Todd Murdock - Project 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.
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.
Cora Flottman - Outreach Counselor
After growing up on the coast of Virginia, I made my way to the Western North Carolina
Mountains in the fall of 2016 with a few stops along the way. The first in my family
to attend and graduate from college, I went to North Greenville University studying
Theatre and English. Upon graduating, I returned to Virginia, where I sold books,
brewed coffee and taught high school Theatre. I went on to receive a Master's in
Human Services Counseling at Regent University, and after a miraculous little journey,
I found my way to Project Discovery! I am thankful to serve alongside folks who care
deeply for their students and desire to bring out the best in each. Outside of work
I love hiking, visiting family and friends, drinking coffee and writing.
Stephanie Nead - Outreach Counselor
I was born and raised in a small town outside of Orlando, FL where I spent most days
playing in the pool or out at the beach catching some waves. I attended The University
of South Florida where I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology then quickly began
my career working in Social Work. After some study abroad programs and other world
travels, I decided it was time to leave the warm sunny beaches and trade them in for
the cool and breezy mountains. With a few more years spent working with children and
families and completing my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from
Lenoir-Rhyne University, I eventually made my way to Project Discovery. This high
energy, caring, motivating, and very adventurous setting makes me excited to come
to work everyday. Outside of work my husband and I enjoy traveling, hiking, spending
time on the water and making long lasting memories with friends and family.
JennieV. 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.