Class Notes

We love to hear from alumni and so do your classmates! Here are the updates on the accomplishments, career moves, family news, fascinations and celebrations of UNC Asheville graduates. This page is updated frequently, so be sure to check back often to see what your fellow alumni are doing. While you're here, why not add your own class note? It might even be featured in the UNC Asheville Magazine!

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  • Carolyn Brown recently started working at the Carter Center with the Democracy Program. 8/30/16


  • Joseph Anderson accepted a position with Gould Killian CPA. 9/11/15
  • Scott Arico started a PhD. program in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. 12/11/15
  • Morgan Brookshire accepted a position at Biltmore Wines Marketing. 1/13/16
  • Adrian Etheridge Jeremy Gower were married on May 7, 2016. 6/15/16
  • Amanda Larsen got married to Joe Pasini on July 9th, 2016. (7/13/16)
  • Kelly Olshan will attend Columbia University for an MA in arts administration. 6/29/15.
  • Kaitlin Pindell is an accountant at Kearney & Company, a CPA firm in Alexandria, Va. 5/14/15.
  • Hannah Rohed is working for Family Help and Wellness as the Digital Marketing Coordinator. 1/13/16
  • Jorja Smith is working as the Marketing Communications Coordinator at Omni Grove Park Inn. 9/14/16
  • Harper Spires will be joining WCU's Master of Public Administration Program in the fall of 2016. 3/3/16
  • Daniel Thomas is now married Martina Underwood. 9/18/15
  • Leigh Whittaker works for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Staff Assistant and Legislative Correspondent. 6/16/16


  • Kelsey Armbruster recently founded her own yoga company. 3/3/16
  • Carley Brandau was accepted to the School of  the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to study the Master of Design in Fashion, body and Garment degree program, and was the recipient of SAIC's most prestigious scholarship: the New Artist Society Scholarship. (7/12/16)
  • Kayla Brank is now working as an Operations Supervisor for the Medication Monitering Program. 11/9/2015
  • Melanie Bonds is in the middle of her AmeriCorps VISTA term in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 3/18/16
  • Amie Cloer, Women's Tennis Alumnus married Shane Lewis on 9/3/15. 9/21/15
  • Darrell Jack (DJ) Cunningham had a daughter, RayLynn, on September 13, 2016. 9/13/16
  • Kristin Emery successfully passed the ASCP, Molecular Biology test to become a certified Technologist. 3/18/16
  • Eric Frid and his wife Amber Frid had a baby in the spring of 2014. 9/21/15
  • Kimberly Howard Noble got married to Christian Noble in September, 2016. 10/21/16
  • Kristen Lawson is now a tax consultant with Deloitte. 5/10/16
  • Michael Eli Miller married Rachel Wells '14 on July 25, 2015. 7/31/15
  • Cassidy Robbins married Elizabeth Sheppard on April 13, 2015. 5/7/15
  • Corlee Thomas-Hill participated in the 2015 Remember the Removal bike ride, a nearly 1000 mile bicycle ride from GA to OK commemorating the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homeland during the Trail of Tears. 9/11/15
  • Andrea Wheeler just had a baby. 3/3/2016


  • Abigail Agriesti is now working as an organizer for the Amalgamated Transit Union International Office. 1/20/16
  • Brent Allison graduated from the University of Florida with his MBA in Finance and is moving to Orlando to become a senior financial analyst with Darden Restaurants. 5/14/15.
  • Douglas Brawley just began a new career at the NYU School of Medicine. 3/3/16
  • Sarah (Ogles) Cheng married Gok Cheng '056/6/2016
  • Kelsey Cain '13 and Adam Caudill '12 were married on March 12, 2016. 3/18/16
  • Ashlei Clodfelter had a baby boy, Preston Sean Brown on April 16, 2015. 9/28/15
  • Sara Holland is now working as the Minister of Christian Education at Hingham Congregational Church and is also attending Boston University School of Theololgy. 2/3/16
  • Lauren Gunter and Cody Mink were recently married. 7/22/16
  • Samuel Maynard married Katelyn Bradley on April 16th, 2016. 4/19/16
  • Emily Munroe is actively working in the Atlanta film industry, and is in the work union, IATSE Local 161, as a script supervisor. 5/10/16
  • Elizabeth O'Hare married her high school sweethear, Adam Russo on October 10, 2015. 12/3/15
  • Alyssa Smith is traveling to Germany under visa to teach English. 7/31/15.
  • Collin Suttles founded and is managing Brown Mountain Bottleworks. 9/28/15
  • Matthew Waissen was chosen for 2015's 40 Under Forty. 10/21/15
  • Katherine Woodard is working as a 1st grade teacher at a Title I school in Charlotte, NC for the Americorps program Teach for America. 5/31/16


