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Mary2Mary Tribble (’82)
Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies

Mary’s ties to Wake Forest run deep, including her great-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. Following the sale of her company in 2010, she was appointed Deputy Executive Director of Hospitality and Events for the Democratic National Convention. Mary is responsible for overseeing new and enhanced initiatives to create long–lasting and transformational relationships with our alumni, particularly as it relates to our motto, Pro Humanitate.


Kelly Meachum McConnico (’00)
Executive Director, 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!

GrayGray Allen (’09)
Community & Affinity Engagement Coordinator

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 Community and Affinity Engagement Coordinator, Gray oversees the development, support and programming of alumni affinity groups and regional alumni communities in the Northeast and Florida.

Contact Gray with questions regarding existing affinity groups, starting new affinity groups, and communities in Baltimore, Boston, Jacksonville, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Tampa Bay.

KatKathleen Garber
Alumni Communications Specialist

After graduating from Furman University in 2005 and earning her Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009, Kathleen is now proud to be a Deacon! She joined the Alumni Office in 2013 and develops communication strategies, volunteer training materials, website content, and manages the Alumni Travel Program.  Kathleen also works as a liaison with our internal and external technology partners. Kathleen lives in Winston-Salem with her unnecessarily large golden retriever, Nola.

Contact Kathleen for help with WakeNetwork, Alumni Gmail accounts, Homecoming registration, general (or random) questions, Darling Deacon submissions, and questions about the Alumni Travel Program. 

LauraLaura C. Harrell (’92)
Associate Director, Special Programs & Campus Engagement

Growing up in the home of an alumnus, Laura’s love for Wake Forest began early.  After graduating from Wake Forest in 1992, her career journey included student ministry, business management, event planning and full-time mom. Laura returned to Wake Forest in 2014 to join the Alumni Engagement Team.  She is responsible for special programming relating to Alumni families and events calling Alumni back “home.”

Contact Laura with questions related to programming for signature campus events including Homecoming, the Alumni Admissions Forum, and Connections & Conversations.

Abriana Kimbrough (’15)
Administrative Assistant

A Winston-Salem native and first-generation college student, Abriana graduated from Wake Forest in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Following graduation, Abriana spent time working in the non-profit sector before joining the Office of Alumni Engagement in 2016. As Administrative Assistant, Abriana manages our daily office operations and serves as a personal assistant to Mary Tribble, Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies.

Evan McMillan (’07)
Associate 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.


EdEd Morris
Executive Director, Wake Forest Historical Museum & Wake Forest College Birthplace

Ed Morris makes his home in Raleigh and is a native of Wilson County, NC and holds degrees from Mount Olive University, Campbell University and NC State University. He became a part of the Wake Forest family through his wife Cathy (’71) and son Dylan, a 2004 Deacon. He retired from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in 2005 after a 32 year career with the State Archives and State Historic Sites. He is the executive director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum/Wake Forest College Birthplace in Wake Forest, NC (“where the college used to be”). As Museum director Ed collects, protects and shares the early history of Wake Forest, both college and town. Ed works with many alumni especially those who attended the old campus. He is also a liaison with the Raleigh Club. 

SuzSuzanne Shay
Community Engagement & Operations Coordinator

Suzanne has been working with the Alumni Office since 1995 and currently serves as the Community Engagement & Operations Coordinator. 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 manages the budget for the Communities program and handles the back end process for all Community registrations.

Contact Suzanne if you have questions regarding Community events registration, budgets, or refunds.

JenniferJennifer Smart
Assistant Director, Wake Forest Historical Museum & Wake Forest College Birthplace

Jennifer Smart has lived in the Town of Wake Forest for 20-years and served as a board member of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society before accepting a position as assistant director of the Wake Forest Historical Museum. A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism, Jennifer’s first career was as a local TV news anchor and reporter. She spent 14-years as a stay at home mom before transitioning back to the workforce with writing jobs that included an Arcadia Publishing photographic history of the Town of Wake Forest and the museum’s visitor orientation film. She is thrilled to be part of the team at Wake Forest University and help with its efforts to share the history of town, college, and university.

Anthony Tang (’11)
Alumni Coordinator, Pro Humanitate Engagement

Anthony continued his mother’s legacy at Wake Forest and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Following graduation, Anthony spent 3 years in the Undergraduate Admissions Office before joining the Office of Alumni Engagement in November 2014. Anthony is responsible for the execution of Pro Humanitate initiatives across the country and is deeply invested in creating more opportunities for Wake Forest Alumni to contribute positively to humanity.

Contact Anthony if you have questions regarding Pro Humanitate Day, other service initiatives, and  young alumni and student engagement programming.