Our Staff

Administration and Office Staff

Amy Johnson, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs / Interim Executive Director of University Career Services [email protected]

Amy Johnson became the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Aug. 3, 2020. Johnson has more than two decades of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration and student affairs, including roles at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and, most recently, Eastern Washington University.

A dynamic, energetic and compassionate higher education administrator, Johnson is actively engaged with best practices as well as scholarship in student affairs as a national thought leader. She is a seasoned faculty member in higher education administration and has a passion for connecting students’ academic and co-curricular learning experiences. A values-driven, yet practical problem solver, Johnson has led numerous initiatives that focus on student mental health and wellness, strengthening community, access and student success, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

At the University of Southern California, Johnson served as an associate professor of higher education administration at the Rossier School of Education, teaching graduate courses in peer counseling, students affairs, and higher education management. She earned both her Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees in higher education administration and graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication from the University of Puget Sound.

Kaitlyn Underwood

Recruitment Coordinator [email protected]

Kaitlyn is from Greenville, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Counselor Education from East Carolina University. Kaitlyn began her time as a Recruitment Coordinator at University Career Services in 2023. Before coming to UCS, Kaitlyn worked as an Academic Advisor and First Year Seminar Instructor at ECU. In these roles, she assisted students in mapping their academic journey and in developing skills for their success and well-being. She is passionate about understanding the individual needs to each person she meets with to best assist them in achieving their academic and professional goals.

In her free time, you can find Kaitlyn on a bike in some capacity. She enjoys mountain, gravel, and road cycling and races competitively in those areas. Outside of competing, she enjoys using cycling as a way to travel and explore new places. Off the bike, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as her dog Leia and cat Kylo.

Lisa Bowden

Help Desk Agent / Administrative Assistant [email protected]

Lisa Bowden has worked at University Career Services for many years.  With Lisa’s experience feel free to contact her for any questions or concerns you may have. Lisa loves spending time with her family, she also likes to take long relaxing walks, and she takes pride in growing her vegetable gardens during the summer and fall seasons.  Her favorite season of the year is summer, and she enjoys vacationing at the beach.

Teresa Holt

Help Desk Agent / Administrative Assistant [email protected]

Teresa Holt has been with University Career Services since June 1984.  Currently, she assists the counselors and employers with posting job vacancies and performing resume referral searches from the UCS website.  When she is away from UNC-Chapel Hill, she enjoys spending time with her large extended family, pursuing projects on her farm, trying new recipes, and singing.

Blakely Williamson

Help Desk Agent / Administrative Assistant [email protected]

Blakely Williamson has worked at University Career Services since 2004. She received her bachelor's degree in Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002. In her spare time, Blakely enjoys reading, watching movies and traveling.

External Relations, Marketing, and Analytics Team


Director of External Relations, Marketing, and Analytics

This role serves as the 2nd in Command at University Career Services in absence of the Executive Director, and also supervises and oversees strategic planning and operations for the External Relations, Marketing, and Analytics Team.


Assistant Director of External Relations

The Assistant Director of External Relations at University Career Services builds relationships with employers across industries focused on: 1) Non-Profits, 2) NGOs, 3) Government/Education, and 4) Related Industries. In addition, they identify potential micro-internship projects from their Industry Portfolio companies, engage UNC Parents/Families to support employer-involved experiential learning initiatives for students, and liaise with designated departments serving Humanities and Social Sciences majors for the purposes of increasing employers in high-impact practices in the classroom.

Focus Areas

  • Employer Engagement and Industry Advising for Education, Non-Profits, NGO’s, Government Agencies, and Related Industries
  • Source projects for the UCS Micro-Internship Program; build strategic engagements with Parents/Family External Stakeholders
  • Portfolio Manager for Humanities and Social Sciences majors/departments with focus on identifying those with High-Impact Practices involving Employers

Jamel Mallory Jr. He/Him

Assistant Director of External Relations [email protected]

Jamel Mallory Jr. is the Assistant Director of External Relations at University Career Services builds relationships with employers across industries focused on: 1) Internet/Software/Hi-Tech, 2) Banking/Financial Services, and 3) Healthcare/Biotech/Pharma. In addition, he identifies potential micro-internship projects from his Industry Portfolio companies, engages UNC Alumni to support employer-involved experiential learning initiatives for students, and serves as the liaison to designated departments serving STEM majors for the purposes of increasing employers in high-impact practices in the classroom.