  • Kelsey Baired had a baby boy named Reavis Allen Baired. 9/11/15
  • Hannah Barrineau recently got married to Scott Arico '129/8/16
  • Matthew Dickey and Rachel Dickey'11 had a baby boy, Levi, on November 14, 2016. 11/15/16
  • Megan Dombroski and Travace Reese '12 recently got married and bought a house in Greensboro. 4/4/16
  • Kristen Englert-Lenz released a new album, "The Extent of Play." 5/12/15
  • Lauren Gunter married her high school sweetheart, Cody Mink, on June 11, 2016- their 10 year dating anniversary. 6/16/16
  • Lanie Honeycutt is now working as the Access to Care and Health Program Manager at McDowell County Health Coalition. 12/1/15
  • Meredith Houck is now married to Matthew Brinkley and attending graduate school at Princeton University. 9/21/15
  • Ayden Jones recently accepted a position at UNC Asheville's NC Center for Health and Wellness as a Project Manager for Fall Prevention with the center's Healthy Aging Initiative.
  • Ashley Junk graduated nursing school and is currently working as a Pediatric Registered Nurse in Greensboro, NC. 1/13/16
  • Chelsea Kendrick is getting married. 4/4/16
  • Roberta Neuhausler is now working as the Coordinator of the Woman's Board for The Art Institute of Chicago. 1/13/16
  • Tatiana Potts has her collection "Topophilia: Printmaking by Tatiana Potts" on exhibition in the 2nd Floor Gallery of Owen Hall. 9/11/15
  • Staci Thomas became the Recruitment and Employment Specialist at UTC in the HR Department in June 2016, and married Gene Lee in October 2016. 11/4/16
  • Mary Tucker got married to Beau Zinman '12 on July 16, 2016. 7/18/16
  • Casey Ward and Lauren Ward had a baby boy, Remington, on July 21, 2016. 7/22/16
  • Emily Williamson married alumni Andy Williamson '10. 9/11/15
  • Katie Wise got married to Travis Shulenburger on October 15, 2016. 10/18/16
  • Karina Zimmerman and her husband Devin Zimmerman '11 had a baby boy named Aiden Kent Balaoro Zimmerman on Aug. 1, 2015. 8/4/15.


  • Molly Austin recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Human Services from Lenoir-Rhyne University. 5/13/16
  • James Chick will begin a new job at Metlife as a Senior Annuities Professional in Charlotte, NC. 9/21/15
  • Matt Chick is now working as a Phone Banker Commercial Accounts (Sales & Service) with Wells Fargo. 12/1/15
  • Mary Ellen Dendy and Aaron Dahlstrom '09 were married in September 2015. 9/30/15
  • Aaron Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards had a baby girl, Ella, on October 21, 2016. 10/25/16
  • Evan Foote-Hudson was promoted to Destination Experience Manager at the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau. 9/13/16
  • Carrie Harrell married Ben Jones '11 on 5/30/15 and is now working as an OB/GYN Resident at Duke University Hospital. 9/21/15
  • Carolyn Island graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in May 2015. 7/22/15
  • Abby Krug got married to Alex Krug in September, 2016. 10/25/16
  • Katherine Lancaster recently accepted a position with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a Show Marketing Manager, and married Carey McKelvey in November 2015. 3/18/16
  • Sara Mills opened Nourishing Roots Acupuncture & Wellness, a clinic providing acupuncture & Chinese herbs to the people of Asheville, NC. Visit for more information! 11/3/15
  • James Phillips moved to Austin, TX and became the economist for Battlecry Studios, a video game company. 6/29/15
  • Beth Porter is now working as the Director of Green America's Better Paper Project. 9/28/15
  • Emily Porter-Fyke accepted position as Information Literacy Librarian at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. 9/13/16
  • Leanna Miller Sharkey married Doug Sharkey on October 11th, 2015. 12/11/15


