Associate Dean for Advancement
B.S., Biology, Duke University (1996)
Deirdre Gordon is the associate
dean for advancement, leading the development and alumni relations functions
for the law school. Dean Gordon also manages the boards of the Law Alumni
Association and the UNC Law Foundation. Prior to joining the law school, she
spent her career in philanthropy at Duke University, working in a variety of development
positions in Duke Athletics, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas
School of the Environment and the Divinity School.
Dean Gordon lives in Durham with
her husband and two teenage sons.
Advancement Services Manager
B.A., Asian Studies, Mary Baldwin College (2011); B.A., International Economics and Business, Mary Baldwin College (2011)
Jessie Blekfeld-Sztraky is the advancement services manager.
In this role, she assists regional development officers with donor research,
cultivation, and strategies; manages gift officer portfolios; and manages
annual stewardship for scholarship funds. She joined the Advancement team in
February 2016 as temporary alumni relations support before transitioning to her
current position in December 2016. Prior to her time at Carolina Law, she
worked as a paralegal at local personal injury and family law firms for five
Jessie lives in Raleigh with her husband and two dogs. She
enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the outdoors, and traveling.
Director of Annual Giving
B.A., Communication Studies & Spanish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., Non-profit Management, Regis University
Dana Dubis joined the UNC School of Law Advancement team in 2010.
She manages strategy and development activities related to annual giving,
leadership giving, online giving and reunion giving campaigns and the Cornerstone
Club. Before joining Carolina Law, Dana directed
workplace giving campaigns at United Way of the Greater Triangle.
Dana is active in the local Durham community and frequently volunteers as an English instructor and tutor. She particularly enjoys time at the ocean, hiking at the Eno River and watching Carolina basketball.
Regions: Triangle, Triad, Charlotte
Regional Development Officer
Gard is a regional development officer, assisting with development and alumni
relations for the law school. He is a North Carolina and Texas licensed attorney with
over 15 years of experience practicing law. He has served a diverse array of corporate
clients at every stage of the business life cycle, first in Jones Day’s Houston
office, then in the Triangle at the Forrest Firm, Wyrick Robbins Yates &
Ponton LLP and Life Sciences Law, PLLC. Aaron's practice areas included
corporate formation and governance, commercial contracts and strategic
transactions. He also served as in-house counsel for the global investment bank
Credit Suisse in their Raleigh-based Center of Excellence.
received his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American
University in 2002 and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1997 from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a four-year
letterman on the varsity soccer team. He is an entrepreneur and founder
of the Durham-based multimedia company GreatestFan.
Hill, eastern and north central North Carolina, California, District of
Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado,
Delaware, Missouri, Washington and Wisconsin
Alumni & Donor Relations Coordinator
B.A., Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2009)
Kelly Mann joined the Advancement team in 2011 as the alumni
and donor relations coordinator. Her responsibilities include alumni data
management, alumni engagement and connecting alumni to the law school. She also
serves as the point of contact on most Office of Advancement events. She is an
Alamance County native and proud alumna of UNC Wilmington.
Kelly enjoys baking, spending time with her family and dogs,
and teaching dance.
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
B.S., Education, East Carolina University (1985)
director of alumni and donor relations, Susan McLean enjoys engaging with
Carolina Law alumni and connecting them with the law school and each other.
Contact Susan for information on becoming an alumni volunteer, getting involved
in alumni events, updating your personal information, submitting a class note,
or anything reunion-related.
grew up in the Triangle and earned a degree in special education from East
Carolina University. She taught and developed after school programs in eastern
NC and Durham City Schools for a number of years before joining the American
Red Cross as a blood recruiter and program director. She returned to education
as part of the administrative team of the Visiting International Faculty
Program in Chapel Hill. Susan’s winding career path brought her to Carolina Law
after serving in a similar position at a law school down the road. She and her
husband live in Raleigh with her adult brother with a developmental disability
and spend as many weekends as possible in the mountains visiting their daughter
in Asheville or hiding away in their tiny cabin off the Blue Ridge Parkway.