Staff

Staff

Diane Zablotsky, Ph.D.
Faculty Director
Levine Hall
704-687-5880
dlzablot@uncc.edu


Dr. Zablotsky earned a Bachelor of Science in Individual and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980 and a Master of Arts in Social Science from the State University of New York in 1984. After working in long term care for several years, she earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 1990. Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in 1992, Dr. Zablotsky worked as a social science analyst at the National Institute on Aging (National Institutes of Health) and Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Andrus Gerontology Center (University of Southern California). Her research has focused on aging, health care, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on midlife and older Americans. Before joining the Levine Scholars Program she was Associate Dean of Student Support in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Interim Chair of the Department of Sociology. She is currently a board member of BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women in North Carolina.


Abey T. Dessie
Associate Director
Levine Hall
704-687-7288
abey.dessie@uncc.edu

Before joining the Levine Scholars Program, Abey served as the Senior Assistant Director and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UNC Charlotte. He has worked in higher education for the last nine years and his experience includes working at East Carolina University and UNC Wilmington. Prior to his time in higher education, he worked at the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, DC. Abey grew up in the Greater Boston Area and the Triangle of North Carolina. What he enjoys most about his profession is the opportunity to guide students and families through the college search and selection process. In his spare time, he serves as a youth mentor and on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit. He completed his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University in Psychology and Sociology.


Tiffany Wilson
Coordinator of Scholar Support and Initiatives
Levine Hall
704-687-5642
Tiffany.Wilson@uncc.edu

Tiffany Wilson joined the Levine Scholars Program in 2022. Prior to joining the Levine Scholars Program, Tiffany worked as an Academic Advisor in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at UNC Charlotte. Tiffany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University. She also earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Counseling from Kent State University. Tiffany is currently working on her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education at UNC Charlotte. Her goal is to continue to support students in achieving their educational, career, and personal goals. 


Tonderai Mushipe
University Program Associate
Levine Hall
704-687-5880
tmushipe@uncc.edu


Tonderai Mushipe joined the Levine Scholars Program in 2021 and provides broad-based support in office management, budgeting, student services, and recruitment.  Tonderai earned both his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master’s in Public Administration at UNC Charlotte. He is also working on his Ph.D. in Urban Geography from UNC Charlotte.  His doctoral work includes community-based research assessing how residents of traditionally lower-middle-class neighborhoods were responding to the opening of the light-rail extension in Charlotte.  Tonderai has also been heavily involved in peer mentorship and student leadership at UNC Charlotte, previously serving as the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Government.  He enjoys helping students find their paths and carve their own niches both inside and outside of class.   

 


Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Faculty Fellow
Levine Hall
704-687-8051
heatsmit@uncc.edu


Heather Smith, Ph.D. is the Levine Scholars Program Faculty Fellow supporting civic engagement, research and study abroad. She is also a professor of Geography and the Ph.D. Program Director, as well as the Director of the CLAS Urban Studies Minor. A Morehead Scholar, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduate degrees in Canada. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on globalization, urban restructuring, immigrant settlement and socio-spatial inequality. She is the recipient of the 2014 Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement and the 2017 Harshini V. De Silva Graduate Mentor Award.


Carlette Smith
Business Services Coordinator
Levine Hall
704-687-5880
carlette.smith@uncc.edu



Carlette Smith joined the Levine Scholars Program in 2022 as the Business Services Coordinator. Carlette earned her Bachelor of Business Administration-Management from Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia in 2005. She spent 18 years in corporate with a manufacturing company, moving with the company to the Charlotte area in 2010. Carlette believes that business is really about relationships and she welcomes the new relationships she will make as Business Services Coordinator.


Jessica Fisher
Graduate Assistant
Levine Hall
jfishe83@uncc.edu

 

Jessica Fisher joined the Levine Scholars Program in 2021 as a graduate assistant and assists with communications, recruitment, and event planning. Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and a minor in Arts Administration from UNC Greensboro. She is currently working on her Master's in Educational Leadership and will be graduating in May of 2023. After graduating, Jessica plans to work within a university music program as an academic advisor or admissions counselor. Jessica is a bassoonist and member of the 208th Army Band stationed in Concord, North Carolina.


Blake Marlowe
Graduate Assistant
Levine Hall
kmarlow7@uncc.edu

 

Blake Marlowe is a graduate assistant for the Levine Scholars Program and provides support in seminars, civic engagement projects, and undergraduate research.  She earned her Bachelors in History with a minor in German at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently pursuing her Masters in History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and hopes to become a professor in the future. In her free time, Blake loves to walk her dog, Riggins, hang out with friends and family, play video games, hike, and travel.