Dr. Keryn Vickers

EB 111 

Director, WCE Office of Student Advising

Dr. Keryn Vickers joined the Watson College of Education (WCE) Office of Student Advising in 2021 as the Inaugural Director. He began his academic career over 20 years ago at DePauw University, advising, coaching, and mentoring students and leading a community non-profit organization. Dr. Vickers has served students at UNCW since 2006, as Assistant Director of Admissions, an Academic Advisor and Interim Coordinator in University College, a First-Year seminar and Africana Studies instructor, and leader and champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Dr. Vickers is a native New Yorker, but he earned a BA in Communication Arts & Sciences from DePauw University in Indiana. He also earned an MA in Recreation & Sports Management from Indiana State University and is a WCE alum after earning an Ed.D. in Education Leadership.

Dr. Vickers is passionate about education and strategically implements diverse, high impact and best practices or services that support all students' holistic development. When Dr. Vickers is not serving in WCE, he can be found spending quality time with family, expressing his faith, playing sports, and being a servant leader in his community.

LeAnne Smith

LeAnne Smith

EB 111
(910) 962-7348 Phone

Education Learning Community Advisor; advisor for main campus Elementary Education Majors (last names A-H, P) and Secondary Education Majors.

I have been privileged to serve students at UNCW since 2002 as an academic advisor, instructor, and liaison to community college students. I earned a BA in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and worked for the Congressional Research Service in Washington DC for three years. Inspired by my volunteer service with the Northern Virginia Literacy Council, I decided to pursue additional training in education. I returned to NC, earned an M.Ed. in Reading from the Watson College of Education, and worked in NC and NY public schools teaching and developing reading programs for middle schools.

When I'm not advising students, you can find me spending time with my daughters, reading a good book (I love suggestions), and kayaking on the beautiful waterways of Wilmington and Lake Waccamaw.

Allison Rankin

EB 111
(910) 962-2291 Phone

Advisor for main campus Elementary Education majors and pre-majors (last names I-L), Special Education majors and pre-majors (General and Adapted tracks), and all Education of Young Children majors.

I earned an undergraduate degree in art history from UNC Greensboro, and a master's in library science from NC Central University. I am also an alumna of the Watson College of Education, graduating in December 2013 with a Master of Science in Instructional Technology. Prior to coming to the Watson College, I served as the director of continuing education for UNCW. I also have experience working in continuing education at the community college level in addition to working in economic development, sales and marketing (Wilma magazine and Greater Wilmington Business Journal), and university fundraising.

I love being an advisor! My favorite part is working with students, getting to know their individual strengths and interests, as well as their unique characteristics and career goals, and helping them accomplish what they set out to do. When I'm not working in the advising center, I can be found in my flower garden, walking the beach looking for shark's teeth and seashells, riding my bicycle, hiking, writing, reading or cooking.

Brenna Johnson

Brenna Johnson

Jacksonville Extension Site within Coastal Community College
Administration Building Room 22
(910) 938-6738

Advisor for Extension Students majoring in Elementary and Middle Education at Coastal, Brunswick, Southeastern, James Sprunt, Sampson, and Carteret Community College sites.

I earned a bachelor of arts degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida and a master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology from City University. I most recently provided resiliency training and support services for active-duty military and their family members. I am also a licensed school counselor and provided counseling services for Onslow County Schools for five years. Other professional experience includes conducting assessments, developing treatment plans, providing individual and group counseling, as well as case management services for individuals with severe mental illness. I have also received specialized training in crisis management and administering educational tests.

In my free time, I enjoy working at my church. I am a member of the Education Ministry and serve as an Assistant Sunday School Teacher and a New Member's Orientation Teacher. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my husband and two children.