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Center for Career & Professional Development Staff

Professional Staff

Theresa Cruz Paul

 

Theresa Cruz Paul

Director

tcpaul@wcu.edu
150B Reid
828.227.3812

Theresa has been involved in career and professional development in higher education since 2005. She has experience assisting students with career counseling, resume and cover letter development, interviewing strategies, job and internship searching, and career planning. Theresa has worked at William Paterson University in New Jersey as an Assistant Director, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan as an Associate Director of Academic Internships and currently at Western Carolina University in North Carolina as Director.  Theresa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Masters of Education degree in Professional Counseling from William Paterson University and a second Masters of Education degree in High and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

T. Travell Davis

 

T. Travell Davis

Associate Director of Employer Engagement

ttdavis@wcu.edu
151H Reid
828.227.3171

Travell Davis currently serves as the Associate Director for Employer Relations at Western Carolina University in the Center for Career and Professional Development. Travell has worked in higher education for nearly 15 years in multiple capacities. His experience focuses on career development, technology in education, research and assessment, and outreach to diverse populations. He received his master's in Counselor Education from Clemson University and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Clemson.

Courtney Gauthier

 

Courtney Gauthier

Associate Director of Career Integrated Learning

Liaison to College of Arts and Sciences, David O. Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Business (Interim) and Brinson Honors College
   
cgauthier@wcu.edu
150J Reid
828.227.3815

Courtney joined the Center for Career and Professional Development in the Spring of 2017. She has worked in the field of career development in higher education since 2006, working with career centers at public and private institutions. Courtney works with students to make meaning of their college experiences by helping them select majors, explore their interests, identify and reach goals, and develop competitive application materials to launch successfully into their next steps. Her background outside of career development centers around project and volunteer management with nonprofit organizations. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Salem College and a Master of Arts in College Student Development from Appalachian State University.

Marti Newbold

 

Marti Newbold

Associate Director of DegreePlus

hmnewbold@wcu.edu
151F Reid
828.227.3884

Marti joined the CCPD staff in July 2017. She began her career in higher education administration in 2001, working in career development, residence life, multicultural affairs, counseling and health services, and student case management. She was a college instructor for 15 years, teaching traditional and nontraditional students in human development and general education courses.  Marti has also worked as a counselor for several nonprofit agencies, a Jill-of-all trades in a theatre company, and a licensed mental health counselor in private practice.  Prior to coming to WCU, she worked at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Marti earned a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Bachelor of Arts at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.

Harvey Swiger-Vincent

 

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Assistant Director of Internships


   
careerservices@wcu.edu
151C Reid
828.227.3891

Carrie Hachadurian

 

Carrie Hachadurian

Assistant Director of Student Development

Liaison to College of Education and Allied Professions, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Engineering and Technology (Interim), and Campus Partners

cphachadurian@wcu.edu
150L Reid
828.227.3888

Carrie has been an employee at Western Carolina University since 2008. She began as an Administrative Support Specialist in the Writing and Learning Commons before becoming the Student Employment Specialist for the Career and Professional Development Center in January 2013. Carrie is currently the Assistant Director of Student Development and oversees the coordination of campus partnerships and career education for students. Carrie holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Communications. She obtained her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs at Western Carolina University.

Trina Royar

 

Trina Royar

Employer Relations Manager

kproyar@wcu.edu
151I Reid
828.227.3856

Trina joined the CCPD after a long career in event planning, and in her previous role, responsible for the Mountain Heritage Day Festival here at Western Carolina University for 7 years. She is a former events manager for the City of Asheville, served as Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council, was a manager of the Biltmore Estate Special Projects group (Concerts, Festivals, and Programming), and founded Fiddlehead Music and Dance Camp and weekend festivals. She has served as chair of Asheville's Downtown After-Five entertainment committee and is a long-time member of both the national and regional dance scene.  Trina moved to WNC in the late '80s to dance professionally and tour with the Green Grass Cloggers.

Devin Tipton

 

Devin Tipton

Data Visualization Specialist

wdtipton@wcu.edu 
151B Reid
828.227.2971

Devin, a certified Tableau Desktop Specialist, joined the CCPD in January of 2020 after graduating from Western Carolina University with a BSBA in Computer Information Systems and a double minor in Sport Management and Visual Analytics for Decision Making. Prior to graduation, he worked as a Junior Economic Analyst for the North Carolina Data Dashboard Project. Devin supports the CCPD to explore more advanced analytics utilizing Tableau visualizations and is the Co-Data Manager for the CCPD Database. He unifies the steps between data entry, creating queries for the database, and creating the final visualizations shown.

Tara Smith

 

Tara Smith

Administrative Support Associate

tysmith@wcu.edu 
150A Reid
828.227.3626

Tara Smith joined the CCPD in September 2021. Before coming to WCU she worked in various pediatric medical offices as a medical assistant and office manager.

Graduate Staff

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Zach Mellon

Graduate Assistant

arector@wcu.edu 

Zach is a first-year student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program here at Western Carolina University. He is working with the DegreePlus Program to assist students in developing transferable skills for the professional setting. Zach earned a Bachelor of Arts at Queens University of Charlotte. He is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and has provided direct patient care in various clinical settings.

 

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Jenn Sainovski

Graduate Assistant

jsainovski@wcu.edu 

Jenn is a first-year student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program here at Western Carolina University. In addition to providing career counseling to students, Jenn is using her background in teaching to create training curriculum for our Peer Mentors. 

If you are interested in working with the Center for Career & Professional Development or DegreePlus please contact Theresa Cruz Paul, tcpaul@wcu.edu.

Student Workers

Our office is supported by a team of student workers. They provide office and event support, marketing assistance, and excellent customer service to our community. Some of our student workers are also trained as Peer Mentors hosting our Career Studio and leading presentations to residence halls and student groups.

Our Career Studio is a space in the CCPD where students can get assistance with resume, cover letter, personal statements, interview skills/prep, or answers to major and career exploration questions. No appointment required! The Career Studio is open Monday - Friday from 12:00pm - 4:00pm.  

If you are interested in joining our student team please contact Courtney Gauthier, cgauthier@wcu.edu.

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Nick Scherer

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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Barbara Efird

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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KJ Heggins

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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Darla Lohwasser

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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Rachelle Mendiola

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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Nadia Dula

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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Jenna Dalli

Front Desk and Peer Mentor

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