Director of Student Community Ethics
Alex Fields earned her Associate of Arts from Valencia College, Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and Master of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She has been at Western Carolina University since 2017, first serving as an Area Coordinator and then Associate Director of Residence Life in the Department of Residential Living. Alex transitioned to the role of Interim Director of Student Community Ethics in October 2022 and is honored to continue serving WCU students in this role. Outside of work, Alex is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In her spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her partner Travis, family, and friends.
Associate Director of Student Community Ethics
Keri Clark grew up in Waynesville, NC, and attended Western Carolina University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Law. After graduating in 2018, she began working for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at WCU as Assistant Director of Admissions. During her time working with Admissions, she graduated from the University of Pembroke with a Master’s in Business Administration in May 2022. She joined the Department of Student Community Ethics as Associate Director in August 2022. Outside of her involvement on campus, Keri enjoys watching movies, solving puzzles of all types, and reading mystery novels.
Assistant Director of Student Community Ethics
Melissa grew up in Salisbury, North Carolina. She spent her entire childhood vacationing in Western, North Carolina to see family, and fell in love with the mountains. Western Carolina University was the only place she wanted to attend college. Receiving her Bachelor of Science in Communication from WCU, she decided to make Cullowhee her home after she graduated in 2014. Melissa always says that it’s the mountains that brought her here, but it’s the people that kept her here. Melissa loves WCU and all the students, staff and faculty on this campus. Since graduating from WCU, she has worked at the WCU bookstore, was the Administrative Assistant in the Advising Center and a Student Success Specialist in the Office of Student Retention. While Melissa has been an employee at Western, she also completed two Master’s degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Melissa joined the Department of Student Community Ethics in August 2023. In her spare time, Melissa loves to write, make music with her guitar and drums, bake, kayak, and spend time with her family and friends.
Administrative Support Specialist
Katie Sorel worked as a paralegal before joining the Department of Campus Activities at WCU in April 2020. In October 2021, she transitioned to the Department of Student Community Ethics. When she isn't helping the students of Western navigate the conduct process, Katie enjoys knitting, yoga, and writing. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Science in Human Resources at WCU.
Christian is a first-year graduate student at WCU in the Higher Education Student Affairs program (HESA). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Erskine College in 2015 and has worked in program development for middle and high school students all over the Carolinas. When he's not at WCU, Christian enjoys playing video games, reading horror novels, playing the guitar, and spending time with his partner, Calista.
Reviewed August 21, 2023