About Us: Our Mission and Staff


The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement prepares students to serve as change-makers.  We develop, promote, and advance civic engagement, leadership development, and meaningful service to create positive social change.

We develop Change-makers…

Change-makers 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

Michael Coleman, Ed.S.
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Mike Coleman serves as the director for the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement at UNC Greensboro. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark-Atlanta University in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees in Counseling and Human Systems from the Florida State University. Prior to his appointment at UNC Greensboro, Mike served as the Dean of Students at Tallahassee Community College  where he lead a diverse portfolio of departments in the Division of Student Affairs that are dedicated to providing a cutting-edge student experience from welcome week through graduation.
As a seasoned student-affairs professional, he has always worked to ensure that the Division of Student Affairs instills a culture of providing exceptional student experiences. Mike began his career working in the college union, followed by progressive leadership roles in student affairs at major universities. Before joining UNC Greensboro, Mike’s expansive career in higher education administration has included positions at Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Brooklyn College, and New York University. Mike is also an active member in professional associations and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and President for the Association for College Unions International (ACUI). He is an accomplished higher education leader who will bring the energy, vision and entrepreneurial talent required to support a high-quality, high-functioning student leadership program where students are encouraged to engage in their campus, gain leadership skills, and serve their communities as responsible citizens. One of Mike’s favorite quotes is from Muhammad Ali “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.”

Lindsey Woelker, M.Ed.
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Associate Director for Leadership
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.

Kristina Gage, M.Ed.
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Associate Director for Civic Engagement

Kristina Gage serves as the Associate Director for Civic Engagement in the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement. In this role she provides leadership for community service, civic learning, and democratic engagement efforts through a variety of programs and initiatives including UNCG Votes, the Civic Engagement Academy, and the Catalyst program. Kristina builds partnerships with local non-profits, national non-partisan organizations, and governmental agencies to provide service and civic opportunities for students and to address important issues in Greensboro and beyond. Kristina earned her Masters of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from James Madison University. 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.

April Marshall, M.S., NCC
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Assistant Director for Leader Development
April Marshall is the Assistant Director for Leadership Development.  She manages the Peer Leader Educator’s (PLE) program, student leadership conferences, 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 change-makers in a global community.

Assistant Director for Civic Engagement

Michelle Morales
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Administrative Assistant

Eli Lumens
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Hunger Reduction Capacity Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
Eli serves as the Hunger Reduction Capacity Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA in both the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and Wesley-Luther. In this role, they focus primarily on capacity building to lessen food insecurity through the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station, Spartan Open Pantry, and local community gardens. Eli received their B.S. in Natural Resources with a concentration in Policy and Administration and a minor in Social Work from NC State University. They cultivated a passion for intersectional accessibility as a student leader in advocacy groups for individuals with disabilities and for LGBTQIA+ students. Eli hopes to build infrastructure to allow students to be aware of and involved in their communities, while also developing self-advocacy skills and growing within the academic environment of UNCG.

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.

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.

Juwan Jacobs
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Graduate Assistant for Leadership
Juwan is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at UNCG. As the Graduate Assistant for Leadership, he oversees the Bronze Leadership Challenge, and facilitates several leadership conference workshops and supports students though the Bronze Leadership Challenge program. Juwan is originally from Chesterfield, VA, and spent the last four years in Norfolk, VA earning his Bachelor of Science in Lifespan Communications from Old Dominion University and serving as the Student Body Vice President for ODU. He found his passion for student affairs at ODU throughout his many leadership positions and is committed to making sure that every student’s experience in college is nothing short of impactful.

Autumn Cox
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Graduate Assistant for Leadership arcox3@uncg.edu

Autumn is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Program at UNCG. As the Graduate Assistant for Civic Engagement, she coordinates the Civic Engagement Academy, hires and oversees student Democracy Fellows, as well as supports the planning and implementation of campus-wide community service and civic engagement efforts. She spent the last five years in Harrisonburg, VA earning her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from James Madison University, then serving the institution as an Engagement Fellow for a year. She found her passion for community engagement through undergraduate involvement on and off campus in the Harrisonburg community through various service roles. She believes strongly in helping students find their passion through practical and mutually beneficial community engagement and civic learning.

The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, in collaboration with the Gender Diversity Working Group, is committed to affirming the lives of and promoting social justice for Trans and Non-Binary people. We have created a comprehensive toolkit to support gender diverse students, located here: https://bit.ly/2Z0EaAc.