Timothy Vaught

Photo courtesy of Coastal Carolina University.

Timothy Vaught ’01 is associate head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Coastal Carolina University, where he coaches team members in the sprint, jump, hurdle and combined events. In June, Vaught was named the Southeast Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after his 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams qualified for the NCAA Championships. From 2002-06, Vaught served as an assistant track and field coach at CCU; he left the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he was the associate head track and field coach, to return to CCU. While at WCU, he earned all-conference honors in the 4×100 meter and 4×400 meter relays and was a member of the 4×400 meter NCAA Championship qualifying team. Vaught, also a running back for Catamount football, got his coaching start as a WCU track and field graduate assistant.


Marie Benge Craig Roth MAEd ’63 is a retired math teacher and has written three award-winning books on the history of Davie County. Roth teaches genealogy and tatting at John C. Campbell Folk School.


Daniel Tharpe MAEd ’68 is a 2013 inductee into Florida’s Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame. Billed by the Hall of Fame as “one of the most versatile and greatest all-round athletes in the history of Brevard and of the state of Florida,” Tharpe earned 15 varsity letters in basketball, baseball, football and tennis as a student at Cocoa High School. Tharpe started in all four sports during his time at WCU and was inducted into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991. Early in his career, he returned to his Brevard community and coached basketball and tennis at Cocoa High and started a basketball league for children ages 6-12. He later returned to WCU as an assistant coach and then  coached at East Texas State.


A novel by William Pipes EdS ’75 titled “Darby” was published by Ecanus Publishing of Great Britain. Pipes describes the novel as “a story of danger, suspense, romance and intrigue interwoven with the history and culture of the Appalachians.”


John Henzy has retired as provost of Gloucester County College in New Jersey. In his 43 years with the school, Henzy held positions including lecturer, full professor, dean and acting president. He calculated that during his career he taught as many as 30,000 students.


Ludy Wilkie has donated to the Bostic Lincoln Center more than 20 years worth of research material on the legend that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina. Wilkie, who has written two plays about the legend, offered the materials to the center to make them accessible to a wider audience. The materials primarily explore Lincoln’s paternity.


Philip B. Bowser MA had a selection of his fine art photographs hanging in the Springbox gallery in Portland, Ore., this past spring. Bowser teaches in the school psychology program at Lewis and Clark College. Shown here is Bowser’s work titled “Rainy Beach.”


Joni Mabry Brown, retired band director at Bates Middle School in South Carolina, has been inducted into the South Carolina Band Directors Hall of Fame.


WCU staff members made cards and wrote letters to soldiers for care packages to be distributed by Operation North State, a nonprofit organization founded by Terry Snyder to support military programs connected to North Carolina. Lisa Winders, director of military student services at WCU, reached out to Operation North State to explore possible needs as WCU’s Staff Senate planned spring service activities. Snyder, the organization’s chairman, said the timing was perfect as he had just been contacted about helping a special forces unit. Fourteen staff members together wrote 100 cards for the care packages. Snyder is married to Miriam “Dawn” Eldridge.


John Knight MAEd ’83 is retiring from Buncombe County Schools, where he was a speech therapist and coach in the Owen District for 30 years. At Charles D. Owen High School, Knight coached girls’ volleyball, boys’ basketball and boys’ and girls’ golf (he formed the first girls’ varsity golf team there in 1998) and earned golf coach of the year honors 16 times. In May, Knight supporters surprised him by raising enough money to send him to play the Pebble Beach golf course in California.


Jim Davidson MBA is CEO of Miami-based Farelogix, which provides technology to help airlines personalize the way tickets are sold to frequent fliers.


Barbara Sue Messer Parker MAEd EDS ’03 EdD ’07 is the new president of Haywood Community College. Parker comes to the position from Rutherford County Schools, where she was assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. She also spent long stretches in administrative positions in the public schools in Haywood and Buncombe counties. While in Buncombe, Parker worked closely with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to implement a middle college program and an early college high school program on the A-B Tech campus. Parker also worked collaboratively with Isothermal Community College in her role with Rutherford County Schools. She lives in Haywood’s Crabtree community with husband Greg Parker MAEd ’88.


Margaret Simpson Vestal MA ’91 recently opened RE/MAX Results in Asheville. Vestal (known as Peggy during her WCU years) has been a real estate broker in Asheville for 12 years and a RE/MAX associate for six years. She will continue in real estate sales while her husband and co-owner, Jimmy Vestal, oversees office operations. She achieved RE/MAX 100% Club status in 2012 and 2011 for productivity levels that were more than double the industry average.


