Meet the Staff

Katelyn Cohen-Kivett, MA, Interim Assistant Director, Career Guide for Pathway 3

Katelyn (she/her/hers) is a Greensboro native with a background in professional counseling and career services. She holds an MA in community counseling from East Tennessee State University and a BS in psychology from Appalachian State University. Katelyn is coming to us from the University of Georgia where she served as a Student and Career Services Coordinator helping bridge students from academic to professional life. In her free time Katelyn enjoys adventuring with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maison and Maverick, gardening and exploring local eateries.

Shelley Ewing, MA, Interim Assistant Director, Academic Guide for Pathway 2

Shelley (she/her/hers) holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies from UNC Greensboro and a B.A. in Psychology from Meredith College. Most recently she comes to us from UNCG where she worked as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Honors Academic Advisor for Lloyd International Honors College. Shelley enjoys hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, reading murder-mysteries, and traveling to the NC mountains.

Amber Slade, MA, Career Guide for Pathway 4

Amber (she/her/hers) is returning to Guilford College as a Guilford Guide after previously serving as a Career Advisor at High Point University and here at Guilford as the Assistant Director for Internships in the Career Development Center. In these roles, she helped students and alums by providing guidance and services on areas related to career planning and preparation, job placement, experiential learning, graduate school, and overall professional development. She holds an MA in Career Counseling and BA in Political Science and has a passion for being a mother and all things sports related!

Amy Holmes, PhD, Academic Guide for Pathway 4

Amy (she/her/hers) holds a PhD in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development from Northcentral University. Her MA from East Carolina University is in psychology with a focus on teaching psychology in higher education and her BS from the University of Mount Olive is also in psychology. Prior to working in higher education, Amy was an early childhood education and taught middle school special education. More recently, she taught at Davidson County Community College for seven years and spent four years at Catawba College. In her free time, she enjoys doing home renovations, traveling, playing with her dogs, and riding horses.

Cara Arena, MEd, Academic Guide for Pathway 1 & Pathway 2

Cara (she/her/hers) holds a B.A. in Professional Writing from SUNY Cortland and an M. Ed. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has experience in student activities, residence life, career development, and advising students on learning strategies and academic skills. Outside of work Cara enjoys running, hiking, doing yoga and spending time with her family. 

Charli Bryan, MA, Academic Guide for Pathway 4

Charli (she/her/hers) has her Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from Boston College and worked for 3 years in on-campus housing at The University of Texas at Austin before transitioning to project management for a higher education technology company for 3 years. Charli is excited to get back to her roots in higher education and coach students through a successful college experience! In her free time, Charli enjoys woodworking, watching musical theater, and planning her next travel adventure.

Ja’lessa Morris, MEd, Career Guide for Pathway 2

Ja’lessa (she/her/hers) is from Canton, Georgia and received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from the University of West Georgia. She has been at Guilford College for 3 years, previously working in Residential Education & Housing. She is excited to continue connecting and affirming students and helping map out their life goals. Outside of the office, Ja’lessa is jamming to music; cuddled up with her dog, Ollie; exploring new adventures with friends; and playing apartment karaoke with her twin sister Janelle.

Janelle Morris, MEd, Academic Guide for Pathway 3

Janelle (she/her/hers) is from Canton, Georgia and received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from the University of West Georgia. She is joining us from Young Harris College where she served as the Coordinator for Career Planning and Internships. She is excited to be impacted by students and be a change agent to their experience. Outside of the office, Janelle is jamming to music, obsessing over the Love and Hip Hop franchise, catching up on The Shade Room, or cooking.

Josh Pshock

Josh Pshock, MEd, Academic Guide for Pathway 1 and Pathway 3

Josh (he/him/his) is from Fayetteville, NC and received his M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University and his B.A. in Communication from North Carolina State University. He has experience partnering with students in academic advising and career decision-making, first year involvement, residential life, and new student orientation. Outside of work, Josh enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing basketball and frisbee, skateboarding, watching sports, exploring the city and traveling, and learning to play guitar.

LaKeisha Williams, MA, Academic Guide for Pathway 3

LaKeisha (she/her/hers) holds an M.A. in English and African American Literature and a B.A in Speech Communication Studies from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. LaKeisha’s professional areas of interest are History, English, Ethnic Studies,and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with family, going to coffee shops, reading, and watching television.

Stephen Fails, MEd, Career Guide for Pathway 1

Stephen (he/him/his) is a Piedmont Triad native with a background in K-12 education. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Management and B.A. in History from Strayer and North Carolina A&T State Universities, respectively. His professional areas of interest include studying African American Males in education K-16, Intercultural Studies and examining Ethnohistory. In his free time, he enjoys bowling, going to the movies, and involving himself in church activities.