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Riley Carroll taught for the North Carolina school system for 27 years and is now teaching flying in Georgetown, S.C.


John Moore has published "Chemistry for Dummies" (2nd edition), "Biochemistry for Dummies" and "Organic II for Dummies."


Donald James was hired as Sudler & Hennessey's senior editor.


Gene Hines has retired from Legal Aid of N.C. and is living in Jonesborough, Tenn., and is now working on short stories and a novel.


Zollie Stevenson Jr. retired as director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs at the U.S. Department of Education in Sept. 2010 after 21 years of service. He is a full-time associate professor of Educational Leadership at Howard University in Washington, D.C.


Joan Elliott lives in Brownsville, Texas, and is director of Research and Development at Starfall Education. She is married to fellow UNC Asheville alum Tad Elliot '97.


Susan Monroe has been working with Children's Developmental Services Agency in Morganton, N.C., since 2004.


Karen-Eve Bayne Pfotzer has been appointed director of Gifts Ministry and Do Tell Storyfest.


Joan Stewart Inman has assumed the role of director of human resources at SouthData, Inc., in Mount Airy, N.C., where she has worked for 10 years.


Meg Johnson Dietrich recently joined Merck Sharp and Dohme Pharmaceuticals as a learning & performance coordinator at the company's Durham manufacturing site. She and fellow alum Ulrich Dietrich live in Cary, N.C.


Tawana Rickman Weicker is Teacher of the Year in Polk County this year. She teaches at Polk County High School and also has a thriving biofuels operation on the side.


Jeanie Setser-Morgan was promoted to district director with USDA's Farm Service Agency in Aug. 2010.


Joseph Pearson is the executive director of the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health.

John Howard Smith is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M and was recently awarded the university's Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for teaching this year.


Jeffery Epley is married with five children.

Tanya Patrice Johnson married Pastor Larry B. Brown and resides and works in Greensboro, N.C., as a veterans rating specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rosy McGillan is senior vice president for Health and Social Marketing Practice of Poter Novelli Public Relations, Washington, D.C.

Michelle Molina Taylor was recently married to Ken Taylor and is now working at the Porter County Public Library in Valparaiso, Ind.


Susan Allman works as the director of Distance Education at UNC Asheville.
Crystal Dunham works as community relations specialist for Presbyterian Healthcare in Charlotte, N.C.

Larry Paul currently lives in Mexico City where he teaches English as a second language and English literature and composition.


Timothy Roscoe Ammons plans to complete Naturopathic Medical School in 2013 after his residency.

Ruth Van Sickle and her husband, Bendik Clark '93, had their first child in February.


Angela Bynum is a graduate student at UNC Charlotte, completing her teaching certifications.
Scott Lawrimore and wife Tammy have welcomed the birth of their child.


Chris Hajek served four years with the U.S. Air Force Space Command as a data analyst and is now living in Wilmington, N.C., where he and his brother export classic American cars and have an Internet retail company for skating and surfing goods.

Rebecca Barraclough Howell and husband Mark have welcomed Lillie Katherine into the world in June.

Sarah Dodson-Knight is married with two children and living in Lafayette, Colo., where Sarah works as the Reading Buddies coordinator at Lafayette Public Library.

Susan Allison Landers has recently had a baby.

Benjamin Leonard and Tracy Toussaint were married in June in Atlanta, Ga. Benjamin is a partner at Bois, Kyle & Burch LLC law firm in Atlanta.

Anthony Oakes works as a first grade teacher at Fairview Elementary.


Deborah S. Hart married Frank B. Serafini in July 2010. She is currently acting as the public affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.

Douglas Palmer received tenure and promotion to associate professor of History at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. In addition, he was promoted to the position of executive director of Global Learning.


Becky Ezell and her husband, Steve Durling, welcomed the birth of Layne Thomas Durling in November 2010. Becky works as a learning designer at Paychex, Inc. in Rochester N.Y.

Gregory Scott King-Owen graduated from Ohio State University in 2011 with a Ph.D. in early American history. He wrote his dissertation on legal change, popular sovereignty, and legislative petitioning in North Carolina from 1776 to 1805.

