University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Swain Center Team Members

Phone Number: 910.962.2728

Director
Richard Walsh, MBA
Congdon Hall 1004A
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
Congdon Hall 1004C
mylottm@uncw.edu
p: 916.751.9352

Matt Mylott

A native Californian, Matt Mylott joined the Cameron School of Business in 2017 as the Assistant Director of Client Management at the Swain Center. Matt’s professional experience includes leadership under extreme conditions, crisis negotiation, brand/relationship management, team building, strategic partnerships, and public speaking. Matt is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and most recently worked as a SWAT operator in California. Matt earned his B.A. in Political Science ('07) and MBA ('18) from UNCW.

Regional Economist
Dr. Adam Jones
jonesat@uncw.edu

Dr. Adam Jones

Dr. Jones is the Department Chair of Economics 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
Congdon Hall 1004B
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.

Program Associate
Kye Gardner
Congdon Hall 1004
gardnerkd@uncw.edu
p: 910.962.7925

Kye Gardner

Kye, originally from Southeastern Idaho, has lived in the Wilmington area for 13 years and graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2016 with the Cameron School of Business as an operations management and information systems student. With prior work experience in student affairs as a resident assistant and peer mentor, as well as 3 years in academic affairs with International Programs, Kye brings a diverse background to the Swain team.

Student Program Assistant
Azri Amir-Hakim

Azri Amir-Hakim

Student Program Assistant
Samantha Archer

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Student Program Assistant
Hugh Bennett

Hugh Bennett

Student Program Assistant
Abbi Boyles

Abbi Boyles

Student Program Assistant
Savannah Kurak

Savannah Kurak

Student Program Assistant
Kristen St. John 

Kristen St. John

Student Program Assistant
Aiden Tierney

Aiden Tierney

Graduate Student Assistant
Brandy Wightman

Abbie Rowe