Allison Medlin - Director
Allison Medlin joined the Goodnight Scholars Program as the first full-time director in January 2015. She previously worked with the University Scholars Program at NC State for 11 years. Allison earned both her B.S. in Family and Community Services and M.A. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis through NC State’s College of Education. Her current research focuses on former foster youth in higher education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, going to the movies, and playing with her son, Noah.
Jason "Jay" Perry - Associate Director
Jason “Jay” Perry joined the Goodnight Scholars Program in May 2013 as the Program’s first-ever full-time employee. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth in 2006 with a B.A. in English: Writing, Communications, and Rhetoric and in 2008 with an M.A. in Professional Writing with a journalism concentration. Upon graduation, he went on to work for a collection of small arts and entertainment publications in Southeastern Massachusetts. After transitioning out of the journalism industry, Jay spent a few years living out in California and Arizona where he went on to earn his M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University and, shortly after, worked for the Office of Parent Programs at the University of Alabama. Jay and his wife, Veronica, moved to North Carolina in January 2013. He enjoys traveling, exercising, photography, video games, and is a diehard New England Patriots fan. Seriously, he’s obsessed.
Jill Zalewski - Assistant Director
Jill Zalewski joined the Goodnight Scholars Program as the assistant director in July 2017. She graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island with a B.A. in Communications in 2010. After undergrad she decided she wanted to pursue a career in higher education and in 2012 graduated from NC State with her master’s in Higher Education Administration. After graduation she received her first job at George Mason University in housing as a residence director and then worked at Duke University as a residence coordinator. In her free time Jill loves to run and has completed a marathon and a handful of half marathons. Like Jay she loves Boston sports, especially the New England Patriots.
Beatriz Gurgel - Graduate Assistant
Beatriz Gurgel joined the Goodnight Scholars Program in June 2017 as a graduate assistant. She graduated with a double major in Psychology and Visual Arts Studies from NC State in Spring 2017, and is now pursuing a Masters of Psychology in Educational Psychology through the College of Education here at NC State. Her current focus is on Women and Girls in STEM fields. She is originally from Brazil, and has lived in the Raleigh area for most of her life. In her free time, she does taekwondo (she is a 4th Degree Black Belt!), nail art, and plays with her dog, Juliet, as well as coming up with “good” puns to stock her joke-arsenal.
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North Carolina State University
Goodnight Scholars Program
203 Peele Hall
Campus Box 7529
Raleigh, NC 27695-7529