Associate Dean for Student Engagement

Tim Wilkinson

Associate Dean for Student Engagement

Tim oversees all aspects of the Student Engagement office, such as strategic planning, assessment and supervision of staff. He advises WFU Student Government, and serves as chair of the Student Activity Fee Committee and secretary of the Student Life Committee.

Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Education: West Chester University (BA) – Speech Communications; Rider University (MA) – Human Services; Appalachian State University (EdD) – Higher Education/Adult Learning (Current)
Hobbies: Watching the Phillies and Super Bowl Champion Eagles, playing with his son Liam, pretending he is still a runner
Favorite Wake Tradition: Sitting on the hill at Wake Forest football games

“Decisions are made by those who show up.” – Jed Bartlet, The West Wing

Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Betsy Adams

Assistant Dean of Leadership and Fraternity & Sorority Life

Betsy provides leadership and strategic planning for fraternities and sororities, with a focus on harm reduction initiatives, leadership development, advising the Interfraternity Council and FSL Ambassadors, and liaising with the Greek Alumni Advisory Board.

Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Education: American University (BA) – Print Journalism; William & Mary (M. Ed.) – Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, hanging out with her adorable rescue hound Arnie
Favorite Wake Tradition: Senior Send-off

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller

Shauna McNeil

Shauna McNeil

Director of Student Organizations and Programs

Shauna develops programs, resources, and systems that support the Wake Forest campus community, specifically Student Union, student organizations including their members and advisors, and major campus programs and traditions. This includes supervising professional staff members and student-led initiatives that support Student Engagement programs.

Hometown: New York, NY
Education: Saint Augustine University (BS) – Accounting; University of Buffalo (M.Ed.) – Higher Education Administration
Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, cooking with and entertaining for friends and family, being a foodie, not to mention bowling
Favorite Wake Tradition: “I’ve enjoyed several traditions since arriving at Wake Forest but there are many more to come, so I’m keeping my mind open.” Piedmont Triad Area: Food Truck Festivals, and the NC Folk Festival

“To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Shane Taylor

Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Shane supports the fraternity and sorority community at Wake Forest through different diversity and inclusion efforts for 25 Greek letter organizations, while strengthening current harm reduction training for student organizations through the TIPS Training Program. In addition, he oversees marketing/educational efforts for the community and advises National Pan-Hellenic, Panhellenic, and Order of Omega councils.

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Education: University of North Carolina, Charlotte (BS) – Business Administration: Finance; North Carolina State University (M. Ed.) – Higher Education and Administration
Hobbies: Traveling, concert going, college basketball
Favorite Wake Tradition: Free Chick-fil-A sandwich at basketball games if opposing player misses two free-throws.

“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” – Tony Stark, Iron Man

Assistant Director of Student Organizations & Programs

Erinn Forbes

Assistant Director of Student Organizations & Programs

Erinn supports the many student organizations at Wake by advising the Student Organizations Council, managing The Link, planning involvement fairs, coordinating event planning meetings, and facilitating workshops for organization leaders and members. She also advises the Engagement Consultants in helping their peers find new and exciting ways to get involved on the WFU campus.

Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Education: University of Alabama (BS) – Human Development & Family Studies; University of Virginia (M.Ed.) – Higher Education Administration
Hobbies: Watching Netflix, Marvel movies, and Alabama football; DIY/crafting; baking; hanging out with her cats (in a totally non-crazy way).
Favorite Wake Tradition: Wake Forest: Senior Send-off, Winston-Salem: Spirits of Summer Festival

“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” – Susan Cain

Erin Parrish

Erin Parrish

Assistant Director of Student Union

Erin supports Student Union in the brainstorming, planning, and execution of campus wide events. Alongside event planning, she helps to oversee recruitment, training, and continual professional development for Student Union’s Board of Directors and Executive Board.

Hometown: Denver, CO
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver (BS) – Human Services; Appalachian State University (MA) – College Student Development
Hobbies: Camping and hiking with her two dogs, watching live music, drinking coffee from local coffee shops, eating tacos (you can’t forget the chips and queso) and spontaneous road trips.
Favorite Wake Tradition: “My first date with my fiance was at the Carolina Classic Fair, so that will always have a special place in my heart. But I am looking forward to Wake Forest Football and seeing a year in the life of a Deacon!”

