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Meet Our Remarkable People

Be Remarkable exemplifies Salem’s commitment to providing women a remarkable liberal arts education with a distinctive focus on health leadership. Our Salem graduates understand the power, importance, and complexity of health in our society.

Meet Sarah

Sarah Ravenel cherished her time at Salem Academy so much that she became a Salem College student and has dreams of obtaining her graduate degrees from Salem as well. Despite her love for Salem, she has enriched her college experience by taking advantage of our partnership with Wake Forest University and the access it gives her to a different kind of extracurricular experience.

On every Tuesday, there will be another story profile of a remarkable student, alumna, faculty or staff member featured on this page. Be sure to subscribe to Salem College’s YouTube channel to get notifications when a new Be Remarkable video is released.

Meet Scarlett

Scarlett Urbaez is a double-major at Salem College and taking advantage of the unique health and humanitarian systems major as well as our public health major. She advocates for others to use their voice and wants to be a humanitarian that helps people through health advocacy policy.

Meet Cadence

Cadence Durham is a sophomore at Salem College and studying health sciences while minoring in studio art. Cadence is a key part of the Salem tennis team and is part of the Salem Scholars program which has given her academic opportunities beyond her wildest imagination.

Meet Isabel

Isabel Scott is a senior at Salem College double-majoring in business and psychology and she has become an impactful leader during her time at Salem. She’s taken advantage of the small school atmosphere and the opportunities it creates, which has led to her serving as the President of SGA, Treasurer of Dance Company, Vice President of Rotaract and the school’s soccer captain. She plans to use the skills she gained at Salem College to be a leader in the business world after graduation.

Meet Alysa

Alysa Thombs is a sophomore at Salem College and is a double-major in public health and health science with a minor in nutrition. After leaving her home life in Virginia, Alysa found a new kind of family and home at Salem College.

Meet Ashlynn

Ashlynn is Salem’s director of student engagement and through her own experiences as a college student and working with many diverse students during her career in student life, she is a guiding example of how to embrace opportunities and allow them to positively shape a clear set of values and a rewarding future in leadership.

Meet Alisa

Alisa Alexander is a health sciences major entering her final semester at Salem College before she begins optometry school. She credits her time at Salem with helping her find her new career path and to be ready to pursue it. Alisa reflects on her time at Salem and the professors who helped her along the way.

Meet Jamila

On her first day of kindergarten, Professor Jamila Young’s father dropped her off and told her to ‘leave no stone unturned.’ Over the years, her parents encouraged her that she could be anything she wanted and she did just that. From her childhood years in Albany, Georgia until now, she discovered her love for learning and her drive for making an impact on the world. Her natural curiosity and zest for leadership led her to becoming an assistant professor of health law and policy at Salem College.

Meet Sarah

A current student at Salem College majoring in sociology with a concentration in criminology, Sarah Limbach dreams of becoming the next President of the United States. She has found a home at Salem College where she feels empowered by her friends and enriched by the opportunities that a place like Salem has given her. Sarah’s aspirations to attend law school will pave a path for her to become a politician and serve in the country’s highest offices. Her Salem experience will shape her journey into politics due to the unforgettable experiences and bonds she has formed here.

Meet Erica

Meet Erica Shepperd-Debnam, whose journey from Salem to her current role as an Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacist at Children’s National Hospital in D.C. is a testament to Salem’s transformative power.

Meet Sydney

As Salem College’s orientation and first-year engagement coordinator, Sydney Bowen understands that first impressions last a lifetime. In her role, Sydney ensures first-year college students experience a smooth transition into college life, a critical initiative to students’ longtime success.

Meet Janice

Dr. Janice Jett, assistant professor and program director at Salem College, is a beacon of inspiration! Her journey from a gifted student to leading Salem’s Master of Educational Leadership program is truly remarkable. With a passion for education and a commitment to developing outstanding leaders, Dr. Jett’s impact reaches far and wide.

Meet Alex

For Alex Byers, Salem is a way of life. From growing up in Winston-Salem to attending both Salem Academy and College, Salem’s impact on Byers’s life is one she’ll always remember. Since 2016, she has embarked on an incredible journey at Salem that’s taught her to think critically, be a fearless leader, and build lasting friendships that will endure the test of time. 

Meet Breshaun

A Winston-Salem native, Breshaun Liles spends most of his days finding ways to help others, whether it’s volunteering at his church, coaching basketball to high schoolers, or mentoring students at Salem College. His heart of gold and boundless generosity inspires the hearts and minds of everyone who crosses his path. Breshaun’s strong faith and humble passion for helping others shines through his life’s mission.


Salem College and REACH Women’s Network joined forces for an inspiring mentoring program, connecting Salem’s students with REACH’s diverse mentors. Led by REACH co-presidents Iris Cole and Julia Townsend, the program focuses on honing skills, networking, and fostering career clarity. Mentees participate in engaging events, including goal-setting, strengths assessment, and speed networking.

Meet Juyoung

Juyoung Shin C’16 was born and grew up in a small port city called Gunsan in Korea until her family moved to the United States when Juyoung was in middle school. For most of her life in America, Juyoung lived in the Triangle area of North Carolina. After attending a large high school, Juyoung knew that she wanted to go to a smaller college where she could get to know everyone and become a vital part of the community.

Meet Rynne

Rynne Ambrose Hankins A’08, C’12 is a Salem supporter through and through, having gone to both the Academy and College before earning her Ph.D. in chemistry from Wake Forest University. She cherishes her time at both Salem institutions, truly valuing the unique experiences they afforded her.

Meet Amber & Emily

Thanks to a remarkable partnership, Salem College’s counseling services and health services are both operated by Novant Health. This joint venture has created an opportunity for Amber Kelley, Director of Counseling Services, and Emily Brown Smingler, Advanced Practice Provider, to care for students’ physical and mental health while utilizing the resources of Novant Health, one of the leading healthcare providers in the country. This truly remarkable collaboration benefits the current and future health of our Salem College students.

Meet Monique

Monique Farrell (C ’01) was born in Trinidad, West Indies and lived there until she was seven when her family moved to Miami. She remained in Miami until August 1997 when Monique, at 18, began her undergraduate education at a remarkable place: Salem College.

What is "Be Remarkable"?

Be Remarkable represents our outstanding Salem students who aspire to be leaders and change the world and honors the accomplished, impactful, and dedicated alumnae who’ve embarked on the Salem journey since 1772 to present day. Our campaign acknowledges the passion of our faculty and staff who make transformative educational experiences accessible for all and affirms our commitment to educating competent, confident, and courageous future leaders.

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