC State, we are officially a Wolfpack family through and through. NC State has had a significant impact on each one of us. Supporting DASA is a great way for us to continue to give back, show our gratitude, and continue to enhance the student experience for current and future Wolfpack students.”

How do you define student success?

“Student success is the number one goal of NC State’s strategic plan. Defining student success goes beyond good grades and steady progress toward graduation, it is providing each student a more holistic sense of fulfillment – academically, professionally and personally.”

Clay Grubb, CEO of Grubb Properties, has more than 25 years of experience working in real estate. He holds a BSM from the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and a JD from the UNC School of Law. His son, Henry Davis Grubb, is a member of NC State’s class of 2022 and is part of DASA’s Exploratory Studies program. Grubb is eager to learn more about NC State and DASA through his son’s experience and his board service. His definition of student success is “challenged but content.”

Deidre Grubb has served as an active volunteer and board member in her community for over 25 years. She holds an MBA from Queens University and a BA from Tulane University. Her son, Henry Davis Grubb, is a member of NC State’s class of 2022 and is part of DASA’s Exploratory Studies program.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?
“To help students make meaningful connections through programming.”

How do you define student success?
“A student who is connected to others and community.”

Janet Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. 

She has been an active volunteer in the community working with multiple organizations, one being the Raleigh Cystic Fibrosis Chapter. She has volunteered with this organization for 14 years and during that time, she took part in starting and running the Cary-Apex Great Strides Walk. This walk proved to be very successful as it raised $1 Million in its first 12 years. 

She has also been a member of the National Charity League Carolina Lily Chapter for the past seven years, volunteering over 400 hours to various philanthropies. Janet maintained these several commitments while also serving closely in her children’s schools in different capacities.

She currently has a daughter that attends NC State, Lauren Kelly who graduates in 2023 with a degree in Exploratory Studies. Lauren is also a part of the Delta Gamma Sorority.

Why did you decide to support NC State/DASA by joining the Board for Student Success?

“My daughter started at NC State last fall, and DASA gives me a way to give back to the community.”

How would you define “student success”?

“I believe a student is successful when he or she has found their passion and obtains an education to achieve their goal while giving back to the community and continuing to build on their personal relationships.”

Rick Kelly is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Mathematics and is a part of the Fellows of the Society of Actuaries. Rick is the Regional Division Manager at Marsh & McLennan Agency. He is also responsible for leading the Employee Health & Benefits Practice for North Carolina and Virginia and serving as the National Practice Lead for MMA’s pharmacy practice. Rick has a daughter, Lauren Kelly who attends NC State currently majoring in Exploratory Studies, and will graduate in 2023. Lauren is a part of the Delta Gamma Sorority, Sailing Club, and participates in Intramural sports.

Why did you decide to support NC State/DASA by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I believe that the local universities are a key component of the long term success for the Triangle and our state; with our daughter at NC State, it was natural to become more involved here.”

How would you define “student success”?

“Experiencing personal growth and development in a safe environment while having the right resources and understanding that these exist to perform successfully from an academic perspective.”

Alison has over 30 years of professional experience as a CPA and is currently self-employed. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1986 in Accounting. Levinson’s oldest daughter, Abby is in graduate school in the Poole College of Management in the Global Luxury and Management (GLAM) program. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi. Her youngest daughter Kate is a senior at NC State studying nutrition with plans to graduate in 2021. Alison serves on the Board for Student Success with her husband Jack.

Why did you decide to support NC State/DASA by joining the Board for Student Success?

“It was an easy decision to join the Board for Student Success once I understood the impact DASA has on the student experience at NCSU.  The added bonus of being engaged where my daughters attend school has created a strong connection that will last a lifetime.”  

How would you define “student success”?

“Attending college is about more than attending classes.  A student who strives to takes advantage of the opportunities offered by NC State – academically, socially, culturally and  civically will set him or herself on a path toward a well rounded and successful life.”   

