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Advising Center Staff

ADVISING CENTER:
Advising Center staff provide advising for most undergraduate Cullowhee-based majors. 
Contact the Advising Center at 828.227.7753 or advisingcenter@wcu.edu.

HONORS COLLEGE:
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. 

DISTANCE and ONLINE PROGRAMS:
Staff in this department provide advising for majors offered entirely online or at a location other than Cullowhee.

SCHOOL of HEALTH SCIENCES:
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

TLBulluck

 

Director of Advising

828.227.7753
tlbulluck@wcu.edu

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

828.227.7753
mday@wcu.edu

 

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

828.227.2125
mfisher@wcu.edu

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

828.227.2133
rgamble@.wcu.edu

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

828.227.3890
johnsonk@wcu.edu


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

828.227.2540
jkantor@wcu.edu

Supporting the following sports:

Women's Soccer
Women's Volleyball
Baseball
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

828.227.3885
cleboeuf@wcu.edu

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

828.227.2537
millerk@wcu.edu

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 

828-227-2123
katiemoore@wcu.edu

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

828.227.2539
dpenberthy@wcu.edu

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

 KRufalo

 

Graduate Assistant

828.227.7753
kerufalo1@catamount.wcu.edu

 

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

828.227.3882
awein@wcu.edu

Supporting the following sports:

Football
Women's Basketball
Men's Basketball
Softball
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

828.227.2555
zfwilliams@wcu.edu

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

Chemistry
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

 

 828.227.3883
awork@wcu.edu

 

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

828.227.2535
szwilling@wcu.edu

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

- Graphic Design Emphasis
- Studio Emphasis

English, B.A.
Concentrations in:
Literature
Pedagogy
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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