Harassment grievance officers have responsibility for receiving, investigating, and helping resolve harassment complaints. The harassment grievance officers constitute the Harassment Grievance Board, and the board members will elect a chair. Harassment grievance officers are appointed for a one (1), two (2), or three (3) year term by the president, and may include members from the tenured and untenured faculty, administration, and staff. The Title IX Coordinator is also a Harassment Grievance Board officer. Each year, the harassment grievance officers are identified through student and employee orientations and trainings and through communications with the campus community.
The Harassment Grievance Board officers are:
Assistant Professor of English
Matthew is the author of a few books, most recently Wiki of Infinite Sorrows (KERNPUNKT Press). He teaches creative writing and first-year seminars. He is especially drawn to art that encompasses multimodal performance and a high degree of interactivity. He holds a bachelor of arts in creative writing and a master’s in secondary education from the University of North Texas. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He enjoys feeding the stray cats that wander through his backyard every morning.
Director, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Since May, 2015, Jenine Culligan has been director and curator at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins. She earned her M.A. in art history and museum studies from Case Western Reserve University, a joint program with the Cleveland Museum of Art, and her B.A. in art history with a minor in studio art from the University of Kentucky. As a generalist, she has more than 30 years of experience working in art museums, overseeing and acquiring artwork for collections, and organizing over 250 exhibitions from ancient to contemporary. Prior to Hollins, Jenine’s career included being chief curator at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV; associate curator and program director at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; and education assistant and researcher at the University of Kentucky Art Museum. Internships at the National Gallery of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum gave her a good grounding before joining the museum field. One of Jenine’s main emphases throughout her career has been to promote, exhibit, and acquire art by women artists and artists of color. She has extensive experience organizing exhibitions of contemporary artists (including juried exhibitions) and has been asked to jury exhibits for art institutions in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. Each spring she works with the Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence, and organizes an exhibition of their work. At Hollins, Jenine presents weekly museum sessions with classes from across disciplines, co-teaches a museum studies class every other year, and works with interns throughout the year, including a first-year J-Term internship. She lives in Roanoke with her antiques dealer husband, Phil Adkins, and their cat Daisy. She enjoys volunteering/working with animals, gardening, hiking, baking, and – visiting museums.
Assistant to the Dean of Students
Trina Johnson joined the Hollins community in August of 2018. Prior to coming to Hollins, Trina worked in the public secondary schools in Roanoke. A native of Norfolk, she attended Norfolk State University and later completed her undergraduate studies with the University of Phoenix. She is currently studying to complete her Master of Business Administration. In her spare time she enjoys family time and traveling with her husband Eric and their children.
Director, International Programs
Ramona Kirsch arrived at Hollins in September 2019 and felt immediately at home. Prior to becoming Hollins’ director of international programs, Ramona worked with public and private universities and NGOs in California, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Oklahoma as well as abroad. She is a first generation in college and first generation American, having grown up in an immigrant home with a single mother (and is the youngest of six siblings!). Ramona believes, as Mark Twain so famously wrote in The Innocents Abroad, that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Hence, for over 20 years Ramona has worked, studied, conducted research, and traveled to over 35 countries (including teaching English as a Second Language in Austria and receiving three Fulbright Awards—two to Austria and one to India.) Ramona has a Doctorate in Education, a Master of Arts in history, and a bachelor’s degree in letters (history, philosophy, literature, and languages). Her second language is German, having also studied Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish. For fun, she and her husband travel to see family that span over nine U.S. states and four countries. She also plays competitive USTA tennis, is a life-long yoga practitioner, and loves to hike, sing, and above all, explore.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Molly received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2014. She also attended North Carolina State University where she received her master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics. She loves living in Roanoke and exploring trails and greenways with her dog Mookie! Her favorite sports team is the North Carolina Courage. Website
Director of HU Connect
Chanelle T. Sears joined Hollins in August 2020 as the associate director of housing and residence life. In April 2022, she began her current role as director of HU Connect. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New York Institute of Technology and is a doctoral candidate at Marymount University. Chanelle’s personal leadership vision is to create spaces for herself and others that fosters a growth mindset, equity, accountability, innovation, and integrity. When Chanelle is not working, you can find her walking her beautiful fur baby, Ginger, or trying vegan food in the area. As a travel enthusiast, Chanelle’s favorite places to visit are Iceland and Nicaragua. Though she is originally from Plainfield, NJ, she is learning to call Roanoke and Hollins home.
Amy Rebecca Shea
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Success, Well-being, and Belonging
Amy has worked at Hollins in various roles since 2018 and is currently happily serving as the assistant to the vice president for student success, well-being, and belonging. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in English with minors in women’s studies and psychology. She is also a licensed massage therapist and is pursuing a master’s in public health. In her spare time, Amy enjoys bicycling, gardening, hand drumming, lounging with books and cats, live music, crafts, and spending time with her adult children.
Nakeshia N. Williams, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Success, Well-being, and Belonging
Title IX Coordinator
As vice president for student success, well-being, and belonging, Nakeshia Williams works to ensure Hollins provides an inclusive experience for all of the students and employees the university serves. Previously, Williams was an associate professor in the educator preparation department in North Carolina A&T State University’s College of Education. During her tenure, she taught diversity courses to undergraduate and graduate students that were grounded in the interaction of equity, access, and achievement as they pertain to the academic, social-emotional, and identity development of P-20 (pre-school through higher education) individuals. She served as a campus gender and equity faculty leader as well as an advisor to several student organizations. Additionally, she chaired the diversity, equity, and inclusion special interest group of the North Carolina Association for Colleges of Teacher Educators. She has led numerous diversity and equity initiatives at the local, regional, and state levels, and collaborated with state and local schools, senior faculty, colleagues, and nonprofit organizations to identify and offer solutions to complex issues. Williams holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in urban education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and bachelor’s degree in English education from South Carolina State University.
A licensed professional counselor for over 12 years, she has also written numerous published articles and book chapters highlighting her research on equity and access in P-20; culturally responsive teaching; academic and global identities of minority students; socioemotional experiences of P-20 students; and teacher preparation programs at minority serving institutions.