  • Jennie Burrows married Randy Cockerell '10 on July 24th, 2015. 12/3/15
  • Lindsay Carver married Michael Stockman on October 17th. 10/21/15 
  • Lisa Cook got married. 4/8/16
  • McKenna Dalby and Matthew Dalby '10 were married on February 27, 2016. 3/4/16
  • Anna Grace Deierlein married Brooke Colver in Weaverville on May 16, 2015. 9/21/15
  • Alexandra Fischer is getting married on November 14th and has launched a wedding and event planning business, Lucky Penny Creative. 11/9/15
  • Chris Gragtmans recently married Ashley Gragtmans. 1/20/16
  • Brian Hunt and Kella Hunt had a baby boy, Finley, on August 15, 2016. 8/30/16
  • Gabe Karabell accepted a position as the guitarist for Lumpy & The Dumpers' upcoming tour in Australia. 3/22/16
  • David Prickett is now a member of the North Greenville (S.C.) University track and field coaching staff. 9/1/16
  • Keith Scruggs married his wife Emily, on November 14th. 11/24/15
  • Brian Smith is the Co-Owner and Chef at Rezaz Modern Mediterranean Restaurant. 12/11/15
  • Nathaniel Speier was promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army, on April 1, 2016. 5/4/16
  • Patrick Tate married Whitney Odden on July 3, 2015. 7/22/15
  • Catherine Williams married Justin Smith in their hometown Rosewell, Georgia on May 16, 2015. 6/29/15



  • Ana Baker and her wife Ophelia welcomed a baby girl, Delilah, on May 16, 2016. 6/2/2016
  • Fainn Ball's first book, "The Messianic Haggadah" was a Number 1 Hot New Release on Amazon last March and his second book, "The Simple Guide to the Jezebel Spirit" will be released in February 2016. 2/1/16
  • Michelle Barbeau was recently appointed Development Director of Historic Rural Hill. 5/10/16
  • Casey Bernath and Bill Bernath '07 had a baby girl, Rose, on August 24, 2016. 9/13/16
  • Caroline Crawford married Zach Blankenship on November 27, 2015. 12/3/15
  • Sara Holland is now working as the Minister of Christian Education at Hingham Congregational Church and is also attending Boston University School of Theololgy. 2/3/16
  • Carrie Hooper got married in 2012, recieved her first Art Teacher position in 2014, and had a baby girl in 2015. 4/8/16
  • Lisa Huie just got a new job with P&O Cruise Lines in UK as Assistant Manager of Production doing automation. 3/3/16
  • Alexa Jacobs married Taylor Shanklin, ’10, on February 21, 2015. Jacobs is currently in her sixth year of teaching second grade in China Grove, North Carolina. 5/14/15
  • Jessica Johnson recently became the Sales Coordinator for Alliance AutoGas. 12/1/16
  • Kevin Mattison and Heather Mattison '09 had a baby boy, Axel, on March 31st. 4/4/16
  • Lakesha McDay has accepted the position of Mission Hospital's first Director of Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion. 9/11/15
  • Cortland Mercer married Stephanie Kelly on the weekend of July 16, 2016. 7/18/16
  • Terry Monroe and wife Sarah welcomed a baby girl, Riley, on June 21st. 6/28/16
  • Cassaundra May Papaj married Denish Gandhi on April 23, 2015. 9/28/15
  • English teacher Ariel Robinson is Asheville City Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. 9/8/16
  • Patrick Tate married Whitney Odden on July 3, 2015. 7/22/15
  • Stephani Vick and her husband, Brian, had their first baby, Olson, on August 26, 2016. 12/1/16


