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Email: eric.mlyn@duke.edu

Eric Mlyn is the Peter Lange Executive Director of DukeEngage and the Assistant Vice Provost for Civic Engagement. He is also on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to these positions, he directed the Robertson Scholars Program, a joint merit scholarship program at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. A firm believer in the transformative power of experiential and civic education, he has been building programs in this area for over a decade. A political scientist with a B.A. from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Eric’s academic and administrative work over the past 25 years has concerned itself with the role that society plays in fostering and strengthening democracy.

 

Mlyn Reappointed Executive Director of DukeEngage (7/25/16)

Social Innovation and Civic Engagement – Toward a Shared Future? (By Eric Mlyn, 2016)

Why We Need National Service (Podcast, Eric Mlyn, 2016)

Civic Engagement and Higher Education at a Crossroads (Huffington Post)

Email: elaine.madison@duke.edu

Elaine has served as a senior advisor to DukeEngage since its origin and also oversees all Durham Programs within DukeEngage. Prior to her community engagement work for Duke, she was associate director at Duke Continuing Education. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar, her B.A. from Colorado Women’s College, and she has completed graduate work at Brandeis University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Email: adria.kinney@duke.edu

Adria’s work focuses on developing initiatives to train and prepare students pre-departure as well as for their transitions back to Duke. Some of her main responsibilities include directing the annual Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy and DukeEngage’s student leadership programs: the guiDE Group, Team DEAL, and the Brodhead Service Fellows. A DukeEngage alumna herself (Kenya—WISER), Adria believes civic engagement is crucial for the development of culturally competent global citizens. After graduating with an AB in Psychology, Adria spent three years teaching English overseas, first in Beijing, China and then in Madrid, Spain. While in Spain, she earned a Master’s degree in International Education from Universidad de Alcala. Before joining DukeEngage, Adria worked as a College Adviser for Duke’s College Advising Corps and as a College Liaison for Durham Technical Community College.

Email: annie.kao@duke.edu

Annie is a first generation Chinese-American who has worked in scholarly publishing and private sector business management. She worked for many years at Duke University Press before managing advertising finance for the Audi and Sony accounts at McKinney. She has an AB in cultural anthropology from Duke (T’92) and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Annie loves that her job gives her the opportunity to work with so many interesting constituencies—undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators, and people from all over the world. She has lived in four states and five countries and now proudly calls Durham her home.

Beth Owen has worked within Duke University since 2009.  Her work includes positions with the Executive MBA Program Office at the Fuqua School of Business, the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program (Duke and UNC) and – as of 2018 – working to support DukeEngage programs through the office of Finance and Administration for Global and Civic Education.

Beth received a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College, an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at the University of California – Los Angeles.  Her non-Duke professional experience includes work with independent research organizations, the federal government, and electric utilities.

Beth is the mother to four teenagers and lives in Old North Durham.

Email: beth.owen@duke.edu

Email: betty.cowan@duke.edu

Betty is a valued seasonal employee, who steps in to assist the DukeEngage team during our super busy periods, including registration, the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy and other special events.

Email: cathy.stamm@duke.edu

Cathy Ashby Stamm is DukeEngage’s content caretaker, brand manager, website curator and social media cheerleader. She joined the team in April 2015, after working for many years in the magazine industry. She is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher whose career launched in Durham before taking her to Maryland and Pennsylvania — and now back to Durham again.

Her communications work also includes support for the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program, the Duke College Advising Corps, the Brodhead Fellows and the Duke Office of Civic Engagement.

Cathy is a Duke graduate (T’92) and lives in Trinity Park just a stone’s throw from the office where she worked for four years as a work-study student.

Email: hlinger@duke.edu

Hesper started her Duke career in 2006 as coordinator of communications and donor relations for Arts & Sciences Development. From 2009-2013, she was a senior marketing and communications specialist for Duke University Development, where she helped create collateral for the Duke Forward campaign launch. Before joining DukeEngage in 2017, Hesper was the development communications director for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and The Graduate School.

