1981

Jerry Rice III MBA ’89 recently opened a computer repair business, Apex PC Repair, on Main Street in Sylva with his son, Robert, a rising junior at WCU who is majoring in electrical and computer engineering. The son of the late Jerry Rice Jr. ’47, who was longtime director of summer school programs at Western Carolina, Rice had been operating the business out of his home for the past several years before moving to downtown Sylva. The company was formerly known as Cullowhee Computers.

1982

Paul Mellor has chronicled his 17-year journey of running marathons – 26.2 miles – in all 50 states with the book “You’re Almost There.” Mellor speaks to audiences throughout the country on lessons he learned through running.

1983

Tommy Lambert is the new general manager of the Cherokee Boys Club, an organization he’s been with for 26 years.

1984

Monica Henson is executive director of Provost Academy in Georgia, the first virtual charter high school in the state.

1991

Cliff Clark is the editor and general manager of the Jefferson Post in Ashe County. He and his wife, Martha, an assistant principal at Watauga High School, have two teenage daughters.

Michele Galloway and her husband, Dale Galloway, a WCU graduate student in the public affairs program, have launched a nonprofit following the death of their 12-year-old son, Connor, in 2007. Connor’s HEART (Help Eliminate Adolescent Risk Taking) advocates for the health and well-being of preteens and teens by addressing high-risk behavior. Connor died while engaging in the “choking game” – the act of choking oneself to feel high, an activity determined to be popular at the child’s school. Dale Galloway also published an article titled “Parents’ Roles in Improving the Health of Adolescents” in the July/August 2010 issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal.

Eric Powell received an appointment to attend the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, an 18-month program based in Monterey, Calif. Powell, WCU’s Young Alumnus award winner in 2000 and past president of the WCU Alumni Association board of directors, plans to research areas involving emergency medical services and homeland security curriculum development.

Cameron Weaver is a permit coordinator with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach.

1992

Mark Ellison, (right) director of admissions at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences since 2003, recently earned his doctorate in adult education from North Carolina State University. Ellison’s dissertation research focused on the restorative benefits of hiking in wilderness solitude and the relationship to job satisfaction. He is married to Tori Addington Ellison ’91.

Marty Stamey is the county manager in Haywood County after serving as interim county manager and assistant county manager.

1994

Lonnie Galloway (left) is wide receivers coach and passing game co-coordinator for Wake Forest University football. At WCU, Galloway was a four-year letterman who threw for 5,545 yards, the second-highest total in school history. After graduation, he played one season in the Arena Football League, then started a coaching career that included positions at Elon, East Carolina, Appalachian State and West Virginia.

1995

Mark Huddle MA (right) has edited “Roi Ottley’s World War II: The Lost Diary of an African American Journalist,” published by the University Press of Kansas. Ottley was a black journalist assigned to cover the experiences of African-American soldiers in the European theater in World War II. Huddle, an assistant professor of history at Georgia College and State University, discovered Ottley’s journal of the time – rich in personal reflections and with a keen eye on race – in an archive.

1996

Allen Bentley studied painting at the University of Pennsylvania and has since exhibited his work in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and San Diego. Now living in Ithaca, N.Y., Bentley earlier this year had a show in Graham, his first exhibition in North Carolina since he left more than a decade ago. Shown here: ‘Laces,’ 2011, oil on canvas, 30 inches by 30 inches; courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Alison Rebecca Mann has obtained her master’s degree in social work and licensed social work certification. Mann is a social services program consultant in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh.

Jody Mathis has been with Evergreen Packaging Worldwide for 10 years. A senior production planner for the last three years, Moore has been promoted to shipping and inventory manager over the Canton and Waynesville plants. He also is head coach of the junior varsity football team at Pisgah High School. He and his family live in Canton and raise golden retrievers.

1998

R. Chad Merrill MAEd EdD ’08 is chief institutional advancement officer/assistant to the president at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock. Merrill has been with the college since 1996.