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Advising Center Staff

Advising Center staff provide advising for most undergraduate Cullowhee-based majors. 
Contact the Advising Center at 828.227.7753 or

The Brinson Honors College offers advising for undergraduate honors students. Contact the Brinson Honors College at 828.227.7383.

SUITE 201:
Suite 201 staff provide advising for all Art, Birth-to-Kindergarten, Elementary, English, Inclusive, Math,  Middle Grades, Health and Physical Education, Music, Science, & Social Sciences Education majors. 

Staff in this department provide advising for majors offered entirely online or at a location other than Cullowhee.

The School of Health Sciences staff provide advising for all Emergency Medical Care, Environmental Health, Integrated Health Sciences, Nutrition & Dietetics and Rec Therapy majors.

Advising Center Staff Information

Director: Travis Bulluck
Associate Director: Mary Fischer
Advisors: Richard Gamble, Kendra Johnson, Julia Kantor, Caroline LeBoeuf, Kate Miller, Katie Moore, Debra Penberthy, Alisha Wein, Zachary Williams, Anya Work, Steve Zwilling 
Administrative Support Specialist: Melissa Day
Graduate Assistant: Katherine Rufalo

Person Majors Advised Bio Information

Travis Bulluck



Director of Advising


Communications, B.S.

Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC

Joined WCU: 2015

Undergraduate Institution:
UNC-Chapel Hill
B.A. Sociology, Minor in Exercise Sport Science

Graduate Institution:
East Carolina University
M.S. in Counselor and Adult Education

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, traveling, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors!

Melissa Day

Melissa Day


Administrative Support Specialist



Hometown: Salisbury, NC

Joined WCU: January 2011 - May 2014 as a student. I returned October 2018 as an employee.

Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University
B.S. Communication, Minor Marketing

Graduate Institution: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
M.A. Religion 2019
M.A. Christian Ministries 2020

Hobbies: Playing drums and guitar, kayaking, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

Mary Fischer

Mary Fischer Staff Photo


Associate Director of Academic Advising


Social Work, B.S.W.

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

Joined WCU: September 2020

Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California
B.A. English

Graduate Institution: University of Southern California
M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs

Hobbies: Baking, cooking, traveling, yoga, hiking with my dog and watching Dodgers baseball.

Richard Gamble

Richard Gamble


Senior Academic Advisor
Finish Line Coordinator


Computer Science, B.S.

Mathematics, B.S.

Philosophy, B.A.

Hometown: Gastonia, NC

Joined WCU: February 2016 (but, I also did my undergraduate and graduate work here)

Undergraduate Institution: 
Western Carolina University
B.S. Biology

Graduate Institution: 
Western Carolina University
M.Ed. College Student Personnel

Hobbies: Movies and collecting just about anything!

Kendra Johnson

Kendra Johnson


Academic Advisor


History, B.S.

International Studies, B.A.

Political Science, B.A.

Political Science, B.S.

Psychology, B.S.

Social Sciences, B.S.

Sociology, B.A.

Sociology, B.S.

Spanish, B.A.

Hometown: Chipita Park, CO

Joined WCU: August 2018

Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado

Graduate Institution: University of Colorado

Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking and reading.

Julia Kantor


 Athletic Advisor


Supporting the following sports:

Women's Soccer
Women's Volleyball
Men's Golf
Women's Golf
Men's Track/XC
Women's Track/XC

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Joined WCU: September 2020

Undergaduate Institution: Florida Institute of Technology B.A. Psychology

Graduate Institution: Endicott College
M.Ed. Athletic Administration

Hobbies: Running, traveling, cooking and hanging out with family and friends.

Caroline LeBoeuf

Caroline LeBoeuf


Academic Advisor


Construction Management, B.S.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, B.S.

Electrical Engineering, B.S.E.E.

Engineering Technology (Applied Systems Technology Concentration), B.S.

Engineering (Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electrical Power Concentrations), B.S.E.

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Joined WCU: March 2019

Undergraduate Institution: Winthrop University- B.A. in Art; Minor in Business Administration

Graduate Institution: The Citadel- M.Ed. in Counselor Education; Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs and College Counseling

Hobbies: Hiking, reading, traveling abroad, cooking, watching movies and visiting theme parks.

