90 Years, 90 Careers

This year UNC Asheville is celebrating 90 years as an institution. As we reflect on the advancements of the university, it’s hard to ignore the many accomplishments of our alumni. Throughout the year, we will be highlighting 90 alumni who are making an impact in their community and who embody the values of our university in their everyday work.

We invite you to share these stories and submit your own. Send your 250-400 word story to alumni@unca.edu with a high-resolution picture of yourself in action. Follow along on social media as we celebrate #90Years90Careers. We wouldn’t be who we are today without you!

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Brittany Jackson, Class of 2014, Madeleine Richardson & Cat Wityk, Class of 2016

 

Brittany Jackson

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

 

Madeleine Richardson

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, New Media

 

Cat Wityk

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, French

Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson and Cat Wityk set sail from the UNCA Mass Communication and New Media departments with hardy DIY attitudes and reverent passion for creative filmmaking. As a cohort of aspiring film professionals in an industry preoccupied with glamour, status and greed, they wondered where they would find a platform for up-and-coming film artists like themselves to showcase their hard work.

Rather than waiting around for their dream to come true, they built it from scratch. Now co-foundresses of Asheville’s premiere indie film festival, Cat Fly Film Fest, the trio continue to draw inspiration from the artistic spirit of Appalachian NC, as they enter year two of advocating homegrown film with their newly formed non-profit.

Alongside umbrella non-profit and partner Mechanical Eye Microcinema, Cat Fly strives to empower and support underrepresented voices in film. Highlighting women, people of color and gender minorities is particularly important to Cat Fly. These stories enliven greater empathy and connection in a political and social atmosphere presently going through deep-rooted growing pains.

The self-named Cat Fly Girls hope to help put an end to disrespect in the industry in all its forms, from the sexual harassment at the core of the #MeToo movement, to the exclusivity and bureaucracy observed in more prestigious film festivals. To accomplish this end, Cat Fly facilitates connection among creatives and trailblazers in the film world through special screenings, networking events and workshops, leading to greater collaboration and better quality content for the growing Southern film industry. Cat Fly is the reaction to traditional Hollywood, with the mission to foster an inclusive and collaborative indie film community in the Southeast region.

Brittany Jackson, Class of 2014, Madeleine Richardson & Cat Wityk, Class of 2016

 

Brittany Jackson

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

 

Madeleine Richardson

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, New Media

 

Cat Wityk

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, French

Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson and Cat Wityk set sail from the UNCA Mass Communication and New Media departments with hardy DIY attitudes and reverent passion for creative filmmaking. As a cohort of aspiring film professionals in an industry preoccupied with glamour, status and greed, they wondered where they would find a platform for up-and-coming film artists like themselves to showcase their hard work.

Rather than waiting around for their dream to come true, they built it from scratch. Now co-foundresses of Asheville’s premiere indie film festival, Cat Fly Film Fest, the trio continue to draw inspiration from the artistic spirit of Appalachian NC, as they enter year two of advocating homegrown film with their newly formed non-profit.

Alongside umbrella non-profit and partner Mechanical Eye Microcinema, Cat Fly strives to empower and support underrepresented voices in film. Highlighting women, people of color and gender minorities is particularly important to Cat Fly. These stories enliven greater empathy and connection in a political and social atmosphere presently going through deep-rooted growing pains.

The self-named Cat Fly Girls hope to help put an end to disrespect in the industry in all its forms, from the sexual harassment at the core of the #MeToo movement, to the exclusivity and bureaucracy observed in more prestigious film festivals. To accomplish this end, Cat Fly facilitates connection among creatives and trailblazers in the film world through special screenings, networking events and workshops, leading to greater collaboration and better quality content for the growing Southern film industry. Cat Fly is the reaction to traditional Hollywood, with the mission to foster an inclusive and collaborative indie film community in the Southeast region.

Caroline Parworth, Class of 2010


 

Caroline Parworth

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

“I am a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center in the Silicon Valley of California. I work on the AJAX (Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment) project, where we conduct science measurement flights to measure ozone (O3), formaldehyde (HCHO), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and meteorological data in the western US.  The project provides vital validation data for satellite sensors over months and years, to better assess the sensors' health,  accuracy and calibration over their lifetimes. Our measurements are also useful for characterizing local and long-range transport of airborne pollutants.

These photos show my first research flight in the back seat of the Alpha Jet. We flew over the Sacramento Valley during a hazy and abnormally warm winter day (January 2018). Our research pods, which house our trace gas instruments, can be seen in the bottom left corner of the photo (below).

For more information on our research visit our website or follow our instagram account @NASA_AJAX.”

Caroline Parworth, Class of 2010


 

Caroline Parworth

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

“I am a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center in the Silicon Valley of California. I work on the AJAX (Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment) project, where we conduct science measurement flights to measure ozone (O3), formaldehyde (HCHO), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and meteorological data in the western US.  The project provides vital validation data for satellite sensors over months and years, to better assess the sensors' health,  accuracy and calibration over their lifetimes. Our measurements are also useful for characterizing local and long-range transport of airborne pollutants.

These photos show my first research flight in the back seat of the Alpha Jet. We flew over the Sacramento Valley during a hazy and abnormally warm winter day (January 2018). Our research pods, which house our trace gas instruments, can be seen in the bottom left corner of the photo (below).

For more information on our research visit our website or follow our instagram account @NASA_AJAX.”

David Ramseur, Class of 1976


 

David Ramseur

Class of 1976

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

"Thirty years ago this June, I was among 82 select passengers on the first American jet ever to land in a Soviet Far East Arctic high-security zone at the height of the Cold War. Our mission was two-fold: reunite Alaska and Russia Native families who had been banned from contact for 40 years and improve relations with Alaska’s former overlord just 55 miles across the Bering Strait.

As a cynical political science major at UNCA in the turbulent 1970s, I joined fellow students in questioning the effectiveness and honesty of government. But after four years of inspirational teaching by Professors Goetz Wolf, Bob Farzanagen and George Stein, I came to appreciate how an involved citizenry applying effective politics can force governments to be responsive and productive. On campus, I tried to adopt that model as a student senator and student body vice president.

After graduation from UNCA in 1976 and grad school in journalism, I continued my skeptical ways as a newspaper reporter. At the Greenville (S.C.) News and then at Alaska’s farthest-north daily, I questioned local, state and federal lawmakers before being inspired by one to join the 'dark side.' A decade after leaving Asheville, I was named press secretary to Alaska’s governor – and that’s how I ended up in the Soviet Union.

