About the EO Team

 Associate Director of Equal Opportunity

Shelley Leder photoShelley Leder

As the Associate Director, Shelley assists in providing leadership and oversight within the office. Shelley serves as the Senior Title IX Coordinator and Deputy EEO Officer.  Shelley is responsible for assisting in developing and maintaining the University's Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, providing oversight for the interactive process for religious, pregnancy, and disability-related requests for employees, and compliance requirements related to equal opportunity for the institution and its lab schools. 

Shelley joined the University in 2012.






Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity

Megan Bishop PicMegan Bishop

The Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day report and response processes in compliance with applicable federal and state law and UNC System and campus policies. The Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity also serves as Deputy Title IX Coordinator.


 Megan joined the team in 2023.






Assistant Director of Investigations & Clery Compliance

Rachel Blackburn PhotoRachel Blackburn

The Assistant Director of Investigations & Clery Compliance is in charge of overseeing the institution's compliance with Jeanne Clery  Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as well as the daily formal resolution procedures and investigation processes,  in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and UNC System policies.  Rachel ensures equitable and impartial treatment during the investigative process and oversees the Equal Opportunity Associates.

Rachel joined the team in 2023. 








Equal Opportunity Associate (Hickory)

kaylan Dollar picKaylyn Dollar

Kaylyn is responsible for investigating reports of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sex-based misconduct, and workplace violence. Kaylyn ensures equitable and fair treatment to all parties interviewed and accessed in relation to any investigation. 

Kaylyn joined the team in 2023. 








 Logistics & Hearing Officer 

Picture of Grace FrazierGrace Frazier

The Logistics and Hearing Officer is responsible for managing the tracking and resolution of all complaints from the beginning to the end of each documented incident. Grace oversees day-to-day compliance requirements related to NCAA attestations and mandatory training for volunteers. Grace works in conjunction with the Equal Opportunity Associates and provides case management and administrative support in all areas. Grace is also responsible for serving as the Hearing Officer for hearings, as well as training and conducting meetings with all parties involved in hearings. 

Grace earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Master of Social Work degree from Appalachian State University in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Grace has macro-level social work experience with multiple advocacy organizations, including Equality NC, as well as public school systems and community libraries.

Grace joined the team in the Summer of 2022.



 Administrative Support Associate

Elvis Kennison

Elvis Kennison


Elvis serves as the Administrative Support Associate for the Office of Access and Equity: Equal Opportunity. He is the primary triage point for all walk-in and telephone communications and provides primary office management functions for office staff.

Elvis has worked with the Department of Social Services for 8 years in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He assisted with billing and data entry in the foster care and adoption department. He has worked with a non-profit organization that assisted individuals with a disability in assisting them with employment opportunities in the community and provided on-the-job training. He also worked with transitioning high school students into the workforce.

Elvis joined the team in the Fall of 2022.