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

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Steven Heulett, Director, Program Advisor

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Phone: (828) 398-7184
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


Contact Info:
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.


Keith Blankenship, Program Advisor

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Phone: (828) 398-7884
Programs I advise for: Associate in Art (AA) and Associate in Science (AS)
Hometown: I was born and raised right here in Asheville, NC.
Joined A-B Tech: I started teaching for A-B Tech as an adjunct in Business Administration in 2015 and then became an Academic Advisor in 2021.
Education: I received my AS in Chemical Engineering from A-B Tech and my BBA and MBA in Business Administration from Montreat College.
About Me: I began my career working in restaurant and retail management then moved to Chemical and Fiber Research and have my name on two patents. I began working in college student services and teaching in the early 2000s where I developed a passion for education and teaching. ;I’ve lived in and around the Asheville area my whole life. My wife and I have raised 4 children and we have 7 grandchildren. I love working in education and helping individuals reach their full potential.


Mitzi Pearson, Program Advisor

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Phone: (828)-398-7535
Programs I advise for: Associate in Art (AA) & Associate in Science (AS)
Joined A-B Tech: In 2021
Education: The University of Georgia, Master of Education, Guidance, and Counseling; Mars Hill University, Bachelor of Social Work.
About Me: I live in Mars Hill where I enjoy running and being outside in our beautiful mountains. My husband and I have a small farm where our two Great Pyrenees look after our Katahdin sheep. My career has included positions in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, and I enjoy working with students of all ages.


Lynn Pace, Program Advisor

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Programs I advise for: Associate in Art (AA) and Associate in Science (AS)
Hometown: Raceland, Kentucky
Joined A-B Tech: In 2019
Education: Lexington Community College - A.S. in Business Administration; Eastern Kentucky University - B.S. in Geology; Indiana University - M.S. in Geology.
About Me: I have lived in WNC since 2016, but I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains. My husband, Dennis, and I love to explore all the trails in and around Asheville. I have two children, Wyatt and Sumer. And two grandchildren, Carleigh and Deakin. If I am not out exploring nature, you might find me crocheting by the fire.


Starr Silvis, Program Advisor, Department Chair, Transfer Engineering


Contact Info:
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:
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:
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.