2020-21 Dean's Student Leadership Advisory Council

Jacob Anderson

Jacob Anderson
Master of Education | Physical Education and Health

Anderson grew up in Durham, N.C. and moved to Wilmington to pursue a degree in exercise science. He then realized his life purpose was to be a teacher. Anderson's passion is teaching K-5. He taught P.E. at Wrightsboro Elementary as an intern in spring 2020. During the summers, Anderson is the leader of a Kid’s Surf Camp where he and his team and teaches ages 6-11 marine education and conservation, ocean preparedness and, best of all, how to surf. On the weekends he teaches private surf lessons to all ages. Anderson has been an active member in the Men’s Club Lacrosse team at UNCW during his undergraduate studies and was elected the President of the Club his junior and senior year.

"I am very excited to continue my studies as well as serve on the Dean's Student Advisory Council."

Kristen Andryshak

Kristen Andryshak
Clinical Research

Prior to enrolling at UNCW, Andryshak received her associate degree in applied science in dental hygiene from Coastal Carolina Community College, where she was an active member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She has been practicing dental hygiene with a skilled team of dentists and staff in Wilmington for nine years. In her spare time, Andryshak enjoys spending time with her family and two-year-old daughter.

"I am fascinated by the correlation of dental health and overall wellness. Transitioning into a new career in clinical research, I am enthusiastic to apply my previous experience, while focusing more on a broader level of health and wellness."  

Kayla Aycock

Kayla Aycock
Recreation Therapy

Aycock chose recreation therapy because the major allows her to work with individuals with disabilities and use her creativity to plan unique and purposeful activities. Aycock says many classes provide hands-on experience working with individuals with disabilities, the professors go above and beyond to ensure their students are successful and her classmates have become friends. Aycock enjoys volunteering, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

"Serving as a Unified Partner with the New Hanover Special Olympics Team is one of my favorite volunteer opportunities because the program focuses on the abilities of the team and inclusion." 

Elizabeth Barfield

Elizabeth Barfield
Master of Healthcare Administration

Barfield received a bachelor's degree in African American studies with a minor in medical anthropology from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a Wilmington native and returned to work and reside after college. Barfield has been employed by New Hanover Regional Medical Center for seven years and is now the Education Specialist within the Health Equity department. Their primary goals are to reduce health disparities between various demographics of patients, increase minority retention and recruitment and increase the cultural competency of staff. 

A thought that Barfield lives by is that a person must know their own specific “why” in life to be able to make the greatest impact in, not only their life, but also, the lives of those around them.  

Bailey Donahue

Bailey Donahue
Applied Gerontology

Donahue recently graduated from UNCW with a B.S. in public health and is currently obtaining her M.S. in gerontology. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, she has served as a health promotion peer educator where she provided expertise on living a healthy lifestyle through presenting programs and planning campus-wide wellness events. Additionally, she led campus tours in her time as a UNCW student ambassador. Donahue exhibits a passion for marketing as she served as the public relations chair for the UNCW Student Ambassadors and marketing intern for Brunswick Wellness Coalition. After studying abroad in Ikaria, Greece, a Blue Zone, she found a passion for longevity and healthful aging. 

“After obtaining my master’s degree, I plan to dedicate my career to enhancing the quality of life in others.”

Jacqueline Downs

Jacqueline Downs
Healthful Living and Fitness Education

In addition to being on the DSLAC, Downs is the goalie as well as one of the captains for the women's club lacrosse team. After gradudation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy and wants to work with kids in her career.

"My favorite thing about CHHS is the amount of support and encouragement from everyone involved, and how everyone is so passionate about the work that they are doing!"

Olivia Drewry

Olivia Drewry
RN-BSN

Drewry is a registered nurse. She has lived in Wilmington for 11 years and been a nurse for four years. She previously worked in Critical Care and is now serving the local community as a Public Health Nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drewry is a member of the American Nurse Association and the North Carolina Nurse Association. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, she plans to pursue a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Outside of her professional work as a nurse, Drewry is passionate about learning languages and immersing in different cultures.

"I’ve been learning Mandarin Chinese for the last two years, and recently traveled to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan during the summer of 2019."

Jordan Dudley

Jordan Dudley
Social Work

Dudley was born and raised in Southern California and moved to North Carolina in 2014. After serving two enlistments in the United States Marine Corps, she pursued a degree in social work. She completed an associate degree at Coastal Carolina Community College. Dudley serves as the secretary for the Student Social Work Organization – Onslow and the Onslow liaison for the Student Veterans Organization. As a veteran and current military spouse, Dudley is passionate about helping military families find resources and changing policies in order to make the military lifestyle more sustainable for not only service members but their families. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a master's degree in social work.

"I plan to one day conduct research on military families with a focus on children and how the ever-changing lifestyle effects them both short and long term." 

