Financial Aid

Meet Our Staff

Staff Directory

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 2013 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. 

John Lerma

John Lerma 

Senior Assistant Director, Customer Service & Compliance

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 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. 

Daniel McClanahan

Daniel McClanahan

Senior Assistant Director, Technical Operations

Daniel started with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in April, 2018. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, followed by a Master’s in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Daniel worked in the Financial Aid Office at Liberty University for seven years before coming to UNCW.

Jeffrey Smith

Assistant Director  

 

Patrice Brown

Patrice Brown

Financial Aid Counselor

Patrice holds a B.S in Business Administration from Shaw University and an MBA from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Before joining the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid at UNCW, Patrice served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Financial Aid for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Patrice has over 11 years of financial aid experience and has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid at UNCW since July, 2019.

Heather Couty

Financial Aid Counselor

Heather joined the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in December 2020. Before moving to North Carolina, she was a Financial Aid Specialist at John A. Logan Community College in Southern Illinois. She has an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from John A. Logan.

Lori Felumlee

Financial Aid Counselor

Lori joins us from Coastal Carolina Community College where she worked as a Financial Aid Assistant and the Work Study Coordinator with eight years experience. She has a B.S in Psychology from Fayetteville State University and she is obtaining her Masters of Science in Higher Education with Purdue University Global.

Lauren Janney-Wolf

Financial Aid Counselor 

Lauren joined us in December 2020 after serving with Cape Fear Community College where she worked most recently as the Foundation Relations & Scholarship Coordinator.  She has a B.A. in Sociology from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

ALTON JOHNSON

Alton Johnson

Financial Aid Counselor, Veterans' Representative 

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. 

Eddie Knighton

Financial Aid Counselor 

Eddie joined the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in November 2021. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a Master’s in Higher Education from UNCW. Eddie worked in the Financial Aid Office at Brunswick Community College for two years before coming to UNCW.

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. 

EMILY MCKIBBIN

Emily McKibbin

Senior Financial Aid Counselor/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.

Wanjiku Njuguna

Financial Aid Counselor

Wanjiku moved to Wilmington and joined us in August 2020. She has directed an organization where she worked with young children, and then later worked as a Financial Aid Specialist with college students helping them with complete the financial aid process. She has a B.S. in Finance and Master of Science in Education; both from Southern Illinois University.

Lisa Pipkin

Lisa Pipkin

Senior Financial Aid Counselor

Lisa has over 13 years of financial aid experience, having served as the Financial Aid Administrator at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.  In that role, she performed all functions associated with the administration of federal, state and institutional aid. She holds a BS in Christian Education, with a minor in Sign Language from Mid-Atlantic Christian University. 

Vacant

Functional Analyst 

 

DANIEL SANCHEZ

Dan Sanchez 

Senior Financial Aid Counselor

Dan has been with the UNCW Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Weber State University, a Master of Arts in Education from Trident University International, and a Master of Science in Business Analytics from UNCW. He started working in financial aid administration in 2010, serving first as Financial Aid Counselor before transitioning to Assistant Director of Financial Aid, for the University of Mount Olive. 

Charlene Ceasar

Charlene Sidberry

Administrative Associate

Charlene has been with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid since 2000. She holds a B.A. 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 A.S. in Secretarial Science from Cape Fear Community College. 

 

Cleofas Vital

Financial Aid Counselor

Cleofas joined the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid in November 2021. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree from International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) in Tampa, Florida. Prior to joining UNCW, Cleofas worked as a Financial Aid Counselor at Passaic County Community College and Bergen County Community College, both in New Jersey.

CHAD VOORHEES

Chad Voorhees

Senior Financial Aid Counselor, Veterans' Representative 

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. Chad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from East Carolina University. 

 

Patrick Whitfield

Financial Aid Counselor 

Pat joined us in 2020 after serving 12 years with Cape Fear Community College where he worked most recently as a Financial Aid Coordinator and prior with Admissions and the Cashier’s Office. He has a B.S in Business Administration from Mount Olive College, Associates in Accounting and a certificate in Computer Information Systems from CFCC.