Federal Relations Staff

Federal Relations and Advocacy

Kimrey Rhinehardt
Vice President for Federal Relations | Phone:  919-843-0381
Ms. Rhinehardt is the primary liaison between the University of North Carolina and the federal government.  Ms. Rhinehardt works closely with the congressional delegation and their staff to advocate for university priorities and is the principal point of contact for University partnerships with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and other critical military partners.  Other duties include developing and implementing the Board of Governors' Federal Agenda, analyzing and influencing federal higher education policy, coordinating the federal government relations efforts for the 17-campuses of the University of North Carolina, and advising the President and Board of Governors on all federal and military issues.

Emily Dickens
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations | Phone:  919-962-4628
Ms. Dickens is responsible for strategic communications related to the University of North Carolina’s federal public policy and political agenda, and military affairs. This includes monitoring and analyzing Congressional/Administration policy activities and contributing to the operations of the UNC System’s political programs and profile.  Ms. Dickens monitors the higher education regulatory and legislative environment with specific emphasis on Homeland Security, Immigration, International Education, Visas/international students, MSI Set Aside Programs and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. She also manages day-to-day operations for the division. 

Bradley Ballou
Director of Federal Relations | Phone:  202-216-4365
Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Ballou provides communication between the University of North Carolina and the federal government.  Mr. Ballou works closely with members of Congress, their staff, and federal agency administrators to promote the university’s federal agenda. In addition, Mr. Ballou also works closely with higher education associations to shape and respond to legislative, regulatory, and budget actions affecting the University of North Carolina and the higher education community. Other duties include monitoring and analyzing legislation, developing government relations strategy and coordinating the appropriations process for the 17-campuses of the University of North Carolina.

Military Education and Outreach

Kathie Sidner
Defense Applications Engineer | Phone:  919-962-6291
Ms. Sidner serves as a key facilitator to identify and connect UNC research capabilities, scientific talent and related expertise with defense community applied research and technology needs.  She works closely with UNC campuses, the US Army Research Office, USASOC and other military partners, and the defense industry, to help solve critical science and technology (S&T) challenges for special operations forces and other military partners.  Ms. Sidner coordinates activities of the UNC Defense Applications Group, a multidisciplinary group of UNC subject matter experts, including workshops, projects and internships.  She also works with faculty and staff at UNC campuses and General Administration to increase Department of Defense sponsored research across the UNC system. 

Ann Marie Beall
Director of Military Education | Phone:  910-264-0064
As Director of Military Education, Ms. Beall is responsible for system-wide leadership, management, and coordination for academic programs and support services specifically targeted to military affiliated students. Ms. Beall supervises the UNC system-wide presence at Fort Bragg, JFKSWCS Headquarters and future UNC military education expansion in North Carolina. She also oversees implementation of the UNC SERVES (Systemwide Evaluation and Recommendation for Veterans Education and Services) recommendations.

Gilberto Alvarado
Military Academic Advisor (Fort Bragg) | Phone:  910-908-1513
Gilberto Alvarado is the Military Academic Advisor on-post at Fort Bragg, NC. Proud of his time in service as a Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic (63B), Mr. Alvarado credits all of his accomplishments to the qualities the Army instilled in him in his four years with the military. He served during Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti, 1994, and he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Expeditionary Combat Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and was an expert marksman. Upon completion of his Army obligation, Mr . Alvarado attended college with the aid of his veteran’s educational benefits.

Ashley Adamovage
Military Academic Advisor (Camp Lejeune) | Phone: 910-451-9077
Ms. Adamovage is the Military Academic Advisor aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. She will be responsible for the promotion and marketing and academic and admission advising for all of our campuses who do not have an on-base presence.