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UNC Rural's Associate Director Adam Sotak and Communications Intern Shelby McLamb sharing information at a table at the Minority Health Conference.

About UNC Rural

Founded in 2019 by the Office of the Provost, UNC Rural increases UNCH-CH’s impact by listening to rural communities and connecting them with existing campus expertise and resources. Everyone in the state benefits from thriving rural communities and our programs support the unique needs of these vital rural partnerships

Countdown to NC Rural Summit 2024


Who We Are

Giselle Corbie, MD, MSc


Giselle is the UNC Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Research and Associate Provost for Rural Initiatives.

Jada Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAN


Jada is Associate Professor and Ross Distinguished Term Scholar in the UNC School of Nursing, and adjunct faculty in the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She lives on the traditional homelands of the Lumbee, Tuscarora and Cheraw in Robeson County, NC, where she serves on the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina IRB. 

Adam Sotak, MSW

Associate Director

Adam joined UNC Rural after 25 years serving in various roles in the nonprofit sector in North Carolina. He earned his BSW from Appalachian State University and his MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Gabby Diekmann

Communications Specialist

Gabby has spent the past 11 years partnering with small business, nonprofit & community leaders to reach their goals with strategic communications, digital marketing & storytelling.

Carissa Whitehurst

Executive Assistant

A North Carolina native, Carissa graduated from Guilford Technical Community College in 2013 with an A.A. in General Education. She brings years of administrative experience from her previous role as an administrative assistant where she worked with faculty, staff and students.

Gail Currin Fallon

Program Manager

A North Carolina native and UNCG graduate, Gail has devoted over 16 years to UNC-CH in both research and programs focused on community health. From Murphy to Manteo, she has travelled the state throughout her personal and professional life and is dedicated to building authentic, lasting relationships across NC.

Internal Advisory Board

  • Anita Brown-Graham, Chair, ncIMPACT Initiative, UNC School of Government
  • Margaret Barrett, Carolina Center for Public Service 
  • Meredith Bazemore, Office of Rural Initiatives, UNC School of Medicine 
  • Lynn White Blanchard, Carolina Center for Public Service 
  • Aaron Gard, UNC School of Law 
  • Carolyn Fryberger, NCGrowth, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School 
  • Jill V. Hamm, UNC School of Education
  • Mark Holmes, Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health 
  • Stephanie Kiser, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Tyler Mulligan, UNC School of Government 
  • Gary Nelson, UNC School of Social Work
  • Bill Romani, Innovate Carolina