HPU Announces New Hires

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 12, 2018High Point University welcomed eight new faculty and staff members during the month of February. They are as follows:


Dr. Angela Spontelli Gisselman joined the Congdon School of Health Sciences at HPU as assistant professor of physical therapy. Gisselman teaches musculoskeletal practice and serves as associate director of clinical education. She relocated to High Point from Dunedin, New Zealand, where she completed her Ph.D. in physiotherapy at the University of Otago. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Miami University. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gisselman studies overuse injuries such as hamstring strain or achilles tendinopathy and is currently looking at the autonomic nervous system’s role in these types of injuries. She is also active in professional outreach, serving as an associate editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine. She is an APTA-certified advanced clinical instructor.


Dr. Lance Mabry joined the Congdon School of Health Sciences at HPU as assistant professor of physical therapy. He teaches Primary Care in Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Professionalism and Ethics. He comes to HPU having completed a 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force during which he served as the Chief of Physical Therapy at Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During that time, he was named Air Mobility Command Physical Therapist of the Year and Air Force District of Washington Biomedical Clinician of the Year. His research focus is differential diagnosis, direct access physical therapy, integrating diagnostic imaging into clinical practice, and advancing physical therapy health care policy. Mabry has a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in biology. He is a board certified orthopedic specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.


Virginia “Ginny” Bobbitt joined the Office of the University Registrar at HPU as an associate university registrar. She maintains the university’s electronic degree audit system, which tracks students’ progress toward degrees. She also maintains classroom and course scheduling. Bobbitt has 12 years of experience working in college and university settings, within registrar’s offices and as a training, compliance and operations manager within academic advising. She also taught health and physical education in Cabarrus County Schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science, North Carolina teaching licensure in K-12 health and physical education, and a Master of Management in human resources management.



Venelina Vateva joined the Office of Information Technology at HPU as an IT data analyst. She analyzes data to help in business decision-making. She also designs, maintains and tests HPU’s reporting and data analysis services. Vateva has been working in IT for nearly six years. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.



April Garner-Sharpe joined the Departments of Clinical and Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU as department administrator. She supports the pharmacy faculty, assists in planning for the school’s programs and activities and serves as a liaison to other departments within the university. She has experience working in academic environments and in administrative support. Sharpe has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and sociology and a certificate in event planning.



Sarah Keene joined the Office of Academic Services at HPU as department administrator. She provides assistance in the areas of academic support, disability support and learning excellence. She is also the initial point of contact for students and parents who visit the office. Keene’s prior experience includes working as an operations manager and executive administrative assistant.


Megan Karbley joined HPU as director of Title IX.
She ensures that all students have access to reporting, systems of support and the university’s policies regarding Title IX. She serves as the primary point of contact for reporting, and she educates the campus community about Title IX procedures. Karbley has previous experience working with Title IX and student conduct adjudication processes for universities across the country. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Education in college student personnel. She has completed two Green Dot Bystander Trainings and led the launch of the program at another university. She also holds Civil Rights Investigator Level One and Two Certificates from the Association of Title IX Administrators.


Teresa Allen joined the Office of Human Resources at HPU as a benefits administrator. She educates the university’s new hires about benefit options and assists employees with their elections and any benefit-related inquiries. Previously, she worked with Aetna Insurance while also serving in an HR/benefit capacity with Solstas Lab Partners for 13 years. She graduated magna cum laude from HPU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in business/economics.


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