Johnny Robinson is married and teaches fifth grade at Bald Creek Elementary.


Vanessa Harper is an account executive with Brunet-Garcia Advertising in Florida.

Michele Leah Davis Kirkum had a daughter, Michaela Christine Kirkum, in February.

Jennifer Wisdo and Jeremy Wisdo '01 have welcomed the birth of a baby boy into their lives.


Jasminn Bradford recently had a baby.

James Carter is working at Park Ridge Health Foundation as a development officer.

Peter Christensen and Melissa Christensen recently welcomed the birth of their son.

Royce Holden welcomed the birth of his daughter in May.

Eric Samuel Jackson and Michelle Lunsford Jackson welcomed the birth of their child, Ansley Cora Jackson, in June.

Cindy Upright is working as a probation officer and living in Statesville, N.C.


Michael Armstrong was named principal of Charles R. Bugg Magnet Elementary school in Wake County, where he had his first teaching position after graduation.

Matthew Gamble is married with two children, received his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from UNC Greensboro and is now an assistant principal in Durham, N.C.


Laura Adams has moved back to Asheville and works as an assistant professor at Mars Hill College.
Jeremy Manning is working as a sales specialist with Toshiba Business Solutions and a collegiate umpire in the SAC conference. He is married with two children.


Judson Gregory Ballard and his wife welcomed the birth of their son, Cole Gregory, in March. Judson was also recently promoted to state and local tax manager for a public accounting firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Lauren Hunter is working as a staffing specialist with TriStarr Staffing in Lancaster, Pa.
Maegan Kathleen Spencer is working as a design engineer in clinical trials for a new medical device.

Laura Rieder and husband James welcomed the birth of baby Alex in October 2010.
Kenneth Saunders III is rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson, Md.


Lauren Deal is teaching English and creative writing at Lake Norman High School in Mooresville, N.C., and received her National Board Certification in 2010.

Hedid Charpentier Edwards and John Edwards '05 celebrated the birth of their first child, John Noble Edwards III, in February.

Tarah Hall is working as a Child, Youth and Family Services volunteer with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica with her husband, Chris Hall.

Nate Juraschek resides in Kansas City and works as a senior project manager for RealNetworks.

Leah Bolen Schuurman and Mark Peter Schuurman '02 have welcomed the birth of their child.


Jonathon Czarny is living and working in West Asheville as a freelance videographer, photographer and editor.

Andrew Fansler completed the MFA program at the University of Chicago and is currently teaching 3D design at Winston-Salem State University and is showing his work in exhibitions around the state and country.

Sarah Vance Goodman lives and works in Dallas, Texas, as a chaplain.

Tiffany Hedgpeth and Nathan Hedgpeth welcomed twin boys, John Daniel and Matthew Owen, into their family in July.

Amanda West received a fellowship at Colorado State University to fund her Ph.D. in Ecology.


Clayton H. Baker is studying film editing at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.
Joy Burke and her husband, William Burke, welcomed the birth of their son, William Fisher Burke in May.

Sarah Broughton is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. program at Western Carolina University and working as a GA in Special Education.

Derrona Cromer is working with ACN, Inc. as an independent business owner.

Charles Davis enlisted in the Air Force in Jan. 2008 and is currently serving at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea. He has been promoted to Staff Sergeant (E-5).

Ashley Lutterloh is college access coordinator for The University of North Carolina General Administration.

Rachel Wright serves as executive editor of the nonprofit news website DailySource.
Porscha Yount is a full-time sociology instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville.


Megan Roberston Corkery married Paul Corkery in June 2010. Megan graduated with a master's in College Student Development from Appalachian State University, and she works as internship coordinator/career counselor at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

Krista Dourte was promoted to manager of web services at Q2ebanking, a technology company based in Austin, Texas.

Jessica Stearns Kitsos was married in Nov. 2009 and recently gave birth to her first child, Cooper Hannon Kitsos.

Amanda Lusky received an M.A. in Philosophy at the University of Kentucky.

Emily Kathleen Pomeranz is working for the Democratic National Committee.

Rachel Marsom-Richmond graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University.

