Our Staff

Sandy Cyr, Managing Editor

Sandy holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MPA with a focus in Nonprofit Management from NC State University. When not talking about nonprofits ad nauseum, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fostering cats for the local shelter, gardening, running, biking and horseback riding.

Shalina Omar, Digital Strategist and Assistant Editor

Shalina hails from Oakland, CA and has an MA degree from NC State University concentrating in Sociolinguistics. Her interests include dialect diversity, bridging the gap between academia and the public, and baking sourdough bread.

Preston Wittwer, Assistant Editor and Podcast Producer

Preston holds a BA in Communications and an MA in English, both from  Brigham Young University. He is forever fixated on podcasts, cheese, Twitter, carbs, and television. You're most likely to run into him at his local Alamo Drafthouse.  

Advisory Council

The PJ advisory council offers recommendations regarding the guidance and direction of the Philanthropy Journal.

Beth Briggs

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council

Jeannette Butterworth
Program Consultant
WNC Nonprofit Pathways

Steve Hayes
Executive Director
Guilford Consortium

Karla Lewis
Senior Research Specialist
SERVE Center

Sandra Phelps
Executive Director
United Way of Coastal Carolina

Shaheen Syal
Director of Communications
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Katie Todd
Director of Digital Strategies
NC League of Conservation Voters

Former PJ Students

Former PJ students who have graduated and gone on to bigger and better things:

Krystin Gollihue, Multimedia Production Strategist, Graduate Editor Graduate and Assistant Editor

David Mueller, Multimedia Producer and Graduate Assistant Editor

Haily Jones, Communication Assistant

Jack Ahern, Graduate Assistant Editor

Charlena Wynn, Graduate Assistant Editor and Graduate Editor

Jordan Smith, Graduate Editor