August 30, 2016

New Faces in Student Affairs


A number of new employees have joined Student Affairs during the past several months:

William Anderson joined Guilford as director of public safety in April. He served as chief of police in Asheville, N.C., 2012-14; Greenville, N.C., 2006-12; Elizabeth City, N.C., 2003-06; and DeLand, Fla., 1999-2003. He worked for the Daytona Beach Police Department 1979-99, rising from the rank of police officer/detective to commander of the Patrol Division.

He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice at Bethune-Cookman University and an associate’s in law enforcement at Daytona Beach Community College.

Curtis Arena, housing coordinator, previously worked as an area coordinator for residence life at High Point University 2014-16 and a resident director at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. He is an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Salem College, a role he has held since 2014.

He earned a bachelor’s in speech and hearing science from the State University of New York College at Cortland and an associate’s in liberal arts and sciences from Mohawk Valley Community College.

Stephanie H. Chang, director of the Multicultural Education Department, started her career in higher education as the first coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then worked as a program coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California, Irvine.

Stephanie currently is completing her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Stephanie earned a master’s in education in college student affairs at Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s in African and Afro-American studies at UNC Chapel Hill.

Darryl Hylton, community director/Student Success Program mentor for Binford Hall, was academic coordinator for the Aggie Enhancement and Enrichment Program in the Department of Housing and Residence Life at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 2014-16. He was hall director of Vanstory Hall at N.C. A&T 2014-15, and he taught math and science to fifth graders at a Title I school in Easton, Md., 2013-14.

Darryl earned a master’s in adult education with a higher education concentration at N.C. A&T and a bachelor’s in education with a concentration in mathematics at Norfolk State University.

Tim Johnson, assistant director of student leadership and engagement, was a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington 2014-16. He earned a master’s in higher education at UNCW and a bachelor’s in psychology from North Carolina Central University.

Steve Mencarini, associate dean of students, was director of the Center for Leadership and the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows Program at Elon University for six years before joining Guilford. Earlier in his career, he was a residence hall director at Gonzaga University and a program coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Steve is pursuing a doctorate in education studies with a higher education concentration at UNCG. He earned a master’s in counseling and personnel services at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s in biology at the College of William & Mary.

Ja’lessa Morris, community director/Student Success Program mentor for Shore, English, Bryan and Mary Hobbs residence halls, was a graduate assistant in Housing and Residence Life at the University of West Georgia 2014-16. She worked at Young Harris College 2011-14, serving concurrently as a resident director in the Office of Residence Life and a program coordinator in the Student Development Office.

Ja’lessa earned a master’s in professional counseling at the University of West Georgia, a bachelor’s in English at Young Harris and an associate’s in liberal arts at Young Harris.