Division of Student Affairs

Who We Are

Our Mission

The Professional Development Committee provides access to a range of opportunities for the intellectual, professional, social and cultural development of the Division of Student Affairs staff in order to increase knowledge of UNCW, enhance professional competencies and deliver exceptional service to students.

Committee Chair:

Tim Lewis - Associate Director - Campus RecreationTim Lewis

Tim Lewis is the associate director of Facility & Business Operations for Campus Recreation. After completing his undergraduate work at Missouri State and graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he worked in Campus Recreation at the University of Vermont before being hired at UNCW. Specific professional development topics of interest include leadership, student development and risk management.

Committee Liaison:
Brian Victor - Associate Vice Chancellor
Brian Victor

Dr. Brian Victor is the associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Catholic University of America. He also received masters' degrees in Education from Harvard University and in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University. Dr. Victor is a Licensed Psychologist -HSP in North Carolina as well as in Maryland and Washington, DC, and he currently works with health and academic success related services for students. His research interests include crisis intervention, suicidal behavior, psychotherapy integration, and resiliency in overcoming adversity.

Bill DiNome, Student Media coordinator
Bill DiNome

As UNCW's Student Media coordinator, Bill advises, trains, and provides budgetary oversight to student organizations that produce various types of media. These include UNCW's longest-running publication, The Seahawk newspaper, Atlantis magazine, TealTV, and Hawkstream Radio. He is an active member of the College Media Association and vice-president of Southern University Newspapers, a regional conference. Bill teaches part time at UNCW and plays bass for UNCW's unofficial faculty rock band, The Schoolboys.

Picture of Stephanie GanserStephanie Ganser

Stephanie Ganser is an Assistant Dean in the Office of the Dean of Students.  She provides daily oversight to PERCH services which develops programs and services for off-campus, non-traditional, and graduate students. She supervises the work study students in the office, serves as a conduct hearing officer, and assists with the coordination of crisis intervention and emergency response.  Before her role as an Assistant Dean, Stephanie was an Academic Advisor for military and transfer students in University College at UNCW.  She also worked at Wake Forest University in Residence Life and Housing.  Stephanie received her M.Ed. In Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and her BS in Business Administration from Western New England University.

Chris Stone PictureAllison Kalmykov

Allison is the Assessment & Research Coordinator in Student Affairs. She assists departments with various assessment activities, including instrument design, data analysis, and report writing. She also conducts various trainings regarding assessment topics. Allison received an M.S.Ed. in Program Evaluation from Duquesne University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to UNCW, she worked in the Education and Organizational Development department at West Virginia University Hospitals where she coordinated the professional development program for staff and helped with the evaluation of various programs.

Chris Stone PictureBeth Ann Bryant-Richards

Beth Ann Bryant-Richards is the Assistant Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC). She is responsible for all aspects of the department in the absence of the director, and she reviews documentation and assists with setting accommodations for students with disabilities. Beth Ann manages programs for the SEA.lab, the DRC’s strategy enhancement program for students. Prior to joining UNCW, she was a learning specialist at DePaul University in the Center for Students with Disabilities. Beth Ann comes to disability services with almost 20 years of teaching rhetoric and composition to first-year college students. She also taught a sophomore seminar in the Rhetoric of Disability, merging two of her favorite topics. Beth Ann’s areas of interest include transition issues, universal design, and the intersectionality of disability identity. Beth Ann welcomes the chance to speak with students, faculty, staff, and community members to discover opportunities for collaboration.


Brittany Philbert

Brittany assumes primary responsibility for the recruitment, development and training of Residence Coordinators, Assistant Residence Coordinators and Resident Assistants. Brittany also supervises the Community Development Assistant and works closely with the RHA/NRHH advisors. She serves as the fiscal manager for the development and training budgets along with RHA, NRHH and Area Chapter. Brittany assists the Associate Director of Residence Life with oversight in planning and implementing special interest housing and the design and implementation of an assessment plan for Residence Life. She also works closely with Defender Security Guards and Desk Receptionists to ensure coverage at each residence hall front desk.

LeiaLeia Charnin, PhD

Leia provides individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for students, presents programs on various topics, and collaborates with campus groups. She obtained her doctoral degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development and her post-doctoral fellowship at Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, with an emphasis on the treatment of trauma-related symptoms.  Her approach to therapy involves the integration of interpersonal, dynamic, and cognitive theories within a multicultural framework. She views therapy as a collaborative process and appreciates the uniqueness of every individual. Her areas of interest include: identity development, diversity issues, sexual orientation, trauma, grief and loss, relationships and family, and training and supervision.

Mike RuweMike Ruwe

Mike Ruwe is the Assistant Director of the University Learning Center where he also coordinates the Tutoring Services program.  He a Certified Master Tutor Trainer (Association for the Tutoring Profession) and Certified Learning Center Professional (National College Learning Center Association).   His research interests include critical thinking and metacognition.  Mike earned a BA in Music and a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in English from UNCW.

Stacey Stacey Huffman

Stacey Huffman is a career development counselor in the UNCW Career Center and serves as a liaison to University College, supporting students who are deciding on their major and/or future career path. She currently serves on the executive leadership teams for the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE) and the North Carolina Career Development Association (NCCDA). Stacey received an M.A. in College Student Development from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Candice Johnston PictureCandice Johnston

Dr. Candice Johnston is the Associate Dean of Students in the Office of the Dean of Students.  Candice provides oversight and supervision to off-campus, non-traditional students, graduate student life, Academic Honor Code, alternative dispute resolution, crisis intervention and emergency response.  Candice has over 20 years working in Public and Private Higher Education.  She has experience developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Higher Education and Leadership Studies.  She is certified as EQ-I interpreter, experienced in restructuring organizations, and has facilitated over 200 workshops, programs and retreats.  Candice's specialities include training, teaching, facilitation, program development, leadership development, and team building