During the Cold War, the US and USSR erected an 'Ice Curtain' across the strait between Alaska and Russia, banning all contact. By the mid-1980s, Alaskan and Russian “citizen diplomats” pressured their national governments to allow interactions.

As a top aide to two Alaska governors and one of our US senators, I’ve visited Russia a dozen times, lived there in the early 1990s and helped organize scores of interactions. One of the highest profile was the June 13, 1988 Alaska Airlines’ 'Friendship Flight' we celebrate this year.

Last summer, the University of Alaska Press published my book, Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, the first comprehensive account of this era.

Throughout my career, I’ve often relied on the practical political wisdom I gleaned from all those political science lectures, readings and many research papers on UNCA’s picturesque campus."

David Ramseur, Class of 1976


 

David Ramseur

Class of 1976

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

"Thirty years ago this June, I was among 82 select passengers on the first American jet ever to land in a Soviet Far East Arctic high-security zone at the height of the Cold War. Our mission was two-fold: reunite Alaska and Russia Native families who had been banned from contact for 40 years and improve relations with Alaska’s former overlord just 55 miles across the Bering Strait.

As a cynical political science major at UNCA in the turbulent 1970s, I joined fellow students in questioning the effectiveness and honesty of government. But after four years of inspirational teaching by Professors Goetz Wolf, Bob Farzanagen and George Stein, I came to appreciate how an involved citizenry applying effective politics can force governments to be responsive and productive. On campus, I tried to adopt that model as a student senator and student body vice president.

After graduation from UNCA in 1976 and grad school in journalism, I continued my skeptical ways as a newspaper reporter. At the Greenville (S.C.) News and then at Alaska’s farthest-north daily, I questioned local, state and federal lawmakers before being inspired by one to join the 'dark side.' A decade after leaving Asheville, I was named press secretary to Alaska’s governor – and that’s how I ended up in the Soviet Union.

During the Cold War, the US and USSR erected an 'Ice Curtain' across the strait between Alaska and Russia, banning all contact. By the mid-1980s, Alaskan and Russian “citizen diplomats” pressured their national governments to allow interactions.

As a top aide to two Alaska governors and one of our US senators, I’ve visited Russia a dozen times, lived there in the early 1990s and helped organize scores of interactions. One of the highest profile was the June 13, 1988 Alaska Airlines’ 'Friendship Flight' we celebrate this year.

Last summer, the University of Alaska Press published my book, Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier, the first comprehensive account of this era.

Throughout my career, I’ve often relied on the practical political wisdom I gleaned from all those political science lectures, readings and many research papers on UNCA’s picturesque campus."

Catherine Mosley, Class of 2008


 

Catherine Mosley

Class of 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

“I am currently the English Department Chair at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School at Parkside as well as the 9th grade ELA instructor. I truly enjoy working with scholars who will be the first generation (in 90% of the households we serve) to go to college or any other institute of higher education.

I specifically work with scholars who are classified as special needs and would otherwise fall through the cracks without the assistance of our school.

It has been a blessing to attend UNCA and return to my home city of Washington, D.C. to serve a community of individuals who deserve equitable education. I also can’t help but hope some of the scholars I serve will become future UNCA Alums!”

Catherine Mosley, Class of 2008


 

Catherine Mosley

Class of 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

“I am currently the English Department Chair at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School at Parkside as well as the 9th grade ELA instructor. I truly enjoy working with scholars who will be the first generation (in 90% of the households we serve) to go to college or any other institute of higher education.

I specifically work with scholars who are classified as special needs and would otherwise fall through the cracks without the assistance of our school.

It has been a blessing to attend UNCA and return to my home city of Washington, D.C. to serve a community of individuals who deserve equitable education. I also can’t help but hope some of the scholars I serve will become future UNCA Alums!”

Austin Graham, Class of 2010


Austin Graham

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Health and Wellness Promotion

"I am a Rehabilitation Trainer at Ability KC. Our organization provides comprehensive educational, vocational and therapeutic services for children and adults with disabilities. I work in the medical rehabilitation department which offers a comprehensive continuum of care for patients who have sustained catastrophic medical events.

The population I work with  includes pediatric, adolescent and adult patients with various complex medical diagnosis including but not limited to strokes, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis,  and limb loss. I work with patients in the EksoGT daily to help them regain neural pathways, re-learn proper gait mechanics and feel more confident among many other benefits to their rehabilitation process.

I help serial cast a patient who is trying to gain range in their upper or lower extremities, work on scheduling the patient's therapies and facilitate the use of many rehab technologies on a daily basis. I also run the EXCEL program for patients who complete therapy and want to continue to use our equipment in a gym-like atmosphere after hours.

I wear a lot of hats here and love going to work everyday. Getting to see people come in with severe issues and leave with a new found normal is so rewarding. I'm proud to be on the team at Ability KC!"

Austin Graham, Class of 2010


Austin Graham

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Health and Wellness Promotion

"I am a Rehabilitation Trainer at Ability KC. Our organization provides comprehensive educational, vocational and therapeutic services for children and adults with disabilities. I work in the medical rehabilitation department which offers a comprehensive continuum of care for patients who have sustained catastrophic medical events.

The population I work with  includes pediatric, adolescent and adult patients with various complex medical diagnosis including but not limited to strokes, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis,  and limb loss. I work with patients in the EksoGT daily to help them regain neural pathways, re-learn proper gait mechanics and feel more confident among many other benefits to their rehabilitation process.

I help serial cast a patient who is trying to gain range in their upper or lower extremities, work on scheduling the patient's therapies and facilitate the use of many rehab technologies on a daily basis. I also run the EXCEL program for patients who complete therapy and want to continue to use our equipment in a gym-like atmosphere after hours.

I wear a lot of hats here and love going to work everyday. Getting to see people come in with severe issues and leave with a new found normal is so rewarding. I'm proud to be on the team at Ability KC!"

Kenneth Saunders, Class of 2003

Kenneth H. Saunders

Class of 2003

Bachelor of Science, Management 

"Reverend Kenneth H. Saunders III '03 finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Management (Administration) as a non-traditional aged student at UNCA, after many years of being out of the classroom.

