Alumni

Stephanie McCullough ’16

Volunteer Program Coordinator, Community Housing Coalition, Marshall, NC

“In my position, I recruit and coordinate volunteers, building community engagement to meet the needs of those who need home repair in Madison County. “The MHU social work program was the catalyst for my future. It has changed my life in more ways than I imagined. I am more confi dent. I am a better mom, a better human being, and I strive every day to be the best social worker I can be. And I have MHU to thank for my dramatic change from the “me” of six years ago, to the person I am today. Thank you MHU, the social work program, and specifi cally Dr. Beth Vogler. When I grow up, I want to be like her.”

Shannon Boyd ’11

School Social Worker, Buncombe County Schools, NC

“As a school social worker, it is my goal to provide interventions to help students overcome challenges in their lives so they will have the opportunity to succeed in life. As a Mars Hill graduate, I have been equipped with the knowledge and ability to be an effective social worker. I have used the skills taught to me by distinctive professors
to help families and children. Not only have I been able to use these skills in the workforce but have had a greater empathy for family and friends.”

Raymond Featherstone ’11

Housing Support Specialist, Charles George Veterans Administration Medical Center, Asheville, NC

“I currently work at the Charles George VA Medical Center where I did my internship through Mars Hill. My job is to
locate safe and secure housing for our homeless veterans. I had the most wonderful experience ever going to Mars
Hill University. The professors are the most caring, understanding, amazing people I have ever met. They work with their students in every form or fashion to make sure they get the best education ever. I can’t say enough great things about this entire school because they helped me form structure in school and in my life. I will be forever grateful for the staff at Mars Hill University”

Ebony McGee ’07

Police Officer, Asheville Police Department, Asheville, NC

“My job description includes building community relationships, empowering the community, deterring and addressing criminal activities, and protecting people and properties. Some might think social work has nothing to do with this. However, that’s ALL I do. Most of the time, when I meet people, they are in a crisis. I have to listen, read body language, think of an approach, and consider what resources our community offers to assist this individual. I’m always empowering people to try again, telling them: “make tomorrow better than today.”

Eric “Big E” Howard ’04, MSW, EdD

Coordinator, Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, Asheville, NC

Eric works with a team of professionals from the court system and various human service agencies in Buncombe County to help veterans who have committed nonviolent crimes. The VTC helps veterans address emotional
and legal issues in constructive ways so that they can live healthy, productive lives. Eric credits then-department
chair Julie Nooe for convincing him that social work was the degree that would bring together his passions for education and working with individuals who struggle with mental health and addiction issues. “Ms. Nooe became my friend and my mentor; a lot of what she said resonated with me,” he said.

Brian Matlock ’98

Juvenile Court Counselor, NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice, Waynesville, NC

“My position helps to set up mental health services if needed, create diversion plans for additional services, reduce the delinquency rate of juveniles, and help families as a whole connect with community services. The MHU social work program gave me invaluable experience directly in the field. I was able to participate in three very different internships that expanded my experience and knowledge and then take it back to the classroom to process, evaluate, and examine what I learned, needed to improve, and what to take with me outside of college to impact the world.”

Rev. Amy Stertz ’98

Minister with Children and Families, First Baptist Church of Asheville, NC

“A strong component of my work is helping children learn and serve others as they learn to live in the way of Jesus.
Our children welcome homeless women who stay at our church several times each year, sort food for the hungry, make Christmas gift s for senior adults, deliver meals on wheels, and have helped create a lending children’s library at our partner church in Cuba. “Community involvement is an important part of who I am and what I do as a person and as a minister. Certainly my time at Mars Hill was instrumental in forming that part of who I am.”

Cedric Mansell, ’95

Juvenile Court Counselor, NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice, Asheville, NC

“I came to Mars Hill thinking I was going to be a communications major but my advisor, Julia Nooe, requested that I take the Intro. to Social Work class. It seemed to fit right into what I was all about, helping others. I had been part of
taking care of the community through church and youth groups throughout my early life, and social work felt like a professional extension of that service. It was the internship process that hooked me on DJJ and social work in
general.”

Debrah Conn Clark ’83

NC Foster Care Licensing Program Manager, Carolina Therapeutic Services, Gastonia, NC

“After retiring from Gaston County Schools as a school social worker, I began employment with this agency as a licensing specialist and then transitioned into the manager position in August 2015. Mars Hill University gave me the professional foundation and structure that allowed me to be a successful Social Worker in the state of NC. Throughout my professional career, my Mars Hill family and friends have provided ongoing support with professional and life challenges. My friendships derived from Mars Hill, lasting 37 years, are blessings that are rare.”