Our Staff

Project Discovery Program Director Todd Murdock


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.

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.


Cora Flottman


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


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. 



Project Discovery Outreach Counselor Jennie


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.


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