Loretta Rattler Adams retired in June after 30 years as a graphic designer in the WCU Office of Public Relations (formerly the Office of Public Information). Adams lives in Asheville with her husband, Doug, a self-employed heating and air technician and part-time welding instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The couple plans to begin building a new home in 2012 in Buncombe County’s Newfound community.


Cindi Simmons MAEd ’83, Smoky Mountain High School girls basketball coach, earned her 500th career win in January. Simmons has been at Sylva’s Smoky Mountain (formerly Sylva-Webster) for 29 years.


Eddie Burks was re-elected to a second term on the Asheboro City Council in November.


Richard Lahm is executive director of Gaston Hospice in Gastonia after serving six years as director of support services for the organization. A top priority in his new position is for people to secure hospice care earlier in a potentially terminal illness so the staff can better establish relationships and work with families.


Tom Frye is superintendent of Harnett County Schools.


Lt. Col. Kina Swayney retired from the Army at the end of 2010 after more than 20 years of service, including positions in the Middle East. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Swayney achieved the highest rank of any female tribe member in history.


Rick Shoestock is information technology director with Meridian Behavioral Health Services in Sylva.


Philip Lindsey MA ’92, an associate professor of fine arts at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., is a recent recipient of the college’s Drusilla Stevens Mazur Research Professorship. The prize allowed him to travel abroad to study Spanish baroque painting and will support an exhibition and catalogue for an upcoming exhibit of his artwork.

Jeff Reece is CEO of Chesterfield General Hospital in Cheraw, S.C. Reece has 13 years of health-care management experience, and in addition to previous service to Chesterfield has worked as CEO of Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville, S.C., and Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, S.C.


J. Walter Paquin is an assistant professor of social work at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. Paquin arrived at Bluffton after eight years at Southeast Missouri State University and also has worked as a licensed clinical social worker.


“Walker 904A,” a 2010 musical release by Scott Dameron MAEd ’96 and Jay Ladd V, has been winning the former WCU roomies accolades. They won the Charlotte Music Awards Folk Showcase and the 2011 North Carolina Songwriters Co-op songwriting contest and were named among 10 finalists in the 2011 Wildflower! performing songwriter contest.

Melinda Frye Phillips, a division director of Bayada Nurses in Salisbury, played a key role in designing a leadership development program to recruit employees interested in home health business management. The program recently graduated its fourth class in the Southeast, and “many of these graduates from the program have been able to become directors in the company,” said Phillips, who has been with Bayada for 17 years. Bayada provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice and personal home health care services and employs more than 14,000 health care professionals in 20 states.


Dr. Shane J. Walker has joined the board of trustees of Sherman College of Chiropractic, where he is an alumnus. Walker, in private practice at Trinity Chiropractic in Naples, Fla., is the current president of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations. He also hosts a weekly radio and television program, “The Dr. Shane Walker Wellness Hour.”


James Richard Garrett II MAEd ’00 is director of continuing education and program audits for Pamlico Community College. Garrett pledged to design PCC’s programs “in ways that help local people achieve their goals. I want to see what courses and programs the people of Pamlico County want us to offer.”

Bob Schneider is new director of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority, which oversees bus service for residents of the Columbia, S.C., area. Schneider is an employee of Veolia Transportation, a private company that recently contracted with local government to operate the bus system.