Our Staff

Our Staff

Catherine Holderness- Director Catherine Holderness, Director
Catherine holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in leadership, organizational strategy, and the impact of culture on communication and personality from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno and her BA from San Jose State University in California, with additional coursework at University of Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara. After chairing the Department of Business, Economics, and Accounting at Salem College, she joined the faculty at UNCG, where her responsibilities as Associate Director of the MBA program included internationalizing the program. Catherine subsequently directed the University of North Carolina state-to-state exchange program, before taking on the Director role for the new University of North Carolina International Recruiting Consortium. She continues as an adjunct professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where she teaches MBA courses in Communication, Crisis Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Contact Catherine: +1-336-256-0501, cholderness@northcarolina.edu

Lori Suarez- Assistant Director Lori Suarez, Assistant Director
Lori holds a Master of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, one of UNC International’s member schools. Within the field of PCS, Lori focused on the ways in which international education connects to issues of peace and justice. Her varied international experience includes studying abroad as both an undergraduate and graduate student, working for a multicultural design firm in Sydney, Australia, teaching ESL, and supporting the refugee resettlement process in the U.S. Lori travels abroad every chance she gets, including regular trips to Ecuador to visit her husband’s family.

Contact Lori: +1-336-334-3537 lsuarez@northcarolina.edu

Dorenza - Student Advisor Dorenza Frederick, Student Advisor
Dorenza is a third-year Human Development and Family Studies student with a concentration in Child, Youth & Family Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before transferring to UNCG, she obtained her associate’s degree from Durham Technical Community College. Dorenza enjoys studying and working among international students, and expanding her knowledge of other cultures. She hopes to study abroad in the future.

Contact Dorenza: internationalrecruiting@northcarolina.edu

Jonathan Graduate Student Advisor Jonathan Jones, Graduate Student Advisor
Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently a first-year MBA student in UNCG’S Bryan School of Business and Economics. Jonathan enjoys the opportunity to learn about other cultures from studying with his international classmates. He also enjoys traveling, and aspires to one day work for a global company.

Contact Jonathan: internationalrecruiting@northcarolina.edu

Jessica Chavez-Mondragon - Student Advisor Jessica Chavez-Mondragon, Student Advisor
Jessica is a third-year student majoring in Biology and Pre-med with a concentration in Human Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a first-generation Mexican-American and the first in her family to attend a higher education institution. Before transferring to UNCG, she obtained her associate’s degree in Science from Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. In the future, Jessica hopes to travel to Mexico to help provide medical care to underserved communities in her parents’ home country.

Contact Jessica: internationalrecruiting@northcarolina.edu

Marion Whitely, Student Advisor Marion Whitely, Student Advisor
Marion is a second-year student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Communication Studies. He completed his freshman year at West Virginia Wesleyan College before transferring to UNCG. Originally from Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica, Marion gravitates toward international students and enjoys learning about their unique cultures. Marion plans to study abroad during the fall semester of his junior year at UNCG.

Contact Marion: internationalrecruiting@northcarolina.edu