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CherryMichael Cherry currently serves as the Parker Community Director in the Department of Housing and Residential Education. Michael also serves as an Advisor for the Residence Hall Association (RHA) here at UNC and serves as the Advisor to the North Carolina Association of Residence Halls (NCARH).  In all of the positions Michael works to provide leadership training and opportunities for personal growth and development for the students he supervises and advises.  Michael serves as facilitator for Strengths based leadership workshops at UNC since 2011.  Michael earned his bachelors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Journalism and a Master’s in Higher Education from Florida State University.
desimoneJoseph DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at UNC. In 2012 he was named director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC—the Institute is the equivalent of a $50 million endowment focused on facilitating entrepreneurship at UNC and in North Carolina more broadly. DeSimone is also an adjunct member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. DeSimone has published over 300 scientific articles and has 140 issued patents in his name with over 80 patents pending. DeSimone has received over 50 major awards and recognitions and has made breakthrough contributions in green chemistry, fluoropolymer synthesis, colloid science, and nano-biomaterials. DeSimone received his BS in Chemistry in 1986 from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1990 from Virginia Tech.
EmilyEmily Gomez serves as a career counselor for all students, and particularly enjoys her roles on University Career Services Diversity Advisory Board, the Carolina Veterans Task Force, the Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Committee, and as a Comunidad mentor in the Latino/a Mentoring Program. She joined University Career Services a year ago this summer and completed her graduate degree in Counseling at California State University, Sacramento. She empowers students to get to their next step (whatever that might be), build a supportive network, and develop their professional communication skills.
julieJulie A. Ruterbories is a senior foreign service officer with 21 years of experience in Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Washington, D.C. Julie is the current diplomat in residence for the Southern Mid-Atlantic Region. During Ruterbories’ tours she has advanced foreign policy interests across a broad range of issues, including democratization and human rights, trade and investment and immigration. She began her foreign service career as a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, she has also served additional consular tours in Baku, Azerbaijan; London, England; Skopje, Macedonia; and Pristina, Kosovo. In Washington, Ruterbories served as a congressional liaison officer, where she was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach. She has also served in the State Department’s Operations Center. Most recently, she worked as special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs. Ruterbories earned an undergraduate degree in history and soviet studies from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She speaks several foreign languages, including German, French, Spanish, Russian and Macedonian.
burtaineAmy Burtaine is the coordinator of Interactive Theatre Carolina, which uses the tools of theatre to promote health, wellness and social justice in the UNC Chapel Hill community. She has more than 20 years of experience in theatre and has worked nationally and internationally in theatre and education projects, including training with Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed in Brazil. Burtaine says UNC is a perfect place for Interactive Theatre Carolina to exist because the discussions it generates strengthens the community. She completed her undergraduate work at Brown University and has an MFA in theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.
johnson_jamesJames H. Johnson Jr. is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at UNC.  He holds degrees from North Carolina Central University (B.S., 1975), the University of Wisconsin at Madison (MS, 1977), and Michigan State University (PhD, 1980).Selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the “17 brightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work,” Jim’s current research and consulting activities focus on the workforce and workplace implications of post-1990 demographic changes in the U.S; and on how to create highly competitive and sustainable business enterprises and communities in the current era of economic uncertainty and global insecurity.  His research on these and related topics has been widely cited in a number of national media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and Business Week.  He has also appeared on a number of national television shows, including The Today Show on NBC, CNN Headline News, the CBS Evening News, ABC Nightly News and Sunday Morning on CBS. Prior to joining the UNC-CH faculty, Jim was a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he spent the first twelve years of his professional career.
NeriedaNereida (Neddy) Perez serves as Ingersoll Rand’s vice president and Chief Diversity Office, in that capacity she is responsible for the developing and guiding the company’s global Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Neddy’s background includes more than 19 years of experience in Human Resources, Diversity Management, Community Relations, and Internal Communications. Previous to Ingersoll, Neddy worked with National Grid, a Fortune 500 gas and electric utility company, where she served as vice president of inclusion and diversity. Perez has also worked with KPMG LLP as chief diversity officer, Sodexho North America and Royal Dutch /Shell. Her experience also includes community relations management, human resources and internal/external communications. Perez received a master’s degree in human resources management and international business from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida
rodneyRodney H. Scaife holds the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Allegis Group.  He has responsibility for the organizations HR Strategy, HR Shared Services, Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Global Talent Management. Before being promoted to the VP of HR for Allegis Group, he served as Vice President, CHRO of Aerotek Inc., which is an operating company within the Allegis Group family. Prior to Aerotek, he was with Freddie Mac, where he held the position of Senior Director of Human Resources, a Lead HR Business Partner role supporting the Divisions of Human Resources, Corporate Services, Operations & Technology and the offices of CEO & COO. His professional career has spanned 25 years and taken two paths; 15 years in various sales and operations leadership positions with Keebler Company, Pepsi-Co and Footstar Inc. before moving into the human resources discipline. Rodney holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Delta State University and completed his Executive Education studies at Cornell University, focusing on Strategic Human Resources.
dennisDennis Brennan is the former Director of Inclusion on McDonald’s Corporations’ Global Inclusion and Intercultural Management team. His responsibilities include coaching and consulting Home Office and Region leaders on multicultural team management; coaching and consulting leadership teams for a more inclusive workplace; coaching and consulting McDonald’s five National Employee Business Network leaders on building more viable and visible networks; and oversight of McDonald’s Global employee online Mentoring program for 10,000+ employees. Additionally, Dennis is nationally recognized for his expertise in honoring and integrating ethnic differences into the workplace for mutual benefit and has produced the diversity awareness seminar “Value Difference Day.”  He is “Life Certified” as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute; and he is a polished facilitator with many different Diversity education programs.