Academic Program Advisors


Meet the Program Advisors

Meet your Advisor! You will work with a Program Advisor to select classes, discuss career goals and navigate the transferring to a University. Your advisor will work with you to select classes based on the 4-year program you are wanting to pursue. We are here to help you achieve your academic goals! For general questions, please e-mail transferadvising@abtech.edu

Schedule an Appointment with your Advisor

Steven Heulett, Director, Program Advisor

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Phone: (828) 398-7184
Email: Steventheulett@abtech.edu
Programs I advise for: Associate in Art (AA) and Associate in Science (AS)
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Joined A-B Tech: 2017
Education: Stetson University – B.S. in Physics and Biology; Duke University – M.S. in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy; Western Carolina University - Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
About Me: I have lived in Western NC since 1999 and in Asheville since 2007. I played rugby for 10 years, including about 8 years with the Asheville Men’s Rugby Football Club. I have served as a coach for the Asheville Women’s Rugby Football Club since 2016. I like running and mountain biking. My entire professional career has been working with community college students. My passion is assisting students, both as an advisor and as an instructor of biology.

Maddi Landon, Program Advisor

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Contact Info: madeleinellandon@abtech.edu
Program (s) I advise for: Associate in Art (AA) and Associate in Science (AS)
Hometown: Weddington, NC
Joined A-B Tech: 2019
Education: Appalachian State University- B.A. in Arts Management, Minor in Business; M.Ed. in Higher Education University and Community College Leadership
About Me: I have lived in Western, NC for 8 years and absolutely love it. My partner, Matt, and I have two kiddos, Zaiden and Kolson. I enjoy the outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and camping as well as snowboarding! I love working with community college students. They inspire me daily and being a part of their academic journey brings me great joy.

 

Starr Silvis, Program Advisor, Department Chair, Transfer Engineering

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Contact Info: beckyesilvis@abtech.edu
Programs I advise for: Associate in Engineering (AE)
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Joined A-B Tech: 2015
Education: The University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, Environmental Emphasis (BSBE) 2001, Master of Science in Bioresource Engineering, Water Resources Emphasis 2003 (MS), Professional Engineer License NC
About Me: I was a white-water raft guide on the Chattooga River for 8 years before returning to college. As a non-traditional student, I started my academic career at a community college. I enjoy helping students figure out a path for their academic and professional success. I have a passion for personal wellbeing. I work with students to help them increase their happiness and wellbeing to create a strong foundation for their success in all areas of their lives. I have lived in Asheville for 18 years. I have two children, Isabelle and Desmond, and a ridiculously cute dog, Balto. When not working we get out on the river as often as we can. We also do some gardening (albeit, not terribly successfully). My family and I volunteer with the LEAF Global organization, supporting their mission of global arts education, cultural preservation, and diversity.

 

Sharon Trammel, Program Advisor, Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

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Contact Info: sharonltrammel@abtech.edu
Programs I advise for: Associate in Fine Art (AFA)
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Joined A-B Tech: 1990
Education: University of North Carolina Greensboro – MFA in Visual Art, Minor in Art History; the University of North Carolina at Asheville- B.A. in Art

 

William Rhodarmer, Program Advisor, Art & Graphic Design Faculty

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Contact Info: williamdrhodarmer@abtech.edu
Programs I advise for: Associate in Fine Art (AFA)
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Joined A-B Tech: 2019
Education: Western Carolina University- B.A. in Arts- Photography, Minor in Journalism; M.A. in Fine Arts, Chautauqua School of Art residency (NY), Vermont Studio Center residency, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts- Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania- MFA
About Me: I was born in Asheville but spent the last 20 years living and working in Philadelphia, New York, Vermont, Atlanta, and Raleigh, returning to WNC in 2018.