Bethany Dombroski Rudisill and Tim Rudisill were united in marriage in April.


Seth Layton Bowman is a licensed attorney at law in Little Rock, Ark. He founded the Bowman Law Firm.

Kelly Autumn Carroll currently works for the Historic Districts Council of New York City and is halfway through her M.S. in Historic Preservation at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Isabel Carson will be attending the Charlotte School of Law.

Lisa V. Gillespie is working as an associate editor for the "Employee Benefit News" in Washington, D.C.

Amanda LeighAnn Goodman graduated from UNC Greensboro with a master's in Library and Information Studies in May. She has been hired as a User Experience librarian at the Darien Library in Connecticut.

Megan Graham received her master's in Public Administration and will be working for the state of Florida Department of Emergency Management.

Lee Ann Griffin has moved to Albemarle, N.C., to teach eighth grade language arts at West Middle in Mount Gilead, N.C.

Carrie Jordan is working in the Military Justice Division of the United States Air Force JAG Corps.

Sandy LaCorte received her master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has accepted a meteorologist internship at the National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office in Wilmington, N.C.

Kathryn Causey Miller was married in 2008 and had her first daughter, Isa Violet, in the fall of 2010. She is now working at the Mint Museum in Charlotte.

Kelly McIntyre is the program coordinator with Western Carolina University's MBA program.

Meghann Noel Rice welcomed the birth of baby boy Brooks.

Mary Beth Solle has recently welcomed the birth of her child.


Kimberly Beaver married her high school sweetheart, James Foster, in July and celebrated their daughter Adalyn's first birthday in June.

Neal Beckett and Courtney Metz Beckett were married in May.

Maggie Harvin teaches third grade at Estes Elementary School in Asheville.

Jessica Hoover and Kyle Hoover recently returned from Liberia. Jessica served as a Maternal and Child Health advisor with EQUIP Liberia in rebuilding basic health services. Kyle is a hydro-geologist, managing water points and repairing and digging new wells across Northern Liberia.

Cherie Lynn Miller and husband Josh Miller '10 reside in Gyeongju, South Korea, where they both teach English to children between ages 5 and 12.

Mariya Sergeyvna Potapova welcomed the birth of a baby.

Shanna Rae Russell recently welcomed a baby into her life.

Halley Thompson is a seventh grade English and language arts teacher at the SEED School of Maryland.

Gao Lee Xiong is CAC coordinator/forensic interviewer at Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse and Child Advocacy Center.


Kasey Baker recently graduated from Western Carolina University's Master of Public Affairs program in Environmental Policy.

Jessie Marie Luney and Greg Boyle were married in October 2010. Jessie is working as a financial advisor with Edward Jones and is moving back to Asheville to run her own Edward Jones office.

Anna Grace Deierlein is working as an advocate/educator at The Healing Place in Hendersonville, which provides resources for victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

Monica Dyck is currently enrolled in Western Carolina's Master of Science program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and working for Rinehart Racing.

Michael Hicks moved to Concord, N.C., and is working with Dr. Richard Lemley at Eyecare Optics in Charlotte.

Samantha Little is marketing assistant for Biltmore Farms.
Joshua Rosenberg teaches biology at Shelby High School in Cleveland County and is assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer teams.

Renee Marie Royal accepted a position at the University of Maryland's Bioengineering Ph.D. program for Fall of 2011.

Rick Wynne was promoted to review appraiser for NCDOT in the Asheville office.


Katherine E. Bunting has started a position as credit/SOS coordinator at Lowe's Home Improvement. She is also a graduate research assistant for the Department of Housing at UNC Greensboro, while seeking an M.S. in Kinesiology.

Kaci Campbell moved to Windsor, Colo., and is working as a dental assistant.

Laura Ketchuck is teaching language arts full-time at Clyde A. Erwin Middle School.

Robert Willis and Melia Hamby Willis were married in June 2011.

Alumni Deaths

Margaret Rabon Eskridge '66, August 2011
Georgia E. Murray '69, August 2011
Matthew H. Stokes '98, August 2011
Lauren Kesgen Guidry '01, July 2011

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