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Nancy Dillingham’s book of poems “Home,” from March Street Press (2010), was nominated for a 2011 SIBA award. Her newest work, “American Rural,” was released in June. 


Chris Kline King retired from IBM after 31 years.


Donald James (“Daffy”) recently published his novel, “Snowflake,” as an e-book through Barnes & Noble (under the pen name Richard James).


Blaney Hines retired as an attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina and is publishing short stories in small literary journals.


Vicky Beard retired from Rutherford County Schools after 31 years of service.


Ron Caldwell published his first book, “Days and Nights in Parisienne Heights,” in June 2010.


J. Chris Frank serves as the Group Vice President for Klockner Pentaplast in Shanghai.


Phyllis Robertson won the 2012 Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for Faculty at Western Carolina University. 


C. Thomas Steele, attorney and equity member at Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman P.A. in Burlington, N.C., was honored in April by UNC Asheville’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. 


Vickie Pruett Hoffman works as a Human Resources Administrator at She lives with her husband, Donald Hoffman ’88, in Arizona.


Donald Hoffman works in sales at The Guardian Life Insurance Company. 


Jennifer Forsyth was named the National Editor of The Wall Street Journal in October 2011.


Robert Coxe was recently elected President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. He works as an Ecologist for the Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.


Dahn Cutshaw Stucker and her husband, Tyrone, launched Southern Dream Home Builders in Jonesborough, Tenn.

Stephen Tharrington received a master’s in Business and Marketing Education from N.C. State University. He works as a business and marketing instructor in the Cleveland County schools.

Dreama Wilson has been elected to serve on the executive board of FIRST Community Parent Resource Center, which serves individuals with disabilities and their families in WNC. She was also elected to the Consumer Family Advisory Committee of the Western Highlands Network.


Jessica Munday was recently selected as Charleston’s “Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association.  She is the Founder and President of Trip Solutions, Inc.

Sarah Cain, a History major certified to teach history and social studies in grades 6–12, has been named Asheville City Schools Principal of the Year for 2012–13.


Jennifer-Anne Conklin married John Hensley in January. She works at N.C. State University in the College of Education’s Development Office.
Michael England recently completed a Master of Arts in Religion at Liberty University.

Jesse Ferrell works at AccuWeather as Social Media Coordinator. He was married on August 11.

Kimberly Hixson is a Senior Accountant at Linamar, N.C.
Shannon Knupp works as the Director of Compensation and Benefits at the Guitar Center in the greater Los Angeles area.

Suzanne Rohlfing Windsor received a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 2011, and works with citizens with developmental disabilities at Northwest Resource Center in Bossier City, La.  


Penny Harris received the Statesboro Herald-sponsored Service to Mankind Award.  Penny works with Save the Animals Rescue Society, an agency she helped found.

Christine Kavanagh was promoted to Director of Sales for Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel, which opened in August


Shannon Davis was promoted to Associate Professor of Sociology with tenure at George Mason University. Her co-authored book, “Methods of Family Research,” Third Edition, was published in July.

Sergio Mariaca has been serving on the National Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America since 2011. He is also the President of Mariaca Wealth Management, LLC.

Mark Robinson accepted the CEO position at Lake City Medical Center in Lake City, Fla.


Alice Burnette works as a music teacher at New Dimensions Charter School in Morganton.

Carolyn Ellison is now serving as the Executive Pastoral Assistant at North Asheville Baptist Church.

Cheryl Whitworth has been the owner and director of Asheville Dance Theater, Inc. for the past 10 years. She has coached the UNC Asheville cheer and dance team for the past 13 years.


Amanda T. Edwards began serving as the Chapter Executive of the WNC Regional Office of the American Red Cross in May.  

Amanda has served for 8 years as the Executive Director of The Literacy Council of Buncombe County. 

Richard Kent is currently employed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor in Mathematics.