Kate Miller

Kate Miller


Academic Advisor


Nursing, B.S.N.

Hometown: Bonfield, IL

Joined WCU: March 4 2019

Undergraduate Institution: Illinois State University

Graduate Institution:  University of Alabama

Hobbies: Hiking, dancing and listening to music, reading, and spending time with my husband and our two children.

Katie Moore

Katie Moore


Senior Academic Advisor 


Anthropology B.S., B.A.

Criminal Justice, B.S.

Emergency and Disaster Management, B.S.

Forensic Science, B.S.



Hometown: Lexington, NC

Joined WCU: Graduated from WCU in 2011 but rejoined the Whee in August 2018.

Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University, BS in Sport Management.

Graduate Institution: University of Central Missouri, MS in Kinesiology.

Hobbies: Hiking, tubing, traveling, playing with my dog and spending time with my family and friends.

Debra Penberthy

Debra Penberthy


 Academic Advisor


Communication Sciences Disorders, B.S.

Environmental Science, B.S.

Geology, B.S.

Natural Resource Conservation and Management

Parks and Recreation Management, B.S.

Hometown: Winter Park, Florida

Joined WCU: 2020

Undergraduate Institution: Florida State University
B.A. in Music and Criminology

Graduate Institution: California Institute of the Arts
M.F.A. in Vocal Performance

Hobbies: Exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, cooking, playing with my dog, reading, and writing and playing music.

Katherine Rufalo



Graduate Assistant



Hometown: Rahway, New Jersey

Joined WCU: August 2019

Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University- Newark
B.A. in Political Science, Minor in Public & Nonprofit Administration

Graduate Institution: Western Carolina University
M.Ed in Higher Education Student Affairs

Hobbies: Going to National Parks & watching Gilmore Girls or Community.

Alisha Wein

 Alisha Wein Staff Photo


Athletic Advisor


Supporting the following sports:

Women's Basketball
Men's Basketball
Women's Tennis

Hometown: South Williamsport, PA

Joined WCU: June 2020

Undergraduate Institution: Lock Haven University, B.S. Sport Administration

Graduate Institution: Lock Haven University, M.S. Sport Science
Bloomsburg University, M.Ed. College Student Affairs

Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, hiking, biking, kayaking and traveling. 

Zachary Williams

Zack Williams


Academic Advisor


Biology, B.S.-Concentrations in:
-General Biology
-Molecular Biology
-Pre-Health Professional
-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Concentrations in:
-General Chemistry
-Pre-Medical/Biomedical Sciences and Technology
-Accelerated Bachelors/Masters
-American Chemical Society

Pre-Professional Programs 
- all Pre-Health programs
- Pre-Law

Hometown: Douglasville, GA

Joined WCU: January 2014

Undergraduate Institution: University of West Georgia

Graduate Institution: University of West Georgia

Hobbies: Photography, hiking, silversmithing, juggling, reading.

Anya Work




Accounting, B.S.B.A.

Business Administration & Law, B.S.B.A.

Computer Information Systems, B.S.B.A.

Entrepreneurship, B.S., B.S.B.A.

Finance, B.S.B.A.

Hospitality & Tourism, B.S.

Management, B.S.B.A

Marketing, B.S.B.A.

Sports Management, B.S.B.A.

 Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Joined WCU: September 2020

Undergraduate Institution: Hollins University- B.A. in English and Art History

Graduate Institution: Virginia Tech- M.A. Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs

Hobbies: Hiking, roller skating, reading and traveling.

Steve Zwilling

Steve Zwilling


Academic Advisor


Art, B.A., B.F.A.

- Graphic Design Emphasis
- Studio Emphasis

English, B.A.
Concentrations in:
Professional Writing
Motion Picture Studies

Film and Television Production, B.F.A.

Interior Design, B.S.

Music, B.A.

Music, B.M.

Stage & Screen, B.A.

Theatre, B.F.A.


Hometown: Allen Park, MI

Joined WCU: August 2017

Undergraduate Institution:

Eastern Michigan University - B.A. English

Graduate Institution:

Eastern Michigan University - M.A. Higher Education Student Affairs

Hobbies: Reading, writing, piano, guitar, hiking, running, teaching, traveling, and playing practical jokes on my wife.

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