Biology Alumni News

Where are they now?

Dawn Cusick (MS 2008, Costa): Instructor, Haywood Community College; Publisher, EarlyLight Books (children's science)

Christina Manee (MS 2007, Adkison): Instructor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Mike LaVoie (MS 2007, Martin):  Consultant, Waynesville, NC

Melissa Collins (MS 2006, O’Connell):  PhD candidate, University of Alberta

Philip Drummond (MS 2006, O’Connell):  PhD candidate, University of Montana

Barclay Taylor (MS 2006, O’Connell):  High School Teacher, Canton, NC

Mark Hall (MS 2005, Adkison):  Project Manager & Regional Vegetation Ecologist for NatureServe in Boulder, CO

Weaver Haney (MS 2005, O’Connell):  Instructor, WCU

Darby Harris (MS 2005, Rundle):  Instructor at Western Carolina University; PhD from University of Kentucky

Mike Ivey (MS 2005, Mathews):  Consultant, FL

Sara Martin (MS 2005, Adkison):  Instructor at Haywood Community College

Derren Rosbach (MS 2005, O’Connell):  PhD candidate, Virginia Tech University

Jeff Wesner (MS 2005, Martin):  PhD candidate, University of Oklahoma

Jamie Anderson (MS 2004, Martin):  Employed with the NC State Parks system

Lucas Conkle (MS 2004, Costa):  High School Teacher

Jackie Greenfield (MS 2004, Pittillo):  Employed at Gaia Herbs

Daniel Hanks (MS 2004, Martin):  Instructor, Presbyterian College, South Carolina

Matias Jasin (MS 2004, Costa):  Medical Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

Maureen Kavanagh (MS 2004, Martin):  US Fish and Wildlife, Portland, Oregon

Shannon Raby (MS 2004, Martin):  Research technician, WCU

Ben Salter (MS 2004, Martin):  Consulting, Virginia

Henry Angelopulos (MS 2003, O’Connell):  Middle School Teacher, Hayesville, NC

Matthew Dunn (MS 2003, O’Connell):  PhD candidate in the History and Philosophy of Biology Program at Indiana University-Bloomington

Christophe Le Moine (MS 2003, Lumb):  PhD candidate in Molecular Biology at Queens University, Ontario

Kim Lowery (BS 2003, O’Connell):  Forensic Technician, Forensic Medical Services in Nashville, TN

Gina (Parise) Sloan (BS 2003, O’Connell):  Postdoctoral Associate; PhD in Molecular Genetics from Wake Forest University

Kristina Reid (BS 2003, O’Connell):  Research Assistant at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Erika Yates (MS 2003, Martin):  Instructor, UNC-Pembroke

Dawn Geverd (MS 2002, Mainwaring):  Instructor, Community College, NJ

Sonja Himes (MS 2002, Wyatt):  Instructor, Western Carolina University

Shannon Kondrad (MS 2002, Miller):  Toxicity Research Analyst, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, MD

Shannon Mallisson (MS 2002, Miller):  Research technician, WCU

Jonathan Mays (MS 2002, Costa):  GSMNP-Appalachian Highlands Science and Learning Center Ed. Coordinator

Robert Warren (MS 2002, Pittillo):  Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University; PhD from University of Georgia

Alex Esmon, PhD (BS 2001, Rundle):  Postdoctoral Researcher, Utrecht, Holland; PhD from University of Missouri at Columbia

Robbie Flowers (MS 2001, Costa):  PhD candidate, Virginia Tech University

Jeremy Sanders (MS 2001, Coyle):  Employed by Pharmaceutical Company

Nathan Taylor (MS 2001, Bruce):  Working for a private company in South Carolina

Jonathan White (MS 2001, Rundle):  PhD candidate, University of Louisville

Brenna Farmer, MD (BS 2000):  MD from Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University; Currently in fellowship training at the New York City Poison Control Center

Dietrich Gotzek (MS 2000, Costa):  PhD candidate, UGA

Matt Rhea (MS 2000, West):  Owner and operator of Sorrell's Creek Trout Farm, Canton, NC

