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James Richard Wynne is currently the senior review appraiser for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Asheville, where he has worked for 20 years. His service area includes the 17 Western North Carolina counties.


Ann Smithwick is the director of Project Literacy in Danville, Va., where she lives with her husband, Gary Smithwick. Their daughter was recently married in Asheville.


Kevin Lee Ashby has received the position of director of product development for Carson Home Accents in Pittsburgh.


Phyllis Penley Patton is a real estate broker with Beverly-Hanks South.


Jennifer Lynn Bracanovich has recently changed her first name to Alexandria.

Neal Wagner has been named assistant professor of information systems at Fayetteville State University's School of Business and Economics.


Melissa Kay Church was recently named vice president of growth operations for Optum Inc. She lives in Wilmington with her husband, Patrick Lawton, and three children: Savanna, Grace and Ian.


Rosemary McGillan works as the executive vice president of health and social marketing at Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Parrish is currently working as an operations research analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan.


Allison Cando Simpson lives in Greensboro with her husband, Shannon, and their child, Echo.


Treva Ratcliff Cross is a senior financial analyst for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Asheville.


Marilyn Jannell Bennett and her husband, Steve, welcomed the birth of their daughter in the fall of 2011. They live in Hendersonville.

Dr. William Ross Bryan and his wife, Mary, welcomed a daughter, Lottie Harrell Bryan,
in November.

Mary Blair Ogburn lives in Sylva with her husband, Jon, and their child, Sam. Jon is a self-employed carpenter and roofer. Mary is a naturalist and a field biologist at a small nonprofit nature center.


John Jump and Jeannie Jump welcomed a baby boy, John Jump, in June. Additionally,
John recently completed his CPCU and has been named regional operations manager
for SafeCo Insurance.

Melissa Mohlere teaches English literature and composition at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

David Nanney was hired in October as a neuroscience account manager for Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. in Gastonia.


Greg Boswell and his wife, Elena, welcomed their first daughter, Juniper, in October 2010. In August 2012, Greg took a new job as an environmental specialist for Florida Power & Light Co.

Lisa Cutshaw moved to the San Francisco Bay area and is working to establish her landscape architecture practice.

Deborah Hart-Serafini is working as the public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman.
Kenn Hoover sold his business and retired in 2006. He is now a full-time RVer.


Jonathan Byers is the director of counseling at Chapel Hill High School.

William S. Davis is the manager of science communications for the UNC Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Al Donaldson and Helena Donaldson '02 welcomed a daughter, Greer Knox, in January.


Courtney Skillman Dozier and her husband, Nicholas, live in Wake Forest. They are expecting twins in April.

Jamie Hicks Hauser and John Hauser '99 welcomed a baby boy, Aaron Caleb, on Dec. 11, 2012.


Jesse Dail received the Stacy Covil Environmental Health Specialist of the Year award from the Environmental Health Section of the N.C. Public Health Association in 2012.


Margarita Talavera married Juan Carlos Riestra. They recently welcomed a baby girl, Sophia. Margarita also is currently working as the investment officer at International Finance Corporation in Managua, Nicaragua.


Rima Renee Cole and Jesse Cole welcomed twins, Tanner and Cooper, in February. They live in Baker, Fla.
Megan Fazekas married Adam King on Oct. 13, 2012. They currently reside in Durham.

Carly Gramer appeared on Jeopardy! Dec. 14, 2012. On Jan. 20, she married Imar DaCunha Jr. They reside in Orlando, Fla.
Tom Malschaert recently returned to Asheville after residing in Brussels, Belgium, for 10 years.


Kevin Barry Rice and Cara Rice welcomed their second child, Amelia Paige Rice, into the world on Feb. 14, 2012.

Jeremiah Shelton and Amy Shelton welcomed the birth of their second child in November.

Shannon Siemens is the assistant director of membership for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.


Rebecca Piatt Batson and Nathan Batson were recently married and live in Arden.

Charlotte Claypoole works at Meredith College in Raleigh as a video and multimedia designer.

Danielle McClennan and Andrea Desky '08 founded a video marketing and production company based in Asheville called Link'd Video. Danielle is the director of production and Andrea is the creative director.

Robert Wilson graduated from East Tennessee State University's College of Nursing accelerated BSN program in December. He has secured an RN position with Mountain States Health Alliance at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit.


Kimberly Hart and Walter Hart '04 welcomed a daughter, Airely Evans Hart, into the world in February.

Irene Valerio Navarrete works at Vanderbilt Medical Center as a statistician/database analyst working on operations and quality improvement.

Ethan Shepherd married Lydia Roberts '08 in May 2012.

