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.

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.


Ashton BartleyAshton’s passion is chatting with college students about chemistry, helping them to understand and even enjoy the central science.  She graduated from the University of Florida with a PhD in organic chemistry.  Her favorite part of working with college students is watching their confidence bloom!   Ashton is super excited to be an academic coach specializing in chemistry at UNC-CH where she facilitates the CHEMpossible learning groups.  Outside of the Learning Center, Ashton enjoys baking, exercising, reading, tacos, and corgis.


Christy Webb 2Christy loves working with Carolina students, and has done so in a number of ways since coming to Chapel Hill as a grad student in American literature.  She has taught writing and literature courses in the English department, served as a tutor for student athletes, and worked as a private GRE tutor.  Although she has also worked for “that other school” as a Duke TIP instructor, she is a Tar Heel at heart! At the Learning Center, Christy coordinates the peer tutoring program.  When she’s not working on her dissertation, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and beating her husband at Scrabble.

Sangeeta Desai 2Sangeeta loves helping people achieve their goals. Throughout her experiences in learning and education, she has had the opportunity to work with university students in various roles. These include working in workshops and in classrooms as a Student Academic Counselor, Teaching Assistant and Instructor. Sangeeta has a PhD in South Asian Studies and is currently in the School of Information and Library Sciences at UNC learning how to be a digital archivist and be computer literate. In her free time, Sangeeta likes to engage in various creative endeavors, practice yoga and above all spend time with her wonderful husband and daughter.

marc howlettMarc is dedicated to working with college students, strongly believing that everyone can learn, improve, and succeed. As an Academic Coach, Marc collaborates with students to maximize their academic lives. He knows first-hand the transformative power of academic coaching, having utilized the Learning Center and Writing Center extensively as a UNC graduate student. Marc graduated from UNC in 2015 with a PhD in City & Regional Planning. When not working at the Learning Center, Marc and his family frequent Durham libraries, parks, gardens, 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.

conor oneilConor’s experiences in education have focused on effectively balancing academic, social, and emotional aspects of life. He is currently earning his PhD in School Psychology and has worked as a School Psychologist at the high school level in Baltimore and Washington D.C. prior to joining the Learning Center. Conor is committed to supporting students in achieving their individual goals by honing effective strategies and minimizing stress. Outside of academic coaching, Conor has coached high school lacrosse for a number of years, and enjoys bike riding and seeing live music in his free time.


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.

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 mountains or beach when she can.

JackieJackie is passionate about working with college students, especially at UNC!  She received her Master’s in Mathematics from Carolina, during which she had the opportunity to teach several undergraduate math classes.  She is excited to be an academic coach at the Learning Center, where she is specializing in mathematics and facilitating the Math Plus study groups for students taking Math 110, Math 130, and Math 231.  In her free time Jackie likes to hang out with Cooper, her adorable puppy, and play board games with her husband.