Fran has over 20 years of experience as an executive assistant in higher education. Most recently, she was Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Rosa Junior College, one of the oldest community colleges in California. She also has many years of experience working in high tech; one of her first jobs was at Apple Computer from 1980-1984, supporting manufacturing and design engineers.
Dr. Hoversten serves as Dean of NC State University College of Design (July 2016) and Professor of Landscape Architecture. A Fellow of the Yaddo arts colony, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Hoversten has received seventeen national and regional planning and design awards and has published and lectured widely. His work has been featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Public Roads, and TR News.
Nikki serves as the departmental administrator for Architecture and Landscape Architecture. She supports those departments by assisting with course scheduling, arranging meetings for the department heads, financial/budget administration, curricula development and process management. Alisha also serves as the departmental point of contact and works closely with students, faculty, administration, staff, and guests.
Carla Abramczyk heads donor and alumni relations as the Executive Director of Development. She came to the College of Design in May 2002 from the NC State Engineering Foundation where she served for more than two years as development director for the Chemical Engineering Department. Abramczyk has held several advancement positions at NC State University over the past seven years.
Prior to moving to Raleigh from Cleveland, Ohio, Abramczyk’s background was in public relations and event planning. She received her BA in speech communication from Penn State University.
Jean Marie Livaudais manages the college’s Office of External Relations, including alumni and professional relations, communications and marketing, continuing education, board management, and special events. Since 2000, Jean Marie has served the College of Design in many external relations capacities. She is the founding director of the annual urban design conference, serves as the College’s liaison to design professional associations and firms, has managed numerous special events, and previously served as the college’s director of advancement.
Alisha serves as the departmental administrator for Art+Design, Graphic Design and Industrial Design. She supports those departments by assisting with course scheduling, arranging meetings for the department heads, financial/budget administration, curricula development and process management. Alisha also serves as the departmental point of contact and works closely with students, faculty, administration, staff, and guests.
Professor Rice received a BLA degree from the University of Oregon in 1973. After practicing professionally in California he attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received a Master of Landscape Architecture with Distinction in 1978. At graduation he also received the Charles Elliot Traveling Fellowship.
Dr. Celen Pasalar’s expertise involves organizing and promoting numerous design and planning projects for the benefit of communities primarily throughout North Carolina. Pasalar received her undergraduate degree in architecture (1997) from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and her master’s degree in urban design (1999) from the same university. She has received her doctorate degree from the College of Design, NC State University with a focus on Community and Environmental Design in 2004.