Emely Genao

Emely Genao
Public Health | Pre-Clinical Concentration

Throughout her undergraduate years at UNCW, Genao, a senior from Charlotte, N.C. has been actively involved in various organizations. She serves as the event chair for the Minority Association for Pre-Health Students, vice president for the Pre-Physical Therapy Student Association and is a mentor in UNCW's MI CASA program. Genao also served as secretary for the Student Health Association. A lot of her time on campus is spent at her work space, the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement where she is an engagement assistant. Genao earned a Distinguished Engagement Award in the spring of 2020 for her dedication to academic excellence and service to her communities.

"My experiences here in Wilmington have led me to recognize that I am dedicated to learning more about gaps in health and health care disparities that different communities face."

Payton Graham

Payton Graham
Exercise Science

Graham is originally from Charlotte, N.C. He lives in Wilmington and attends UNCW’s CHHS program to achieve his goal of becoming a physical therapist.

"My plan is to attend grad school at East Carolina University." 

Cara Johnson

Cara Benet Johnson
Prelicensure Nursing

Johnson is a junior at UNCW. She is the president of her cohort and is an active member of three organizations on campus. Johnson represented the School of Nursing at the 2019 Elevate Leadership Summit.

"I'm excited to serve as a CHHS Student Ambassador on the Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Council."

Marcus Jones

Marcus Jones
Athletic Training (MS)

Jones is from Roanoke Rapids, N.C. and moved to Wilmington to pursue a degree in exercise science. After discussing his post-graduation plans with a few of his professors, Jones decided to complete the MSAT program to work towards becoming an athletic trainer. His end goal is to work as an athletic trainer for a professional team. But Jones is looking forward to the progress of working his way up to get to that point in his career. In his spare time, Jones enjoys spending a lot of time being outdoors with his dog or working out in the gym.

"I am excited to be part of the DSLAC and looking forward to meeting everyone in this organization!"

Evonne Meyreles

Evonne Meyreles, DSLAC Student Chair
Prelicensure Nursing

Meyreles is a descendant of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico who was born in Charlotte, N.C. Her passion is to work with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with cancer. She discovered her passion for this illness at a very young age, evident by her desire to participate in fundraising activities.
In her spare time, Meyreles loves to spend time reading, DIYing and photographing scenery around North Carolina. Future endeavors include combining her two passions and traveling all over the world.

"After graduating the School of Nursing at UNCW, I plan to work in North Carolina before starting my endeavor of travel nursing."

Lynette Pearsall

Lynette Pearsall '88, '04
DNP

Pearsall is a North Carolina native and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from UNCW. She worked at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for 17 years then began practice at Pender County Primary Care for 15 years and is now back in Wilmington at Health Partners. Pearsall specializes in geriatrics in long-term care and rehabilitation facilities. She is a member of the American Medical Directors Association in post-ccute and long-term care. Pearsall enjoys oil painting, ballroom dancing and excellent food with friends.

"Lifelong learning is an interest of mine and I look forward to teaching opportunities in the future."

Jamee Pollard

Jamee Pollard
Social Work

Pollard is a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. In her spare time, she loves watching old films, going to concerts, and spending time with her kitty, Barbara.

"After I graduate from UNCW, I plan on pursuing a Master of Social Work with a clinical focus."

Wanda Taylor

Wanda Taylor
Master of Science in Nursing | Nurse Educator

Taylor has been a nurse for 32 years, primarily in emergency medicine. She has also worked in the operating room for cardiac surgery, ICU and IU for cardiac surgery, the OP cardiac catheterization lab and Home Health and Hospice. In October 2019, she became a school nurse. Taylor is responsible for approximately 500 students and staff in a very low income area. In this role, she case manages appointments, chronic disease, mental health and preventative health. Taylor received her ADN in 1988 from Beaufort County Community College (BCCC). She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 2015 from East Carolina University.

"I am pursuing my MSN because I love to teach and share my knowledge with students in all walks of life, from all areas of medicine. I would like to eventually teach at my alma mater BCCC in 'little' Washington." 

Leah Webb

Leah Webb
Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing)

Webb recently graduated from UNCW’s Bachelor of Social Work program with a psychology minor. After a successful internship at The Frank Harr Foundation, an LGBTQIA non-profit organization, Webb happily accepted a position creating queer inclusive programming within the community. Her MSW internship is in veterinary social work.

"After graduating the MSW program, I plan to become a licensed clinical social worker and continue working with the Wilmington LGBTQIA community."

Ben Williams

Ben Williams
Athletic Training

Williams is a senior from Pinehurst, N.C. He is majoring in athletic training with a minor in psychology. He is a student ambassador and has served multiple positions. Since his freshman year, Williams has been a committed member of the club tennis team. While serving in numerous positions for the team, he maintained a competitive game and served as the 2019 Club Sports Council President. He is also a CHHS ambassador. Williams demonstrates applied learning through the countless clinical hours he contributes to varsity athletics. After graduation, Ben plans to continue his education in a post professional athletic training program.

"Once I obtain my master's degree, I plan to work my way up to head athletic director at a university."