UNCA helped lay the educational foundation for his continued graduate studies in Theology, Ethics, and Christian Ministry. He completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at the University of the South, School of Theology in Sewanee, TN in 2007 and has recently finished his coursework toward a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Congregational Development from Bexley-Seabury Seminary Federation in Chicago, IL.

Ken has been a leader for over 10 years in the Episcopal Church and has served as Rector of Christ Church in Cleveland, North Carolina (2007-2011) and Rector of Trinity Church in Towson, Maryland (2011-2018). He has recently accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Greeneville, TN and will begin his new position in May of 2018."

Kenneth Saunders, Class of 2003

Kenneth H. Saunders

Class of 2003

Bachelor of Science, Management 

"Reverend Kenneth H. Saunders III '03 finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Management (Administration) as a non-traditional aged student at UNCA, after many years of being out of the classroom.

UNCA helped lay the educational foundation for his continued graduate studies in Theology, Ethics, and Christian Ministry. He completed a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at the University of the South, School of Theology in Sewanee, TN in 2007 and has recently finished his coursework toward a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Congregational Development from Bexley-Seabury Seminary Federation in Chicago, IL.

Ken has been a leader for over 10 years in the Episcopal Church and has served as Rector of Christ Church in Cleveland, North Carolina (2007-2011) and Rector of Trinity Church in Towson, Maryland (2011-2018). He has recently accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Greeneville, TN and will begin his new position in May of 2018."

Dre Langefeld, Class of 2014


Dre Langefeld

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Dre Langefeld likes to joke that she double majored in both biology and in the Outdoor Programs division of Campus Rec. “If I wasn’t in the lab, you could find me outside leading trips or prepping for the next one,” she said.

It was perhaps inevitable, then, that Langefeld found her career in the great outdoors. What started as an extra animal-care responsibility tacked on to a summer ranger internship at Gates of the Arctic National Park has evolved into a full-time occupation as a professional dog-sled racer and trainer with Vidda Runners in Langfjordbotn, Norway.

It’s a dream come true, Langefeld said, although the job is definitely not easy.

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Dre Langefeld, Class of 2014


Dre Langefeld

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Science, Biology

Dre Langefeld likes to joke that she double majored in both biology and in the Outdoor Programs division of Campus Rec. “If I wasn’t in the lab, you could find me outside leading trips or prepping for the next one,” she said.

It was perhaps inevitable, then, that Langefeld found her career in the great outdoors. What started as an extra animal-care responsibility tacked on to a summer ranger internship at Gates of the Arctic National Park has evolved into a full-time occupation as a professional dog-sled racer and trainer with Vidda Runners in Langfjordbotn, Norway.

It’s a dream come true, Langefeld said, although the job is definitely not easy.

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Leigh Whittaker, Class of 2015


 

Leigh Whittaker

Class of 2015

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

“I’ve been working for Congressman David Price for a little over two years, and currently serve as a Legislative Correspondent. My day is divided between constituent correspondence and legislative work. I knew from my time at UNCA that I wanted to serve North Carolina in some capacity and love that I’ve had the opportunity to serve NC on a federal level. My legislative portfolio even has some fun UNCA-type aspects: the humanities!

I run both the Humanities Caucus and National Service Caucus for Mr. Price. The rest of my portfolio includes gun violence prevention, prison reform, all justice/judiciary issues, animal welfare, federal employees, and the US Postal Service. UNC Asheville gave me the foundation I need to have success in such a fast-paced and unpredictable environment. I’m a proud Bulldog every day on the Hill!!”
 

Leigh Whittaker, Class of 2015


 

Leigh Whittaker

Class of 2015

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

“I’ve been working for Congressman David Price for a little over two years, and currently serve as a Legislative Correspondent. My day is divided between constituent correspondence and legislative work. I knew from my time at UNCA that I wanted to serve North Carolina in some capacity and love that I’ve had the opportunity to serve NC on a federal level. My legislative portfolio even has some fun UNCA-type aspects: the humanities!

I run both the Humanities Caucus and National Service Caucus for Mr. Price. The rest of my portfolio includes gun violence prevention, prison reform, all justice/judiciary issues, animal welfare, federal employees, and the US Postal Service. UNC Asheville gave me the foundation I need to have success in such a fast-paced and unpredictable environment. I’m a proud Bulldog every day on the Hill!!”
 

Dee and Charles James, Class of 1973

Charles James

Class of 1973

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
 

Deborah James

Class of 1973

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

When Dee and Charles James stood on the steps of Ramsey Library on a warm Saturday morning in 1973 to receive their diplomas from UNC Asheville, they were ready to launch out into the world together—they were getting married the very next day, and starting new jobs that Monday. But they never imagined their journey would lead them back to UNC Asheville.

The wedding itself was a UNC Asheville community effort. “We didn’t know very much about weddings or that stuff,” Dee said, “and we were also trying to finish up our senior year—so writing our theses and doing our final research and all those things.”

“It looked good on paper,” Charles said. “All of the relatives would be up here for graduation.”

Their classmate Zollie Stevenson became their wedding planner, driving them to town to purchase rings and order flowers. The dean of women, Alice Wutschel, organized the reception. Dee’s classmate’s mother owned the Rolling Pin Bakery in town and gave them a wedding cake as her gift. Peter Gilpin, the director of public relations, lent the couple his car to drive away from the chapel to their honeymoon—an overnight stay in the Evergreen Motel near campus, which was also a wedding gift, so that they could be close to work starting Monday morning.

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Dee and Charles James, Class of 1973

Charles James

Class of 1973

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
 

Deborah James

Class of 1973

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

When Dee and Charles James stood on the steps of Ramsey Library on a warm Saturday morning in 1973 to receive their diplomas from UNC Asheville, they were ready to launch out into the world together—they were getting married the very next day, and starting new jobs that Monday. But they never imagined their journey would lead them back to UNC Asheville.

The wedding itself was a UNC Asheville community effort. “We didn’t know very much about weddings or that stuff,” Dee said, “and we were also trying to finish up our senior year—so writing our theses and doing our final research and all those things.”

“It looked good on paper,” Charles said. “All of the relatives would be up here for graduation.”

Their classmate Zollie Stevenson became their wedding planner, driving them to town to purchase rings and order flowers. The dean of women, Alice Wutschel, organized the reception. Dee’s classmate’s mother owned the Rolling Pin Bakery in town and gave them a wedding cake as her gift. Peter Gilpin, the director of public relations, lent the couple his car to drive away from the chapel to their honeymoon—an overnight stay in the Evergreen Motel near campus, which was also a wedding gift, so that they could be close to work starting Monday morning.

