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
CB #7465
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

Karissa Grasty
Associate Dean for Advancement
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(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

Rebekah Appleton

Rebekah Appleton

Rebekah Appleton
Development Coordinator
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 966-0198
rebekahj@live.unc.edu

  • Provides logistical and donor support for the associate dean for advancement
  • Helps manage office operations, board relations and administrative projects

Matt Cain

Matt Cain

Matt Cain
Senior Director of Development
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(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.

Rachel Canada

Rachel Canada

Rachel Canada
Stewardship and Donor Relations Coordinator
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 962-7740
rcanada@unc.edu

  • Coordinates and stewards gifts to the Gillings School.

Mary Beth Knight

Mary Beth Knight

Mary Beth Knight
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 843-6415
marybethknight@unc.edu

  • Fosters successful collaborations with corporations and foundations.

Michael Lowery

Michael Lowery

Michael Lowery
Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 966-0218
lowery@email.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.

Bethany Shewmaker

Bethany Shewmaker

Bethany Shewmaker
Business Services Coordinator (Administrative Manager)
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 843-6191
bshewmaker@unc.edu

  • Oversees day-to-day business operations and finance needs for SPH Advancement, including leading admin team and managing related projects and process improvements

Sara Wajda

Sara Wajda

Sara Wajda
Assistant Director of Development
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 962-4257
sara.wajda@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.

Vacant
Assistant Director of Alumni Giving and Engagement
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 966-3722

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

Vacant
Director of Development
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 966-8368

  • Builds relationships with alumni and friends to increase understanding and support of the Gillings School’s mission