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind. “

Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes

Assistant Director of Leadership Initiatives

Lauren oversees leadership initiatives in the Office of Student Engagement including programs like Charge, Adopt A Deac, National Society for Leadership and Success and Student Organization Leadership Development. Lauren’s work focuses on change based leadership development with emphasis on harm reduction, prevention & diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Hometown: Russell County, KY
Education: Western Kentucky University (BA) – Sociology; Florida State University (MS) – Higher Education
Hobbies: Reading, Antiquing, Organizing and Redecorating her apartment, Traveling, Hiking, Exploring markets and festivals
Favorite Wake Tradition: Pres Ball

“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey

Lacey Hatcher

Lacey Hatcher

Operations Manager

Lacey supports the Office of Student Engagement in a multitude of ways: From managing daily operations, developing and implementing strategies/processes to help the office function efficiently to financial and budgetary reconciliation and approval/review of correspondence with Campus Life and other university partners.

Hometown: Nazareth, PA
Education: Wake Forest University (BA) – Communications & Sociology
Hobbies: Watching college sports or any version of the Real Housewives franchise, anything Disney related (especially fantasizing about the food in Epcot), lounging around with her dog Bentley (aka watching him sleep) and singing the Philadelphia Eagles fight song
Favorite Wake Tradition: When the Deacon comes out on the motorcycle at football and basketball games

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

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Madi White

Graduate Advisor for Leadership Initiatives

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Education: University of North Carolina Charlotte (BA) – History & Religious Studies; Wake Forest University Master of Divinity Candidate
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, any water activity but especially kayaking, taking her dog to the dog park, exploring coffee shops
Favorite Wake Tradition: Lovefeast

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
–Sarah Williams

Gabbi Pohlman

Gabbi Pohlman

Graduate Advisor for Student Union

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Education: University of Georgia (BA) – Religion & Psychology; Wake Forest University – Master of Divinity, Counseling Candidate
Hobbies: Painting, traveling, running (trails are her favorite), listening to podcast or fun playlists, and watching Georgia football
Favorite Wake Tradition: “This is my first year at Wake Forest and in Winston-Salem, so ask me again in May!”

“Open your hearts and find your wild.” –Atticus

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Zack Jackson

Graduate Advisor for Student Organizations and Programs

Hometown: Sandersville, GA
Education: Georgia College (BA) – Geography; Baylor University (MSEd) – Higher Education & Student Affairs; Wake Forest University – Master of Divinity Candidate
Hobbies: singing, road trips, art and antique shopping, seeing movies at the movie theater, festivals and cultural events, watching college football, exploring local food scenes, hiking and enjoying other outdoor adventures
Favorite Wake Tradition: “I’m new to Wake, but I’m excited to experience the Lovefeast and Lighting of the Quad! Christmastime is my favorite part of the year.”

“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” –Stephen Grellet

Emily Beauchamp

Graduate Advisor for Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Education: Wake Forest University (BA) – Communication; Wake Forest University – Master of Business, Management Candidate
Hobbies: Graphic Design, photography, driving, listening to music
Favorite Wake Tradition: Festival of Lights, Carolina Classic Fair, Rolling the Quad

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Meredith Trank

Graduate Advisor for Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hometown: Austin, TX
Education: Texas Christian University – (BA) Religion & (BS) Psychology; Wake Forest University – Master of Divinity & Counseling Candidate
Hobbies: Teaching indoor cycling classes, writing, cuddling her dog, Chunk, and traveling!

Favorite Wake Tradition: Any and all football games!

“The truest, most beautiful life never promises to be an easy one. We need to let go of the lie that it’s supposed to be.” –Glennon Doyle

Candice Burris

Candice Burris

Student Engagement Practicum Student

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Education: University of North Carolina, Greensboro (BA) – Spanish
Hobbies: Watching TV and Movies, Line Dancing, Traveling.
Favorite Wake Tradition: The Faculty tunnel at the end of Commencement. It’s just a welcome sign to see that the faculty really wish you well as you leave.

“The moment anyone tries to demean or degrade you in any way, you have to know how great you are. Nobody would bother to beat you down if you were not a threat.” –Cicely Tyson