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Hugo Sowder, Class of 2016


 

Hugo Sowder

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, History 

"After competing for four years with UNC Asheville’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, I immediately began to write and cover the sport in North Carolina at every level. I had plenty of connections that I’d made with teams competing in and filming the sport in college. In July 2016, I officially started working for Ultiworld, a news company based out of New York that exclusively covers the sport.

It’s been an incredible journey in part because I’ve been able to tell the stories of some really amazing young people across the world – some of whom I competed with and against in high school and college. I’ve been able to cover some really unforgettable games since 2016 and work with a highly dedicated group of writers and videographers. The photo is from the 2017 DIII College Championship Final between the University of Richmond and Davidson College."

Hugo Sowder, Class of 2016


 

Hugo Sowder

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, History 

"After competing for four years with UNC Asheville’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, I immediately began to write and cover the sport in North Carolina at every level. I had plenty of connections that I’d made with teams competing in and filming the sport in college. In July 2016, I officially started working for Ultiworld, a news company based out of New York that exclusively covers the sport.

It’s been an incredible journey in part because I’ve been able to tell the stories of some really amazing young people across the world – some of whom I competed with and against in high school and college. I’ve been able to cover some really unforgettable games since 2016 and work with a highly dedicated group of writers and videographers. The photo is from the 2017 DIII College Championship Final between the University of Richmond and Davidson College."

Molly Smithson, Class of 2015


 

Molly Smithson

Class of 2015

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

"I am now back living in my hometown of Portland, Oregon! My career is two-fold: Last summer after a year of successful freelancing, I founded Arete Media, a digital marketing and communications firm for female-owned DTC businesses based in Portland. I now have 7 clients and do this as my full-time work! I love the flexibility in hours and location that it brings and ability to lead, manage and make the right decisions.

I take pride in lifting up the voices of the voiceless through our marketing efforts and connecting shoppers with brands who want to create a more positive community with their businesses instead of exploiting customers with a traditional capitalist business model. For example, my client Moxie & Moss donates 5% of their profits to a scholarship for women in trades. We recently featured black tradeswomen from history throughout February, showcasing the people who built our country when their basic rights weren't even protected. We also priced the entire site for $0.77 on the dollar for Women's Day to reflect the pay gap.

By night, I'm a stand up comic! In addition to performing throughout the Pacific Northwest, I now produce two shows and am building Trash Amp Productions, which aims to feature POC and female-identifying comics through shows, videos and written content.

UNC Asheville honed a voice worth hearing into a voice that makes an impact. It's so cool to be able to use all the skills the mass communication department, creative writing program and my internship at the alumni office gave me, like press outreach, analytical reporting, social media strategy, AP style and modular design. I seriously do not think I would be so dexterous or well-versed in creating compelling stories had I gone anywhere else."

Molly Smithson, Class of 2015


 

Molly Smithson

Class of 2015

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

"I am now back living in my hometown of Portland, Oregon! My career is two-fold: Last summer after a year of successful freelancing, I founded Arete Media, a digital marketing and communications firm for female-owned DTC businesses based in Portland. I now have 7 clients and do this as my full-time work! I love the flexibility in hours and location that it brings and ability to lead, manage and make the right decisions.

I take pride in lifting up the voices of the voiceless through our marketing efforts and connecting shoppers with brands who want to create a more positive community with their businesses instead of exploiting customers with a traditional capitalist business model. For example, my client Moxie & Moss donates 5% of their profits to a scholarship for women in trades. We recently featured black tradeswomen from history throughout February, showcasing the people who built our country when their basic rights weren't even protected. We also priced the entire site for $0.77 on the dollar for Women's Day to reflect the pay gap.

By night, I'm a stand up comic! In addition to performing throughout the Pacific Northwest, I now produce two shows and am building Trash Amp Productions, which aims to feature POC and female-identifying comics through shows, videos and written content.

UNC Asheville honed a voice worth hearing into a voice that makes an impact. It's so cool to be able to use all the skills the mass communication department, creative writing program and my internship at the alumni office gave me, like press outreach, analytical reporting, social media strategy, AP style and modular design. I seriously do not think I would be so dexterous or well-versed in creating compelling stories had I gone anywhere else."

Lindsay Carver, Class of 2010

 

Lindsay Carver

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Health and Wellness Promotion

"I work as the Director of Prevention Services for Western Youth Network in Boone. I work with a great team of people to serve 5 Counties in Western, NC to prevent youth from using substances. I recently was named the 2018 Advocate of the Year by CADCA ( Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America)."

 

Lindsay Carver, Class of 2010

 

Lindsay Carver

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Health and Wellness Promotion

"I work as the Director of Prevention Services for Western Youth Network in Boone. I work with a great team of people to serve 5 Counties in Western, NC to prevent youth from using substances. I recently was named the 2018 Advocate of the Year by CADCA ( Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America)."

 

Rachel Collman, Class of 2015


 

Rachel Collman

Class of 2015

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

"A few days after graduating from UNC Asheville, I moved to Boston — without knowing a single soul! After a few odd jobs, I found my place in youth development and sex education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

I facilitate the Get Real Teen Council by educating teen peer educators to lead and teach other teens about consent, healthy relationships and sexual health. I devote my time to uplifting young people as leaders and supporting them through the challenges of adultism.

I wouldn’t have been able to do anything today without the education from the Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality departments at UNC Asheville and the support of faculty, staff and fellow students in my community engagement. Thanks, UNC Asheville!"

Rachel Collman, Class of 2015


 

Rachel Collman

Class of 2015

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

"A few days after graduating from UNC Asheville, I moved to Boston — without knowing a single soul! After a few odd jobs, I found my place in youth development and sex education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.

I facilitate the Get Real Teen Council by educating teen peer educators to lead and teach other teens about consent, healthy relationships and sexual health. I devote my time to uplifting young people as leaders and supporting them through the challenges of adultism.

I wouldn’t have been able to do anything today without the education from the Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality departments at UNC Asheville and the support of faculty, staff and fellow students in my community engagement. Thanks, UNC Asheville!"

Audra Goforth, Class of 2017

 

Audra Goforth

Class of 2017

Bachelor of Arts , Mass Communication

"Less than a year ago I graduated from UNCA at age 19 full of ambition to be a journalist. After six months of working part time, freelancing and interning for various publications, I was hired at AVLtoday.

