A comprehensive and collaborative resource focused on developing faculty and staff who desire to bring the best of who they are to every situation.


As innovative leaders in the Professional and Organizational Development field, we strive to enhance the overall educational mission of the institution through an evolving learning community that supports faculty and staff.

About the PDC

The PDC is a collective resource between the Human Resources Department and the Office of the Provost.  To support its wide-reaching University constituents, a committee consisting of faculty, staff, and administrators has formed to centralize, identify, and support diverse professional development needs. A list of the current committee members can be found below the staff descriptions.


Melissa Clodfelter, Ph.D., PCC


Melissa joined the PDC team in January 2011.  Her responsibilities in this role include coaching faculty and staff, providing workshops, and facilitation.

Prior to her work with the PDC she was Director of Career Services and Vocational Coaching at the WFU School of Divinity and Coordinator of Coaching for The Center for Congregational Health, Inc. In both of these organizations, Melissa focused on the development of individuals and organizations. Her expertise includes coaching and coach training, leading retreats, facilitating dialogue, and providing workshops.

Melissa is a trained Corporate and Life Coach and carries the certification of PCC with the International Coach Federation.  She also holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees with a focus in education and completed her PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

John Champlin, PHR

Assistant Director

John joined the Professional Development Center (PDC) team in July of 2011.  His main focus is the implementation, execution and, assessment of the CORE initiative.  John researches, builds curriculum for, and facilitates a variety of workshops.

John previously served as a Regional Human Resources Manager for Noble Investment Group where his duties included training, organizational development, and recruiting.  John also spent time developing and implementing community service projects for team members at multiple locations within this organizations.

John received a BS in Business Administration from the Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University.  In 2008, John attained his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  John is currently working toward his Master in Business Administration at the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Business.

Advisory Board

Member Department Affiliation
Sarah Wojcik-Gross
Professional Development Center Chair
Information Systems Staff Member
Scott Claybrook
Technology Chair
Information Technology Specialist Staff Member
Pat Boone Alumni Activities Staff Member
Allen Brown Online Education Staff Member
John Champlin Professional Development Center Staff Member
Kevin Harrell THRIVE Staff Member
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds Office of Diversity and Inclusion/Human Resources Staff Member
Steve Hirst Campus Life Staff Member
Bridget Marrs Facilities and Campus Services Staff Member
Annelda McGinn University Advancement Staff Member
Dee Oseroff-Varnell Communication Faculty Member
Jennifer Rogers Finance and Accounting Services Staff Member
Kris Shelton School of Business Staff Member
Rebecca Thomas Dean’s Office/German and Russian Administrator/Faculty Member
Kristi Verbeke Teaching and Learning Center Staff Member
Amy Willard Personal & Career Development Staff