Marie Isaacs is the Academic Coordinator for the Politics & International Affairs Department and provides administrative support for the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative.
Deb Marke serves as the Assistant Director, Advocacy and Social Justice Education in the Office of Civic & Community Engagement. In this role, she oversees the Social Justice Incubator, Branches Social Justice Retreat, and College Advocacy Summit; facilitates the Social Justice Book Club; and directs both the Deacs Decide election engagement project and Wake Alternative Break.
A Wake Forest alumna, Marke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science with double minors in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A gifted facilitator, Marke has developed several trainings on intersectional feminist activism, critical community-building, and leadership development. Before making her return to Winston-Salem, Deb served as the Program Coordinator for Leadership and Activism in the Women’s Center at the University of Cincinnati, where she was named Outstanding New Professional and served as the Programming Chair for the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association.
Malika Roman Isler, PhD
Malika is the inaugural Assistant Vice President of Inclusive Practice.
Prior to this role, she served as the inaugural Director of Wellbeing at Wake Forest University, leading the development, institutionalization and collective impact of Thrive – Wake’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing.
Malika has extensive experience integrating research and practice, creating behavior change interventions, developing strategic plans that guide culture change, and defining assessment tools to ensure research and practice effectiveness. Prior to returning to Wake Forest, she served on the faculty of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and as an administrator and faculty lead with the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS). In these capacities, Malika was on the investigative team for 10 federally and institutionally funded projects and centers in the areas of health equity and community engagement. With her training and outreach expertise, she provided consultation and technical assistance to collaborative efforts among students, community members, and faculty.
Malika is a Wake Forest alumna and holds a PhD in Public Health (Health Behavior and Health Education) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her role as AVP of Inclusive Practice, she has an appointment in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.
Shelley Sizemore serves as Director of Community Partnerships in the Office of Civic & Community Engagement. In this role, she builds relationships with community partners, connects faculty, staff, and students to community based work, and works to measure the impact of partnerships between WFU and the community. She holds an additional appointment as a Visiting Professor in the Education Department where she teaches EDU 103a: Preparing for Community Engagement. Shelley currently serves on the board of HandsOn NWNC, the Kids Cooking Coalition, and the Centers for Exceptional Children. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Wake Forest University and is pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Education where her research is focused on community-based education for social justice, critical community building, and the rhetoric of activism and advocacy. Shelley has co-published two book chapters related to the rhetorics of activism: “One word does not the whole story tell: Contested truth on a highway historical marker” and “A Rhetoric of food justice movements: An exploration in rhetorical quilting.”
Don Shegog, II
Don Shegog obtained his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his MBA from UNCG. He spent seventeen years working in banking and finance before changing his focus to technologies. After spending a few years hosting a technology call-in radio show and working in a computer shop, Don began teaching. He taught middle and elementary students technology skills for eight years before coming to Wake Forest as an Instructional Technologist in the Instructional Technology Group in 2017.
Don is married with two children. In his spare time, Don is a voracious reader and lover of all things technology.
Brad Shugoll is the Associate Director of Service & Leadership in the Office of Civic & Community Engagement. He oversees direct service, civic leadership, and philanthropic traditions on campus. This includes Campus Kitchen, the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund and Project Pumpkin. Through his work, Brad connects students to meaningful service opportunities in the Winston-Salem area. His scholarly interests include college student development, the role of higher education in service to community and food insecurity. He is actively engaged in the Winston-Salem community and serves on the board of a local non-profit, Humane Solution, which promotes animal welfare.
The land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura, Catawba, Cherokee, and Lumbee in the current location and Shakori, Eno, Sissipahaw, and Occaneechi in the original campus location. https://americanindiancenter.unc.edu/resources/about-nc-native-communities/