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Advising Center Staff

Meet your Advisor. Our staff works to develop one-on-one relationships with students, supporting and encouraging their decision and making processes, assisting with academic persistence and success, and serving as a professional resource to the university. Contact us at 828.227.7753 or advisingcenter@wcu.edu.

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Departmental Leadership

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Travis Bulluck, Director of Advising

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or tlbulluck@wcu.edu
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Joined WCU: 2015
Education: UNC-Chapel Hill, B.A. Sociology, Minor in Exercise Sport Science; East Carolina University, M.S. in Counselor and Adult Education; East Carolina University, EdD in Educational Leadership
Favorite Movie: Coneheads

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Mary Fischer, Associate Director of Advising and Liberal Studies Coordinator

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or mfischer@wcu.edu
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Joined WCU: September 2020
Education: University of Southern California, B.A. English; M.Ed Postsecondary Administrative and Student Affairs
Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums

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Senior Advisors

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Hannah Boone, Sr. Academic Advisor for Onboarding/Finish Line

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or hboone@wcu.edu
Majors: International StudiesPolitical Science
Hometown: 
West Monroe, LA
Joined WCU: March 2021
Education: WCU, B.S. Psychology, Minor in Chemistry; M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
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Richard Gamble

Richard Gamble, Sr. Academic Advisor for Transfer Student Support

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or rgamble@wcu.edu
Majors: Computer Science, Emergency & Disaster Management, Mathematics, College of Engineering
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Joined WCU: February 2016
Education: WCU, B.S. Biology; M.Ed. College Student Personnel
Favorite Movie: Blues Brothers
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Haley Mitchell, Senior Athletic Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or mitchellh@wcu.edu 
Majors: All majors for student athletes
Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
Joined WCU: June 2022 in Athletics; June 2023 in the Advising Center
Education: Eastern Illinois University, B.A. Psychology; Eastern Illinois University, M.S. Sports Administration
Favorite Movie: Hercules
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Steve Zwilling, Sr. Academic Advisor for Campus Partnerships

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or szwilling@wcu.edu
Majors:  English, Philosophy & Religion, Spanish, History
Hometown:
Allen Park, MI
Joined WCU: August 2017
Education: Eastern Michigan University, B.A. English; M.A. Higher Education Student Affairs; WCU, M.A. English
Favorite Movie: Citizen Kane or Knives Out
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Jessica Ottie, Sr. Academic Advisor for Student Outreach

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or jottie@wcu.edu 
Majors: College of Business
(Distance & Residential Undergraduate)
Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL
Joined WCU: June 2018
Education: University of North Florida, B.A. Elementary Education; Appalachian State University, M.A. Community College & University Leadership
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans
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Administrative Support

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Megan Bradley, Administrative Support Specialist

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or mbradley@wcu.edu 
Hometown:
Granite Falls, NC
Joined WCU: June 2023
Education: WCU, B.S. Communication in Public Relations, minor in Hospitality & Tourism
Favorite Movie: Pride & Prejudice

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Professional Advisors

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Bryan Barbee, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or bbarbee@wcu.edu  
Majors:
Criminal Justice, Geology, Natural Resource & Conservation Mgt, Environmental Science
Hometown
: Taylorsville, NC
Joined WCU: September 2022
Education: Mars Hill University, B.S. Social Work; Lenoir-Rhyne University, M.A. Human Services
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
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Ross Bonnewell, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or rkbonnewell@wcu.edu 
Majors: College of Business & Graduate Business Programs
Hometown:
Apex, NC
Joined WCU: 2013
Education: Southwestern Community College, AAS in Outdoor Leadership; WCU, B.S. in Parks & Recreation Mgmt; WCU, M.S. in Sport Mgmt
Favorite Movie: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
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Elizabeth Davis, Academic Advisor & Social Media Coordinator

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or davise@wcu.edu 
Majors: Biology & Pre-Professional Pathways
Hometown:
 Bossier City, LA
Joined WCU: October 2021
Education: LSU-Shreveport, B.A. History; Trinity College Dublin, MPhil Medieval History
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
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Katie Dunham, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or kdunham@wcu.edu
Majors: Chemistry, Forensic Science
Hometown: 
Albany, NY
Joined WCU: June 2023
Education: SUNY Plattsburgh, B.S. Social Work & Psychology; University of Albany, M.S.W
Favorite Movie: Shrek
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Hannah Durand, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or hdurand@wcu.edu 
Majors:
Anthropology, Sociology
Hometown:
Nutley, NJ
Joined WCU: August 2021
Education: Wake Technical Community College, A.A. Psychology; WCU, B.S. Psychology; WCU M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs
Favorite Movie: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
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Sarah Grace Hines, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or shines@wcu.edu 
Majors:
Psychology
Hometown:
Kernersville, NC
Joined WCU: June 2022
Education: Appalachian State University, B.S. Psychology; M.A. Student Affairs Administration
Favorite TV Show (she doesn't like movies!): New Girl
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Amber Lowe, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or allowe@wcu.edu
Majors: College of Fine and Performing Arts
Hometown: 
Miami, FL
Joined WCU: August 2022
Education: Georgia Southern University, B.A. English, minor Spanish & Gender Studies; M.A. English
Favorite Movie: Sling Blade
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Catherine MacCallum, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or cmaccallum@wcu.edu
Majors: College of Business (Distance & Residential Undergraduate)
Hometown
: Mocksville, NC
Joined WCU: September, 2018
Education: Western Carolina University, B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism, Minor in Leadership; M.S. in Project Management
Favorite Movie: The Divergent Series
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Kate Miller, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or millerk@wcu.edu
Majors: Nursing
Hometown: Bonfield, IL
Joined WCU: March 2019
Education: Bachelor's Illinois State University, Master's University of Alabama
Favorite Movie: Seven Pounds
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Abigail Nelson, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or anelson@wcu.edu 
Majors: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communications, Parks & Recreation Mgmt, Social Work
Hometown
: Horseheads, NY
Joined WCU: September 2019
Education: Penn State University, B.A. Media Studies & Minor in Japanese; University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed. Higher Education
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
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Graduate Assistant 

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Charles Olanipekun

Graduate Assistant

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or oolanipekun@wcu.edu 
Hometown: Ikere, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Joined WCU: 2023
Education: Adekunle Ajasin University, B.S. Chemistry; currently pursuing M.Ed. in HESA at WCU
Favorite Movie: Titanic

  

  

Student Worker Staff

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Shelby Casey

Office Assistant

Hometown: Selma, NC
Major: Elementary Education w/a concentration in Psychology
Year: Junior
Started working at the ADVC: Spring 2022
Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls

  

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Will Parker

Office Assistant

Hometown: Decatur, AL
Major: Environmental Health w/a minor in International Studies & Philosophy
Year: Sophomore
Started working at the ADVC: Fall 2022
Favorite TV show: Madam Secretary

  

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Alexander Quigg

Office Assistant

Hometown: Clover, SC
Major: English
Year: Junior
Started working at the ADVC: Fall 2023
Favorite TV show: Letterkenny

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