Janet Marie Levine married Bernard Lee Stallings on May 7 in Charlotte. Two of Levine’s WCU roommates, Vonnie Smith Hines and Jane Steadman Lee ’81, served as bridesmaids. The couple live in Charlotte with their dog, Annie.


Carolyn Moser MPA ’96 is the health director for Pender County.


Marshall Black is a sales representative with Outdura Corp., a fabric manufacturer. Black previously has served as president of the American Society of Interior Designers chapters in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Michael Murray MAEd EDS ’05 EdD ’08, formerly superintendent of operations for McDowell County Schools, is the new superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools. Murray’s wife, Carmen Murray MAEd, is a principal in Buncombe County. They have seven children.


Shirley W. Parks MAEd EdS ’04 is the new principal at East Franklin Elementary School in Macon County. Parks has worked for the Macon school system for 27 years and attended East Franklin as a child. She previously was assistant principal at Cartoogechaye Elementary School. She is the first African-American principal in the organized Macon County Schools system, according to The Franklin Press. Parks and her husband, Gerald Parks, have two children, daughter Valerie Parks, a junior at WCU, and son Isaiah Parks, a seventh-grader at Macon Middle School.


Marti Hunter MAEd is director of basic skills at Pamlico Community College. Prior to joining the staff at Pamlico, Hunter was the assistant dean of academic advising at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.


John Walter Paquin has accepted a position as assistant professor of social work at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, beginning this 2011. He received his doctorate in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and has taught in the social work department at Southeast Missouri State University since 2003.

Lisa Wiggins is manager at United Community Bank in Cherokee.


Brigette Welton is a marketing manager with Dewberry in the Raleigh office. Dewberry is a professional services firm offering architecture, engineering and management and consulting services to a variety of public- and private-sector clients. Welton is married to Paul Welton ’94.


Wendy Edney MAEd EdD ’10, regional coordinator for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, is president of the Henderson County Education Foundation Inc.

Deborah Grant, Cherokee Preservation Foundation finance officer, graduated from the Leadership North Carolina program.


Steven D. Lillard is Western Carolina’s new assistant chief of police. A lifelong Jackson County resident and a Gulf War veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lillard comes to the position from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, where he was operations major. Lillard, at work on his master’s degree in public affairs at WCU, is a certified law enforcement instructor and also teaches at Southwestern Community College. He lives in Sylva with his wife, Lee Lillard ’97 MHS ’02; son, Drew; and daughters, Megan and Hannah.


Janna Deitz MPA was awarded a 2011-12 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship. Founded in 1953, the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program gives select political scientists, journalists, doctors, federal executives and international scholars hands-on understanding of the legislative process by allowing them to serve on congressional staffs for nine months. Deitz, an associate professor at Western Illinois University, also earned WIU’s College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award in 2010.


Dixie M. Davis, a registered nurse and bedside staff nurse at Florida Hospital Heartland Division, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who as a “VIP of the year” for her dedication, leadership and excellence in surgical orthopedic rehabilitation nursing.

William Frady MAEd ’05, manager of instructional and student computing at WCU, won the university’s 2010-11 Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for Administrative Staff. Frady provides oversight and leadership to Technology Commons, a one-stop IT service area for all WCU student computing needs, and manages the academic technology for all classrooms and computer labs.

Crystal Wright is a senior producer with Triangle-Studiobanks, a Charlotte agency specializing in online marketing and Web development. Wright serves as the liaison between clients and Studiobanks’ creative team.