During my time at UNCA I was very active with organizations — from SGA, to The Blue Banner, to being an RA, to attending sporting events — I wanted to bring the students and campus together. Now post college my job requires bringing the Asheville community together.

With a daily email of all-things AVL, I work with my alma-mater and other Asheville locals to create an engaging platform to keep Ashevillians in the know. UNCA allowed me to be where I am today. While I may have hated balancing 18 credit hours, jobs, internships and student orgs at the time, the hard work and support from staff paid off!"

Audra Goforth, Class of 2017

 

Audra Goforth

Class of 2017

Bachelor of Arts , Mass Communication

"Less than a year ago I graduated from UNCA at age 19 full of ambition to be a journalist. After six months of working part time, freelancing and interning for various publications, I was hired at AVLtoday.

During my time at UNCA I was very active with organizations — from SGA, to The Blue Banner, to being an RA, to attending sporting events — I wanted to bring the students and campus together. Now post college my job requires bringing the Asheville community together.

With a daily email of all-things AVL, I work with my alma-mater and other Asheville locals to create an engaging platform to keep Ashevillians in the know. UNCA allowed me to be where I am today. While I may have hated balancing 18 credit hours, jobs, internships and student orgs at the time, the hard work and support from staff paid off!"

Jay Jordan, Class of 1995

 

Jay Jordan

Class of 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

"Jay Jordan is chair and associate professor of writing & rhetoric studies at the University of Utah and was an inaugural faculty member at Utah's extended campus in Incheon, South Korea.

While there, he taught courses in global citizenship, coordinated the new writing center, and started a longitudinal research project on how students learn to write across the curriculum in transnational educational institutions.

He is concluding his research next year and is under contract to write a book, which is due to be published in 2019. He continues to work closely with international students at the Salt Lake City campus."

Jay Jordan, Class of 1995

 

Jay Jordan

Class of 1995

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

"Jay Jordan is chair and associate professor of writing & rhetoric studies at the University of Utah and was an inaugural faculty member at Utah's extended campus in Incheon, South Korea.

While there, he taught courses in global citizenship, coordinated the new writing center, and started a longitudinal research project on how students learn to write across the curriculum in transnational educational institutions.

He is concluding his research next year and is under contract to write a book, which is due to be published in 2019. He continues to work closely with international students at the Salt Lake City campus."

Jason Riggs, Class of 2011

Jason Riggs

Class of 2011

Bachelor of Science, Management

Alumnus Jason Riggs '11 has come a long way from fermenting dandelions. You can find him producing some of Asheville's finest rum as head distiller at H&H Distillery.

Jason Riggs, Class of 2011

Jason Riggs

Class of 2011

Bachelor of Science, Management

Alumnus Jason Riggs '11 has come a long way from fermenting dandelions. You can find him producing some of Asheville's finest rum as head distiller at H&H Distillery.

Kelly Dobeck, Class of 2016


 

Kelly Dobeck

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"I graduated with distinction from UNCA in 2016 with a B.S. in atmospheric science. I’m currently a meteorologist for KARK/KLRT TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. When I’m not on-air warning the community of severe weather, I’m out in the community teaching our future scientists about weather!"

Kelly Dobeck, Class of 2016


 

Kelly Dobeck

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"I graduated with distinction from UNCA in 2016 with a B.S. in atmospheric science. I’m currently a meteorologist for KARK/KLRT TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. When I’m not on-air warning the community of severe weather, I’m out in the community teaching our future scientists about weather!"

Brian Goggin & Stephanie Sine, Class of 2013

 

Brian Goggin
Class of 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

 

Stephanie Sine
Class of 2013
Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"My fiancé, Brian Goggin, is now a police officer in Charleston, SC. His first job out of school was an officer in Hagerstown, MD where he dealt with a lot problems that small, low income communities face. He's so great at what he does and genuinely loves helping people.

Now he's made it to the Charleston Police Department and doing a great job helping people out whenever he can. I'm a meteorologist in Charleston, SC on Live 5 News."

Brian Goggin & Stephanie Sine, Class of 2013

 

Brian Goggin
Class of 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

 

Stephanie Sine
Class of 2013
Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"My fiancé, Brian Goggin, is now a police officer in Charleston, SC. His first job out of school was an officer in Hagerstown, MD where he dealt with a lot problems that small, low income communities face. He's so great at what he does and genuinely loves helping people.

Now he's made it to the Charleston Police Department and doing a great job helping people out whenever he can. I'm a meteorologist in Charleston, SC on Live 5 News."

Zach Maye, Class of 2010

 

Zach Maye

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"I chose to attend UNCA to pursue my degree in Atmospheric Sciences. I graduated in 2010, and in 2013 I moved to Memphis, Tennessee to work for the National Weather Service. It is here I work alongside meteorologists from all over the country to 'protect life and property,' primarily through the issuance of weather watches and warnings. I’m also passionate about climate science, particularly climate change, and ways we can adapt and mitigate against its impacts on society.

UNCA allowed me to take that I was most passionate about and turn it into a career of helping others. I was recently interviewed live on the Weather Channel as dangerous flooding impacted portions of east Arkansas and West Tennessee." 

 

Zach Maye, Class of 2010

 

Zach Maye

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"I chose to attend UNCA to pursue my degree in Atmospheric Sciences. I graduated in 2010, and in 2013 I moved to Memphis, Tennessee to work for the National Weather Service. It is here I work alongside meteorologists from all over the country to 'protect life and property,' primarily through the issuance of weather watches and warnings. I’m also passionate about climate science, particularly climate change, and ways we can adapt and mitigate against its impacts on society.

UNCA allowed me to take that I was most passionate about and turn it into a career of helping others. I was recently interviewed live on the Weather Channel as dangerous flooding impacted portions of east Arkansas and West Tennessee." 

 

Dano Holcomb, Class of 1997

Dano Holcomb

Class of 1997

Bachelor of Arts, History

Dano Holcomb ’97 discovered that many principles from playing and coaching soccer at UNC Asheville went hand in hand with running his Creole and Southern food truck, Root Down. 

“Playing on a team and being a business owner are very similar,” he said. “You have to set goals and have good parts in place to be successful.”

