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 the 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

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
CB #7400
(919) 966-7612

  • 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

Irene Baron
Development Coordinator
107 Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 966-0198

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

Dixie BloomDixie Bloom
Administrative Manager for Advancement
108A Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 843-6191

  • 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 CainMatt Cain
Senior Director of Development
107E Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 445-0811

  • 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.

Rachel Canada

Rachel Canada
Stewardship and Donor Relations Coordinator
124 Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 962-7740

  • Coordinates and stewards gifts to the Gillings School.

Assistant Campaign Director
107A Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 962-3416

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

Mary Beth KnightMary Beth Knight
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
108 Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 843-6415

  • Fosters successful collaborations with corporations and foundations.

Assistant Director of Alumni Giving and Engagement
124 Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 966-3722

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

Sara Wajda

Sara Wajda
Assistant Director of Development
107C Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 962-4257

  • 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.

Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs
124B Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 966-0218

  • 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.

Senior Director of Development
107D Rosenau Hall
CB #7400
(919) 966-8368

  • 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

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