  • After managing a legal aid office, Tahda Ahtone is now the project director overseeing legal outreach to 8 tribes in Arizona. 3/3/16
  • Emily Bowers got married to Ethan Bowers in October of 2015. 3/22/16
  • Jacob Brintle earned his MS in Instructional Technology at East Carolina University. 2/8/16
  • Jonathan Corbin recieved his PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University in May 2015.  He is currently a post-doctoral faculty member at The University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. 3/18/16
  • Lisa Huie just got a new job with P&O Cruise Lines in UK as Assistant Manager of Production doing automation. 3/3/16
  • Ingrid Kirtley and her husband John had a baby boy, Hartmann, on March 28th. 4/4/16
  • Catherine Leonard married Jonathan Beall on October 25, 2015. 11/9/2015
  • Christopher and Kaitlyn Nigro '10 had a baby boy, Bryce Christopher Nigro, on Sunday, November 29. 12/3/15
  • Emily Pomeranz started graduate school at Georgetown University, pursuing a Masters in Professional Studies in Corporate Communications and Public Relations. 1/20/16
  • Elyse Rolfe completed 200 RYT through Raleigh-area Yoga Legacy, with advanced training in aquatic and detox yoga. This fall, she will complete further training in hot, senior and prenatal yoga. 5/7/15
  • Nicholas Thuell married Jennifer Thuell on 9/6/15. 9/24/15
  • Gregory Thuotte is now working as a Financial Services Representative at the State Employees Credit Union. 9/28/15
  • Ashley Wrightenberry married Daniel Kamiya on July 18, 2015. 7/31/15


  • Liza Burke married Steve Bates on June 11. 6/28/16
  • Stephen Burnich and Amanda Burnich '06 had a baby boy, Wells, on July 27, 2016. 7/29/16
  • Elif Englert is now married to Austin Englert '07. 9/24/15
  • Dr. Peter Haschke received the Best Dissertation Award of the Human Rights Section of the APSA. 7/22/15
  • Root Kirbach married Leigha Dickens on September 10, 2016. 11/15/16
  • Farrah Lasley and Colin Lasley welcomed a baby girl to their family on January 16, 2016. 2/1/16
  • April Punsalan accepted a new position as a Botanist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 3/3/16
  • Katie Rozycki accepted the position as a Marketing Manager at Graham-Pelton Consulting. 7/22/16
  • Talia Ogle-Stepp gove birth to twin boys, Reid and Levi, on March 11. 3/29/16
  • William Young Jr. is retired & enjoying it. 7/22/15
  • Joshua O'Conner & Lexi Binns-Craven welcomed their son, Oren, on May 3, 2016. 5/4/16


  • Kimberly Bartel has been working in various mental health servies for children and adults for the past ten years in Asheville and WNC. 1/13/16
  • Jeromy Bullman and Amy Bullman had a baby girl, Blake, on August 9, 2016. 8/30/16
  • Omar James Collington and Madlen Pie had a baby boy named Omari Akeem Collington on June 11, 2015. 6/29/15
  • Ashley Collins was hired as the new HR Consultant for the City of Asheville, and is now in charge of all recruitment efforts. 10/21/16
  • Erin Curtis married Bryant Carson on May 9, 2015. 5/22/15
  • Sarah Davis and Phil Kudisch had a baby boy, Oliver, on September 11, 2016. 9/13/16
  • Chales Davis was accepted to the Aug 2016 Military's Interservice Physician Assistant Program. 9/13/16
  • Chris Flannagan accepted the position as Director of Digital Technology at Quasar Bio-Tech, Inc. 3/22/16
  • Kim Garrett just purchased her first home in Winston Salem, NC. 6/30/15
  • Tarik Glenn and Sara Gleen had a baby girl, Dakota, on November 28, 2016. 12/01/16
  • Briana Hastings and Daniel Hastings '02 had a baby girl, Adelaide, on April 10th, 2016. (7/12/16)
  • Maribeth Kiser married Marcus Spake on June 21. 6/28/16
  • Dr. Aundria Lear opened an optometry practice, Twenty 20, in Asheville. 2/27/15
  • Chad Mohn and his wife Erin Mohn had a baby boy, Charles Henry Mohn, on 9/12/15. 9/21/15
  • Ian Montgomery founded Blue Ridge Aromatics, a locally-grown essential oil distillery, in Asheville. 3/12/15
  • Bethany Niebauer is now working as a Technical Writer at Canna Advisors. 9/21/15
  • Amber Saint Claire and Gus York had a new baby girl on April 29, 2015. 2/1/16
  • Dustin Sipes and Jessica Ray Sipes '05 had their first child, a baby girl named Norah, on July 10th. 9/18/15
  • Matthew Stone was appointed Vice Mayor of Black Mountain, NC on December 14, 2015. 1/13/16
  • Edwin Lewis Terrell and Laura Turner had a baby girl, Hadley Kate Turner-Terrell on December 26, 2015. 1/13/16


