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Laura McMaster
Laura McMaster


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



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

Patrick Edwards
Patrick Edwards, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Patrick Edwards is the new Associate Director and serves as primary adviser to the East Carolina University Student Government Association. Prior to ECU Dr. Edwards most recently served as an Adjunct Faculty at Shorter University where he taught student development courses. Dr. Edwards has over seven years of experience in higher education. His background is primarily in Student Affairs, and most recently served as the Director, Office of Student Leadership Development at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Edwards also has backgrounds in Multicultural Affairs, Campus/Student Life, and collaborating with Academic Affairs/faculty to facilitate student development initiatives. His student leadership experience includes serving as co-lead facilitator for the Student Leadership Institute, alum and faculty member for the Leadership Institute, developing and facilitating leadership seminars and workshops, training student, and advising student governance organizations.

Dr. Edwards earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State, a M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Mercer University. His research interest is in policy and completion (student success) for underrepresented college students. His dissertation study is titled The Personal and Institutional Dimensions of Success for Low-Income Students: Implications for Collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

"Leadership is a process, not a position" - Unknown

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 Thomas

Graduate Assistant

Tori Thomas is a graduate student obtaining a Masters of Science in Counselor Education. As she also received her Bachelor of Science here at East Carolina University in Public Health, concentrating in Community Health, she joined the organization Alpha Phi Omega coed Service Fraternity, NAACP, ECU gospel choir, Eta Sigma Gamma- National Education honor society, and a host of other organizations/clubs. Tori enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community. Her passion is tailored to helping individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Upon graduation, Tori worked at the Brody School of Medicine's Infectious Disease clinic, where she served as one of the Patient Negotiators. During that time she assisted patients with their housing, transportation, HIV education, emotional support, etc. Now she is opening another chapter in her life, she expects to change lives one step at a time.

"Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."- Napoleon Hill
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

Marcella Camara

Student Leadership Assistant

"People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." - Simon Sinek

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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