Human Resources

About Talent Acquisition

Click through the tabs below to learn more about your Talent Acquisitions team, including who we are and what we do!

Meet the Team 


Elaine Doell

Jennifer Coombs

Director of Talent Acquisition  

Jennifer leads the Talent Acquisition team in Human Resources and enjoys working with campus and community partners to promote inclusivity, transparency, and effective collaboration in our efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest candidates and make our campus a great place to work. Go Seahawks!

Ivor Dikkers

Ivor Dikkers

Talent Acquisition Services Specialist 

Ivor is responsible for UNCW’s background check and I-9 compliance, employment verifications, and unemployment claims. Working in UNCW HR since 2010, his goal is to be your partner in smoothly navigating these demanding processes, while ensuring UNCW’s compliance with state and federal law

Jennifer Coombs

Val Heil

Talent Acquisition Consultant 

Val has over 20 years of experience in the field of HR covering all areas including recruitment, benefits, learning and talent development and employee relations.  She is thrilled to be at UNCW and a member of the HR team.  

Jessica Ludwick

Jessica Ludwick

Talent Acquisition Consultant 

Jessica Ludwick has worked in higher education for over 8 years. Prior to joining UNCW, she worked for the casino industry in Human Resources where she focused on employee retention, recruitment and organizational development. With her Native American heritage and as a member of the Seneca Nation, Jessica values the cultural diversity and educational innovation UNCW has to offer.

Jennifer Coombs

Kimberly Holbrook

Recruitment and Employment Specialist

Kimberly is proud of her more than 19 years’ experience on campus. Prior to UNCW, she worked in the quality assurance field. She combines her acquired knowledge to provide excellent customer service while assisting the general public, campus partners, and new employees with I-9 processing, employment verifications, and other various inquiries.

Katie Fornes

Katie Fornes

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Katie Fornes (’15) is a graduate of UNCW (Cameron School of Business) and joined the Talent Acquisition team in late 2020. Prior to working at UNCW, Katie worked in Human Resources in the Publishing and Engineering fields. Passionate about personal and professional development, Katie is excited about the opportunity to work with all of our campus and community partners.

Katie Fornes

Lisa Mills

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Lisa has worked in the Human Resources field for over 15 years, and brings experience in health care, corporate and higher education recruiting to the Talent Acquisition team.

What We Do

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. The Talent Acquisition team is responsible for managing recruitment and hiring processes for all non-faculty professional and staff positions on campus.

The Talent Acquisition team is a part of UNCW’s Human Resources department. Collectively, our team is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and employing a collaborative workforce within the university.  

We provide strategic services in the following areas:

  • Recruitment consultation, advisement, and assistance for SHRA and EHRA Non-Faculty positions
  • Applicant screening, evaluation of assessment tools
  • Interview prep, reference checking, and salary negotiations
  • Educating and supporting campus partners, hiring managers and search committee members.
  • Ensuring compliance with University, State, and Federal regulations.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to creating the most powerful learning experience for our students by providing them with:

  • the best instruction and support by superior faculty and staff;
  • opportunities to celebrate the richness of diversity;
  • an environment that prepares them to be global citizens;
  • service learning that enriches academic coursework and impacts the region;
  • an attractive, functional and safe campus environment;
  • and resources from public and private support.