About Us

The Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs forges purposeful partnerships with its neighbors in the region, with a particular focus on Duke’s home—Durham, NC.

Our Office

Durham & Community Affairs

The Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs forges purposeful partnerships with its neighbors in the region, with a particular focus on Duke’s home—Durham, NC. DCA is a link between Duke University, Duke Health, the community and local governments by connecting our partners with campus efforts, research, and institutional resources. Duke also supports community partnerships through financial contributions, grants, and sponsorships; service and volunteerism; and Duke charitable activities and employee giving. DCA focuses on nutrition and food security, housing affordability and infrastructure, early childhood and school readiness, college and career-readiness, and non-profit capacity-building. Visit us at community.duke.edu.


Office of Durham and Community Affairs
Duke University
Box 104352
Durham, NC 27708


411 W. Chapel Hill Street
Suite 500
Durham, NC 27701


(919) 684-6960


(919) 613-5708



Our Staff

Ana Gomez

N.C. Afterschool Corps VISTA
DUKE ARAC / Community Engagement Specialist

Ana is responsible for the interviewing, hiring and training of Duke undergraduate and graduate students who will go out and tutor in different sites in both literacy and math. She also recruits students and writes the curriculum for the Learning Juntos and Design for Change program; A Spanish parent engagement program and a student program at Lyon Park, respectively.


Ana joined Duke in August 2018 as the 2018 – 2019 AmeriCorps VISTA for America Reads/America Counts and works as the Community Engagement Specialist. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her fourth year in undergrad, she worked as the director of the Carolina Latinx Collaborative; a part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to provide opportunities for professional development and community engagement for the Latinx student on campus.

Email: ana.gomez1@duke.edu


David Stein

Senior Educational and PepsiCo Program Coordinator

David works closely with school officials and staff at the eight partner schools to develop strategies and mobilize Duke educational technology resources to address their needs. He also directs initiatives such as Schools Days and the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program that help encourage local students to excel.

Background & Experience

David came to Duke in 2000 after serving for nine years as the community liaison for the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. He scouted and marketed inventions for Harvard University for six years and before that was a community planner in Newark and San Francisco. David is a licensed secondary social studies teacher with a degree from Antioch College and attended graduate school in City Planning at the University of California at Berkeley.

E-mail dstein@duke.edu
Phone (919)-812-5873

Desmond Gatling

Program Coordinator, Duke College Advising Corps

As a first generation high school student from an under-resourced high school, Desmond hopes to make a positive impact as Program Coordinator by continuing to advocate for students in North Carolina.

Background & Experience

A native of Ahoskie, North Carolina, he graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Education. While at Duke, Desmond gained a passion for promoting access to education and equity for students from low-income and rural communities. He worked closely with the Center for Multicultural Affairs as a student Facilitator Advocating for Change and Equity. Additionally, he was a founding member of Duke LIFE, a student led group for First-Generation and Low-Income students. After graduating, Desmond went on to serve as a Duke CAC Adviser at Lakewood High School in Sampson County.

E-mail desmond.gatling@duke.edu
Phone (919) 660-3223

Diann Walker

Staff Assistant

Diann manages the director’s schedule, works on special projects assigned by the director and ensures that the office runs smoothly.

E-mail dhawes@duke.edu
Phone (919) 668-6279


Domoniqúe Redmond

Assistant Director for Programs

Domoniqúe is responsible for the development, planning, implementation and volunteer recruitment for a variety of community programs and community partner collaborations.

Background & Experience

Domoniqúe brings over 26 years of community, student and volunteer engagement experience to the work of the Office of Civic Engagement. She began working with the Community Service Center in 1997 as Volunteer Coordinator and became the Assistant Director of Programs in 2006 after receiving her Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from N.C. Central University. Before coming to North Carolina, she was the Program Assistant for the Tennessee Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (TAHRA) statewide AmeriCorps*VISTA project, training public housing residents on self-sufficiency and business development.

E-mail domonique.redmond@duke.edu
Phone (919) 684-4988


Donna Hubert

Business Manager

Donna serves as the senior budget and personnel/human resources officer for the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.

