CSFE PeopleStaff, Faculty Affiliates, Student Affiliates, and Advisory Board Members
Edward Lopez came to WCU in 2012 and he currently teaches classes in intermediate microeconomics, ethics of capitalism, and principles of economics. Edward first proposed the CSFE in the fall of 2015, and launched its operations in spring 2017. The author of two books and over 50 scholarly articles, Edward’s research focuses on the economics of ideas, entrepreneurship, and politics. For more, please visit Dr. Lopez’s faculty page.
Sean Mulholland is Professor of Economics at WCU and joined the Center as Associate Director in 2020. He has published research articles on a wide variety of topics, including human capital and economic growth, white supremacist groups and hate crimes, school competition and student performance, and Uber and drunk driving. Read More
Events and Operations Lead
Jane Wiggins began as CSFE’s events and operations manager in 2018, and she serves as point of contact and organizer of all things CSFE. A Florida native, Jane graduated with a bachelors in statistics from the Honors College at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Center, she was a mathematics adjunct instructor for the Colorado Community College System. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, and hanging out with her four children.
Content Marketing Specialist
Allie Todd began as CSFE’s content marketing specialist in 2020, and she is responsible for curating social media and website content along with assisting with marketing materials. Allie graduated with a bachelors in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing and playing with her puppy, Goose.
Jackson D. Déziel
Assistant Professor and Director of the Emergency Medical Care program
Jackson D. Déziel, PhD, MPA, NRP, is Assistant Professor and Director of the Emergency Medical Care program at Western Carolina University. Dr. Déziel began his career in 2000 in New Hampshire and has since worked as a paramedic in both urban and critical care settings.
He holds a PhD in public policy from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University. His research interests embrace the intersection of EMS, health economics, and subsequent public policy. Dr. Déziel’s work has delved into the underlying economic incentives of unnecessary ambulance transport, social determinants of ambulance demand, and prehospital resource provision.
Professor of Economics and Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development
Dr. Angela Dills is Professor of Economics and the Gimelstob-Landry Distinguished Professor of Regional Economic Development at Western Carolina University. She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. She previously held faculty positions at Clemson University, Mercer University, Wellesley College, and Providence College. Currently she is a trustee of the Southern Economic Association, a fellow at EdChoice, and an advisory board member at the Economic Freedom Institute. Read More
R. Turner Goins
Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor
R. Turner Goins received her BA in Psychology from East Carolina University and her MS and PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. In 1998, she completed a two year National Institutes of Aging’s research post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University’s Medical Center with an emphasis in Epidemiology. She was faculty at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine and Oregon State University’s School of Public Health and Human Development before coming to Western Carolina University in 2013. Dr. Goins is the Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Sciences. Read More
Professor of Economics
Dr. Inhyuck “Steve” Ha (Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) is a Professor of Economics at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He has been the director of the MBA program in the College of Business. His areas of interest are economics of discrimination, spatial econometrics, community economic development. economic impact analysis, and agent-based models. He has extensive experience conducting statistical analysis and understanding the complexities of real-world data. His current research projects include studying the effects of affirmative action policy in public procurement and contracting, and labor market discrimination. He has over 20 years of experience in working on the issues of racial discrimination and numerous DBE goal-setting and disparity studies. Prior to his current position, Dr. Ha worked in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota, and in the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development at University of West Florida as Forecasting Program Director.
Marco Lam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Dr. Marco Lam holds a MA in Management Science and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from The University of Alabama and a Master of Accountancy from Western Carolina University. He is a Certified Public Account (CPA) licensed in Colorado. Dr. Lam has been widely published in such journals as the Journal of Asset Management, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, Strategic Finance, and International Journal of Operations and Production Management. His research interests include the use of accounting information in decision making, data analytics, and public policy.
David McCord, Phd
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Dr. David McCord is currently Professor of Clinical Psychology, Western Carolina University. He received the B.A. in Psychology from Duke University in 1984, M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University in 1979, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Alabama in 1984. He completed his pre-doctoral internship year in the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984. His publications and professional presentations focus generally on personality assessment and personality theory, with career-long emphasis on the MMPI family of instruments; he has recently published a book in the APA Psychological Assessment Series, Assessment Using the MMPI-2-RF. Dr. McCord’s current research program involves the development of a new-paradigm, multi-dimensional mental health screening test for use in primary medical care settings. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychological Assessment and Journal of Personality Assessment and is a frequent ad hoc reviewer for other journals.
Assistant Professor, HRSA BHWET Project Coordinator
Emma Miller, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BWHET) Project Coordinator. Related to integrated care, she served as a Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Consultant to approximately 50 primary care medical practices in western NC, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and a hospital management firm, as well as for local, regional and state projects. Though her experience has been across disability areas, interdisciplinary, and has afforded her a lifespan perspective in many service settings, of note is her work in six pediatric practices as a Developmental and Behavioral Health Consultant where she implemented inventive integrated models. Pertaining to pediatrics, she provided health promotion, prevention, and early intervention with children and youth with special health, behavioral and transition needs, and their families. In addition, she has held two positions in medical social work and has had other responsibilities in primary and specialty care. Additionally, she has been involved with the development of a Health Home and population-based care at Vaya Health, a managed care organization. Besides writing a training for physicians and a protocol for a primary care practice, she served on a NC Institute of Medicine Task Force and is listed as an expert in Integrated/Collaborative Care on the NASW-NC website. Lastly, she provided preconception through age five services for children/parents/families, training for professionals, and parenting products on an international scope, and has served on nonprofit boards including an international one.
