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 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.

Madison Teeter, Graduate Assistant

Achiever | Learner | Input | Discipline | Futuristic


Madison joined the Leadership and Civic Engagement team as a Graduate Assistant in 2019. In her role, she runs the Civically Engaged Scholars program, as well as the Active Citizenry Series. She hopes to empower students to become politically involved in meaningful ways through both of these initiatives. Additionally, she is assisting in the further development of the Alternative Service Break (ASB) program by updating program materials and showcasing experiences of ASB alumni to highlight the extent of the program’s impact. Madison is tenacious in her efforts to get individuals to realize the influence they can have on creating equitable spaces wherever they may go.

Prior to being a Graduate Assistant, she served as an ACC Leadership Symposium Intern, ASB Course Support Specialist, and ASB Team Leader for the Leadership and Civic Engagement office. During her undergraduate tenure at NC State, she studied Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Science and earned the Global Perspectives Certificate.

Madison is currently pursuing her Master of Professional Science in Climate Change & Society with a focus in Public Policy. Upon completion of the program, she seeks to work with individuals who are passionate about solving the world’s climate crisis.

Student Staff

Adrian Pavone, Service and Outreach Intern

Adrian is a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. He first got involved with the office after attending the LeaderShape Institute in 2017. He also served as a trip leader for the Alternative Service Break trip to West Virginia.

Adrian is most excited to plan new Mystery Service Saturdays and form partnerships with new organizations.

Sahaana Veeravalli, Marketing and Communication Intern

Sahaana is a senior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Español. She became involved with the office by participating in the Leadership Development Program during her freshman year. She also attended LeaderShape in 2019, and is thrilled to be a part of the planning team for LeaderShape 2020.

Sahaana is most excited to meet the new students who will become involved with Leadership and Civic Engagement!

Kennedy McCutchen, Ambassador Coordinator

Kennedy is senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in English. She first became involved with the Leadership and Civic Engagement office after going on an Alternative Service Break to Alaska. Kennedy will also serve as the trip leader to Alaska in 2020.

She is most excited to forge opportunities for Ambassadors to become stronger leaders, communicators, and students here at NC State – and connect the student body with the office’s amazing programs!

Stephanie Menten, Course Support Specialist

Stephanie is a senior majoring in Geology. She became involved in the office after going on an Alternative Service Break trip to Trinidad and Tobago during her freshman year. Since then, she has served as a leader for both the Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago trips.

Stephanie is looking forward to getting to know her fellow trip leaders.

Haley Johnson, Civic Engagement Intern

Haley is a junior majoring in Animal Science with minors in Environmental Science and Business Administration. She got involved with the office after completing the Leadership Development Program and taking USC 298: Intro to Civic Engagement and Social Change with Brian Mathis.

She is most excited to plan Mystery Service Saturdays and form relationships with community partners.

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.

Jena Phillips, Leadership Development Program Intern

Jena is a senior double majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Law and Justice, and Arabic Language and Literature. During her freshman year, she went on an Alternative Service Break trip to Belize, and immediately after she arrived back home, she applied to be a team leader for the following year.

This year, Jena is working on making the Leadership Development Program the best possible series of workshops it can be and increasing participation from students of all identities across campus. She is most excited because thus far, the LDP has had a record number of participants, and she looks forward to awarding these students with a certificate of achievement