Melissa Clark Shipman lives in West Jefferson.

Trina Vazquez completed a master's degree in business from the University of Tennessee in December.


Sarah Davis lives in Texas and works as an environmental consultant for Jim Clary and Associates.

Krista Dourte and Brian Miller welcomed their son on March 24, 2012.


Lily Avery completed a master's degree in social work from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. She works as a case manager in the UNC Center for Transplant Care.

Ezra L. Cates is a graduate research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Jeffrey Decristofaro received a master's degree in liberal arts from UNC Asheville in December 2011.
Mary Catherine Mills is employed with Guilford County Schools as a high school science teacher.
Franklin E. Morgan published his second novel, The Devil's Despair, in August. It is Christian fiction about a modern-day Job.

Elyse Rolfe and Dietrich Rolfe welcomed their son, Corbin, on Dec. 23, 2012. They live in Raeford.
Nicole Saunders is the coordinator of student activities and also serves as the Gamma Phi Beta regional coordinator at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. She was appointed block booking coordinator for the National Association for Campus Activities South for 2013.

Amy Zarbock owns and operates Ithaca To Go, a restaurant delivery and marketing firm in Ithaca, N.Y.


Kelly Carroll is director of historic preservation for Landmark West, a nonprofit that works to achieve landmark status for individual buildings and historic districts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Elizabeth Culatta is pursuing a doctorate in sociology at the University of Georgia.

Katie Henderson graduated from Berkeley Law School in May 2012 and works as a public defender in Richmond, Calif.

Shanna R. Peele and her husband welcomed the birth of their son in April 2012.
Groce Scot Robinson has been accepted into the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom to pursue a research Ph.D. in history focused on the late medieval period.

Melissa S. Rodgman works at Duke University in the Community Education Program.

Robin Kimberly Serne and her partner, Eason Burke, own North Cove Mushrooms in Brightwood, Va.

Jordan Skowronski has finished his work for UNC Chapel Hill and started a master's degree program in occupational therapy at Washington University in St. Louis.


Wendy Acosta-Evans teaches foreign language at Asheville School.

Benjamin Scott Alexander recently began a job at Enka High School as a Latin teacher. He is continuing his education at the University of Georgia pursuing a master's degree in Latin. He married Sara Bernardi '11 in 2011.

Ashby Brame graduated from East Carolina University with a master's degree in business administration. She is sales and marketing manager for Ruth's Chris Steak House in Asheville.
Charlotte Law is moving to Vietnam to teach English.

Erin Matthew Ryan is working at the Madison Early College High School in Mars Hill in the Social Studies Department.

Grant Waters is working at Maurepas Foods in New Orleans.


Mary Ellen Dendy works at Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management in Asheville as a project manager.

Elizabeth Milks works in human resources at NC State University.

Aaron Tauber and Miriam Tauber are expecting their first child in April 2013. They live in South Florida.

Serena Vonkchalee was accepted into the physiology graduate program at NC State University last fall, and is continuing to work in Quintiles' Global Sales Department
in Raleigh.  


Larren Beach and Robert Williams were married in June. She works with Burke County public schools as a Spanish teacher.

Jessica Comolli Blatzer recently married and is working as a wellness director at Carolina Village in Hendersonville.

Ashton Bode moved to Denver and works in human resources at WellDyne.

Amy Burke is pursuing a master's degree in counseling and student affairs at Clemson University, where she expects to graduate in May 2014.

Ellen Garcia is a sourcing specialist at Headway Workforce Solutions.

Jacob Hagedorn and Annelise DeJong were married on May 26, 2012. They live in Sri Lanka, where Annelise holds her Fulbright Scholarship.

Heidi Hendrix works as a technical staffing services recruiter for Belcan in Denver.

Nola Louise Jackson is now attending Lenoir-Rhyne University in pursuit of a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Cindi Miller recently left her assistant volleyball coaching position at Winthrop University and will be taking the position of assistant volleyball coach at East Carolina University.

Margaret Neal works for Festiva Hospitality Group in the finance department as the bankruptcy specialist.

Justin Lynn Reid is currently living in Norman, Okla. He works with Weather Decision Technologies, where he develops meteorological software solutions for domestic and international clients.

Kari Slagle currently resides in Canton, Ohio.

Taija Tevia-Clark works as a federal contractor for the USDA Forest Service, doing web design in Olympia, Wash.

Alumni Deaths

Aylett Irving '40, October 2012
Thomas G. Stepp '59, October 2012
Lela A. Minnick '92, December 2012
Blake Becker '06, October 2012
Rebecca H. Smith '12,December 2012

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