Financial Aid

Meet Our Staff

Frederick Holding

Frederick Holding, Interim Director

Fred received his Bachelor's from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Master's from North Carolina Central University. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in higher education (most at Duke University) in the following areas: Residence Life, Student Accounts, Registration, Athletics, and Financial Aid. Fred started as Associate Director in the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and was appointed as Interim Director in August, 2015.

Shannon Miles

Shannon Miles

Assistant Director Counseling Services & Veterans Representative

Shannon has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2002. She serves as one of the assistant directors whose primary duties are twofold. She oversees the financial aid counseling team, who provide aid to both the undergraduate and graduate student population and she serves as a VA certifying official on campus. Shannon holds an undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University and a Master's Degree in Higher Education from Capella University. 

Essence Collins

Essence Collins

Financial Aid Counselor

Essence has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2013. She serves as a financial aid counselor for an undergraduate population. Essence earned her Bachelor of Arts from Greensboro College in 2010, where she also began her career in higher education as a Residence Hall Director.

Lydia Faison

Lydia Faison

Financial Aid Counselor & Web Content Manager

Lydia worked in higher education at the community college level for six years before coming to UNCW in 2006. She serves as a financial aid counselor and as the Web Content Manager for the office's website. She holds a BS from Coppin State University. 

Denise Gattison

Senior Financial Aid Counselor & Student Athletes

Denise has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2007. She serves as one of the financial aid counselors and oversees athletic aid and an undergraduate caseload as well. Denise holds a BA in Business and a MA in Education, Higher Education specialty, both from Ashford University. 

Alton Johnson

Financial Aid Counselor, Veterans' Representative & Student Athletes

Alton has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since October, 2014. He is a seven year, US Navy, Persian Gulf War veteran. He serves as lead counselor for the entire veterans' population, serves an undergraduate and graduate financial aid caseload and enjoys offering financial aid.  Alton holds an AS degree in Business Administration, has several service medals and plans to finish his bachelor's in Business Administration at UNCW. 

Daniel Sanchez 

Financial Aid Counselor

Dan received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Weber State University and his MA in Education from Trident University International. He began working in financial aid administration in 2010, serving as Financial Aid Counselor, and then Assistant Director of Financial Aid, for the University of Mount Olive. Dan has been with the UNCW Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. 

Tania Urbinati Catenacci 

Financial Aid Counselor & Outreach Coordinator

Tania has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2008. She serves as Graduate Counselor and Outreach Coordinator. She also oversees a population of undergraduate students. Tania is an alumni and holds an undergraduate and a Master's degree from UNCW.

Chad Voorhees

Financial Aid Counselor

Chad has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since May, 2015 and has been working in financial aid at other institutions for the past five years. He serves as the Lead Counselor for the RN-BSN degree program, an online accelerated program. Additionally, Chad serves a population of traditional undergraduate students.  Chad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from East Carolina University. 

Janice Vereen

Janice Vereen

Administrative Associate

Janice has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 1999. She is a native Wilmingtonian and holds an AA in Secretarial Science from Cape Fear Community College. 

 

Racheal Walton

Racheal Walton

Administrative Assistant

Racheal has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid  as an Administrative Assistant since 2016. She received her Bachelor's degree in Communication from East Carolina University. Before accepting her current position, Racheal held positions in the Facilities and Planning Office at UNC Charlotte and in the Office of Student Accounts at UNC Wilmington.

Kimberley Cheatham

Kimberley Cheatham

Sr. Assistant Director,

Scholarship Programs

Charlene Ceasar

Charlene Ceasar

Scholarship Coordinator

Jenna Keith

Scholarship Coordinator

Jenna has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, and is pursuing a M.Ed. in Higher Education at UNCW. She serves as scholarship coordinator for outside scholarships. 

G. George Goudarzi

G. George Goudarzi

Federal Work Study, Residency & Study Abroad Counselor

George has been with UNCW for the past 19 years. He earned his Bachelor's in Architecture from University of Arkansas and Diploma of Licentiate of the Industrial Artists and Designers of England from London, England. He was published in US National Architectural magazine in 1995. 

Andrea Brewer

Andrea Brewer

Scholarship Counselor & Study Abroad and SOAR Programs Coordinator 

Andrea has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. She serves as a financial aid counselor and coordinator for the SOAR Ambassador scholarship program. Andrea received her undergraduate degree from Catawba College and completed her Master's degree in Classics and a doctoral program in Comparative Literature at Florida State University. Prior to working in financial aid, she served as a faculty member at four other institutions. She relocated to Wilmington with her daughters from the Asheville area. 

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Victor Correro

Functional Analyst

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Emily McKibbin

Financial Aid Processor

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Seth Ellis 

Functional Analyst

Seth started with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid as a functional analyst in April, 2016. He has a background in and appreciation for financial aid, having worked as a senior financial aid counselor at Averett University in Danville, VA. He also has an audit and compliance background having served as an auditor for the North Carolina Department of Revenue and in the Office of Inspector General at the Palm Beach County School District in Florida. Seth received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

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Steve MacKinnon

Business Officer

Steve has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since February, 2015.  Steve holds two Bachelor's degrees, one of which is a B.B.A. in Accounting. Originally from the Baltimore/Washington area, Steve is a licensed CPA with over 15 years of financial and accounting experience in manufacturing and corporate settings, transferring his knowledge and expertise to the university setting.