Our Team

Melissa V. Green


Relator | Learner | Connectedness | Responsibility | Arranger

MFeatureMelissa 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 A. Fayard

Assistant Director

Maximizer | Adaptability | Relator | Individualization | Empathy


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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.

Leslie Beddingfield

Office Manager

Includer | Positivity | Belief | Empathy | Connectedness


Leslie has been a member of the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service, now Leadership and Civic Engagement, team since 1993. Leslie was a part of the transition from the previous Student Leadership Center, to the Center for Student Leadership, & Public Service, now to the current Leadership and Civic Engagement office. As the Admin and Office Manager, she oversees the day to day function of the office. She has played a vital role in the expansion of the Alternative Service Break program from 1 trip to 24 experiences currently offered by Leadership and Civic Engagement. Leslie supports four full time staff, two graduate students, and numerous student staff, and also helps to coordinates the logistics of the Leadership Development Program workshops, from reservations to confirming presenters. She is also a trained Strengths Quest Facilitator.


Dana Petre

Graduate Assistant

Deliberative | Harmony | Learner | Restorative | Responsibility


Dana Petre joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement team in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant. 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 tenure with the team, Dana has helped transition the food pantry to a larger space 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.

Prior to her arrival at NC State, Dana attended High Point University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. While there, Dana held an internship in the Office of Student Life, where she planned and engaged in a variety of student activities and programs.

Dana is currently pursuing her Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Development here at NC State. Upon graduation, Dana plans to work at a university as a college counselor.