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DukeEngage staff bios and contact info follow.
Charlie Piot is a professor in the departments of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and is the Peter Lange Faculty Director of DukeEngage. His area of specialization is the political economy and cultural history of rural West Africa. His recent book, Doing Development in West Africa: A Reader By and For Undergraduates (2016), describes small-scale development projects his DukeEngage students have carried out in villages in northern Togo, West Africa.
Inga Peterson is the Associate Director of Operations for DukeEngage. She has been developing and managing programs and cross-functional teams at Duke for the majority of the past eleven years, five of which she spent as an assistant director for programs with DukeEngage. Most recently, she served as the Vice President for Campus Engagement for the Duke Alumni Association, where she was the senior administrator responsible for the campus-facing programs and functions of the 175,000-member Association. Prior to coming to Duke, Inga working in academic advising and student affairs at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Boston University, and developed and managed international community development programs with the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute for International Development, and the United States Peace Corps. Inga lives in Durham with her son and Yorkie mix.
Phone: (919) 660-3226
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.
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.
Angelica’s work focuses on the administrative duties of both the DukeEngage office and the Duke Office of Civic Engagement.
Angelica is a Durham Native who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense with minor in Public Policy. She has lived in the Bronx and Colombia, South America. During her Peace Corps Service in Colombia, she taught English to ages 8-62. Angelica also served as the Site Coordinator for DukeEngage-Boston in 2018. She enjoys traveling, running, and encouraging others to step outside of the box.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.