Holcomb began his coaching career as an assistant to Michele Cornish, the UNC Asheville women’s soccer coach in 1995. After 14 years of assistant coaching at Division I schools, Holcomb had been offered head coaching jobs, but didn’t have the confidence to take the positions. He knew he loved cooking though, and wanted to change up his career to reflect that passion. Once he decided to open Root Down, he stepped into the role of both student and leader, which enhanced his decision-making skills.  

“It takes a lot of courage,” he said. “Now that I’m in my role, it’s a big learning curve but I also look to my staff for advice.”

Holcomb often finds himself balancing the classic elements of Creole and Southern cuisine with fresh, exciting ideas that incorporate fresh, local ingredients from his college hometown of Asheville.

“I have so much respect for the chefs who taught me,” he said. “I want to make sure I get the true aspect of everything, but put my own take on it.”

Dano Holcomb, Class of 1997

Dano Holcomb

Class of 1997

Bachelor of Arts, History

Dano Holcomb ’97 discovered that many principles from playing and coaching soccer at UNC Asheville went hand in hand with running his Creole and Southern food truck, Root Down. 

“Playing on a team and being a business owner are very similar,” he said. “You have to set goals and have good parts in place to be successful.”

Holcomb began his coaching career as an assistant to Michele Cornish, the UNC Asheville women’s soccer coach in 1995. After 14 years of assistant coaching at Division I schools, Holcomb had been offered head coaching jobs, but didn’t have the confidence to take the positions. He knew he loved cooking though, and wanted to change up his career to reflect that passion. Once he decided to open Root Down, he stepped into the role of both student and leader, which enhanced his decision-making skills.  

“It takes a lot of courage,” he said. “Now that I’m in my role, it’s a big learning curve but I also look to my staff for advice.”

Holcomb often finds himself balancing the classic elements of Creole and Southern cuisine with fresh, exciting ideas that incorporate fresh, local ingredients from his college hometown of Asheville.

“I have so much respect for the chefs who taught me,” he said. “I want to make sure I get the true aspect of everything, but put my own take on it.”

Sonsera Kiger, Class of 2004

Sonsera Kiger

Class of 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

"I currently work as the Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. In this role, I have the opportunity to travel throughout our 18–county service region to assist children, families, and seniors procure the food assistance to help each of them thrive!

It is an honor for me to be able to meet these individuals, hear their stories, and work in a collaborative way to make sure that no one goes hungry in a country of such a vast abundance. I also assist with our community food drives, and I am repeatedly humbled by the generosity of the communities that we serve; many times when community members donate food to our food boxes, they will whisper to me that they know what it’s like to have nothing to eat, and don’t want anyone to ever feel that way.

I am honored to have the opportunity to advocate for the wellbeing of our neighbors, and thrive each day to offer kindness, hope, and compassion to those who need it most."

Sonsera Kiger, Class of 2004

Sonsera Kiger

Class of 2004

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

"I currently work as the Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. In this role, I have the opportunity to travel throughout our 18–county service region to assist children, families, and seniors procure the food assistance to help each of them thrive!

It is an honor for me to be able to meet these individuals, hear their stories, and work in a collaborative way to make sure that no one goes hungry in a country of such a vast abundance. I also assist with our community food drives, and I am repeatedly humbled by the generosity of the communities that we serve; many times when community members donate food to our food boxes, they will whisper to me that they know what it’s like to have nothing to eat, and don’t want anyone to ever feel that way.

I am honored to have the opportunity to advocate for the wellbeing of our neighbors, and thrive each day to offer kindness, hope, and compassion to those who need it most."

Lynne Harlan, Class of 1988


 

Lynne Harlan

Class of 1988

Bachelor of Arts, History

Native American studies may not have been a prominent part of the history department at UNC Asheville in the 1980s, but Lynne Harlan recalls that professors such as Bruce Greenawalt and Milton Ready, now retired, encouraged her to explore Cherokee issues relevant to her coursework.

Today, Harlan ’88 credits her time at the university as integral to her career, which has taken her from the Smithsonian to the Bronx to back home to Cherokee, where she is public relations officer for the new Cherokee Indian Hospital, which opened in October. It’s the latest role Harlan has held with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI), where she has played integral roles in educating the public about Cherokee history and preserving the tribe’s cultural legacy.

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Lynne Harlan, Class of 1988


 

Lynne Harlan

Class of 1988

Bachelor of Arts, History

Native American studies may not have been a prominent part of the history department at UNC Asheville in the 1980s, but Lynne Harlan recalls that professors such as Bruce Greenawalt and Milton Ready, now retired, encouraged her to explore Cherokee issues relevant to her coursework.

Today, Harlan ’88 credits her time at the university as integral to her career, which has taken her from the Smithsonian to the Bronx to back home to Cherokee, where she is public relations officer for the new Cherokee Indian Hospital, which opened in October. It’s the latest role Harlan has held with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI), where she has played integral roles in educating the public about Cherokee history and preserving the tribe’s cultural legacy.

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Morgan Kelly, Class of 2003


Morgan Kelly

Class of 2003

Bachelor of Arts, History

"As a reporter, I went to New Orleans only weeks after Katrina and Rita to write about recovery efforts statewide. I later exposed a drug company's plan to inflate the price of birth control for women's health centers nationwide. I also got kissed by a dingo.

I then went to University of Pittsburgh where a media advisory I wrote helped spark a national discussion on the nation's infrastructure. I helped the university prepare when Pittsburgh hosted the 2009 G20. Since 2011, I've worked for Princeton University where I've gotten scientists national exposure for their work, accompanied researchers to Kenya and elsewhere, and interviewed Nobel laureates, including the late John Nash.

I began by honing my research and writing skills as a history major at UNCA — and there's much more ahead." 

Photo: Kelly met with Princeton professor Duncan Haldane (right) the morning he won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics. They discovered they share an impeccable sense of style.

Morgan Kelly, Class of 2003


Morgan Kelly

Class of 2003

Bachelor of Arts, History

"As a reporter, I went to New Orleans only weeks after Katrina and Rita to write about recovery efforts statewide. I later exposed a drug company's plan to inflate the price of birth control for women's health centers nationwide. I also got kissed by a dingo.

I then went to University of Pittsburgh where a media advisory I wrote helped spark a national discussion on the nation's infrastructure. I helped the university prepare when Pittsburgh hosted the 2009 G20. Since 2011, I've worked for Princeton University where I've gotten scientists national exposure for their work, accompanied researchers to Kenya and elsewhere, and interviewed Nobel laureates, including the late John Nash.

