Alumni & Friends

About the Office of Advancement

The UNC School of Dentistry Office of Advancement comprises the Dental Foundation of North Carolina and the UNC Dental Alumni Association. The organizations work closely together to support the success of the school and its students, and the close-knit community of UNC School of Dentistry alumni. The Office of Advancement team actively works to enrich the student experience and foster a deeper alumni commitment to the UNC School of Dentistry.


Paul GardnerPaul Gardner

Associate Dean of Advancement

Executive Director, Dental Foundation of North Carolina

(919) 537-3258,

Paul oversees the Office of Advancement activities, and specifically manages the activities of the Dental Foundation of North Carolina. He also stewards alumni and friends in North Carolina and across the country.


HuppertSarah Huppert

Regional Director of Development

(919) 537-3259,

Sarah is responsible for major gifts fundraising in South Carolina and in eastern North Carolina. Prior to this appointment, she served as the executive director of the UNC Dental Alumni Association.


Barrett_webHunter Barrett

Assistant Director of Development

Executive Director, UNC Dental Alumni Association

(919) 537-3895,

Hunter leads the annual fund program and coordinates direct mail, web and phonathon campaigns, with a focus on fundraising unrestricted gifts. He also serves as the executive director of the UNC Dental Alumni Association and plans alumni events.


Tiffany BrannanTiffany Brannan

Director of Communications

(919) 537-3260,

Tiffany maintains the school’s website, handles media inquiries, edits the North Carolina Dental Review and manages the school’s social media presence. She also oversees and plans most of the DFNC events and some school events.


Taliaferro, Tami_DFNC_4x6Tami Taliaferro


(919) 537-3680,

Tami oversees the Office of Advancement check processing and financial/management reporting. She provides the office with accounting support and also provides support for external audits, University requests and various school Boards of Directors.


Kaylee Cutler

Executive Assistant

(919) 537-3261

Kaylee provides administrative support to the Office of Advancement, assisting with any number of projects and supporting all office events.