Candidates for 2013 Biographical Sketches
Maggie Grant is the Program Coordinator at the Carolina Women’s Center. The CWC serves staff, faculty, and students with its mission to create an inclusive education and work environment where gender is not a barrier to success, difference and diversity are celebrated, and everyone is safe to live, learn, teach, and work without threat of hard or unequal treatment. We do gender equity programming and advocacy across campus, and encourage all members of the Carolina community to be a part of our work. Areas of focus include interpersonal violence awareness and prevention, family advocacy, gender equity, and employee work/life balance initiatives.
Over the past year, the CWC has recognized the need on campus for more services and programs geared toward employees of all classifications. We have made efforts to begin a work/life balance seminar series, open to all, to explore topics regarding finances, health, elder care, and other issues that individuals face as we attempt to balance the many responsibilities that come with our jobs and home lives. The Carolina Women’s Center is continuing to strive to meet the needs of employees across campus. If elected to the Employee Forum, I feel I will be better able to assess needs and create more opportunities for learning and development for employees at UNC. I am excited about the possibility of building relationships with the Forum in the hopes of serving all employees better.
My name is Melissa Haugh and I am an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Surgery, Abdominal Transplantation Division. I have been with the University since March 2010. I previously worked at the Dental School in 1998. My co-worker has servedo n the Forum thepast four years and has shared with me her rewarding experiences. I believe a pleasant work environment is essential to retaining employees with a good, solid work ethic. It is my desire to join the Employee Forum to continue to provide a voice and make positive changes on their behalf. During my time away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family and my furbabies. I love to read, watch movies and decorate cakes.
I have worked for the University of NC at Chapel Hill since 1995 and have been in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the past twelve years. I am the Administrative Assistant for the Chief, Assistant for three other faculty members, and am the Residency Coordinator for the Integrated and Thoracic Surgery Residency Programs. Prior to working in Surgery, I worked in Gyn Oncology as an Office Assistant. I am interested in serving on the Employee Forum because UNC has provided me with an interesting and rewarding job through the years and I feel that perhaps in this small way I can give back a little to the University. I also think this will be a good opportunity to experience and learn about different processes, departments, and organizations within the University and how things get done for our University and all the people who work here.
In my time away from work, I enjoy my two beautiful grandsons, reading traveling, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family.
Grants Management Officer
Department of Psychology
I have been in the role of Grants Management Officer in the Department of Psychology since October 2011 supporting faculty and students in finding and obtaining external research funding. Prior to my relocation in 2011 to North Carolina, I held a joint position between a private company and a stem cell research lab at The University of Georgia providing me valuable administration experience in both the private and public research sectors. I would like to help make a meaningful impact at Carolina as a member of the Employee Forum. I hope to bring a fresh perspective and positive attitude to this important group.
Anna K. Schwab
Anna K. Schwab’s varied career at Carolina spans over 25 years. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Classics she worked as a laboratory assistant and bicycle messenger for the School of Medicine. She went on to receive a Masters in City & Regional Planning and a Law degree, working as a graduate student assistant in both schools. Since that time she has served as a research associate and project manager for numerous academic and public service programs in several departments, including the Department of Planning, the School of Public Health, and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies. Presently she is employed as the Program Manager at the Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters.
A native of Chapel Hill and the daughter of faculty, Anna Schwab is also the proud mother of a recent UNC grad. She grew up barely two miles from the center of campus in the same neighborhood where she currently resides with her husband and four sons, each of whom is a loyal Tarheel far.
I am a Chapel Hill native and UNC alumnus (BA, 1988). I earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan (1999) and subsequently returned to North Carolina where I have worked as a teacher, researcher, and faculty development professional for the past ten years. I currently work as a content developer at the Center for Faculty Excellence and teach as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Psychology. While a grad student in Michigan I was a member of the Graduate Student Employees union and participated in a various collective actions (e.g., brief work-stoppages, rallies) during contract negotiations between the union and the University administration. This experience impressed upon me the important role that independent employee organizations such as the UNC Employees Forum can play in advocating on behalf of improved working conditions and giving voice to employee concerns.
I have worked as a full-time employee at the University for 17 years. Prior to that I was a student at UNC; and earned a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Communication Studies. I have served as a delegate on the Employee Forum for a total of 7 years. Currently, I am the chair of the Education and Career Development; as well as the Forum photographer. I work in the department of Information Technology for Student Affairs as the database analyst.
I hold a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies and a Certificate in Gender and International Development from the University of Florida, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stetson University. My interest in administration came about as the result of my work with a variety of community-based and nonprofit organizations including the Feminist Majority Foundation in Washington, DC, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Women for Wise Growth in Gainesville, FL and St. Vincent de Paul Society in Naples, FL. I relocated to Chapel Hill in 2011 to provide administrative support the Office of Faculty Governance at UNC-Chapel Hill. I have been involved in the Employee Forum for the last year as a member and current chair of the Public Relations and Communications Committee. In that time I have assisted the Forum with its efforts to redesign its website and maintain its blog and social media presence. I am the current editor of InTouch, the Forum’s newsletter.