Directory

Permanent Staff

Gena Smith

Gena Smith

Director
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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. 

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Kristin J. Kolin

Associate Director/Counselor
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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.

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Katie S. Montie

ADA Project Coordinator
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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. 

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Khaleel Eksheir

Khaleel Eksheir

Assistive Technology Specialist
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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...

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Nicole Cardamone Cannon

Captionist
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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.

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Administrative Support Associate
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Richard "RJ" Kilgore

Assistant Director/Counselor
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RJ Kilgore joined the office in August of 2020 after transferring from UNC Wilmington where he served as an Assistant Director in the Disability Resource Center.  RJ holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Winston-Salem State University and has worked with students with disabilities for over 8 years.  RJ is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. RJ is the current Treasurer of NC AHEAD.
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Daniela Suarez

Student Services Specialist
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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.  

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Adrienne Bowman

Adrienne Bowman

Assistant Director - Counselor
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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...

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Student Staff

Greeshma Thomas

Greeshma Thomas

Graduate Assistant
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Greeshma Thomas graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Public Health and a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Science minor. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health (MPH) with her concentration in Population Health Analytics at UNC Charlotte. Greeshma joined The Office of Disability Services as a Graduate Assistant in Fall 2020 and strives to ensure students are equipped with note-taking and testing services necessary to excel in their studies. 
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Maria Panagiotopoulos

Maria Panagiotopoulos

Student Office Assistant
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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.

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Madison Carr

Madison Carr

Graduate Program Assistant
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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. 

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