Steve Tipton (MS 2000, Mainwaring):  Tennessee State Health Department

Beth Wall-Bassett (BS 2000):  Assistant Professor, East Carolina University, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Stephanie Waters-Stocks (MS 2000, Costa):  Education specialist for programs in agricultural entomology and invasive/pest insects, Department of Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Cynthia Gill White (MS 2000, Bruce):  PhD candidate, Washington State University

Emily Whiteley (MS 2000, Coyle):  Instructor, Community College

Beth Bockoven (MS 1999, West):  Nature Conservancy, Asheville, NC

Deborah Cochran (MS 1999, Rundle):  Instructor, Southwestern Community College

Aaron R. Cooper (MS 1999, Pittillo):  Environmental consultant, Raleigh, NC

Robert Edwards (MS 1999, Coyle):  Instructor, Community College

Kevin Hining (MS 1999, West):  Fisheries Biologist, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Elkin, NC

Larissa Knebel (MS 1999, Pittillo):  PhD, North Carolina State University

Robert Louque (MS 1999, Costa):  City of Durham, NC, Water Authority

James MacKenzie (MS 1999, Lumb):  Faculty member, State University of New York at Oswego

Ian Stocks (MS 1999, Coyle):  Entemologist, Curator of Coccoidea, Aleyrodidae, and Trichoptera, Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Gainesville, Florida (PhD from Clemson University)

Georgia Haynes (MS 1998, Rundle):  MD from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 2003

Melissa Crisp (BS 1998):  Anatomy and Cell Biology PhD Candidate, University of Florida, Gainesville

Peter Julius (MS 1998, Pittillo):  High school teacher, Swain County, NC

Scott Passingham (BS 1998, Rundle):  Physical Therapist

Chittam Thakore (MS 1998, Rundle):  PhD candidate, ECU

Angela Burcham (MS 1997, Mainwaring):  PhD candidate, Southwest Louisiana University

April Livengood (BS 1997, Rundle):  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California at San Diego (PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder)

Gayle Livingston (MS 1997, Bruce):  PhD, University of Missouri

Joe Moore (MS 1997, West):  Dupont Inc. Richmond Va., recently took a job working in China

John Owen (MS 1997, Lumb):  Postdoctoral researcher, Bowman Grey School of Medicine

Robin Stamey (MS 1997, Rundle):  Veterinarian, graduated from Auburn University

Linda Trunk (MS 1997, Lumb):  High school teacher

Brian Corbin (MS 1996, Lumb):  Research Technician, Asheville, NC

Will Corum (MS 1996, Rundle):  Research technician, University of Kentucky-Lexington

Andy Hartung (MS 1996, Rundle):  Computer /Network Safety, Greenville, South Carolina

Jeremy Miller (MS 1996, Coyle):  Postdoctoral researcher, California Academy of Sciences, (PhD, Georgetown University)

Doug Toti (MS 1996, Coyle):  Instructor, Community College

Charles Zartman (MS 1996, Pittillo):  PhD, Duke University

Travis Ryan (MS 1995, Bruce):  Faculty member, Butler University

John Dobyns (MS 1994, Coyle):  High school teacher

Diana Silva (MS 1994, Coyle):  Postdoctoral researcher, California Academy of Sciences, (PhD, Cornell University)

Valerie Fuller (MS 1993, Coyle):  Dentist

Paul Lenzo (MS 1993, Bruce): Family practice doctor, Coffeyville, KS

David Loch (MS 1992, West):  Biologist, Mississippi Department of Pollution Control, Pearl, MS

M. Shane Pruett (BS 1992):  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Avian Ecology Lab, Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid FL (PhD University of Missouri, Columbia)

Kefyn Catley (MS 1991, Coyle):  Faculty member, Vanderbilt University, (PhD, Cornell University)

Randi Neff (MS 1990, Lumb):  High school teacher

Christopher Beachy (MS 1988, Bruce):  Faculty member, Minot State University

Susan Childress (MS 1988, Lumb):  Head of Quality Control, Jackson Paper Company, Sylva, NC

Randy Turner (MS 1988, Lumb):  Director of Environmental Impact, Department of transportation, NC