Sherri Holbert is director of the Park Ridge Health Foundation. Holbert had served as a development officer at Park Ridge since September and is responsible for coordinating annual giving and major gift initiatives and planning and implementing special events.


Don Lourcey MAEd is director of professional learning and Michelle Harrison Lourcey MA ’93 is chief academic officer for the North Carolina Virtual Public School. The couple has a 9-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, and lives in Statesville.


John Connet is the new city manager for Hendersonville. Prior to this role, Connet had served as city manager of Clinton, his hometown, since 2002.


Brigette Welton has been appointed to the Striving for Excellence committee of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. During her three-year term, Welton will be responsible for facilitating the SMPS national awards program, including developing standards criteria, as well as promoting the organization at the local and national levels. She is marketing manager in the Raleigh office of Dewberry, a professional services firm that provides architecture, engineering, management and consulting services to public- and private-sector clients.


Jeanne Dulworth, assistant professor of social work, won WCU’s Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The award was presented at the annual spring Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards event.

Construction of a new complex for Smoky Mountain Obstetrics and Gynecology, founded and owned by Dr. Janine Keever, is under way in Jackson County, with completion expected later this year. The facility will provide women’s health care for residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain and Graham counties.


Ellen McCann received her doctoral degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University in 2012 and now works for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington.

Jason Queen is a sports reporter for The Dispatch newspaper in Davidson County, where he recently earned second-place honors for sports columns from the North Carolina Press Association in the category of daily newspapers with circulation of less than 12,500. Queen worked for The Dispatch from 2005-09 and rejoined the paper in 2011.


Channing Austin is the 2013 N.C. Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year. Austin also was recognized as Officer of the Year by the Statesville Police Department, where he has served for more than 19 years.

Angie Cooley is a music teacher at Mitchell Road Elementary School in Greenville, S.C. Cooley has been named among the finalists for 2013-14 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year, to be announced in August.

Eric T. Perry has written a novel, “Before I Go,” about a terminally ill man coming to terms with his mortality. Perry, inspired to write the novel by a 2012 cancer scare, has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded in 1993 by the late Jim Valvano and ESPN.


Doug Coe MPT and his wife, Emily Hinton Coe, have helped organize the annual Marine Mud Run in Pinnacle since it started in 2010. The race has grown from 1,335 participants the first year to 4,000 for the race held June 1. For each of the past two years, the event has raised more than $70,000 in support of North Carolina military and veterans organizations. Doug Coe helps with course design and obstacle construction and directs the run for children 12 and younger while his wife focuses on runner registration and editing print publications.


Brad Hoover is the new head football coach at Union Academy, a charter school in Monroe. Hoover was the starting fullback for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers for nine years and was a star running back while at WCU.


Jayme Linton, director of teacher education at Lenoir-Rhyne University, was named one of “20 to Watch” for 2012-13 by the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network for her ability to inspire colleagues to adopt innovative technology that contributes to high-quality learning environments and more efficient operations.

Kam A. McDonald graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Gordon Smith MS has been a member of the Asheville City Council since 2009 and is running for re-election to a second term this fall. Smith is a child-and-family counselor in private practice. He and his wife, Rachael, live in West Asheville.


Cory MacGillivray MAEd ’06 was named the middle school science instructional coach with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He previously taught biology at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons. MacGillivray and his wife, Stephanie Lee MacGillivray ’05, welcomed their second child, Sawyer Benjamin MacGillivray, in February.


Eric Newsom MA ’07 is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Central Missouri.

Jason Woods is vice president and manager of retail projects for Bank of Oak Ridge, a community bank with five locations in Greensboro, Summerfield and Oak Ridge. Woods has worked with Bank of Oak Ridge for five years and most recently served as branch manager and vice president.


Brandon A. Robinson MA ’10 earned his juris doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in the spring. During Robinson’s final semester in law school, he completed a 12-week externship at the University of North Carolina Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity and, with a former classmate, co-authored an article published in the spring 2013 issue of the NCCU Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review.


Shannon Ilsley is director of events at Patrick Properties Hospitality Group in Charleston. Ilsley has been with the company since 2007, most recently as senior event manager.

