meet the staff



James Ivankovich

General Manager 

James joined the University Club in August 2017. Since then, he has made his mark on the University Club with his exceptional knowledge of the industry and his enthusiastic attitude towards service. With experience managing private clubs up and down the East Coast, James is an excellent leader for our staff. 



Cassie Parks

Assistant Manager/Banquet Coordinator

Cassie has been a part of the University Club family for over 14 years. As Assistant Manager, Cassie gets to be a part of all the happenings of our club membership, however, she also doubles as our Banquet Coordinator. From extravagant weddings to corporate meetings, Cassie has seen it all. She is an expert on all of our unique event spaces and can seamlessly guide you through your next event. Setting up table arrangements and developing a menu are simple tasks with Cassie by your side. The service and expertise Cassie provides to non-member banquets is just as special as the attention she gives our members each and every day. With the strong relationships she has developed with our loyal members over the years, Cassie truly is the heart of the University Club.




David Ray, CPA


David has a thorough NC State background- spending time at NC State University earning both his undergraduate and master's degree, but his passion for NCSU doesn't stop there. Our alum members might remember buying their textbooks from David during his many years managing Addam's University Bookstore that served NC State's campus. Now David spends his time handling all things UClub- from facilitating the hiring of only the best employees to serve our members to making sure every dollar spent at the UClub is being used to benefit our members. 



Allison Hendren

Marketing and Communications Director

Allison, a graduate of NC State's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program, specializes in the Club's external communications. Allison is to thank for keeping our members in the loop! She puts together our monthly newsletters, biweekly emails, as well as takes the lead on our social media accounts. You will always know about the upcoming events, dining specials, membership promotions and more with regular updates from all of these sources. Not only does Allison build and maintain the connection between our staff and members, but she is also in charge of all things fun!! Allison applies her creativity by coming up with the concepts for many of our club events while getting the details to our members so they can take advantage of the lively environment we have here at the University Club! 




Kelsey Terrell
Membership and Events Coordinator

Kelsey is a graduate of NC State with a major in Organizational Communication and minors in both Business and Recreation and Tourism Management. You will see her friendly face greeting you at the front desk in our offices. Her primary focus is keeping every aspect of the Club on track so that our members are happy, having fun, and that their expectations are being exceeded everyday at the University Club. By bringing fun member events to life each month, Kelsey hopes to create a positive experience for every member. 

If you are interested in membership at the University Club, Kelsey is the one you will need to speak to. She can give you a tour of our facilities, answer all your membership questions, and walk you through the application process. 



Cassidy Edwards
Administrative Intern

Cassidy is a graduate of NC State University with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management and a minor in Business Administration. She is applying the skills she learned in the classroom right here at the University Club as she assists in managing our office. From making sure our employees complete helpful training exercises to answering questions about upcoming events, facility updates and more, Cassidy is here to help our Club be the best it can be!




Leigh Anne Murphy
Dining Services Manager

Leigh Anne is the face of our dining facilities. With her many years of dining management experience, Leigh Anne creates a fun, social atmosphere for our members. Whether you are having a drink in the Pack House Bar, stopping by for an easy dinner with the kids in our Casual Dining Area, gathering for a family meal in our Dining Room, or enjoying a cool summer evening by the fire pit on our patio, Leigh Anne will make sure you are getting quality service every step of the way. She does her best to hire friendly and charismatic dining staff that will make every meal at the University Club a positive experience. Leigh Anne loves to see our regulars passing through everyday for our lunch buffet as well as our popular Sunday Brunches. Introduce yourself next time you are dining with us!




Naoki Nishiyama
Bar Manager

Naoki is a familiar face you will often see around the club. His connection to our long-time members is evident after his 10+ years as part of our team. As our newer club members spend more time dining with us, it is inevitable that they, too, will quickly get to know Naoki. While keeping the shelves fully stocked with all your favorite beverages, Naoki creates a fun and laid-back atmosphere within our Pack House Bar. Naoki, along with his team of friendly, outgoing bartenders, always takes a personal interest in each of our members. Service is his specialty, so when you see him bouncing from table to table offering our latest drink specials or newest beer on tap, be sure to flag him down. The quality experience he offers is one that you will soon grow accustomed to here at the University Club.



Derrell "P" Toney

Banquet Manager

During the craziness of your event, you don't want to be worrying about the food getting out on time, your guests being too cold, or the microphone working. At the University Club, Derrell does that for you! Leading an excellent staff, many of whom have been part of the University Club for years, Derrell makes sure every detail of your event is exactly how you imagined it from the layout of your place settings to the presentation software. You will often see him around during our large events. Feel free to stop him or one of his senior banquet staff members with any questions or concerns while your group is at the University Club. 


Brendan Housman
Accounting Intern

Brendan is a senior accounting student at NC State specializing in financial analysis. When he is not traveling, playing fantasy football, or cheering on the Wolfpack, he is here in our office putting together a plethora of charts and graphs to help us better understand our financial position. If there are areas for improvement, Brendan will find them and bring them to our attention. With all of his time spent pulling data from various club departments, he has become an expert at our financial operations and an asset to our team.