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 2002-2008 and has been a faculty member in history since 1988, serving as chair from 1998-2001. He has been involved with COPLAC since 2001 and was appointed full-time 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. She has worked for the National Park Service and the Biltmore Estate and is currently affiliated with the Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site in downtown Asheville.

Chelsea Beresford
Chelsea supports COPLAC's Teagle Foundation distance mentoring project and is the assistant for public relations and communications. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNC Asheville in the spring of 2014 with a BA 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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