Bill Goodell

Interim Executive Director

As the first President of the Robertson Foundation, Bill Goodell worked closely with the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program (RSLP) from almost its inception. He has maintained an active involvement with RSLP over the years including serving as part of the Selection Committee and, at one point, chairing the Program’s Board. Bill is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and a magna cum laude graduate of Washington & Lee School of Law where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Law Review and was inducted into Order of the Coif and ODK. He brings with him over thirty years of leadership experience in law, corporate finance and hedge funds including work at King & Spalding, Tiger Management, Moore Capital, Maverick Capital, and, most recently, Partner Fund Management.  Bill also served on corporate and professional boards including The Jaguar Fund, N.V, Crawford & Company, and the  Managed Funds Association.

Bill is active in philanthropic causes and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Board of Trustees of the Tiger Foundation. Formerly, he was a board member of the Chautauqua Foundation, the Environmental Defense Action Fund, the Maverick Capital Foundation and Episcopal High School. In addition, he is an Emeritus Trustee of both Washington and Lee University and Oglethorpe University. He is father to three grown children and currently resides in Atlanta.


Kay-Frances Brody

Recruitment and Selection

Kay-Frances Brody joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program in March 2016.  Prior to Robertson, Kay spent six years as an Admissions Team Lead at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where she led regional and international admissions teams. Her previous professional experiences included serving as Director of Development for the UNC Women’s Hospital and as Associate Director of Development at Durham Academy.  Kay received her BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from The Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

Kay has extensive experience as a community volunteer including serving as Chair of the Wake County Luncheon for the UNC Children’s Hospital, Philanthropy Liaison for National Charity League Cardinal Chapter, and member of the Triangle United Way Children’s Committee. In addition, Kay has three children and takes an active role in the PTAAs at their respective schools, previously serving as PTA President, New Parent Committee Chair, House Parent and Annual Fund Volunteer.  She currently lives in Cary with her husband, Mike, and their children.


Leah Frierson

Academics and Scholar Programs

Dr. Leah Frierson is a native of Belleville, IL, but has spent 10 years in the state of North Carolina. She has worked for over 17 years in higher education and has extensive experience working with students in academic advising and student support. Prior to working with the Robertson Scholars Program, she served as the Director of Academic Advising at the University of Richmond. She also worked at cross-town rival, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Dean of Advising, as well as the Assistant Director of the McNair Scholars Program, a Ph.D. preparation program for undergraduate students. Prior to her career in academic affairs, she coached college women’s basketball for almost 10 years. Leah received her undergraduate degree from Austin Peay State University, her Masters from the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and her Ed.D. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She loves working with students and in her free time she enjoys reading, working out, netflix, volunteering in the community, and being a foodie.


Kanalyn Jackson

Scholar Programs

Kanalyn is a North Carolina native who has spent the past four years working in student leadership and community engagement. Before her career in student affairs, she worked in the non-profit sector providing leadership opportunities and resources to residents in rural North Carolina. She is also an alumni of Public Allies North Carolina, an AmeriCorps program. It was through that experience that she learned the value of being civically engaged in the community, and it is something that has become important in her career and personal life.


Vicki Stocking

Summer Programs 

Vicki Stocking joined the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program staff in September 2008.  She attended Duke University as an undergraduate and received her PhD at Stanford University. She returned to Duke 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 teaching, research, and program development in many places at Duke, including the Department of Psychology, Program in Education, and Kenan Institute for Ethics.


Audrey Walker

Alumni and Communications 

Audrey is a graduate of Washington & Lee University with a BA in Journalism & Mass Communications, and earned her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. After working for several years in television production in New York City, Audrey discovered her true passion for working with college students through the company’s internship program.