Mary Tribble (’82, MA ’19)
Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies
Mary’s ties to Wake Forest run deep, including her great-great-great-great grandfather Samuel Wait who founded the college and her great uncle Harold Tribble who later served as President. Mary graduated from Wake Forest in 1982 and moved to Charlotte to open an event marketing firm, which she owned for 25 years. She joined Wake Forest in 2015 to help lead the team’s efforts to create long–lasting and transformational relationships with our alumni. Mary’s book, Pious Ambitions: Sally Merriam Wait’s Mission South 1813-1831, which chronicles the life of the first Wake Forest president’s wife, was published by University of Tennessee Press in fall 2021.
Kelly Meachum McConnico (’00)
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Engagement
Kelly is a life-long Deacon fan, following in her parents’ footsteps by attending Wake Forest. She graduated in 2000 with a degree in business and spent three years in Washington, DC, before returning to work in the alumni office in 2003. As Executive Director, she oversees the alumni team, manages the alumni council, and has responsibility for developing strategies for alumni engagement both on campus and nationally. Homecoming is her favorite weekend of the year and you can often find her planning and attending alumni events around the country. Go Deacs!
Evan McMillan (’07)
Director, Regional Programs & Community Engagement
Evan was raised a Deacon fan and followed family tradition by attending Wake Forest University. After graduation, he spent five years in Washington, DC and three more in Wilmington, NC before returning to Winston-Salem in August of 2015. Evan supports the volunteer activities in Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Raleigh and Washington, DC, and watches the 1995 ACC basketball championship on his original VHS tape at least 2 times each year.
Contact Evan with questions about alumni programming and events in Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, DC, and New York City.
Emily Cockerham (’90, P’24)
Director, Reunion Programs
Emily grew up just 45 minutes from campus in a Demon Deacon family and knew Wake was the place for her. She graduated in 1990 with a degree in history and after 10 years working for Duke Power, she returned to Mother So Dear in 2000 to join the Alumni Engagement Office. She is the mother of a current student.
Contact Emily with questions regarding your class reunion, volunteering for your class committee or making a class reunion gift.
Vada Lou Meadows (’85, P’13, P’16)
Director, Reunion Leadership Giving
As a lifelong Deacon and native of North Carolina, Vada Lou followed family tradition and graduated from Wake Forest in 1985 with a degree in Education. After receiving her MAED and spending time in the classroom she returned to Wake Forest in 2000. She is the mother of two Wake Forest daughters.
Contact Vada Lou with questions about your class reunion, to volunteer to help on your reunion committee, and for information about Loyal DEAC or the WFU Alumni Travel Program.
John Champlin (’06, MBA ’15)
Director, Alumni Engagement
Arriving on campus as a first year student in August of 2002 from Richmond, VA, John hasn’t left Winston-Salem since. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in 2006, he worked at Mit Shah’s (’91) Noble Investment Group before returning to Wake Forest in 2011 to work in the Professional Development Center. He was awarded an MBA from the Wake Forest University School of Business in 2015 and joined the Alumni Engagement team in 2019.
John has a passion for service and oversees Pro Humanitate planning and projects with alumni around the world. He is the adviser to two student groups: Wake Forest’s Traditions Council and the 1834 Student Campaign. Additionally, he coordinates alumni signature events that take place away from campus including WakeWelcomes and Local Lovefeasts.
Director for Law Alumni Engagement
A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Megan graduated from Salem College and then earned her Master’s degree from High Point University. After a 9 year career as Director of Alumnae Engagement at a local independent school, Megan joined the Alumni Engagement team at Wake Forest University in August 2016. She fosters the connection Wake Forest School of Law alumni have to the school in ways that cater to their needs by working closely with all departments within the law school to maximize reach and enhance the alumni experience. A die-hard Demon Deacon fan, Megan can be found at many WFU athletic events.
Contact Megan if you are a Wake Forest School of Law alumni; if you have press releases and law alumni employment news; or if you’d like to host a law alumni event in your area. Megan is your alumni contact for anything related to the Law School.
Gray (Allen) Godwin (’09)
Associate Director, Affinity & Identity Engagement
A native North Carolinian and fourth-generation Demon Deacon, Gray graduated from Wake Forest in 2009 and went on to receive her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University before returning to Wake Forest in November of 2013. In her position as Associate Director, Affinity & Identity Engagement, Gray oversees the development, support and programming of alumni affinity groups, including AWFUBA (Association of WFU Black Alumni), Decorated Deacs, Wake on Wall Street, Wake NOW (Network of Women) and many others. She also serves as lead event coordinator for the Homecoming Alumni Tailgate and the Alumni Engagement partner with Athletics around alumni events at large sporting events, such as bowl games. Gray spends much of her free time cheering on the Deacs or enjoying all that Winston-Salem has to offer with her husband and their two dogs, Prosser and Pascal. She also serves as a “foster mom” for a steady stream of dogs in need through her volunteer work with a local canine rescue group.
Contact Gray with questions regarding existing affinity groups, starting new affinity groups, bowl game events, one-off affinity/identity programming, and alumni DEI-focused programming and events.
Assistant Director, Regional Engagement
After graduating from UNC Charlotte, Suzanne spent several years at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center before joining the Alumni Engagement Office in 1995. Suzanne supports our Wake Forest Communities located in Asheville, Austin, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Greenville/Spartanburg, Denver, Hickory, Houston, Kansas City, LA, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Wilmington. She also works with our Golden Deacs and our annual Masters Reception.
Contact Suzanne if you have questions regarding Community events in the above areas, Golden Deacs programming or the Masters Reception.
Hannah Duane (’16)
Assistant Director, Engagement Programs
Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Hannah now calls Winston-Salem home after graduating from Wake Forest in 2016 and then returning in 2018 to work on the Call to Conversation team. Her work planning, managing, and executing Call to Conversation events led to a love for creating opportunities for Wake Foresters to meaningfully connect with one another and Mother So Dear.
Hannah joined the Alumni Engagement team in 2021 and is excited to continue creating signature Wake Forest experiences for Alumni through programming and events.
Administrative Assistant, Alumni Engagement
After completing a degree in Marketing and Graphic Design at Appalachian State University, Catherine returned home to Winston-Salem where she worked at the Winston-Salem Journal as an advertising account executive for 20 years before becoming a stay at home mom to her three kids. She met her husband Brooks when he was in law school at WFU (Go Deacs!).
Before joining the Alumni Engagement team, Catherine was the Administrative Assistant with the Deacon Club. She now fills an essential role in support of our Alumni Council, Homecoming experience, support of all engagement programs both on campus and regionally, as well as being the frontline customer service provided for so many alumni who call, email and visit us.