Charlotte Faculty and Staff

Campus Administration

pegbernhardMargaret “Peg” Bernhard, DPA
Interim Dean
Associate Dean, Campus Administration

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Margaret “Peg” Bernhard is responsible for the delivery of academic programs; campus and operational planning; and licensure, compliance, and accreditation processes. Prior to joining Northeastern, she served in a variety of administrative roles at Western Michigan University and Marquette University including director of academic programming and outreach, interim vice provost for extended university programs, research officer, director of the employee assistance academic program, and director of external relations for the College of Business Administration.

Bernhard was assistant professor for the School of Community Health Services at Western Michigan University and an adjunct instructor for the College of Professional Studies at Marquette University.

She has a doctorate in public administration, a master’s degree in educational leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communication, all from Western Michigan University. She has also completed a master’s degree in dispute resolution at Marquette University.

carliehouchinsCarlie Houchins, EdD
Director of Learner & Employer Engagement
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As director of business development for Enterprise Talent Solutions, Carlie Houchins leads our external outreach efforts, including existing recruiting and enrollment focus, while developing and growing our B2B footprint through Enterprise Talent Solutions. Her role oversees a cadre of talent consultants, a regional admissions and recruitment team, and communications, as well as local public relations and marketing efforts.

Houchins has more than 20 years of marketing and consulting experience in Fortune 50 organizations, including Procter & Gamble and Wells Fargo.  In her six years with Northeastern, she has proven herself as a strong leader and collaborator with a focus on results and outcomes while valuing personal relationships and customer focus to ensure the highest quality experience for students.

Houchins received an EdD in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MBA in marketing management from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris Smith
Campus Operations Manager
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As the campus operations manager, Chris Smith is responsible for the overall management of Charlotte campus facilities, including risk management, health and safety, technology administration, and campus events, and acts as liaison for campus renovations and build outs.

Smith brings a wealth of experience in business operations, facility and event management, budgeting, and staffing. In his previous role, Smith served as the assistant director of facilities operations for the athletics department at Columbia University, managing the indoor athletic complex. He also served as the events and facilities manager at Webster Bank Arena.

Smith earned his BS and MBA  in management of sports industries at the University of New Haven.

Marjorie Belizaire, Executive Assistant
Human Resources, Finance, Administrative Support to Campus Leadership
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Roxanne Ward, Communications Manager
B2B, Student, and Internal Communications
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Tori Jaramillo, Student Services and Campus Operations Assistant
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Charlotte Staff

Latwoia Belk, Career & Academic Coach
College of Professional Studies
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Lakisha Bennett, Program Manager–Clinical Placement, School of Nursing
Bouve College of Health Sciences
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McAllister Collins, CPT, U.S. Army (Ret.), Assistant Director of Military Admissions
Fort Bragg Training and Education Center
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Tia Keck, Academic Advisor, Office of Student Services
Bouve College of Health Sciences
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Kimberly McCrimmon, Outreach & Engagement Manager
Khoury College of Computer Sciences
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ABSN PROGRAM

  • Alexandria Schellhase, Site Director
  • Kye Bryant, Admissions Counselor
  • Aisha Khan, Admissions Coordinator
  • Ashley King, Admission Counselor
  • Melody Lapsley (Chandler), Licensure Readiness Coach
  • Sharon Nelson, Lab Coordinator

Charlotte Faculty

Corliss Brown Thompson, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education
College of Professional Studies
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Corliss Thompson, Ph.D. has been a full time faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Northeastern University since 2013 and has taught research methods, research design, and social justice courses. Dr. Thompson has been involved with NExT, the Global Network of Experiential Educators, at Northeastern since its inception. Dr. Thompson is passionate about using culturally relevant and experiential approaches in her teaching and mentoring, and she also uses and help others use research methodology and program evaluation approaches for deeper understanding and improvement of teaching and learning. Before becoming a faculty member, Dr. Thompson worked in a research and evaluation office in a school district and at the University of North Carolina, where she earned her doctoral degree. She also was an elementary school teacher in Charlotte and Chapel Hill, NC.

Education: Doctor of Philosophy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)


Cherese Childers-McKee, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor, Graduate School of Education
College of Professional Studies
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Cherese Childers-McKee is a full-time faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and serves as the faculty lead for the Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL) concentration and the DiP Research Courses.

Dr. Childers-McKee completed her PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her research interests include Language and Identity, Community Engaged Research, Urban Schools, Critical Literacy, Teacher Leadership, Social Justice Education, and Intercultural Relations.  She also holds a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies.

Dr. Childers-McKee’s teaching experiences range from K-12 to higher education. She has taught middle school and high school; undergraduate pre-service teachers; undergraduate honors students; and graduate educational leadership and higher education students. Dr. Childers-McKee’s publications have appeared in venues such as The Urban ReviewThe Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. She is co-editor of the book, Postcards from the Schoolhouse: Practitioner Scholars Examine Contemporary Issues in Instructional Leadership. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Action Research Journal (ARJ).