Jamel is from Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education in Student Affairs from Clemson University. He is passionate about supporting all students' holistic development and achieving their professional and academic goals. He loves to travel, spend time with his friends and family, and do photography in his free time! Jamel has prior experience in college access, career services, first year experience, and admissions. 

Focus Areas

  • Employer Engagement and Industry Advising for Internet/Software/Hi-Tech, Banking/Financial Services, and Healthcare/Biotech/Pharma
  • Source projects for the UCS Micro-Internship Program; and Alumni External Stakeholder Engagement Liaison
  • Portfolio Manager for STEM majors/departments with focus on identifying those with High-Impact Practices involving Employers

Elyse Molewyk

Events and Marketing Coordinator [email protected]

Elyse Molewyk is the Events and Marketing Coordinator at University Career Services. She is responsible for coordinating in-person and virtual career fairs, organizing fee-based marketing services for employers, managing the UCS website, and designing graphics for UCS social media, as well as various other communication-related projects. Elyse enjoys wrangling details into spreadsheets in order to orchestrate events that run smoothly and are beneficial for students and employers alike. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to use her skills to help students blaze their paths in the world.

Elyse grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wheaton College. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on the beach, spending a ridiculous amount of time in indie bookstores, dabbling in watercolor, and watching Marvel movies. 

Focus Areas

  • Event Coordinator for UCS Standalone and Consortium Fairs
  • Graphic Designer, Website Manager, and Communications Specialist for UCS Events
  • Employer Liaison for Fee-Based Employer and Recruiter Services

Kara Reddish She/Her

Assistant Director of Assessments and Analytics [email protected]

Kara Reddish is the Assistant Director of Assessments and Analytics for UCS helps the office operate efficiently and effectively through tracking monthly activities metrics that provide insight on UCS’s Signature KPI’s, along with aligning UCS assessment of student and employer engagement activities with the Division of Student Affairs guidelines. In addition, she analyzes student and employer data on Handshake and other databases, collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment to submit post-graduate student outcomes data for accreditation and rankings publications, and develop visual reports on various data to share with departmental stakeholders.

Kara is a Durham, NC native who earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from NC State, in May 2022. She also graduated from NC State in May 2020 with a B.A. in Sociology. Kara is passionate about improving student experiences in higher education by advocating for changes based on assessment data. Her higher education work experiences include assessment, housing, community college research, and new student programs. In her free time, Kara enjoys listening to music, watching sports, working out, and exploring new restaurants to try.

Focus Areas

  • First Destination Survey Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting
  • Student Affairs Division Liaison for UCS Office-wide Assessments, Analysis, and Reporting
  • Data Collection and Reporting for Professional Associations, School Rankings Publications, and Program Reviews

Kelsey Williams

Assistant Director of Internships and Experiential Learning [email protected]

Kelsey Williams is the Assistant Director of Internships & Experiential Learning at University Career Services. Kelsey builds relationships with internal campus stakeholders across a range of designated College of Arts & Sciences departments, Experiential Education Courses, and Special Student Populations to increase student participation in career-aligned Virtual Work Experiences, Micro-Internships, and Summer Internships. In addition, she leads the in-person UCS Career Trek Program to designated Research Triangle Park (RTP) companies to support our “career experience” initiatives for students.

