From left to right: Claire Bailey, Chris Tilstra, Chelsea Beresford, Bill Spellman

Bill Spellman
Bill is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in early modern English history. He served as Dean of Humanities at UNC Asheville from 2002-2009 and has been a faculty member in history since 1988, serving as chair from 1998-2001. He became COPLAC's director in March 2009.

Claire Bailey
Claire, Program Associate at COPLAC, is a native of Asheville, NC. She has a degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University with minors in English and Outdoor Leadership.

Chelsea Beresford
Chelsea supports COPLAC's Teagle Foundation distance mentoring project and is the assistant for public relations and communications. She is a senior at UNC Asheville, majoring in History.

Chris Tilstra
Chris is the webmaster for COPLAC and a senior at UNC Asheville majoring in Computer Science. Originally from Seattle, WA, he moved to Asheville after a tour in the Army. Chris is always excited to be updating and maintaining the COPLAC website.

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