Student & Alumni News

The MHS Program is proud of its current students and alumni and the positive impact they make on WCU as well as the communities they live and work in.  Celebrate with us as we congratulate students and alumni in recognizing awards, employment, certifications, promotions, and other exciting news! 

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Charles Rominyi


Congratulations Charles Rominiyi! (2015 MHS Graduate - Health Education)

Charles recently received his national credential as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He is currently a Fellow with Global Health Corps in Washington, D.C., working with the 'Grassroots Project'.





Eric Campbell


Congratulations Eric Campbell! (Current Student - Nutrition)

Eric received the Graduate Peer Service Award scholarship for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.








Congratulations Kim Knoppel! (2015 MHS Graduate - Health Education) 

Kim recently received her national credential as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).  In August she was hired as Health Educator at the U.S. Army's Health Promotion and Wellness Center at Fort Stuart, Georgia.




Bernice Sem 

 Congratulations Bernice Sem! (Current Student - Nutrition)

Bernice recently received the Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. 





Aubrey Ray 

Congratulations Aubrey Ray! (2011 MHS Graduate - Health Education)
Aubrey is now an Instructor of Health and Physical Education at Western Carolina University.







Sharon West


Congratulations Sharon West!
Sharon was named the first Director of Women Veterans Programs at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. 




Keelin Schneider

Congratulations Keelin Schneider! (2012 MHS Graduate Health Education) *Shown left after finishing Black Mountain Marathon.
Keelin became CHES certified (Certified Health Educator Specialist) from the National Credentialing Commission of Health Educators (NCCHE). She is the new Public Health Educator for Transylvania County Department of Public Health.  

 Keelin was named Intervention Lead for Community Transformation Grant in Haywood and Transylvania counties.  For more information about the initiatives, click here 


 Congratulations to the following alumni entering doctoral programs this fall!

Christopher Martin (MHS 2012) - University of Florida - PhD program in Health Education Technology

LaPonda McKoy (MHS 2013) - Georgia Southern University - DrPH (School of Public Health)



Congratulations Jen Picicci (MHS 2013) on the birth of her beautiful daughter AND on her exciting new entrepreneurial ventures! She recently completed her FREE guide The One Thing You Must Know To Stop Feeling Crazy Around Food. To visit her website and sign up for her free guide click here



Ginny O'Brien

Congratulations EMS Student Ginny O'Brien!
Ginny won Best Oral Presentation at the EMS Today Conference where she recently presented her research completed with other WCU students and professors. See more information and posters here.






Thomas Stern


Congratulations Thomas Stern! (2012 MHS Graduate)
Thomas is the President of A.V.E. "Assisted Vacations for Elders" in Asheville for patients with dementia and their caregivers. 
Read more about his small business here.  






Melanie BatchelorCongratulations Melanie Batchelor! (MHS Student, Health Education)
Melanie recently achieved certification as a Diabetes Educator through the National Certification Board of Diabetes Eduators (NCBDE).  Melanie is also a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and is employed as the Diabetes Educator and Wellness Coordinator at MedWest Regional Hospital.





Congratulations Krystal Arrington, Nicole Levi, William Pertet, & Melanie Batchelor! (MHS Students)

These students were awarded the 2012-2013 Mission Health System Scholarship.  For more information on this scholarship, click here


MHS Student Research Award                                                               MHS Alumni Award
David Young, Emergency Medical Care                                                Marianne Schroeder2011 MHS Graduate, Health Education

"I am 2 months into my new job as an EpicCare trainer at Novant Health.  I train physicians and clinical staff how to use EpicCare Ambulatory EHR before they go live as well as provide on site support during their roll outs."
Adair Parks, 2012 MHS Graduate, Health Education

Congratulations Linda Stanton! (2007 MHS Graduate, Gerontology)
Linda has been selected to the 2012 class of the North Carolina Nurses Association Leadership Academy!  She is currently working as the Associate Director of Nursing Education at MAHEC in Asheville, NC. 

Congratulations Renee Mulligan! (2010 MHS Graduate, Health Education)
Renee is a recent Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)!  She is currently employed as the Healthy Roots Project Coordinator with Cherokee Choices. 

Congratulations Val Smith (MHS Student, Health Management)
Val recently presented her student research project findings to the National Rural Health Conference in Kansas City, MO. 

Congratulations Joe Crowder! (2011 MHS Graduate, Emergency Medical Care)
Joe is a member of the winning team of the National Paramedic Competition held at the EMS Today Conference.  Click HERE for more details.  Joe is currently employed as the Assistant Director for Cumberland County EMS. 



Congratulations to our graduates!

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