Meet the Wesley Welcome Team.

Reagan Smith

Welcome Team Leader
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Claire Bengough

Welcome Team Leader
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Elise Benward

Welcome Team Leader
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Cooper Metts

Welcome Team Leader
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Andrew Lockard

Welcome Team Leader
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Kayla Shaver

Welcome Team Leader
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Meet the Wesley Student Leaders

Camden Whitlock

Communications and Fundraising Leader

Bio 

Andrew Withrow

Praise Band Leader

Bio 

Madison Findley

Retreat Team Leader

Bio 

Marisa Romanat

Freshley Leader

Bio 

Meet your Wesley Staff:

Rev. Ryan G. Spurrier

Campus Minister

Welcome to Wesley, a community seeking to help each other hear God's voice and grow into the women and men God is calling us to be.  Since arriving at Carolina in the summer of 2015, I have loved being part of this dynamic group striving to grow in faith and live faithfully in Chapel Hill--and all the places we go on retreats and mission trips.  I am an elder in the United Methodist Church, and before UNC, I served as an associate pastor in North Augusta and Greenwood, SC.  Before that, I earned a B.S. in Math from Clemson and a Master's of Divinity from Duke Divinity School (but don't worry, I am a Tar Heel!).  When not at Wesley, I love working out, playing ultimate Frisbee and baseball, and being a dad (my wife, Kyrsten, and I are parents to the two coolest little boys we've ever met).

Laron Dowdell

Ministry Intern 

Bio coming soon!  Laron was a guest worship leader throughout the 2022 Spring Semester.  Now he's back as an intern!

Kevin Towers

I am a 1st year MDIV student at Duke Divinity School and am looking forward to supporting everyone in ministry this year as a UNC Wesley Intern. I am originally from North Alabama and went to undergrad at Auburn University to receive a degree in Psychology. There I was on leadership at the Auburn Wesley Foundation and a member of Auburn's Club Ultimate Frisbee team. When I am not studying, I enjoy playing sports, going to the movies, and crocheting clothes and stuffed animals.

Linda Piper

Administrative Associate

New to the staff in 2021, I started out as a UNC Wesley parent in 2010 when my son Brett was a sophomore. Since then my husband Mark and I have served on the Board of Visitors (now Wesley Advisory Council) and I've served as a Board Member. Our daughter, Kylie, and son, David, have also had a strong connection to Wesley and in fact, Brett met his wife and David met his fiancée through Wesley!
I love that I have an opportunity to work in a ministry that I'm passionate about. I look forward to helping support other staff, students, parents, alumni, board members and friends of Wesley Campus Ministry in my role here! 

Cecily Nisbet

Development Director

I was born and brought up primarily in Hawaii and on Cape Cod, although I spent a few years in Charlotte and received my first bible from Myers Park Methodist in third grade. After growing up in the hotel business, I majored in Hotel Management at Cornell University, but for the past twenty years I have done development for organizations ranging from Harvard University to Kidzu Children's Museum to UNC's Friday Center for Continuing Education.  My husband and I moved to Chapel Hill from Boston in 2009, when I quickly became involved with University United Methodist Church.  I enjoy being a mother to Cornelia, 12, and Graham, 11, as well as being a Girl Scout leader.

Liv Vermane

Communications Intern

Hi, my name is Olivia Vermane, but my friends call me Liv! I am originally from New York. I’m somewhat of an introverted extrovert, which means that I love people with all my heart but also need some occasional alone time. I’m a part time wedding photographer, but when I’m not busy snapping photos, you can usually find me drinking coffee, stuffing my face with Italian food, or watching How I Met Your Mother. I’m a Jesus-lover, a dreamer, a creator, and a community builder. I’m a first year MDiv student at Duke Divinity School, and a Communications Ministry Intern with UNC Wesley! I’m excited to be doing life with you all this year, and I can’t wait to see where God leads us together!