Now serving as Executive Director, Allen Chan first joined the Robertson Scholars Program in January 2010, where he worked in a consulting capacity to spearhead the 2010-2011 selection season. He brings with him over 20 years of leadership experience in entrepreneurial, educational, corporate, and consulting organizations, including Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he conducted and led studies for large corporations in strategy, operations and business process re-design; Resource Mosaic, an Atlanta-based consulting, talent identification and staffing firm that he co-founded in 2006; and the Notre Dame-based Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, where he served as Executive Director.
Allen is very committed and involved in the community. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and he has also served on the boards of several other Atlanta-based organizations, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, Families First, and Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Allen received an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M. He currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Kathryn, and their three children.
Assistant Director for Marketing and Selection
Alice serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing & Selection for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. Prior to joining the Robertson team, Alice spent three years as a Regional Director of Admissions in the University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Admissions Office. During her tenure, Alice managed Penn’s joint travel program while working closely with prospective students, high schools, and alumni both across the country and internationally. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education’s Policy, Organization, & Leadership Studies program. During her time at Stanford, Alice served as an Admissions Associate with the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission, Freshman Transition Coordinator for New Student Orientation, and Director of the Stanford Sexual Health Peer Resource Center.
Stephanie joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program in September of 2013 and serves as a Program Coordinator. Prior to joining the Robertson team, Stephanie attended the University of Virginia, where she majored in economics and was a captain of the University’s varsity swim team. After spending three years working for a financial consulting firm based out of New York and Washington, D.C., she returned to UVA to pursue her passions within the field of higher education. She received her Masters of Education in Student Affairs Practices in May of 2013 and is excited to be back in her home state of North Carolina. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys photography, music, and entertaining for friends and family.
Associate Director for Finance and Administration
Beth Owen joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program in October 2012 after working in the Executive MBA Program Office at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business for over three years. She brings with her knowledge of and experience with Duke’s financial systems combined with an interest in working with undergraduate students. Beth received a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College, an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at the University of California – Los Angeles. Her professional experience includes work with independent research organizations (Employee Benefit Research Institute, Project HOPE), the federal government (Advisory Council on Social Security), electric utilities (Kansas City Power and Light), and for-profit casinos (Harrah’s Entertainment). While staying home with her two sets of twins, Beth focused her skills on Triangle-area volunteer opportunities (Animal Protection Society of Durham, Duke School, The Junior League, The Women’s Center, Jewish Family Services). Beth lives in Durham with her four children, two dogs, and three cats.
Elaine Breeden Penrose
Elaine joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program in November of 2012 as a Program Coordinator. She graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a B.A. in Classics and a minor in Art History. While at Stanford, Elaine was a member and captain of the varsity swim team. She qualified for the 2008 US Olympic team in both the 100 and 200 meter butterfly, and went on to win a silver medal in Beijing. After spending a couple of years traveling the world as a professional swimmer, Elaine retired from the sport and moved to North Carolina where her husband, Colin, is in medical school at Duke. She enjoys traveling the world, history, cooking, learning new sports, and spending time with her family.
Assistant Director for Summer Programs
Vicki joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program staff in September 2008 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Summer Programs. Vicki Stocking attended Duke University as an undergraduate and received her Ph.D. at Stanford University. She returned to Duke in 1990 to join the research division of the Talent Identification Program (TIP). After leading TIP Research for several years, Vicki has pursued her interest in supporting undergraduates, faculty, and community organizations through the Program in Education, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Office of Service-Learning. Vicki also enjoys teaching and taught “Adolescence” in Duke’s Psychology department until recently.