  • Lisa Batten obtained a Masters degree in Teacher Leadership at Lamar University. 6/29/15
  • Charlotte Claypoole married Chase McKinney on July 11, 2015. 7/22/15
  • Kimberly Eggett and Stephen Eggett '08 had a baby girl named Amelia Camerina Eggett on May 13, 2015. 6/29/15
  • Greg Garrison and Ashley Garrison had a baby girl, Lily, on August 3, 2016. 8/30/16
  • Lindsey Roche-Gilliam celebrated the birth of her little girl, Kenndy, on January 28th. 3/29/16
  • Cameron Grace-Jascur got married. 3/3/16
  • David Jenkins and Kerry Jenkins '05 welcomed a baby boy, Owen, on June 20th. 6/28/16
  • Jennifer Lunsford and Ronald Lunsford had a baby boy, Ryder, on August 1, 2016. 6/30/16
  • Kasey McDevitt Lane got married to Brian Lane on October 1, 2016. 10/13/16
  • Christopher McFatter was chosen for 2015's 40 Under Forty. 10/21/15
  • Rhiannon Musgrove and Kyle Musgrove had a baby boy on October 21, 2015. 12/3/15
  • Andrew James Ponder and Amanda Ponder had a new baby boy, Davis Andrew Ponder, on December 21, 2015. 1/13/16
  • Laura Simmelink married Mark Krauth on November 25, 2015. 12/3/15
  • Heather Smith and husband Ben welcomed a baby girl, Sofia, on June 24. 6/28/16


  • Amber Brown and Matt Brown '12 had a baby boy named Elijah Augustus Brown on June 12, 2015. 6/29/15
  • Rebecca McHaley married Patrick Sherren on September 5th, 2015. 10/21/15
  • Colleen Hannush is working in private practice and for Mission Hospitals. 3/3/16
  • Suzanne Hermann has a baby girl named Avery Belle Hermann on August 7th, 2015. 9/11/15
  • Tonisha Jackson married Ferdarian Lewis on November 12, 2016. 11/15/16
  • Joe Ludes is the mid-Atlantic teacher trainer for REAL School Gardens. 3/12/15
  • Jennifer Mayer’s company, Charlotte Street Computers, has been named an Apple Premium Service Provider for 2015. 5/14/15
  • Katy Guertin-Davis celebrated the birth of her second child, Graham, on February 21st. 3/29/16
  • Ryan Mills received a promotion at Work to Environmental Specialist within the NC Department of Environmental Quality- Division of Air Quality. 2/1/16
  • John Mitchell and Meredith Mitchell '04 had a baby girl, Catherine, on July 1st, 2016. (7/12/16)
  • Sonya Breanna Pratt and her husband Greg welcomed a baby girl named Starlynn Ruth Pratt of April 30, 2015. 7/8/15
  • Aaron Rembert and his wife Angela had a baby boy, Reid, on March 27th, 2016. 4/19/16
  • Mark and Leah Schuurman had a baby girl named Stella Ruth Schuurman on July 6, 2015. 7/8/16
  • Julie Barber and Thomas Barber '04 had another little girl, Esme, on October 17, 2016. 10/18/16


  • Craig Arnold will be moving to Vermont with his family to work as a social worker at the VA medical center. 5/14/15
  • Judd Ballard, CPA, was promoted to Senior Manager in our State and Local Tax practice. 2/1/16
  • Jessica Edwards achieved a full licensure as a professional councelor in the state of Michigan. 3/18/16
  • Andrew Heath was appointed by Gov. McCrory as the State Budget Director. 1/13/16
  • Jennifer and James Hill has a baby boy, Israel, on July 27th. 7/29/16
  • Skip Rohde's "Faces of Afganistan", a series of 52 drawings, will be a part of the Post-9/11 Veteran Art collection of the Smithsonian Museum of American History. You can find some of his work online at: 9/1/16


