About Us

Executive Group

Ken Pittman, MHA, FACHE

Executive Director



Ken Pittman has over 25 years of experience in hospital and healthcare leadership.  During his career, he has served as Chief Operating Officer of a 300-bed community hospital in eastern North Carolina, CEO/Turnaround Specialist for three operationaly- and financially-challenged rural hospitals in the Southeast, and a healthcare management consultant.  A graduate of Duke, Ken holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration and he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ken is currently immediate past president of the Southern College Health Association.

Dean Blackburn

Director of Student Wellness



Dean has worked in Student Affairs at Carolina for almost 20 years, and has worked in the field of health education/health promotion and primary prevention work for almost 30 years.  He enjoys working with students, staff, faculty, alum, parents, and community partners to create an atmosphere that promotes healthy decision making as it relates to students’ choices regarding their health and safety.  Dean is interested in the intersections of identity, culture, education, politics, and economics as they affect the health outcomes, disparities, and access to wellness for all students.  He believes that breaking down barriers, developing coalitions, and advocating for equitable access is primary to ensuring every student has the necessary resources to be both healthy and whole, as well as personally and academically successful at Carolina.  He enjoys doing this work through individual conversations with students; teaching; outreach to larger groups; collaborating with colleagues across campus and the community; broad based committee involvement; and research/policy development.
Dean received his formal education through an undergraduate degree from Elon University and a graduate degree from Duke University, but considers himself a student of life and enjoys reading on just about every topic.   When not having a great time with his Wellness colleagues and students on campus, he enjoys outdoor activities, public service, traveling to new places, time with family and friends, and hanging out with his two amazing dogs, Labs, named Lily and Toby.

Michelle Camarena

Director of Nursing and Performance Improvement


At Campus Health since: 2005
Education: B.S. in Spanish and Nursing, M.S. in Nursing all from East Carolina University
Experiences: Infection control committee co-chair, working in college health since 1998
Special Professional Interests: Infection control
Other interests: Travel

Thevy S. Chai, MD She / her / hers

Director of Medical Services, Primary Care Physician


Born and Raised: Born in Laos, raised in Raleigh, NC

Joined Campus Health: January 2007

Professional/Educational Background: Undergraduate and medical degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Family Medicine residency from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Special Professional Interests: Student health, infection control, occupational health, service, and quality improvement

Other interests: Travel

Mario Ciocca, MD

Director of Sports Medicine, Medical Doctor


Dr. Mario Ciocca has served as a team physician at the University of North Carolina since 1996 and was appointed Director of Sports Medicine in January 2010. He is currently the head primary care physician for football, baseball, and men's soccer teams.

Dr. Ciocca earned a B.S. in biochemical engineering from Columbia University in 1989 where he was a member of the intercollegiate baseball team. He then received his MD in 1993 from New Jersey Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1996 and a sports medicine fellowship in 1998 at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Ciocca is board certified in internal medicine and has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Ciocca is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics at UNC and is involved with the lecturing of students and residents at the undergraduate school as well as the medical and nursing school. He has authored journal articles and book chapters on subjects including cardiac conditions, concussions, creatine, medications and supplements, psoriatic arthritis, pneumothorax, heterotopic ossification, and vascular conditions in athletes.

Dr. Ciocca and his wife Cindy have four children, Luke, Jack, Michael and Gabrielle.

Avery Cook, LCSW

Interim Director of CAPS


Avery Cook is a clinical social worker and the interim Director of CAPS. Originally from North Carolina, she received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Davidson College and her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with a Concentration in Mental Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys working with students on a variety of issues including crisis work, adjustment, anxiety, depression, substance abuse as well as issues related to LGB clients, gender identity, and gender expression. In working with clients, Avery takes an eclectic approach, utilizing a variety of approaches based on what best meets the needs of the clients. Outside of CAPS, she enjoys being outside, either hiking or biking, reading, and time with family and friends.

Nina R. James

Administrative Manager



Professional/Educational Background: B.S. in Public Administration from CUNY. Nina came to North Carolina from New York City where she had over 20 years of Healthcare experience both at The Brooklyn Hospital, and for the State of New York, in the department of Cardiology.