I began by honing my research and writing skills as a history major at UNCA — and there's much more ahead." 

Photo: Kelly met with Princeton professor Duncan Haldane (right) the morning he won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics. They discovered they share an impeccable sense of style.

Jason Walker, Class of 2002

Jason Walker

Class of 2002

Bachelor of Science, Management

"I recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon with my sister-in-law, Emily, and my nephew, Jack. Jack was born with severe brain damage and later developed an inoperable brain tumor. After raising money for Ainsley’s Angels, “Team Jack” was allowed to enter the race. Emily and I took turns pushing Jack throughout the race and after 5 painful hours, we crossed the finish line. The experience pushed me harder than I’ve ever been pushed and changed my definition of “Can’t”. We ran because we want Jack’s life to be filled with as many amazing experiences as possible. We ran because Jack will never be able to."

Jason Walker, Class of 2002

Jason Walker

Class of 2002

Bachelor of Science, Management

"I recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon with my sister-in-law, Emily, and my nephew, Jack. Jack was born with severe brain damage and later developed an inoperable brain tumor. After raising money for Ainsley’s Angels, “Team Jack” was allowed to enter the race. Emily and I took turns pushing Jack throughout the race and after 5 painful hours, we crossed the finish line. The experience pushed me harder than I’ve ever been pushed and changed my definition of “Can’t”. We ran because we want Jack’s life to be filled with as many amazing experiences as possible. We ran because Jack will never be able to."

Candice Jordan, Class of 2014

Candice Jordan

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"I'm a meteorologist and educator at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC and a freelance Broadcast Meteorologist at WJZY Fox 46 in Charlotte, NC. I'm blessed to have a supportive husband, wonderful son (born Oct. 2017), and to be living in my hometown. Since graduating from UNC-Asheville in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Atmospheric Sciences, I have been a broadcast meteorologist in Bowling Green, KY, Greenville, NC, and Charlotte, NC. I spent most of my career in Greenville, NC and covered all types of weather. I've covered tornado outbreaks, dicey winter weather scenarios, and tropical weather including the notable Hurricane Matthew. I was also the only female broadcast meteorologist in my area. Now I serve as a role model for students as an educator at the Schiele Museum where I create and hold programs. This picture is from my weather program where we demonstrate how to make clouds! My goal is to inspire students and show them that science is cool!"

Candice Jordan, Class of 2014

Candice Jordan

Class of 2014

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Sciences

"I'm a meteorologist and educator at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC and a freelance Broadcast Meteorologist at WJZY Fox 46 in Charlotte, NC. I'm blessed to have a supportive husband, wonderful son (born Oct. 2017), and to be living in my hometown. Since graduating from UNC-Asheville in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Atmospheric Sciences, I have been a broadcast meteorologist in Bowling Green, KY, Greenville, NC, and Charlotte, NC. I spent most of my career in Greenville, NC and covered all types of weather. I've covered tornado outbreaks, dicey winter weather scenarios, and tropical weather including the notable Hurricane Matthew. I was also the only female broadcast meteorologist in my area. Now I serve as a role model for students as an educator at the Schiele Museum where I create and hold programs. This picture is from my weather program where we demonstrate how to make clouds! My goal is to inspire students and show them that science is cool!"

Amanda Cary, Class of 2016

Amanda Cary

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

"I currently work in the Justice Resource Center as a case manager with the Buncombe County Re-entry Council. We provide support to folks returning to Buncombe County from prison. We help in four main areas: transportation, housing, employment and education. Our aim is to reduce recidivism rates and support people in becoming better versions of themselves as well as productive, healthy members of society. My job is incredibly rewarding, and I wake up everyday excited about going to work!"

Amanda Cary, Class of 2016

Amanda Cary

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

"I currently work in the Justice Resource Center as a case manager with the Buncombe County Re-entry Council. We provide support to folks returning to Buncombe County from prison. We help in four main areas: transportation, housing, employment and education. Our aim is to reduce recidivism rates and support people in becoming better versions of themselves as well as productive, healthy members of society. My job is incredibly rewarding, and I wake up everyday excited about going to work!"

Alex Fisher, Class of 2010


 

Alex Fisher

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Art

Alex Fisher uses her Fine Art and Business Management Degrees nearly every day as proud owner and head cheerleader of Lucky Penny Creative. She and her team plan and style rule-breaking weddings across the United States and are headed into their fifth year of business.

“It is a complete blast helping our clients maneuver the world of wedding planning in a way that speaks to the truest version of their coupleship rather than feel stifled by norms and patriarchal traditions,” said Fisher.

Team Lucky Penny Creative also dedicates a large portion of their human-power to serving area organizations such as Planned Parenthood and MANNA Foodbank and is excited to now offer a Floral 2.0 recycling option for clients wishing to breathe a second life into wedding floral that normally gets thrown away at the end of the evening.

Photo by The Mango Market 

 

Alex Fisher, Class of 2010


 

Alex Fisher

Class of 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Art

Alex Fisher uses her Fine Art and Business Management Degrees nearly every day as proud owner and head cheerleader of Lucky Penny Creative. She and her team plan and style rule-breaking weddings across the United States and are headed into their fifth year of business.

“It is a complete blast helping our clients maneuver the world of wedding planning in a way that speaks to the truest version of their coupleship rather than feel stifled by norms and patriarchal traditions,” said Fisher.

Team Lucky Penny Creative also dedicates a large portion of their human-power to serving area organizations such as Planned Parenthood and MANNA Foodbank and is excited to now offer a Floral 2.0 recycling option for clients wishing to breathe a second life into wedding floral that normally gets thrown away at the end of the evening.

Photo by The Mango Market 

 

Ko Barrett, Class of 1994

Ko Barrett

Class of 1994

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies

UNC Asheville alumna Ko Barrett ’94 might be an anomaly in the sciences. She’s an interdisciplinary communicator among subject matter experts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts university among a sea of Ph.D.s. And she’s a woman in the sciences, a position she advocates for as one of three vice chairs for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“With more women in IPCC leadership than ever before, we hope to work together to encourage more women to choose STEM careers that will be good for them and for their nations’ economic futures,” Barrett said in the 2015 announcement of the appointment. “I’m excited to serve on the executive committee and look forward to working with the world’s leading scientists to engage the wider scientific community and the public on the most important issue of our time.”

