Pam Schram MAEd, a professor in the department of curriculum and instruction in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, has received a UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, a recognition that carries a $7,500 cash prize. A 35-year veteran of education, Schram has taught a range of students, from first-graders to doctoral students, and is known for her engaging and respectful learner-centered classes. “Regardless of the context, teaching throughout my career has been reciprocal, rewarding, ever-changing, challenging and invigorating,” she said.


Thomas Lane Cathey, a colonel in the Army Reserve, deployed to Iraq in 2006 with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, as part of a team advising Iraqi soldiers. In April 2007, Cathey led a convoy through a series of battles in the streets of Baghdad that resulted in the rescue of 10 Iraqi soldiers who were trapped under heavy enemy fire in an abandoned building. Cathey feared that without intervention, the Iraqi battalion would be overrun. “There’s just no way we could let that happen,” said Cathey, who earned a Bronze Star with Valor for combat bravery. Cathey is a salesman for Vulcan Materials Co., a producer of the construction aggregates crushed stone, sand and gravel. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Amy, and three sons.


Dr. Richard Rogers has played basketball with the Adult Basketball League in Destin, Fla., for 19 years, and more than 15 years for the same team. Rogers, who played Catamount basketball, is a dentist in Destin. He regularly scores a lot of points, including 43 in a recent game. “I still love basketball, and it helps me keep in shape,” he said. “And I love the company. I play with some good guys.” Rogers and his wife, Peggy, have three children.


Tara Candler Larson MAEd is deputy director of operations with Medicaid of North Carolina, administered through the state Division of Medical Assistance.


Rosemary Cook Allen is married and lives in Shelton, Conn., where she teaches piano and raises her two young sons.

Craigan Gray MBA is the director of the Division of Medical Assistance with Medicaid of North Carolina, administered through the state Division of Medical Assistance.


Heath Kinsland is a new member of WCU’s College of Business Advisory Board. Kinsland is a private financial services group director at BB&T in Asheville.

James A. Miller (left) was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville, Ky. Miller had a longtime career with Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville and then, after a merger with St. Joseph’s, Mission Hospitals, leaving that organization as vice president of clinical operations.


Catherine “Kit” Cosgrove MPA is new executive director of Hospice of McDowell County. Cosgrove formerly served Mountain Area Hospice (now Community CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care) in Asheville for 17 years.


Donna Cox Gibbs MS is director of A Clear Word Counseling Center at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Gibbs has been with the church since 1998 and recently wrote a book titled “Kiss & Tell: Truths That Will Transform Your Marriage.”


Adam Myers is a detective assigned to the homicide unit in the Criminal Investigations Division of the West Palm Beach (Fla.) Police Department. The homicide unit is responsible for the investigation of murders and suspicious deaths, including all police-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.


Stephen Everson MBA completed the Ironman Florida in Panama City, Fla., in November. It was Everson’s first Ironman, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.