Meet the CASA Staff

Nancy Bucknall Nancy Bucknall, Director
103D Foust Building
B.A. in English & Philosophy from the University of Central Arkansas. M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I've been teaching at UNCG for over 20 years, and have been Director of CASA for 16 of those years. The best part about working in CASA is getting to work with 1st year students who have such ambition, talent, and curiosity driving them to learn more about the world. My hobbies include reading (especially North Carolina writers), hiking (especially in the North Carolina mountains), martial arts, and spoiling my three cats.
Jennifer Reich Jennifer Reich, Associate Director
103C Foust Building
BS in Commerce and Art History from the University of Virginia. MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. I have worked at CASA since 2006, first as the Program Manager and now as the Associate Director. My faculty appointment is the in Department of Art, and I have taught freshman seminars on American art and current topics in art (theft, vandalism, censorship, are video games art?) as well as ART 100 Introduction to Art. I have three young children, so you can find me at the park, playground, children's museum, or science center on the weekends. My hobbies include home decorating, reading, and watching college basketball, football and baseball. I love working at UNCG, especially working with first year students.
Eleanor Cowen Eleanor Cowen, Assistant Director
103G Foust Building
B.A., University of Georgia, M.A., Georgia State University. Media credits include working for National Geographic Television and Discovery Communications as an Assistant Editor/Sound Editor, and a variety of roles in narrative, commercial, and industrial productions. I worked as Post-Production Manager in the School of Filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts, and taught in the School of Communications at Elon University before coming to CASA. In addition to academic advising, I teach in the Media Studies department at UNCG.
Caitlin Saraphis Caitlin Saraphis, Assistant Director
103K Foust Building
BA in History and English, UNC-Greensboro 2007. MA in European History, UNC-Greensboro 2009. I have worked with CASA during SOAR since 2008, and now work full-time as an advisor. My faculty appointment is in the History department, where I teach pre-modern History courses such as Western Civ and Medieval Legacy. My interests include plagues, purgatory, and picking fights with the History Channel.
Sara Gelston Sara Gelston, Assistant Director
103L Foust Building

BFA in Creative Writing, University of Maine-Farmington, MFA in Creative Writing, University of Illinois. Before joining CASA and the English faculty of UNCG, I taught at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois. My work has received fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown. At UNCG, I teach creative writing courses such as ENG 221: Writing of Poetry and advise students majoring in English and other CAS departments. My interests include modern poetry, road trips, and the avant-garde.
Jeff Colbert Jeff Colbert, Advisor
414 Graham Building
I am a two-time alumnus of UNCG (BA in Political Science--December, 1984/Masters in Public Affairs--May, 1986) and I began teaching at UNCG in Spring, 1988. I principally teach PSC 100, 105, and 210, but I also regularly teach in the Warren Ashby Residential College and in the Freshman Seminar Program. I have served as an academic advisor at UNCG for more than 20 years. My daughter graduated from UNCG with an Elementary Education degree and her husband is a UNCG alumnus as well (Computer Science). I am an avid UNCG Spartan fan and can be frequently seen (and heard) at UNCG athletic events! My wife and I are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
  Jeremy Ingraham, Advisor
325 Sullivan Science Building
B.S. in Biology and M.A. in Exercise Science from Furman University, Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University. At UNCG, I am the instructor of Bio 271: Human Anatom
Robin Maxwell Robin Maxwell, Advisor
325 Sullivan Science Building
B.A. and M.A. in Biology at UNC Greensboro. I teach Microbiology, Invertebrate Zoology, and General Biology. I have taught and advised at UNCG for 32 years, in addition to moonlighting teaching in a Physician Assistant program, doing research in microbial contamination of a consumer product, and grading AP exams for College Board. I am currently the Chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee and Director of the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, so I help students trying to get into medical, dental, veterinary, and other schools as they plan, prepare, and apply to the program of their choice.
Margaret Hood Margaret Hood, Advisor
323 Sullivan Science Building
B.S. in Marine Biology from Auburn University. M.S. in Biology from UNCG . I am the anatomy lab coordinator, and I teach introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors as well as physiology and anatomy labs. I have been an academic advisor for CASA since 2006.
Josh Kellogg Josh Kellogg, Advisor
403C/441 Sullivan Science Building
B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. M.S. in Medicinal Plant Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. in Medicinal Plant Chemistry from North Carolina State University. I've been teaching chemistry at the community college and university level for over 5 years now. I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, working on natural product isolation and development of new potential antibacterial compounds. I am excited to be working with 1st year students who have such opportunity and curiosity that drives them to investigate the world around them and find their true directions. When not in the lab or in the classroom, I am hiking/biking/kayaking the wilds of North Carolina, or exploring the Greensboro region with my wife and daughter.
Justine Eriksen Justine Eriksen, Advisor
302 A Curry Building
I received both my BA and MA in Communication Studies from UNCG. I focused on mass media communication as well as several other areas of interest. I teach CST 200 in the Communication Studies department now and have taught CST 105 in the past.
Amy Ernstes Amy Ernstes, Advisor
417 Graham Building
BSSW (Bachelor of Science in Social Work) and MSW (Master of Social Work) from Loyola University Chicago. MA in Sociology from UNCG.

I have worked with CASA for several years, starting in 2008 as a graduate assistant and SOAR advisor, while earning my MA here at UNCG. I started teaching in the Sociology Department in 2013, and now also work with CASA as an academic advisor. I find Sociology fascinating (and important; one of my favorite topics is Intersectionality) and I love teaching and its opportunity for me to introduce students to what it means to think sociologically. Working with students is what makes my work personally meaningful, and I especially appreciate the enthusiasm and ambition of first year students!
Tracey Howell Tracy Howell, Advisor
116 Petty Building

Tracey H. Howell is a mathematics educator in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNCG.  She has been a member of the department since 1998 and enjoys teaching introductory undergraduate mathematics classes as well as classes for pre-service teachers.  She advises first year mathematics majors and serves as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Her research focuses on instructional practices that support students' mathematical argumentation, instruction in highly-impacted schools, and teacher learning of students' mathematical thinking. She is also interested in undergraduate mathematics learning and technology in mathematics education.


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