Jason Beverlin is new head baseball coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Beverlin previously was the pitching coach at the University of Tennessee and played professionally with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. He is married to Heather Cole Beverlin ’96.

Zeb Martin has been promoted to assistant vice president with BB&T. Martin joined BB&T earlier this year.


Angela Johnson Ramsey and her husband, Adam, welcomed son Micah Adam on March 19. The family lives in Statesville.


Cristie Jones Farmer and Brad Farmer ’02 had a daughter, Addison Grace, on March 4.


Amanda Buchanan-Gambill recently graduated from the N.C. State University veterinary program. Buchanan-Gambill and her husband, Andy Gambill ’07, recently moved back to her hometown of Andrews, where she is now working as a veterinarian at the Andrews Veterinary Hospital.

Carrie Hachadurian and her husband, Frank Hachadurian ’07, taught themselves photography and now own and operate Blue Frame Photography, shooting weddings and wedding-themed events in Western North Carolina. Both also work full time at Western Carolina, she in the Writing Center and he in the Office of the Registrar.

Daniel Trivette, the band teacher at West Rowan High School, was a finalist for 2010-11 Rowan-Salisbury Teacher of the Year.


Jason Habbal and the former Malea Greene were married in Lake Lure in September 2010.

Matt Johnson and his wife, Lauren, a former WCU employee, plan to open a new gallery and center for creative book arts called ZaPow at Battery Park in downtown Asheville in September. In addition to exhibition space, the company will offer a variety of promotional and publishing services to writers, artists and illustrators, as well as workspace. ZaPow will focus on fun, quirky, unique illustrations, pop art and comics. “We want people to peek through our windows and know that they have to come in. They need to come in. It’ll be entertaining and fun for everyone,” Matt Johnson said.

Rachel Reilly, a contestant on the 12th season of the CBS television show “Big Brother,” returned for an all-star season 13.


Nicola Barksdale, a financial services manager at First Citizens Bank, is a board member of the Henderson County Education Foundation Inc.

Heather A. Dittmer is co-founder and program manager of Upward Roots, a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area that provides community service opportunities for youth in underserved, poor schools as a means for leadership development and community-building. Dittmer recently spent three weeks in Bolivia teaching youth soccer skills and English with the nonprofit organization Level Playing Field.


Corey Martin pitches for the Florence Freedom baseball club. The former N.C. Teaching Fellow is a substitute teacher in the off-season and eventually wants to teach and coach baseball.

Former track standout Manteo Mitchell (left) signed with the WAFEL Sports Management team out of Brussels, Belgium, and competed in several meets in Europe earlier this year. Mitchell was named all-conference in indoor and outdoor track events 30 times during his collegiate career and now concentrates on the 400 meters. He is earning his master’s degree in education at WCU.

Tania Arcos MS, Melanie Norman ’04 MS, Kathy Hogan and Kathryn Strochota opened Bloom Counseling in Asheville, with counseling for children, adults, couples and families. Bloom Counseling offers services in Spanish and on a sliding scale rate.

Joshua S. Smith recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.


Danielle L. Greene has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Mandi Neumann graduated with a master’s degree in theology from Liberty University in May and plans to finish a master’s degree in religious education in December. She is a guest pastor in Atlanta and Western North Carolina churches and is writing a book of Christian testimonies.

Briana Renee Rabon MAEd and Daniel Olin Hastings were married April 16 at Governor’s Bluff Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C. Rabon is an elementary school counselor in McDowell County and Hastings is employed by the Biltmore Estate winery. The couple live in Asheville.


K. Paul Knott EdD is the founding director of the L-R Center for Graduate Studies-Asheville, created by Lenoir-Rhyne University to serve residents of Asheville and surrounding areas and scheduled to open in fall 2012. Knott and his wife, Melanie Timberlake, live in Mills River.