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 | Director

Melissa joined the PDC team in January 2011, and was named Director in July, 2015. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the Professional Development Center in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and Human Resources. Her expertise includes coaching and coach training, leading retreats, facilitating dialogue, and providing workshops.

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.

Melissa is an executive coach and carries certifications from the International Coach Federation and the Center for Credentialing Education. She is also certified in the Intercultural Developmental Inventory. Melissa completed her PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her dissertation topic was, “Using Coaching as a Social Justice Tool.”

John Champlin, PHR, SHRM-CP | 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 for faculty and staff.

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

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 and in 2015 was awarded an MBA from the Wake Forest University School of Business.

Advisory Board

Member Department Affiliation
Allen Brown
Advisory Board Chair
Online Education Staff Member
John Champlin Professional Development Center Staff Member
Shaun Elliott Office of Diversity and Inclusion Staff Member
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds Office of Diversity and Inclusion Staff Member
Bridget Marrs Environmental Health & Safety Staff Member
Annelda McGinn University Advancement Staff Member
Bridgett Clancy Finance and Accounting Services Staff Member
Kris Shelton School of Business Staff Member
Kristi Verbeke Teaching and Learning Center Staff Member
Amy Willard Personal & Career Development Staff Member
Tracy Mills-Howell Information Systems Staff Member