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Staff Directory

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Office of the Dean

Paula D. McClain
Paula D. McClain

Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost

  • Serves as the senior administrator in The Graduate School
  • Is responsible for all policies and procedures in the graduate programs


Pakis BessiasPakis Bessias

IT Manager

  • Oversees The Graduate School's internal computer data systems


Angela EbertsAngela Eberts

Director of Development

  • Oversees and implements the fundraising program for The Graduate School
  • Manages the Graduate School Board of Visitors


Rachel MojicaRachel Mojica

Assistant Director of Development

  • Serves as a fundraiser for The Graduate School, including frontline fundraising at the major gift level, pipeline development, and coordinating Annual Fund efforts


Kim ThompsonKim Thompson

Human Resources Manager

  • Coordinates human resource needs of employees, student workers, and fellows
  • Interprets personnel policies and employee relations functions to meet federal, state, University, and Graduate School objectives
  • Assists hiring managers in employee recruitment and termination, position classification, and salary administration


Carlus WaltersCarlus Walters

Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean

  • Assists with Graduate School management and schedules appointments for the dean


John ZhuJohn Zhu

Senior Director of Communications

  • Leads the development and implementation of The Graduate School's communications strategy



Academic Affairs

John KlingensmithJohn Klingensmith

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Develops and administers the academic regulations of the Graduate School, including those involving disciplinary matters, time limitations, leaves, examination/advisory committees and milestone examinations
  • Is responsible for the external review of University academic departments and programs, and the internal review of proposed curriculum changes in graduate programs
  • Serves as admissions reviewer and as general academic advisor for students who wish to talk to someone outside their own graduate degree programs


Hugh CrumleyHugh Crumley

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Coordinates Responsible Conduct of Research training for all graduate students
  • Directs the Certificate in College Teaching program
  • Directs the Preparing Future Faculty program
  • Teaches graduate courses in college teaching methods, technology and design
  • Offers workshops and consulting on technology and teaching for graduate students


Sarah GraySarah Gray

Program Coordinator

  • Provides administrative support to Academic Affairs
  • Handles coordination of workshops and events
  • Records preliminary exam information
  • Manages the thesis/dissertation process


Matthew JonesMatthew Jones

Program Coordinator

  • Tracks and reports graduate student placement
  • Manages the graduate faculty nominations and graduate student committees processes
  • Edits the Graduate School Bulletin and the Director of Graduate Studies Manual
  • Oversees the Graduate Certificate Process
  • Updates the Academic Affairs portion of The Graduate School website, including descriptions of departments, and programs
  • Manages DGS appointment process


Helene McAdamsHelene McAdams

Graduate School Registrar

  • Acts as liaison among the Graduate School, departments, and the University Registrar regarding academic requirements and policies.
  • Audits and manages degree records and requirements.
  • Reviews and executes special registration requests, including interinstitutional, cross-school, undergraduate, and overload requests.
  • Reviews and processes student academic program and plan status change requests.
  • Resolves registration problems.


Courtnea RaineyCourtnea Rainey

Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation

  • Develops, coordinates, and provides support for graduate educational assessment and evaluation.
  • Directs The Graduate School's student learning outcomes assessment program.
  • Assists the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the management of the external review process for academic departments and programs.
  • Contributes to the professional training of doctoral students interested in academic careers, including the teaching of graduate-level courses.



General Admissions Line: 919-684-3913

Nicholas AlenaNicholas Alena

Associate Dean, Graduate Admissions

  • Manages daily operations of the Admissions Office, including workflow, staff supervision and implementation of new technology to the admissions process
  • Is responsible for set-up, monitoring, and data integrity of automated systems
  • Assists with upgrades
  • Hires and trains additional seasonal staff
  • Provides ongoing admissions analysis and reports


Scott AndrewsScott C. Andrews

Data Manager

  • Provides support for PeopleSoft, ApplyYourself, Admissions Center databases
  • Performs setup for new processes, assists with upgrades and staff training
  • Is responsible for direct communication to admissions candidates, including final admissions decisions
  • Provides admissions data, statistical analysis, and reports


KizerChris Kizer

Slate Operations Manager

  • Develops, edits, and manages admissions communications
  • Communicates final admissions decisions to applicants
  • Responds to prospect, applicant, and admitted student inquiries
  • Matriculates admitted students


MirekKristen Mirek

Program Coordinator

  • Manages image capturing process
  • Serves as admissions liaison with graduate departments in business administration, basic medical sciences, economics, and various others
  • Assists incoming international students with visa processing


Randi SmithRandi Smith

Duke Kunshan Admissions Specialist

  • Processes applications for admission to Duke Kunshan University
  • Serves as the liaison for the Global Health and Medical Physics master’s programs at Duke Kunshan University. Assists Duke Kunshan students with obtaining visas for study at Duke.
  • Responds to prospect, applicant and admitted student inquiries
  • Responsible for scanning/capturing application materials into imaging database for both Duke and Duke Kunshan.


