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Kim Strom, PhD, LISW


Dr. Kim Strom is originally from the state of Maine. She is trained as a social worker, with particular experience in adult mental health and crisis services. She received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Strom has been a social work educator for over 30 years, teaching in the areas of direct practice and educational leadership. Her research is on moral courage and ethics. She is Principal Investigator of the UNC School of Social Work behavioral healthcare contract and Director of the UNC Chapel Hill Office of Ethics and Policy. She is internationally recognized for training, consultation, and research on ethical practice and ethical action.

Kim Strom

Jen DeNeal, MPP

Associate Director

Jen DeNeal is an education policy professional with nearly a decade of experience in the field. After working as a K-12 music teacher in rural eastern Arkansas, she spent several years shaping and implementing state-level education policies with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education. Jen has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from Duke University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University.

Jennifer DeNeal

Matthew Teal, MPA

University Policy Analyst

Matthew has been the University Policy Analyst since February 2017. Matthew is a double UNC alum, earning his bachelor’s degree in History in 2006 and his Master of Public Administration in 2015. Matthew also worked as a national security analyst in Washington DC from 2007 to 2012. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys coaching tennis, fostering cats, and building computers.

Matthew Teal