Administrative Staff

Travis began his career at Appalachian in 2009 as a faculty member teaching Exercise Science for the Beaver College of Health Sciences.  In 2016 he moved into an academic advisor position for the college working with Exercise Science and (later) Communication Sciences and Disorders majors.  He joined the Student Learning Center in the summer of 2020, taking over for Wes Waugh who retired.

His educational background includes a graduate degree in Human Performance and an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science, both from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.  He has worked as a personal trainer, strength coach, track and field coach, lecturer, and academic advisor.  He enjoyes resistance training, playing games of all sorts, and learning new things.

Title: Student Learning Center Auxiliary Services Director
Department: Student Learning Center

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Phone: (828) 262-6986

Office address
210 D.D. Dougherty Hall

Lee began serving as Executive Director of the Disco Student Learning Center in June, 2020. An active member of the South Eastern College Learning Center Association (SECLCA) and the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), he has presented at regional and national conferences on developing technological advances to help increase access and remove barriers to services. Lee is committed to seeing the Disco Student Learning Center earn the NCLCA Learning Center of Excellence designation and become a valued resource for all App State students.

Joining Appalachian State University in February of 2018 as Director of University Tutorial Services (UTS), Lee brought several years of experience in coordinating academic student growth by promoting and improving peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and study skills support. As Director of UTS Lee was able to develop a peer leadership model that employs highly qualified undergraduate students as tutoring coordinators and assistant tutoring coordinators. Additionally, Lee (and long-time App State employee Wes Waugh) worked very closely with Redrock Software Corporation to develop a customization that connects TutorTrac and Zoom in order to provide virtual tutoring and increase access to services. Under Lee’s supervision, UTS added 3 additional drop-in learning labs, enhanced tutor observations, and expanded peer academic coaching.

Prior to coming to Appalachian, Lee worked in the Student Support Services Program, at Mars Hill University, a private liberal arts university in Mars Hill, NC. Additionally, while serving within the department, Lee coordinated the design and implementation of seminars and program initiatives focused on student development. While at MHU, Lee also taught First Year Seminar courses to general population students and to at-risk populations focusing on academic success strategies and leadership development from a Christian world-view.

A native of McDowell County, NC, Lee earned a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Spanish from Mars Hill College in 2004. He earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree from UNC-Asheville in 2011, while researching Sustainability through the lenses of Environmental Sociology and the Sociology of Religion.

When not at work, Lee enjoys spending time with his family: his wife, Faith, and their two children; Titus, and Cora Lynne. Together they enjoy outdoor adventures like mountain biking, camping, and hiking. Lee is also an ordained minister in the Free Will Baptist Church.

Title: Student Learning Center Executive Director
Department: Student Learning Center

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Phone: (828) 262-6809

Office address
211 D.D. Dougherty Hall

Whitney Ward joined the Student Learning Center as the Administrative Support Specialist in August 2019.  Previously at Appalachian, she worked as a Student Services Coordinator in Multicultural Student Development, an Administrative Support Associate in Educational Outreach and Summer Programs, and as a Verification Process Assistant in Financial Aid.  Prior to working at Appalachian State, Whitney was employed in the Catawba County Tax Revaluation Department.

In addition to working at Appalachian State, Whitney is also a graduate of the University. In 2014, she earned her Bachelor’s in English with a Concentration in Film Studies and a Minor in Psychology.  During this time, Whitney was also a student employee in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  She is a native of Ashe County and was a proud member of her High School’s Marching, Symphonic, and Steel Drum Bands.  She currently resides in Boone.  Whitney enjoys reading, music, and is a lover of all things pop culture.

Title: Administrative Support Specialist, Program Assistant Student Support Services
Department: Student Learning Center

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Phone: (828) 262-2134

Office address
205A D.D. Dougherty Hall

Ronaka Adams joined the Student Learning Center in June 2018 and serves as a University Program Associate, providing administrative support for the Student Learning Center Director, University Tutoring Services, Academic Study Strategies, and As-U-R program.  Prior to Appalachian State, Ronaka served as Administrative Assistant/Communications Coordinator for the University College at Coastal Carolina University. In addition, she previously served as Office Manager for the Office of Teacher Education, Advising and Licensure at UNC Charlotte, where she was also a member of Staff Senate. Prior to her arrival in North Carolina, she also worked in a similar capacity at the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science in Blacksburg, VA. Ronaka attended Bevill State Community College in Northwest Alabama and is currently working toward the completion of her B.A. in Sociology. Ronaka is a native of Hamilton, Alabama, and enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and their two pugs. She is an avid reader and animal lover who enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Title: University Program Associate
Department: Student Learning Center

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Phone: (828) 262-6715

Office address
231 D.D. Dougherty Hall