  • Emily Bruggeman earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgia State University. 8/2/16
  • Jessica Cooper and her husband Clarence welcomed their new baby boy named Atticus Drayton Cooper on December 13, 2014. 6/29/15
  • Jodi Knox is now working as associate counsel with the legal services department of Cone Health. 11/9/15
  • Mike Roach and his wife Carolyn had a baby boy named Charles Bruce Roach on June 18, 2015. 6/29/15
  • Carrie Scharf moved to West Virginia. 9/21/15
  • Mark Schuurman and Leah Schuurman had a daughter named Stella Ruth Schuurman on July 6, 2015. 7/8/15
  • Ryan Southern and Terese Southern '01 had a baby boy, Noble William Southern, on December 9th, 2015. 12/11/15
  • Christine Wyman is now Senior Counsel at the American Gas Association. 1/13/2016


  • Mike Bender is now working at SolarCity as the Senior Marketing Manager. 9/14/15
  • Jason Boyles and Kristy Boyles had a baby girl, Sadie, on October 12, 2016. 10/18/16
  • Kim Gaetz is now a Public Health Epidemiologist with the NC Division of Public Health in Raleigh, NC. 10/21/15
  • Steven Green '01 and Lois Green '99 had a daughter, Coraleigh, on March 5th, 2016. 3/18/16
  • William Hirst '01 and Carla Hirst had a baby boy, Liam, on April 16th, 2016. 5/10/16
  • Aminda Katz and her husband Matt welcomed their new baby girl, Maya Quinn Katz, on June 30, 2015. 7/1/15
  • Amber Reddick married Brian Reddick on September 26th, 2015. 12/11/15
  • Andrew Shearer received an Emmy Nomination as the Editor/Associate Producer of UNDRAFTED, a sports documentary for the NFL Network. 11/12/15
  • Elizabeth Underwood is now working as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Government and University Relations at The University of Arkansas. 9/21/15


  • Marc Baldwin and wife Jennifer welcomed a baby girl, Stella, on June 19th. 6/28/16
  • Jessica Ruth Ball and Jason Bunn had a baby girl, Lucy Annabella Bunn, on December 27, 2015. 1/13/16
  • Holly Spencer Bunting and Bryan Bunting had a baby boy, Thaddeus Spencer Bunting, on January 21, 2016. 2/1/16
  • Wiley Cash and his wife Mallory gave birth to a baby girl, Juniper, on April 4th. 4/4/16
  • Amy Harris, teacher at Glen Arden Elementary, is Buncombe County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. 10/13/16
  • Bryant Korzeniewski was featured as "Person Of The Week" on 12/4/15 by WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC for volunteering during the past 7 years with the Asheville Downtown Association. Additionally, Bryant has been elected to a 3-year term as a Board Member for the Asheville Downtown Association where he's already serving on its Events Committee.
  • Michael Maher is working as an Application Designer with the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and pursuing his MS in Computer Science at GA tech. 12/1/15
  • Jennifer Miller and John Miller had a baby girl, Rachel Miller on 5/21/15. 9/21/15
  • Meredith Newlin and Catherine Guerrero welcomed baby boy Oscar Kemp Newlin-Guerrero on 5/12/16. 5/19/16
  • Ted Rogers, with two co-inventors, received a U.S. patent for a scope correction apparatus, which fits to weapon scopes and will be used for training during video simulation drills.  Rogers has worked as a research scientist with the Center for Applied Optics at the University of Alabama - Huntsville for the last 12 years. 3/12/15
  • Cindy Upright has adopted two boys, Aaron and Levi, with her husband Jonathan. 9/11/15
  • Lewis Winder got married June 11, 2016; moved from Brooklyn, NY to Lexington, KY to attend medical school at the University of Kentucky this fall. 8/2/16



  • Derek Edwards was chosen for 2015's 40 Under Forty. 10/21/15
  • Marquis McGee was the recipient of the inaugural multicultural alumni award from UNC Asheville. 4/19/16


