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
Executive Director/Secretary of The Public Health Foundation, Inc.

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

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.

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.

Sara Wajda

Sara Wajda

Sara Wajda
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.

Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston

Adam Johnston
Development Coordinator
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 966-0198
adam920@email.unc.edu

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for the major gifts team
  • Provides administrative support to the Associate Dean for Advancement and major gift officers
  • Engages in event and meeting planning and special projects

Camille Mason

Camille Mason

Camille Mason
Assistant Director of Alumni Giving and Engagement
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 962-6776
cgmason@email.unc.edu

  • Builds relationships with and designs programming for alumni of the Gillings School
  • Serves as liaison for the Gillings Alumni Association Advisory Board

Ryan McGuirt

Ryan McGuirt
Assistant Director of Development
135 Dauer Drive
CB #7465
(919) 966-8368
Ryan.Mcguirt@unc.edu

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