Jack Levinson is COO of Lat Purser and Associates, overseeing commercial real estate and development and acquisitions of multifamily, retail, and mixed-use projects. He has 35 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He earned a B.A. in Risk Management from the University of Georgia in 1985. Levinson’s oldest daughter, Abby is in grad school in the Poole College of Management in the Global Luxury and Management (GLAM) program. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi. His youngest daughter Kate is a senior at NC State studying Nutrition with plans to graduate in 2021. Levinson serves on the Board for Student Success with his wife Alison.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“This is a wonderful opportunity to engage and learn more about NC State for and with my daughter.”

How do you define student success?

“Student success includes, but is not limited to: Cultivating a sense of purpose; a qualitative education and balanced experiences to contribute in work, social and the broader community.”

Anne Lehman Mehr graduated from Meredith College with a Business Administration degree in 1993. 

After graduating, she worked for Cooper Hand Tool as a representative in sales and later worked for County Seat as an assistant to the jewelry buyer. Following having her first child, Anne decided to stay home full time to raise her children. Her son, Matthew, is a business student at NC State graduating in 2021. He is part of the NC State Cheer Team and the Phi Sigma Pi fraternity. Her daughter Madelyn is also a student at NC State majoring in Political Science as well as Business Administration. She is currently a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity.  

Why did you decide to support NC State/DASA by joining the Board for Student Success?

“My husband is a ’92 graduate of NC State, our oldest son is a senior and our daughter is a sophomore. This school has always been an important part of our family. It has brought a lot of joy to our family and it is nice to be able to give back and help continue to support NC State!”

How would you define “student success”?

“A successful student is one who takes full advantage of the educational opportunities they have worked so hard to earn. The successful student is one who has improved as a person and contributed over four years, as opposed to someone who is just a passenger.”

Maryam Mohaghegh received a Bachelor of Science in Cellular & Molecular Biology and a Masters in Medical Virology from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She has worked at W.H.O. National lab as a researcher working on Polio and Enteroviruses, however language and culture has always been her passion. Becoming the country coordinator in a cultural exchange project between Tehran and Amsterdam was a highlight in her career. She started teaching Persian at NC State in 2011 and since has developed online classes and joined the UNC Online Language Assembly. She is a certified life coach as well. Her son, Hooman M. Ershadi, ‘22, is a current student at NC State with a Biological Engineering major. He enjoys rock climbing and outdoor activities and is a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“Students create the future of our world and education is the R&D of humanity. Becoming a member of the board allows me to share my experience as an NCState parent and faculty to serve our students and campus better.”

How do you define student success?

“Student success is when our students take charge of their lives, are healthy, curious, engaged, able to discover their potential and have the grit and ability to realize their goals and overcome the challenges.”

Lee Nunn is a 1989 NC State graduate earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at NC State, she was a resident advisor in Carroll Dorm. After graduating from NC State, she went on to complete her general dentistry and open her own practice where she has been the sole practitioner for the past 25 years. Her son, H. Stuart Nunn III, attends NC State studying Fashion Textiles Management and will graduate in 2024. He is involved in the Student Alumni Association along with Leadership and Civic Engagement. 

Why did you decide to support NC State/DASA by joining the Board for Student Success? 

“We have been active participants in a similar board at Virginia Tech for the past four years where our daughter, Jane is a senior. The experience has been invaluable and we are looking for similar involvement with NC State.” 

How would you define “student success”? 

“Student Success is achieving and/or accomplishing any objective.”

Stuart Nunn is a 1989 graduate of NC State with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a 1994 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction. While at NC State, Stuart was the Bragaw Dorm President. Stuart has been in the construction field for 30 years along with being a partner at The Charis Companies. His son, H. Stuart Nunn III, attends NC State studying Fashion Textile Management where he is a member of the Student Alumni Association and Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Why did you decide to support NC State/DASA by joining the Board for Student Success? 

“My wife and I have had a very rewarding experience participating on the Virginia Tech Parent’s Council where our daughter is a senior.”

How would you define “student success”? 

“Being an active member of the Wolfpack community- increasing their knowledge, inspiring the community at large and contributing to the well being of themselves and others.”