Since her election last October, Barrett has become one of the IPCC’s go-to facilitators for helping countries to reach consensus decisions. Barrett credits her early successes in this arena to her years of experience as a negotiator. “My many years of listening to countries’ positions and being quick with possible solutions serves me well in my role as vice-chair,” Barrett said.

In addition to her role at the IPCC, Barrett serves as deputy assistant administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she supervises the agency’s research operations, which in addition to climate change, include ocean exploration and air quality. Prior to joining NOAA in 2005, she was the director of the Global Climate Change program at USAID and oversaw climate activities in over 40 countries.

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Ko Barrett, Class of 1994

Ko Barrett

Class of 1994

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies

UNC Asheville alumna Ko Barrett ’94 might be an anomaly in the sciences. She’s an interdisciplinary communicator among subject matter experts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from a liberal arts university among a sea of Ph.D.s. And she’s a woman in the sciences, a position she advocates for as one of three vice chairs for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

“With more women in IPCC leadership than ever before, we hope to work together to encourage more women to choose STEM careers that will be good for them and for their nations’ economic futures,” Barrett said in the 2015 announcement of the appointment. “I’m excited to serve on the executive committee and look forward to working with the world’s leading scientists to engage the wider scientific community and the public on the most important issue of our time.”

Since her election last October, Barrett has become one of the IPCC’s go-to facilitators for helping countries to reach consensus decisions. Barrett credits her early successes in this arena to her years of experience as a negotiator. “My many years of listening to countries’ positions and being quick with possible solutions serves me well in my role as vice-chair,” Barrett said.

In addition to her role at the IPCC, Barrett serves as deputy assistant administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where she supervises the agency’s research operations, which in addition to climate change, include ocean exploration and air quality. Prior to joining NOAA in 2005, she was the director of the Global Climate Change program at USAID and oversaw climate activities in over 40 countries.

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George Etheredge, Class of 2016

 

George Etheredge

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Art

During his time at UNC Asheville, George Etheredge earned a B.A. in photography, a spot in the prestigious Eddie Adams Photography Workshop, a place in a national photography exhibition and much more. Now his photos have found their way from a portrait series in the Asheville Citizen-Times to the front page of The New York Times—at least four times.

During his time as a student, Etheredge had photojournalism essays and photograph series published in several online and print publications. His photo essay, “Urban Gardens in Asheville,” was published in Modern Farmer and Asheville Citizen-Times, and was the culmination of a long-term photographic project with Pisgah View Community Peace Garden in Asheville. Two prints from the series were selected for inclusion in Looking at Appalachia, a national traveling exhibition curated by documentary photographer Roger May.

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George Etheredge, Class of 2016

 

George Etheredge

Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Art

During his time at UNC Asheville, George Etheredge earned a B.A. in photography, a spot in the prestigious Eddie Adams Photography Workshop, a place in a national photography exhibition and much more. Now his photos have found their way from a portrait series in the Asheville Citizen-Times to the front page of The New York Times—at least four times.

During his time as a student, Etheredge had photojournalism essays and photograph series published in several online and print publications. His photo essay, “Urban Gardens in Asheville,” was published in Modern Farmer and Asheville Citizen-Times, and was the culmination of a long-term photographic project with Pisgah View Community Peace Garden in Asheville. Two prints from the series were selected for inclusion in Looking at Appalachia, a national traveling exhibition curated by documentary photographer Roger May.

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Sandra Wilkerson Queen, Class of 1991


 

Sandra Wilkerson Queen

Class of 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

“Sandra Wilkerson Queen is making an impact on the lives of her young students and on the greater day McDowell County community as well. Queen teaches a K-1-2 multiage class at Pleasant Gardens Elementary in Marion, where she created The Kindness Project, a way for her kids to give back to the community. So far, Queen, a fellow teacher, and their students have made 80 'blessing bags' with supplies for the homeless and they just completed a project where they assembled 105 backpacks of personal hygiene products for displaced teens in McDowell’s two middle schools.”

Sandra Wilkerson Queen, Class of 1991


 

Sandra Wilkerson Queen

Class of 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

“Sandra Wilkerson Queen is making an impact on the lives of her young students and on the greater day McDowell County community as well. Queen teaches a K-1-2 multiage class at Pleasant Gardens Elementary in Marion, where she created The Kindness Project, a way for her kids to give back to the community. So far, Queen, a fellow teacher, and their students have made 80 'blessing bags' with supplies for the homeless and they just completed a project where they assembled 105 backpacks of personal hygiene products for displaced teens in McDowell’s two middle schools.”

Natalie DeRatt, Class of 2011

 

Natalie DeRatt

Class of 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

On paper they seem like polar opposites. Natalie (Pearson) DeRatt ’11, a native of Sheffield, England, sprints for five seconds at maximal velocity before hopping into the back of a 300-pound bobsled. Hurtling down an icy chute, DeRatt approaches speeds of 90 miles per hour—roughly 80 miles per hour faster than Greensboro-native Loring (Watkins) Crowley ’05 hits while racing in major marathons all across the country.

What both former UNC Asheville track and field athletes share in common makes the connection clearer—they both are chasing Olympic dreams.

For Crowley, the biggest race of her life has already taken place. In a field of 200 qualifiers, Crowley battled excruciating conditions to place 94th at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in February. Held in Los Angeles during a freak heat wave, the runners battled sustained temperatures over 85 degrees with no shade on the wide city streets.

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Natalie DeRatt, Class of 2011

 

Natalie DeRatt

Class of 2011

Bachelor of Arts, Literature

On paper they seem like polar opposites. Natalie (Pearson) DeRatt ’11, a native of Sheffield, England, sprints for five seconds at maximal velocity before hopping into the back of a 300-pound bobsled. Hurtling down an icy chute, DeRatt approaches speeds of 90 miles per hour—roughly 80 miles per hour faster than Greensboro-native Loring (Watkins) Crowley ’05 hits while racing in major marathons all across the country.

What both former UNC Asheville track and field athletes share in common makes the connection clearer—they both are chasing Olympic dreams.

For Crowley, the biggest race of her life has already taken place. In a field of 200 qualifiers, Crowley battled excruciating conditions to place 94th at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in February. Held in Los Angeles during a freak heat wave, the runners battled sustained temperatures over 85 degrees with no shade on the wide city streets.

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