Staff Directory

J. Scott Derrick

Executive Director, Popp Martin Student Union & Cone University Center


J Scott Derrick has spent over 25 years in the Student Affairs profession, working in Student Activities and Student Unions in multiple positions. A native of Irmo, South Carolina, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Furman University (Greenville, SC) in 1988 and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) in 1990. 

Gillian Perry

Assistant Director, Administration


Gillian Perry is a midwestern native with a southern heart.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Professional Writing from UNC Wilmington in 2013 and a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University in 2015.

Samantha Mello

Business Services Accounting Assistant


Trever Swint

Assistant Director, Operations


Trever Swint received his B.A. in Christian Studies: Youth Ministry from Grand Canyon University, is a Veteran/Sergeant of the U.S.M.C, and an Association of College Unions International member.

Jim Kay

Assistant Director, Facilities


Jim Kay has been with UNC Charlotte since 2005. His previous experiences include 15 year career in the professional performing arts as an actor, technical director and production stage manager, and 11 years coordinating maintenance and custodial services in ICF homes for special needs populations. During his spare time he and his wife Jan enjoy camping, fishing, and kayaking.

Michael Avery

Technical Services & Theater Manager


Michael Avery received his undergraduate degree from Winthrop University and his Masters degree from UNC Charlotte. He was a member of the ACUI Conference Planning Team for the Region III 2016 conference. Michael loves movies and sports, and his favorite professional sports teams are the Carolina Panthers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Ernest Purifoy

Maintenance Technician

Randy Barnhill

Maintenance Technician

Kiye Yang

Building Services Supervisor — First Shift


Kiye Yang is originally from Korea and moved to the United States in 1990. She has worked at UNC Charlotte for over 20 years, first at the James H.

Del Chambers

Building Services Supervisor — Second Shift