  • Christopher Brooker, partner in the Louisville office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, has been selected for the 2016 edition of the first ever “Under 40 Hot List” of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys.
  • Scott Clark is now working as a Senior Infrastructure Engineer with Asurion. 10/21/16
  • Hugh Alfonso Harris, Jr and Asekesai Arnette Harris had a baby girl, Nora Belle Harris on 10/15/15. 11/3/15
  • Mark King and Stephanie King had a baby girl named Isla Rose, born May 15, 2015. 6/29/15
  • Dana Wilson married Jim Harris on April 4th, 2016. 04/19/16


  • Suzanne Alford married Rebecca Nelson and welcomed two children, Nate and Livi Nelson. 6/29/15
  • Dr. Pamela Allen got married to Joseph Meliski in July, 2015. 8/4/15
  • Amy Burnett now works for Arizona Game and Fish in the Phoenix Metro area. 10/21/15
  • Shannon Davis and Frank Hirtz welcomed their second child, Miles Bradley Hirtz, on May 30, 2014. 5/14/15
  • Allison Jordan got married to Ken Stamp on October 10, 2016. 10/13/16
  • Dr. Pamela Meliski and Jay Meliski had a baby girl, Addison, on August 12, 2016. 8/30/16
  • Melissa Mitchell now works for Shell Pipeline Company in Houston, Texas as the tariff, lands and permitting manager. 5/14/15
  • Dhaval Patel and Kinjal Patel had a baby boy, Moksh Patel, on 9/13/15. 9/21/15
  • James Ramsey is now a pastor at Mull's Chapel Baptist Church. 9/28/15
  • Richard Reed is now the Senior Business Development Manager at CustomWeather. 3/3/16
  • Joshua Tan and Thanh Tan had a baby girl, Salem, on August 4, 2016. 8/30/16
  • Matt Schneider and Carla Schneider '97 had a baby girl, Quinn, on October 29, 2016. 11/10/16
  • Leslie Schoof is Madison County Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2016-17. 10/13/16


  • Karen Brinson married Patrick Bell on November 19, 2016. 11/22/16
  • Anthony Oakes is now a 2nd grade teacher at McDowell County Schools. 9/11/15
  • Douglas Palmer, Ph.D., was named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. 8/25/15


  • Dr. William Ross Bryan is now the assistant dean of the Honors College at University of Alabama. 5/14/15.
  • Angela Bynum is now working as an 8th grade social studies teacher at Charlottle-Mecklenburg School. 2/8/16
  • Duane Robert Hoover and Heather Ward had a baby girl, Allie Grace Hoover on January 30, 2016. 3/4/16
  • Jay Jordan is an associate professor in the Department of English and Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies at the University of Utah. For the 2014-2015 academic year, he'll serve as a faculty member at the university's Asia campus in Incheon, South Korea. 12/11/15
  • Suzanne Cantando Kirschbaum and Frank Kirschbaum had a baby boy, Asher Kirschbaum, on 10/28/15. 11/3/15.
  • Dr. Marc Kiviniemi was appointed Dirctor of Undergraduate Public Health Initiatives at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. 7/31/15
  • Shannon Knupp is now working as the Executive Director of Human Resources at Beachbody, LLC. 9/18/15
  • David Kornegay was recently promoted to Director of Client Community and Content. 12/1/16
  • Jo Linda Landreth got her masters of arts in educational psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education from University of Connecticut. 7/22/15.
  • Tara McMahan Millspaugh has been named Director of Worldwide Compliance & Business Ethics for Amgen Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in Thousand Oaks, California. 1/13/16


  • Jennifer Condrey graduated in 2015 with her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. 3/25/16
  • Tara Quinn was named Executive Director of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to providing access to dental care for the underserved. 12/11/15
  • Matthew Zidle is now working as an 8th grade math and science teacher at Gray New Gloucester Middle School. 10/21/15


  • Mike Arell will be named Vice President, Learning Solutions and Chief Learning Officer for Schneider Electric. 12/1/15
  • Kristin Rokosz is now living in London working for General Reinsurance. 9/21/15
  • Marietta Wright received the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award and was promoted to associate professor at Waynesburg University. 5/14/15


  • Wendell Thorne recently published two new fiction titles: "The Hot Dog King," a tale of love, lust and murder in the Orlando roadside culinary industry; and "Green Tequila Beach," a satirical work that asks "What if America's favorite beach-bum singer/songwriter is a fraud?" Both titles are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle, and more information about Wendell is at 9/6/16


