Parents & Families

About Us

Clay Adams, Associate Dean of Students

A Chesapeake, Virginia native, Clay serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Duke University. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Business Management, and a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He most recently earned his Masters of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. Clay directs all parent and family programs, student veteran initiatives, oversees the Student Affairs crisis response and risk mitigation teams as well as off-campus student response, and co-convenes the Council on Graduate and Professional Student Affairs. Additionally, he works with New Student Communications, and as the Division liaison to various constituencies. In his free time, Clay can be found enjoying time with his family or training for endurance sports.

Grace Sullivan, Student Development Coordinator

Grace is a Student Development Coordinator within the Dean of Students Office. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. After graduating, Grace worked as an admission counselor at her alma mater before going on to pursue her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. In addition to working with Duke parent and family initiatives, Grace also supports student veteran programming and advocacy on campus. In her free time, Grace enjoys traveling, baking, and spending time outside.

Evan Heisman, Staff Assistant

Evan is a Staff Assistant within the Dean of Students Office. He earned a B.A. in communication from Juniata College and a M.S. in management with a public relations specialization from the University of Maryland University College. Before joining the Dean of Students Office, Evan worked in the Student Support Services office at MIT where he provided academic and personal support to undergraduates. Evan continues to work closely with undergraduates through parent and family programming, student veteran programming, management and crisis response, and college advising. Originally from Maryland, Evan enjoys being on or around water, exploring Durham restaurants and food trucks, and attending Duke sporting events.

Maggie Peterson, Graduate Assistant

Maggie is the Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs. Maggie is originally from Davidson, North Carolina and attended Clemson University for her undergraduate degree where she earned a B.S. in education. Maggie is currently attending North Carolina State University to earn her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. In her free time, Maggie enjoys cooking, hiking, and playing with her adorable labradoodle puppy.