The Charlotte Team

Cheryl L. Richards, Ph.D.
CEO and Regional Dean

CR-e1392999170170-195x300As the CEO and Regional Dean for Northeastern University’s Charlotte Graduate Campus, Dr. Richards oversees the delivery of high quality professional education on campus, and advances the university’s global corporate partnerships and research capabilities.

Dr. Richards began her career in higher education over 20 years ago.  Prior to joining Northeastern University, she was Dean of the Cato Campus and Academic Dean of the Professional Careers Division at Central Piedmont Community College.  Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Richards held leadership roles in business & industry training, corporate and continuing education at the community college.  She also held various leadership roles at Regis University, the University of Denver and Colorado State University.

A recognized leader in the community, Dr. Richards served two terms on the Charlotte Chamber’s Executive Committee and three years as Chair of the Education & Workforce Development Committee.  She is an active board member of MeckEd and president-elect of Women Executives. Nationally, she serves on the Chair Academy’s Worldwide Leadership Training International Practitioners and Presidents’ Board and held previous regional leadership roles for the National Council for Continuing Education & Training and the Association of Conference and Event Directors International. Dr. Richards has been recognized by the Mecklenburg Times as one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women and by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 40 Under Forty leader.

Dr. Richards holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education.

Margaret “Peg” Bernhard, DPA
Associate Dean, Campus Administration

PB-253x300Dr. Margaret “Peg” Bernhard is responsible for the delivery of academic programs, student support services and campus operations.  Prior to joining Northeastern University, she served in a variety of administrative roles at Western Michigan University and Marquette University including Director of Academic Programming and Outreach, Interim Vice Provost for Extended University Programs, Research Officer, Director of the Employee Assistance Academic Program and Director of External Relations for the College of Business Administration.

Dr. Bernhard was assistant professor for the School of Community Health Services at Western Michigan University and an adjunct instructor for the College of Professional Studies at Marquette University.

Dr. Bernhard has a doctorate in public administration, master’s degree in educational leadership, and bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communication all from Western Michigan University.  She is currently completing a master’s degree in dispute resolution at Marquette University.

Carlie Houchins
Director of Student Affairs & Faculty Services

CH-199x300As Sr. Academic & Student Support Specialist, Carlie Houchins manages the day-to-day site operations at Northeastern University’s Charlotte Graduate Campus. Houchins serves as an ambassador to prospective and current students, members of the community, business leaders, visiting faculty and other University administrators. She supports students through academic advising, registration and policy guidance, while maintaining a safe and effective environment for students, faculty and staff.

Houchins has extensive academic experience as an adjunct professor at various universities and colleges in the Charlotte area. Her teaching focus has been largely in marketing and public relations, which stems from her professional background in business.

Houchins received a BA in education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and an MBA in marketing management from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. She is currently completing an Ed.D. in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she was awarded the Graduate Assistantship and a full-tuition scholarship. For her outstanding merit, she was invited to be a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Roxanne Ward
Campus Administrative Officer

RW-291x300Roxanne Ward serves as the Campus Administrative Officer.  In addition to supporting Dr. Cheryl Richards, Ward serves as the primary point of contact for the administrative office and provides assistance to the Charlotte senior staff.

With a professional background in higher education, Ward is attuned to what engages and inspires students, parents, alumni and donors. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she managed the administrative functions for the president’s office at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C.  Ward also supported the president’s office at The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Va.

Ward received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland University College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was the Student Commencement Speaker.

Noel Humphreys
Vice President, Corporate and Clinical Partnerships

NH-199x300In her role as VP Corporate and Clinical Partnerships, Noël Humphreys works to increase awareness of the University’s Charlotte Graduate Campus within the business community by aligning specialized curriculum opportunities with local corporate needs and promoting the breadth of research, programs and experiential learning opportunities to organizations across the Charlotte Region. Within healthcare, she is also responsible for fostering clinical partnerships through affiliation agreements with regional hospital systems and physician practices. She has secured several partnership agreements and works closely with clinical placements and other talent needs in our region’s burgeoning healthcare sector. Humphreys received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College.

Tamara “Tammy” McNish
Assistant Director of Admissions and Community Engagement

TMM-199x300As the Assistant Director of Admissions and Community Engagement, Tammy McNish acts as the he primary contact for associations, organizations and community events related to the recruitment and enrollment in the region’s social sector including education, nonprofit, government, sports and tourism organizations.

McNish has several years experience in higher education. Most recently, she was an admissions counselor at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where she recruited adult students and promoted the university’s programs. Prior to Queens, McNish managed alumni relations, special events and communications at her alma mater, Hood College. There, she was also the assistant editor for Hood Magazine, the college’s alumni publication.

McNish received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Hood College in Maryland, where she graduated with departmental honors. In 2003, she was selected for the Los Angeles Times Jim Murray Sports Journalism Workshop.

Shelley Stover
Assistant Director of Admissions and Corporate Engagement

SS-253x300As Assistant Director for Admissions and Corporate Engagement, Shelley Stover serves as an industry liaison to the business, professional services, and technology markets. She works to build alliances with these local corporations, helping them to leverage Northeastern’s resources for workforce development, corporate education, co-op, and research opportunities. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.


Meighan Avalos
Assistant Dir
ector of Admissions and Industry Engagement

As the Assistant Director of Admissions and Industry Engagement, Avalos serves as a liaison for the industrial sector of energy, engineering, construction, manufacturing, logistics and distribution as well as aerospace and defense. She works to build alliances with these local companies, helping them to leverage Northeastern’s resources for workforce development, corporate education, co-op, and research opportunities. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from High Point University, where she also served as a Senior Admissions Counselor. Meighan is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at Northeastern University – Charlotte.

Brittani McClendon
Enrollment Coordinator

BM-250x300As the Enrollment Coordinator, Brittani McClendon acts as the face of the Charlotte Graduate Campus welcome center in Uptown Charlotte, greeting students, corporate partners, alumni and visitors on the first floor level. Serving as the local contact prospective students and application, McClendon represents broad knowledge of the university’s operations, courses and programs. She received a BA in communications from Pace University and is enroll in the Public Administration program at Northeastern University – Charlotte.