HPU Announces New Hires

HPU Staff

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 31, 2018 – High Point University welcomed 17 new staff members during the month of July. They are as follows:


Lindsey Griffin joined HPU as a student success coach. She provides academic advising to first- and second-year business majors. She also assists first-year students with transitional advice and connects them with support services, ensuring they have access to the tools to make them successful. She has worked in higher education for nine years, most recently as an associate director of admissions. Griffin received her bachelor’s degree in business administration-marketing and her master’s degree in human services-career counseling. 


Matthew Killian joined HPU as a student success coach. He works with first-year students majoring in education, political science, international relations and criminal justice. He serves as an academic advisor to students and helps them connect with other resources and involvement on campus. He is also assisting in the department’s launch of the Four-Year Roadmap program. Previously, he worked as a high school teacher and coach. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in education.


Brandy Turner joined HPU as a learning excellence specialist. She provides individualized educational support to students by helping them set goals, practice organizational skills and connect with helpful resources for their academic success. She has held student-serving roles in higher education for more than 14 years. She has experience in program management, academic advising, accessibility resources and career development. Turner received her bachelor’s degree in business administration, and she holds master’s degrees in both education and human resources.



Martha Ashley joined the School of Art and Design at HPU as an administrative assistant. She provides administrative support to the dean and faculty within the school and serves as the initial point of contact for the department. Ashley, who has worked in the arts in Winston-Salem, both for the Fine Arts Center at Salem College and at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, has experience assisting curators and other art professionals with events, spaces and tasks. She also spent time working in retail, where she developed customer service and organizational skills.


Shawn Lorelli joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. He supervises resident assistants, creates student programming and ensures a positive residential experience for students living in Centennial Square II. Lorelli has bachelor’s degrees in sociology and criminology and a master’s degree in higher education. He also holds certifications in academic advising, career counseling and community college leadership.


Nate Pede joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. He oversees York Hall and Point Place apartments. This includes maintaining a positive and safe environment for students and supervising the staff in the residence halls. Pede has prior experience in higher education, previously working with students through residence life, student activities and conduct. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and holds a master’s degree in higher education administration.



Hillary Poston joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. She works to ensure that the students living in the Wanek Center and University Center II housing have a positive and safe residential experience. She also serves as supervisor for the student resident assistants and works to impact the overall well-being of first-year students. She previously worked as an admissions counselor for students from eastern North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Poston received her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s degree in higher education student affairs.


Monica Westerheide joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. She serves as an available resource for students living in the Finch, Millis and Wilson residence halls. She also supervises an assistant resident director, resident assistants and office assistants and collaborates with other offices on campus to enhance the student experience. Westerheide has previously served as a resident director in other university settings. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in student personnel administration in higher education.



Shauna Zupan joined the Office of Student Life at HPU as a resident director. She oversees the Caffey Hall residence and provides support for students living in her community by ensuring they have a welcoming and safe residential living experience. Zupan worked previously as a housing and residential life graduate assistant. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.


Megan Inch joined the Office of Student Accounts at HPU as the graduate student accounts coordinator. She handles services such as scholarships, billing, payments and scheduling for graduate student accounts. Her position offers graduate students a more specified billing program and a dedicated point of contact for questions. She has previous experience in customer service and computer science. She has a degree in computer programming.



Katie Hamlin joined the Office of Communications at HPU as media relations manager. She is a point of contact for media requests and shares positive HPU stories to local, regional and national media outlets. Previously, she worked in the television and radio news industry for seven years, most recently at Spectrum News, where she packaged stories daily. She has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and an associate degree in mass communication and media arts.


Kendyl Trevena joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at HPU as an admissions marketing services coordinator. She creates marketing pieces for undergraduate admissions that showcase all that HPU has to offer prospective students and families. She previously worked as a graphic designer for Susan G. Komen Northwest N.C., where she was responsible for the coordination of annual marketing materials. Trevena graduated from HPU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication.



Alexis Williams joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at HPU as alumni engagement and events coordinator. She plans events for alumni that offer opportunities for them to engage with the university and network while supporting their alma mater. She has experience planning and executing events with students, alumni and prospective families. Williams has a bachelor’s degree in communication, public relations, with a minor in marketing.



Kelli Caldwell joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at HPU as electronic communications coordinator. She writes and designs content for the office’s emails, social media and website. This includes managing communication to various groups through multiple platforms. She has professional experience with writing and editing. Previously, she was a digital marketing assistant at Go-Forth Pest Control, and she has experience working in sports communication and public relations. Caldwell, a High Point native and graduate of Wesleyan Christian Academy, has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in sport and entertainment management.


Sam Griffin joined the Office of Information Technology at HPU as an instructional designer. She works with faculty to design and develop courses and course materials including videos, tutorials, rubrics, assessments and any other content needed. She also manages HPU’s learning management system and evaluates trainings. Griffin previously worked as an education technology specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications focused in video/film production as well as master’s degrees in instructional technology and library and information science.


Megan Lancaster joined the Office of Information Technology at HPU as an educational technology specialist. She develops workshops and support materials for classroom technology and online learning tools used by students and faculty. She also helps the campus community troubleshoot technology concerns. Lancaster previously worked as an instructional designer. She received her bachelor’s degree in physics and her master’s degrees in engineering, physics and science education.


Randall Price joined the Office of Security and Transportation at HPU as a security systems specialist. He is responsible for maintaining security components and equipment throughout campus. He has experience installing and managing access control systems as well as intrusion and fire alarm systems at commercial, industrial, government and educational facilities. Price grew up in Germany, where he completed his education, including an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for seven years and holds several industry certifications.

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