Christian E. Dwight Edwards MA is manager of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville after working there six years as a historic interpreter.


Stacey Mitchell Atkins and John Atkins ’08 are married and living in Charleston, S.C. Stacey Atkins is a consultant with Nerium International and John Atkins is an engineer with APAC-Ballenger Paving. The couple wed in June 2011 at Nantahala Lake with multiple WCU alumni as members of the wedding party. They are Bobby Applewhite ’07 ’09 (third from left), Jesse Ramirez ’09 (fifth from right), Jessica Stroupe ’08 ’09 (left of bride), Sally Mitchell ’10 (right of groom) and Kristen Lynch ’08 (third from right). Josh Kitchens (seventh from left), Jamar Frazier (second from right) and Davina Cook Pike (far right) also attended WCU.

Rosanna Pearson Bare in March was named teacher of the year for Wilkes County Schools, where she is a first-grade teacher at Moravian Falls Elementary School.

Bradley J. Botts MPM is vice president of membership (an active voting board member position) for the North Carolina chapter of the Project Management Institute. The N.C. chapter has more than 2,800 members.


Jamie Crumley-Tate lives in Nashville, Tenn., where she is establishing a career as a singer and songwriter and performs at venues including NASCAR races, universities and festivals. Tate also is a licensed attorney in the state of Tennessee.

Tara B.W. Gleason MS ’10 manages a branch library for Clemson University’s School of Education. Gleason worked at WCU’s Hunter Library as an undergraduate student and as an
assistant supervisor while completing her graduate degree.


Anna Browning has written a 32-page children’s picture book titled “Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks.” Josh Crawford ’10 illustrated the book, about a boy whose tree house turns into a spaceship that takes him to the moon so he can gather the moon rocks he has always wanted. Browning is an administrative support associate in WCU’s Writing and Learning Commons.

Erika L. Impagliatelli has been accepted as a member of Teach for America, an organization that serves students in urban and rural public schools. Impagliatelli will attend summer training in Houston and will begin teaching math this fall in a middle school in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas. She will continue her graduate studies in learning, design and technology through Penn State’s World Campus.


Nathan Gatto and Sarah Clark ’12 are owner-operators of Wright’s Backyard Birding Center in Winston-Salem, a bird-supply business that started in 1983. The couple is engaged to be married in April.

Janette Hammett MHS ’12 is the child nutrition director at Cherokee Central Schools. Prior to her employment there, Hammett worked as the tobacco prevention coordinator at Macon County Public Health and as a nutritionist and director of the Women, Infants and Children program in Swain County.


Ronnie Garcia is an account executive with the Carolina Panthers. Garcia, a former member of the WCU golf team, began as an intern with the Panthers in 2011.

Sgt. Brandon Lee Monteith deployed to Afghanistan in the spring for a yearlong tour as part of the N.C. National Guard’s 210th Military Police Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit will be conducting law enforcement and customs inspection operations as American military forces begin working toward a coordinated withdrawal from that country. A resident of Jackson County, Monteith has been with the 210th for approximately five years.

Leslie Putnam spent from March 2012 to April 2013 as a resident acting intern at Wayside Theatre in Middletown, Va., where she choreographed, taught musical theatre classes and performed in shows including “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” and “Private Lives.”


Mercedese R. Brouard recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the delayed entry program. Brouard will undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.

Andres Guillama of Waynesville was one of 12 contestants on the most recent series of Food Network competition series “Food Network Star,” which concludes in August. The winner earns his or her own show on Food Network.

Zach Heaton has finished working on a new fly fishing TV show called “In the Loop.” Heaton also shot one episode of another fishing show titled “Fly Nation” and helped shoot the pilot of a new show titled “Action Sports Information Desk.”

Anderson Miller continues to work on building a well in the Kenyan village of Gerliech, a project he undertook while still a student at WCU. Miller and Christopher Pedo, an adviser in the WCU Office of International programs and Services who is from Gerliech, traveled with members of a nonprofit organization to work on the project. The group planned to train approximately 10 people from the local community there to also participate. Miller works in Raleigh as an assistant to Rep. Joe Sam Queen of N.C. District 119.

Christina Banner Pettus was married in October 2012. She works at Clater Kaye Theatreworks in Hickory, where she helps run the performing arts school.

Groce Scot Robinson MAT has been accepted to the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom to pursue a doctoral degree in history focused on the late medieval period.