Tyler Cook is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in communication, a concentration in public relations and a minor in history. A native of Franklin, Cook is co-founder and publisher of Moonshine Press, a co-op with Eva McCall that published her latest novels, Murder on Haint Branch and Button Box. Cook is tied closely to the region, assisting Barbara McRae in her campaign for Franklin Town Alderman, interning with the Macon County Schools Administrative Offices and WCU's College of Arts and Sciences, as well as volunteering through the New Century Scholars program. Cook plans on remaining in the Western North Carolina area, promoting and participating in Appalachian culture.
Michael Lovett is a senior in the communication program at Western Carolina University. His concentration is in public relations and his minor is marketing. Michael has lived in Jackson County for over ten years, and was very familiar with Dillsboro going into this project. Michael loves the outdoors and living in the mountains. He plans to remain in Western North Carolina after graduation. Over the summer of 2014, Michael interned with an Asheville-based firm, JB Media, and also got married. Michael will graduate from WCU in December, 2014.
Susan Shelton is a senior at Western Carolina University majoring in Communication, with a concentration in public relations and a minor in religion. Raised as a city girl, it didn't take her long to fall in love with the mountains and the local community. Since attending Western, she has spent countless hours hiking, swimming, and enjoying the outdoors. For as long as she can remember, she has loved exploring, and she plans to see as much of this world as she can. Her hope is that her career will help her accomplish that. Her goal is to live and work abroad for a non-profit organization. She spent the summer of 2014 interning with both the towns of Dillsboro and Sylva promoting their separate 125th Anniversary events.
Since 1993, Dr. Betty Farmer has taught communication and public relations courses at Western Carolina University and has been actively engaged in the community. In 2009, she was appointed special assistant to the chancellor for Dillsboro and charged with coordinating the university's community engagement effort to help the town of Dillsboro revitalize. She also served as the provost fellow for engagement and received WCU's inaugural award for Excellence in Community Service in 2014.