Combined, UNCW's OIRA team comprises over 34 years of experience within the field.
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
Meet the Team
UNCW's Institutional Research and Assessment team covers a varying array of skill sets, experience and interests. We are:
Steffaney Cohen,Interim Assistant Provost
My primary responsibilities are to report accurate information about UNCW to guidebooks and ranking agencies such as US News and World Report and the College Board and to work on surveys of UNCW students and employees. I am a Wilmington native and an alumnus of UNCW and UNC. Before joining the OIRA staff, I worked in county government, literacy counsulting projects and as a part-time lecturer in the Psychology Department at UNCW.
Steve Drew, Social Research Specialist
I provide programming support for SAS, Oracle, and Inquisite applications. I also provide administrative support for SQL Server. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, cruising in my '51 Mercury, and playing trombone in the Wilmington Big Band.
Yoshi Guy,Social Research Specialist
As a lead student data analyst, my primary responsibility is to interpret state and federal reporting requirements and analyze student and course data for official reporting. My experience in higher education has spanned over 15 years. Prior to coming to UNCW, I was an Associate Registrar, handling system configurations and implementation of new Banner processes as well as academic data analysis. I received a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, a bachelor's degree from Nagoya University of Arts, Japan, and a Computer Programming Certificate from North Carolina State University.
Marvin Jones, Social Research Assistant
I make use of over 30 years of experience in Information Technology to support the analysis of student data and generate reports and reporting processes for UNC General Administration and other State and Federal Agencies. After years of working in the banking and retail industry dealing with financial and sales data, I am finally dealing with data that interests me: Discovering our students and how they progress during their time at UNCW. I enjoy woodworking and spending time with my wife around the yard and exploring the Outer Banks.
Whitney Lawson,Social Research Specialist
I work and assist with external and internal surveys that come through our office, which includes running the survey software for the deployment of the internal surveys as well as accurate data/information collection for the external ones. I also create reports from the data we collect when needed. At home, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends & pets.
Chris Maness, Social Research Specialist
I create reports, narratives, and the occasional visualization around student and course data. I have worked in research and development most of my career, doing analysis as well as development of big data applications. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University, and I'm currently awaiting defense of my Master's thesis. I am a transplant to this area, hailing from the hills of southwestern Virginia. After coming to the area a few times to visit friends, I decided that I would come be a part of Wilmington. Away from work I'm a gearhead, comic/game nerd, avid traveler, and church man.
Mindy Phillips, Executive Assistant
I provide administrative support services to the Assistant Provost and the staff of OIRA including departmental budget, travel arrangements, P.O.’s, correspondence and other various duties. When not at work I enjoy: photography, listening to music, web design, gardening and the beach. I have one son, a dog, and four turtles. Someday would love to own a 55’ or 56’ Ford Thunderbird to ride up the coast.
Bob Wilcox, Business & Technology Applications Analyst
After years of loving our visits to North Carolina beaches and dreading having to leave the area at the end of each vacation, my family and I decided we needed to relocate. I ammoving here from Pittsburgh, am an avid Steelers fan, but am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I switched careers after earning a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. I have experience with many aspects of technology which I look forward to applying and expanding at OIR at UNCW. At home I enjoy spending time with my family and being involved with church activities.