About Us: Our Mission and Staff

The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement at UNC Greensboro serves as a catalyst for experiential curricular and co-curricular leadership development and civic engagement initiatives that empower students to effect positive change and serve as citizen leaders in a global community. Through community engagement, integrated learning, and reflective practice we equip students to develop a personal, professional and civic identity.


It is our vision that every UNCG student will have the opportunity to realize his/her capacity to effect positive change in society and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership.

We develop Citizen Leaders…

Citizen Leaders are active participants in society accountable to and responsible for the common good.  Their willingness to act and ability to lead transforms visions into reality.  In doing so, they are able to negotiate diverse views and adapt behaviors to work with others as agents of positive and ethical change.

Meet our Staff

Lindsey Woelker, M.Ed.
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Interim Director
Lindsey Woelker received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, focusing on psychology and environmental science.  She holds a M.Ed. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago.  While in graduate school, Lindsey served on the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership research team and published an article focused on social perspective-taking and its influence on student leadership development.  Prior to joining UNCG, Lindsey was the Associate Director for Student Life at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.  There, she oversaw student leadership programs and taught courses on various topics related to leadership development.  Lindsey is heavily influenced by her undergraduate involvement in Michigan’s Alternative Spring Break program, where she experienced the inherent connection between leadership and service and has since sought to incorporate community engagement into all of the leadership programs she creates.  At UNCG, Lindsey oversees the Leadership Challenge portfolio, supports leadership conferences, and works to institutionalize UNCG’s Leadership Framework and the 8 competencies of a UNCG student leader.  Lindsey hopes to instill a sense of purpose and passion in the next generation of leaders, allowing them to realize their potential and become agents of positive social change in their communities.

April Marshall, M.S., NCC
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Assistant Director for Leader Development
April Marshall is the Assistant Director for Leader Development.  She manages the Peer Leader Educator’s (PLE) program, student leadership conferences, the LeaderShape Institute on campus, and the Silver Leadership Challenge program.  April’s passion for leadership development began during her service in the U.S. Air Force, where she served both active duty and active reserve terms of enlistment, strengthening her ability to lead, to follow, and to manage enlisted men and women within the moral framework of integrity, service, and excellence.  Originally from southern California, April has been a Spartan since 2007, when she moved to North Carolina to attend UNCG to finish her B.A. in English.  After working in high school education for five years, she earned her M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development through UNCG’s Counseling and Educational Development program and has become a Nationally Certified Counselor.  April hopes to use her military, teaching, and counseling experience to offer UNCG students the opportunity to discover their strengths, follow their passions, and to engage as citizen leaders in a global community.

Kristina Gage, M.Ed.
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Assistant Director for Community Engagement
Kristina Gage earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. She also holds a B.A. in Justice Studies from James Madison University. In her role as the Assistant Director for Community Engagement she builds community partnerships with non-profits, schools, and government agencies and provides leadership for co-curricular service programs including service trips, servGSO one-time events, campus wide days of service, and the Civic Engagement Fellows program. A two-time AmeriCorps VISTA, Kristina has experience working in the non-profit sector and has served in both the Office of Community Engagement at The College of William & Mary and the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning at Guilford College. Through her professional and volunteer experiences, Kristina has learned the power of community partnerships to both create positive social change and transformative learning experiences.

Michelle Morales
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Administrative Assistant

Wally Vinson
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Coordinator for Global Engagement
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Wally received a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from UNCG. He also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Elon University. As Coordinator for Global Engagement, Wally works to bring UNCG’s commitment to global learning to OLCE programs. He is involved in all levels of the OLCE Leadership Challenge program serving as a facilitator and coach. In addition he works with community partners through the Gold Leadership Challenge. Prior to joining OLCE, Wally worked in corporate learning and development.

Jessica Gangitano
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Graduate Assistant for Leadership
Jessica Gangitano is a current graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration Higher Education program at UNCG. In OLCE, she is the Graduate Assistant for Leadership where she facilitates workshops, grades reflections, and graduates students from the Bronze Leadership Challenge program. She is originally from Newport News, Virginia and has spent the last four years in Farmville, Virginia earning her Bachelor or Arts in Communication Studies from Longwood University. She is passionate about professional and student development, which makes student affairs fulfilling and the best career choice possible. Mentoring students is something she strives to do on a daily basis and truly impact those around her.

Amanda Davis
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Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement 
Amanda is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at UNCG. As the Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement, she oversees the Spartan Service Trip Program, as well as assists OLCE with other community engagement endeavors. Originally from the Midwest, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Amanda enjoys exploring new places and cultures, spending time outdoors, and drinking several cups of coffee.

Rachael Edmonds
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Graduate Assistant for Leadership

Rachael is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at UNCG. As the Graduate Assistant for Leadership, she supervises the Peer Leadership Educator program, facilitates several leadership conference workshops and supports students though the Silver Leadership Challenge program. Rachael is originally from Houston, TX, and spent the last six years in Norfolk, VA earning her Bachelor of Science in Leadership from Old Dominion University, and working as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor for ODU. She found her passion for student leadership development at ODU as a student leader, and strives to have a powerful impact on the next generation of leaders through leadership training and mentorship.