Advancement Contacts

What we do

SPH Advancement is here for just that—advancement of the School’s mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world. We accomplish this through:

  • Connecting donors to the giving opportunities they are passionate about that help our students and our School lead the charge in solving our biggest public health problems; and
  • Creating a community where our alumni, friends, faculty and students can connect and collaborate on public health research and practice.

Need to reach us?

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
SPH Advancement
135 Dauer Drive
107 Rosenau Hall, CB #7400
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400
(919) 966-0198
giving.sph@unc.edu


For prospective students with admissions questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs
at sph-osa@unc.edu or (919) 966-2499.


Our Office

Karissa Grasty

Karissa Grasty
Associate Dean for Advancement
107B Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 966-7612
kgrasty@unc.edu

  • Works with Dean, colleagues and faculty on ideas for funding
  • Executive director of the Public Health Foundation
  • Leads UNC Gillings Advancement
  • Liaison with Gillings School Advisory Council
Dixie Bloom

Dixie Bloom
Administrative Manager for Advancement
108A Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 843-6191
dixie_bloom@unc.edu

  • Manages office operations.
  • Serves as Public Health Foundation and Advisory Council liaison.
  • Helps with website content management.
  • Serves as human resources contact.
  • Serves as budget contact.
Matt Cain

Matt Cain
Director of Development
107E Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 445-0811
mattcain@unc.edu

  • Serves as program liaison for the Departments of Nutrition, Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Maternal and Child Health, as well as the Public Health Leadership Program.
  • Builds relationships with alumni and friends to increase understanding and support of the Gillings School’s mission.

Sterling Frierson

Sterling Frierson
Executive Director of Development
107D Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 966-8368
sterling_frierson@unc.edu

  • Serves as program liaison for the Departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Health Behavior.
  • Builds relationships with alumni and friends to increase understanding and support of the Gillings School’s mission
Jennifer Gallina

Jennifer Gallina
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
108 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 843-6415
jgallina@unc.edu

  • Fosters successful collaborations with corporations and foundations.
Angie Korchnak

Angie Korchnak
Stewardship and Donor Relations Manager
124 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 962-7740
korchnak@email.unc.edu

  • Coordinates and stewards gifts to the Gillings School.
Amanda Law

Amanda Law
Director of Special Events and Campaign Projects
124A Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 843-0661
allaw@email.unc.edu

  • Oversees all aspects of special events within the Advancement Office of the Gillings School.
  • Creates and directs a group of emerging donors for UNC Gillings.
Portia Made-Jamison

Portia Made-Jamison
Development Coordinator
107 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 966-0198
pmadeja@email.unc.edu

  • Serves as assistant to the associate dean for advancement.
  • Helps manage office operations and calendaring.
  • Assists development directors with managing travel and appointments.
Rachel Makson

Rachel Makson
Assistant Campaign Director
107A Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 962-3416
rmakson@unc.edu

  • Assists the Campaign Director with planning and data analysis in setting campaign goals, priorities and activities.
Jessamine Nelson

Jessamine Nelson
Assistant Director of Alumni Giving and Engagement
124 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 966-3722
jessa.nelson@unc.edu

  • Handles alumni and student giving and engagement programming.
  • Serves as liaison for alumni programs and the Alumni Association.

Becky Paxton
Assistant Director of Development
124 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 962-4257
bpaxton@unc.edu

  • Builds relationships with alumni and friends to increase understanding and support of the Gillings School’s mission.
  • Develops the pipeline for future supporters of the School.

Deanna Wilkie
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs
124B Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
(919) 966-0218
dwilkie@unc.edu

  • Handles appeals, programs and recognition for annual unrestricted giving to the Gillings School and its departments.
  • Serves as liaison for alumni relations and the Alumni Association.