Kelsey is passionate about helping others discover their purpose and making meaning out of life experiences. Shes lived all over the world, including Pennsylvania, Oregon, France, Spain, California and South Carolina. She loves traveling and getting familiar with new cultures, people, and ways of being. Her true passion is working in the education field and helping students discover their purpose while in school and beyond. She has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Journalism and Spanish and a master's degree from Clemson University in Counselor's Education. She has work experience in Admissions, Student Affairs, and is now excited to venture into the Career Services space as a leader and liaison to students at UNC Chapel. Her goal is to build relationships with staff and faculty across campus to increase the number of students obtaining experiential learning opportunities and serve as an educator on the importance of out-of-classroom experiences. She has a heart for serving underrepresented populations and enjoy creating opportunities for all students to realize their talents and find success. In her free time, she loves exploring and trying new things - whether it's an activity, food, or city (but especially food). She also enjoys being outdoors, photography, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Kelsey’s Focus Areas

  • Develops, promotes, and leads students on the UCS Career Treks Program at employers in UCS-designated industries in the RTP
  • Promotes student enrollment in the UCS Carolina Career Readiness Passport; and other designated employer-involved experiential learning programs
  • Portfolio Manager for Experiential Education Courses with focus on identifying students for participation in UCS Experiential Learning Programs


Job Location Development Coordinator

The Job Location and Development (JLD) Coordinator for UCS fulfills an important access and equity need for UNC Students and serves three primary roles: 1) developing relationships with off-campus employers interested in hiring UNC students for paid jobs (primarily part-time); 2) giving presentations to student groups and increasing participation in meaningful part‐time employment with off-campus employers; and 3) serving as a member of the University Career Services (UCS) external relations team designing strategies to increase employment‐related opportunities for students. In addition, the position is tasked with connecting UNC students with employers who can provide professional part‐time job opportunities to: 1) support students earning potential during their studies; 2) support students attainment of pre-professional jobs/skills aligned with their academic majors and career goals.

Focus Areas

  • JLD Program design, administration, and promotion to students desiring paid off-campus Part-Time Jobs that align with academic majors and career goals
  • Promotes student enrollment in the UCS Professional Internship Experience Certificate; and provides analysis and reporting on the Part-Time Jobs market
  • Portfolio Manager for Supervisors of On-Campus and Off-Campus Part-Time student employees to ensure the development of NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Student-Facing Team

Tamara Taylor

Interim Associate Director for Career Education / Senior Assistant Director for Career Coaching and Student Belonging [email protected]

Tamara serves as the Interim Associate Director and Senior Assistant Director for Career Coaching & Student Belonging with University Career Services at UNC Chapel Hill. In these roles, she is the primary UCS representative leading career education initiatives, and outcomes; in addition to, an advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and student-facing resource focused on infusing equity and inclusion training into all career content, programming, and activities, including accessibility. Tamara also serves as a liaison to faculty, affinity groups, student organizations, and classes seeking to integrate National Association for Career and Employers Career Readiness competencies, particularly intercultural fluency, into the classroom. A 5th generation Floridian, Tamara earned her B.S. from Florida A&M University and M.S.Ed. from the University of Miami.

Jacquelyn Gist

Assistant Director of Career Coaching and Education [email protected]

Jacquelyn Gist is an Assistant Director and Career Coach for all students. Ms. Gist received both her B.A in Philosophy and her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been with UCS since 1992. Before coming to UCS,  Ms. Gist worked as a Social Worker with the ARC of Orange County and as the Coordinator of the Inter Faith Council Homeless Shelter. Ms. Gist has served as an elected member of the Carrboro Board of Alderman since 1989.

Abbie Mann-Wood

Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter [email protected]

Abbie Mann-Wood is the Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated with a BA in Public Policy from Duke University in 2019 and joined the Peace Corps as a Youth in Development volunteer in September of 2019. She served in Guatemala until March of 2020 when she was evacuated due to the pandemic. She is now pursuing a Master of Library Science degree while serving as the  on-campus recruiter for the Peace Corps.

Carleigh Twillmann

Career Coach

Carleigh Twillmann is originally from New Jersey and just recently relocated to the state of North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston in May 2018. She also earned a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist and Supervisor from Rutgers University in May 2020. Carleigh began her career as a First Grade Elementary School teacher. In 2021, Carleigh left teaching to become a Recruiter. During this time, she helped candidates realize their potential and supported them in finding careers that aligned well with their interests, work history, and values. She is excited to work in Higher Education where she can blend her background in teaching as well as recruiting. Carleigh is passionate about helping students identify and realize their unique abilities, skills and values to empower student success and professional goals. While she is not working, you can find Carleigh trying out new restaurants, painting, or spending time with her friends and family.

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