Laura Bibb joined Haynes Benefits in April. She received her J.D. from the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill and was promoted to partner in the global law firm, K&L Gates LLP. Holly is a member of the consumer financial services group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Holly Spencer Bunting was promoted to partner in the global law firm, K&L Gates LLP. Holly is a member of the consumer financial services group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Bryan Farr is founder and president of the Historic U.S. Route 20 Association, a nonprofit promoting the cultural importance of the economic development of cities, towns and communities along U.S. Route 20.

Emily Gillespie has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Biology at Marshall University.

Ardie Hollifield is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Division of Consumer Protection at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C. In May, she received a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University.

India McHale and Arvind Menon were married in November 2011 in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and in January celebrated with a reception in New Orleans. India is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education.


Elizabeth Underwood earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Arkansas. 


Scott Adams and Erin Cox ’03 recently relocated to Charlotte from the Washington, D.C. area.  Scott is a transportation planner for STV, Inc. Erin works as a multimedia marketing associate for National Public Radio. 

Athena Rayne Anderson graduated this past May with a Ph.D. in Ecology.
Omosalewa Oyelaran is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Botswana.


Troy Shriver works for Brooks Engineering Associates. He earned a Master of Geography degree from Appalachian State University; he and wife Kristina Shriver ’07, reside in Asheville. 


Ben Betsalel will be moving to Mekelle, Ethiopia, to teach at Tigray College of Art.

Mary Arfmann recently graduated with a doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill. 

C. Tate Holbrook married Cecily Rogers. Tate earned a Ph.D. in Biology from Arizona State University in 2011, and is working as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Lynchburg College in Virginia.

Sonsera Kiger was awarded the prestigious honor of $40,000 in equity-free capital from Start-Up Chile to establish an arts marketing collaborative, entitled ¡Sí, Santiago!, in Santiago, Chile.

Margaret O’Neill recently accepted a position as Accounting Manager with Intelligent Access Systems in Raleigh.

Melissa Suzanne Reams will be graduating from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Master of Public Health degree.


Ian Austin received the Mississippi Bar Foundation Award from the Mississippi College School of Law.

Jaime Jones accepted a position as manager of the University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station, a 100-bed residential field station at the top of Salt Pond Mountain in Pembroke, Va.  


Belinda Rae Brown Gray married Matthew Gray in October 2010.

Maribeth Kiser joined Journatic news service, where she designs pages for news organizations across the country. 

Tod Leaven has moved back to Asheville and is practicing law with the Dungan Law Firm.

Matthew Stone married Meredith Pressley in September.  He began graduate school at Western Carolina University in the Masters of Public Affairs program in August.  

Tiffanie Tatum works for N.C. State University as a contract assessment item writer for a project conducted in partnership with North Carolina public schools.


Mary Hes recently graduated from veterinary school and is practicing in Greenville, N.C.

Carolyn Fryberger was accepted into UNC Chapel Hill’s Master of City and Regional Planning program.

Susan Osborne is a Communications Specialist with The Baldwin Group at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

Kristina Shriver is an art teacher at Asheville High School. She and her husband Troy Shriver ’03 reside in the Asheville area.

Ben Walsh earned a master’s in Environmental Resource Policy from George Washington University.


Whitney Abbott married Ronald J. Cartier on June 23.

Bill Bernath recently earned the rank of Senior Firefighter for the Asheville Fire Department.

Faith Ross Bryant is now working at an area manufacturing company in accounting and human resources. Faith and her husband welcomed their first child this past June.

Jacob Carley completed a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University, and has accepted a postgraduate position at the National Weather Service’s Environmental Modeling Center in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Corbin and Ashley Halsey ’09 were married on June 23. Jonathan is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Human Development at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Rachel Hollifield graduated from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in May.  She will be completing a residency at the Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va.

Emily Mollish and Ryan Buckingham were married on May 12.

Jacob Nix recently graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University in Boston, Mass. 

