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
Richard Walsh, MBA
Friday Annex 173
walshrj@uncw.edu
p: 937.470.2983

Richard Walsh

Our director, Richard Walsh, brings over 25 years of leadership experience in industry, higher education and consulting. He provides advanced expertise in leadership, organizational transformation and executive coaching. Richard draws upon his experience in strategy, human resources, and leadership development at AT&T, GE and IBM. He applies his previous knowledge gained as associate dean for executive education and leverages advanced expertise developed at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He is well published, and received a BS in Human Resources Management from Northeastern University, MS in Business and Social Ethics from Harvard, and a joint-MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird, University of Dayton and University of Augsburg, Germany. Originally from Boston, Richard and his wife have traveled extensively and now live in beautiful, Wilmington, NC.

Watch a short video interview with Richard and Hal Wells here.

Assistant Director of Client Management
Matt Mylott, MBA
Friday Annex 172
mylottm@uncw.edu
p: 916.751.9352

Matt Mylott

A native from Northern California, Matt Mylott joined the Cameron School of Business in 2017 as the Assistant Director of Client Management at the Swain Center. His professional experience includes adaptive leadership, conflict resolution, relationship management, team building, strategic partnerships, and public speaking. Matt is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a former patrol deputy and SWAT operator in California. He earned both his B.A. and MBA from UNCW.

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
Jennifer Schacher
Friday Annex 171
schacherj@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.2237

Jennifer Schacher

Jennifer Schacher has experience in budgets, accounting, and operations. 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 a 2 year term with the Staff Senate and has been a 2018 Staff Excellence Nominee. She oversees the logistics and operations in the Swain Center. Most recently in spring 2020, Jennifer completed her post-baccalaureate certificate for Online Teaching and Learning from the Watson School of Education here at UNCW. This fall, Jennifer will complete her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology.

Program Associate
Paula Salinas
salinasp@uncw.edu

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Paula Salinas comes from New York with a strong program administration background primarily in healthcare. Paula has great attention to detail along with superb personal skills. She has an extensive realm of experiences in finance, higher education, marketing, and non-profits. During her free-time, Paula enjoys being one with nature. She researches various bird species, cares for her home and garden, and walks her 3 Australian Shepherds.

Technology Specialist
Amanda Wilder
Friday Annex 178
wildera@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.7925

Amanda Wilder

Amanda has lived in the Wilmington area for 4 years and graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2019 with the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science. With prior work experience at the NC Azalea Festival, Amanda has a strong background in client relations, administration, and design. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys kayaking, illustrating, and aiding humanitarian organizations with website development.

Student Program Assistant
Basam Ahmed

Basam Ahmed

Student Program Assistant
Maggie Vera Raya

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Student Program Assistant
Aiden Tierney

Aiden Tierney

Student Program Assistant
Rebekah Irwin

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Graduate Student Assistant
Candace Locklear

Candace Locklear