Meet the New Folks! (Part 2)
Many newcomers joined Louisburg College over the summer, and several of our current faculty and staff members enjoyed promotions. Welcome and congratulations to all! (See "Part 1" Here)
Andrew Barnhill | Adjunct Speech Instructor
A native of Wilmington, NC, Andrew joined Louisburg to teach a public speaking course designed to help students become comfortable with public performance. He completed his undergraduate education at Furman University and St. John's College, Oxford University, and holds graduate degrees from Duke University. Andrew's work in communications takes place in both political and religious settings, and he enjoys helping students adapt their speech styles to diverse audiences. Practicing what he preaches about public speaking, Andrew was Duke University's Student Commencement Speaker in 2013!
Michael Brantley | Instructor of English
Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in History from Barton College, earned his Master of Arts in English from East Carolina, holds a Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America, and is finishing up work on his MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. He has worked as a writer and photographer for over 20 years. He and his wife Kristi live with their three children in Nash County.
Neil Dixon | Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Neil comes to Louisburg having previously worked as an assistant basketball coach at Fairmont State University in West Virginia, his home state. Prior to Fairmont, he served on the coaching staff at two other WV institutions, WVU Tech and Greenbrier East High School. Neil lives in Wake Forest with his wife, a school teacher in Raleigh.
Brent Dozier | Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Brent was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC, earning his A.A and A.S. degrees from Nash Community College and his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (all in applied mathematics) from NC State University. Upon completion of graduate school, he taught mathematics in the North Carolina community college system for eight years. He enjoys reading, mathematics research, drinking coffee, fishing, hunting, and most any kind of athletic or competitive activity. Brent and his wife, Kayla, have been married for four years and have two boxer bulldogs.
Gregary Drake | Assistant Football Coach
Prior to joining Louisburg as a defensive backs coach, Greg spent three years coaching wide receivers at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, where he himself had played as a wide receiver for three years. During his tenure there, they went to an ECAC bowl game two out of three years, and won one out of two. In three years of coaching, Greg coached one first team all-conference, one second team all-conference, and one third team all-conference Wide Receivers. Greg graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in History.
Amy Eaves | Student Accounts Representative
A native of Louisburg, Amy attended Vance Granville Community College, and is excited about the opportunity to work with students while they are pursuing their education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children, being involved in her children's activities, reading the Bible, and listening to audio devotionals.
Rob Greene | Adjunct Instructor of English
Rob Greene received his B.S. in Microbiology with a minor in Genetics and his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from North Carolina State. Editor of the literary journal Raleigh Review, Greene is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow. He and his wife just welcomed newborn twins to their family of five, and he is very proud to teach and serve at Louisburg College.
Dean McDowell | Campus Safety Officer
Dean joined Louisburg College's campus police toward the end of the summer, having completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Vance Granville Community College. A Louisburg native, he and his wife Alyssa have a son, Dean Jr.
Sarah Newton | Financial Aid Assistant
Born in Louisburg, Sara graduated from Louisburg College in 1968 with an Associate in Arts degree. While at Louisburg, she worked part-time in the Business Office. After graduating, she worked with the Office of Health, Safety, and Physical Education in the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh for eight years. Sara later worked as an administrative assistant for Louisburg College's financial aid and admissions offices, and rose to serve as assistant director of financial aid for 17 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and riding her bicycle. She is an active member of Louisburg Baptist Church where she has served as a Sunday school teacher, is currently a member of the Deacon Board, and enjoys working with children in the Mission Friends program.
Mark O'Sullivan | Assistant Baseball Coach
After graduating from Florida's Rollins College with a B.A. in Economics, Mark played five years of professional baseball in the Los Angeles Angels system. He received a Master's degree in Sport Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts, while also serving as graduate assistant baseball coach. This past summer he was the director of the summer camp program for the Boston Red Sox. Now a Raleigh resident, Mark enjoys playing golf in his free time.
Ken Price | Title III Administrative Assistant
After studying Advertising Design/Fine Art at Barton College, Ken worked as the Art Director for a textile printing firm for 22 years. He brings with him extensive experience supervising and managing budgets to assist with the implementation of the newly awarded Title III grant, as well as to provide general administrative support to the faculty and IT departments. He lives in Louisburg, and sings in the choir at Louisburg United Methodist Church.
Shaun Price | Adjunct Instructor of English
Having received a B.A. in Religion and Christian Ministries from Campbell University, Shaun earned a Master's of Arts in Christian Ethics and a Master's of Theology in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds has a Master's of Arts in English Literature, graduating magna cum laude, from North Carolina Central University. He has a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from King's College, University of Aberdeen, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.
Mialy Rabe | Instructor of Biology and Zoology
A native of Madagascar, Dr. Mialy Rabe earned her M.S. in Zoology and her Ph.D. in Soil Science from NC State University. She has taught at a number of other colleges and universities, including Shaw and NC State.