Devon Sanchez-Ossorio was promoted to Director of Student Activities and Intramurals at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.

Emily Sigmon serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Community Transformation Grant with Cabarrus Health Alliance.

Stacy Stewart is currently in nursing school and will graduate in May 2013.

Brandi Veltri recently graduated with a J.D. and M.A. in Environmental Studies, with a certificate in Environment and Natural Resources Law and Public Interest Service Law, from the University of Oregon.


Kelly Carroll graduated in May with a master’s in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In July she began an internship at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society in New York City.

Jenna Nickerson Deal married Nathan Deal on June 2. Jenna coordinates the RIBN Nursing Project in N.C., even as she works to launch a small-scale sustainable and organic farm.

Elizabeth Fisher is pursuing a Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Katie Henderson graduated from Berkeley School of Law in May 2012, and now works as a Public Defender in Richmond, Calif.

Jennifer Hibbert spent three weeks in February as an offshore meteorologist aboard a crane barge constructing an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  In May, she departed for Vladivostok, Russia, to work at the Orlan oil field.

Ashley Halsey and Jonathan Corbin ’08 were married on June 23. Ashley is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.

Meghan Ibach transitioned from AmeriCorps volunteer to being the director of the Alamosa Community Gardens in Alamosa, Colo., where staff run a free summer garden program.

Sarah Pardys is a Senior Account Executive for Employee Engagement at Edelman in Chicago.

Adrienne Pomeroy recently began teaching fourth grade at Fletcher Elementary in South Asheville.


Ashby Brame is completing an MBA at East Carolina University, while working in ECU’s Office of Student Development. Ashby completed a summer internship at the Biltmore Estate.
Anna Grace Deierlein is pursuing a master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.
Ashley Gowen graduated with a master’s in Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University in June. She works as a Market Research Analyst at a Connecticut-based environmental data company.

Ellie Johnston has been serving as chair of the national youth nonprofit SustainUS, working to advance sustainable development. Ellie led groups of young people to the U.N. climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, and to the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sara Lenthall and Bryan Greene ’08 were married on April 28 and reside in the Shenandoah Valley where Bryan works as a teacher and coach. Sara graduated with her master’s of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison in May, and works as a career counselor at Washington and Lee University.

Kaitlyn McDaniel graduated from Appalachian State University with a master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Human Resources. She is now working with Hawkes Learning Systems in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Barbara Muffoletto is the Program Coordinator at International Focus, Inc.

Christina Papandrea is a graphic designer for


Rachel Ambrosia is working as a Veterinary Technician at a small animal hospital in Maryland, and applying to veterinary schools.

Dylan Duffey has entered law school at Louisiana State University.

Baily Griffith has entered the Master of Library Science Program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Sarah A. Jones was recently accepted into the Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellowship Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration.

Ninh Nguyen is a junior account executive at Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, based in New York City.

James Shelton is a Peace Corps volunteer currently serving in Madagascar.


Edward Heidel is pursuing a Master of Education degree in the Community and Social Change program at the University of Miami.

Ayden Jones recently accepted a full-time position as Activities Director for Independent Living at Highland Farms retirement community in Black Mountain.

Austin Mack was awarded a Russian Federation State Scholarship, a full scholarship to the National Research University Higher School of Economics. He will pursue a graduate degree in Mathematics in Moscow, Russia.

Tina Masciarelli was honored with the Superior Staff Award at Haywood Community College, where she has been employed since 2008.

Leah Shapiro currently works as the Community Editor for The Laurel of Asheville Magazine.

Alumni Deaths

Hare Keogh '31, March 2012
Dorothy Dunn, '40, July 2012
Nicholas Bonarrigo '48, September 2012
Nancy Philips Haller '50, April 2012
Frank B. Wood '68, March 2012
Carolyn Spear '78, September 2012
Elaine Petty '85, June 2012
June H. Williams '01, September 2012

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