Email: jacki.purtell@duke.edu 

Jacki grew up in New York and received her B.A. in history and Latin American studies, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. After graduation, and before earning a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, Jacki spent two years as a service member with the NC Literacy Corps, an AmeriCorps program, serving in Chapel Hill and Durham. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and son, and two cats, and is an avid reader and occasional crafter.

At DukeEngage, Jacki oversees the development, implementation and analysis of the DukeEngage reflection surveys for students, community partners, and staff, has a hand in anything related to Qualtrics, and works to develop and implement the DukeEngage strategic plan. Most recently, she has implemented and oversees the DukeEngage e-Portfolio platform. She also supports the data and assessment needs of Duke College Advising Corps and the ACE program. Jacki is an advocate for being data informed and for understanding how qualitative and quantitative data can enhance the understanding of student learning and program outcomes. Example impact and outcome reports can be found on our Impact & Assessment page.

Email: kathy.sikes@duke.edu

Kathy came to DukeEngage having worked as a service-learning faculty member, national project director and nonprofit manager. Most recently, Kathy worked for Duke’s Service Learning program as an instructor, faculty consultant, and as the director of the International Center for Service Learning in Teacher Education (ICSLTE). Prior to Duke, Kathy spent more than 10 years as the executive director of the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she funded, developed, implemented and assessed youth-led, social justice-focused literacy and service learning programs on campuses across the country. A proud Durham resident, Kathy credits her nearly 10 years of work at the Durham Literacy Center (a local adult literacy nonprofit) with shaping her interests in community-based outreach and pedagogies. She received her B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.Ed. from North Carolina Central University. Kathy also has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke and training in popular education and adult learning from Global Learning Partners.

Email: kristin.wright@duke.edu

Kristin serves as the point person for faculty-led group programs, supporting faculty and staff in program development and implementation. She also manages student recruitment efforts and collaborates on both student and staff training.

Kristin has a background in education and worked in admissions and program evaluation at the University of British Columbia for several years before returning to NC to coordinate faculty support and student development efforts for Duke’s academic service-learning program. She lives in Durham with her husband and her daughter and devotes her spare time to PTA fundraising and voter registration.

Email: marka.king@duke.edu

Mark is the office Manager for DukeEngage. He handles scheduling, customer service, ordering and inventory, financial reconciling, expense reports and other various projects as needed. Before joining DukeEngage in 2014, he was the Business Manager at the Duke Faculty Club for eight years. Mark comes from a small business background having owned both a Domino’s Pizza and Yogurt Pump franchise before coming to work at Duke. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and pickleball and vacationing at Myrtle Beach with his wife.

Email: peggy.james@duke.edu

Peggy spent most of her early years in Virginia and moved to North Carolina after earning a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia. She spent a number of years working in newspaper advertising before deciding to return to school and change careers. Peggy earned a Master of Accounting degree from North Carolina State University in 2012. Before joining DukeEngage in 2015, she spent 3 years working in Treasury and Cash Management at Duke. Peggy loves to spend her free time walking and hiking, and she has a fondness for Winnie the Pooh and fun socks.

Email: thomas.n.phillips@duke.edu

Originally from a small town in South Alabama, Thomas completed his undergraduate degree in Spanish at Auburn University and spent several years around the world as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Georgia, as a Spanish teacher on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and as an English teacher in South Korea. Eventually, he arrived in North Carolina to begin graduate work in Hispanic literature, earning a master’s in 2011 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Continuing toward the doctorate in Romance Studies led to more time abroad working and studying in Spain and Brazil in addition to teaching a variety of courses in Spanish and Portuguese. Prior to joining DukeEngage, Thomas worked as Peace Corps campus recruiter. In his scarce spare time not spent working on the PhD, he loves to exercise, cook, and watch Auburn football.