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Advising Center Staff

Meet your Advisor. Our staff works to develop one-on-one relationships with students, supporting and encouraging their decision and making processes, assisting with academic persistence and success, and serving as a professional resource to the university. Contact us at 828.227.7753 or


Departmental Leadership

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Travis Bulluck, Director of Advising

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: College of Business
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Joined WCU: 2015
Education: UNC-Chapel Hill, B.A. Sociology, Minor in Exercise Sport Science; East Carolina University, M.S. in Counselor and Adult Education
Favorite Movie: The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock

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Mary Fischer, Associate Director of Advising and Liberal Studies Coordinator

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Social Work
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Joined WCU: September 2020
Education: University of Southern California, B.A. English; M.Ed Postsecondary Administrative and Student Affairs
Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums


 Senior Advisor


Richard Gamble

Richard Gamble, Sr. Academic Advisor for Transfer Student Support

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Computer Science, Emergency & Disaster Management, Mathematics, Philosophy & Religion
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Joined WCU: February 2016
Education: WCU, B.S. Biology; M.Ed. College Student Personnel
Favorite Movie: Blues Brothers

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Steve Zwilling, Sr. Academic Advisor for Campus Partnerships

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors:  College of Fine and Performing Arts, English
Allen Park, MI
Joined WCU: August 2017
Education: Eastern Michigan University, B.A. English; M.A. Higher Education Student Affairs; WCU, M.A. English
Favorite Movie: Citizen Kane or Knives Out

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Hannah Boone, Sr. Academic Advisor for Onboarding/Finish Line Coordinator

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Spanish, History, International Studies, Political Science
Hometown: West Monroe, LA
Joined WCU: March 2021
Education: WCU, B.S. Psychology, Minor in Chemistry; M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride


Administrative Support

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Elizabeth Davis, Administrative Support Specialist

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or 
Bossier City, LA
Joined WCU: October 2021
Education: LSU-Shreveport, B.A. History; Trinity College Dublin, MPhil Medieval History
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean


Professional Advisors

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Bryan Barbee, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or  
Criminal Justice, Geology, Natural Resource & Conservation Mgt, Environmental Science
: Taylorsville, NC
Joined WCU: September 2022
Education: Mars Hill University, B.S. Social Work; Lenoir-Rhyne University, M.A. Human Services
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

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Sarah Grace Hines, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology
Kernersville, NC
Joined WCU: June 2022
Education: Appalachian State University, B.S. Psychology; M.A. Student Affairs Administration
Favorite TV Show (she doesn't like movies!): New Girl

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Kate Miller, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Nursing
Hometown: Bonfield, IL
Joined WCU: March 2019
Education: Bachelor's Illinois State University, Master's University of Alabama
Favorite Movie: Seven Pounds

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Abigail Nelson, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or 
Majors: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communications, Parks & Recreation Management
: Horseheads, NY
Joined WCU: September 2019
Education: Penn State University, B.A. Media Studies & Minor in Japanese; University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed. Higher Education
Favorite Movie: The Matrix

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Jessica Ottie, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or 
College of Engineering & Technology
Jacksonville, FL
Joined WCU: June 2018
Education: University of North Florida, B.A. Elementary Education; Appalachian State University, M.A. Community College & University Leadership
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans

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Stephanie Rankin, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or 
Majors:  Pre-Professional Advising, Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science
Hometown: Forestville, CA
Joined WCU: October 2021
Education: Holy Names University, B.A. Psychology; Portland State University, M.S. Educational Leadership and Policy
Favorite Movie: Donnie Darko


Graduate Assistant 

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Hannah Durand

Graduate Assistant

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or 
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
Education: Wake Technical Community College, A.A. Psychology; Western Carolina University, B.S. Psychology; currently pursuing at WCU M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs
Favorite Movie: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once

Student Worker Staff

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Madison Puckett

Office Assistant

Hometown: Erwin, NC
Major: English w/a concentration in Professional Writing & a minor in Business Law
Year: Senior
Started working at the ADVC: Spring 2021
Favorite TV show: Catfish & Adventure Time

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Shelby Casey

Office Assistant

Hometown: Selma, NC
Major: Elementary Education w/a concentration in Psychology
Year: Sophomore
Started working at the ADVC: Spring 2022
Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls

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Kathryn Greene

Office Assistant

Hometown: Jackonsville, FL
Major: Double major in Communication & Psychology
Year: Freshman
Started working at the ADVC: Fall 2022
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones & The Witcher

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Will Parker

Office Assistant

Hometown: Decatur, AL
Major: Environmental Health w/a minor in International Studies & Philosophy
Year: Freshman
Started working at the ADVC: Fall 2022
Favorite TV show: Madam Secretary

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Nicole Carrillo-Corujo

Office Assistant

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Major: Double major in Forensic Chemistry & Criminal Justice
Year: Junior
Started working at the ADVC: Fall 2022
Favorite TV show: The Vampire Diaries

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