Nancy WinesNancy Wines

Program Coordinator

  • Processes admissions applications
  • Serves as admissions liaison with graduate departments in computer science, engineering, liberal studies, and various others
  • Assists incoming international students with visa processing


Tyler ReadTyler Read

Communications Specialist

  • Develops, edits, and manages admissions communications
  • Communicates final admissions decisions to applicants
  • Responds to prospect, applicant, and admitted student inquiries
  • Matriculates admitted students



Finance and Administration

Shanna FitzpatrickShanna Fitzpatrick

Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Chief Financial Officer

  • Develops, implements and communicates all Graduate School financial operations, including financial strategic planning and budget development
  • Provides oversight of administrative processes and process improvement implementation
  • Serves as liaison between University departments and external entities regarding financial and administrative policies and initiative


Lorelei EvansLorelei Evans

Data Processing Specialist

  • Provide user-level support for administrative systems and databases used in day-to-day operations
  • Provide support for systems and reporting development, financial aid, and related processes


Daniel HeflinDaniel Heflin

Financial Aid Coordinator

  • Manages all aspects of graduate financial aid in conjunction with federal regulations and programs
  • Determines eligibility and processes student loans
  • Serves as contact for national fellowships
  • Maintains updated information on federal tax law regarding student aid



Strategic Data and Analytics Manager

  • Develops and implements all data management processes
  • Performs data reporting and statistical analysis to be used by internal Graduate School units as well as external Duke offices


Lynette RoeschLynette Roesch

Staff Assistant

  • Greets visitors and connects them with appropriate staff
  • Oversees front desk operations
  • Manages building and grounds facilities


Budgets and Finance

Iryna MerenbloomIryna Merenbloom

Assistant Dean, Budgets and Finance

  • Directs financial operations
  • Oversees development and implementation of financial policies, processes and technologies
  • Manages daily operation and staff supervision
  • Prepares and monitors administrative and financial aid budgets and expenditures


Natalia ProvorovNatalia Provorov

Staff Accountant

  • Administers The Graduate School's conference travel program
  • Maintains accounting of procurement card payments and office invoices
  • Provides additional assistance in managing department operations


Caroline MorrisCaroline Morris

Senior Fellowship Coordinator

  • Manages Graduate Fellowship application and selection processes
  • Maintains GSF and payroll processing
  • NSF GRFP Coordinating Official


Cynthia WilcockCynthia Stout

Financial Analyst

  • Compiles, analyzes and prepares reports on the financial compliance and performance of graduate student funding and the operating units of The Graduate School



Graduate Student Affairs

Jacqueline LooneyJacqueline Looney

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity

  • Serves as the senior administrator for the Office of Graduate Student Affairs
  • Collaborates with graduate departments, student organizations, and other administrative units to provide services that enhance the academic, social, personal, and cultural needs of graduate students


Melissa BostromMelissa Bostrom

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development

  • Provides strategic direction and leadership for graduate student professional development
  • Manages the Professional Development Grant
  • Directs the Professional Development Series
  • Directs the Emerging Leaders Institute
  • Manages Duke OPTIONS
  • Serves as managing editor of the Professional Development Blog and weekly professional development newsletter


Latishia FutrellLatishia Futrell

Senior Program Coordinator

  • Manages communication networks and databases
  • Prepares programmatic reports
  • Assists in the implementation of programming efforts
  • Serves as a liaison with University departments


Alan KendrickAlan Kendrick

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development

  • Oversees efforts to design, deliver, and improve services and programs that support graduate students from entry to completion of their degrees
  • Creates mechanisms for developing and coordinating The Graduate School's diversity initiatives, including the daily administration and development of recruitment and retention activities


Sondra PonziSondra Ponzi

Senior Program Coordinator

  • Manages and implements student programs
  • Is responsible for budgeting, preparing programmatic reports, and providing counseling and advising of students
  • Acts as the disability services liaison and the harassment prevention advisor



English for International Students

Brad TeagueBrad Teague

Assistant Dean and EIS Director

  • Leads the design and delivery of English-language courses and services for international graduate students 
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures
  • Hires and supervises EIS faculty and staff
  • Establishes collaborations and partnerships with other programs at Duke
  • Teaches EIS courses


Marta McCabeMarta McCabe

Program Coordinator

  • Provides administrative support to the EIS director
  • Coordinates placement testing
  • Develops and implements data-management systems
  • Serves as a liaison with other programs, offices, and departments at Duke
  • Teaches EIS courses



List of EIS instructors