Lisa Pluff, Director

A headshot of Lisa Pluff.Lisa has worked in the Office of Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education since 2009. Her experience includes over 20 years of working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and nonprofit and program management. Current responsibilities include: oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the program; supervision of CTPE Staff; multidisciplinary campus and community (local and state) collaborations; technical assistance through Think College; and supporting program research, evaluation and policy initiatives.

A headshot of Ryan Milligan.Ryan joined the office in 2010. Since then, Ryan has served in positions within student life, student supports, and housing & student affairs before coming into his current position. His professional duties include coordinating course schedules, supervising interns and service learning students, program progression for students, multidisciplinary collaborations, and supporting program research and evaluation.


A headshot of Charla Jones-Hansley.Charla began working with the office in the spring of 2017 after serving as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Intellectual and Developmentally delayed population of Vocational Rehabilitation. Charla has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities transitioning into community and workplace settings. Her professional duties include providing and coordinating career development services, awareness and planning in the program of study. Duties also include coordinating internship and volunteer service hours to meet requirements for graduation. Supervising career support staff in providing one on one support to students in the work setting. Collaborating with career services, community provides and other agencies for accommodations, employment opportunities and resources to assist students with transitioning from postsecondary education into employment. Charla currently teaches Internship and “Job Development-Getting the Job” courses.

A headshot of CC.CC began as an intern with Beyond Academics in the fall of 2018 and began working with the office full time in the summer of 2020. She is responsible for creating and implementing students’ college support plans, providing counseling services, and providing supervision to interns from the social work department. She currently teaches classes in Advocacy and the Senior Capstone Portfolio. She has earned a BA in Psychology, an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies, and a Master of Social Work degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Associate and is working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at UNCG. 

Matthew “Matt” Fridell, Career Support Coordinator

A head shot of Matt Fridell.Matt began working with Beyond Academics in 2015 and has held various roles within the program, most recently working in student support. Matt is a certified and licensed recreation therapist. In his present role he coordinates career services, develops resources to assist students with transitioning from postsecondary education into employment, supervises career support staff, and coordinates student internship and volunteer service hours to meet requirements for graduation. He earned his B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Recreation and Parks Management: Therapeutic Recreation from UNCG.

Dr. Lalenja Harrington, Interdepartmental Instructor

A headshot of Dr. Lalenja Harrington.Lalenja has been involved in the development of the CTPE program since its first cohort of students in 2007. Her current responsibilities include teaching, research, evaluation and reporting, curriculum development, oversight of program of study/credential, campus and community collaboration, and scholarship in the field. She currently teaches advocacy courses within the program of study.


Amanda McLeroy, Instructor

Amanda began working as an intern in the Office of Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education in the spring of 2021 and took on a full-time position in the fall. Her primary responsibilities include teaching courses about finance and “navigating college life,” and completing research evaluations for the department. Amanda is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of North Carolina. She has earned a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counselor Education at North Carolina A&T State University.

Tamarah Davis, Graduate Assistant

Tamarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from UNC Greensboro and is now a first year in the SAAHE program. As an undergraduate student, Tamarah volunteered with various student organizations, interned at multiple schools within the Greensboro community, and was awarded the bronze and silver medals of leadership through UNC Greensboro’s Leadership Challenge Program. Tamarah has also participated in research focusing on student belonging. Education has always been her passion, and supporting students as they obtain their education is something she plans to do for the rest of her life.