Robin President – Robin Ervin
Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Durham, NC
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Career Field: Research Technician

Moving is never easy, but you will soon forget your frustrations when you realize the excitement of Chapel Hill, a small town with big basketball, a fun atmosphere and delicious food. Getting plugged in with Kenan Connection is easy, affording you new friends from all over the US and the world.


Tiffany Vice President – Tiffany Holbrook
Hometown: Denver, NC
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Washington, DC
Undergraduate School: UNC-Charlotte
Career Field: Fine Arts

Connect with others and explore! There’s plenty to do and plenty to eat (try all the biscuits).


Susanne Communications – Susanne Erb
Hometown: West Chester, PA
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Charlotte, NC
Undergraduate School: North Carolina State University
Career Field: Higher Education

 Try to go to as many club events as you can.


AshleyR Business Manager – Ashley Ray
Hometown: Newton, NJ
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Arlington, VA
Undergraduate School/Graduate School: James Madison University
Career Field: Secondary Education

Go to as many events as you can early in the school year. You are going to meet a ton of people who are in the same boat as you. You’ll meet people quickly and soon Chapel Hill will feel like home.


Caitlin Social Club Co-Chair – Caitlin Gancsos
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Arlington, VA
Undergraduate School: Virginia Tech
Career Field: Elementary School Teacher

Enjoy the time you have here! It may all seem overwhelming at first but you will quickly make new friends and meet great people.


Jamie Social Club Co-Chair – Jamie Valenski
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Kapolei, HI
Undergraduate School: Marist College
Career Field: Education

Take advantage of opportunities presented to you. Kenan Connection can ease the transition of moving to a new place and will allow you to make the most of your two years here.


Ariadna Sports and Entertainment Club Co-Chair – Ariadna Cruz movies@kenanconnection.com
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Monterrey, Mexico
Undergraduate School: Universidad de Monterrey
Career Field: Psychology

Be open to new experiences! Go to Kenan Connection events as much as you can, you’ll find that everybody wants to make new friends, just as you. Chapel Hill has a small town charm that makes you feel at home sooner than you’d think. You’ll find a place to do all the things you like, just give it a little time. Walk around town, it’s lovely! Don’t be afraid to drive, use your GPS and explore Carrboro, Durham and even Raleigh. My favorite spots so far are Ackland Museum Store, Caribou Coffee, Fitzgeralds, Fresh Market, Weaver St. Market, Open Eye Cafe and Milltown. I hope you enjoy them and suggest me your favorite places as soon as you get to know your way around.


Naoko Sports and Entertainment Club Co-Chair – Naoko Okayama
Hometown: Kagoshima, Japan
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Tokyo, Japan
Undergraduate School: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Career Field: Accounting

I worried a lot before coming to Chapel Hill, which turned out to be needless fears.  I totally enjoy the life here, surrounded by friendly people!  Let’s take this opportunity and have fun together!


Brittany Craft Club Co-Chair – Brittany Anderson
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Las Vegas, NV
Undergraduate School: BYU
Career Field: Mom

No success in life can compensate for failure in the home.



Craft Club Co-Chair – Renata Lamonega
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Moved to Chapel Hill from: São Paulo, Brazil
Undergraduate School: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Career Field: Psychology

At first, I was shy to go to the events by myself. But then, you start to realize that nobody knows each other. Everybody is on the same boat, trying to adapt to a new life and trying to make new friends. So attend the events as much as you can, just relax and have fun!


Jessica Dinner Club Co-Chair – Jessica Mayer
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Monterrey, Mexico
Undergraduate School: ITESM
Career Field: Marketing

Time flies when you’re having fun! Make the most (friends & memories) of these two years. KC is here to help you make that happen.


Julie Dinner Club Co-Chair – Julie Notario
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Tampa, FL
Undergraduate School: Georgetown
Career Field: Digital Advertising

Welcome to Chapel Hill! Hit me up to discuss career/work from home, life with a toddler, cooking/food, or adjusting to life with a stressed-out MBA in the house.


AshleyS Families Club Co-Chair – Ashley Sowers
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Leesburg, VA
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Career Field: Stay at Home Mom

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, and attend the Kenan Connection events. It’s a nice way to meet new people and explore the area.


NaokoT Families Club Co-Chair – Naoko Takashi
Hometown: Saitama, Japan
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Tokyo, Japan
Undergraduate School/Graduate School: Kyoto University
Career Field: Marketing and Sales

Enjoy your Chapel Hill time! Kenan Connection can assist both US and international members to make new friends.


Jeannie International Club Co-Chair – Jeannie Choi
Hometown: South Korea(Sacheon, KyungNam province)
Moved to Chapel Hill from: Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate School: Ewha Womans University(Art History; History of Korean Buddhist Painting)
Career Field: International Affairs

Don’t feel you and your family are alone here and try to take yourself to  many events. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions to anybody and be sure I am here to help you!


Doris International Club Co-Chair – Doris Jiang
Hometown: China, Guangdong Province, Guangzhou City
Moved to Chapel Hill from: China
Undergraduate School: China Agricultural University, major in Food Science
Career Field: Master Planner in Colgate China, Kraft Foods

Let’s enjoy our 2 years happy life at Chapel Hill, with Kenan Connection.