Get To Know Our Staff


Kim picKim’s career has been spent fostering the creative, student-centered, tech-savvy communities that are Carolina’s Writing center and Learning Center.   She enjoys dynamic, interdisciplinary environments where students discuss, evaluate, imagine, discover, reflect, and stretch into new ideas and academic habits.   Although she currently spends much of her time collaborating with colleagues to build Learning Center services and programs, she loves meeting with individual students and listening as they define and refine their academic selves.   She’s always glad for time to travel, read, make art, and enjoy life in Durham with her husband and two teenagers.


Bob’sbob career in education has given him the opportunity to work one-on-one with students, to teach in classrooms, and to create larger educational programs. He has worked as a writing tutor; taught in communities, high schools, and at Carolina; and has developed and coordinated educational programs for a variety of audiences and ages. Bob is passionate about using education as a tool for both personal reflection and social change, and he wants to create opportunities for all students who enter Carolina to succeed. In his free time, he enjoys running, cooking, reading, and discovering new music in all genres. He is a proud resident of Durham, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.


robinRobin’s background is in biological sciences and public health.  She enjoys serving students as an academic coach and counselor.  She facilitates the learning group Bio Cell that serves students in the Biology 101 course.  She also assists students as they prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).  She is passionate about her three amazing children and wonderful husband.


joyJoy is a doctoral candidate in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She has extensive experience working with students of all ages, including students with learning disabilities and attention difficulties.  Joy especially enjoys helping students develop time management, study strategies, and reading comprehension skills. Completing a doctoral degree with two teenage daughters at home has required a new level of time management and life-balance for Joy!



joshJosh is a doctoral student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC, where he teaches courses on writing and American literature. At the Learning Center he works as a Graduate Learning Coach and supports Learning Labs and workshops. His interests include the history of science, music, and SEC football, and he lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and their dog, Darwin.


budBud is a Ph.D student in education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Master of School Administration from UNC as well. He has a BA in Chemistry and Science Education from Elon University. He has taught chemistry, physics, and pre-calculus for Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC. Bud has served as coordinator for gifted education and the director of school improvement for Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools, Winston-Salem, NC. At the Learning Center, Bud leads the Peer Tutoring program. In his free time, he enjoys reading, relaxing with friends, and playing with his black lab, Brody. ​


marc howlettMarc is dedicated to working with college students, strongly believing that everyone can learn and improve. Prior to joining the Learning Center as an Academic Coach and facilitator of test prep study groups, he worked for three years next door at the Writing Center. Marc is a PhD Candidate in UNC’s Department of City & Regional Planning with a specialty in freight transportation policy and planning. When not working at the Learning Center or on his dissertation, Marc and his family frequent Durham libraries, parks, construction sites, and transportation facilities.


TLMwhite background headTheresa ‘s career in education has allowed her to be a teacher, teacher trainer, counselor, learning specialist, author and a coach with individuals from ages 3 to 60.   Working with college students is her favorite role.   She loves coaching students to discover ways to balance their lives and live the life of their dreams now!  While she has special talents for helping students with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning, attentional and emotional differences, she welcomes any student who is ready to grow.   She and her husband love their life in Raleigh and are surrounded by a large extended family.  In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, sewing, playing piano, traveling and learning to relax and do nothing.

Christina’s mission is simple: to help students develop critical thinking skills and learn how to learn. She meets with students individually, leads workshops, and teaches the Speed Reading & Study Skills course. Areas of expertise include time management, speed reading, reading comprehension, note-taking, test-taking, study strategies, and tutoring. She is especially interested in serving first-generation, transfer, ESL, and non-traditional students. Her office is one of the most unique on campus. Drop by Suite 2109/SASB North to check out her Treadmill Desk!

KristenKristen’s years in education include various roles: classroom teacher, curriculum developer, private tutor and academic coach.  She enjoys helping both undergraduate and graduate students create an overall goal-centered Tar Heel experience, as well as develop effective academic skills.  Kristen has particular interest in students with ADHD and LD, and coaches them to manage and even embrace their learning differences.  Kristen loves yoga, writing, cooking, spending time with her family, and getting to the beach when she can.


KariKari is working on a PhD in Health Behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is one of the Learning Center’s new Academic Coaches. As a student herself, she has experienced the powerful effect that coaching can have, and she’s excited to share that experience with her fellow Tarheels.  Kari has experience working with students who have ADHD, and believes that we all have the power to create positive change, both in our own lives and in the world around us. In addition to working with students and chugging away at her dissertation, she enjoys trips to the mountains, dabbling in a variety of arts and crafts, and occasionally playing with heavy machinery.


melissaMelissa is earning her PhD in School Psychology in the School of Education. Before joining the School of Education, Melissa completed her Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology at UNC in May 2014. Her academic interest focuses on the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities, including those with learning disabilities and ADHD.  In addition to her position in the Learning Center as a Graduate Learning Coach, she works in the Office of Accessibility Resources and Service assisting students with disabilities and medical conditions. Melissa loves working with UNC students and looks forward to new experiences in the Learning Center. In her free time, Melissa loves spending time with her husband, family, and her sweet dog Zeke.