Our Team

Professional Staff

Melissa V. Green, Director

Relator | Learner | Connectedness | Responsibility | Arranger


Melissa V. Green joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement (formerly the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service) in 2010 and has been serving as the director since 2015. Under Melissa’s leadership, the office provides meaningful programs and initiatives that foster student success, learning, and growth while championing an inclusive community that is welcoming of all people. Melissa is a fierce advocate for social justice, equity, and inclusion and her influence extends beyond the office and into NC State University and the community at large. She serves on the Division of Academic and Student Affairs strategic planning leadership team, the division’s diversity and inclusion committee, and a founder and co-adviser to the Feed the Pack Food Pantry.

Prior to joining Leadership and Civic Engagement, Melissa worked at Western Michigan University as the Assistant Director for Leadership & Volunteer Services in the Student Activities & Leadership Program office, and in University Housing at the University of Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies in education at Western Michigan University and earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University

Brian Mathis, Associate Director

Individualization | Futuristic | Ideation | Input | Learner


Brian, a 2009 alum of NC State, joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement team in 2016.  In his role, Brian provides vision and leadership for Civic Engagement initiatives and cultivates partnerships with non-profit partners in the local community.  Additionally, he implemented and manages the online service platform used to connect NC State students with meaningful civic engagement opportunities in the greater Raleigh community.  Brian also developed the USC 298 Civic Engagement and Social Change course and serves as the instructor. He also coordinates the Civically Engaged Scholars Program and the Ambassadors program, and he facilitates departmental assessment and evaluation.

Prior to joining the Leadership and Civic Engagement in 2016 team, Brian served as the Assistant Director for Student Leadership at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He also worked with the Student Involvement at NC State, where he provided support to the Union Activities Board and Student Government. Prior to his time at UC Santa Barbara, Brian served as a Community Director for Georgetown University, where he created the “Explore DC” living learning community (in partnership with federal agencies and community non-profits); and the Entrepreneurship living learning community with the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown.

Brian earned his Master’s of College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from NC State (GO PACK!).  While completing his master’s degree, Brian served as the Student Leadership Coordinator for Residence Life, designing and teaching leadership training and academic courses. He was also the Education Programs Coordinator for the Global Village living learning community in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Brian is currently pursuing his MBA in the Jenkins MBA program at NC State.

Adam Culley, Assistant Director

Empathy | Harmony | Developer | Belief | Adaptability


Adam has been a part of the Leadership and Civic Engagement team since 2006 and is responsible for the Alternative Service Break program. With 22 program partnerships throughout the year, he is responsible for the selection of team leaders, training of advisors, and coordination of all travel logistics. Adam has developed and instructs a 3-credit course for team leaders to train and prepare them for all aspects of trip planning including budgeting, risk and safety, reflection, and critical thinking. He also works with the global community partners as well as campus partners to ensure that a high level of learning takes place in a safe environment.

Adam is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who provides team building and leadership training to the campus community and beyond.  He enjoys the development of leadership potential in others. Adam is also active on a number of committees on campus and supports the collaboration of all Leadership and Civic Engagement programming.

Adam is a native of Iowa, but is proud to call North Carolina his home.

Sarah Fayard, Assistant Director

Maximizer | Adaptability | Relator | Individualization | Empathy


Sarah joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement team in 2016. In her role, Sarah primarily focuses on student leadership development and education. She is responsible for the Leadership Development Program & Certificate, LeaderShape Institute, and ACC Leadership Symposium.  She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a certified coach for Emotional Intelligence Assessments EQ-i 2.0 & EQ 360.

Prior to joining the Leadership and Engagement team, she worked at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee as the Associate Director of Community Engagement & Faculty Affairs and as an adjunct faculty member for Leadership Studies.  She has a background in student leadership development, student success, curriculum development, and student activities.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Florida and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.

Colin Beamer, Program Coordinator

Strategic | Empathy | Connectedness | Input | Context


Colin Beamer, a 2017 alumnus of NC State, joined Leadership and Civic Engagement in 2019. In his role, Colin serves to support the administrative and financial responsibilities of the office, coordinate awards and recognition programs, and provide logistical and administrative support to the department’s numerous programs and initiatives. Colin is passionate about creating a welcoming and accessible environment in the Leadership and Civic Engagement suite which fosters conversations and activities around our core values of empowering more socially-responsible leaders.

Prior to joining the Leadership and Civic Engagement team, Colin served as Marketing and Logistics Specialist in the Marketing and Communications Department of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. In these roles, Colin oversaw the Wolfpack Pick Up program, served as a lead event coordinator, and assisted in various programs and activities throughout the division. Colin graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in May 2017.

Dana Petre, Graduate Assistant

Deliberative | Harmony | Learner | Restorative | Responsibility


Dana Petre joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement team in 2017. In her role, Dana primarily focuses on the Feed the Pack Food Pantry and advises and works alongside the student leadership team. Since the start of her time with the team, Dana has helped transition the food pantry to the Quad Commons and increased outreach on campus by maintaining records and data from the pantry. Dana strives to be an advocate for the Feed the Pack team and the food pantry in order to help increase the knowledge about food insecurity on campus.

Dana graduated from NC State with a Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Development in 2020. Prior to her arrival at NC State, Dana attended High Point University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2017.

Ameen Ahmad, AmeriCorps VISTA

Developer | Empathy | Individualization | Intellection | Input


Syed (Ameen) Ahmad joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement team in 2020 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. In his role, Ameen primarily focuses on developing educational programs and initiatives that the Feed the Pack Food Pantry can use to address poverty and food insecurity for various members of the NC State community. Additionally, Ameen works alongside Dana Petre to advise the student leadership team and oversee the food pantry. In the coming year, Ameen hopes to cultivate and sustain partnerships with community organizations, nonprofits, and commercial enterprises to sustain pantry resources (food and financial). Ameen is passionate about advocacy, social justice, and community engagement; he is excited to draw upon these various passions in order to partner with the NC State Community.

Prior to joining the Leadership and Civic Engagement team, Ameen attended Duke University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Neuroscience and received minors in Chemistry and Gender, Seuxality, and Feminist Studies. Through this role, Ameen hopes to learn more about structural barriers in a tangible context. He wants to attend medical school, and he believes that this position will inform his aspiration to center marginalized populations in his future clinical practice.

2020-2021 Student Staff

Jillian Tyler, Graphic Design Intern

Jillian is a sophomore majoring in Graphic Design. Jillian became involved with Leadership and Civic Engagement after her roommate began working in the office and then encouraged her to participate in the Leadership Development Program.

She is most excited about about making prints and billboards that will encourage the student body to vote in upcoming elections.

Olivia DeJesus, Work Study Office Assistant

Olivia is a sophomore majoring in International Studies and Political Science with minors in Japanese and Spanish. She became involved with the office after attending a work study job fair during the fall semester of her freshman year.

Olivia is most excited to prepare materials for the Leadership Development Program workshops and to connect student ambassadors with presenters.