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Mary Gerardy, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Pro Humanitate Institute

Mary Gerardy is the Associate Vice President and Co-Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute. She has been a higher education administrator for over thirty-five years, including 27 years at Wake Forest. She has a broad range of responsibilities at the University. Special skills and areas of interest include: administration, project management, international service and service learning, international development, marketing and marketing communications, event planning, training and development, team building and management, creativity, and budget development and management.

Prior to this position, she has served as the Associate VP for Student Life, Assistant VP for Student Life, and Director of the Benson Center, Student Union, and student activities. Prior to her arrival at Wake Forest in 1985, she served as the Director of the Kennedy Center and Student Activities at Hiram College in Ohio.

Gerardy has a BA in Religion from Hiram College, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, an MBA from Wake Forest, and an MA and a Ph.D. from Fielding Graduate University. She has served as a member of MART (Mizoram Action Research Team) and as a Quality Education System Trainer (QES, QPIM, QWG). She is a certified TRP trainer. She has conducted numerous training sessions at conferences and retreats, and for Wake Forest University.

Gerardy has travelled extensively with students. She has led 8 student service programs in Vietnam and 2 study abroad programs in Vietnam and Cambodia. She has also served as faculty/staff advisor to Wake Forest’s City of Joy Service Program in Calcutta, India. For the past few years, she has worked on a contract basis for Peacework International Development Fund, serving as on-site project manager for programs in several countries.

She has served as a counselor and mentor to many students, in many different capacities. She is the Advisor for Wake Radio and the Media Board. She has taught multiple sections of WGS 100 and 100, and currently co-teaches INS 154 – Global Service Leadership.

Gerardy has 2 children, 5 step-children, and 5 grandchildren. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband Ben and their 2 dogs and 2 cats. She loves to read, write, and travel.

Mike Ford, M.Div.

Associate Director, Pro Humanitate Institute

Mike is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Mike’s love for students and their holistic development has called him to serve as a Student

Life professional at Wake Forest since 1981, where he presently is Associate Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute. Besides serving as a long-time volunteer and board member for Samaritan Ministries, Mike remains active with Young Life of Forsyth County and Leadership Winston-Salem. He also serves as a lay leader at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. Mike and his wife Gayle are proud parents of three daughters and five grandchildren. His special interests include: running, biking, service, travel and cheering on the Demon Deacons at any and all athletic events.


Kelly Larrimore

Administrative Coordinator, Pro Humanitate Institute

Kelly began her career at Wake Forest University in November of 2006 working for University Stores. She joined the Office of Campus Life in September of 2008 and currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator of Campus Life. In her role, Kelly works closely with programs and events such as the Taste of Winston Salem, Hit the Bricks, CHARGE, and Wake ‘n Shake. She also serves as the advisor for D.E.S.K. (Discovering Education through Student Knowledge).



Marianne Magjuka, M.Ed. 

Director of Civic Engagement, Global Service, and Justice Programs

Pro Humanitate Institute

A native Hoosier, Marianne grew up in Indianapolis and received both a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. In 2005, Marianne moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she served with the Alliance for Catholic Education, taught social studies at a Catholic high school, and performed disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After coordinating an AmeriCorps*VISTA project at Florida State University, Marianne moved to Waco, Texas, and served as Assistant Director of Community Service & Service Learning at Baylor University. Marianne has experience with curriculum design, strategic planning, leadership development, diversity education, orientation programs, service-learning pedagogy, community-based research, social justice education, and service programming. At Wake Forest, she manages the Office of Service & Social Action and co-directs the university’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiative.

Contact Marianne with questions about international service, social justice education, Social Action Collaborative, Leadership Laureates, and civic learning and democratic engagement.

Shelley Sizemore, M.A.

Assistant Director, Pro Humanitate Institute

Shelley Graves SizemoreShelley Sizemore serves as Assistant Director  in the Pro Humanitate Institute. In this role, she oversees campus-wide service events, including Project Pumpkin, MLK Day of Service, and September 11 National Day of Service, Volunteer Service Corps, and the Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest University. In addition, Shelley serves as a diversity educator for the university, and leads students, faculty, and staff in dialogue about ways to communicate across difference. Prior to her current role, Shelley served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member for Rebuilding Together in Washington, DC. Shelley received her B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University.