Kyle Rehder is a Pediatric Intensivist in a pediatric intensive care setting. He also directs a pediatric ICU fellowship training program for pediatric intensivists. Additionally, he is a Physician Quality Officer designated as a quality and safety expert for health systems. Rehder holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.S. in Biochemistry, and a B.A. in Chemistry, as well as a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies (NC State, ‘99, ‘00). During his time on campus, he was engaged in the University Scholar, Ben Franklin Scholars, and Caldwell Fellows programs; intramural swimming and club water polo; and the Order of Thirty and Three, Golden Chain Society, Park Scholars Planning Committee, and Chancellor’s Advisory Board.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I elected to join the Board for Student Success because of my own positive experiences at NC State and interest in supporting young adults.”

What does student success mean to you?

“Academic success – successful completion of degree program in good standing;
Personal growth – Exposure to new experiences, concepts, and cultures leading to broadening of perceptions and a well-rounded mind;
Career preparation – gaining knowledge and skills that set up the student for future career success and for ongoing learning;
Well-being: Development of social skills, coping strategies, and behaviors that will help maintain strong mental and physical health.”

Lisa VanBuhler has more than 25 years of experience in education and is the founder and CEO of XOOM Tours, a travel business that focuses on creating custom, eye-opening, awe-inspiring escapes for curious travelers.  She is a big fan of educational travel with groups, both domestic and international. Nothing is better than taking people on the road to learn about a new destination or culture. She holds an M.A. in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University (‘93). Lisa has two children that graduated from NC State.  Christopher, ‘18, graduated from the Poole College of Management with a degree in Finance and is currently employed at Vanguard. Megan, ‘20, graduated from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently employed at REVGEN.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I am a fan of traveling, especially internationally, and want our students to be aware that there is so much to experience by learning and exploring beyond the classroom. Alternative Service Break trips, studying abroad and international travel, when embraced, have a profound impact on the development of the ‘whole person’. My favorite quote: ‘Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.’”

How do you define student success?

“Student success is developing as a ‘whole person’ by experiencing different relationships and cultures, learning to be independent, to adapt, adjust, improvise and to develop new global perspectives that will stay with them for a lifetime.”

Vernon Wall holds more than 30 years of professional higher ed student affairs experience. He currently serves as a consultant with One Better World and as Director of Business Development with LeaderShape. He is also a founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. Wall holds a B.S. in Political Science (NC State, ‘81). During his time on campus, he was an Orientation Assistant, Resident Advisor, and served on the NC State University Judicial Board.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I was seeking a connection to the academic mission of the institution coupled with growth and development through co-curricular experiences.”

How do you define student success?

“Student success is students growing and changing through their college experience, which is wondrous to see.”

Cody Williams is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Roberts Group, a full service promotional products, apparel, and printing distributor. He is an NC State alumnus and holds a degree in Agricultural Business Management (‘07). During his time as a student, Williams served on the Inter-Residence Council and the Student Centers Board of Directors, and participated in Student Government.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as an NC State student. It was mainly my out of classroom experiences that helped me with my career path and success after graduation. When I think back about my time at NC State, it is the areas that the Division of Academic and Student Affairs covers that I remember and the friends I met while doing them. I believe in giving back for that which you have been given, so supporting the Board for Student Success is a natural fit.”

How do you define student success?

“Student success is making sure that someone graduates with a well-rounded education, which takes place inside and outside of the typical classroom. Graduates today face a challenging marketplace for jobs and I think it is the experiences that they had outside of the classroom that help set them apart.”

LJ Wobker is a Principal Engineer with Cisco. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of computer networking. Wobker earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from NC State in 1999.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“The University Scholars Program was incredibly important to my experience at NC State and I feel it’s important to help the program—and similar programs—continue to support NC State students.”