Background & Experience

Donna took on her current role with the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations in December 2002 and extended her work to DCA in July 2008. Her previous experience includes 18 years with the following Duke departments: Office of the Executive Vice President, FAST Track Project, Facilities Planning and Management, and the Central Payroll Office. Donna is a graduate of East Carolina University.

E-mail donna.hubert@duke.edu
Phone (919) 684-5382

Donna Tuck

Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Donna is the executive assistant to the Vice President of Durham and Community Affairs (DARA).  She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the VP’s office, to include serving as liaison with internal and external constituents. Additionally, Donna coordinates the VP’s schedule, meetings, travel, communications, correspondences, hospitality and events. She also assists the staff on special projects, lending organizational assistance and management for the benefit of Duke-Durham partnerships.


Donna joined the office of Durham Affairs in October 2018.  She previously worked at a mental health agency for 7 years as their human resources manager and payroll specialist.  Prior to this she worked at SAS Institute for 5 years as a payroll coordinator.  Donna received her Associate’s Degree in administrative, legal and medical office from Central Carolina Community College.  She is also a licensed real estate broker.


Email:  donna.tuck@duke.edu

Phone: (919) 684-3679


Elaine Madison

Assistant Vice President/Director
Office of Duke-Durham Educational and Workforce Collaboration

Elaine oversees all educational and workforce development for the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.

Background & Experience

Prior to her role in Education and Workforce Development, Elaine was Associate Director of DukeEngage, 2007-2019 and head of the University Council on Civic Engagement, which amplifies and coordinates new and ongoing civic engagement initiatives across campus. She began the Duke Community Service Center in 1993. Elaine was also Associate Director for Duke’s Office of Continuing Education. She holds a J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Chancellor’s Scholar. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado Women’s College and completed graduate work at Brandeis University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

E-mail emadison@duke.edu
Phone (919) 684-5063

Eliza Mathew

Senior Program Coordinator Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnerships

Eliza is a key liaison between Duke and local neighborhoods within the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. Eliza also serves on city and county boards and committees and she represents the office by participating in neighborhood organizing initiatives in Durham.

Background & Experience

Eliza joined DCA in 2016 after serving as the office’s A.J. Fletcher Community Engagement Fellow. Before working at Duke, she fostered community and encouraged engaged citizenship as an elementary teacher in Durham Public Schools. Eliza graduated from Elon University with a degree in Elementary Education.

E-mail eliza.mathew@duke.edu
Phone (919) 668-1033






Elly Thompson

Community Engagement Specialist VISTA

Elly works to expand afterschool programming in Durham through volunteer and Federal Work Study recruitment, best practices, and program evaluation to fit volunteer and learner needs. She supports Duke America Reads/America Counts programming, SALUD (Scholar Academy for Latinxs United for Diversity), a Bass Connections Research Team that aims to support more Latinx high school students in pathways to health and science. And she maintains service opportunities for students and a pipeline for consistent volunteers in order to increase volunteer base and retention for National Service Days.


Elly joined Duke in July 2020 as the 2020 – 2021 AmeriCorps VISTA for America Reads / America Counts and works as the Community Engagement Specialist. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy. Elly has experience as an afterschool counselor and tutor with the YMCA of the Triangle. At the 2020 YMCA National Advocacy Days, she also worked as a representative of the Y to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislative initiatives that expand policies for youth development, social responsibility, and healthy living.

Email: elizabeth.l.thompson@duke.edu



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Girija Mahajan

Program Director, Duke College Advising Corps

Girija works with North Carolina partner high schools and Duke Advisors to manage the Duke College Advising Corps, which provides college admissions advising to more than 1,500 students across the Triad.

Background & Experience

Girija began working in the Community Service Center in June 2012 with the America Reads/America Counts program. Before joining Duke, she served in administrative and teaching roles with the Emily K Center, the Center for Teaching Quality and New York City Public Schools. Girija earned both her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Iowa.

