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Deirdre Gordon

Deirdre Gordon
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.

Louise Harris

Louise Harris
Assistant Dean for Development
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Louise Harris is the Assistant Dean for Development and a proud Tar Heel. She oversees the regional development team and the advancement services team. Louise has crafted an extensive resume working in higher education alumni relations, development and volunteer leadership management with institutions in the Triangle. She also spent two years as a member of the senior protocol team for the 2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Salt Lake City. She returned to North Carolina and joined the Carolina Law family in 2002 as the Assistant Dean for Alumni and External Relations. While at Carolina, she has also served as Regional Director for Advancement.

When not at the law school or meeting with alumni, Louise enjoys spending time with her family, escaping to North Carolina’s mountains and coast, reading and following the Tar Heels!

Regions: Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and all areas in Western North Carolina; Georgia and South Carolina.

Jessie Blekfeld-Sztraky

Jessie Blekfeld-Sztraky
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 years.

Jessie lives in Raleigh with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. 

Dana Dubis

Dana Dubis
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

Aaron Gard

Aaron Gard
Regional Development Officer

Aaron 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. 

Aaron 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. 

Regions: Durham, Chapel Hill, eastern and north central North Carolina, California, District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Colorado, Delaware, Missouri, Washington and Wisconsin

Kelly Mann

Kelly Mann
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.

Matt Marvin

Matt Marvin
Regional Development Officer

Susan McLean

Susan McLean
Director of Donor and Alumni Relations
B.S., Education, East Carolina University (1985)

As 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.

Susan 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.

Rory Moore

Rory Moore
Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean

Adam Stiffler

Adam Stiffler
Advancement Services Coordinator

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