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Meet the Staff

VSLC Professional Staff

Dennis McCunneyDennis McCunney, Ph.D., Director

1611 Old Cafeteria Complex, 252-328-2802

Dennis is responsible for the administrative oversight and strategic direction of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. He joined the VSLC team in August 2012. Dennis earned a B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Maryland, M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies. His dissertation research focuses on the formation of student culture around civic engagement and activism. Before coming to ECU, Dennis worked at Loyola University Maryland's Center for Community Service and Justice coordinating leadership development and co-curricular service-learning programs. He also served as a social justice minister at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His professional interests include leadership development, service-learning, campus-community partnerships, social justice education, and qualitative research methods. Outside of work, Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and camping, and baseball.

Recent Publication: "Community-Campus Partnerships: Using Lessons Learned to Chart a Path for the Future."

Meagan SmithMeagan Smith, Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications

109 Mendenhall Student Center, 252-328-1554

Meagan serves as Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications. She joined the VSLC team in July 2013. Meagan supports faculty who are involved in service-learning work and oversees community partner development and assessment, service-learning course assessment and syllabus design, and VSLC communications and marketing. Meagan has worked most recently as a resident director and the coordinator of multicultural student programs at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She received her B.S. degree in journalism and music from the State University of New York at Oswego and a M.S. degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University, where she worked as a graduate assistant and then as Assistant Director of Service-Learning.

Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programsnichelle resized

1604 Old Cafeteria Complex, 252-328-6979

Nichelle serves as Associate Director of Student Leadership and Educational Programming.  Nichelle’s responsibilities include overseeing all co-curricular programming and student leadership opportunities.  She supports community partnerships and ECU’s relationship with North Carolina Campus Compact.  Nichelle is a recent graduate from Kent State University where she received an M.Ed. in higher education administration and student personnel.  She also received a college teaching certificate and will complete her community college leadership certificate by 2015.  Nichelle received her B.A. in speech communication with a concentration in public relations from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  She spent two years serving as an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader at Kent State University.  Most recently, she worked at Kent State University as a graduate assistant coordinating community service opportunities.  She also worked as a part-time graduate assistant in Residence Life at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Outside of work, Nichelle enjoys being outside to soak up the sun, playing with her two cats, gardening, spending time with family friends, as well as attending community events. She also enjoys reading, cooking, baking and attempting Do It Yourself (DIY) projects.

Emily Dixon, Office Coordinator

1604 Old Cafeteria Complex, 252-737-2501

Suzannah Lott, Program Specialist

109 Mendenhall Student Center, 252-737-4988

Suzannah serves as a Program Specialist for Service-Learning and Communications. Following graduation from Louisiana State University with her master's, Suzannah joined the Office for Leadership and Service-Learning in August 2015. Suzannah facilitates the preparation and execution of the Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy and the Leadership Resource Team, and represents the office in planning ECU's Tunnel of Oppression program. Previously, Suzannah served as a Leadership Consultant for Sigma Kappa Sorority while living in Georgia and Missouri. She received her B.A. degree from Virginia Tech in History with a minor in Film Studies. 

Victoria Barfield, Graduate Assistant Victoria Barfield

Victoria is originally from Goldsboro, NC, and is a recent graduate of East Carolina University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science and also received recognition for her secondary major in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Nutrition Science. Victoria developed a passion for leadership and service in her early years of high school, which continued throughout her undergraduate experience. Victoria enjoys meeting new people, service her community, cooking and practicing yoga.



Lauren Rideout, Graduate Assistant Lauren Rideout

Lauren completed her undergraduate degree in Recreation Management at Appalachian State University. She is currently studying Recreational Therapeutic Administration at ECU and hopes to become a Recreation Therapeutic Specialist and work alongside the military at Fort Bragg. Lauren grew up in many different places as a member of a military family, but her family currently lives in Bluefield, West Virginia. Lauren is excited about the opportunity to work with the Office for Leadership and Service-Learning by assisting with the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Awards Program. She hope to learn and grow as a leader not only in her community but in her profession.


Lizzie Shepard, AmeriCorps VISTA member Lizzie Shepard

Lizzie was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC. She is a recent graduate of Queens University of Charlotte where she earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Her college experiences and time abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Guatemala gave her a worldly insight of the current problems and issues that many individuals face. She hopes to work with ECU, the Intergenerational Community Center, and Third Street Community Center to enlighten others about the importance of volunteerism while working against social injustices in her community. In her free time she enjoys traveling, meeting new people, volunteering and spending time with friends and family.


Jade Umberger, AmeriCorps VISTA member Jade Umberger

Jade grew up in a small farm town in Central Illinois and went to college in a significantly larger farm town called Normal, Illinois. She is a recent graduate of Illinois State University in Normal with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences sequenced in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics. After participating in many Alternative Breaks volunteer trips during college, Jade decided she hadn't reached her full capacity in volunteering so she decided to take it further and become an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Combining a passion for health food with an appetite for learning and a dash of volunteerism thrown in, she hopes to spread knowledge and resources to cultivate healthy futures in the Greenville community. During her year of service she will be working with Cultivate Greenville, a local community gardening network, and a nutrition program being piloted by Campus Kitchen at ECU. When she's not in the office, Jade enjoys baking, watching Parks and Rec, and planning her next adventure.