Hometown: Hickory, NC
Graduate Program: Professional School Counseling
Undergraduate Degree: Secondary English Education & Nonprofit Studies Minor, North Carolina State University
About Me: I love skiing, yoga, animals, and being around people. Before attending graduate school, I taught 9th and 10th grade English/Seminar (life skills) courses for three years. I love working with adolescents and feel the most fulfilled when working in public schools.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Graduate Program: Mathematics
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts from Queens University of Charlotte
About Me: I am a former college soccer player and aspiring mathematics professor. I hope to use math as a means to promote positive change in my community.
Hometown: Countryside, IL
Graduate Program: Mathematics
Undergraduate Degree: Mathematics and Secondary Education, Aurora University
About Me: I love to go hiking with my dogs, playing soccer, and going to movies. I will be starting my research in the Fall on how changes made to the structure of a Calculus I course influence students' satisfaction.
Hometown: Kernersville, NC
Graduate Program: Psychology with a concentration in Human Services
Undergraduate Degree: Psychology, Appalachian State University
About Me: I volunteer at OASIS, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter) and I am the social chair for the Psychology Graduate Student Organization. My thesis explores how reappraising anxiety influences risk-taking behavior. In my free time I enjoy trying new recipes and going on hikes.
Nichole Gross, Sr. Ambassador
Hometown: Andrews, NC
Graduate Program: Public Administration
Undergraduate Degree: International and Comparative Politics, Appalachian State University
About Me: I play the saxophone and am currently interning at Stop Hunger Now in Raleigh, NC.
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Graduate Program: Exercise Science
Undergraduate Degree: Samford University in Birmingham Alabama, BS in Excersice Science
About Me: On a good day, you can catch me running, skiing, mountain biking, or walking my new puppy, Ellie. On a bad day I will be doing the same thing but with a few extra snacks in my hand.
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Graduate Program: Music Therapy
Undergraduate Degree: Music Performance (BM) and Psychology (BS) from University of Central Florida
About Me: I love going to theme parks, especially Walt Disney World, with family and friends. I enjoy teaching, performing, and sharing all types of music. My research interests include music therapy with children on the autism spectrum.
Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
Graduate Program: Appalachian Studies
Undergraduate Degree: Regents Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Sociology, West Virginia State University
About Me: My post graduate goal is to open a non-profit organization that will focus on rural community development with my first project to build a sustainable healing community in Lewisburg, West Virginia to bring aid to the children and families placed within the Foster Care System because of abuse and neglect caused by substance abuse.
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Graduate Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Undergraduate Degree: Psychology, Saint Louis University
About Me: I am the youngest of 4 brothers and by all measures am the smartest, funniest, and most handsome one of the bunch. I love to be outdoors and have a strong passion for helping people. My interest in counseling centers on young adults, addiction, and body-centered therapies.
Dontrell Parson, Program Advisor
Hometown: Taylorsville, NC
Educational Background: MA, Higher Education and Administration, Appalachian State University; B.A., Communication, Appalachian State University
About Me: My goal every day is to inform, impact and positively influence every person I meet. I am grateful to serve as the Director of Admissions and Recruiting for the School of Graduate Studies. Sweet potatoes are at the top of my favorite food list and my world as I know it requires music. My life is centered around my beautiful wife, daughter, faith, family, food and cartoons!
Dr. Rob Sanders, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Educational Background: EdD., Instructional Design and Technology, University of Cincinnati; MSLS, Library Science, University of Kentucky; B.S., English Education, Indiana University - Bloomington
About Me: I came to ASU in 2003 as a faculty member in the Library Science program, served as the program director, and later served as the chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies. I currently serve as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. My wife, Amy, also works here at the university as the Director of Conference and Camp Services. We have a daughter, Caitlin (13), and a Rat Terrier, Chipper. In my freetime, I like to hike and am a drummer in a local band.
Tyler Steelman, GSAS President
Graduate Program: Political Science
Undergraduate Degree: Music Performance, Political Science
About Me: I am a second year student in the Master's of Political Science program and a Graduate Assistant in University Housing. I love the local Boone scene whether that be hiking on the parkway or enjoying a smoothie from Stick Boy Bakery. After my time at Appalachian I will be moving on to a PhD program in Political Science.
Charles "Brandon" Tate, Sr. Ambassador
Hometown: Cowgap, NC
Graduate Program: Biology - Cellular and Molecular
Undergraduate Degree: Environmental Technology and Management, North Carolina State University
About Me: I own a Golden Doodle named Jelly. My research is focused on using a bioassay to find a quantitative approach to identifying xenoestrogens, a class of compounds that mimic natural hormones causing a host of physiological responses.