Education: PhD from University of North Carolina (2016)


Christopher Bolick, EdD, PMP
Assistant Academic Specialist
College of Professional Studies
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Christopher Bolick is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program. He has extensive experience in project management and business process improvement, and has previously worked with a Fortune 40 company in engineering and construction, real estate operations, strategic sourcing, facilities maintenance, and design and continuous improvement. He brings his extensive expertise in managing strategic initiatives and cross-functional teams to Northeastern where, since 2013, he has served as a graduate faculty member and academic consultant.

Dr. Bolick is the master teacher for the “Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals,” Communication Skills for Project Managers,” and “Project Scheduling and Cost Planning” courses, while overseeing the implementation of the Project Management Competency-Based Experiential Learning program. He has taught a range of courses at the graduate level, including “Project Foundations” and “Project Capstone,” in addition to those listed previously. He has presented at the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2018 Technology and Talent Symposium and has a chapter forthcoming in a new textbook on project management in his areas of research including the intersection of artificial intelligence, data analytics, and digital transformation as its related to project management practices.

He holds a Master of Project Management from Western Carolina University, and the following certifications; Project Management Professional PMP©, Business Process Management, and Lean Six Sigma. In 2020, Dr. Bolick completed an EdD in Organizational Leadership Studies at Northeastern.

Education: Doctor of Education from Northeastern University (2020)


Robert M. Prior, EdD
Associate Teaching Professor
College of Professional Studies
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Robert M. Prior is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Master of Sports Leadership and Master of Science in Leadership programs. Dr. Prior oversees the course design and instruction of select courses by the Sports Leadership faculty. He serves on the Board of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), where he is also a member of the Publicity and Promotions Committee.

He has extensive experience as a practitioner in the sports industry, having worked at both the professional and collegiate levels. He has presented numerous times at the COSMA Conference and at the North American Society for Sport Management Conference.

Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Prior was director of media relations for the Boston Celtics, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Atlanta Braves, venue manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, and director of information and new media for Major League Soccer. Previously, he was the Associate Athletic Director at Nova Southeastern University, and chaired and taught in the sport management undergraduate program at Lasell College.

Education: 
EdD (Organizational Leadership), Nova Southeastern University
MS (Sports Administration), Saint Thomas University


Pamela Wojnar, EdD
Assistant Teaching Professor
College of Professional Studies
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Pamela J. Wojnar is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Master of Sports Leadership program. Dr. Wojnar brings over 25 years of experience as a practitioner in the sports industry and as an educator in the sports management discipline. She has held positions such as athletic director, assistant athletic director, sports information director, head women’s basketball coach, assistant women’s volleyball coach, championships director, and compliance officer, at St. Mary’s College of MD, Rosemont College, Wheaton College (MA), and Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to starting her career in athletics, she spent six years working in public relations for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Dr. Wojnar has been a leadership facilitator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division III Student-Athlete Leadership Conference and has served on numerous NCAA, conference, and institutional committees, including the NCAA Research Committee and the Division III Women’s Basketball Committee. She has served on, and chaired the abstract review committee for the annual COSMA Conference, as well as the COSMA Conference planning committee. She represented the College of Professional Studies on the Senate Ad hoc Committee to Recommend Changes to the Faculty Senate Bylaws Regarding Composition of the Senate; and chaired the Faculty Academic Council ad hoc Bylaws Review Committee.

Education: Doctor of Education from University of Sports Academy (2008)


Maria Jump, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Khoury College of Computer Sciences
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Maria Jump is an associate teaching professor at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. She is primarily interested in educational strategies within computer science, specifically in regards to programming languages and runtime systems. Dr. Jump teaches courses in the Align program.

Before returning to school for her bachelor’s degree in computer science, she worked in IT, where she provided training and support for computer systems used by her company. Between her undergraduate degree and graduate school, she worked as a software engineer for a startup in Austin, Texas where she worked on real-time day trading software. Dr. Jump received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jump is passionate about teaching and the study of computer science educational pedagogical strategies, which ties into her research interests in the area of programming languages and managed runtime systems. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how the runtime system of managed languages can be exploited to heighten program understanding. Her research is currently focused on developing techniques to improve the understanding of how programs use the heap, a data structure, and to develop techniques for identifying anomalous heap behavior, particularly for novice programmers.

Education:
PhD in Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
MS in Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin
BS in Computer Science, University of Maryland
BS in Forensic Chemistry, Ohio University


Mary Griffin, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing Director, ABSN Charlotte Program
Bouve College of Health Sciences
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Kristy Williams, DNP, RN
Associate Clinical Professor, School of Nursing
Bouve College of Health Sciences
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