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Office of Student Retention Staff

Leadership and Support

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Kristin Daiber

Director of Student Retention

Contact Info: kdaiber@wcu.edu or 828.227.7171
Hometown: Hershey, PA
Joined WCU: July 2021
Undergraduate Institution: Quinnipiac Univeristy - B.S. in Marketing
Graduate Institution: Bowling Green State University - M.A. in College Student Personnel; Western Governors University - MBA
Favorite Quote: "I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vistas that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come." Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom

Elinda Forster

 

Elinda Forster

Administrative Support Specialist

Contact Info: swu@wcu.edu or 828.227.3895
Hometown: Hong Kong
Joined WCU: July 2020
Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University
Favorite quote: "You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated." -Maya Angelou 

Retention Advisor

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Melissa Day

Student Success Specialist

Contact Info: mday@wcu.edu or 828.227.2956
Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Joined WCU: 2011 as a college freshman; October 2018 as a staff member.
Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina Univeristy- B.S. in Communication; Minor in Marketing 
Graduate Institution: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary- MA in Religion; MA in Christian Ministries
Favorite Quote: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin

Amber Lowe

 

Amber Lowe

Student Success Specialist

Contact Info: astickney@wcu.edu  or 828.227.2957
Hometown: Miami, FL
Joined WCU: August 2022
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Southern University, B.A. in English, Minors in Spanish and Gender Studies
Graduate Institution: Georgia Southern University, M.A. in English
Favorite Quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

Student Transitions  

Caroline LeBoeuf

 

Caroline LeBoeuf

Assistant Director of Student Retention, Student Transitions Coordinator

Contact Info: cleboeuf@wcu.edu or 828.227.2786
Hometown:
Charleston, SC
Joined WCU:
March 2019
Undergraduate Institution: Winthrop University
Graduate Institution: Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
Favorite Quote: "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun." - Mary Poppins

D'Ayana Munley

 

D'Ayana Munley

Graduate Assistant

Contact Info: dmunley@wcu.edu or 828.227.2970 
Hometown: Laurinburg, NC 
Joined WCU: August 2017 
Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University – B.A. in Social Work 
Graduate Institution: Western Carolina University - Masters of Higher Education Student Affairs 
Favorite Quote: "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." Harriet Tubman

Mentoring and Persistence to Success  

Anita Puerto

 

Anita Puerto

Associate Director of Retention, MAPS Coordinator

Contact Info: acpuerto@wcu.edu or 828.227.3764
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Joined WCU: 2015 (was an intern in 2014)
Undergraduate Institution: Radford University
Graduate Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Favorite Quote: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

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Carson Williams

Senior Advisor, ASP and Gap Coordinator

Contact Info: williamscarson@wcu.edu or 828.227.7123
Hometown: Hickory, NC
Joined WCU: 2009 as an undergraduate student!
Undergraduate Degree: Western Carolina Univeristy- BSEd in Music Education and BM in Instrumental Music 
Graduate Degree: Western Carolina University- MEd in Higher Education Student Affairs
Favorite Quote: "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." - Walt Disney

Kayla Payne

 

Kayla Payne

Advisor

Contact Info: kpayne@wcu.edu or 828.227.2217
Hometown: Mount Airy, NC 
Joined WCU: 2011 as a college freshman; 2022 as an Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Institution: Western Carolina University- BS in History; BSEd in Social Sciences 
Graduate Institution: Western Carolina University- MAEd in Comprehensive Education/Social Sciences 
Favorite Quote: "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." -Arthur Ashe

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Gwyn Howard

Graduate Assistant

Contact Info: ghoward@wcu.edu 828.227.7127
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio 
Joined WCU: September 2021 
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University 
Graduate Institution: Western Carolina University 
Why did I become a Graduate Assistant?  
The Mission of the MAPS office resonates with my educational philosophy and I enjoy mentoring students and celebrating their successes. This position allows me to learn and grow as a professional as I complete my M. Ed. In Higher Education Student Affairs 
Favorite Quote: “Don’t fear death, fear the unlived life”- anonymous

 

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