University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Meet Our Team

Phone Number: 910.962.2728

Director of Swain Center
Bob Pious, MBA
piousr@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.7872

Robert Pious

Bob Pious is currently a corporate trainer, as well as an instructor at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business. He helps adult learners and college students improve their contribution to their respective organizations and enhance their own presence in the marketplace. He has been appointed as co-director, Cameron Executive Network at the Cameron School of Business, UNCW; which is a leading business mentoring program. In the Wilmington community, he volunteers at Step-Up Wilmington, helping candidates with their interviewing and employment readiness skills.

His business background is 31 years in Human Resources with IBM, in a variety of management and professional positions. He is a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Bob enjoys reading, running, college football and basketball, and keeping up with his family.

Operations Director
Greg Emma
emmag@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.7949

Greg Emma

Greg Emma has over 15 years of experience in continuing education. He was previously the Assistant Director of the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at NC State University. He brings experience in program operations and coordination, team management, client relations, marketing, logistics, and budgeting. Greg came on board at the Swain Center in May 2022.

Regional Economist
Dr. Adam Jones
jonesat@uncw.edu

Dr. Adam Jones

Dr. Jones is the Department Chair of Economics and Finance at the Cameron School of Business. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Jones worked with the Newton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, GA. He has published in the Economic Development Quarterly, the Atlantic Economic Journal, and the Journal of Economics and Finance. His research is on local public finance and regional economics, with a focus on North Carolina issues and tax-base development. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Operations Manager
Jennifer Schacher
schacherj@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.2237

Jennifer Schacher

Jennifer Schacher has experience in business management, budgets, instructional technology, online teaching and learning, operations and software system support. She earned her B.S. from the Cameron School of Business at UNCW and completed coursework for a Master’s degree in Accounting. During her 15 years with UNCW, she has served on Staff Senate and has been a 2018 Staff Excellence Nominee. She oversees the budget, logistics & operations, open enrollment and scholarship programs including registration, reporting and system support. Jennifer completed her post-baccalaureate certificate for Online Teaching and Learning from the Watson School of Education here at UNCW in Spring of 2020. Most recently, she completed her Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology in Spring of 2021.

Administrative Associate
Kristine Forrester
forresterk@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.7925

KForrester

Kristine Forrester comes to us with over 20 years of experience in administration. She brings a strong background in client relations, finance, coordination, and higher education. Kristine is well organized, adaptable and resourceful. She has a focus on providing assistance to the organization and clients. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and nearby beaches.

IT Support Specialist
Rebekah Irwin
rdi3135@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.7925

Rebekah Irwin

Rebekah is a previous graduate from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. Along with a vast technical skillset, she brings the center a well-rounded background in event coordinating and promotional design.