CENTER STAFF

Libby Dotson, B.S. 

Research Associate

Libby Dotson received dual degrees in the Literature Program in Cultural Studies and International Comparative Studies from Duke University. She became a GWHT fellow and worked on the Ignite program in Sololá, Guatemala. She now manages the Ignite program and aids in the management of international clinical implementation programs in the lab. In addition, she curated the lab’s (In)visible Organ exhibit. Her works focuses on the social, political and behavioral dimensions of device development and implementation in the field. Libby has lived in Argentina, Peru, and Guatemala to study and complete research, she has a really cute cat named Mishi, loves to camp and read.

Zachary Congress, B.S.

Research Technician

Zachary is an North Carolina State graduate with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.  As a research technician, he hopes to gain valuable skills in manufacturing, and animal-related work while taking over many administrative responsibilities.  Zac hopes to pursue his PhD within a couple of years and is passionate about regenerative medicine and histology in particular.

Jennifer Gallagher, B.S.

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jennifer holds a degree in Chemistry from Franklin College.  She is a clinical research coordinator who manages the Pocket Colposcope studies in the cervical cancer screening clinic.  Also,  she works closely with the breast and plastic surgeons to enroll patients in our margin assessment study which uses optical spectroscopy.   Lastly, Jennifer enrolls patients in the breast imaging department of the Duke Cancer Center in an attempt to diagnosis disease by imaging tumor stress responses.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys exercising and exploring new restaurants around the Triangle. 

Ashley Deans, B.B.A.

Communications & Marketing Specialist

Ashley Deans is a recent Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in Marketing. As GWHT's Communications and Marketing specialist, Ashley is responsible for maintaining the Center's relationship with the public. Ashley is also currently earning her MBA as a student of William and Mary's online MBA program. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys reading, going on nature walks, and playing board games. 

Alexandria Da Ponte, B.A., M.Div. 

Associate Director of Operations

Alexandria is a graduate from Samford University and Duke Divinity School. After graduating with a Masters in Divinity, Alexandria did a residency year in Austin as a Pediatric Oncology & Adult Palliative Care hospital chaplain. As a Staff Assistant, Alexandria brings her compassionate personality and organizational skills to the team as she helps with scheduling events, managing visits, financial documents and a variety of other tasks to help the Center stay organized and run smoothly. Alexandria is passionate about organization, hospitality and has experience in guest services in churches and weddings. In her spare time, she teaches classes at a women's correctional facility, enjoys reading, travels and explores new restaurants in the Triangle. 

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