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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

Portrait of Travis Bulluck

Travis Bulluck, Director of Advising

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Communications
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: Dead Poets Society

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Mary Fischer, Associate Director

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, Senior Academic Advisor and Finish Line Coordinator

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Computer Science, Criminal Justice, 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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Hannah Boone, Senior Onboarding Academic Advisor

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

Matt Sawyer, Sr. Academic Advisor for Athletics

Matt Sawyer, Senior Academic Advisor for Athletics

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: All Majors for Athletes
Dayton, OH
Joined WCU: August 2021
Education: University of Michigan, BA History; Vanderbilt University, MEd Higher Education
Favorite Movie: The Proposition


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: B.A. in History from LSU-Shreveport; Masters of Philosophy in Medieval History from Trinity College Dublin
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean


Professional Advisors

Carla Espinoza Salinas, Academic Advisor

Carla Espinoza, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or
Majors: Comm Sciences & Disorders, Environmental Science, Geology, Nat'l Resource Conservation & Mngt, Parks & Rec Mngt
Lima, Peru
Joined WCU: August 2021
Education: SUNY at Binghamton – B.A. English Literature and Creative Writing; New York University – M.A. Applied Psychology
Favorite Movie: Mulan

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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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Stephanie Rankin, Academic Advisor

Contact Info: 828.227.7753 or 
Majors: College of Business, Pre-Professional Advising, Biology, Chemistry
Hometown: Forestville, CA
Joined WCU: October 2021
Education: Holy Names University-BA Psychology; Portland State University-MS Educational Leadership and Policy
Favorite Movie: Donnie Darko

Portrait of Steve Zwilling

Steve Zwilling, Academic Advisor

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
Favorite Movie: Citizen Kane or Knives Out

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