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Project Discovery Program Assistant Patty Harley


Patty Harley - Program Assistant

I am very excited to be a part of this energetic, adventurous, kid-friendly team. I have two sons who were in Project Discovery and have now graduated from college.
I enjoy most outdoor activities and am open to new adventures and learning new things. I look forward to getting to know you as you come through the program.


Project Discovery Program Director Todd Murdock


Todd MurdockProject Director

My roots are in Mitchell County NC. Like many of you hope to be, I am a first-generation college graduate (WCU '85, '93). It took me so long to get my Master's degree in Counseling I thought they might name a building after me. I worked at Project Discovery as an outreach counselor for 8 years until I became the Director. My boss felt that since I stopped maturing at about middle school age, I was fit to be an administrator. I have been the director of Project Discovery since 1994.
Things I love to do: play at the park with my son Griffin, paddle creeks, go places on my bike, climb, hang out with students at school, and take my dogs to the river. My two biggest fears in life: I get paid what I am really worth and that I get what I really deserve.

Jessie Nosworth


Jessie Nosworthy - Outreach Counselor

Although I was born in Florida, I consider myself a Western NC native. I graduated from Swain County High School and was a Project Discovery student. I went on to college at UNC-Chapel Hill where I got my degree in International and Area Studies, which all really means that I love to learn about other cultures and I love to travel... so I got a degree that allowed me to do both. After graduating, I spent a year in South Korea where I taught English in a public elementary school. Having been a student in the program myself, Project Discovery helped me realize my ambitions and I'm excited to help upcoming students to do the same.

Project Discovery Outreach Counselor Jennie


Jennie V. Sorrells - Outreach Counselor


I am a Western North Carolina native, who was the first in my family to earn a college degree. I studied Spanish, Philosophy, and International Studies through Western Carolina University and was an active member in the Honors College. After some world travels, I worked with a college access program in WNC and then went to Emory University, where I got my Master's in Development Practice. After traveling the world a bit more, I have returned to Western North Carolina and live in Haywood County with my husband and two dogs. I love hiking, dancing, cooking and playing outside. I am thrilled to be a member of the Project Discovery team at WCU.

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