Board Leadership


Gloria D. Thomas State Chair

Dr. Gloria D. Thomas has been Director of the Carolina Women’s Center at UNC-Chapel Hill since August 2016. Before then, she served as Director of the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) at the University of Michigan from 2009-2016, and as Associate Director of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program (2000-2003) and the Office of Women in Higher Education (2004 – 2008). Gloria earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College (PA), an M.A. from Villanova University (PA), and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan.


Amy A. Overman State Chair-Elect

Dr. Amy A. Overman is Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, at Elon University. Dr. Overman’s scholarly focus is on memory, aging, and neuroscience. In 2015 her research was awarded the first-ever grant to Elon from the National Institutes of Health. She is passionate about mentoring colleagues and students, and in 2017 was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Mentoring Award. She also co-founded Elon’s Neuroscience Minor, and the Women’s Forum, the first women’s group for faculty and staff at Elon. Education: B.S. in Neuroscience, Allegheny College; Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh.

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Jennifer L. Burris Treasurer

Dr. Jennifer L. Burris is a Professor and the Chair in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Appalachian State University. She also served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian. Burris has served as chair and a member of the board of the North Carolina BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program. She has been honored to receive the 2015 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Burris received her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science – Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado State University.


Amy W. Strickland Secretary

Amy W. Strickland is the director of assessment at Western Carolina University where she supports assessment of learning, administrative assessment, program evaluation, accreditation, and strategic planning.  Prior to joining Western, Amy was a non-tenure track faculty member at UNC Greensboro and served in several director roles during her 12 years there.   She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from NC State University, a Master of Science in Nutrition from UNCG, and a Master of Business Administration from UNCG.  Amy is currently finishing a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on leadership development for women in higher education.    

Sherrice Allen

Sherrice V. Allen Board Member

Dr. Sherrice V. Allen, serves as the director of the NC A&T ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) project, responsible for the daily management of project initiatives. She previously served as an educational consultant with SVA1 Consulting, LLC, and as the STEM Partnership Coordinator for the NC Center for Afterschool Programs. An experienced educator and researcher, Dr. Allen served for 12 yrs. on the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fayetteville State University, advancing from lecturer to tenured associate professor. Dr. Allen has earned several honors and awards for her commitment to fostering excellence, diversity and equity in higher education and in STEM.

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Elizabeth Keathley Board Member

Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley is Associate Professor of Historical Musicology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she has held appointments in the School of Music since 2002 and in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program since 2008. She was awarded the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 and was appointed Lloyd International Honors College Faculty Fellow in 2012. Professor Keathley has served as the Director of Graduate Study in WGS 2015–2019 and is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Keathley holds a PhD in Music History and a Certificate in Women’s Studies, both from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Lorna Ricotta Board Member

Lorna Ricotta is Former Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at Fayetteville State University, overseeing all development, public relations, and marketing. As a higher education administrator, she served as UNC Pembroke Director of Alumni Relations and Corporate & Foundation Relations. She was Executive Director for Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation.  The UNC Board of Governors appointed her as a Trustee for UNC Pembroke for two terms from 2009-2017, where she served as Vice Chair and Executive Committee member. Currently, she serves as a Trustee for The NC Humanities Council and on The NC Center for Nonprofits. She earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance and MBA from UNC Pembroke.