Randal Voss (MS 1988, Bruce):  Faculty member, University of Kentucky

Burt Banks (MS 1987, Lumb):  Professor, East Tennessee State University

Micky Clemmons (MS 1987, West):  Biologist, environmental and engineering firm, Asheville, NC

David Michelis (MS 1987, Lumb):  PhD, University of California-San Francisco

J. David Smith, MD (MS 1986, Harrison): Hematopathologist, Pathology Sciences Medical Group, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA (MD, East Carolina University School of Medicine)

Kathy Starr (MS 1986, Mainwaring):  Faculty member, Western Carolina University

Scott Urwick (MS 1986, West):  Environmental consultant, Environsphere, Inc., Boston, MA

Robb Bennett (MS 1985, Coyle):  Earned a PhD at University of Guelph after completing his work at WCU.  Dr. Bennett retired from his entomology position at the British Columbia Ministry of Forests and, more recently, from an enriching 5-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Entomologist, an international peer-reviewed journal.  He now works as an entomology research associate at the Royal BC Museum and an invasive and endangered species consultant.  In addition, Dr. Bennett serves on the federal “Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada."

Kimsey Corzine (MS 1985, Bruce):  High school teacher, Smoky Mountain High School, Sylva, NC

Sam Lohr (MS 1985, West):  Research Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Fresno, CA

Tom Moore (MS 1985, West):  Environmental Consultant, Environsphere, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Tom Jetton (MS 1984, Harrison):  Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont (PhD, Vanderbilt University)

Jackie Palmer (MS 1984, Coyle):  Researcher, Clemson University, (PhD, Harvard University)

Nancy Reagan (MS 1984, Bruce):  Faculty member, Kentucky State University

Andy Keesler, PhD, MBA (BS 1983):  US Director, Technology Licensing & Alliances, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bridgewater, NJ

Robin Edwards (MS 1983, Lumb):  High school teacher

Teresa Grose (MS 1983, Lumb):  Professor, Washington University, St. Louis

Richard Thomas (MS 1982, Pittillo):  Faculty member, West Virginia University

Steve Grindstaff (MS 1981, West):  Biology teacher, McDowell Technical Community College, Marion, NC

Leslie Bishop (MS 1980, Coyle):  Faculty member, Earlham College (PhD, University of Tennessee)

Susan Olson (MS 1980, Lumb):  Professor, Down State Medical Center, NY

Joseph Sullivan (MS 1980, Pittillo):  Faculty member, University of Maryland

Michael Tove (MS 1980, Bruce):  High school teacher, Cary, NC

Dr. William Michael Blackman, DMD (BS 1979):  Dentist, Cheraw, SC

Tom Dechant (MS 1979, West):  Dean of Learning Resources, Asheville-Biltmore Technical Community College

Charlotte Evans (MS 1978, Lumb):  MD, pediatrics

Mitchell Robinson (MS 1978, Lumb):  Associate Dean, School of Medicine, East Tennessee State University

Linda Costner (MS 1977, Lumb):  High school teacher

Michael Cable (MS 1976, Lumb):  Biotechnology researcher, NJ

Kenneth Greenlee (MS 1975, Pittillo):  Current position unknown, formerly working with Dover Insulation in Marion, NC

Sue Monroe (MS 1975, Coyle):  Retired, formerly faculty member Southwestern Community College

Claudia Moore (MS 1975, Lumb):  PhD, University of Tennessee

Carl Wolfe (MS 1975, Pittillo):  Faculty member, Pennsylvania State University, Monto Alto

Susan Banister Thomasson (BS 1974):  Faculty/Phlebotomy Program Coordinator at Carolinas College of Health Science & Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Charlotte, NC

Keith Ramsey (BS 1973):  Professor of Medicine, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University; Medical Director of Infection Control, Pitt County Memorial Hospital

Earl Sipe (MS 1973, Bruce):  High school teacher, Newton, NC

Myles Cabot (BS 1970, MS 1972):  Chief,  Breast Cancer Research Program; Director, Experimental Therapeutics, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California

Contact Dr. Sabine Rundle to let us know what you have been doing since graduating with your Biology degree from Western. Please include the year that you graduated, what position you are in or degree you are seeking, and contact information (including whether you would like to have your e-mail available for others to have access to).



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