Financial Aid

Meet Our Staff

FREDERICK HOLDING

Frederick Holding

Director

Fred received his Bachelor's from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master's from North Carolina Central University. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in higher education (most at Duke University) in the following areas: Residence Life, Student Accounts, Registration, Athletics, and Financial Aid. Fred joined the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in 2014 and has served in the capacities of Associate Director and Interim Director prior to assuming his current position as the Director of Financial Aid. 

SHANNON MILES

Shannon Miles

Associate Director 

Shannon has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2002. She oversees the financial aid counseling team, who provide aid to both the undergraduate and graduate student population and she serves as a VA certifying official on campus. Shannon holds an undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University and a Master's Degree in Higher Education from Capella University. 

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Kimberley Cheatham

Sr. Assistant Director,

Scholarship Programs

John Lerma

John Lerma 

Senior Assistant Director, Customer Service

John has been with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid since May, 2017. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication: Public Relations, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. Prior to joining UNCW, John worked as a Financial Aid Counselor with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 

 

 Rick Baumgarner

Rick Baumgarner

Financial Aid Counselor

Rick received his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. Before joining the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid at UNCW, he worked in a number of roles in higher education, including serving as Senior Assistant Director at the Office of Financial Assistance at Indiana University Bloomington. 

TANIA URBINATI

Tania Urbinati-Catenacci 

Financial Aid Counselor & Outreach Coordinator

Tania has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2008. She serves as Graduate Counselor and Outreach Coordinator. She also oversees a population of undergraduate students. Tania is an alumni and holds an undergraduate and a Master's degree from UNCW.

ESSENCE COLLINS

Essence Collins

Financial Aid Counselor

Essence has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2013. She serves as a financial aid counselor for an undergraduate population. Essence earned her Bachelor of Arts from Greensboro College in 2010, where she also began her career in higher education as a Residence Hall Director.

SETH ELLIS

Seth Ellis 

Lead Functional Analyst

Seth started with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid as a functional analyst in April, 2016. He has a background in financial aid, having worked as a senior financial aid counselor at Averett University in Danville, VA. He also has an audit and compliance background having served as an auditor for the N.C. Department of Revenue and in the Office of Inspector General at the Palm Beach County School District in Florida. Seth received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Lydia Faison

Lydia Faison

Financial Aid Counselor & Web Content Manager

Lydia worked in higher education at the community college level for six years before coming to UNCW in 2006. She serves as a financial aid counselor and as the Web Content Manager for the office's website. She holds a BS from Coppin State University. 

DENISE GATTISON

Denise Gattison

Senior Financial Aid Counselor & Student Athletes

Denise has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2007. She serves as one of the financial aid counselors and oversees athletic aid and an undergraduate caseload as well. Denise holds a BA in Business and a MA in Education, Higher Education specialty, both from Ashford University. 

ALTON JOHNSON

Alton Johnson

Financial Aid Counselor, Veterans' Representative & Student Athletes

Alton has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since October, 2014. He is a seven year, US Navy, Persian Gulf War veteran. He serves as lead counselor for the entire veterans' population, serves an undergraduate and graduate financial aid caseload and enjoys offering financial aid.  Alton holds an AS degree in Business Administration, has several service medals and plans to finish his bachelor's in Business Administration at UNCW. 

JENNA KEITH

Jenna Keith

Scholarship Coordinator

Jenna has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, and is pursuing a M.Ed. in Higher Education at UNCW. She serves as scholarship coordinator for outside scholarships. 

Melodie Loughney

Melodie Loughney

Functional Analyst

Melodie joined the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in 2017. She has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. The majority of her career was spent at New York Chiropractic College where she served as a financial aid counselor, Bursar and most recently, Assistant Director of Financial Aid. Melodie earned a BS degree in Business Administration and Economics from SUNY Empire State College. 

EMILY MCKIBBIN

Emily McKibbin

Financial Aid Processor

Emily has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. Born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, Emily received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University in 2008 and has lived in Wilmington since 2010.

Steve MacKinnon

Steve MacKinnon

Business Officer

Steve has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since February, 2015. Steve holds two Bachelor's degrees, one of which is a B.B.A. in Accounting. Originally from the Baltimore/Washington area, Steve is a licensed CPA with over 15 years of financial and accounting experience in manufacturing and corporate settings, transferring his knowledge and expertise to the university setting. 

Levi Moore

Levi Moore 

Financial Aid Counselor 

Levi has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2016. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from West Virginia University in 2013. Prior to joining UNCW, Levi managed the financial aid operations at OIC Training Academy in Fairmont, WV. 

DANIEL SANCHEZ

Daniel Sanchez 

Financial Aid Counselor

Dan received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Weber State University and his MA in Education from Trident University International. He began working in financial aid administration in 2010, serving as Financial Aid Counselor, and then Assistant Director of Financial Aid, for the University of Mount Olive. Dan has been with the UNCW Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. 

Charlene Ceasar

Charlene Sidberry

Administrative Associate

Charlene has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2000. She holds a BA in Business Management from Shaw University.

Janice Vereen

Janice Vereen

Administrative Associate

Janice has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 1999. She is a native Wilmingtonian and holds an AA in Secretarial Science from Cape Fear Community College. 

CHAD VOORHEES

Chad Voorhees

Financial Aid Counselor

Chad has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since May, 2015 and has been working in financial aid at other institutions for the past five years. He serves as the Lead Counselor for the RN-BSN degree program, an online accelerated program. Additionally, Chad serves a population of traditional undergraduate students.  Chad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from East Carolina University. 

Daniel Warari

Daniel Warari 

Financial Aid Counselor

Daniel joined the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in 2017. He received his BBA in Management Information Systems (2009) and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration (2014) both from Grand Valley State University. Daniel has worked in numerous positions within higher education institutions, mostly in financial aid. He currently serves as the Federal Work Study Coordinator while overseeing an undergraduate student population.

Eishante Wilkes

Eishante Wilkes

Financial Aid Counselor 

Eishante joined the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in 2017. She received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 and an AA from Blue Ridge Community College in 2012. Eishante coordinates the SOAR Ambassador Program and serves as a financial aid counselor for a portion of the undergraduate population.