E-mail girija.mahajan@duke.edu
Phone (919) 660-3209

Director of Communications

Jeannine Sato is director of communications at Duke’s Office of Durham and Community Affairs. Jeannine started her career as a broadcast news reporter and transitioned to public relations and marketing communications in 2000. She spent several years working in the private sector, then four years at Carolina Donor Services to promote organ donation in NC. She originally came to Duke in 2008 to help launch the Durham Connects (now Family Connects) newborn nurse home visiting program. Prior to DCA she was communications director at Duke’s Office of Information Technology for nearly five years. Jeannine holds a BA in broadcast journalism from SUNY Buffalo State College and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University.

E-MAIL j.sato@duke.edu
PHONE (919) 668-1967

Assistant Vice President and Director for Civic Engagement

Leslie offers more than 18 years of experience in community partnerships, faculty development and civic engagement work focused on expanding and strengthening efforts to connect the campus with communities through meaningful and reciprocal partnerships. Before arriving at Duke in 2016, she worked for 13 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Carolina Center for Public Service with most of her efforts concentrated in the APPLES Service-Learning Program. Leslie led the Duke Office of Civic Engagement from 2016-2019, during which time she established the Duke Civic Action Plan through a collaborative process consulting both members of the campus and community to identify strategic priorities in civic engagement for Duke University. Leslie is responsible for strategic planning in civic engagement, advancing engaged scholarship and building connections and capacities to cultivate and support community-based practices across Duke.

E-MAIL leslie.parkins@duke.edu
PHONE (919) 668-0249

Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement

Lindsey is the Program Coordinator for Civic Engagement in the Office of Durham and Community Affairs. Prior to arriving at Duke, Lindsey coordinated campus-community partnerships in Boston, first as an AmeriCorps member in Brandeis University’s Department of Community Service, then as a program coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Lindsey grew up in North Carolina and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and is excited to work on local civic engagement initiatives. Lindsey is responsible for organizing and convening campus networks, advising student civic engagement efforts, and coordinating and facilitating Foundations of Engagement workshops.

EMAIL lindsey.miller@duke.edu
PHONE (919) 668-0456

Mayme Webb-Bledsoe

Asst. Vice President, Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership & Community Development

As a veteran of Durham grassroots work, Mayme plans and implements strategies through an empowerment model. Mayme is a Technology of Participation (ToP) qualified trainer, and she provides support and technical assistance to community partners, non-profits, local government, civic groups and the private sector in six Southwest Central Durham neighborhoods through the Quality of Life Project.


Mayme holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNC-Charlotte and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Iowa State University, with a concentration in Organizational Development. Mayme is a Samuel DuBois Cook Society Community Betterment Award recipient, in recognition of her outstanding service to the community.

E-mail mayme.webb@duke.edu
Phone (919) 668-6300

Quynh-Chi Vo

Program Coordinator, America Reads/America Counts

Chi oversees the America Reads/America Counts at Duke tutoring program. She works with local schools, organizations, and Duke students to coordinate hundreds of Duke tutors with young people across Durham.

Background & Experience

Chi joined DCA in November 2018. After teaching in Vietnam, she served as an AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellow and continued to work at an education nonprofit in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a certification in nonprofit management from Tufts University and extensive training in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Chi graduated from NC State University with a degree in Psychology.

E-mail quynhchi.vo@duke.edu
Phone (919) 660-2445

Sam Miglarese
Deputy Chief Administrator

The Deputy Chief Administrator to the Vice President for Durham and Community Affairs advises, supports, coordinates and collaborates on initiatives for the Vice President. The Deputy Chief is responsible for the central coordination of all functions and activities of the Office working with the Vice President and the senior staff. In collaboration with the senior staff, Sam will provide strategic and timely counsel and guidance to the Vice President and senior staff to ensure success in the overall management of Office operations. This role will manage critical priorities, program management and development on behalf of the Vice President.