Brandon Simmons | Assistant Football Coach
A North Carolina native, Brandon comes Louisburg as defensive line coach from the coaching staff at Holly Springs High School. He was a three-sport athlete at Hobbton High School, and graduated from East Carolina University with B.S. in Communication and Business. Brandon Played football at East Carolina University under Skip Holtz, and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Sports Management at Southern New Hampshire. He enjoys coaching football, mentoring young males, teaching, volunteer reading at local elementary schools, writing, and playing video games. Brandon also freelances as a sports blogger, motivational speaker, and radio sports analyst.
Ashley Stopa | Instructor of Mathematics
Ashley picked up a double major (chemistry and biology) and double minor (math and physics) as an undergrad at Graceland University, where she also played volleyball for four years before heading to the University of Arizona, where she earned her Master in Engineering. While at UA, Ashley taught junior level chemical engineering classes as a teacher's assistant. Ashley was a volunteer assistant coach for Louisburg College's volleyball team in 2013, and is married to head softball coach Don Stopa.
Daniel Varela | Admissions Counselor
Hailing from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Daniel received a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Woman's Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk. He looks forward to recruiting new students from central North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. A first-generation Colombian, Daniel is passionate about his family, international travel, kindness, and food!
Allison Wirth | Admissions Counselor
A Wisconsin native, Allison is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, having earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. Always passionate about working with students and higher education, she looks forward to recruiting driven, intelligent, and diverse students to join the Louisburg College family. Allison is an avid sports fan, enjoys the outdoors, loves music, and most importantly enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Ian Wolf | Adjunct Instructor of English
Ian Wolf has always been passionate about education, taking opportunities to tutor and teach since his youth. He graduated cum laude from East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!) with a B.S. in Secondary English Education, and after teaching high school for a while, decided to pursue his M.A. in Literature from North Carolina State University (WOLFPACK!). While studying, he also served in an AmeriCorps chapter hosted by UNC (TARHEELS!), which placed him in Duke University's (GO DEVILS!) Program in Education.
Maegan Yelverton | Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Maegan comes to Louisburg after one season with Apex High School, where as an assistant coach she helped the Cougars reach the second round in the North Carolina 4A State Tournament. She also served as head student-manager with NC State Women's Basketball, where she had the privilege to work with and learn from the late Kay Yow, as well as Kellie Harper. Maegan earned her Bachelor's degree in biological sciences from NC State in June 2013.
Candace Jones | Director of Library Services; Assistant Professor of English; Honors Program Director
Candace Jones was recently named the director of the Louisburg College Honors Program, adding to the various roles in which she has served since 1996. She also teaches in the English Department and works with the First-Year programs. After graduating from Louisburg College and Barton College, Candace earned a Master of Library Science and a Graduate Certificate in English from East Carolina University. Candy is a native of Louisburg, where she lives with her husband, Paul, sons Holden and Joshua, and one especially cute bulldog, Max.
Tracy Potter | Associate Director of Financial Aid
Another alumna of LC, Tracy started as an administrative assistant in the financial aid office in 2004, and was promoted to financial aid advisor a few years later. Originally from Raleigh, Tracy moved to Louisburg with her husband in 1995. They have an 18-year-old daughter and twin 11-year-old daughters. She enjoys watching her daughters dance and play volleyball, and enjoys reading in her spare time.
Vicki Reid | Campus Police Chief
Vicki completed her Basic Law Enforcement Training at Vance Granville Community College in 2000 and earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University in 2006. She has served in various law enforcement roles, including Investigator, Campus Police Officer, Police Chief, and most recently as Sergeant for Louisburg College Campus Police. Chief Reid lives in Stovall, NC with her son, Giovionne, who is a senior at Webb High School.
Jessica Roberson | Financial Services Director
A Franklin County native, Jessica has been part of the Louisburg College family since 2010. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Finance and Accounting. Jessica now lives in Youngsville with her husband Jamie, son Connor, and their dog Riley. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and watching all the cheesy reality TV shows.
Brian Sanders | Assistant Professor of Business Studies
Brian is originally from Graham, NC. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at Campbell University, and graduated with his MBA in 2002. Brian lives with his wife and a cat named Parker (named after Richard Parker from the book "The Life of Pi") in Wake Forest. Brian loves to read and play guitar, and enjoys playing and watching sports.
Allison Smith | Student Loan Manager
A 2002 graduate of Louisburg College and 2005 graduate of East Carolina University, Allison's new role will see her processing student loans, conducting entrance and exit counseling, and educating students about the importance of financial literacy. She lives in Louisburg with her husband and their twin daughters. Her hobbies include being with family, camping and baking.
Emily Zank | Assistant Dean for Academic Support
Emily completed her Bachelor of Arts in English at Kent State University and her Master of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing at West Virginia University. As the Assistant Dean, she coordinates student success and retention efforts through working with many offices across campus and by overseeing academic life/student life collaborative initiatives. While not working on college-related tasks, she makes jewelry out of antique books, daydreams about all the renovations her 1970s house needs, and pals around with her basset hound, Mollie.