Stephen C. Miller
Adams Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise in the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University
Stephen C. Miller is the Adams Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise and an Associate Professor of Economics at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Before coming to Troy, he was an Associate Professor of Economics and the SACSCOC Director at Western Carolina University. Dr. Miller’s research has been published in several academic journals, including Public Choice, Intelligence, Critical Review, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He has also written for Reason Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Yellowhammer News, AL.com, and The American Institute for Economic Research.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Audrey Redford is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the College of Business at Western Carolina University. She earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural & Applied Economics from Texas Tech University in 2016. Prior to attending Texas Tech, Dr. Redford earned her B.B.A. in Economics from James Madison University. While in graduate school, she was a Ph.D. Fellow with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, an Adam Smith Fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Redford’s research interests include Austrian economics, public choice, and comparative institutional analysis as tools to understand the ways in which markets adapt to changes in policy and institutional foundations. Her published research largely focuses on the unintended consequences of drug prohibition as well as interventionism and entrepreneurship in illicit drug markets. She has published in academic journals such as The Independent Review, Review of Austrian Economics, University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy.
Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering
Martin Tanaka is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Western Carolina University. He has extensive knowledge of product design stemming from over a decade of experience developing high-quality commercial products in industry. Martin has worked at all levels of engineering from entry-level to engineering management, so he understands each step of the product development process and how it is conducted at multiple different companies.
Martin earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University, a dual program that leverages the strengths of Virginia Tech’s engineering and Wake Forest University’s medical school. For the past 10 years, he has been helping local companies develop innovative products through his work at the university. Projects include innovative medical devices, projects for the US Army and Navy, and green energy products, to name a few. Read More
Emma Blair is a graduate economic research assistant at George Mason University while getting her MA in Applied Economics. Before her time at George Mason, she graduated from Roanoke College with a BS in Economics, Actuarial Science and Spanish. In her free time, Emma loves to be outside either hiking, playing lacrosse or laying in a hammock with a good book.
Haley Goller earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from WCU in May of 2019. She is currently enrolled in the Health Service Psychology Doctoral Program. Her research focuses on the development of mental health screening tools for use within the primary care setting. She also has interests in the field of cognitive psychology, exploring the role of mindfulness in cognitive functioning. Currently, Haley is working to develop a better depression/suicide screening tool for use with mothers during the postpartum period. Haley appreciates the supporting and challenging atmosphere at WCU and couldn’t think of a better place to earn her doctorate. When Haley isn’t at school or collecting data, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her daughter, and cooking with her family.
Graduate Affiliate Assistant
Chelsea Sokolow is a first year Master of Social Work (MSW) student at WCU. She works with Professor Emma Miller, MSW, LCSW, as a graduate assistant supporting the HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) project. Chelsea is currently researching Post-Traumatic Growth as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before starting at WCU, she completed a B.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University, with a supplementary course of study in Geography and the Environment at Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chelsea’s current interests within the field of Social Work include clinical practice, decolonizing Social Work, and abolitionist perspectives.
Abi Fairbrother is a senior majoring in Political Economy with minors in Business and Visual Data Analytics. Abi is currently a research assistant, where she is researching the effects on different industries based on the states COVID-19 response. She is originally from Slough, England, but is happy to have found her place at WCU. Abi says, “One of the most awesome things about Western is that the professors genuinely get to know their students and give not only subject knowledge but professionalism, life skills, and advice.” When Abi is not studying you can find her working as an RA on campus or driving the parkway singing to the radio.
Jordan Fox, a life-long Cullowhee resident, is an applied mathematics and mathematical economics major at Western Carolina University. Jordan is a member of the WCU Honors College and Alpha Lambda Delta. She is inspired by the faculty at WCU, with their support and genuine care about each individual’s success.
The Advisory Board
During the spring of 2017, the Center’s Advisory Board was established. The Board Consists of six current WCU faculty members who were appointed by the Provost, as well as five distinguished members of the community from the private and public sectors, and the Director as a non-voting ex officio member. As designed the board’s purpose includes the following responsibilities:
- Advocate for the Center and the University
- Advise the Director on the Center’s strategic plan, budget, and activities
- Deliver advice on potential future Center initiatives
- Remain active in Center events, meetings, and discussions
- Provide suggestions as to additional resources that may be able to add value to the Center
- Provide input and recommendations on how to keep the Center’s programs relevant and innovation
Current Advisory Board Members:
Ex-Officio – Edward Lopez
Board Chair and External Member – Ken Torok
Secretary and Internal Board Member – Niall Michelsen
Internal Board Member – Jim DeConinck
Internal Board Member – Peter Nieckarz
Internal Board Member – Bill Yang
Internal Board Member – Hollye Moss
Internal Board Member – Allison Cruse
External Board Member – Pam Frey
External Board Member – Georg VanBerg
External Board Member – Phil Walker
External Board Member – Tony Zande
External Board Member – Craig Richardson
External Board Member – Arthur Salido
Previous Advisory Board Members:
Internal Board Member – Heidi Buchanan
Internal Board Member – Dale Carpenter
Internal Board Member – Billy Ogletree
Internal Board Member – David McCord
Internal Board Member – Laura Wright
External Board Member – Georg VanBerg