Joined Campus Health: 2009

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, and youth ministry.

Kim McCown

Director of Business and Support Services



Kim McCown provides daily oversight and management of the fiscal operations for Campus Health. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she has been employed with UNC Chapel Hill since 1992. She began her UNC career in the Department of Dermatology and transferred to Campus Health in 2001. When she is not at UNC she enjoys spending time with her family and her high maintenance Corgi “Jack”.

Scott Oliaro

Associate Director of Sports Medicine


Scott Oliaro was named head athletic trainer and associate director of sports medicine in 2013. In addition to his role as the associate director, he also serves as the head athletic trainer for field hockey, men's and women's golf and softball teams.

Oliaro was hired in 1998 as a certified athletic trainer assisting with coverage for both the football and softball programs.  He served seven seasons as an sssistant football athletic trainer and two as the head athletic trainer for football.

Oliaro supervises the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center and assists the education program as a lecturer for both the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs. He has authored several articles in various medical journals, including the Journal of Athletic Training. Oliaro has presented a variety of topics at national, district and local levels. He is a Board Member for the College Athletic Trainers Society currently serving as their education program director. He is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute as a Certified Golf Fitness Professional.

Oliaro is a 1993 graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a B.S. in nutritional sciences. At Cornell he was a three-year football letterwinner, a two-time captain and a two-year Ivy League selection at tailback. A native of Lansing, Mich., Oliaro grew up in Burlington, Vt. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named Oliaro Vermont's 42nd best athlete of all-time. Oliaro earned a Master's degree in athletic training from North Carolina in 1996 where he was also the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for UNC Field Hockey, Tennis and Track and Field programs. Oliaro is a NATABOC certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association. In 1996, he worked the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Prior to coming to UNC, Scott spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer for The American University and the Washington Capitals. He and his wife, Jeri, reside in Chapel Hill with their daughter, Mia Katherine, and son, Tyler Michael.

Amy Sauls

Director of Pharmacy and Professional Services


Amy Sauls is Director of Pharmacy for Campus Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Amy has extended professional interests in asthma disease management, contraception, and medication safety.  In her free time, she enjoys running, performing with her church handbell choir, spending time with her family, and all things Disney.

Sara Stahlman she/her or they/them

Special Projects and Communication Manager for Health and Wellbeing


Sara is the Special Projects and Communication Coordinator for Health and Wellbeing. In this role, she supports broad health and wellbeing initiatives for the campus including the JED Campus partnership, Mental Health Seminar series, and Heels Care Network. In addition, Sara coordinates Campus Health and CAPS marketing and communication initiatives including the Healthy Heels social media channels. Prior to this role, she served as a health educator at UNC, coordinating wellness paraprofessional staff including the sexual health educators, alcohol and other drug intervention specialists, health promotion specialists and nutrition education consultant. Sara has worked at UNC since 2007, and continues to serve on and chair student affairs and university-wide committees as she strives to create a healthier UNC culture. She received her Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and her Masters in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Iowa.

Kyle Tamminga, MD he/him/his

President of Medical Staff


Last name pronounced: Tă-ming-ə

Originally from: Rochester, MN

Joined Campus Health: Summer 2019

Professional/Educational Background: He completed Medical School at the University of Minnesota and residency at UNC “Go Heels!”

Hobbies/Sports: Kyle enjoys spending time outdoors and being active. He is a big fan of Football and Basketball. He also enjoys the North Carolina craft beer scene.
Books/ Movies/Podcasts: His favorite movies are Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting and any good comedies.

Interesting Facts: He enjoys camping and traveling outdoors. His favorite spots are Glacier National Park, Zion National Park, and the Boundary Waters.

Nzingha White, DO, MPH She / her / hers

President of the Medical Staff


Originally from:  Philadelphia, PA.   

Joined Campus Health: February 2019

Professional/Educational Background: Received Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at Widener University in Pennsylvania. Dr. White completed medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed family medicine and preventive residency at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Special professional interests: Public health

Hobbies/Sports:  Dr. White enjoys reading, walking, visiting museums, attending live entertainment like theater and musical performances, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.
Books and Movies: Her favorite book is Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Interesting Fact: Dr. White used to perform in her high school's marching band.

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