Contact Shelley with questions about Campus Kitchen, Project Pumpkin, Volunteer Service Corps, WAB spring break trips, Hunger Board, and national days of service.



AmeriCorps*VISTA / Coordinator for Volunteer Service


Steve Hirst, M.Ed.

Director of Student Engagement

Steve HirstSteve is originally from the Southern-most tip of Texas and grew up twenty minutes from the Mexican border. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University. He later returned to complete a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and work for his alma mater in the Center for Campus Life. In 2005, Steve joined the Demon Deacon family first in the department of Residence Life and Housing as the Director of Greek Life and then in 2010 in the department of Campus Life and Leadership in his current role. He continues to be inspired by students’ intellectual curiosity, fearless determination and passion for serving humanity.

Contact Steve with questions about Leadership Development Opportunities, Chartering New Student Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Fraternity Recruitment, Strengths Quest Facilitation, and the Wake Forest Alcohol Policy.

Candice Johnston, Ed.D.

Associate Director of Student Engagement

Candice has more than 17 years of higher education experience in student affairs, retention, and planning and has facilitated workshops, programs, and retreats. She has led the development of student learning outcomes, assessment, and goal planning for areas in student development; developed orientation programs; created plans and campaigns for improved campus communication and processes, and has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Previously, Candice has served on senior teams at both Peace College and Greensboro College, and held various student affairs positions at Texas Tech University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Candice earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. She earned her master of arts in Leadership and Higher Education from Appalachian State University, where she also received her bachelor of science in Psychology.

Contact Candice with questions about Leadership Development Opportunities, LeaderCORPS, Women’s Leadership Symposium, Leadership and Style Inventories such as Emotional Intelligence and Strengths Quest.

Annie Carlson Welch, M.S.

Associate Director of Student Engagement

Annie hails from the great state of Illinois where she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. A 2007 graduate of the University of Illinois, Annie majored in American history and biological anthropology (yes, she studied monkeys). Her involvement in leadership programs and sorority life led her to seek a master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University. After graduating in 2009, she spent three years at the University of Oregon as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Having had enough rain for a lifetime, Annie moved back to the east coast to join the Campus Life staff at Wake Forest.

Contact Annie with questions about The Barn, Party Management, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Sorority Recruitment and WakeSync.


James Buckley, M.Ed.

Director, Benson University Center

James Buckley

James Buckley serves as the Director of the Benson University Center. James joined Wake Forest University in 1996 as the Associate Director and later became the Director in 2001. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, he worked in various other college union positions at Mississippi State University, Clemson University and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

James holds both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from Clemson University. He is active in ACUI (Association of College Unions International) and serves in a leadership capacity for ACUI Region 5.

James has a strong interest in leadership, innovation and change and focuses on these areas for presentations and articles. In his current position, he oversees the day to day operation and management of the Benson University Center (including the University Switchboard and the Benson Copy Center) with 8 staff and approximately 50 student employees.

James enjoys sports, reading and music. He is married with 2 sons and 2 step daughters. His office is located in 335 Benson and his door is always open to students! Contact James with questions concerning Benson University Center.


Kathy Arnett, M.B.A.

Director, Student Union

Associate Director, Benson University Center

Kathy Arnett

Kathy Arnett is celebrating her 11th year at Wake Forest University where she is the Director of Student Union and the Associate Director of the Benson University Center. Kathy is directly responsible for campus life programming including events such as Family Weekend, Springfest, Lighting of the Quad, Homecoming, aWake all Night, Concerts, national touring comedians, Frightfest, Tuesday Trivia, Lectures, Short Courses, Special Events, Lectures, and entertainment for the President’s Ball. With a passion for traditional programs, she embraces the opportunity to challenge students to think “out of the box” and plan large scale events that appeal to the campus community. Kathy also supervises the Benson University Center Information Desk and works closely with the Director on daily operations, student employment and upgrades to the building. She oversees all logistics for the Student Art Buying Trip to New York City every 4 years.

Kathy previously worked at Bucknell University and Bluefield College in Student Life. She has a B.A. in Education from Elon University and an MBA from Averett University. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Contact Kathy for more information about Student Union programs.

Paige Horton

Wake Forest Fellow for Campus Life


Paige Horton is a recent Wake Forest alumnus (’14) who works as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Division of Campus Life. The Wake Forest Fellows Program was created to provide recent graduates a chance to work in higher administration in a year-long position as full-time staff members of the University.