Michelle Staben Wobker is a Senior Project Manager at Humacyte, Inc. with over ten years of experience in pharmaceutical and biologics research and development. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NC State (‘99) and M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Wobker was extremely engaged during her time at NC State. She participated in the University Scholars Program, Engineers’ Council, Omega Chi Epsilon, club tennis, and club Ultimate Frisbee. She was named IM-REC Sports Residence/Sorority Intramural Athletic Director of the Year, co-led Sullivan Residence Hall to win the Residence/Sorority Championship in 1996-97, earned the John F. Miller Award, was a finalist for the Leader of the Pack award, and is a founding member and president of NC State’s chapter of Beta Omicron.

Why did you decide to support NC State and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs by joining the Board for Student Success?

“I know how important it was for me to have older and wiser adults helping me during my college years and I want to pay those contributions forward to today’s generation of students.”

How do you define student success?

“To me, ‘student success’ is best defined as helping students learn to understand themselves and use that knowledge to make good decisions about how they spend their time and energy, both in the short term at NC State and in the long term in their lives as a whole.”

Member Responsibilities

NC State’s Board for Student Success is a volunteer advocacy and fundraising advisory board, operating in support of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA). DASA promotes the success of the whole student at NC State by working to prepare students to succeed academically, professionally and personally; to embrace a commitment to lifelong learning; and to become informed, engaged and productive citizens.

Consistent with theories of student development and best practices across higher education, DASA provides a holistic approach to student success, integrating student transition, socialization, wellness efforts, along with curricular, co-curricular, and academic support programs. Through these efforts, DASA and its 40+ departments and programs enable students to achieve, graduate, and realize their full potential:

  • Build inclusive and diverse student communities that support active learning and personal and professional development.
  • Provide high-impact experiences and learning opportunities that promote intellectual growth, cultural and self-awareness, leadership, teamwork, and creative & critical thinking.
  • Provide residential environments that are safe, innovative, and that connect students to life at the university.
  • Provide academic, cultural, health and recreational opportunities (both curricular and co-curricular) that support the development of well-rounded, informed, and intellectually engaged leaders and citizens.
  • Provide advising, coaching, and tutoring services that empower students to be self-directed and lifelong learners.

Mission

Through active involvement and engagement, the Board for Student success will promote the welfare and development of DASA through advocacy, fundraising, and service. Members will be effective spokespersons for the role DASA plays in student success at NC State. Through their contacts, members will be liaisons for generating interest in DASA programs and initiatives and for helping to develop the private financial resources necessary to support and strengthen DASA’s exceptional programs and units.

Membership Qualifications

  • Interest and/or knowledge in DASA’s programming and its mission in delivering programs that are critical to student success.
  • Ability and willingness to implement the mission of the board.
  • Alumni, parents, and friends are welcome.

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Serve as ambassadors and advocates for DASA and NC State as a whole.
  • Make a leadership gift/pledge to DASA—either unrestricted to support student success or designate an area.
  • Support the DASA fundraising efforts by helping to identify prospective board members and/or donors. Open doors by:
    • Reviewing lists of names of alumni, parents and friends in your area.
    • Identifying those you know or those whom you would be willing to reach out to on behalf of NC State.
    • Sending notes or e-mails, make phone calls to selected individuals.
    • As time permits, join development officers on cultivation calls.
  • Consider corporate connections and share ways that representatives from NC State can strengthen corporate partnerships with an eye toward giving.Make attendance at board meetings (bi-annual) and any ad-hoc meetings a priority. Meetings will provide access to university leadership and informative presentations.
  • Host or take an active role in additional networking and special events.

Term

  • Members are selected to serve a three-year term, renewable for one additional three-year term based on exceptional service and recommendation of the Vice Chancellor & Dean, Board President, or the Executive Director of Development. Following a second term, members must rotate off the board for a minimum of one year before re-nomination to the Board.
  • The term of membership shall begin with the members’ first meeting and new members can join the board at any meeting.

Contact Information:

DASA Development Office
Campus Box 7301
Raleigh, NC 27695-7301

Nicole Peterson
Executive Director of Development, DASA
napeters@ncsu.edu
919.513.1337

Josh Privette
Associate Director of Development, DASA
japrive2@ncsu.edu
919.513.3802

Jacqueline Fennell
Development Specialist, DASA
jewright@ncsu.edu
919.515.5317