  • Patrick Britz and his wife Joanna Britz had a baby boy, Zachary Thomas Britz, on 9/7/15. 9/21/15
  • Anthony Thomas married Alexandria Bracanovich on September 30th, 2015. 12/11/15



  • Mark Magee married Dana Magee on May 30th and is now working as a Sr Business Development Executive at Capgemini US LLC. 10/21/15
  • Connie Reynolds and David Reynolds celebrated their 30 year wedding anniversary this year. 9/30/15


  • Charlene Flahiff got married. 2/8/16


  • Kenneth Harris is now working as a Senior Fiduciary Officer with First Citizens Bank. 11/9/15


Carolyn Williams Alley is now the Associate Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. 1/13/16


  • Jayum Jawan is the Tun Abd Razak Chair and Visiting Professor of Political Science at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. 12/1/15


  • Ron Caldwell is currently working on a sequel to his first book, "Days and Nights in Parisienne Heights" as well as his first novel. 9/21/15
  • Jayum Anak Jawan Ph.D. was appointed as the Tun Abd Razak Chair in Malaysian Studies and Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Ohio, Athens. 9/24/15



  • David Ramseur retired as chief of staff to Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich and is writing a political history on Alaska-Russian relations. 1/20/16


  • Dr. Zollie Stevenson Jr. was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR. 6/29/15


  • Reba Smith retired from being a teacher. 6/29/15



  • Nancy Dillingham published a chapbook enitled "1950: Poems." 10/21/15
  • Hester Wheelon recently retired! 2/3/16


In Memoriam

Robert Pratt, class of 1996, passed away on October 27, 2016. 12/01/16

Anne Tremblay, class of 1987, passed away on November 13, 2016. 11/17/16

Betty Runnion, class of 1950, passed away October 5, 2016. 10/13/16

James Spratt, class of 1978, passed away on September 24, 2016. 10/6/16

Virginia Aberle, class of 2010, passed away August 3rd, 2016. 9/6/16

Edith Bryan, class of 1945, passed away March 25th, 2016. 4/19/16

Michael Calto, class of 1992, passed away April 22nd, 2016. 5/13/16

Mildred Carswell, class of 1944, passed away August 22, 2016. 9/1/16

Orville Coward, former Board of Govenors, passed away July 7th, 2016. 7/14/16

John Dakoski, III, class of 2000, passed away June 20, 2016. 6/24/16

Heath Dobson, former student, passed away March 24th, 2016. 4/19/16

Grace Eaton, class of 2006, passed away on July 5th, 2016. 7/13/16

Melanie Fore, class of 1995, passed away on January 30, 2016. 2/3/16

Jessic Grubb, former student, passed away on March2, 2016. 5/10/16

Chris Hall, class of 1992, passed away June 12, 2016. 6/24/16

Dorothy Jackson, class of 1946, passed away April 10th, 2016. 4/21/16

Donald Jones, class of 1953, passed away July 6th, 2016. 7/14/16

Katie Kay, retired staff, passed away May 5th, 2016. 7/12/16

David Clayton "Clay" Lawson, Jr., class of 1993, passed away on February 20th, 2016. 5/31/16

Gawain Mainwaring, class of 1993, passed away on February 1, 2016. 2/8/16

Robert Maney, class of 1949, passed away on January 2, 2016. 1/15/16

Martha McNair, former student, passed away on April 12, 2016. 5/10/16

Joseph Arthur Patelidas, class of 1952, passed away on October 28, 2015. 11/12/15

Bettie Pritchard, class of 1967, passed away on October 7, 2015. 11/3/15

Betty Runnion, class of 1950, passed away October 5, 2016. 10/13/16

Christopher Staton Jr., class of 1976, passed away on February 17, 2015. 2/27/15

Larry R. Sluder, class of 1969, passed away on July 20th, 2015. 7/30/15

Rev. Max Wilson Smith, class of 1974, passed away on November 18th, 2015. 12/3/15

Cynthia Tellup, class of 1984, passed away on March 9, 2016. 5/10/16

Harry Tolley, class of 1956, passed away on May 9th, 2016. 7/12/16