Background & Experience

Sam was Assistant Vice President of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP) from 2016-2020. Prior to that, he was director of DDNP for the 17 years. Sam came to Duke and Durham in August of 1999 from South Carolina, where he had served for 28 years in full-time church administration. He is an adjunct member of the Religious Studies Department and the Program in Education. Sam recently served as co-editor for The Long Shadow of Vatican II, a book that was released in September 2015.

E-mail sam.miglarese@duke.edu
Phone (919) 668-6275

Sandra Martinez-Zuniga

Employee Giving Campaign Manager

Sandra joined the Duke community in 2014, serving as the Project Launch Program Coordinator at Duke TIP where she advocated for gifted students with financial need. She most recently served as an Assistant Director at the Duke University Career Center where she provided career advice to undergraduate students, served as the primary expert on education, government, law, and non-profit careers, and supervised the Career Ambassador Team. She advises Define American and co-advises Duke Partnership for Service. Previously, she served on the Central Park School for Children’s Board of Trustees. She holds an MEd in School Counseling from UNC Chapel Hill and an MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Prior to working for Duke, Sandra was a school counselor in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools. Before moving to beautiful North Carolina she worked as a community-school partnership coordinator in Boulder, Colorado and as the Coordinator of International Programs at the CEDEI Language Institute in Cuenca, Ecuador. Sandra grew up and studied food industrial engineering as an undergraduate student in Arequipa, Peru. She has a love of experiencing world cultures, foods and languages and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Outside of work, Sandra loves exploring Durham and the world with her family.

Email: sandra.martinezzuniga@duke.edu
Phone: (919) 684-6296


Dr. Stelfanie Williams

Vice President for Durham and Community Affairs
Background & Experience

In August of 2018, Dr. Williams joined the office of Durham and Community Affairs as Duke’s vice president for Durham Affairs. In this role, Williams leads and coordinates Duke’s diverse and innovative community efforts in areas such as economic development, affordable housing, early childhood, K-12 and workforce education, student engagement, neighborhood relations and community health.  She builds connections between Duke and Durham Public Schools, Durham Technical Community College and North Carolina Central University. In addition, she will oversee the Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign.

Dr. Stelfanie Williams received her undergraduate degree in public policy and Spanish from Duke University, a master’s in project management from Western Carolina University and a doctorate in education from N.C. State. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, as both a faculty member and in such administrative capacities as director, dean and vice president. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Education. For the past six years, Dr. Williams has served as the president of Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC), a four-county college in North Carolina with campuses in Vance, Granville, Franklin and Warren counties.

Dr. Williams follows the late Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr., who retired after 10 years in the position.

E-mail stelfanie.williams@duke.edu
Phone (919) 684-3711

Dr. Tuere Bowles

Assistant Vice President and Director for Research and Advancement

Dr. Bowles’ role involves collaboration with key Duke and community-based partners to advance collective interests. She will establish a vision and implement strategic objectives to support the institution’s community affairs endeavors including creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan and launching a program evaluation structure to support the stewardship of resources.

Background & Experience

Dr. Bowles formerly served as an Associate Professor and Director of the Study of Learning, Evaluation, and Dissemination (SLED) Collaborative in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. Dr. Bowles’ interdisciplinary scholarship explores program planning, implementation, and evaluation research in the STEM arena. Her research is multicultural and foregrounds categories of difference such as gender, race, ethnicity, and place/space. She taught graduate courses on adult learning and development, instructional strategies, grant writing and administration, and qualitative research methods. Dr. Bowles received her doctorate and graduate certificates in Women’s Studies and Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies from The University of Georgia.

Prior to NC State, Dr. Bowles served as the Program Manager at the Environmental Justice Resource Center. She was responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the following programs: The Program to Facilitate Environmental Justice in Minority and Under Served Communities funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); Building Environmental Stewardship sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) & the United Negro College Fund (UNCF); Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); and the Youth Apprenticeship Program funded by the Atlanta Housing Authority. In addition, she designed instructional materials for workshops and conferences on environmental justice issues pertaining to employment, housing, health, economic development, technology, and transportation.  

E-mail tuere.bowles@duke.edu
Phone (919) 660-7661

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