Gena Smith became the Director of Disability Services at UNC Charlotte in September 2014. She began working in the disability services field as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired in Ohio. She became the Program Director for the Office of Disability Services at Winthrop University in 1997. She has worked in higher education in the disability services field for nearly 24 years. She holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from Winthrop and a B.A. in English from Furman University.Read more
Kristin Kolin is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a Master of Arts in Education from Wake Forest University. She is a Safe Zone Ally, committed to student access, empowerment, and success. Kristin has been with the Office of Disability Services since 2004.Read more
Katie Montie is an alumna of UNC Charlotte and has a Master of Social Work degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Prior to working as ADA Project Coordinator, Katie served as Assistant Director in Disability Services for more than 10 years. She has worked with people with disabilities for over 20 years.Read more
As an Assistive Technology Specialist in the Office of Disability Services Khaleel enjoys working with students, who use Assistive Technology (AT). He provides consultation and support for their access to academic material, instructional technology, and websites. Khaleel provides workshops to faculty and staff members on Universal Design, accessibility, and on how to create accessible courses and instructional material. On Dec. 2016, Khaleel completed his Graduate Certificate Degree in Instructional Systems Technology at UNC Charlotte. He also has a Master Degree in Engineering...Read more
Nicole Cardamone Cannon joined the Office of Disability Services in July 2015 as a Captionist. Nicole has a B.S. in Business Administration from Winthrop University and an M.S. in Accountancy from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Nicole worked in public accounting and as a staff accountant for Carolinas Healthcare System. Originally from West Columbia, SC, Nicole has lived in Charlotte since 2007.
Daniela Suarez joined the Office of Disability Services in December of 2019. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Prior to working at Disability Services, Daniela served as an Assistant Accommodations Coordinator at UConn’s Center for Students with Disabilities. She has worked with students with disabilities for almost 2 years.Read more
Adrienne proudly joined the Office of Disability Services in April of 2021. She began service on our campus in 2017 as an Academic Advisor in the University Transfer Center. Prior to joining Niner Nation, her decade of experience covers student services, academic advising, personal counseling, and rehabilitation counseling. She is a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Adrienne possesses a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Winston-Salem State University (NC), a Certificate of Graduate Study...
Adam Murphy joined the Office of Disability Services team in October 2020. He has worked with a great variety of students throughout his career, and that experience allows him to succeed in this department. Adam is currently a sophomore at UNC Charlotte looking to graduate with a B.S in Finance.
Maria Panagiotopoulos is currently a Junior here at UNC Charlotte. She is a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Health Communications. She joined the Office of Disabilities Services in the Fall of 2020.Read more
Madison is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She attended Winthrop University for her undergraduate degree. Madison graduated from Winthrop University in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.Read more
Vedija is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She joined the office of Disability Services in Summer 2020 as a Graduate Assistant in Text Conversion. She ensures that the students get their textbooks and study material in an accessible format.
Abigail Vincent completed her undergraduate degree with Honors at UNC Charlotte and is currently a first year graduate student at the University. She is working on an MA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Abigail has been with the Office of Disability Services since Fall 2019 and is now a Graduate Assistant with the captioning department.