Who We Are

Our Mission

The Professional Development Committee provides access to a range of opportunities for the intellectual, professional, social and cultural development of the Division of Student Affairs staff in order to increase knowledge of UNCW, enhance professional competencies and deliver exceptional service to students.

Picture of Barbie CowanCommittee Chair:
Barbie Cowan

Barbie is coordinator of Transition Programs (Student Affairs), and in her 15-year tenure at UNCW has also worked in The Office of the Chancellor and University Advancement.Transition Programs makes life-changing moments meaningful for students and families through Orientation, Commencement, Convocation, Family Weekend and FLASH (Families Learning About Seahawk Happenings) newsletter. In addition, they create learning opportunities and experiences for student Orientation Leaders, Seahawk Links and Teal Bridge Mentors. Barbie earned a B.S. in communications from Florida State University and a master of arts in liberal studies from UNC Wilmington.

Dr. Brian VictorCommittee Liaison:
Brian Victor

Dr. Brian Victor is the associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Catholic University of America. He also received masters’ degrees in Education from Harvard University and in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University. Dr. Victor is a Licensed Psychologist –HSP in North Carolina as well as in Maryland and Washington, DC, and he currently works with health and academic success related services for students. His research interests include crisis intervention, suicidal behavior, psychotherapy integration, and resiliency in overcoming adversity.

Bill DiNome, Student Media coordinatorBill DiNome

As UNCW's Student Media coordinator, Bill advises, trains, and provides budgetary oversight to student organizations that produce various types of media. These include UNCW’s longest-running publication, The Seahawk newspaper, Atlantis magazine, TealTV, and Hawkstream Radio. He is an active member of the College Media Association and vice-president of Southern University Newspapers, a regional conference. Bill teaches part time at UNCW and plays bass for UNCW’s unofficial faculty rock band, The Schoolboys.


Kait GoodnightKait Goodnight

Kait is the administrative associate and an insurance coordinator for the UNCW Student Health Center. She coordinates the daily business operations for the SHC and assists with oversight of the student health insurance plan including waiving and enrolling students, presenting at new student orientations, and filing medical claims. Kait has a BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently a candidate for a master’s of public administration at UNCW.

Tim Lewis, Campus RecreationTim Lewis

Tim Lewis is the associate director of Facility & Business Operations for Campus Recreation. After completing his undergraduate work at Missouri State and graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he worked in Campus Recreation at the University of Vermont before being hired at UNCW. Specific professional development topics of interest include leadership, student development and risk management. 


Diane Sledden ReedDiane Sledden Reed

With 24 years of career development experience and 17 years with UNCW Career Center, Diane is the Career Center's assistant director, web manager and campus outreach coordinator. Diane also serves as the Coordinator of Taking Flight, a Student Affairs senior capstone program. She holds an M.S. in counseling and college student personnel from Mankato State University (1991). She is an active member of ACPA (Diamond Honoree Recipient), NCCPA, AAEE, SAEE, and AASHE.


Michael RuweMichael Ruwe

Mike is the Learning Services coordinator at the University Learning Center where he oversees both the subject tutoring and academic mentoring programs. He holds a BA in Music, a BA in English Composition and Literature, and a MA in English. Mike’s research interests include critical thinking, metacognition, and tutor development. He has presented at national conferences of the Association for the Tutoring Profession, College Reading & Learning Association, the National Resource Center’s First Year Experience, and the National College Learning Center Association. Mike is certified ATP Master Tutor Trainer and achieved Learning Center Leadership Certification (2nd level) through the NCLCA.

Meredith Vaughn Meredith Vaughn

Meredith is a residence coordinator for Housing and Residence Life, responsible for the daily operations of a 400-bed, co-ed, first-year residence, Galloway Hall. She supervises 11 undergraduate resident assistants and one graduate assistant residence coordinator. Meredith completed her masters of education in student personnel administration in higher education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in May 2014. While attending UNC Greensboro she served as the graduate assistant to the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and completed internships in summer conferences, campus activities and academic advising.

Picture of Lauren S. RivenbarkLauren S. Rivenbark

Lauren is the Case Manager for the CARE and Crossroads offices, providing therapy to students involved with CARE and Crossroads services. In addition, Lauren provides supervision to Graduate Assistants within Crossroads who provide campus conduct interventions as it relates to on-campus alcohol and drug use. Lauren also works closely with students involved in the UNCW Collegiate Recovery Community – the CRC Hawks. Lauren practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as she received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University. Lauren is proud to be an Alumna of UNCW for her undergraduate degrees, during which time she began her efforts in both fields of interpersonal violence and substance use prevention as a student employee of both the CARE and Crossroads programs.


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