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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP STAFF
Laura McMaster
Laura McMaster

Director

Laura McMaster, originally from Pennsylvania, joined the ECU community in Spring of 2012.  She has a bachelor's in Communications from The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a Master's in College Student Affairs Administration from The University of Georgia.  Currently working on her dissertation towards a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University, her research is focused on the impact of stereotype threat on college women's political leadership efficacy.  She is a member of several national leadership associations and is currently serving her second term as Leadership Chair for the Commission for Student Involvement for the American College Personnel Association.  Finding her passion in helping students gain access to and realize their full leadership potential, Laura works to help students find ways of creating positive sustainable change for their community.

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo

 
 
Wes
Wesley Hutchins

Assistant Director

Wesley Hutchins hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and recently joined the dynamic staff at ECU in the fall of 2013. Wes has a Bachelor's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master's in Counselor Education (Student Affairs) from Clemson University. He has held many leadership positions over the years but truly feels that leadership is not positional. As an active member of his Fraternity Alumni Foundation, several national organizations, and community service groups, Wes demonstrates a commitment to enriching the lives of those around him. He is extremely excited for this opportunity at East Carolina and hopes to make a positive impact with the leadership programs on campus.

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it"- Charles R. Swindoll

Katina Cooper
Katina Cooper

Administrative Assistant

Katina Cooper serves as an administrative assistant in the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement.  Throughout her time at ECU, she has played an instrumental role in the success of the Student Government Association, CSLE, homecoming and other offices within Student Involvement and Leadership.  She is a mother of three beautiful daughters.  She is also an active member of the Greenville community.  Affectionately referred to as "Ma" by her students, Katina helps to create a safe and inviting environment for all students at ECU.

"A goal without a plan is just a wish" Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 
 
Tori
Tori Thomas

Graduate Assistant

Tori Thomas is a second year graduate student majoring in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling. Though she has spent several years at East Carolina University, obtaining both her Bachelors and Master's degrees, Tori is satisfied with the amount of connections she has made with faculty, staff, and most importantly, students. After graduation, Tori plans to venture into a larger community to follow her passions in working with those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. She enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. While opening another chapter in her life in leadership development, she expects to help change lives one step at a time.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."- Arthur Ashe
 
Grace Brown
Grace Brown

Student Leadership Assistant

Grace is a sophomore double majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and History.  She cheered competitively for eleven years including one at ECU and loves Pirate Nation.  She is also an active member in Chi Omega.  One days she hopes to earn her Graduate degree in communication and work for a PR firm.  In her free time she loves to spend time with her friends, family and dogs.

"Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals." - Unknown

Zack Hawkins
Zack Hawkins

Student Leadership Assistant

Zack is a Business major with a concentration in Finance and is pursuing a minor in Political Science.  He is a member of the ECU Ambassadors where he serves the the Vice President of Events.  Zack has also served on the 2011 Homecoming Committee, as the Assistant Brand Ambassador for the 2012 Back to College Target Event, as well as an Orientation Assistant for the past two summers.  Zack was also a resident of the Jarvis Leadership Program his first year at ECU.  He plans to attend law school after graduation.

"Leadership and learning are insensible to each other." -John F. Kennedy


Jackie Parker
Jackie Parker

Student Leadership Assistant

Jackie is currently a junior majoring in Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health. After college she plans to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in Higher Education Administration. Jackie currently participates in Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy, Leadership Resource Team, Residential Scholars, serves as secretary in the Student Dietetic Association and is a mentor in the Williams Leadership program. She loves bright colors, writing, and Lilly Pulitzer.

"I want every little girl who's told she's bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills." - Sheryl Sandberg


Brian Funsch
Brian Funsch

Student Leadership Assistant

Brian is an Accounting major at East Carolina University's College of Business. After graduation he plans on pursuing future education through East Carolina University's Master of Science in Accounting program. He recently moved from Long Island, New York to Washington, North Carolina. He just began working at the Center for Student Leadership & Engagement in fall of 2013. He is committed to his education and looks to be a positive influence in others' lives. He has a passion for music, art, and self-expression.

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." - Nido Qubein

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